TTE Preview: Microsoft and Google Assistant confirmed for keynotes

TTE Preview: Microsoft and Google Assistant confirmed for keynotes

Annual trade show Travel Technology Europe will see experts from Microsoft and Google Assistant deliver keynote sessions at this month’s conference.

The exhibition and conference will take place at Olympia London on February 20 and 21 2019.

Completing the line-up of over 80 speakers from companies including Expedia Group, Amadeus, Sabre and Sonata Software are Microsoft’s Andrew Baxter who will be sharing insights on how to ‘do technology like a boss’ and Nicolas Dussart from Google Assistant who will discuss the use of ‘conversational UI [user interface] in the traveller’s journey.’

The third keynote session at this year’s conference, ‘women in tech: it’s about time,’ will be delivered by Sharon Moore MBE, IBM’s chief technology officer for travel and transportation.

Following feedback from the event’s more than 6,000 attendees, this year’s keynote sessions have been staggered in order for visitors to attend them all if they wish.

Conference director Mark Frary said: “With so many inspiring headline speakers it can often be difficult for visitors to decide which sessions to attend. This year however, we’ve minimised the ‘fear of missing out’ by spreading the keynotes across the two days, something I know our visitors will welcome.”

In addition to the keynote sessions, attendees will hear from expert speakers on topics affecting the travel technology sector today; from artificial intelligence, the ‘Internet of Things,’ data and personalisation to new distribution compatibility (NDC), cyber security, voice technology and more.

The conference programme also includes a series of Tech Huddles hosted by speakers from companies including AirGateway, Unbabel, Stackla and Crowdriff.

These group discussions, or ‘huddles’ of up to a dozen visitors on a specific topic, are designed to help attendees share ideas and learn from the experience of other users and suppliers.

David Chapple, Travel Technology Europe group event director, said: “The range of speakers and topics at this year’s show is fantastic.

“We are delighted to welcome such knowledgeable and inspiring individuals from some of the industry’s leading travel brands and suppliers, who will be sharing best practice and encouraging their peers to refresh their thinking in order to generate new business.”

View the full conference programme, including speakers and topics

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