The Beat Live Keynote Pitch: Brian Beard, Travel and Transport

This post is part of the 2015 Keynote Vote for The Beat Live, in Arlington, Va., Sept. 29-Oct. 1.

Topic: The Future Of Travel Technology

Technology will be one of the biggest factors (if not the biggest) driving change in our industry.

Travel and Transport will explore the top technologies that will cause disruption, transparency, disintermediation and significant improvement for our industry. Technologies like Big Data, voice recognition and three-dimensional displays will be featured and other topics like why open booking has not caught on and what technologies might allow it to succeed will also be explored.

When it comes to technology, we tend to be very shortsighted. Let's look a few years into the future for a glimpse into potential changes that could impact distribution, retailing, travel management operations, purchasing, negotiations and more.

Brian Beard is Travel and Transport general manager of strategic initiatives.