NIPS 2017 Sponsors

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At Microsoft, we aim to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. We care deeply about having a global perspective and making a difference in lives and organizations in all corners of the planet. This involves playing a small part in the most fundamental of human activities: Creating tools that enable each of us along our journey to become something more. Our mission is grounded in both the world in which we live and the future we strive to create. Today, we live in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, and we aim to enable our customers to thrive in this world.

At IBM Research, we invent things that matter to the world. Today, we are pioneering promising and disruptive technologies that will transform industries and society, including the future of AI, blockchain and quantum computing. We are driven to discover. We are home to 3,000+ researchers including 5 Nobel Laureates, 9 US National Medals of Technology, 5 US National Medals of Science, 6 Turing Awards and 13 Inductees in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Audi continues to shape the national conversation about the future of mobility and advancing the state of the art in connected vehicle technology. This year, Audi introduced the first level three automated vehicle with the next A8. By 2020, accelerated by artificial intelligence and deep learning, Audi will deliver highly and fully automated vehicles.

Intel® NervanaTM, leveraging Intel’s world leading position in silicon innovation and proven history in creating the compute standards that power our world, is transforming Artificial Intelligence (AI) with the Intel Nervana platform. Harnessing silicon designed specifically for AI, end-to-end solutions that broadly span from the data center to the edge, and tools that enable customers to quickly deploy and scale up, Intel Nervana is inside AI and leading the next evolution of compute. To learn more, visit:


As Korea’s No. 1 internet company, NAVER Corporation accounts for over 76 percent of the country's search market, and operates a diverse range of services and products related to news, blogging, music, translations, webtoons, video and more. Based in Japan, LINE Corporation launched the LINE messaging app in June 2011 and since then has grown into a diversified platform, offering a variety of services and contents for more than 200 million users around the globe. Together, NAVER and LINE are now focusing on using their extensive databases of contents and user information to develop a general-purpose AI platform called the Cloud-based Virtual Assistant (Clova). A Clova-powered mobile app and AI speakers have already launched in Korea and Japan and the companies are continuing to explore such fields as natural language processing, computer vision, speech, and recommendation engines.

Data Collective (DCVC) is a venture capital fund that backs entrepreneurs applying deep tech, including cutting edge ML and AI, to transform giant industries. DCVC and its principals have supported brilliant people changing global-scale businesses for over twenty years, helping create tens of billions of dollars of wealth while also making the world a markedly better place.

Analyzing global markets with discipline and focus, we employ a diverse range of strategies in an effort to bring capital to its fullest potential and deliver consistent investment returns to our clients. We do this by working harder, seeing farther, and by empowering the world’s most talented minds with the tools and culture they need to achieve peak performance.

Research at Google tackles the most challenging problems in Computer Science and related fields. Being bold and taking risks is essential to what we do, and research teams are embedded throughout Google allowing our discoveries to affect billions of users each day.

Giving people the power to share and connect requires constant innovation. At Facebook, research permeates everything we do. We believe the most interesting research questions are derived from real world problems. Working on cutting edge research with a practical focus, we push product boundaries every day. At the same time, we publish papers, give talks, and collaborate broadly with the academic community.

At DeepMind, our mission is to solve intelligence and then use that to make the world a better place. Our motivation in all we do is to maximise the positive and transformative impact of AI. We believe that AI should ultimately belong to the world, in order to benefit the many and not the few, and we steadfastly research, publish and implement our work to that end.

Graphcore has created a completely new processor that’s the first to be specifically designed for machine intelligence workloads – an Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU) that will set a new pace of innovation.

Amazon strives to be Earth's most customer-centric company where people can find and discover virtually anything they want to buy online. The world's brightest technology minds come to to research and develop technology that improves the lives of shoppers, sellers and developers. For more information about Machine Learning at Amazon, visit:

Alibaba is the largest retail commerce company in the world. We are building the future infrastructure of commerce to help merchants, brands, and small businesses all over the world reach and engage consumers and operating a range of online marketplaces that connect buyers and sellers, as well as various synergistic services such as cloud computing, and digital media and entertainment.

