FCM Travel Solutions has been selected to compete for the Business Travel Innovator Award at the 4th annual Innovate, the conference for the advancement of business travel, hosted by The BTN Group, publishers of Business Travel News, Travel Procurement and The Beat. The event takes place at The New York Hilton Midtown on September 28 and 29, 2017.
BTN Innovate combines cutting-edge education, innovation and industry networking for pre-qualified corporate travel managers and travel procurement professionals with a minimum $5 million annual T&E budget.
Competing alongside 13 other selected companies Chief Strategy Officer, John Morhous will be presenting and introducing new innovative features of Sam :] (FCM’s ‘travel intelligent chat-bot’). Earlier this year Sam : ] received wide recognition in Europe by scooping up the highly recognized GTMC Innovation Award (Guild of Travel Management Companies) for its ground-breaking tool and original technology.
Sam:], is a highly interactive, travel-savvy and anticipatory "Smart Assistant for Mobile" that supports business travelers with all aspects of travel via a conversational interface to answer questions, make recommendations and perform actions. Sam is dedicated to making life easier for the business traveler pre-, during and post trip, pro-actively providing advice and support with everything from itinerary management, air and hotel bookings, flight updates, local city and country information, local weather and restaurant suggestions, to security notifications, ground transportation, driving directions, visa and vaccination advice and support
On September 28 each Business Travel Innovator presenter will be given seven minutes of uninterrupted speaking time followed by four minutes of questions from a panel of expert judges and two minutes of audience Q&A. Two winners will then be selected and announced the following day; one selected by the judges and one selected by the audience.
Judges on the expert panel include:
- Eric Bailey, Global Travel and Venue Group Lead, Microsoft
- Norm Rose, President, Travel Tech Consulting
- Cindy Heston, Manager Strategic Sourcing - Travel, Anthem
- Maximillian Waldmann, CEO, Conichi (2016 Business Travel Innovator Winner - Judge’s Choice)