We are hosting the Travel Tech Tournament on the 20nd of June.To give you more insights into this Tech Open Air satellite event, we want to introduce you to the members of our jury. This time, we are talking to Lydia Band, who is the Berlin chapter head of Travel Massive and also our co-host of the event. Together we are bringing the international travel and start-up community together at the Spreewalker in Berlin Kreuzberg. Five selected start-ups will present their company on stage and pitch their deck to a jury of six start-up and travel experts from companies like HomeToGo, GetYourGuide, Cube and Amadeus Ventures. The winner receives a media, mentoring & PR - package from the jury.
Tell us a little bit about you? What's your background?
I studied International Tourism Management at Stenden University in The Netherlands, including a semester abroad in South East Asia and an internship with ITB Berlin. Afterwards I stayed in Berlin and continued with my MA at the University of Sustainable Development in Eberswalde. During my internship at ITB Berlin I learned about Travel Massive and joined as one of the Berlin Chapter leaders about three years ago. Last year I became part of the Berlin Travel Festival as Community Manager & Event Coordinator.
How did you land in the travel industry?
As you can see from my background, I was involved in the travel industry from the beginning of my studies. I always had an interest in event and travel planning and loved the various opportunities the tourism industry is offering. You can get involved in so many different ways and I can include several interests and passions. Through my studies and especially through Travel Massive I was able to grow a great network, helping me to really land within this industry.
Why have you decided to join the Travel Tech Tournament?
Through my work at Travel Massive I got to know plenty of start-ups from the travel industry and I am usually quite impressed by their ideas and the passion behind their work. I'm looking forward to being part of the jury, because I am interested in getting to know new approaches and developments within the travel-tech sector and I think it's really important to support promising teams and their ideas along the way.
What do you expect from the event?
Inspiration, new connections & fun!
What is your contribution for the winner of the TTT?
We will offer a sponsored event within the Berlin Chapter, which is a great opportunity for the winner to reach out to our community, present their product and share experiences & knowledge. This also includes the promotion through our channels and an interview on our blog. Additionally the members of the winning team will receive our Pro Membership for one year for free, to make meaningful connections with professionals from the industry worldwide.
What is the most inspiring travel start-up story you know?
That is a tough question; I think that there are so many inspiring stories and ideas out there. It's great to see a lot of start-ups trying to make a change in the world and improve issues with sustainable products and services. One example is Conflict Food, which is traveling to conflict regions, finding traditional agricultural products and enabling direct trade. It's an important step for the people producing it, and it is also educating the consumers here about the heritage of the product and the culture of the country. The taste of peace!
What tips can you give to the start-ups entering the tournament?
For me it is important to see a passionate team that follows the same values and is presenting their idea authentically. Also I love it, when startups create smart solutions for problems we all know or have experienced already and make our lives easier or more sustainable. And of course to find a way to present this as clear and convincing as possible - "start with why".
What is the worst thing to start the pitch with?
Comparing yourself to others; don't start explaining what you are doing better than your competitors, but please focus on yourself and being unique.
What is your favorite travel destination?
Iceland! I have only been there once, but I was extremely impressed by everything - the people and their creativity, landscape, culture and atmosphere.
What is your travel tip / #travelhack ?
Eat where the locals eat.
Thank you very much, Lydia. We are looking forward to seeing you at the event.
If you are a team of movers and shakers and have a great idea and the pitch deck to match? Do you have what it takes to stir up the travel market? Have you created an app and want to show it to millions of travelers? Let us know and hand in your pitch deck before the 14th of June.
Or do you just want to network with the international travel tech community during TOA? Then sign up here!