Remark Holdings to Present at the 11th Annual LD Micro Main Event Investor Conference on December 4, 2018

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MARK), a diversified global technology company with leading artificial intelligence (AI) solutions and digital media properties, including Vegas.com, today announced that the Company will present at the 11th annual LD Micro Main Event Conference.

Chairman and CEO, Kai-Shing Tao, will present on December 4, 2018 at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET and the Company will be meeting with investors throughout the event.

The LD Micro Main Event will take place December 4-6 in Los Angeles at the Luxe Sunset Bel Air Hotel. The conference features 250 companies in the small-cap/micro-cap space.

A live webcast of the presentation will be available to the public at: http://wsw.com/webcast/ldmicro15/mark/ and via the investor relations section of the Company’s website at remarkholdings.com. The webcast will be archived for a year following the live presentation.

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About Remark Holdings, Inc.

Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MARK) delivers an integrated suite of AI solutions that enable businesses and organizations to solve problems, reduce risk and deliver positive outcomes.  The company’s easy-to-install AI products are being rolled out in a wide range of applications within the retail, financial, public safety and workplace arenas.  The company also owns and operates digital media properties that deliver relevant, dynamic content and ecommerce solutions. The company is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, with additional operations in Los Angeles, California and in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Hangzhou, China. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.remarkholdings.com.

Company Contact:

Alison Davidson
Remark Holdings, Inc.
adavidson@remarkholdings.com
702-701-9514

Investor Relations Contact:

Colton Krueger
The Plunkett Group, Inc.
Colton@ThePlunkettGroup.com
210-602-4078

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MJLink.com, Inc. to Webcast, Live, at VirtualInvestorConferences.com December 6th.

Company invites individual and institutional investors as well as advisors to attend interactive real-time virtual VirtualInvestorConferences.com 

DENVER, Nov. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — MjLink.com, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Social Life Network, Inc. (OTCQB: WDLF), announced that Mr. Ken Tapp, will present live at VirtualInvestorConferences.com on December 6, 2018.  Mr. Tapp will deliver a corporate presentation and discuss their international cannabis social networks that are used in over 120 countries, by over 1.3 million monthly users as well as discuss their plan to take MjLink.com, Inc. public on a Canadian stock exchange in 2019.

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DATE: Thursday, December 6, 2018
TIME: 1:45 PM ET
LINK: https://tinyurl.com/126prepr

This will be a live, interactive online event where investors are invited to ask the company questions in real-time – both in the presentation hall as well as the association’s “virtual trade booth.” If attendees are not able to join the event live on the day of the conference, an on-demand archive will be available for 90 days.

It is recommended that investors pre-register and run the online system check to save time and receive event updates.

Learn more about the event at www.VirtualInvestorConferences.com.

Recent Company Highlights

  • Company owns the largest and oldest international cannabis social networks that are used by more than 1.3 million users each month.
  • Planned IPO of MjLink.com on the Canadian Stock Exchange in 2019.
  • Announced key additions to the Board of Directors and key hires, including: Mali Sanati as Vice President of Business Development, and Mark DiSiena as Chief Financial Officer.

About MJLink.com

Social Life Network, Inc. is an artificial intelligence and blockchain powered social network and e-commerce technology company based in Denver Colorado. They launched their first social networks, WeedLife.com for cannabis consumers and MjLink.com for cannabis and hemp business professionals in 2013, and have since launched niche e-commerce social networks to meet the growing demand for online communities in the residential Real Estate industry and many sports verticals including Golf, Cycling, Tennis, Soccer, Hunting & Fishing world-wide.

For more information, visit https://www.SocialNetwork.ai.

About VirtualInvestorConferences.com
Since 2010, VirtualInvestorConferences.com, created by BetterInvesting (NAIC) and PRNewswire, has been the only monthly virtual investor conference series that provides an interactive forum for presenting companies to meet directly with investors using a graphically-enhanced online platform.

Designed to replicate the look and feel of location-based investor conferences, Virtual Investor Conferences unites PR Newswire’s leading-edge online conferencing and investor communications capabilities with BetterInvesting’s extensive retail investor audience network.

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2018 KPMG James Marwick Professor-in-Residence Announced

NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — An academic studying the interaction between accounting and IT management and their implications for the accounting profession has been named the 2018 KPMG James Marwick Professor-in-Residence by audit, tax and advisory firm, KPMG, LLP.

