About our conference
Personalized customer service, chat bots, online travel concierge services, they all transform the travel and hospitality industry. But further business development is to a large extent dependent on the application of the newest technologies. At the conference we will talk about Artificial intelligence, blockchain, machine learning, and conversational interfaces, as well as other IT solutions that drive changes in the travel sector.
Marketing Analyst, DataArt, Poland
8 years of experience in travel and technologies. Tatiana owned a travel agency for 5 years and worked as an IT vendor relationship manager for 2 years. Now she is leveraging her expertise and passion for travel and technologies to conduct travel and hospitality market research and analysis to identify trends and patterns of behavior on the market.
Project Manager, 3D Expert DataArt, Poland
15 years in 3D Graphics. Completed many projects in architectural visualization, 3D printing and scanning, simulation, AR/VR, CAD engineering, medical imaging, gaming and more. Actively pushing 3D technologies into various industries.
Alexander focuses on the performance, extensibility, and testability of JS applications. He has discovered koa.js to be a good solution for backend applications written in node.js.
Project Manager, DataArt, Poland
Valentina has more than 7 years of experience in IT. Starting her career as a trainee and then a Java Specialist, now Valentina is successfully working on travel projects as a Project Manager.
Senior Account Director, DataArt, United Kingdom
Started as a Web developer more than 10 years ago and evolved through different roles – team leader, scrum master, project manager. Once relocated to London, Julia moved into the Sales and Marketing sphere, participating in a number of sales activities as a business analyst and as a solution designer.
Data scientist, Ryanair, Poland
Marcin is a data scientist and a leader of Ryanair's Data & Analytics department. Marcin has around 14 year of professional experience working in the aviation, telco, and financial industries. He has architecture experience across topics including data science, big data solutions, and data warehouses.
Lead Architect, VISEO group worldwide, France
Started his career as a .Net developer and OpenStack. In 2013, was seduced by the Cloud Computing of Microsoft Azure. In 2015, was selected to work on the co-creation of an IAE Master's program in France. MVP Azure, Regularly participate in conferences (Azure Ukrainian Community, Azure User Group France and Microsoft User Group Lyon).
Software Developer, Booking.com, the Netherlands
Elena worked for 7 years in 2GIS.ru, the map-making company, creating software for making maps; and then she moved to the Netherlands to work for Booking.com. There she is leading the Geo team, which is taking care of all location-related data on their website.
Solutions Architect, DataArt, Russia
Site Engineering Lead, Skyscanner
Breaking things (and loving it!) for 17 years. Joined the crazy world of travel 7 years ago and built a pricing engine with Everbread. Worked for the two largest meta-search companies: Kayak and Skyscanner. Currently running a team of 40 at Skyscanner involved with predicting prices, controlling content quality, caching, chat bots and conversational interfaces.
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Registration and morning coffee
5 main travel technology trends to (re)shape the industry in 2018
Tatiana Kharlamova / Marketing Analyst, DataArt
The development of the Travel industry is based on emerging new technologies like AI, machine learning, chatbots, voice-activated components, blockchain etc. As the industry matures in terms of technology, more and more firms will rise or fall by their ability to maintain a technological lead over their competitors. Travel firms will live or die by their tech. This talk will answer the following questions: How technologies could impact hospitality and travel? How companies could make their business grow by fueling it with advanced technologies? And the last but not the least: How travelers could benefit from all of this changes?
Account Management across industries (including Travel)
Julia Falaleeva / Senior Account Director, DataArt
Strategic account management is a process at the organizational level that goes beyond sales to embrace building strategic, mutually beneficial relationships between DataArt and its key clients. AM builds trust by focusing on value and enabling alignment on aspects important for the client’s business. Working across practices in DataArt, I would like to share my experience in identifying those aspects depending on the client’s industry as well as talk about some approaches to building value propositions tailored to the client’s needs.
A/B testing of geo data in Booking.com
Elena Nikolaeva / Software Developer, Booking.com
The A/B testing approach sees widespread use around the world. But how do you test data? And how do you test specifically location-related data? I'm going to tell you how we do it in the Geo team in Booking.com, the largest accommodation booking site.
