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internet week new york series to explore how technology is reshaping the future of retail and commerce

Foursquare's Dennis Crowley, AdaFruit’s Limor Fried and Resource’s Dan Shust among headliners for May 20th series presented by Oracle Social Cloud

Jenny Chang,
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New York, NY (May 15, 2014) - Foursquare Founder and CEO Dennis Crowley, AdaFruit Founder Limor Fried and Resource Vice President of Emerging Media Dan Shust are among the leaders headlining an Internet Week New York series on May 20th exploring how technology is reshaping the future of retail and commerce, festival organizers announced today.

Presented by Oracle Social, an Oracle Cloud platform that helps brands listen, monitor, engage and scale their relationship with customers on social media channels, the Retail and Commerce series will also feature a panel dissecting the results of a new McCann study on the Truth About Shopping and a workshop led by General Assembly on bringing an e-commerce product idea to concept.

Internet Week New York 2014 is expected to draw more than 45,000 people to over 250 events at the Internet Week New York HQ and at venues across the city. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Zipcar Founder Robin Chase, BuzzFeed Co-Founder and CEO Jonah Peretti, Upworthy Co-Founder Peter Koechly, Orange is the New Black author Piper Kerman and actor and startup investor Omar Epps are among the innovators on the lineup at Internet Week New York HQ. Passes can be purchased at

”Oracle views Internet Week as a key industry event, and is excited to partner on the Retail and Commerce series. With social media and mobile influencing purchases and consumer behavior, the retail and commerce industry is rapidly evolving” said Erika Brookes, Vice President of Product Strategy, Oracle Social Cloud. “Anchored by the likes of Dennis Crowley and Limor Fried, engaging panels, and the ‘Make the Stage’ winner, we expect this to be an exceptionally informative and entertaining series.”

"We are thrilled to partner with Oracle Social Cloud to explore how technology is reshaping the future of retail and commerce," said Allison Arden, Managing Director of Internet Week. "Whether you are looking for inspiration, to network with retail leaders, to explore new e-commerce innovations, or to understand what it all means for your business, the Retail and Commerce series should be an essential part of your Internet Week New York schedule.”

Highlights of the Internet Week New York Retail and Commerce lineup include:

    Tuesday, May 20th, 9:00 - 9:30am
    Owning a website with shopping cart functionality was once online commerce's most critical component. But the rise of social networks have turned the industry on its head. The most powerful driver of purchases -- social recommendations -- now occur every second on networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. This panel will look at how marketers can harness social media to drive sales, turning their most loyal customers into their most valuable assets.
    Panelists: Erika Brookes, VP, Product Strategy, Oracle Social Cloud
    Ari Paparo, EVP, Product Management, Bazaarvoice
    MaryAnn Bekkedahl, President and Co-Founder, Keep Holdings
    Tuesday, May 20th, 10:50-11:00 am
    Presenter: Dan Shust, Vice President of Emerging Media, Resource
    From Apple’s iBeacon, to NFC and emerging payment technologies, to sensors that track in-store foot traffic and which products evoke what emotional reactions in customers – the retail experience is on the verge of a much-needed technological revolution. In this session, Resource’s Dan Shust will offer a fast paced breakdown of the emerging technologies poised to transform the in-store experience.
    Tuesday, May 20th, 11:00-11:30 am Foursquare's Co-Founder and CEO discusses the company's growth and future roadmap, and explores the ways in which app offers value for users, merchants and brands alike.
    Tuesday, May 20th, 11:30am-12:00 pm
    It's no surprise that mobile is a must when it comes to commerce. However, if your brand is just starting on the mobile journey, you might not know what pitfalls to avoid. In this panel, you'll learn from the people who've been there, done that. They'll discuss all the things they've done wrong so you don't have to - everything from checkouts and product screens to social engagement.
    Tuesday, May 20th, 2:00-2:30 pm
    Now as never before, DIYers are empowered to design, manufacture and market their creations. Call it the Maker movement, a fresh industrial revolution or the new innovation economy. By any name, it's a great time to be an innovator, and visionaries like Limor "Ladyada" Fried are leading the way. Jerry Belinson, deputy editor of Popular Mechanics, will join Fried to discuss the Maker movement and beyond.
    Tuesday, May 20th, 11:00-11:45 pm
    Direct-to-consumer sales have become an Internet retail trend, earning billions in revenues for companies like Warby Parker, Bonobos, and ModCloth. This class will introduce the necessary ingredients for starting an e-commerce business, including generating, validating and refining ideas for a new product. It will also cover development from idea generation, opportunity, recognition, entry strategy and growth to getting on the path to a successful launch.
    Join McCann as they debut the results of their new Truth About Shopping study. Big Data has contributed to a seismic shift in the way that marketers approach the retail category -- but has the retail conversation become too scientific? The new study, culled from 10,000 interviews, uncovers the human side of shopping and the role that technology plays, revealing surprising and meaningful statistics and trends. The presentation will outline 5 key principles to help brands employ technology to balance the science and art of shopping and address the future of retail as imagined by consumers.
Reflecting the critical role of retail and commerce in the fashion industry, Internet Week New York will also offer a Style & Design series presented by 24Seven on Wednesday, May 20th. Top experts including model Chrissy Teigen, fashion blogger Garance Dore, Lucky Magazine Editor in Chief Eva Chen and The Cut Editorial Director Stella Bugbee exploring topics from the impact of 3D printing on the fashion industry to the future of wearable fashion & technology to the evolution of fashion-and-beauty publishing in the digital age. 24 Seven helps creatively-driven companies identify, recruit and secure game-changing talent.