Tawei David Wang, an assistant professor at Driehaus College of Business, DePaul University, is the 2018 KPMG James Marwick Professor-in-Residence.

Tawei David Wang, an assistant professor at Driehaus College of Business, DePaul University, is the 2018 KPMG James Marwick Professor-in-Residence and the third professor to hold the title. He teaches audit analytics and data mining at DePaul and has been invited by universities and conferences nationwide to discuss curriculum design and analytics teaching strategies.

Established last year, the KPMG James Marwick Professor-in-Residence program focuses on evolving innovation opportunities and understanding challenges in the audit profession. Collaborating with the firm’s Audit Innovation group, Wang’s research in IT management and emerging technologies, such as blockchain, artificial intelligence adoption and other emerging technologies, provides insight into the skills and capabilities the profession will need to develop future leaders. The program explains to faculty the evolving technical, regulatory, and innovation challenges affecting the audit profession.

“The KPMG James Marwick Professor-in-Residence program demonstrates our dedication to encouraging our culture of quality and learning,” said KPMG Audit Partner and National Audit Innovation Leader Shaun Budnik. “With the experience from this residency program, professors return to the classroom with a greater appreciation of the work required to meet regulatory expectations and envisioning new ways to improve audit processes and consistently deliver high-quality audits.”

The professorship was named in honor of James Marwick, the “M” in KPMG, an accounting pioneer committed to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity. The professorship is a concrete example of how the firm encourages a culture of continuous learning and creates opportunities to strengthen relationships with prestigious U.S. colleges and universities. In addition to the professor-in-residence program, KPMG learning opportunities include KPMG faculty instructors, a Master of Accounting with Data and Analytics Program, and other academic initiatives that support the firm’s award-winning digital and classroom training programs.

Wang, who also studied as an accountant and internal auditor, worked with KPMG to better understand innovation in the audit profession, how the profession is changing and the implications for training and accounting educational programs.  He concentrated on the intersection of KPMG’s Audit practice technology investments and standards, including IT infrastructure, emerging technology, as well as data mining and analytics. His research has attracted more than 23,000 full-text downloads through the ScienceDirect network.

“It was enlightening to see what professionals are doing in terms of innovation and to bring business practices to business education,” Wang said. “Technology is moving so fast – there is no way we can teach our students everything. Instead, we must teach them how to approach problems.”

About KPMG

KPMG LLP is the independent U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG International’s independent member firms have 197,000 professionals working in 154 countries. Learn more at www.kpmg.com/us.

Contacts:       
Elizabeth Lynch
KPMG, LLP
201-505-6316
elizabethlynch@kpmg.com

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C3 Solutions’ Latest White Paper Focuses on How the Evolution of E-commerce is Transforming the Transportation Industry’s Supply Chain

MONTREAL, Nov. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — C3 Solutions, an information technology company specialized in yard management and dock scheduling systems announces the release of its latest White Paper entitled, “The E-commerce Effect: the Modern Supply Chain Disruptor”.

E-commerce has become the biggest supply chain disruptor in the 21st century. Whether your organization sells, buys, manufactures or delivers physical products, e-commerce has dramatically changed the way companies business in the past 25 years. And now, as the industry reaches what looks like peak e-commerce, the disruption is intensifying. Many factors are contributing to online selling’s powerful impact, from increased computing power, including artificial intelligence, to robotics, the ubiquity of smartphones, the growing purchasing power of digital natives who prefer to shop online, and the overwhelming domination of one particular retailer.

This paper takes a closer look at how this new e-commerce world is affecting different segments of the supply chain. The paper examines retail, wholesale, manufacturing, parcel delivery, and reverse logistics and answers two fundamental questions:

  • How are these areas affected?
  • And, what organizations can do to adapt and prosper?        

The White Paper is available for download here:
https://info.c3solutions.com/the-e-commerce-effect-white-paper

 

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Algolux Wins the 2018 Automotive Tech.AD Award for Most Innovative Autonomous Driving Solution

MONTREAL, Nov. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Algolux, the leading provider of machine learning optimization platforms for autonomous vision, has won the top award at the 2018 Detroit Automotive Tech.AD Conference. Algolux was recognized for Most Innovative Autonomous Driving Solution for its CANA full-stack deep neural network (DNN) at the awards ceremony.

