AGENDA & FURTHER SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR WIRED RETAIL

WIRED is delighted to announce further speakers as well as the draft agenda, subject to updates, for WIRED RETAIL together with Valtech, the inaugural one-day event focusing on the future of retail, being held on November 24, 2014.

Newly confirmed speakers include Andy Young from Stripe on seamlessly integrating payments into the move to mobile; Tom Allason, head of local at eBay and founder of Shutl, on providing fast and reliable same-delivery – backed by eBay; Hemal Kuntawala from M&S Digital Labs, a team that experiments with new digital products and business models at M&S.

The future of retail is driven by ubiquitous connectivity. With the sector undergoing a rapid, digital-led transformation, WIRED RETAIL will bring together startups, tech giants and established high-street players to explain and discuss the converging trends and technologies disrupting commerce today. It will offer a future-facing look at the emerging opportunities for smart retailers, disruptors, investors, marketers, designers, advertisers, buyers and policymakers.

Individual session themes and speakers within each session include:

· THE WORLD IS THE STORE
Brian David Johnson, futurist and principal engineer at Intel, and a leading thinker on the Internet of Things with a 10-to-15-year vision of consumers and computing, from the atomic scale to the shopping mall.

· MOBILE – THE ULTIMATE SHOP WINDOW
Chris Morton, CEO and cofounder of Lyst, which is pioneering the “single checkout” phenomenon, letting us buy from multiple fashion brands and stores in one click.

· WHERE SEARCH GOES NEXT
Peter Fitzgerald, country sales director for Google UK, the biggest market for Google outside the US and the world’s biggest per capita e-commerce spend.

· SOCIAL SELLERS AND THE NEW CURATORS
Blogger Amber Venz, cofounder of rewardStyle, a global monetisation solution built for digital style publishers, and most recently enabling shoppers to buy direct from Instagram with liketoknow.it; Nicole Vanderbilt, VP, international at Etsy, on the emergence of microbusinesses leapfrogging retailers and the burgeoning maker-movement; Runar Reistrup, CEO of Depop on building a peer-to-peer community who buy and sell straight from their mobile.

· THE HIGH STREET EVOLUTION
Ross Bailey, founder, of Appear Here who will be focusing on revolutionising the way people rent space and bringing the property industry into the digital age; J Skyler Fernandes, MD of Simon Venture Group, the corporate venture capital arm of Simon, the largest mall operator and retail real-estate company in the US.

· THE POWER OF DATA
Retail-data scientist Neil Capel, founder and CEO of Sailthru, and an expert in predicting what we will buy online before we know ourselves.

· THE DELIVERY OPPORTUNITY
Jack Hidary, a New York-based entrepreneur on scratching the itch of same-day demand; Tom Allason, head of local at eBay and founder of Shutl, on providing fast and reliable same-delivery – backed by eBay.

· THE FUTURE OF PAYMENTS AND VIRTUAL GOODS
Brock Pierce, managing partner at Crypto Currency Partners, and a pioneer in virtual goods and the bitcoin economy, speaking on new digital payment opportunities; Andy Young from Stripe on seamlessly integrating payments into the move to mobile.

· THE NEW GLOBAL CUSTOMER
Sacha Poignonnec, co-CEO of Africa Internet Group, the leading online platform in Africa which introduces and accelerates the online shift in Africa, on breaking into new markets and leapfrogging from no phone to smartphone; tech entrepreneur and specialist on the future of retail delivery; José Neves, CEO and founder of Farfetch, on the new global customer and how to be a borderless retailer in a connected world; Scott Malkin, founder of Value Retail, on being in the experience business – with a focus on the Chinese market.

· EXPERIMENTS IN RETAIL INNOVATION
Hemal Kuntawala from M&S Digital Labs, a team that experiments with new digital products and business models at M&S; Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise, on mass customisation by 3D printing, the digitisation of manufacturing and the “endless shelf”.

Further speakers will be announced over the coming weeks, including 18 new dynamic companies to speak on the Startup stage.

WIRED RETAIL will be hosted at Canary Wharf’s Level39, Europe’s largest accelerator space for finance, retail and future cities technology companies.

Aimed at a high-level executive audience, WIRED RETAIL will bring together the most talented forward-thinking innovators and captivating thought leaders, both on stage and off. Attendees will enjoy the opportunity to network with like-minded, intellectually curious individuals from the sector.

There are a limited number of tickets available for WIRED RETAIL, at a full price of £995 + VAT. WIRED subscribers have access to a 10% discount. For further information, or for registration, go to www.wired.co.uk/retail14.

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