Retail Innovation Lounge at SXSW Announces Speaker Keynotes from Treehouse, Under Armour, Coca-Cola and Film Producer and Actor, Tanner Beard

Shopgate and kwolia bring together industry thought leaders to discuss retail technology disruption during SXSW March 11-13

AUSTIN, Texas--()--Shopgate, the leading SaaS shopping app platform, and kwolia, a strategic advisory firm for connection + curation + communication in the world of retail innovation, today announced the lineup for the Retail Innovation Lounge SXSW. The event, taking place March 11-13 at Shopgate’s headquarters, will bring together leading retail and brand executives and technology innovators for three days of keynotes, panels and networking.

kwolia’s Retail Innovation Lounge event at SXSW, presented by Shopgate, is a unique event experience designed to showcase the future of retail convergence and disruption with technology, marketing, commerce, media, entertainment and social good. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with their peers, network with industry influencers and learn about the latest innovations in retail technology.

This year’s Retail Innovation Lounge is proud to welcome film producer and actor Tanner Beard as one of the event’s keynote speakers. Tanner is premiering three films at SXSW, including the highly anticipated Terence Malick film Song to Song. The opening film for SXSW Film features A-list actors Michael Fassbender, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara.

Additional speakers for the three-day event include:

  • Jason Ballard, CEO, Treehouse
  • Sid Jatia, VP Direct to Consumer, Under Armour
  • Phillip Raub, Founder and CMO, B8ta
  • J. Skyler Fernandes, Retail Futurist, One Match Ventures
  • Scott Ryan, VP National Retail, Coca-Cola
  • Lori Schwartz, Principal, Story Tech and CNN Technology Contributor
  • Amber J. Lawson, CEO, Good Amplified
  • Marc Biel, CEO; Casey Gannon, VP of Marketing, Shopgate
  • Manolo Almagro, Senior Managing Director of Tech and Innovation; Sarah Cunningham, Senior Managing Director of Client Service and Development, TPN
  • Joshua Herbert, Director of Market Development, TransUnion
  • Brian Maupin, Founder and CEO, Xclaim Mobile

More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information about the Retail Innovation Lounge at SXSW, please visit

For information on becoming a sponsor for the event, please contact:
Cathy Zaremba

About Shopgate:

Shopgate’s leading SaaS platform provides retailers a complete mobile commerce solution that improves customer retention, while boosting conversion rates and revenue. The Shopgate platform allows online retailers to easily create, maintain and optimize native apps and mobile websites for the iPhone, iPad, Android smartphones and tablets. Shopgate uses cutting-edge marketing features such as one-click payments, mobile coupons and advanced push notifications to help merchants connect with consumers on the go. Shopgate is headquartered in Austin, TX and has a team of more than 200 employees in Europe and the U.S. Learn more at:

About kwolia

Anne Marie Stephen is the CEO + Founder of kwolia, strategic advisory for emerging technologies applied in retail connecting the physical and digital worlds. kwolia provides connection + curation + communication for our clients to meet the network they are looking to meet in the world of retail, retail technology and innovation. kwolia connects the innovators, thought leaders and influencers with the communities they care about. Technologies including mobile, location, data/analytics applicable to retail/brands are shaping experience and driving transactions at retail. She is also founder of the Executive Mastermind for Innovating Women. As a global customer-focused product and service developer, customer experience guru and trends forecaster in retail, Anne Marie has worked with leading companies including: Panasonic, Disney, Chico’s, AutoZone, Ralph Lauren, Hickory Farms and Macerich integrate innovative solutions for over a decade.


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kwolia Announces Retail Innovation Lounge event at SXSW, presented by Shopgate


Ketner Group PR + Marketing
Catherine Seeds, 512-794-8876
Mariana Fischbach, 512-794-8876