Accurate perception of pedestrians, objects, and surroundings is fundamental for safe autonomous vehicle operation, but is made even more difficult by harsh imaging conditions, such as low light and adverse weather.

Algolux’s CANA full perception stack applies a novel end-to-end DNN to significantly improve accuracy versus today’s alternative state of the art approaches across these challenging scenarios. Furthermore, its modular architecture can be integrated with third party perception systems and across a range of power profiles, from high-performance central computing platforms to sub 1W edge processors.

“Algolux was identified as a finalist from a large pool of nominees providing autonomous vehicle technologies and was presented with the first-place award at the 2018 Automotive Tech.AD Detroit Award ceremony,” said Sarah Farley, Director Smart Mobility & Automotive of we.CONECT, organizers of the AutomotiveTech.AD Conferences. “We congratulate Algolux on this acknowledgement by the autonomous vehicle community on the impact CANA can provide to improve the accuracy of perception systems and further progress the safety of these vehicles.”

“We are honored to win the Automotive Tech.AD Award for the Most Innovative Autonomous Driving Solution for our CANA robust perception DNN stack. This acknowledgment from industry experts once again validates our novel application of artificial intelligence as a unique approach to address the challenges of accurate perception under the most difficult imaging conditions,” said Allan Benchetrit, Algolux President and CEO. “The award highlights that Algolux’s AI technology for autonomous vision can tackle the mission-critical requirement of safe and robust perception for autonomous vehicles and ADAS.”

About Algolux
Algolux enables autonomous vision – empowering cameras to see more clearly and perceive what cannot be sensed with today’s imaging and vision systems. Computer vision is at the heart of autonomous cars, ADAS, mobile devices, security cameras (IoT), AR/VR, robotics, drones, and medical equipment, leading the next wave of market growth and social impact. Developed by an industry-recognized team of machine learning, computer vision, and image processing researchers, our patented machine-learning technologies address the complexity of optimizing imaging and vision systems while improving the costs, time-to-market, and expertise challenges faced by product development teams.

Visit us at http://www.algolux.com.

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The Top 10 Internet Terms of 2018 According to NetLingo

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Everyone’s talking tech this year, from our POTUS to Congress and the Millennials to Big Tech. Explanations of terms in ‘single quotes’ on NetLingo.com. HOW MANY HAVE YOU HEARD OF?

1. ‘brain hacking’ – 2018 Jargon of the Year, ‘big tech’ hooks us by making ‘smartphones’ & ‘apps’ a habit; ‘Silicon Valley’ is ditching their devices due to ‘Internet addiction’, ‘digital detox’ & ‘child tech addiction’.

2. ‘NSFW’ – 2018 Acronym of the Year “Not Safe For Work” from post-#MeToo movements to celebrities tweeting “NSFW headlines” it inspired the new book “NSFW: The Little BlackBook of Acronyms”

3. ‘clap back’ – If Oxford’s word is toxic, then the ‘twitterverse’ is clapping back… it’s a noun, it’s a verb, it’s never been used more than NOW as ‘influencers’ continue to perfect the art of the clapback, thx Ja Rule

4. ‘co-working’ – sharing workplaces, it’s a ‘millennial’ trend with ‘co-living’ and ‘co-sharing’; working in the industry and living in urban areas is impacting people’s lives and creating new business opportunities

5. ‘FIRE’ – it means “Financial Independence, Retire Early” bravo to millennial crusaders who are ‘geeking out’ calculating compound interest and blowing up the whole concept of career and retirement

6. ‘woke’ – young and old are becoming aware, like a man who’s a feminist, or a person’s awareness of current affairs, it implies knowledge and empathy as in “You’re woke, so now things are, you know, real.”

7. ‘lawnmower parent’ – first ‘tiger’, then ‘elephant’, ‘helicopter’, ‘dolphin’, ‘attachment’, ‘free-range’, lawnmowers “mow down” a path for their snowflakes removing all obstacles that may cause a struggle

8. ‘QAnon’ – what started as a ‘cryptic post’ grew into a sprawling alternative theory about all things ‘fake’

9. ‘#TFA’ – Omarosa said “they’d just hashtag it ‘TFA’ and move on when Trump did something insane,” it refers to the Twenty Fifth Amendment, as in the removal of the ‘POTUS’ in the event of impairment…

10. ‘blockchain’ – the muscle behind ‘bitcoin’ (which Scrabble just added) it makes bitcoin transactions secure, reliable, and anonymous, it fueled a ‘cryptocurrency’ craze and helps with ocean plastic too!