Didi Chuxing is the world’s leading mobile transportation platform. We are committed to working with communities and partners to solve the world’s transportation, environmental and employment challenges by using big data-driven deep- learning algorithms that optimize resource allocation. By continuously improving user experience and creating social value, we strive to build an open, efficient, collaborative, and sustainable transportation ecosystem.

AI that moves the world. Uber’s mission is to make transportation as reliable as running water—everywhere, for everyone. At AI Labs, we drive this mission by developing cutting-edge machine learning algorithms that extend the state of the art. By blending a wide variety of approaches across the field, we deliver innovation to application.

At KLA-Tencor, we research, develop, and manufacture the world's most advanced inspection and measurement equipment for the semiconductor industry. We use machine learning and computational physics to drive data analytics. By enabling the manufacture of ICs at next generation technology nodes and collaborating with institutes all over the world, we’re leading the semiconductor industry and we’ve enabled Moore’s Law for more than 40 years. We’re transforming the digital age by empowering the manufacture of ICs at next generation technology nodes - 5 & 7 nm design rules. This is done by pushing the boundaries of optics, sensors, image processing, machine learning and computing technologies, creating systems capable of finding defects as small as 10 nm at data rates of 50 GB/second. If you are passionate about driving R&D in advanced deep learning, 3D sensor fusion, Bayesian & Physics based Machine Learning and advanced Neural & HPC architectures, join more than 200 PhD researchers working at KLA-Tencor. We actively collaborate with research institutes all over the world with our R&D centers in the SF Bay Area, Shanghai, Tel-Aviv and Chennai.

Tencent AI Lab is a leading AI research and application lab of Tencent, China's largest internet company. It was founded in 2016 and backed by 70 world-class research scientists and 300 experienced engineers in China and US. Its research focuses on: machine learning, computer vision, speech recognition and natural language processing. To serve the needs of Tencent's core business, its application focuses on: content, game, social and platform AI.

Baidu was founded in 2000 by Internet pioneer Robin Li, creator of visionary search technology Hyperlink Analysis, with the mission of providing people with the best way to find information and connect users with services.

At Capital One, we dare to dream, disrupt and deliver a better way. Our goal is simple – bring ingenuity, simplicity, and humanity to an industry ripe for change. Founder-led, Capital One is on a mission to help people live their best lives and build one of America’s leading information-based technology companies.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

Gold is both the largest e-commerce company in China, and the largest Chinese retailer, by revenue. The company strives to offer consumers the best online shopping experience. Through its user-friendly website, native mobile apps, and WeChat and Mobile QQ entry points, JD offers consumers a superior shopping experience. The company has the largest fulfillment infrastructure of any e-commerce company in China. As of June 30, 2017, operated 7 fulfillment centers and 335 warehouses covering 2,691 counties and districts across China, staffed by its own employees. is a member of the NASDAQ100 and a Fortune Global 500 company.

Borealis AI, a RBC Institute for Research, is a curiosity-driven research centre dedicated to achieving state-of-the-art in machine learning. Established in 2016, and with labs in Toronto and Edmonton, we support open academic collaborations and partner with world-class research centres in artificial intelligence. With a focus on ethical AI that will help communities thrive, our machine learning scientists perform fundamental and applied research in areas such as reinforcement learning, natural language processing, deep learning, and unsupervised learning to solve ground-breaking problems in diverse fields.

Optiver’s story began over 30 years ago, when we started business as a single trader on the floor of Amsterdam’s options exchange. Today, we are at the forefront of trading and technology as a leading global electronic market maker, focused on pricing, execution and risk management. With over 1,000 employees globally, our mission to improve the market unites us.

