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Walmart’s Searching for Technology Startups

By Jamie Grill-Goodman – April 29, 2016 [http://risnews.edgl.com/CMSPages/GetFile.aspx?guid=0dcfcef1-e22c-4070-ad5c-f40766634605]
Attention startups, Walmart is looking for innovative tech ideas and launching a “Technology Open Call” to find them. But you’ll need to act fast — the submission deadline is July 22, 2016 or the first 250 submissions.

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Walmart Lab 415-C is opening submissions for Walmart’s “Technology Innovation Open Call” on Oct. 6, 2016. During the open call event, vendors will meet with key technology leaders to pitch innovative solutions/technology for retail, logistics, big data, security and social media. The company expects more than 100 of Walmart technologists, leaders and senior leaders will meet with companies.

Walmart’s Lab 415-C researches between 700-750 technologies a year to make sure it knows the technology’s maturity, use cases, comparisons and how it can improve shopping for customers. The lab looks at everything from technology that helps associates run stores more efficiently to IoT. The lab has tested technologies internationally, at local stores and within the lab itslef at Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.

“As part of Walmart Technology, Lab 415-C actively seeks to engage emerging technology in order to better understand how to serve our customers,” said Tom Douglass, director of Walmart Lab 415-C. “Our goal in the event is not only to offer these companies a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but to keep Walmart on the cutting edge of technology.”

The Walmart Lab 415-C “Technology Innovation Open Call” event is part of the 2016 Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit hosted by the Northwest Arkansas Technology Council as part of the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce. Lab 415-C will be hosting an information session prior to the pitch event.

“Our open call event is a great opportunity for companies to pitch their innovations to the largest retailer in the world,” said Douglass. “I can’t wait to see what ideas and inventions we’ll discover!”

Submissions will involve a three-minute video and a written accreditation form. Click here for more information.<http://www.nwatechsummit.com/#!walmart-technology-open-call/raaph> Click here for guidelines.<http://media.wix.com/ugd/1bb745_6482f0dfb4e44d4fbda08c3be1290c68.pdf>

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