2017 Travel Tech Con SpeakerS


Co-Founder of Hipmunk

Adam is a full-time travel nerd who founded Hipmunk just weeks after his graduation from MIT in June 2010. At MIT, he earned degrees in electrical engineering/computer science and mechanical engineering, and was the North American Debating Champion in 2010.

Prior to Hipmunk, Adam co-founded BookTour with Wired's Chris Anderson, and was also the youngest author ever at O'Reilly, writing AppleScript: The Missing Manual at the age of 16.


Co-Founder of Bitmatica

Matt Hubert consults with organizations on product, design, and engineering strategy, and focuses on using user experience as the key to innovation. Matt is also a compulsive traveller, having spent time in nearly 50 countries and an equal amount of time dealing with the reservation systems, loyalty programs, and fare classes to get him there. He has a degree in computer science from UCSB.

Christine Kim

Software Engineer at Uber

    Christine Kim is a Product Manager on Uber’s Developer Platform team. They build public APIs (mainly Ride Request API, Driver API, uberRUSH API) and tools / widgets to support everything from strategic integrations (Google Maps, FB Messenger, Siri) to unique startups (Transit App, PayFare, Teleport App).

    Before acting as a PM, Christine joined Uber in 2015 a backend engineer on the same team. She has a degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College and grew up in the Bay Area.

    Talk Topics: Internet of Things, wearables, and connected tech in Travel and Transportation. Platforms and tools, such as the Uber API, for developers. Highlighting solutions that are available today (self-driving and connected cars, wearable applications) and concluding with a vision for the future (e.g. what does a Smart City look like in 20, 40 years?) 

    • Methods for developing, testing, and deploying wearable or connected tech
    • Platforms and tools available for developers interested in Internet of Things
    • Design challenges (form factors, new interfaces)
    • Implementation challenges (security, safety, adaptive behaviors)



    Lead Developer Advocate at Skyscanner

    David created and now leads the Developer Advocacy program at Skyscanner, the world’s travel search engine. In his role, David looks after external developer relations, working to grow the evangelist developer community around Skyscanner and the Skyscanner API. David has worked on high-scale web sites and mobile apps for more than 15 years and has a particular passion for making digital products work 'anywhere’.

    Emre Mangir

    President, Co-Founder and Head of Partnerships, Mozio

    Emre Mangir is focused on building world-class products and partnerships to connect travel brands and their customers with the best local options for ground transportation. The company has grown ten-fold in his 2-year tenure overseeing day-to-day operations and continues to post double-digit monthly growth.
    Prior to joining Mozio, he worked as a consultant to over a dozen leading global technology companies to identify and achieve over a hundred million dollars in profit and revenue improvements by optimizing commercial activities. 
    Emre earned dual degrees in Applied Mathematics and Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

    Gillian Morris

    Founder & CEO at Hitlist

    Gillian Morris is founded Hitlist, a mobile app which helps users travel more by delivering personalized, proactive trip recommendations. The app has been recognized as a 'Best New App' by the app store and was named one of the 50 Best Apps of 2016 by Time. Investors include the founder of jetBlue and the former Chairman of Orbitz. Gillianhas been named one of the Young Leaders to watch in the travel industry by PhoCusWright.

    Before entering the start-up world, Gillian worked as a consultant, journalist, and educator in Turkey, China, the Gulf states, and Syria. Her work has appeared in/on the New York Times, CNN, CNBC, TechCrunch, The Next Web, and LifeHacker. 

    Gillian's work in emerging markets has made her a passionate advocate for entrepreneurship and private sector investment in the developing world. She is a proud mentor with the School of Leadership Afghanistan and Gaza Sky Geeks. 

    William Niejadlik

    Principal, Niejadlik Management and Consulting LLC

    William is an experienced travel technology consultant with extensive expertise with both travel agency and airline systems. He has completed major projects with leading online travel agencies, airlines, GDSs, and numerous travel start-ups. Prior to forming his own consultancy, William was the CTO and co-founder of vayama.com and the SVP of technology strategy at BCD Travel. William's specialization's include travel distribution technologies, travel product design, and travel agency systems.

    Norm rose

    President at Travel Tech Consulting, Inc. & Senior Technology Analyst with PhoCusWright, Inc.

    Norm Rose is a recognized expert on all aspects of travel technology and travel industry trends. He is a seasoned travel industry visionary who provides a clear picture of the future of travel. Whether addressing changes in the airport experience or how mobile and social media is reshaping the planning and booking of travel, Norm brings the future of the world’s largest industry, travel and tourism, into clear focus. 

    Dave Rubin

    VP, Marketing Communications at Greystone Hotels and Hospitality

    Digital Marketer, Entrepreneur, Consultant, Advisor, Community Builder, Social Media Manager, Product Marketer, Event Manager: From coast-to-coast, for the last 17 years, Dave Rubin has been creating memorable, authentic audience and guest experiences.
    Originally from the East Coast (New York/New Jersey), the West Coast (Portland, OR/San Francisco) has been home since 2001 where he has worked in hospitality, music, live entertainment & events, gaming, cannabis, television, creative agencies, and non-profits. It is this varied experience that has helped shape a world view that promotes fearless experimentation, unabashed collaboration, flexibility and exhaustive creativity.
    Dave is extremely excited about the current state of hospitality, technology, and the future in which we are currently residing. 

    Alexander Sumin

    Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of ClaimCompass

    In 2015, Alexander left his analyst position in the public service to pursue a long-term dream - work only where there's free coffee. He is also the co-founder of ClaimCompass, where he's responsible for growth, marketing and you guessed it - the espresso machine. Alexander is an avid traveler, who has lived and worked in a few cities, from a Montreal-based airline, to a PR agency in Berlin.

    Eric Wiesen

    General Partner at Bullpen Capital

    Eric joined Bullpen in 2015 from RRE Ventures, where he was a General Partner. Current areas of focus include financial services and technology, consumer products and manufacturing, marketing technology and next-generation computer interfaces. Much of his investing philosophy and approach is informed by his experiences as a two-time founder, first in the 3D Graphics hardware space and later in the enterprise software/ERP sector. Eric is also an attorney, and practiced in the corporate group at Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley. As an undergraduate, he was an intern in the only very famous White House internship class. Eric holds a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, a J.D. from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Columbia.

    Eric is currently a board member at Imgix and Yieldbot and an advisor to several companies. Successful prior investments include Braintree (acq: PYPL), Flipswap (acq: Hyla Mobile), Hyperpublic (acq: GRPN), Makerbot (acq: SSYS), TapCommerce (acq: TWTR), Singleplatform (acq: CTCT), and Venmo (acq: Braintree). He also sourced or led a number of other investments including Bark & Co., Collective Health, NerdWallet, Paperless Post, Sailthru, Viglink, and YipitData.