Preferred Networks Inc. (PFN) is a Tokyo-based startup that applies the latest artificial intelligence technologies to emerging industrial problems. PFN develops machine learning software including Chainer, a Python deep learning framework, and Deep Intelligence in-Motion (DIMo), a deep learning suite for industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications. PFN works with many world-leading companies, such as FANUC for manufacturing robots, Toyota Motors for autonomous driving, and National Cancer Research Center in Japan for healthcare. Our team consists of experts in various fields not only in machine learning but also computer vision, robotics, natural language processing, bioinformatics and many others. The company is expanding globally, and its subsidiary is located in California.

Salesforce, the global CRM leader, empowers companies to connect with their customers in a whole new way. The company has been democratizing technology since 1999, making the cloud, mobile, social, IoT, and now AI available to all companies, regardless of size and scale. Salesforce's Customer Success Platform includes cloud-based applications for sales, service, marketing, commerce and more.

Founded in 2007 by leading machine learning scientists, The Voleon Group designs, develops, and implements advanced technology for investment management. We are committed to solving large-scale financial prediction problems with statistical machine learning.

Maluuba is a Microsoft company teaching machines to think, reason and communicate.   We demonstrate progress by focusing on challenging problems, driving new techniques in reinforcement learning with a focus on machine comprehension and conversational interfaces. Our vision is to solve 'Artificial General Intelligence' by creating literate machines that can think, reason and communicate like humans.

Founded in 2008, Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where people can belong when they travel by being connected to local cultures and having unique travel experiences. Its community marketplace provides access to millions of unique accommodations from apartments and villas to castles and treehouses in more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries. With Experiences, Airbnb offers unprecedented access to local communities and interests, while Places lets people discover the hidden gems of a city as recommended by the people that live there. Airbnb is people powered and the easiest way to earn a little extra income from extra space in a home or from sharing passions, interests and cities.

Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America, Inc. is a place for exceptional people with outstanding ideas and the absolute willingness to bring them to life. With R&D facilities across the U.S., engineers, software developers, and designers push technology boundaries to shape the future – it’s not just about cars at MBRDNA, it’s also about the latest and greatest software, cutting-edge technology, and groundbreaking innovation.

Renaissance Technologies is a quantitative hedge fund management company founded by James Simons in 1982 and located in East Setauket, NY. Renaissance has 300 employees, 90 of whom have PhDs in mathematics, physics, statistics, or computer science. The firm's trading is based on models developed through the application of machine learning to massive quantities of financial data.

Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service with 104 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any internet-connected screen.

Criteo Research is pioneering innovations in computational advertising. As the center of scientific excellence in the company, Criteo Research delivers both fundamental and applied scientific leadership through published research, product innovations and new technologies powering the company’s products. We are looking for outstanding machine learning research scientists whose skills span the entire spectrum of scientific research and are interested in revolutionizing the world of online and computational advertising.

Winton is an investment management and data science company. The firm was founded in 1997 on the belief that the application of the scientific method offers the best approach to investing. Winton’s investment decisions are driven by statistical inference based on the empirical analysis of data, rather than instinct or intuition.

The D. E. Shaw group is a global investment and technology development firm with more than $43 billion in investment capital as of July 1, 2017, and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. Since our founding in 1988, our firm has earned an international reputation for successful investing based on innovation, careful risk management, and the quality and depth of our staff. We have a significant presence in the world's capital markets, investing in a wide range of companies and financial instruments in both developed and developing economies.

Element AI is the platform that enables organizations to embrace an AI-First world for today and tomorrow. Composed of a research lab and consultancy uniquely connected to the world's best academic ecosystems, Element AI creates novel AI-First solutions for large corporations.


Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology solutions provider whose business spans telecommunication infrastructure, consumer electronics and business IT solutions. Huawei's Noah’s Ark Labs, located in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Paris, London and several other locations, focus on machine learning, data mining, speech and language processing, and computer vision.

SigOpt is an optimization platform that seamlessly tunes AI and ML model parameters through a state-of-the-art ensemble of Bayesian and global optimization algorithms behind a simple API. SigOpt can tune any predictive or machine learning model right in place, and the federated API design ensures no proprietary data leaves your premises.

