Innovation Project 2017 Welcomes “iPod Godfather” Tony Fadell

One of the Creators of iPod, iPhone and Former CEO/ Co-Founder of Nest Will Share New Insights On Commerce and Connected Devices

BOSTON--()--Tony Fadell, the founder and former CEO of Nest, creator of the Nest learning thermostat and one of the creators of the iPod and iPhone, will challenge Innovation Project 2017 delegates, to think differently about the potential that “connected devices” and “internet of things” offer to payments and commerce innovators. His opening fireside chat with PYMNTS CEO Karen Webster will share insights drawn from his experiences with Apple and Nest to refocus the conversations about connected devices and Internet of things to how the potential to connect any device to the internet and capture data can become a commerce enabler. Fadell and Webster will be joined by Visa EVP, Jim McCarthy, to discuss the role of the payments network in igniting and scaling those opportunities.

Innovation Project convenes on March 15-16. This is the fifth annual Innovation Project, an event that gathers the most influential players in payments, commerce, and retail for two days of closed door, off-the-record conversations on the campus of Harvard University.* After a 2016 that saw a number of strategic moves made by many of the largest players in the payments and commerce space, this year’s theme will focus on the impact of these big bets on their future and the future of the industry.

A hallmark of the Innovation Project is also the mix of perceptions and insights that surface when industry leaders and public intellectuals meet on stage. Conversations like the one with Fadell will help stretch the way attendees think about many topics – including the role of connected devices and commerce in disrupting – and enhancing – commerce and payments as it now exists. The full list of speakers and the agenda can be found at the Innovation Project web site.

Innovation Project sponsors include Google, Discover Global Network®, PayPal™, Visa, Teleperformance, Samsung Pay, CO-OP, Financial Services, Recurly, Fisserv, Socure, Capital One, Intercomputer, Flywire, SAP, NACHA, CSP Technologies, FIS, Fiserv, BillMo™, LOT Network, IDology, and Interac.

About PYMNTS: is reinventing the way that companies share relevant information about the initiatives that shape the future of payments and commerce and makes news. This powerful B2B platform is the #1 site for the payments industry by traffic and the premier source of information about “What’s Next” in payments and commerce. C-suite executives, company founders, and investors turn to it daily for these insights, making the audience the most valuable in the industry. It provides an interactive platform for companies to demonstrate thought leadership, popularize products and, most importantly, capture the mindshare of global decision-makers.

* The Innovation Project® and® are not affiliated with Harvard University, nor is the Innovation Project® 2017 a Harvard University program or activity.


Melisa Filipos, 617-851-0814

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