This is your last chance to enter the Retail Week Hackathon so pull a team together and show your peers what you’re made of.

Retailers and start-ups need look no further for the perfect platform to showcase their ability to create ground-breaking multichannel solutions for the retail industry.

The Retail Week Hackathon, in association with digital location management company Yext, will be held alongside Retail Week Buzz on September 14 and 15 at the InterContinental London, The O2.


The challenge? How can retailers use technology to drive online shoppers into stores and create a truly seamless customer experience in the process.

The teams, made up of start-ups and retailers, will battle it out over 24 hours to deliver the best idea that solves the challenge above, judged by a panel of retail and tech experts (see box below).

Submit your entry now to be shortlisted in the Hackathon. The shortlist will be announced on August 22.

Please note teams must be a minimum of three and a maximum of six. We encourage teams from cross-disciplines, but we do specify each team should have at least one person who has coding skills and is able to work with data sets. At least one member of your team should have pitching and presentation skills.

Your team may create the next industry-changing solution in those 24 hours. Don’t wait for your peers to gain all the competitive advantage and glory.

Find out more and enter by visiting here.

Who are this year’s judges?

  • Head judge Nick Lansley, innovation insider and consultant, Innovation Lab
  • Jack Smith, head of digital, New Look
  • Sean McKee, head of ecommerce and customer services, Schuh
  • Charlotte Briscall, head of digital experience, Sainsbury’s
  • Alison Conway, VP, client and omnichannel, Belstaff
  • Iain Thomson, head of product – customer engagement, Tesco
  • Madeleine Melson, director of customer insight, House of Fraser
  • Richard Hewitt, head of digital stores, Marks & Spencer
  • John Allen, chief technology officer, Missguided
  • Jon Buss, managing director EMEA, Yext

Who was last year’s winner and why did they win?

Tesco Labs beat tough competition to win the second Retail Week House of Fraser Hackathon, in association with Infosys.

After spending 24 hours developing an idea to simplify the multichannel shopping experience at the Retail Week Tech & Ecomm conference in London, Tesco Labs was crowned the “unanimous winner” for its Kitchen Concierge solution.

Users can talk to the device while busy in the kitchen. For instance, while restocking the fridge, users can call out products that will be added to their online baskets. The user interface can also be projected onto the wall. Tesco Labs even built a prototype using a 3D printer at the event.

How can I enter?

  1. First put together a team
  2. Each team can be a mixture of disciplines such as technology, marketing, product or user experience
  3. Teams must be three to six people
  4. Ensure one person can comfortably pitch the idea on stage
  5. All entries must be submitted by August 5
  6. You can enter by visiting here.