Keynote Speakers for HITEC 2016 Revealed

AUSTIN, TX—Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), producer of the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC), has named the three keynote speakers for this year’s event: Jer Thorpe, cofounder of the Office for Creative Research; Josh Linkner, two-time New York Times bestselling author and founder and former CEO/chairman of ePrize; and Johnny Earl, founder of Johnny Cupcakes.

Thorpe will take the HITEC stage on June 20. Thorpe teaches in New York University’s ITP program and has been a vocal advocate around data, ethics and privacy. His keynote, “Making Data More Human,” will explore his data visualization projects to help audiences put abstract data into a human context. According to the organization, Thorpe aims to guide attendees in understanding the human side of data and how that can lead to innovation and effective change, as well as how adding meaning and narrative to huge amounts of data can help people take control of the information that surrounds them, and revolutionize the way data is utilized.

On June 21, Linkner will present “Entrepreneurial Fire: Think and Act Like a Startup (Even If You’re Not).” Linkner believes it is better to innovate and disrupt one’s organization before competition does. In this session, he will decode entrepreneurial DNA to help leaders of any size organization to harness the ferocity of entrepreneurial thinking in order to embrace the creativity, grit and vision of a startup and channel the approach to drive growth, innovation, efficiency and customer delight, according to the organization.

Presenting as HITEC’s closing keynote on June 23, branding and marketing guru Johnny Earle, aka Johnny Cupcakes, will delve into “Viral Business: Inspiring Customer Loyalty.” According to the organization, Earle will educate attendees on how to create a wave of loyalty and obsession through the power of social media and experiential branding.

HITEC 2016 will be held June 20-23 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.