How do we decide what data we need, how do we decide how much to collect, how do we test the data, and what do we do next?
Blockchain in the travel industry. How Azure Blockchain as a Service can help.
Igor Leontiev / Lead Architect, VISEO group worldwide
The travel business is complex and fragmented. There is no trust between participants.Also there are a lot of different bookings systems. These disparate systems have created discrepancies in the closing entries of travel companies, resulting in an expensive and time-consuming reconciliation process. In this talk, i'll show how the use of Azure and Blockchain and sure we will talk about WebJet Business/technical case.
Alexandr Khmil / Project Manager, 3D Expert DataArt
Want to see a hotel’s premises before going there but are tired of fake fancy photos? How about customizing your room? You are a speaker at a conference and want to feel the stage and setup the lighting specifically for you? Now it is possible without going anywhere with the help of modern 3D engines. Photorealistic interactive graphics are here today!
Registration and morning coffee
Full Cycle of Telegram Bot Development process in Node.js
What are bots and why are they so popular these days? Reasons for businesses to have bots.
Bot infrastructure. What’s common and different between bots and web applications?
Back-End architecture design for scalable and flexible bots.
Long polling vs. webhooks.
Libraries and framework which can help a lot.
Manual and automated testing processes.
Bot hosting and deployment processes. Continuous integration and safe delivery.
Tracking and analytics.
Using Machine Learning to Improve User Experience with Large-Scale Systems
Alex Popov / Site Engineering Lead, Skyscanner
The talk will cover the philosophy of Skyscanner about User Experience, the size of the problem when you have 70 million unique monthly users and how we use Machine Learning and Data Science to cope with the scale when solving the problems that impact our users and partners.
The "Build or buy" problem for large projects and companies
Alexander Chichenin / Solutions Architect, DataArt, Russia
When a project becomes large we need to handle it as a group of small projects. Large companies are quite similar in that sense. Sometimes we build our own software and sometimes we adopt existing solutions. In many cases we have a combination of both.
It's a well-known fact that the efficiency of development in large projects and companies is decreasing over time, but why exactly? Let's try and improve this using the following plan:
First, let's define the types of "large" projects and companies and outline the main differences between them.
Secondly, let's answer the following questions:
How can we build multiple small but related projects together?
What are the common pros and cons of in-house development and how do we decide if we should buy a product or build our own?
How much resources should we spend on "R&D"?
Which developer qualifications and traits are more suitable for "R&D"?
Finally, let's choose the building blocks suitable for tooling development and various types of projects.
Data driven fuel management at Ryanair
Marcin Pilarczyk / Data scientist, Ryanair
Ryanair is the biggest European airlines with more than 2200 flights daily, a fleet of 400 Boeing 737 NG and around 120 million passengers in 2016. By 2024 we estimate to have around 200 million passengers. There are multiple ways the company is supported by machine learning. The presentation is focused on aspects of fuel management, i.e. how to fly cheaper and therefore offer cheaper tickets.
Safety first, but there are multiple areas where flight operation decisions can be supported using advanced analytics:
- Fuel usage forecasting - analytical methods based on the planned network and long term forecasts based on the number of available aircrafts.
- Planning support - identification of routes where excess fuel is carried on a regular basis.
- Route outlier detection - supporting flight operations in daily decisions, for instance by analyzing the best slot times.
- Line of flight aircraft assignment - linear integer programming, old school technique supporting decision making.
- Aircraft weights - regression models, a proper weight classification reduces ATC costs.
Multiple data sources are used to provide insights: transactional data, quick access recorder data, radar data, weather reports, pilot reports, and multiple static sources. The data is processed with Spark on an onsite Cloudera cluster, Microsoft SSIS and R and presented mainly with Tableau.
Integrating with Channel Managers: Survival Guide
Valentina Zotova / Project Manager, DataArt
Most travel projects, one or another, are integrated with third party system. A channel manager system is a service provider that links the property management system (PMS) you use to manage your rooms and prices with online platforms. This talk explains why you may need such integration and what makes sense to take it into account.