Hapi Makes HTNG’s “Hack the Night” Hackathon Even “Hapi-er” with Presentation of Special Sponsorship Prize

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Hapi Makes HTNG’s “Hack the Night” Hackathon Even “Hapi-er” with Presentation of Special Sponsorship Prize

Sunnyvale, CA – January 31, 2019 – Hapi, a transformative new data streaming, integration and enrichment platform designed to accelerate technology innovation in hospitality, has announced the winner of its special Hapi Sponsorship Challenge at the inaugural Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) “Hack the Night” Hackathon. The Hapi team took part as a Diamond Sponsor of the weekend event, which was held January 25-27 at the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA and attracted nearly 60 hackers, including graduate students and professional developers.

After successfully meeting the challenge to create a technology solution that incorporates the Hapi platform in the most creative way, Team Yosemite was awarded their choice of $750 or a drone for their “Taylor Made Holidays” app. The special award was presented by Luis Segredo, president and CEO of Data Travel, LLC, the developer of the Hapi platform.

Segredo served as a judge in the main competition as well, for which Team Yosemite was also the second runner up, claiming another $500 prize. Team HM took home the $1,500 first runner up award for their “Check-in Before You Check-in” app and Team Seena captured the Grand prize of $3,000 for his “Event Leaf” app. Oracle Hospitality also awarded Team No Sleep a special prize for his “Ribbon” app.

“It was truly inspiring to see the incredible talent, drive and expertise that each team brought to the table during this first-of-its-kind event for hospitality,” said Segredo. “We were honored to be part of bringing innovative solutions to the industry and pledge our ongoing support to any endeavor that promises to assist in its ongoing evolution.”

Hapi joined title sponsor Oracle Hospitality and co-sponsor POYNT in providing the API and building blocks for Hackathon participants, who worked throughout the night in a fast-paced team development competition to create state-of-the-art prototypes that have the most potential to provide innovation in the hospitality industry.

Competition entries were judged on the potential impact that submissions could have on the hotel guest journey and how likely a forward-thinking hospitality company would be to adopt such a solution at scale. Solutions were also evaluated based on API usage, as well as HTNG standards adoption. In addition to the main prizes, Hapi upped the ante by presenting a special sponsorship challenge to participants.

“Almost every one of the 12 teams ended up using the Hapi platform during the event and the feedback was very positive. It was a great opportunity to validate our own product vision – simplifying data connectivity, and accelerating innovation in hospitality,” said Jonathan Reynolds, Head of Product Strategy at Hapi. “Hapi congratulates all of the “Hack the Night” winners and participants that took part in this unique event.”

To learn more about the Hapi data streaming and integration platform, please visit Hapicloud.io.

About Hapi | Hapi is a disruptive data streaming, integration and enrichment platform designed to solve the hotel industry’s rapidly expanding data management challenges, while also addressing the traditionally high integration costs and lack of vendor alignment that inhibits innovation and efficiency. Developed by experienced hotel technology leaders, the secure, scalable cloud-based Hapi data streaming platform is an open source model based on the same proven technology that runs some of the world’s largest social media and business services, to which multiple layers of encryption, authentication and governance are added. With headquarters in Orlando, Florida, Hapi provides services worldwide. For more information, please visit hapicloud.io or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About HTNG | HTNG – Hospitality Technology Next Generation is the premier technology solutions association in the hospitality industry. HTNG is a self-funded, nonprofit organization with members from hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality, consultants, media and academic experts. HTNG’s members participate in focused workgroups to bring to market open solution sets addressing specific business problems. HTNG fosters the selection and adoption of existing open standards and also develops new open standards to meet the needs of the global hospitality industry.