STARTUP STAGE SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR WIRED RETAIL

October 23, 2015, London. WIRED today announces the first confirmed speakers on the Startup stage at WIRED RETAIL, Together with Valtech, the second annual one-day summit focusing on the future of retail, being held on November 23, 2015.

With the sector being rapidly transformed by the impact of accelerating technologies, WIRED has drawn together influences from virtual reality to robotics, bitcoin payments to mining receipt data for insights.  WIRED RETAIL will gather dynamic speakers who will take the audience into the future.

Eighteen of the most innovative companies will take to the Startup Stage.  These entrepreneurs are those most likely to disrupt and challenge the future of retail and have been hand-picked by WIRED.

Confirmed speakers on the Startup stage include:

·      Appboy, Matt McRoberts
·      Big Data For Humans, Peter Ellen
·      Cimagine, Yoni Nevo
·      CommonSense Robotics, Elram Goren
·      Food Express, Max Waldenfels
·      Paymium, Pierre Noizat
·      Presence Orb, Thomas Shepphard
·      Shopbox, Christan Zigler
·      Taggstar, Marjorie Leonidas
·      Tyres on the Drive, Dominic Clark
·      VISR VR Ltd, Louis Deane
·      yReceipts, Alex Kayser

WIRED RETAIL will once again introduce you to the innovators building the future of commerce and challenge assumptions about the entire retail supply chain, from distribution centres to the shop floor.  From virtual reality to smart floors to satellite mapping, WIRED RETAIL will demonstrate the diverse influences on tomorrow’s retail experience. Featured guests range from innovative incumbents and tech titans to ambitious newcomers.

Speakers on the main stage at WIRED RETAIL include Jo Bertram, who leads Uber’s UK, Ireland and Nordic operations, who will speak on the lessons learned from the platform’s staggering success; Jessi Baker, founder of Provenance, who is building the future of consumer trust in brands. The Provenance platform is using blockchain technology to verify products and their manufacturing processes; Cristian van Tienhoven of Amazon Merchant Services. With Amazon now not only in the checkout business but the check-in business too, van Tienhoven will explain how behaviour analysis can help build trust – for consumers and retailers; William D McMaster, head of VR at Visualise, who is pioneering 360-degree video and will speak on the future of VR, drawing on his work with the British Army, Thomas Cook and Mercedes Benz Formula 1; James Allgrove, head of UK growth for Stripe, which is enabling a world where the phone is the transactional device. Allgrove will explore how that will change customer behaviour; Stefan Siegel, founder & CEO of NOT JUST A LABEL, who creates extraordinary retail experiences, recently taking over an iconic department store in Berlin for online retailer Zalando, and bringing pop-ups into the digital age; Sebastian Siemiatkowski, co-founder & CEO of Klarna, which 50,000 merchants and 35 million consumers use. He will talk about micro-payments and monetising customer loyalty; Paul Clarke, director of technology at Ocado Technology, who is designing Ocado’s next highly automated fulfilment centre – with robotics and smart machines – and moving the company’s services into the cloud; Ken Denman, president & CEO of Emotient, who explores how facial recognition and sentiment analysis could turbocharge customer service when fused with sales receipts, iBeacon technology and other data; Si Brown, co-founder & CMO of skignz, a geolocation-based augmented reality (AR) platform, who will explain how AR could play a role in the future of retail; Bram de Zwart of 3D Hubs will address how the retail supply-chain will be transformed when mass production goes the way of the music industry – becoming digitised and on-demand; James Crawford from Orbital Insight will discuss how satellite and drone imagery is impacting retail. For example, satellites can monitor supply chains or analyse revenue by car park activity; Robert Gentz, Co-founder of Zalando, will explain how the company’s radical agility is allowing them to help retailers innovate, and why he went backpacking during their IPO.

Further speakers and the agenda will be announced over the coming weeks.

The one-day event will take place at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London NW1.

There are a limited number of tickets available for WIRED RETAIL, at a full price of £995. A 10% discount is available to WIRED subscribers. Retail sector startups have access to a 50% discount. For further information, or for registration, go to www.wired.co.uk/retail15.

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