The Restaurant Technology Network (RTN)
The Restaurant Technology Network (RTN) has been on the move. Not only did we launch a new website and technology specification (see next page), we welcomed new Board members, hosted Start-Up Alley at MURTEC, attended Food On Demand — and so much more.
What A Site!
RTN’s new online home has the same link, but a fresh new face. Members can easily login, as the site recognizes member company email domains. RTN members enjoy first-rights access to technical guidance, as well as event info and updates. Check it out to see what’s new! www.restauranttechnologynetwork.com
RTN Town Hall:
Join us on Tuesday, June 14 at 11 am ET as we host speakers from Inspire Brands, Justin Ackerman, Director, Dunkin’ & Baskin Restaurant Technology, and Steve Lakin, Director, Custom Applications & New Technology, as they ask technology leaders from AWS, ClearCOGS, Fresh Technology, Hi Auto and Paradox questions about real-world AI for restaurants today. All restaurants and RTN supplier members can register & join: https://ensembleiq.swoogo.com/townhall
Welcome New Restaurant
RTN is thrilled to announce the addition of the following industry rockstars to its Board of Governors lineup: Michael Haley, CIO at Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants; Clark Matthews, VP, IT for El Pollo Loco; Anthony Mejia, VP, Information Technology at Zippy’s, and Zerrick Pearson, CIO at Five Guys. Our Board is made up of seasoned restaurant technology veterans who all share the same passion for technology innovation in the restaurant industry. See our entire Board by visiting RTN’s site under About Us→Board of Governors.
RTN’s Start-Up Alley at MURTEC
RTN’s second annual Start-Up Alley was a huge success. With support from Comcast Business and Intel, RTN showcased the top 17 brands, following a fierce competition of nearly 40 applicants. Judges Phil Crawford, CTO, CKE; Astrid Isaacs, CTO, Bloomin’ Brands; and Tom Seeker, CIO, Earl Enterprises, narrowed the field to the top 5, which included Bikky, COGS-Well, Curbit, Hellometer (the winner!), and Targetable. After the live event, RTN produced a Town Hall to showcase the Top 5, hosted by Fred LeFranc, Chaos Strategist & Founder of Results Thru Strategy and RTN Board Member. Catch all the action on RTN’s website under About Us→RTN Updates.
Food On Demand
We covered this year’s Food On Demand show in a big way, featuring brands like Chipotle, Dine Brands, Focus Brands, Red Robin, Olo, Thanx, Lunchbox, Punchh (PAR) and Paytronix. The biggest buzz? Digital hospitality and customer lifetime value as table stakes for any brand’s success in today’s uber-competitive third-party landscape. Also hot? Robotics, automation and AI/ML, coming soon to a restaurant near you. Read more about Food On Demand on our website under About Us→RTN Updates.
RTN continues to grow and thrive, uniting the industry, and producing valuable tech tools for restaurants. To see our schedule of events, visit our website and check out the Events Calendar.