Shoptalk, which is convening retail-industry innovators and disruptors May 15 to 18 at the Aria in Las Vegas, has more than 225 speakers confirmed, including more than 125 chief executive officers, with 100 sessions on the agenda.
The inaugural event aims to bring together and “build the definitive community of commerce innovators,” organizers said, adding that the event aims to create a “platform for established companies, disruptive start-ups and the investment community to learn, collaborate and move the commerce ecosystem forward.” Organizers of the Shoptalk are the founders of Money 20/20.
Topics of the sessions include in-store mobile engagement, virtual and augmented reality, and the future of artificial intelligence in retail, as well as innovations in offline data, among other topics. Organizers will also feature a start-up pitch contest with $50,000 in cash prizes “as well as a Gen Z panel discussion with 14- to 16-year-olds about their unique habits, preferences and interactions with brands.”
The event includes “fireside chats” with Ron Johnson, ceo of Enjoy, and Michael Dubin, founder and ceo of the Dollar Shave Club. There’s a welcome reception on Sunday evening, May 15, as well as an industry event featuring triple Grammy Award winner Wyclef Jean on Tuesday night.
Recent additions to the speaker list include Abercrombie & Fitch senior vice president of digital, e-commerce and corporate development Billy May; Ashley Stewart executive chairman and chief executive officer James Rhee; Belk’s Ivy Chin, senior vice president of e-commerce and omnichannel digital; Best Buy president of e-commerce Mary Lou Kelley; Josh Krepon, Cole Haan’s vice president of global digital commerce; Dick’s Sporting Goods vice president of customer innovation technology Rafeh Masood; Dot & Bo founder and ceo Anthony Soohoo; JuE Wong, Elizabeth Arden brand president; Jim Hilt, executive vice president of e-commerce, digital and analytics at Express Inc.; eBay chief product officer R.J. Pittman; Frerk-Malte Feller, Facebook’s head of business for Messenger; Nicolas Franchet, Facebook’s global head of retail and e-commerce strategy; Laura Berger, attorney with the Federal Trade Commission’s division of privacy and identity protection; Brian Elliott, general manager at Google Express; Jonathan Alferness, Google’s vice president of product management for shopping; and Guess Inc.’s chief operating officer Michael Relich, among others.
Other additions include Michael Kors’ director of digital innovation, Eric Mogil; MindMeld founder and ceo Tim Tuttle; Parham Aarabi, ModiFace founder and ceo; New York & Co.’s vice president of digital and e-commerce creative, Paul S. Carroll; Healey Cypher, founder and ceo of Oak Labs, Revolve Clothing cofounders and co-ceos Mike Karanikolas and Michael Mente; Sols’ ceo and founder Kegan Schouwenburg; and Dileepan Siva of Twitter Strategic Partnerships, among others.
Anil Aggarwal, founder and chairman of Shoptalk, said the event aims to convene retailers and brands with the purpose of discovering “the most important new business models and technologies, and network with the innovators responsible for shaping how today’s consumers discover, shop and buy any product, service or experience.”
Organizers said the event is designed to “enable attendees to interact informally with each other in an easy and open environment.” There’s also an exhibit hall, but it is made to minimize “the focus on short-term lead generation” and optimize for relationship building.