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Monday, June 18, 2018

Event Location: George R. Brown Convention Center

7:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Registration Open

Club and Hotel Controllers Conference attendees can pick up their badges at this time. Any attendees wanting to attend the HITEC Opening Party will need to collect their badge on Monday.

12:30 – 4:30 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center


For those who have applied and been approved to sit for the exam, now's your chance to earn one of the most prestigious professional certifications in the hospitality industry. Either for the Certified Hospitality Accounting Executive (CHAE) or the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP). Interested in sitting for the exam? Contact HFTP's Certification Department to find out more. Pre-Registration Required.

1:30 – 4:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center

Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) Competition

Reinvigorating the hospitality technology industry, HFTP’s expanding E20X program features ambitious, unfunded entrepreneurs presenting breakthrough business concepts to a room full of HITEC attendees as well as a panel of expert judges including hospitality CIO’s, angel investors, serial entrepreneurs and industry insiders. HITEC attendees will not want to miss this opportunity to watch some of the most innovative startups the hospitality technology industry has to offer compete to bring their dreams to life! All HITEC badges, including exhibits-only badges, are encouraged to attend.

4:30 – 5:45 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center

HITEC Houston Opening Keynote Session

Reinventing Leadership for the Age of Machine Intelligence
We live in an age of wonder – cars that drive themselves, platforms that anticipate our needs, and robots capable of everything from advanced manufacturing to complex surgery. Automation, algorithms and AI are transforming not only business, but every facet of daily life. While many fear that robots will take their jobs, the rise of machine intelligence begs a more important question: what is the true potential of human intelligence in the 21st century? In this inspiring keynote, Mike Walsh will present a vivid portrait of a brave new world orchestrated by machines that think, and how tomorrow's leaders can upgrade their capabilities to survive and thrive in an age of accelerating technology. 

Audiences will walk away with an insight into the companies, technologies and global forces shaping the age of machine intelligence, as well as a set of tailored next actions on how to redesign their organizations, reimagine their roles and reinvent the way they make decisions.

Mike Walsh - 21st century business designer, futurist, global nomad and author of Futuretainment and The Dictioary of Dangerous Ideas.

6:30 – 9:30 PM

HITEC Opening Party Presented By Samsung at House of Blues

The opening kick-off for HITEC has just gotten even more fabulous with the support of Samsung, a partnership that was just announced. The HITEC Opening Party presented by Samsung will be a lively event filled with great entertainment and food in the luxe environment of The House of Blues Houston. HFTP and Samsung, which annually hosts a party coinciding with HITEC, are coming together to create a memorable evening that will help propel the week of hospitality education and networking. Be sure to plan your travel to be in Houston for a night that will be remembered.

Badges are required for entry.