HX: The Hotel Experience Celebrates Inventive Manufacturers with 2018 TECHPitch and Editors’ Choice Awards in New York City

HX: The Hotel Experience Celebrates Inventive Manufacturers with 2018 TECHPitch and Editors’ Choice Awards in New York CityHX: The Hotel Experience announced the winners of its Editors’ Choice Awards and TECHPitch competitions during the November 11-12, 2018 show held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Five exhibitors received Editors’ Choice Awards recognizing best new products within the categories of food & beverage, foodservice equipment & supplies, guest amenities & services, hotel products and technology. From the five winners, the Kenneth F. Hine “Best of Show Award” was selected.

The 2018 Editors’ Choice Award winners are:

FOOD & BEVERAGE: Ripples (Petach Tikva, Israel) Ripples is a revolutionary content marketing platform that offers restaurants, hospitality, and foodservice providers around the globe creative solutions to increase customer engagement. The Ripple Maker can print just about anything on your foam-topped beverages, from brand logos, to beautiful line art, and even high-res selfies. It’s easy to use, fully compliant with safety and sanitation regulations, and uses premium quality drink pods.

FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES: Vulcan (Louisville, KY) Versatile Chef Station redefines cooking versatility. Perform a wide range of techniques with a single, compact, multi-function cook top that delivers the precision of specialty equipment. Unleash your craft, while maximizing every inch of space and streamlining your workflow. Whether you’re simmering, boiling, frying, or browning, the VCS let you control your desired temperature profile with unparalleled ease.

GUEST AMENITIES & SERVICES: Amenity Services (Tustin, CA) Compostable In-Room Coffee Packaging, Zero-Waste Coffee Pods for amenity programs. First BPI certified packaging for in-room coffee that maintains the freshness of the coffee while breaking down quickly, into a humus state which is a usable compost providing valuable nutrients for the soil.

HOTEL PRODUCTS: CIRQ+ (Scottsdale, AZ) CIRQ+ transforms any hotel room into a SMART ROOM by consolidating multiple in-room devices. A cloud-based technology system combined with a modular and future-ready platform that bridges the gap between guest comfort and engagement while delivering state-of-the-art energy controls to reduce property operating costs by 20-50%.

TECHNOLOGY: ShuttleQ Transportation (Fort Lauderdale, FL) ShuttleQ automates the management of your shuttle transportation, parking services and fleet management with one safe-and-secure software package and provides an unprecedented level of connectivity, accountability and bi-lateral information flow between theCUSTOMER, THE DRIVER and THE BUSINESS.

The Kenneth F. Hine “BEST OF SHOW” Award was presented to CIRQ+.

Judges for the 23rd Editors’ Choice Awards were Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News; Stefani O’Connor, Hotel Management; Michael Scinto, Total Food Service; and Gregg Wallis, Hotel Business.

The 4th annual TECHPitch competition took place on the HX Tech Stage where HX Exhibitor finalists showcased their unique tech product and services in a short presentation to a panel of esteemed judges which were made up of hospitality industry thought leaders: Valerie Ferguson – Regional General Manager, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. Are Morch – Hotel Blogger and Social Media Consultant, Gregory J Pesik – Managing Director, Applied Intelligence, Accenture, Vijay Dandapani – President & CEO, Hotel Association of NYC.

The TECHPitch winner was BEEKEEPER (Oakland, CA) BEEKEEPER is a team communication platform that empowers employee connection, facilitates workplace engagement, and increases productivity through unified communications. Beekeeper streamlines operations and enables mobile collaboration with HR tools such as secure messaging and shift management.

As a winner of TECHPitch, BEEKEEPER, will receive a complimentary 10×10 booth space at HX 2019.

For more information about HX, its competition winners, and the overall show, visit www.thehotelexperience.com


HX: The Hotel Experience is the must attend hospitality tradeshow & conference in North America, with over 300 exhibitors presenting, virtually every trend and innovation in hospitality, from front-of-the-house, guest facing amenities and technologies to back-of-the-house nuts and bolts. More than 5,500 industry professionals attend HX including hotel owner/operators, GMs, and hospitality property executives, from casinos and resorts, independent and branded hotels and restaurants, management and purchasing companies, universities and more. 

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