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Conference agenda includes keynotes from top local and international travel technology professionals. The event consists of 5 sessions (2 main sessions + 3 parallel tracks): 

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    The keynotes will be in Russian and English with simultaneous translation for both languages.

    Conference speakers (speakers' list is being updated)

    Diego Saez-Gil

    Сo-founder, Bluesmart

    San-Francisco, USA

    David Turnbull

    Co-founder and CCO, Snapshot

    Berlin, Germany

    Mirko Lalli

    Founder and CEO Travel Appeal

    Firenze, Italy

    Dmitry Panshin

     Chief Project Officer, Onetwotrip

    Moscow, Russia

    Igor Kaloshin

    Business Angel

     Co-founder, IQPlanner


    Gregory Pomerantsev

    Managing partner, Aeropartner

    (ex-SAS, Airbaltic etc.)

    Riga, Latvia

    Pavel Bogdanov

    General Partner

    Almaz Capital

    Aleksey Solovyov


    Itech Capital

    Michael Averbakh

    General Partner


    Stas Levitan

    Regional Manager CISSimilarweb

    Tel-Aviv, Israel

    Anna Vinokurova

    PM Yandex.Avia

    Moscow, Russia

    Mike Tomshinsky

    CEO Yandex.Bus

    Moscow, Russia

    Kate Rakova

    Manager Strategic Partnerships,

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Maksim Izmaylov

    Founder at Winding Tree 

    San Francisco, USA

    Dmitry Yakovlev

    CEO at

    Moscow, Russia

    Pavel Vasin


    Moscow, Russia

    Sergey Pronin

    CTO, App in the Air

    Moscow, Russia

    Ellin Tolstov


    Moscow, Russia

    Anton Baitsur

    VP Product, Aviasales

    Moscow, Russia

    Nicola Farronato

    Founder, B-sm@rk

    Dublin, Ireland

    Zdenek Komenda

    Chief Business Development Officer,

    Brno, Czech Republic

    Jorge Diaz

    Founder & CEO, AirGateway

    Berlin, Germany

    Natalia Burdina

    Head of Mobile ,Utair

    Tyumen, Russia

    Andrey Malyshev

    CEO at Big Tree and TrustYou Russia

    Moscow, Russia

    Alex Gervash

    Founder SkyGuru

    Moscow, Russia

    Andrey Larchenko

    Director for Russia and CIS, airBaltic

    Moscow, Russia

    Anton Potapov

    Co-founder Mermaid

    Moscow, Russia

    Conferece Agenda 

    event agenda might be slightly modified

    General Sessions

    09:00 – 10:00

    Attendees registration

    10:00 – 10:15

    Conference opens, greetings from organizers

    10.15 – 11.15

    Startup Pitch Competition at Travel Tech Conference Russia

    Presentations by:  

    Skadi (Lithuania), Postmii (France), Hotailors (Poland)Booklyng (Spain), Getguided (UK)

    11:15 – 11:45

    Coffee break

    11:45 – 12:15

    Online travel trends. Why knowledge is power in the digital world

    Stas Levitan, Regional Manager, CIS, Similarweb

    12:15 – 12:45

    Panel Discussion "Current state and perspectives for Russian travel technology market"*

    Moderated by: Valentin Dombrovsky (Chief Alchemist at Travelabs), participants: Dmitry Panshin (Chief Project Officer at Onetwotrip), Ellin Tolsotov (CTO at, Anton Baitsur (VP Product, Aviasales)

    12:45 – 13:15 and its virtually interlined story

    Zdenek Komenda, Chief Business Development Officer,

    13:15 – 13:45

    Starting up in travel, from software to hardware

    Diego Saez-Gill, founder at Bluesmart

    13:45 – 14:15

    Award Ceremony for "Superior Tourism Portal 2017" International Award (in partnership with Russian State Univercity of Tourism and Service) 

    14:15 – 15:15


    * - talk/panel in Russian with simultaneous translation to English

    Parallel Tracks

    Disruptive Technologies and Venture Investments

    15:15 – 16:00

    Panel Discussion "Why you shouldn't invest in online travel"*

    Moderated by: Igor Kaloshin (founder at IQPlanner), participants: Pavel Bogdanov (general partner Almaz Capital), Alexey Solovyov (partner iTech Capital), Michael Averbakh (general partner at IdealMachine), Victor Sazhin (founder at Victor.VC)

