Advances in technology due to accessibility and connectivity along with data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, has primed the hospitality industry to excel in customer service and customization. This event is directly applicable to the internet of things and aims to help students understand the evolving landscape in hospitality and the opportunities that exist. The event further challenges students to develop solutions in an intensive, limited time frame, while working with a team of students outside their own major. Throughout the event, mentors from Hilton, Microsoft, Amazon, LG and more will coach you. Their feedback will help you develop your idea into a viable, self sustaining solution. At the conclusion of the hackathon on Sunday, teams will demo their proposed solutions to an audience comprised of students, faculty, staff, alumni, mentors, and judges. While the event is a competition, it is also a 'coopetition' and encourages collaboration among all teams.
Technology has transformed the hospitality industry from booking reservations, peer reviews, customizing guest experience, optimizing front and back of house processes, reducing energy consumption, and more. Great hospitality is felt and creates feelings of comfort and safety for guests. Who better than digital natives to create the next product, service, or process to expand on Hilton's hospitality legacy.
What is Hospitality?
Hospitality is more than simply lodging, it encompasses a full range of services from event planning, transportation, food & beverage, wellness (spa & fitness), tourism (leisure & educational), business & medical travel...at every juncture exists an opportunity to elevate the user experience..from selecting the geographic site to returning home after the trip.
What can I expect? Videos of prior hackathons organized by Entrepreneurship at Cornell: Here & Here