Delicious Details at this Year’s Restaurant Innovation Summit


The National Restaurant Association announced an all-star lineup for its 4th annual Restaurant Innovation Summit happening September 13-15 in Austin, TX. The Summit promises to showcase some of the most disruptive technologies moving the industry forward. Screen Shot 2016-07-31 at 2.05.23 AM


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“The National Restaurant Association has long been a leader in hosting the industry’s most groundbreaking events while introducing operators to ground-breaking innovations that are ushering restaurants into the future,” said Barbara Polk, Chief Administrative Officer and Acting Head of Marketing and Member Engagement for the Association.  “Our Restaurant Innovation Summit is no exception. Each year, RIS showcases some of the most disruptive technologies in foodservice and hospitality. With a focus on concepts like virtual restaurants , this year will be our best Summit yet. Come for the basics – stay for the future.”

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The three-day conference will focus on the following topics:

  • Robotics and automation
  • Innovations in digital and audio ordering
  • On-demand delivery
  • Music licensing, cybersecurity and payments
  • Evaluating tech solutions like a venture capitalist
  • Utilizing technology in training
  • Building a collaborative workplace culture between IT and marketing

Speaker highlights include:

  • Dunkin’ Brands discussing mobile consumers
  • Wingstop chatting chatbots
  • Think Food Group strategizing tech choices
  • Amazon showcasing the future in audio ordering

The Summit will also feature a new session on utilizing the creative success of Pokémon Go to attract potential customers.

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises more than one million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 14.4 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry’s largest trade show (NRA Show May 20-23 2017, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program; unique career-building high school program; as well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids’ menu options.