    16:00 – 16:30

    IT in corporate travel: is there life on Mars?*

    Fireside chat with Pavel Vasin, CEO at

    16:30 – 17:00

    Russian bus transportation market*

    Michael Tomshinsky (CEO at Yandex.Bus)

    17:00 – 17:30

    Coffee break

    17:30 – 18:00

    Innovations in travel industry - "They don't speak for us"

    Maksim Izmaylov, founder at Winding Tree

    18:00 – 18:30 and startups - finding touchpoints*

    Ekaterina Rakova, Manager, Strategic Partnerships at

    18:30 – 19:00

    My experience of launching startup in Ireland

    Nicola Farronato, founder B-sm@rk

    * - talk/panel in Russian with simultaneous translation to English

    Online tech in hospitality 

    15:15 – 16:00

     "Online reputation management session"

    "How AI helps to manage online reputation data"

    Mirko Lalli, Founder and CEO Travel Appeal

    Raising hotel OTA sales via online reputation management*

    Andrey Malyshev, CEO Big Tree / Trustyou Russia

    Panel discussion on online reputation*

    Participants: Andrey Malyshev (CEO Big Tree / Trustyou Russia) , Andrey Mikhaylets (founder at Open Hospitality Alliance), Konstantin Atemyev (founder at Open Hospitality Alliance), Alexey Kutcher (Forward Hotels)

    16:00 – 16:30

    Actual trends in cloud PMS development

    Pavel Babenko (Hotel Technologies

    16:30 – 17:00

    Case: raising anclillary sales with the use of modern technologies 

    Alexander Kislov, head of development, Russia and CIS, Adapsys

    17:00 – 17:30

    Coffee break

    17:30 – 18:00

    Hotel data - In the kingdom of the blind, the one eyed man is king

    David Turnbull, cofounder and CCO Snapshot

    18:00 – 18:30

    Online system for raising housekeeping service quaility and solving main tasks of housekeeping department

    Anton Potapov, cofounder at Mermaid

    18:30 – 19:00

    Panel discussion on innovations in hotels*

    Vadim Prasov (managing partner at Alliance Hotel Management), Alexander Kislov  (head of development, Russia and CIS, Adapsys), Pavel Babenko (Hotel Technologies), Yuri Vyushin (ex. Ostrovok, Aviasales), Andrey Malyshev (CEO Big Tree / Trustyou Russia) , Andrey Mikhaylets (founder at Open Hospitality Alliance), Konstantin Atemyev (founder at Open Hospitality Alliance)

    * - talk/panel in Russian with simultaneous translation to English

    Online tech in aviation

    15:15 – 15:45

    Passenger experience personalization, E-commerce and Ancillary Revenue*

    Grigory Pomerantsev, managing partner at Aeropartner

    15:45 – 16:15

    Mobile as an airline revenue driver. Case Study: UTair*

    Natalia Burdina, head of mobile at Utair

    16:15 – 17:00

    Panel discussion on the personalization of the passenger experience: opportunities in mobile, ancillaries and e-commerce*

    Moderated by Grigory Pomerantsev (managing partner at Aeropartner), panel participants: Natalia Burdina (head of mobile at Utair), Andrey Larchenko (director, Russia and CIS at airBaltic), Alex Gervash (founder at SkyGuru)

    17:00 – 17:30

    Coffee break

    17:30 – 18:00

    NDC, more than a distribution standard

    Jorge Diaz, Founder and CEO at AirGateway

    18:00 – 19:00

    Panel discussion on innovation in airline ticket distribution*

    Moderated by Sergey Pronin (CTO at App in the Air), panel participants: Dmitry Yakovlev (CEO at, Anna Vinokourova (PM at Yandex.Avia)

    * - talk/panel in Russian with simultaneous translation to English

    General Sessions

    19:00 – 19:15

    Conference wrap up, Startup Pitch Competition Winners Announced