MONDAY / AUGUST 15, 2016

4:00 pm | Registration opens

5:00 – 7:00 pm | Opening Reception
Join us at the start of the Summit for a chance to network with attendees, speakers and sponsors over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.


7:00 am | Registration & Breakfast

8:00 am | Opening Remarks

8:15 am | Opening Keynote

The State of Mobile: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?

If there’s one truth we can agree on, it’s that we live in a mobile world and it’s changing quickly. Whether it’s bots, beacons or payments – new innovations are being introduced that need more exploration and discussion. You think you’ve just about mastered Facebook, Twitter and Instagram but what about Snapchat, Vine and what seem like countless others? This session will give you the lay of the land and a taste of what’s to come.


Baron Concors
Global Chief Digital Officer
Pizza Hut

9:00 am | Refreshment Break

9:30 am | Breakout Session

Best-in-Class Mobile Experience

Adjectives like “smooth,” “easy,” “fun,” “intuitive,” “personalized” and “useful” are typically used to describe a best-in-class mobile experience. We’ll look at examples from different sectors to see what it takes to delight your customer and keep them coming back.

• Curtis Ford | Market Planning & Strategy | Great Clips
• Mark Tan | Sr. Product Manager, User Experience | Amazon

• Catherine Tabor | CEO | Sparkfly

  • Sponsored by Sparkfly

9:30 am | Breakout Session

Going Beyond the Phone

The phone and tablet aren’t the only devices that are mobile. We now have connected cars, smartwatches and other fashion accessories. We’ll examine each opportunity.

• Michelle Evans | Digital Consumer Manager | Euromonitor International

• Rick Ruskin| Marketing & Product Mgmt, Online Commerce | General Motors

  • Sponsored by OnStar Business Driver

10:30am | Refreshment Break

11:00 am | Breakout Session

Real-Life Applications for IoT

It’s time to think beyond the hype of Internet of Things, to look beyond the technology and find actual business value, particularly around consumer engagement. We’ll also identify and define the primary use cases for consumer-facing IoT (e.g. reward, decision-making, innovation, and more) for how brands can leverage emerging technological capabilities to enhance customer interaction and experience.

• Jessica Groopman| Research Director & Principal Analyst | Harbor Research

  • Sponsored by Mood Media

11:00 am | Breakout Session

The Mobile Marketer’s Dilemma: SMS/MMS vs. Push vs. Beacons

Most marketers, if not all, have mobilized their email and made a mobile version of their site and app already, but driving ongoing engagement still seems to elude them. In this interactive session, our panel of industry leaders will share their key mobile engagement challenges and how they have solved them with SMS/MMS, push or beacon-based messaging. Marketers will learn from real world examples when each of these channels is most effective. This session will arm you to answer your CMO the next time he/she asks which mobile engagement tactics you need to focus your limited budget upon.

  • Sponsored by Waterfall

12:00 pm | Lunch

1:00 pm | Breakout Session

Line Busting with Mobile Checkout

Mobile ordering and mobile checkout can allow your customers to skip the line. But it is not without its challenges, such as consumer adoption, meeting customer expectations, loss prevention and user error.

• Tim Doherty | Mobile Product Manager | Dunkin’ Donuts
• Matthew Townsend | Program Manager | HealthTrust

  • Sponsored by

1:00 pm | Breakout Session

Virtual and Augmented Reality – Even Better Than the Real Thing?

Virtual reality devices such as Oculus Rift have the potential to take immersive experiences to an all-new level, while augmented reality is perhaps VR’s more practical cousin. In this session, we’ll look at examples of retailers who are using these technologies to create engagement and drive sales.

2:00 pm | Refreshment Break

2:30 pm | Breakout Session

In-App Purchases

Apple Pay now represents 1 in 4 purchases made through Panera’s mobile ordering. PayPal has recently enabled Venmo to facilitate in-app purchases. Amazon, Facebook, Google and others are vying to be the go-to intermediary for making the payment process more frictionless. Should your company embrace one or more of these platforms?

2:30 pm | Breakout Session

Customer Authentication: Could Biometrics Lead to the Death of Passwords?

Remembering passwords is a pain point for customers and weak passwords are a liability. Biometrics has been in use for some time but has really began to pick up steam with it being built into many smartphones and tablets. Other biometric options include voice and facial recognition. Coupled with a PIN, this authentication process is a better and more secure experience.

3:30 pm | Refreshment Break

4:00 pm | General Session

Location, Location, Location: Drive your customers in with geofencing

In the bricks-and-mortar world, they say location is everything. With mobile, we have the opportunity to engage the customer and tap into their location to provide relevant offers and recommendations through geofencing. We’ll talk about capturing that on-the-go consumer to drive them in-store.

• Erin Levzow | VP, Marketing | Freebirds World Burrito
• Jeff Ulrich | Sr Manager, eCommerce Digital Innovation |United Airlines

  • Sponsored by Yext

6:30 – 9:30 pm | Dinner Party

Wrigley Rooftop

After a full day of informative and inspiring sessions, we’re excited to be able to treat you to an evening of great food, great conversation, and a baseball game from one of the famous Wrigley Rooftops! Enjoy the full-service bar with 16 beers on tap, luxury rooftop seating or indoor Diamond Suite as the Chicago Cubs take on the Milwaukee Brewers. Play ball!

This private dinner party is included with your Summit registration at no additional cost.


8:00 am | Breakfast

9:00 am | General Session

Brain Exchange

One of the highlights of the Summit is this deeply interactive session where you’ll work with others at your table on a specific topic, hashing out best practices and things you’ve learned. At the end of the Brain Exchange, leaders from each table will share their takeaways with the entire room. Come prepared to learn and to share!

10:30 am | Refreshment Break

11:00 am | Closing Keynote Session

How Digital Disruption is Leveling the Playing Field

We live in the era of mobility, big data and cloud computing. Together this trifecta is creating disruption all around us. Is your business ready to be disrupted? How do you analyze big bets for the future of your business? What does the remainder of the decade look like from an innovation standpoint and what actions should we take today to get our businesses ready to disrupt rather than be disrupted? Digital investments are a key to shaping the future.


Shashank Saxena
Sr. Director, Special Projects – Strategy
and New Business Development
The Kroger Co.

12:00 pm | Summit adjourns

Agenda and speakers are subject to change.

Group Discount

Take Your Team to the Summit

Register three attendees from your company and get a fourth registration at no additional cost! Sign up early to take advantage of discounted pricing.

Hotel Reservations

Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
20 East Chestnut Street Chicago, IL 60611 (312)
324-4000 1-877-813-7700
Event Rate: $215/night

If reserving room by phone, you must inform Sofitel Chicago that you are attending the CONNECT Mobile Innovation Summit to receive room rate. Must make reservation by 07/25/2016.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring the Summit just might be the best marketing investment you’ll make all year. Sponsorship opportunities are available for almost any budget. Download the Sponsor Prospectus to learn more.

  • 00 days
  • 00 hours
  • 00 minutes
  • 00 seconds