Read more about the bold terms on NetLingo.com and the Top 5 Online Trends to Watch in 2019:

1. ‘deepfake / ‘facial recognition’ / ‘faceprint’ – OMG deepfake wait until you see the photo
2. ‘social credit’ / ‘social scoring’ / ‘reputation score’ – scary stuff from China, from big tech too
3. ‘AI’ / ‘artificial intelligence’ / ‘machine learning’ / ‘robotics’ – unbelievable developments (!)
4. ‘YIMBY’ & ‘JOMO’ – Yes In My Back Yard & Joy Of Missing Out – new attitude (not NIMBY & FOMO)
5. ‘CBD’ – yes, as in the oil, it’s not an actual acronym because it stands for Cannabidiol

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Top 10 Internet Terms of the Year, compiled by Erin Jansen, Internet Specialist, founder of NetLingo.com
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Former Disney/ABC and Marriott Executive is on a Mission to Transform Hospitality Brands and Marketers into Storytellers with Launch of Storified Hospitality Group

WASHINGTON and SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Storified Hospitality announces its official launch today with the roll-out of a diverse portfolio of consumer and b2b brands, services, and products that integrate content, community, and commerce, and a category exclusive partnership with Tickr, that introduces custom built data visualization products designed and priced for travel, tourism, and hospitality brands.

The launch of Storified Hospitality Group marks the official return to hospitality marketing for David Beebe and his leadership team, which includes former Marriott Digital Media executive Lucia Evans. Beebe was the first ever VP, Global Creative and Content Marketing at Marriott, where he led the internal creative agency and from the ground up, founded the Marriott Content Studio, Marriott Traveler Magazine, and M Live – Marriott’s real-time global brand command centers. Prior to Marriott, Beebe was VP, Digital Studios, at Disney/ABC Television Group. At Marriott, Evans was Senior Director, Digital and Social Media, and has helped to transform the J.W. Marriott, Marriott, Sheraton, Delta, and Courtyard brands.

Storified Hospitality Group has been operating under the radar for six months, during which time Beebe, Evans, and their team tested the market and refined their product offerings through creative workshops, training labs, and speaking engagements with brands including Southwest Airlines, Air New Zealand, Walmart, Destination Canada, and several hotels in the US and Canada, including One King West in Toronto, which serves as its beta test hotel for new offerings.

The Storified Hospitality Group’s portfolio of media, marketing, and technology brands, services, and products include Hotel Social Key, Storied Hotels, Storified Studios, and Storified Training.

Hotel Social Key –The Hotel Marketer’s Single Point of Truth
In a category exclusive partnership, Storified Hospitality Group partnered with Tickr, the enterprise data platform for digital business, to roll out a new media intelligence solution designed specifically for hotel marketers. The solution, called Hotel Social Key®, unlocks a 360˚view of the most important metrics for hotel marketers, including relevant social media activity, news coverage, user sentiment, and information about competitors — all in real-time, in one place, with a single log-on. The team also built Tourism Social Key, for destination marketers, Culinary Social Key for Food and Beverage brands, Airport Social Key for airports, and Transit Social Key for public transportation operators.

Hotel Social Key was born from Beebe’s expertise as the Global VP, Creative and Content Marketing for Marriott International. There, he created the Marriott International Content Studio and its five global real-time social media command centers. The Command Centers were awarded Gold and Silver Creative Data Lions at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity in the categories of Social Data and Use of Real-time Data, respectively. Hotel Social Key was designed specifically for hotel marketers, including the most important features that powered these command centers, but with a price point that fits within hotel marketing budgets.

“We believe that hotel marketers should spend their time doing what they were hired to do — building awareness, increasing sales, and creating lasting memories for their guests,” said David Beebe, Founder and CEO, Storified Hospitality Group. “The challenge for marketers today is that there is just so much data out there, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Hotel Social Key provides hotel marketers with a single source of truth by enabling them to visualize all of their most important public, private, and third-party data in real-time, in one place. It helps marketers to get ahead of trending stories, identify opportunities, and react quickly so that they can put more heads in beds.”

