Walmart Global Tech India today concluded its flagship event – Converge @ Walmart, which delved into technological shifts that are shaping the future of global retail. The two-day virtual event provided a platform for global leaders, entrepreneurs, academics, startup and student communities to come together and share their insights on global retail developments. This first of its kind immersive retail tech event saw nearly 13,000 registrants from over 100 companies, 124 startups and 67 academic institutions.
Among the technology and business leaders speaking at the event were Doug McMillon, President & CEO, Walmart Inc, Suresh Kumar, EVP – CDO & CTO, Walmart Inc., Judith McKenna, President & CEO, Walmart International, Sameer Nigam and Rahul Chari, Founders – PhonePe, Sindhu Gangadharan – SVP and MD, SAP Labs India, and Jeyendran Venugopal, Chief Product and Technology Officer, Flipkart, Sonam Wangchuk – Director, Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Lalitha Ramani – SVP & Chief Product Officer, Myntra, Nir Eyal- Author, Hooked, Geetha Manjunath – Founder & CEO, NIRAMAI, Lizzie Chapman – Co-founder & CEO, ZestMoney, Suhasini Sampath – Co-founder, Yoga Bar, and Kurt Keutzer- Professor, University of California, and other key speakers. They spearheaded discussions in areas such as innovation in global retail, finance, healthcare, supply chain, fashion, sustainability, talent and education.
An exciting tech challenge titled ‘SparkTech Showcase’ was also organized at the event to enable young talent in bringing forth their best hacks on this global forum. The winning startup team AHODS Technologies India Pvt Ltd gets an opportunity to be a part of Walmart ‘Startup Mentoring Program’ and work with Walmart Global Tech India to pilot their idea. The winning student team TechArmy (KIET Group of Institutions) gets to interview at Walmart Global Tech India. In addition, the event featured a specially curated ‘India Innovators Showcase’ — a collection of inspirational talks by India’s leading retail innovators.
Hari Vasudev, Country Head and SVP, Walmart Global Tech India said, “Technology is at the heart of driving change. We have witnessed how the spark of innovation is transforming every industry today. Converge @ Walmart has provided the platform for industry thought leaders to share insights on the latest trends that are shaping the future of retail. This event helped us understand how emerging tech trends like Machine Learning, Augmented Reality, and Artificial Intelligence, can be levered by organizations to evolve and cater to changing customer needs and expectations.”