At Two Sigma, we imagine breakthroughs in investment management, insurance and related fields by pushing the boundaries of what open source and proprietary technology can do. Our engineers and modelers harness data at tremendous scale, using machine learning, distributed computing and other technologies to build powerful predictive models.

eBay is the world’s most vibrant marketplace! Our vision for commerce is enabled by people, powered by technology and open to everyone. If you want write a chapter in the next part of our story please check out for all of our current opportunities.

Tackling Today’s Biggest Challenges. The Mission of Oracle Labs is straightforward: Identify, explore, and transfer new technologies that have the potential to substantially improve Oracle's business. Oracle's commitment to R&D is a driving factor in the development of technologies that have kept Oracle at the forefront of the computer industry.

Yandex is one of the largest internet companies in Europe, operating Russia’s most popular search engine. We provide user-centric products and services based on the latest innovations in information retrieval, machine learning and machine intelligence to a worldwide customer audience on all digital platforms and devices.

Recursion is an emerging biotechnology company that combines experimental biology and bioinformatics with artificial intelligence in a massively parallel system to efficiently identify treatments for genetic diseases utilizing massive, data-rich image sets. Recursion is becoming the first truly AI-enabled biotech company with a vision to ultimately create a map of human cellular biology.

As market leader in corporate application software, SAP now integrates machine learning technologies to empower business growth. SAP Leonardo, our digital innovation system offers a portfolio of automated applications & services that allows companies to run better, rapidly innovate, scale.By bringing ML, IoT, blockchain, Big Data together on SAP cloud platform we enable the intelligent enterprise.

Invenia Labs develops machine learning techniques to solve some of the world's most complex forecasting and decision problems. Located in Cambridge (UK), Invenia's current mission is to improve the efficiency of electrical grids, helping to reduce pollution and fight the global climate crisis.

Jump Trading is a leading quantitative trading firm built upon cutting-edge research and machine learning, high-performance technology, and an entrepreneurial culture. We build predictive models from big data and develop algorithms to automatically execute trades in dozens of financial exchanges around the world.

Disney Research’s objective is to drive value across The Walt Disney Company by injecting scientific & technological innovation. Our world-class research seeks to invent and transfer the most compelling technologies enabling the company to differentiate its content, services, and products. Disney Research combines the best of academia and industry, by doing basic and application-driven research.

We want to connect the people who have knowledge to the people who need it, to bring together people with different perspectives so they can understand each other better, and to empower everyone to share their knowledge for the benefit of the rest of the world.

Cirrascale Cloud Services is a premier provider of public and private dedicated, multi-GPU cloud solutions enabling deep learning. The company offers cloud-based solutions for large-scale deep learning operators, service providers, as well as HPC users. To learn more about Cirrascale Cloud Services and its unique dedicated, multi-GPU cloud solutions, please visit

Founded in March 2012, Beijing Bytedance Technology Co., Ltd. runs Toutiao, a mobile application that makes personalized content recommendation based on data mining. Toutiao's mission is to help its users consume the most valuable information in the most convenient fashion.

BenevolentAI is the global leader in the development and application of AI for scientific innovation and one of the world’s top five private AI companies. It is transforming the process of scientific discovery by enabling previously unimaginable scientific advances, initially in the accelerated development of new medicines and more recently in energy storage.

The Swiss Data Science Center, a joint venture between EPFL and ETH Zurich, aims to accelerate the adoption of data science and machine learning techniques within academic disciplines, the academic community at large, and the industrial sector. It addresses the gap between those who create data, those who develop data analytics and systems, and those who could extract value from it.

PDT Partners is a NYC-based quantitative hedge fund with a a stellar twenty-three-year track record and a reputation for excellence in the algorithmic trading space; we apply rigorous scientific investigation to model financial markets globally. We have a strong history of hiring, challenging and retaining engineers and scientists from a variety of industries and disciplines.