Hotel Social Key doesn’t replace any of the current tools hoteliers are already using – instead, it serves as a mothership that connects all the relevant data together. By providing instant access to cross-channel metrics, including social media, PR, TripAdvisor, competitor data, trending news, digital, and paid media, on one screen with a single sign-on, marketers are finally able to see everything in one place. Hotel Social Key also addresses the biggest pain points hotel marketers face by eliminating the need for manual reporting. Hoteliers can choose from customizable views for different stakeholders, including a GM view, and even a Guest View for the hotel lobby.

David Beebe and I have implemented measurement and reporting solutions for global hotel brands, regions and properties, but none have saved us time, money and effort the way that Hotel Social Key has the power to do”, says Lucia Evans, CXO of Storified Hospitality. “Hotel Social Key is a game-changer for hotel marketers.”

Hotel Social is powered by Tickr 360, a media insight platform that uses artificial intelligence to provide dynamic awareness about specific brands, products, people, customers, competitors and the general industry. The Tickr platform has earned the confidence of some of the world’s leading brands and is currently deployed across market-leading companies in industries including consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical, finance, manufacturing, and more.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Storied Hotels on Hotel Social Key, and highly enthused about the platform’s potential to help hotel marketers move away from siloed data to make better decisions for their brands in real time,” said Tyler Peppel, Founder and CEO of Tickr. “Given the explosive growth we’ve seen in social media and self-publishing platforms, hotel brands need to become more strategic about how they use media, in order to identify opportunities and protect their reputations. With Hotel Social Key, we’ve improved the signal-to-noise ratio by surfacing the most relevant media intelligence for hotel marketers. We believe it has the potential to optimize hotel marketing in a way that’s never been done before.”

To find out everything that Hotel Social Key can do, book a demo at http://hotelsocialkey.com

Storied Hotels – A story-driven media brand for the curious travelers
Storied Hotels is a multiplatform consumer brand connecting curious travelers with the world’s best storied hotels, destinations and experiences by partnering with hotels, travel brands, and creators to develop original story-driven creative and content that inspires travelers to discover what’s next. Stories are available at storiedhotels.com and are created by local writers and video produces around the world. Storied Hotels is leveraging affiliate partnerships with Amazon to create content that drives commerce and book direct rev-share deals with individual hotels to create content that drives bookings. The team is already producing premium branded and native content for hotel partners through Storified Studios, including its first podcast series, with plans to launch print products and events in early 2019.

Storified Studios – Premium Story Driven Creative and Content
In the sea of sameness, Storified Studios is financing its own productions and partnering with hospitality marketers and creators to elevate storytelling to the next level with transformative travel creative and content. The studio is focused on inspiring marketers to think different, act like media companies, and partner with creatives to develop, produce, and distribute premium story-driven creative and content that transforms marketing from a cost center to a revenue center. The content studio is already in development on several hospitality brand supported original films, documentaries, and digital series set to premiere in the first quarter of 2019. The content studio’s first production is marked by a podcast series called “Uninvited Guests” which explores haunted hotels and is hosted by creator and influencer Stef Sanjati. The premiere episode featured the 1886 Crescent Hotel in the Ozarks.

Storifed Training – Storytelling Workshops, Labs, and Courses
From the front line to the back office, people are at the core of the hospitality business and they need to understand the power of storytelling. Unfortunately, hospitality brands are often forced to chase the next shiny object on digital and social media vs taking the time to train its people. Storified Training offers multiple digital and in person courses, workshops, and labs for travel, tourism, and hospitality brands who understand that the most important step in transforming an organization is taking the time to train the teams. Air New Zealand and Destination Canada are clients.

Storified Hospitality Group, based in Washington, DC with offices in Toronto and San Francisco, closed an undisclosed seed round of financing led by travel agency industry veteran David Odaka. The financing will be used to further solve the problems hospitality marketers face, scale the multiple brands in the portfolio, and invest in new offerings, especially storytelling training services and products.

