TECHPitch Award Winner at 2018 HX is Beekeeper
This year's TECHPitch winner at the HX was Beekeeper, an employee
communications app that is designed for non-desk workers and located
globally in 1,000 properties. HX was held at Jacob K. Javits Convention
Center in New York City from Nov. 11-12. This is the fourth year a
TECHPitch competition had been held at HX. As the winner of TECHPitch,
Beekeeper will be awarded a free tech kiosk at HX 2019.
TECHPitch allowed five finalists-all HX exhibitors-to showcase their unique
products in a presentation, with the winner chosen by a panel of judges
made up of hospitality industry thought leaders. They were: Valerie
Ferguson, regional general manager, Walt Disney Co.; Are Morch, hotel
blogger and social media consultant; Gregory Pesik, managing director,
applied intelligence, Accenture; and Vijay Dandapani, president & chief
executive officer, Hotel Association of New York City.
"All of the finalists brought exciting, new hi-tech creations and
innovations to the table, and we thank them for participating and welcome
them back to HX next year," said Phil Robinson, HX show director. "The
winner, Beekeeper, offers a unique technology designed to keep all hotel
employees in touch and connected."
The company was founded in 2012 by Cristian Grossmann and Flavio
Pfaffhauser, who wanted to created a way to connect people through
technology. They noticed that companies with a large number of non-desk
employees had a hard time keeping them in the loop with the rest of the
organization. Beekeeper bridges this gap by connecting operational systems
and communication channels within one secure platform that is accessible by
mobile and desktop devices. You can customize the platform, schedule
automated messages, establish communication streams, and create and
distribute employee surveys. Beekeeper's corporate office is in Zurich, and
the United States headquarters is in San Francisco.
"We have found that 80% of all hotel employees do not have an email
address. This mobile app allows employees to stay connected and gives them
the chance to have a voice," said Connie Rheams, Beekeeper's global head of
hospitality sales, who made the pitch and accepted the award at HX.
Giving hotel employees this communication tool and this "voice" also helps
make them feel more satisfied in their jobs. This allows managers keep the
best staffers and reduce their employee turnover - which is an ongoing
issue throughout the hospitality industry, Rheams added.
The other finalists who gave their pitch were: CIRQ+ , GenZe, Sparkwork,