Yesterday WIRED announced the first five speakers for WIRED RETAIL.  The one-day summit returns for a fourth year on Wednesday, October 11 in London.

WIRED RETAIL will once again gather dynamic experts from retail giants, big brands and leading technology firms who are evolving the sector using digital technologies and disrupting the way we buy, sell and interact with commerce.  Plus, there will be a new selection of startups and growth-stage companies offering innovative products and ideas for the retail industry.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • John Vary, innovation manager, John Lewis

John Vary leads Room Y, the UK department store’s in-house skunkworks, and oversees the creation and development of special projects geared around multi-sensory experiences as well as the company’s JLAB technology accelerator.

  • Annabel Kilner, commercial director, Made.com  

Annabel Kilner heads up five markets for Made.com, the fast-growing designer furniture brand known for its success linking online customers with in-store staff.

  • Daniel Murray, co-founder, Grabble          

Serial entrepreneur and angel investor Daniel Murray is co-founder of UK’s fastest-growing fashion and lifestyle app Grabble and is the host of popular podcast “The Secret Lives of Leaders”.

  • Leila Martine, director, new device experiences, Microsoft UK  

Leila Martine is responsible for introducing new and innovative Microsoft products to the UK market. One product, the HoloLens – shows how mixed reality can enable new ways of interaction between brand and customer.

  • Matthew Drinkwater, head of fashion innovation, London College of Fashion

As an award-winning influencer in wearable technology, Matthew Drinkwater is known for creating beautiful wearable tech which brings augmented reality and virtual reality into the real world.

Additional names will be announced over the coming weeks.

Speakers at last year’s event included:

Kevin Gibbon, CEO & co-founder, Shyp; Filipa Neto, co-founder and managing director, Chic by Choice; Niall Murphy, CEO & co-founder, EVRYTHNG; Jody Medich, design director, Singularity University; Jan van Casteren, VP of Europe, Flexport; Idriss Al Rifai, CEO and co-founder, Fetchr; Claire Rousseau, head of strategy, John Lewis Partnership; Jeff Chapin, chief product officer, Casper; Nick Brackenbury, co-founder, NearSt; Michael Feindt, founder and chief scientific advisor, Blue Yonder; Steve King, CEO, Black Swan; Waleed Kayoub, chief product officer, Rubikloud Technologies; Randy Dean, CBO, Sentient Technology; Thoryn Stephens, chief digital officer, American Apparel; Greg Boschetti, enterprise account manager, Slack; Terry Von Bibra, General Manager Europe, Alibaba Group; Andy Burgess, head of retail for Google Cloud, Europe; Antony Ritch, chief operating officer, Westfield Labs.

Aimed at senior decision-makers working in retail brands, supply chain, shipping, logistics, production, branding, financial planning, procurement, payments, digital technology and investors, attendees will enjoy the opportunity to network with like-minded, intellectually curious individuals from the sector.

WIRED RETAIL will take place at Kings Place, London.  For further information or to book tickets go to http://wired.uk/retail2017.

WIRED’s annual headline event, WIRED LIVE, will be held on November 2-3, 2017 at London’s Tobacco Dock, E1, with WIRED NEXT GENERATION curated specifically for young people – the innovators of the future – taking place on Saturday, November 4 at the same venue.

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