The National Restaurant Association (NRA) announced that Seth Priebatsch, founder and CEO of LevelUp, one of the nation’s largest mobile payment networks, will be a featured speaker at this year’s Restaurant Innovation Summit (RIS) October 28–29 in Atlanta. Preibatsch will be joined by a number of technology, marketing and payment industry luminaries and restaurant industry experts. The Summit will focus on technology, consumer behavior, and marketing—all aimed at streamlining restaurant operations and positively impacting operators’ bottom lines.

“This year’s Restaurant Innovation Summit will challenge our industry’s norms and incite some creative thinking. We’re creating the ‘go-to’ event for those in the industry who are driving change,” says Phil Kafarakis, chief innovation and member advancement officer for the NRA. “The energy that’s building in the hospitality industry around the convergence of emerging technologies with consumer acceptance has caught the attention of entrepreneurial restaurateurs. To have Seth Priebatsch, one of tech’s brightest stars address our attendees will definitely set the bar high for the entire Summit. We’ve got an impressive roster of thought leaders coming together to look at recent innovations and how they’re implemented, and to suggest how our future may be impacted by new technologies.

“Mobile payment can no longer be called the future for retail and restaurants – because it’s here now. Seth and his company, LevelUp, have been involved in developing new technology that creates an enhanced customer experience and better way to pay. As restaurateurs look to grow their business and stay ahead, our Summit will offer the chance to learn more about emerging technologies in mobile pay, loyalty behavior science, digital ordering and beyond – ways to help modernize operations, gain new customers and keep customers coming back.”

Priebatsch is the founder and CEO of LevelUp, one of the largest mobile payment network in the country with more than 1.5 million users and accepted by over 14,000 merchants.

This year’s Summit will include breakout sessions that focus on using data to enhance hospitality and customer engagement, preparing, identifying and dealing with data breech, utilizing mobile payments and building and developing mobile apps.