CrowdFlower is the essential human-in-the-loop AI platform for data science and machine learning teams. CrowdFlower’s technology and expertise trains, tests, and tunes machine learning models for a wide range of use cases from autonomous vehicles, content moderation, and chatbots to medical image labeling, CRM management, and search relevance. For more information, visit

Cogent Labs is an AI company that aspires to shape the future of how people work and live using artificial intelligence. Cogent Labs bridges the gap between newly published academic research and real-world business solutions by leveraging expertise across many domains, including time series forecasting, information extraction, natural language and speech processing, and reinforcement learning.

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,816 stores and at Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals millions of dollars a week. For more information, visit For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

Adobe is the global leader in digital marketing and digital media solutions. Our tools and services allow our customers to create groundbreaking digital content, deploy it across media and devices, measure and optimize it over time and achieve greater business success. We help our customers make, manage, measure and monetize their content across every channel and screen.

XPRIZE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the global leader in designing & implementing innovative competition models to solve the world’s grandest challenges. The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is a $5M global competition challenging teams to develop powerful Artificial Intelligence (AI) based applications and demonstrate how humans can collaborate with AIs to tackle the world’s grand challenges.

Lambda DevBoxes and GPU servers are optimized for training Deep Neural Networks. Pre-installed with every Deep Learning library: TensorFlow, Torch/PyTorch, Caffe with NCCL, Keras, Theano, and MXNet. Buy it, plug it in, and start training.

Bloomberg’s core product, the Terminal, is a must-have for the most influential people in finance. We are building machine learning models for predicting the impact of news stories on company prices, recommendation systems, semantic parsing for question answering, topic clustering and classification, sentiment analysis, anomaly detection in time series and a variety of other problems.

The word vatic means to describe or predict what will happen in the future, and that’s exactly what we do. Vatic Labs is a quantitative trading firm where traders, AI researchers, and technologists collaborate to develop autonomous trading agents and cutting edge technology. We work together, building systems that boost market efficiency and transparency.

FeatureX is disrupting the field of satellite image analysis and empowering our customers to make globally-informed business decisions. We allow clients to easily and inexpensively acquire and analyze satellite images and other remote sensing data. We work closely with major image providers to deliver comprehensive image acquisition and analysis.

AutoX is a startup creating full-stack A.I. software solution (perception, planning, and control) for level-5 full-autonomy self-driving vehicles. AutoX invented a camera-first self-driving solution that costs only a tiny fraction of traditional LiDar- based approaches. We believe that autonomous driving should not be a luxury, and we are making it universally available to every citizen.

Rosetta Analytics is an investment management startup committed to using artifi-cial intelligence and machine learning with traditional and nontraditional data sources to create scalable investment strategies for pension funds, endowments, foundations, and sovereign wealth funds.

Led by former founding team members of Cylance and Carbon Black, Obsidian Security is a data driven start-up living at the intersection of cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and hybrid-cloud environments. Backed by Greylock Partners, Obsidian Security is focused on using applied mathematics and machine learning to bring insights to organizations using modern hybrid architectures.

Man AHL is a quantitative investment manager. A pioneer of systematic trading since 1987, we mix machine learning, computer science and engineering with terabytes of data to invest billions of dollars every day. Our collaboration with academia – the Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance – celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017. We are a flat-structured company that seeks the best.

HRT is on the leading edge of applying deep learning to algorithmic trading. Our researchers keep up with the latest research and are challenged to invent novel solutions for the unique problems posed by our industry. These insights power a large fraction of trading in over 100 electronic markets around the world.

Sberbank is a powerful innovative bank which is rapidly becoming one of the major digital financial institutions. Today Sberbank is the only Russian bank featuring in the World's Top 50 Biggest Banks. We are actively using artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to empower our products and services.

At JPMorgan Chase & Co, technology innovation is driven by a shared commitment to stay ahead of our customers’ needs globally. In our worldwide tech centers, our team of 40,000 technology professionals collaborate to design, build, & deploy solutions that include strategic technology initiatives, big data, mobile solutions, electronic payments, machine learning, cyber security & cloud development.

SIG is a global quantitative trading firm founded with an entrepreneurial mindset and a rigorous analytical approach to decision making. We commit our own capital to trade financial products around the world. Building virtually all of our own trading technology from scratch, we are leaders and innovators in high performance, low latency trading.

