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FREE B.U.I.L.D Challenge event: How to Start A Travel Tech Business

Please sign up on to access the event and join this FREE B.U.I.L.D Challenge seminar to learn ways to grow your business and develop professionally.

This time we'll learn about How To Start A Travel Tech Business together with a panel discussion with experts who know what it is like to run a travel tech company. 

Also: Get the latest updates on Travel Meets Big Data and a chance to win FREE tickets!!!! 


• Yahya Fetchati, Chief Operating Officer at Bookassist - one of the leading European hotel booking technology providers. 

• Kevin O'Shaughnessy, founder of Indigo - a search and reservation platform for airport-to-city transfers

• Alan Clarke, CEO of - an accommodation marketplace connecting travellers with home owners. 

• More info to follow! 

Leading up to the Travel Meets Big Data hackathon + conference taking place in Dublin 18-20.11 we provide a monthly free travel or big data themed event. 


• 18h00 Welcoming and opportunity to meet other entrepreneurs

• 18h30 B.U.I.L.D Intro and Travel Meets Big Data update 

• 18h45 Moderated panel discussion on how to start a travel tech business

• 19h15 Questions & Answers 

• 20h00 Time to leave to a bar close-by for networking drinks at own cost

More info about the speakers: 

Alan Clarke, CEO, is an accommodation marketplace dedicated to offering an unforgettable travel experience. We connect guests to local hosts in over 150 countries. Our hosts are at the heart of a homestay, offering the chance to live and breathe the local culture, to make friends as well as memories and to explore destinations in a truly authentic way. Homestay hosts can enjoy the fulfilment of being a part of their guest’s new adventures and make some money by renting out their extra space.

Alan brings a decade of e-commerce management experience for both listed and privately held technology companies. Prior to, Alan was Head of Games at online gaming company in Dublin and also held roles at Yahoo! in San Francisco and McKinsey & Company in London. He has travelled to nearly 40 countries and stayed in all types of accommodation from hotels and hostels to yurts in outer Mongolia, enjoying local experiences along the way.

Yahya Fetchati Chief Operating Officer at Bookassist

Bookassist was founded in Dublin, Ireland in 1999. Entirely self-financed and consistently profitable, management comprises an expert and award-winning team with decades of experience in scientific and technology research, in the hospitality industry, in internet consultancy and in enterprise-level software development. Bookassist has long been recognised as a thought leader, first-mover and innovator in the hospitality technology space.

Yahya is a former Director of Hotel Partner Marketing at and former Managing Director of Hotels for Europe at An experienced hospitality technology professional having worked as a hotelier before moving into online distribution, he is a recognised expert on the online space. He oversees the business operations of all Bookassist offices and partners, and is responsible for global business development.

Kevin O'Shaughnessy, CEO and co-founder of Indigo

Indigo is a search and reservation platform for airport-to-city transfers. Indigo makes airport transfers an integral part of the travel planning and reservation process. 

Kevin designed the Indigo service, and previously CityHook to improve the passenger experience. Great easy-to-follow instructions to make the journey options easy to understand for hundreds of different transport options across Europe, with hundreds more destinations being actively researched.

In Dublin, Kevin is also the organizer of the Dublin Travel Massive chapter.


Silviu Preoteasa, Head of Marketing Technology, Hostelworld 

Hostelworld is the world's leading hostel-focused online booking platform.

Silviu works with defining and operating the hardware and software architecture used for data ingestion and modeling from multiple sources (web analytics, advertising providers, social media channels and other 3rd party sources). The resulting Single Source of Truth powers bottom line reporting, customer KPIs, customer profiles and multi-channel marketing campaigns.

The venue:

Complimentary drink & nibble provided by the BoI Startup Workbench: offering state of the art banking and workspace facilities including a 60 seater auditorium, lounge, digital bank and a dedicated bespoke workbench zone, complete with hot desks, interactive screens and complimentary wifi and coffee. 


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