Social curation tools are helping hotel guests to network, share, and discover the best of the city on the go.

PSFK has partnered with real-estate crowdfunding company Prodigy Network to crowdsource the designs for their most recent project 17John, an innovative hotel in the heart of New York City’s Financial District. This series of articles provides inspiration for readers wishing to be a part of the project and join the crowd in designing the first Cotel.

Lack of time presents a familiar challenge to the modern business traveler looking to maximize the experiences offered by a new city, alongside the demands of work and meetings. The opportunity to grab a coffee with a social connection or soak up the inspiration of an art exhibition could be the difference between a so-so trip and an amazing one. To better accommodate these needs, a range of digital services are helping travelers connect with the people, services and experiences that are most relevant to them. While some of these tools are still in the early stages of adoption, they are empowering adventurous guests with the foresight of a local mixed with serendipitous discovery.

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