Montreal International is greater Montréal’s economic development agency. Its mission is to contribute to the economic development of Greater Montréal and enhance its international status. Its mandates include attracting foreign direct investments, international organizations and international strategic workers as well as promoting the competitive and international environment of Greater Montréal.

Cubist Systematic Strategies, the quantitative investing business of Point72, deploys systematic, computer-driven trading strategies across multiple liquid asset classes, including equities, futures, and foreign exchange. The core of our effort is rigorous research into a wide range of market anomalies, fueled by our unparalleled access to a wide range of publicly available data sources.

Tudor is an investment firm with deep experience across market cycles gained over nearly four decades of trading worldwide financial markets. Driven by a commitment to innovation and excellence, we seek to generate consistent returns for our clients and a dynamic environment for our staff through persistent evolution of our technology, research methods and trading and investing techniques

Wave Computing is the Silicon Valley start-up that is revolutionizing machine learning with its roadmap of WaveFlow compute appliances. The company’s solutions leverage its native dataflow technology to outperform machine learning products available today. Wave Computing, one of CIO Application Magazine’s Top 25 Artificial Intelligence Providers, is offering its solutions to customers globally.

American International Group, Inc. is a leading international insurance organization with the vision to become its clients' most valued insurer. AIG believes in harnessing the power of machine learning and deep learning techniques to generate new insights from data and to enhance human judgment in real business contexts. If you are passionate about evidence-based decision making, connect with AIG!

We established QuantumBlack to reimagine how organisations could continuously improve and outlearn their rivals. Today, we’re still fascinated by how the smallest edge or marginal gain can have a major impact. We help companies use data to drive decisions, combining business experience, expertise in large-scale data analysis and visualization, and advanced software engineering know-how to deliver

G-Research is a leading quantitative research and technology company. We apply scientific techniques to find patterns in large, noisy and real-world data sets, using the latest statistical and "big data" analysis methodologies to predict global financial markets. Our technology, research and resources are combined to build a single, powerful platform for developing your ideas. We use rigorous...

Snap Inc. is a camera company. We believe that reinventing the camera represents our greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate. Our products empower people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together.

Qualcomm technologies powered the smartphone revolution, connecting billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G. Now we're leading the way to 5G - a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center.


Panasonic is focusing on bringing new solutions to an ever-changing environment, full of cutting edge technologies. We apply Deep Learning as a tool to improve the real-life situations of today and the evolving situations of tomorrow. Deep Learning is just one of the key technologies we employ to understand more about each other and how to navigate through our lives: safely, honestly and happily.

Qihoo 360 is a Chinese internet security company known for its antivirus software (360 Safeguard, 360 Mobile Safe), Web Browser (360 Browsers), and Mobile Application Store (360 Mobile Assistant).

Cylance® is the first company to apply artificial intelligence and machine learning to cybersecurity to improve the way organizations proactively solve the world’s most difficult security problems. Cylance’s award-winning product, CylancePROTECT®, quickly and accurately identifies what is safe and what is a threat. Visit

Petuum, Inc. is a Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence company built upon years of research in Machine Learning and Distributed Systems by leading Carnegie Mellon University faculty and students. Petuum aims to virtualize hardware and ubiquitize AI, by creating a powerful, programmable and distributed AI operating system with a familiar user experience - becoming an everyday tool for managers, professionals, programmers and data scientists in the enterprise. The Petuum operating system is omni-lingual (programmable in all languages), omni-mount (deployable on all hardware), and omni-source (compatible with all data formats). Built for the enterprise, Petuum is putting practical AI into the hands of everyone who needs it.

Sentient Technologies builds disruptive products differentiated by scaled AI. Sentient's powerful distributed artificial intelligence (AI) platform combines multiple AI disciplines (deep learning, evolutionary AI, neuroevolution) with unmatched scale. Sentient uses its platform in finance (, retail (, and digital media (