WIRED RETAIL – FIRST SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED

August 19, 2015, London. WIRED today announces the first speakers for 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 undergoing a rapid, digital-led transformation, WIRED RETAIL will gather dynamic speakers who will lead the audience beyond the cutting edge of today.

Confirmed speakers so far include:

• Jo Bertram, who leads Uber’s UK, Ireland and Nordic operations and 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, he 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, 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.
Further speakers will be announced over the coming weeks.

WIRED RETAIL will once again bring together startups, tech giants and established high-street players to explain and discuss the converging trends and technologies disrupting commerce today, and bringing retail into the digital age. It will offer a future-facing look at the emerging opportunities for smart retailers, disruptors, investors, marketers, designers, advertisers, buyers and policymakers.

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 “early birds” until September 11. Retail sector startups have access to a 50% discount. For further information, or for registration, go to www.wired.co.uk/retail15.

WIRED’s annual headline event, WIRED2015, will be held on October 15-16, 2015 at London’s Tobacco Dock, E1, with WIRED NEXT GENERATION curated specifically for young people – the innovators of the future – taking place on Saturday, October 17 at the same venue.

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