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SXSW Saturday, March 10, 2018

Retailers, Investors, and Brands get priority access.

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In our most humble ( Beyonce voice)

We are inviting the best of the best within the retail innovation ecosystem to share actionable insights and resources with a highly curated network that includes leading industry investors, policymakers, media outlets, Influencers alongside key retailers and brand partners at our SXSW experience series and beyond.

Meet disruptors in line with us accelerating entrepreneurial possibilities not just for retail leaders and established brands but policymakers, market influencers, investors, talent, and emerging startups together.

We are working with key partners in giving out super exclusive innovator edition swag and hosting a range of customizable experiences including Book signings, Innovators Showcase, Investor Pitches, A Startup Hustle Boot camp, Brand hackathon, VR experience, Mixer, Podcast as well as the Future Of Retail taping and so much more. Get involved.


Saturday 10th

Lounge Hours

9 AM – 5 PM

Happy Hour

5 PM – 7 PM


Max’s Wine Dive – 1 block from the convention center!

207 San Jacinto Blvd | Austin, TX 78701

ril presented by

Mouth Media Network Live Podcast Studio



Mouth Media Network Live Podcast Studio



 To See Agenda and Apply to Attend 


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Featured Speakers



Innovation Showcase

Innovation Showcase



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The Retail innovation lounge is a fun, global, by-invite-only executive leadership series featuring retail innovators, brands, investors and operating professionals focused on the future of retail in a private,peer-based environment.

Please note, we do guarantee thought leadership for our supporting underwriters and partners. The email below is for you to use to share your interest in our range of partnership and collaborative opportunities!

Sponsorship available @ Retail Innovation Lounge Contact:

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Schedule of Events

9:00 am Retail Innovation Lounge Opens

Food & Beverages

10:00 am We are Talkin’ Strategic Innovation … Oh yeah… and Robots…

Kyle Nel, Executive Director, Lowe’s Innovation Labs at Lowe’s Home Improvement (former)

Heather Ackels, GM Research Enterprise Enablement Manager, Kroger

Marco Mascorro, CEO & Co-Founder Fellow Robots

10:30 am From Shelf-Edge to Immersive Moment in #IRL

Brian Kavanagh, Sr Director, Insights Driven Performance and Retail Evolution, The Hershey Company

Dan Folkman, VP, Busines Development, gopuff

Christopher Massaro, Sr. Creative Director, IDL Worldwide

Brian Boul, Sr. Creative Director, IDL Worldwide

11:00 am Blockchain & Retail’s Connected Future

Bret Cunningham, SVP of eCommerce & Digital Consulting, Softvision

Kate Pearson, Vice President Digital Acceleration, Walmart eCommerce

Manolo Almagro Managing Director, Q Division

11:30 am A Watermelon Farmer, An Entrepreneur and a Social Media App Walk Into a Bar…”

Edward Balassanian, CEO, and Founder, Strings

12:00 pm #Hustle411 > Why & How Brands Embrace Innovation?

Bonin Bough, Host of CNBC’s Cleveland Hustle, CNBC

12:30 pm Lunch

Food & Beverages

1:00 pm Digital Influence in Media, Entertainment & Beyond

Lori Schwartz, Governor, Interactive Media Peer Group Emmy’s & CNN Contributor

Ryan Bell, Media Specialist, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab

Brad King, Editor/Director, Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment & Technology Center

1:30 pm Innovation and the Enterprise (and we don’t mean Star Trek)

Dennis McGrath, VP Innovation. Tryer Innovation Center, Starbucks

2:00 pm Inside the Mind of a Serial Disruptor

Jay Samit, Best Selling Author Disrupt You! & Independent Vice Chairman, Deloitte

2:30 pm Break

Food & Beverages

3:00 pm All These Worlds Are Yours

Veronica McGregor, Digital News and Social Media Manager, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab

3:30 pm Getting Smart: Making Your Home as Plugged In as YOU!

Jason Ballard, President, and Co-Founder, TreeHouse

4:00 pm Infusing Innovation Culture into Brand DNA

Kevin Parakkattu, Associate, Plug and Play Ventures

Jake Annear, Manager, Marketing, and Innovation, Moet Hennessy

Rasheq Zarif, Head of Lab1886 USA Mercedes-Benz Research & Development NA

Anna Harman, Director, Store No. 8

4:30 pm Lights! Camera! Action! This is How HOLLYWOOD does EXPERIENCE

Theo Dumont, Co-Founder and Film Producer, Mammoth Film Festival

Tanner Beard, Co-Founder and Film Producer, Mammoth Film Festival

Alexandra Chando, Actress and Emmy Nominee, Mammoth Film Festival

Tomik Mansoori, Co-Founder and Film Producer, Mammoth Film Festival

5:00 – 7:00 pm Innovation Meet up and Mixer

Food & Beverages

7:00 pm Retail Innovation Lounge – That’s a Wrap!  


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