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Travel Tech Pitch at TRAVEL LAUNCH

  • Locale Rooftop Millenium Rainey Austin, TX United States (map)

Get an inside look at the next generation of travel products and services that are changing the rules of the game in travel. At the startup pitch competition, five innovative travel startups will present to a panel of industry leaders and investors - with the audience and judges voting on the winner! 


TRAVEL LAUNCH is the unofficial underground (or rooftop) travel event at SX that brings together the world’s next-gen entrepreneurs, innovators, investors and media who are not only shaping the industry, but reimagining the future of travel.

Hosted by Locale, a lifestyle apart-hotel brand featuring curated, apartment-style suites for short and extended stays.


.events, a new series by Voyager HQ, is bringing the opportunity for dynamic face-to-face connection to travel startups and innovative partners in cities around the world. .events hosts monthly events in Austin for impactful travel content that ensures consistent, meaningful connections among the global travel industry.

Pitch Judging Panel

Amy Burr
Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships at JetBlue Technology Ventures

Amy works to build an ecosystem of partners and deployment opportunities for the many technologies of JTV’s portfolio companies. She has been a leader in creating, sourcing and implementing innovative technology, products and programs in the travel space for the last 18 years. Amy caught the startup bug from joining Virgin America almost 14 years ago as one of the original founders of the company, working in various roles over her tenure such as strategy, corporate program leadership, commercial and revenue development, and technology areas including eCommerce, reservations systems and guest products.

Barbara Joseph
Business Development at Virtuoso

Barbara serves as a subject matter expert on the competitive landscape for travel agency technology. She has developed new business arms for travel companies of varying sizes, from small tour operators to national travel agencies. Before embarking on her career in travel, she worked for multiple technology startups, managing e-commerce and digital marketing channels for Fortune 500 accounts. Her cross-sectional background offers a unique perspective to her clients and partners alike.

Scott Hyden
Senior VP + Chief Experience Officer, Roomit by CWT

Scott Hyden leads user experience and distribution channels for CWT’s Hotel Division-- Roomit. Prior to joining RoomIt, Hyden was global vice-president of the Enterprise Customer Group for Travelport. He also previously led Travelport’s business in the Americas and grew the company’s global online results. Before joining Travelport, Hyden was president of STA Travel Inc. and held general manager roles for Travelocity Business, where he oversaw all aspects of Travelocity’s global corporate agency offering, and Travelweb, where he was responsible for strategic and tactical initiatives associated with product development, online and offline marketing, and quality assurance. He also spent 10 years with American Airlines.


Vianni Perianayagam
Director, Tech Sales + Account Management, Americas Online, Sabre Corporation

At Sabre Corporation, Vianni leads the Technical Sales and Account Management function for Sabre’s Online segment in the Americas, including some of the leading OTAs and Metasearch Engines. Combining an engineering background with experience as a certified Project Management Professional delivering IT and business projects in the Travel industry, Vianni has held leadership roles at the intersection of business and technology. In over 20 years in the travel industry, Vianni has held roles ranging from consultant and IT team lead to his current role leading Technical Sales and account management engagements. Over the past decade, he has led globally distributed Agile teams in developing, delivering and implementing strategic solutions and consulting engagements.

Jessica Labaire
Director of Marketing, Amadeus, Online Americas

Jessica is a marketing professional with more than 20 years of industry experience in technology, brand, advertising, and startups within the travel space. In her current role, Jessica oversees marketing and communications for online travel companies and startups in the Americas. Jessica was instrumental in the launch of Amadeus for Startups in North America in 2015, a program dedicated to helping travel companies launch, grow and succeed.

Participating Companies + Startups

Prizes Include

  • Over $5,000 in credit for the first year of Zendesk

  • Free 1-hour consultation with HR expert from TriNet

  • $2,000 credit for IT consultation from SoftwareHut

  • Discounted outsourced CFO services from Nomad Financial

  • Discounted Business Process Outsourcing services from Bristol Palmer

  • Discounted Sales Operations recruiting services from TwentyPine

  • Discounted digital marketing solutions from Firon Marketing

  • 15% off the first two months of PR service from Pear the Agency