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And the winners are...

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2021 Winners

The quality of the entries was astounding. But there can only be two winners. Which finalists will work with Travelport and AWS to build solutions to travel’s retailing problems, and receive up to 100,000 in AWS credits?

Drumroll… The 2021 Travelport Accelerator comes to a close in an epic series finale.


The brightest minds in tech have met the biggest names in travel. We whittled down a whopping 120 applicants for Travelport Accelerator to just six super finalists. And now, you can watch them pitch their products, ideas, and solutions to our panel of expert judges. Who has what it takes to transform travel?

Taguchi Marketing Automation

Up first is Managing Director, Dean Maidment, presenting a ground-breaking marketing automation platform for the travel industry.


Ben Riall, Account Director, is pitching the world’s largest unified travel ID that could revolutionize customer experience in travel.


Damien Mahoney, CEO and Co-Founder, pitches a solution that will give travel brands a way to find and license high-quality user-generated content.


Seth Cassel, Co-Founder and President, presents innovative fare promotion technology for airlines, and how his business can bring this capability to agencies.

Dynamo Video

Alex Izquierdo, CEO and Co-Founder, and Leire González, New Business and Client Manager Director, pitch a platform that can personalize millions of videos in seconds.

The Data Appeal Company

In the final pitch, UK Country Manager, Diego Acuña, presents a tool that gathers and visualizes travel destination data from more than 500 million social and review posts every day.

Let’s accelerate change.

Travelport Accelerator is a vehicle to channel entrepreneurship. To bring together the brightest minds. To revolutionize retailing. And to develop solutions that really work for customers.

The Challenge

This year, the challenge is to revolutionize customer acquisition and retention through hyper-personalized digital marketing.


Travelport’s Chief Product and Technology Officer, Tom Kershaw, has more than two decades of experience leading innovation across global technology companies. Tom explains why travel retailing needs a transformation, and how Travelport Accelerator will help.

The Judges

A panel of industry experts

The biggest names in travel are about to meet the brightest minds in tech. Decision-makers from across the industry are ready to hear about new ideas, products, and solutions from this year’s Accelerator applicants. Things are about to get really interesting.

Rob Brown

Sr. Director, B2B Strategy & Services
Southwest Airlines

Cindy Tonnessen

Director, Connectivity

Raksa Ouk

VP, Digital Products & Traveler Experience
Amex GBT

Josh Cameron

Chief Strategy Officer
Christopherson Business Travel

Christine Sikes

EVP, Customer Experience
Direct Travel

Peter Vlitas

EVP, Global Supplier Relations
Internova Travel Group

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Travelport Focus


The Travelport Accelerator is part of Travelport Focus, a joint insights and innovation initiative developed with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Through it, we’re working with the entire travel ecosystem to gather feedback on technology, accelerate innovation, elevate customer voices, and share the most valuable insights.

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