WIRED Retail: agenda and final speakers announced

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WIRED has announced the final main stage speakers, as well as the draft agenda (subject to updates) for WIRED RETAIL, the one-day summit on the future of retail taking place on Wednesday 16th November 2016, at the British Museum in London.

WIRED RETAIL will feature more than 20 industry-leading speakers who are evolving the sector using digital technologies; disrupting the way we buy, sell and interact with commerce. Session themes will include Retailing and Augmented Reality, The Blockchain and The Supply Chain for Wearables.

Newly confirmed speakers on the main stage include:

• Andy Burgess, Head of Retail for Google Cloud, Europe. Informed by Google Cloud, Burgess brings visibility to the tools and trends driving international retail businesses.

• Tim Fleming, Founder & CEO, Future Visual & SiPVR. Fleming is using virtual reality to create new retail experiences with his VR company Future Visual.

• David Herman, Managing Director, Metapixel Studio. Metapixel Studio operates the world’s highest resolution portable 3D scanning rig.

• Greg Boschetti, Enterprise Account Manager, Slack. With team messaging app Slack, Boschetti helps make working life simpler and more productive for enterprise customers.

• Steve King, CEO, Black Swan. Data science startup Black Swan uses artificial intelligence to predict real world events from data found on the internet.

• Antony Ritch, Chief Operating Officer, Westfield Labs. Westfield Labs connects consumers and retailers to world-class shopping centres, removing the friction from commerce.

• Thoryn Stephens, Chief Digital Officer, American Apparel. Stephens uses big data to transform how clothing and accessories company American Apparel connects with its customers.

• Jan van Casteren, VP of Europe, Flexport. A freight forwarder for the internet age, Flexport uses people and software to navigate the complexities of international trade.

• Yeming Wang, General Manager, Alibaba Cloud Europe. Yeming Wang will explain the cloud services behind China’s biggest online shopping event – the 11.11 shopping festival.

Individual themes and speakers within each session include:

THE SHIPPING FORECAST: LOGISTICS EVERY WHICH WAY
Jan van Casteren, VP of Europe, Flexport. A freight forwarder for the internet age, Flexport uses people and software to navigate the complexities of international trade; Kevin Gibbon, CEO & Co-founder, Shyp. Shyp is the Uber for shipping – picking up, packaging, tracking and delivering things for people via a simple app interface. Prior to founding the company in 2013, Gibbon led the Boeing engineering team; Idriss Al Rifai, CEO and Co-founder, Fetchr. Al Rifai founded Dubai-based Fetchr. Its app uses mobile geolocation to enable reliable delivery of packages in the Middle East and North Africa.

BUILDING WITH THE BLOCKCHAIN AND CONNECTING TO THE INTERNET OF THINGS
Niall Murphy, CEO & Co-founder, EVRYTHNG. Murphy’s award-winning EVRYTHNG is an Internet of Things digital identity and real-time data management platform that delivers data analytics, consumer-product experiences, interactive support services and smarter supply chain operations; Simon Taylor, Co-founder & Blockchain Director, 11:FS. Former blockchain lead at Barclays, Taylor founded 11:FS with Mondo Co-founder Chris Skinner. A blockchain consultancy, 11:FS aims to help firms take advantage of the new technology; Matthew Johnson, CTO, Guardtime.  Johnson is CTO of Guardtime, which aims to replace data security with data integrity using the blockchain.  Guardtime defends Estonian healthcare files and UK nuclear and flood-defence data.

RE-ROUTING DEMAND
Filipa Neto, Co-founder and Managing Director, Chic by Choice. Neto’s online dress-hire startup operates in 15 European markets, enabling women to wear dresses from leading catwalk designers for a fraction of the purchase cost; Jeff Chapin, Chief product officer, Casper. Chapin Co-founded Casper, a sleep company where he leads the development of physical products. Casper has succeeded by embracing radical design and delivery methods; Nick Brackenbury, Co-founder, NearSt. The former Ogilvy account director founded NearSt in London. Its platform connects shoppers with nearby high street inventory.

MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS AND MAKING DATA COUNT
Kerry Liu, Founder & CEO, Rubikloud Technologies. Liu heads up Rubikloud, which claims to be the world’s most advanced machine learning platform for retailers. Using machine predictions, Rubikloud increases CRM and promotional revenue and profitability; Michael Feindt, Founder and Chief Scientific Advisor, Blue Yonder. An ex-CERN physicist turned entrepreneur, Feindt’s UK- and Germany-based startup, Blue Yonder, builds forecasting tools that allow retailers to optimise supply chains; Steve King, CEO, Black Swan. Data science startup Black Swan uses artificial intelligence to predict real world events from data found on the internet; Randy Dean, CBO, Sentient Technology. Pioneering massively scaled artificial intelligence, Sentient Technologies is a Silicon Valley firm solving some of the most complex problems in e-commerce, finance and healthcare.

NEW REALITIES:  AR, VR AND THE VIRTUAL STORE
Tim Fleming, Founder & CEO, Future Visual & SiPVR. Fleming is using virtual reality to create new retail experiences with his VR company Future Visual; David Herman, Managing Director, Metapixel Studio. Metapixel Studio operates the world’s highest resolution portable 3D scanning rig; Jody Medich, Director of Design,
 Singularity University Labs.
Based in San Jose, Medich’s AR and VR tools have potentially huge retail applications.

BESPOKE BOTS, THE SMARTER MALL AND LEARNING FROM SINGLES DAY
Thoryn Stephens, Chief Digital Officer, American Apparel. Stephens uses big data to transform how clothing and accessories company American Apparel connects with its customers; Greg Boschetti, Enterprise Account Manager, Slack. With team messaging app Slack, Boschetti helps make working life simpler and more productive for enterprise customers; Andy Burgess, Head of Retail for Google Cloud, Europe. Informed by Google Cloud, Burgess brings visibility to the tools and trends driving international retail businesses; Yeming Wang, General Manager, Alibaba Cloud Europe. Yeming Wang will explain the cloud services behind China’s biggest online shopping event – the 11.11 shopping festival; Antony Ritch, Chief operating officer, Westfield Labs. Westfield Labs connects consumers and retailers to world-class shopping centres, removing the friction from commerce.

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.

Aimed at a high-level executive audience, 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 £999. 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/retail16

 

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