About Storified Hospitality Group, Inc.
Storified Hospitality Group owns and operates a diverse portfolio of media, marketing, and technology ventures that transform travel, tourism, and hospitality brands and marketers into storytellers. Storified Hospitality Group was founded by Emmy, Cannes Lion, and James Beard Award Winning Producer, Media Executive, and Brand Storyteller David Beebe, who most recently was the first ever Vice President of Global Creative and Content Marketing for Marriott International. Beebe, who AdWeek named a “Branded Content Master Who Makes it OK to Love Marketing,” created the Marriott Content Studio, Marriott’s Global Social Media Command Centers, and Marriott Traveler while overseeing consumer-facing creative and content for Marriott’s portfolio of 30 brands. Beebe was the Executive Producer and led creative development, production, and distribution strategy for premium content productions including scripted films like Two Bellmen One, Two Bellmen Two, Two Bellmen Three, Business Unusual, French Kiss, and The Other End of The World as well as unscripted content including Hotel Countdown, Do Not Disturb and Open Invitation, as well as campaigns content like Book Direct. For more information, please visit http://storifiedhospitality.com.

About Tickr
Ever wondered why you manage your brand, products and people with static documents like Excel, PowerPoint and PDFs while the world of information moved online and into the cloud? We did too. So we built the world’s first Performance Tracking Platform to unify all your data into one simple, cloud-based UI: Marketing, enterprise metrics, social, CRM and finance, all on one screen, in real time. It’s a simple idea that we think has the potential to change how all businesses are managed. In the process, we’ve built a stellar team and earned the confidence of some of the world’s leading brands. The Tickr platform is deployed across market-leading companies in industries ranging including consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical, finance, and manufacturing. And we’re just getting started. Learn more about Tickr’s partnership programs at http://www.tickr.com/partners, or sign up for a demo of Hotel Social Key today at https://socialkey.storiedhotels.com/book-your-demo/.

 

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Study Shows Consumers Want Travel Assistance from Chatbots

NORTHAMPTON, United Kingdom, Nov. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The ability to organize and book both business or leisure trips online is now far more convenient than it used to be. Regardless, arranging trips online can still be an exhausting and cumbersome experience. Whether it’s trying to find the best flight, the most affordable option or just knowing where to go within a new city; there are many obstacles facing consumers today. To examine this area in depth, Humley, the creator of artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots for the enterprise, recently surveyed 1,000 Americans.

To receive the full report, please email info@humley.com.

Humley gauged consumer frustrations and preferences regarding online experiences within the travel and hospitality industries. Among other findings, the results demonstrated that over three-quarters of Americans would lean heavily on chatbots to improve the online travel experience. Travel chatbots can alleviate customer pain points in a multitude of ways. A chatbot can help simplify travel arrangements, streamline business procedures, organize trips and serve as an online concierge.

Consumers aren’t buying tickets at airline counters anymore; most are arranging trips online with 84 percent of respondents using services such as Kayak or Expedia when booking travel. Even though users are turning to online services when booking travel, 62 percent of users still find it somewhat difficult to very difficult to find the right deal. Nearly half of users (49 percent) surveyed visit between four and seven websites to find a hotel within their budget.

Nevertheless, it appears users find it relatively easy to receive information regarding travel arrangements which have already been booked. Only 12 percent of users find it difficult to receive updates on their flight status whilst on the go. The survey has demonstrated that the process of booking travel arrangements online can still be a misleading and somewhat tiresome task. A quarter of users surveyed have booked the wrong flight, hotel or rental service due to the website being confusing.

“Travelers are looking for new ways to find deals on all facets of their travel arrangements. It’s clear that chatbots have caught their attention as a much-needed and helpful tool, but not all chatbots are equally adept of helping consumers navigate deals, book flights or rooms or learn about destinations,” said Adam Harrold, Managing Director and Chief Technical Architect of Humley. “At Humley, we’ve taken a unique approach to AI-powered chatbot by equipping them with natural language capabilities – providing users with an authentic and natural experience that makes it simple to find the most relevant and useful information that travelers seek.”

With so many travel options available, consumers are searching for a solution which makes booking both vacation and business travel easier. Consumers see travel chatbots as a viable option. Two-thirds of those surveyed would find a chatbot useful (40 percent) or very useful (26 percent) in managing all of their business and work travel arrangements. Dealing with travel chatbots may soon become a common preference. Over a third (37 percent) of users would prefer to deal with an intelligent chatbot when arranging travel plans or comparing booking options. In fact, demand for chatbots that can save users both time and money was incredibly high. Humley’s survey results demonstrate that 87 percent of users would interact with a travel chatbot if it could save them both time and money. 

