The Future of Retail

Future of Retail event - surf the wave of innovation with us

We’re hosting an evening of quick-fire inspiration sessions for leaders in Retail and Hospitality. Join us at Microsoft’s new East London location. You can expect challenging and stimulating discussions with thought leaders at the bleeding edge of their field.

We'll be exploring what exponential innovation means for your industry. Yesterday's science fiction is today's reality in retail and hospitality. We've got a great line up of speakers, retail trends analyst Kate Ancketill, who has just keynoted the NRF Retail show in New York, Microsoft Technology Evangelist Andrew Spooner and AI expert Daniel Hulme from Satalia.

Microsoft will give cutting-edge examples of what’s possible with emerging technology. We’ll be exploring Mixed Reality - holographic store and product design, machine learning and AI, IOT, Chat Bots and the relationship between people, places and objects in store. Microsoft experts in each of these fields will be on hand to answer your questions following the event.

The event is by invitation only, if you are interested in joining us, simply email

Event Overview

Chair - Nick Lansley - Director & Innovation Insider - Lansley Consultancy


Kate Ancketill - CEO & Founder of GDR Creative Intelligence

Join GDR Creative Intelligence CEO and trend expert, Kate Ancketill, as she recommends successful strategies to keep up with the constantly evolving customer mindset. GDR Creative Intelligence is a retail strategy and trend consultancy, partner to around 30 of the world’s largest consumer brands. Kate will re-play the trend keynote she'll give at the world's largest retail conference: the NRF Big Show in New York; addressing the threats and legacy problems that are fundamental challenges to current retail models.

Daniel Hulme - Founder & CEO of Satalia

Daniel is the CEO of Satalia, a London-based company that provides Artificial Intelligence (AI) inspired solutions to solve industries hardest problems. Daniel will present a framework for understanding what AI is and how it will impact business and society. He will present the drivers of innovation and how organisations are radically restructuring to utilise AI technologies. He'll highlight the philosophical and ethical issues that society faces over the coming decades. 

Andrew Spooner - Technical Evangelist & Evangelism Team Manager at Microsoft

Andrew Spooner runs a software engineering team at Microsoft, building experiences across future-looking technologies from connected sensors, with intelligent use of data and machine learning, to products visualised in mixed or virtual realities. Andrew will talk through some recent projects, about the team's future focus, and the opportunity to collaborate on future projects.

Antony Ribot - Founder & CEO with Jo Ross Head of Client services - ribot

ribot experiment within the boundaries of design, technology, behavioural trends and biases to create useful and intuitive tools that the everyday person uses time and time again. Antony and his team have been working together with retailers to deliver delightful customer experiences for over 10 years. ribot are addicted to learning quickly. They innovate, prototype and rapidly learn with retail partners, using technology to seamlessly blend physical and digital retail experiences.


5.30 - 6.00 Registration and Refreshments
6.00 - 6.05 Chairs opening remarks
6.05 - 6.30pm Kate Ancketill
6.40 - 7.05pm Daniel Hulme
Break until 7.20pm
7.25 - 7.50pm Andrew Spooner
8.00 - 8.25 Antony Ribot
Networking & Drinks

Date and Time

Tue, February 13, 2018
5:30 PM – 9:30 PM GMT


Microsoft Reactor
70 Wilson Street