FURTHER SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR WIRED RETAIL

Further speakers are announced today for WIRED RETAIL together with Valtech, the inaugural one-day event focusing on the future of retail, taking place on November 24, 2014.

Four newly confirmed speakers on the main stage are: Jason Basmajian, creative director of Gieves & Hawkes on the renewed emphasis on bricks and mortar in the digital age; Romney Evans, cofounder of True Fit, on using data to power discovery and confidence, and converting browsers to buyers; Tracy Yaverbaun of Instagram, on mobile brand experiences for retailers; George Smith, managing director, digital, Valtech UK who will share examples of the digital revolution pushing brands to leapfrog traditional retail channels.

In addition, two further speakers to join the lineup on the Cisco Startup stage are
Steph Fiala, chief operating officer of Flubit, which creates private offers on products customers are ready to buy; Jess Butcher, CMO and cofounder of Blippar, on the dawn of a new era of visual browsing.

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.

Speakers on the main stage at WIRED RETAIL include: 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; 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; 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; 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; tech entrepreneur and specialist on the future of retail delivery; Jack Hidary, a New York-based entrepreneur on scratching the itch of same-day demand; 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; retail-data scientist Neil Capel, founder and CEO of Sailthru, and an expert in predicting what we will buy online before we know ourselves; 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; Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise, on mass customisation by 3D printing, the digitisation of manufacturing and the “endless shelf”; Brock Pierce, managing partner at Crypto Currency Partners, and a pioneer in virtual goods and the bitcoin economy, speaking on new digital payment opportunities; 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; 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; Runar Reistrup, CEO of Depop on building a peer-to-peer community who buy and sell straight from their mobile; Andy Young from Stripe on seamlessly integrating payments into the move to mobile; and Tom Allason, Head of Local, eBay and Founder, Shutl, on providing fast and reliable same-day delivery – backed by eBay.

The Cisco Startup stage will showcase startups and growth-stage businesses vying for our audience’s attention. They represent the vanguard of the current creative era for retail, and have been hand-picked for their potential to disrupt business-as-usual. Confirmed speakers on the Cisco Startup stage include:

Gideon Lask, CEO of Buyapowa on what selling via social means for the retail sector; Chris Sheldrick, co-founder and CEO of what3words, whose precise location communication system opens up e-commerce to emerging markets where poor address infrastructure is a barrier to entry; Emer O’Daly of Love & Robots, on bringing 3D printing into the retail world; Mandeep Singh from StreetHub, on merging online and offline for independent retailers; Rossi Mitova, CEO and founder of farmhopping – get fresh food and support local farms without leaving the city; Tom New of Formisimo, on making the world’s online forms and checkouts suck less; Heini Zachariassen, CEO and founder of Vivino, which redefines how consumers buy wine through the wisdom of six million users; Matt Drew, cofounder of Homespot – a unique way to discover great design for home; Peter Janes of Shopa, understanding social validation, the future of retail; Ivan Mazour of Ometria on driving profitable commerce through data, and a better understanding of the customer; Spencer Hyman, founder and partner of Cocoa Runners on being a chocolate DJ and tantalising your tastebuds; Joakim Lundeborg of Durated, on telling your retail brand’s story through RFID chips in clothes; Asbjorn Jorgensen, co-CEO of The Cloakroom, on capturing customers’ data to improve fashion delivery and selection; and Jonathan Benshaoul of CB4, on automatically detecting patterns in retail data and translating them into business opportunities.

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, registration or to view the agenda, go to www.wired.co.uk/retail14.

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