About Oracle Social Cloud Oracle Social Cloud offers social solutions for businesses, including its industry-leading Oracle Social Relationship Management Platform (SRM), used by many of the world's most recognizable brands to manage their social customer relationships through social marketing, listening, engagement, advertising, analytics and collaboration capabilities. For more information, follow us @OracleSocial,, or visit

About Internet Week Launched in 2008 in cooperation with the New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, Internet Week New York is a week-long festival celebrating Internet business and culture. In 2013, more than 45,000 people attended nearly 400 events throughout the city. Sponsors of Internet Week New York 2014 include CBRE (Real Estate Sponsor), Vitamin T, The Trade Desk (Classroom Sponsor), Telescope (Social Engagement Sponsor), Neustar (Co-Presenting Data Sponsor), SheKnows, MediaCom (Live Feed Sponsor), Quantcast, MediaPost’s OMMA (Theater Sponsor), Yahoo, Oracle Social Cloud (Retail and Commerce Sponsor), Evolve Media (Stage Sponsor), 24Seven Inc. (Co-presenting Style and Design Sponsor), USA TODAY | GANNETT (Stage Sponsor), Sailthru, Outbrain, TakePart, Elio Motors, Brabble (Startup City Sponsor), CementBloc (Citywide Event Sponsor), Criteo (Future of Marketing and Advertising Sponsor), Celtra (Co-Presenting Future of Marketing and Advertising Sponsor), Blinkx, Ntent, Rubicon, Core Audience, KBS and The Wall Street Journal. Partners include VICE (Content Partner), The Webby Awards (Content Partner), Mixcloud (Music Partner), GrandLife Hotels (Hotel Partner), Design Within Reach (Design Partner), Food to Eat (Cafe Partner), Uber (Transportation Partner), Mother New York (Content Partner), General Assembly (Education Partner), CourseHorse (Education Partner), FastPXL (Mobile App Partner), CBS Interactive (Media Partner), The New York Times (Media Partner), Flavorpill (Media Partner), Northside (Media Partner), Mashable (Media Partner), Refinery29 (Media Partner), Automotive News (Media Partner), CNYB (Media Partner), Tekserve (Technology Partner), AlleyWire (Media and Content Partner), QuizUp (Content Partner), Tasting Table (Media Partner), CE Week, Dealmarket (Startup City Partner), (Startup City Partner), Gbanga (Startup City Partner), Headstore (Startup City Partner), Instahive (Startup City Partner), Honey (Startup City Partner), Brabble (Startup City Partner), Padspin (Startup City Parnter) and Basno (Startup City Parnter). Internet Week New York is presented by Made in New York, the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (Presenting Partner) and Crain Communications. The official site for Internet Week is