Gaming and the Future – October Recap

A first for the community, Testbed Vegas‘ Vegas Travel & Hospitality Tech ventured into the gaming sector in the October discussion at Desert Wind Coffee Roasters. A long time coming, but appropriate in the month of gaming tech following the annual G2E trade show in Las Vegas. We gathered a panel of industry professionals with a global range of experience, hot off the floor of G2E, exposing some of the experiences that are coming to gaming in the near future.

The topic of the day was the future gaming experience. The discussion ranged broadly across a number of areas from Slot gaming, digital tables, Sportsbook and e-sports and payment at the table as well as online gaming. Also discussed was the difference in consumer behavior between the Asian gaming market and the North American experience. What will the role of loyalty be in the future?

We had a rich dialogue and were fortunate to have three people leading the discussion that have a depth of industry background. On the Green Lounge were Michael Caruso from Oracle Hospitality, boasting 25 years in the Las Vegas market, Gavin McPhail from Aristocrat with 20 years in gaming operations and technology and Darren Blinn with decades of background from gaming tech monster, IGT.

Being in Las Vegas, the epicenter of the gaming experience, the community brought their experience to light through discussion and contributions based upon a broad backgrounds of Las Vegas and international experience within the audience.

We welcomed new members to the community and look forward to the next opportunity when we explore the gaming sector

Around Town

It’s a busy month in Las Vegas for Travel & Hospitality Tech. We backed up the October Meetup with Las Vegas Startup Weekend where Testbed Vegas / TRAVHOTECH offered their expertise to mentor startups that came together on Friday night and pitched on Sunday evening. A great experience and we were excited to see one of our protégé’s pick up the judges votes. Our friends Kenny Eliason from NeOnbrand and the team from Techstars turned on a great weekend at Work In Progress in downtown Las Vegas.

Upcoming Events

Expedia Explore 2019 at Sands Expo this week – Expedia brings together their customer base with some world class content and speakers

Las Vegas Lunch & Learn by StartupNV is on the 20th of November at the City of Las Vegas’ International Innovation Center. The topic is Cybersecurity.

The FBI’s Infragard event is on the 21st of November at the National Atomic Testing Museum. This is an open event where non members can attend on the topic of Cybersecurity.

Looking further ahead

Time flies and plans need to be made for future events;

CES – the major kickoff to the conferencing year and the next decade is in the second week of January. If you like technology that’s one to get along too. This year they will have a track focused on Tourism & Travel.

HTHP’s CES 2020 Dinner

Testbed Vegas holds the Hospitality Technology Hacks & Pundits Dinner on the 9th of January. We gather a local and global audience of travel & hospitality professionals on the sidelines of CES. If you would like to join us register here.

ITB, the major global Travel & Tourism event is on in Berlin in March and Travel Massive will hold their first ever Global Gathering on the sidelines of the event. Find out more and register on Travel Massive and take a travel buddy!

Meetup Photos

Thanks go to Martin S. Fuentes for making everyone look great. We appreciate the way his imagery brings to life the discussion and the community.

It’s a Testbed Vegas kind of Christmas!

Another year is almost gone. Incredible how time flies and in the tradition of Testbed Vegas it means it’s time for our Christmas Party. We’re headed to Las Vegas stalwart venue, The Sand Dollar Lounge. Join us there for libations and stay around for the band. They also have great Pizza!

We look forward to seeing you at The Sand Dollar Lounge.

Join us there and bring along a colleague!

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The Sand Dollar Lounge
3355 Spring Mountain Rd / Ste 30, Las Vegas, NV 89102
December 17th 2019 7.00pm-9.00pm

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