Consumers are also surprisingly turning to the web versus people they know for ideas on where to go. 70 percent of those surveyed research where to go and what to see or do within a destination, via websites. This is compared to just 16 percent of those who ask their friends instead. Interest in using online resources to discover new places to visit was high. Over three quarters (79 percent) of users were open to asking a chatbot, on the condition it could reliably function as a concierge.

It is obvious that consumers desire a chatbot to assist them with both booking travel, as well as dealing with travel-related enquiries. Not all chatbots are created equal however. In order to deliver the consumer’s expectations, travel and hospitality companies need to ensure they adopt a chatbot that is able to converse with a user naturally. A chatbot needs to be able to understand the greater context of questions a user asks. It should also be able to execute tasks pertaining to those questions and answers. This means that customers are provided with a genuine breadth of service, all within a chat interface.

The race is on within the travel industry to improve the online experience of those either searching for deals, booking deals, researching new destinations or just organizing their business trips. Arranging and managing travel should be simple, clear and hassle-free. Customers will be grateful to those companies which implement solutions that streamline, simplify and optimize the customer’s travel organization process.

About Humley
Founded in 2014, Humley provides an AI powered Cognitive Assistant platform to improve customer experiences in a ‘chatbot’ or ‘Virtual Assistant’ setting, within the enterprise marketplace. Humley can diagnose and resolve customer pain points using unscripted natural language as well as manage processes all of which gives enterprise customers the ability to communicate in their own words and through their preferred channel. For more information visit Humley.com or connect with us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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FortyThree, Inc.
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Innovaccer Welcomes Phil Fasano, Visionary Thought Leader, Previous Chief Information Officer Kaiser Permanente, to Strategic Advisory Council

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Innovaccer Inc., the leading San Francisco-based healthcare data platform company, announced today that Phil Fasano, MBA has joined its Strategic Advisory Council. Mr. Fasano, former Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Kaiser Permanente, is a sought-after Fortune 100 C-Level strategist, with over 20 years of experience in the healthcare and financial services sectors.

Mr. Fasano is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Bay Advisors LLC. In this role, he provides guidance to large healthcare systems and startups on how to create and market technologies that increase patient centeredness and drive profitability. With his unique combination of knowledge and experience, Mr. Fasano will be instrumental in helping Innovaccer drive revolutionary changes in healthcare.

Mr. Fasano spent 8 years as Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Information Officer at Kaiser Permanente, where he inspired the clarity of vision required to fund and implement the nation’s most extensive connected care network. During this time, he drove a successful turnaround of technology capabilities and provided leadership for strategic marketing, company vision/ strategy, and innovation. During Mr. Fasano’s tenure, Kaiser received numerous quality and technology awards, including multiple Continuous Availability Awards from Uptime Institute, four consecutive years for 100 Best Places to Work in IT from Computerworld, as well as the coveted HIMSS Davies Award, (the top award for healthcare IT excellence across all aspects of care delivery).

“Innovaccer is one of the only companies I’ve seen that solves the interoperability problem in healthcare. By doing this, they are not only connecting stakeholders, but they are fulfilling the urgent need for Real Time healthcare,” said Mr. Fasano. “Their proprietary technology for integrating and democratizing data also provides the foundation for artificial intelligence and automation we’ve been missing in healthcare for decades.”

Fasano is the author of Transforming Health Care: The Financial Impact of Technology, Electronic Tools, and Data Mining (2013, John Wiley & Sons), a futurist perspective on how technology is impacting the healthcare industry and what it will mean for future investors and entrepreneurs. Following his time at Kaiser, Mr. Fasano was the first EVP and Global CIO at the Fortune 100 global insurance company American International Group (AIG). While there he guided technology strategy, capabilities, and operations for more than 65,000 employees across 120 countries.

“It is an honor to have a profound healthcare and technology executive such as Phil Fasano on the Innovaccer team,” says Abhinav Shashank, CEO at Innovaccer Inc. “He brings over 20 years of deep experience in healthcare and financial technology, and corporate leadership skills. He will be a great asset for the company as we scale and move closer to our mission of driving the healthcare revolution with data.”

