With the industry’s biggest technology and trade conference on the horizon, we wanted to get you set to maximize your time. That’s because making it though HITEC successfully takes a lot of planning, some in the moment inspiration, and a great pair of comfortable shoes.

Coming to Toronto’s Metro Toronto Convention Centre June 26- 29, HITEC pairs in-depth educational seminars and keynote speakers with a massive trade show.

Technology professionals may also find HITEC to be a great educational opportunity. It’s the place to achieve and maintain continuing professional education credit hours (CPEs) for various certification programs.  Get up to 10 credits by attending educational sessions and exhibitor tutorials!

Here are our picks to maximize your time while at this unwieldy event for your benefit.

Here are some of our top picks for education sessions at HITEC Toronto

On Monday June 26 get your day started early at 8am with a fascinating discussion. The session, dubbed “Your Cyber Attack Could Be Coming Tomorrow” focuses on how to be sure your hotel is prepared to prevent any potential security breaches. This three-hour session delves into addressing how to ensure you’re prepared for network security problems. Learn from industry experts how to prepare your incident response plan, how to protect your company from attacks and how to prevent data breaches in the first place. One way of course is to utilize the power of a cloud-based property management system. By leveraging the power of the cloud, you can help decrease the risk of a data breach at the property level. Whereas premise-based systems store sensitive information onsite, cloud-based systems like the SkyTouch Hotel OS® store all critical information remotely and securely.

Our pick for Tuesday, June 27: be sure to attend the Super Session: Clearing up the Cloud. This panel, which begins at 4pm, is a way to understand why the “cloud” has become such an important element for the world of hospitality technology. Here, you’ll learn about the importance of this technical infrastructure, security and PII implications and more. One example of how the cloud plays an important role in hospitality: owners and managers are no longer tethered to the hotel in order to get work done. With the SkyTouch HotelOS they can be anywhere there’s an internet connection and successfully access the PMS to check dozens of reports and financial statements to make decisions on the fly.

On Wednesday, June 28, we recommend attending any of the Tech Talk sessions taking place in 15 minute intervals on the show floor. It’s a great way to learn about new topics critical to your business in bite sized time periods. A full list of the sessions has yet to be published, but they have always provided a great way to learn about the hot topics fast.

Finally, on Thursday, June 29, wrap up the event with the closing keynote with Kevin Rosen, Esq. CIPP/US, partner at Shutts & Bowen, LLP, and, Robert Villanueva, executive vice president at Q6 Cyber. Rosen shares his thoughts on cybersecurity, privacy, data security, securities regulation, and financial regulation. Then Villanueva shares what he has learned from decades of extensively researching computer botnets and malware development attributed to foreign infiltrators. He has led numerous projects for the U.S. Secret Service, in partnership with Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University, and various private sector companies. In our opinion, this is a must attend session.

And all throughout the week, be sure to come by the SkyTouch Technology booth and see for yourself why hoteliers working at both independent and branded hotels love SkyTouch.  Experience how a cloud-based property management system can help operate your business better using the above solutions, as well as many others. We’ll be at booth #927, so stop by, say hello and learn how the SkyTouch Hotel OS® can help you with your hotel’s financial goals. See you in Toronto!