About Innovaccer

Innovaccer Inc. is a leading healthcare data platform company focused on delivering more efficient and effective healthcare by combining pioneering analytics with transparent, and accurate data. Innovaccer’s aim is to simplify complex data from all points of care, streamline the information, and help organizations realize strategic goals based on key insights and predictions from their data. Its products have been deployed across more than 500 locations with over 10,000 providers leveraging it at institutions, governmental organizations, and several corporate enterprises such as Mercy ACO, StratiFi Health, UniNet Healthcare Network, Catalyst Health Network, Hartford Healthcare, and Osler Health Network. Innovaccer is based in San Francisco with offices around the United States and Asia.

For more information, please visit innovaccer.com.

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Peak Launches AI Platform-as-a-Service to Improve Enterprise AI Deployment Success Rates

MANCHESTER, England, NEW YORK and LAS VEGAS, November 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

• PaaS beta set to increase data team productivity by 300%
• Unproductive activity related to poor legacy systems accounts for 80% of data scientist output
• PaaS offers seamless connectivity with limitless data sources
• Enabling simple, self-serve or managed AI deployments across business systems

High growth artificial intelligence (AI) company Peak has today launched its AI Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) beta programme to improve AI success rates and data scientist productivity across the enterprise.

Peak’s AI PaaS beta program sees the company’s AI System opened up to the data science and engineering community for the first time, helping enterprise users to build, train and deploy machine learning solutions across their organisations at scale.

Peak’s AI System is a new category of enterprise technology product. Its AI PaaS combines the three critical components necessary for enterprise AI deployments:

  1. Infrastructure: data handling, storage, compute, scaling, extensibility, security and robustness.
  2. Workflow: the workflow of taking raw data, interpreting it, joining, transforming, feature extraction, model training, orchestration and deployment.
  3. Solutions: easy-to-build machine learning business solutions.

A recent PWC report found that just 4% of businesses have successfully implemented AI, which is unsurprising given data scientists spend up to 80%* of their time on unproductive tasks as a consequence of legacy systems. Peak’s new service aims to solve this, boosting success rates by making data teams four times more productive.

Speaking at AWS re:Invent today, Richard Potter, CEO of Peak, explained: “Research shows that AI projects often fail due to the complexity of deployment within the enterprise. Every enterprise must become AI-driven, yet no system is dedicated to this in the enterprise today. What’s more we know 80% of a data team’s time is spent cleaning or collecting data, data manipulation, building training sets or with feature extraction. Peak’s AI system changes that, and with it data teams are able to focus on what they do best.”

“Legacy business systems are inflexible, slow and expensive to maintain. Data warehouses are not built to deliver machine learning solutions and data tends to exist in silos due to the proliferation of cloud applications. This all makes AI deployment challenging for many businesses.

“We’ve launched our Platform as a Service to enable teams to focus on machine learning and invest in the creation of their own machine learning solutions. Companies can then extract more value from data and experience the real benefits of AI.”

Today’s news marks Peak’s latest product development milestone and the beta platform is now open for any data science or engineering team to use, provide feedback and contribute to over time.

Peak is offering interested parties the opportunity to demo the PaaS. For more information and to register your interest, visit https://offer.peak.ai/register-your-interest-paas

Peak’s core product, the AI System (AIS), is currently deployed by organisations including: ASOS, Footasylum and Speedy Hire. It embarked on the development of its AI PaaS in 2017, after securing £5m Series A funding in 2017 with MMC Ventures and Praetura Capital.

*Based on Peak customer and internal data.

About Peak  

Peak is a pioneering artificial intelligence company on a mission to help businesses do great things with data, providing its customers with the technology and skills to become AI-driven. It is recognised for its unique technology plus service model, built upon its own AI System. This enables enterprises to put AI at the heart of its operations, boosting revenues and profits in turn.

Founded in November 2014, Peak has grown rapidly. In 2016, it secured seed funding to launch its subscription-based service and opened a development centre in Jaipur, India. In 2017 Peak secured Series A funding led by MMC Ventures to fund the company’s ongoing investment in machine learning and AI technologies, as well as further accelerate sales growth.

This investment in innovation and growth was recognised when Peak won the Judges’ Innovation Award at the GP Bullhound Northern Tech Awards in early 2018, in addition to being named in the top 25 fastest-growing tech companies.

Its clients include companies like ASOS, Speedy Hire, Footasylum and Global Radio. Peak is an Amazon Web Services Machine Learning Partner.

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