- Professional Services
The Crystal, London
From: Free for EPA members
What they say: “PAY360 is a cutting edge conference for senior decision makers from the payments industry. This one-day event combines keynote from influential payments leaders, lively panel debates on topical issues and new product pitches from paytech start-ups. All followed by the Emerging Payments Awards launch party.”
Villa Miani, Rome
For: Asset & Wealth Managers
From: £ – N/A
What they say: “Attend the full day of expert views on the latest industry trends and challenges, product innovation sessions, and networking opportunities with Objectway’s community. Take the unique chance to experience the exclusive private tour at the Vatican Museums and the amazing Sistine Chapel.”
For: startups looking to network
From: £1,795 (Discounts available)
What they say: “See cutting-edge banking, financial and payments technology in a unique, short-form, demo format. Plus new for 2018….after the 70+ demos, get advice and insights from another 120+ fintech experts in a newly expanded programme.”
Money 20/20 Asia
The Marina Sands Expo, Singapore
From: $3000 (USD)
What thy say: “Money20/20 Asia will bring together senior representatives from across the ecosystem – from the mighty markets of China and India, global financial hubs of Hong Kong and Singapore, innovation centres of Japan, South Korea and Australia and emergent fintech markets such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, the Philippines and more to connect and create the future of money.
From the next generation of fintech superstars, established Asian powerhouses and trailblazing start-ups from across the payments, fintech and financial services ecosystem, the power in Money20/20 is that everyone shaping the future of money is there, every time. They will all be seizing the opportunity to meet the person or land the deal that will change the trajectory of their business.”
EMEA Trading Conference (FIX)
Old Billingsgate, London
From: £649 (non-member)
What they say: “One of Europe’s largest one-day electronic trading events is celebrating its 10th year. The 2018 EMEA Trading Conference will cover the most pressing issues facing the institutional trading community and provide a neutral platform for buy-side, sell-side, exchanges, vendors and regulators to share their ideas on how the community can continue to collaborate
This “must attend” full-day event has been created by a dedicated team of industry practitioners, including senior representatives from leading firms in the region. This conference will offer an interactive programme that truly addresses market needs, providing impartial, high-quality content suitable for industry professionals.”
Hotel Okira, Amsterdam
For: CROs & Insurance
What they say: “Rethinking risk management for insurance companies. The world’s leading conference for risk managers within insurance. Three days, 55 global CROs, 80 speakers and 250+ senior attendees determine the future of risk in the insurance market.”
OpRisk North America
New York Marriott Marquis
For: CROs and risk managers
From: $3,299 (USD)
What they say: “Risk.net’s award-winning OpRisk North America is back for its 20th year! This industry must-attend conference gathers 500+ senior operational risk directors from leading tier 1 banks, buy-side firms and regulators from across the globe.”
Cloud Expo Europe
For: CIOs & IT
From: £ – N/A
What they say: “There’s no escaping the importance of cloud technology. And there’s no turning from the power of a solid cloud strategy. At Cloud Expo Europe 2018, hundreds of global experts and industry-leading suppliers will showcase and share their secrets with you. Co-located with Cloud Security Expo, Big Data World, Smart IoT London & Data Centre World.”
Crypto Summit (SMART VALOR)
For: Blockchain & ICOs
What they say: “Join top crypto movers and shakers, game changers, investors, entrepreneurs and start-ups at Switzerland’s premier cryptocurrency and blockchain conference.”
LendIt Fintech USA
Moscone West, San Francisco
For: Lenders and fintech
From: $2,095 (until March 3rd)
What they say: “The World’s Leading Event in Financial Services Innovation in Fintech, Digital Banking, Blockchain & Lending.”
North American Innovation Summit
Convene, New York
For: AI and Data Innovation
From: Start-up: Free, End-users: $335, Vendor Early Bird: $1,099
What they say: “Following the success of our European event, WatersTechnology would like to introduce the inaugural North American Innovation Summit. This event will provide a platform to bring together technologists, heads of innovation, business leaders and fintech entrepreneurs to discuss the latest advances in financial technology.”
Blockchain Expo Global
What they say: “Blockchain Expo, the leading global established blockchain for business event, will be arriving at London’s Olympia on 18-19 April 2018, bringing together industry leaders for two days of world-class content from leading brands embracing and developing cutting edge blockchain technologies. Blockchain Expo is expected to attract over 6,000 dedicated blockchain delegates over the two days.”
Innovate Finance Global Summit
The Guildhall, London
From: Early bird (ends February) £1,095
What they say: “From fireside chats on the crypto boom to interactive panels on AI and machine learning, join fintech’s leaders and innovators at IFGS in March 2018. See what to expect this year by viewing the summit agenda. You can filter your search by fintech theme, session format and location (across our three stages!). Please just check each tab to ensure your results have been returned.”
Palais Des Congrès, Paris
For: equity trading professionals
From: Buy Side: Free, Sell Side: €2,999, Vendor: €3,899
What they say: “The only place where you can network and benchmark with 1000 senior equity trading professionals from the who’s who of the global equity trading community.
“Discover how to ensure full compliance of MiFID II, supercharge your trading suite and workflow, and find new opportunities for sourcing liquidity and alpha generation in the increasingly complex European equities market.”
Payments 2018 (NACHA)
29- (May) 2nd April
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
What they say: “PAYMENTS 2018 unites thousands of payments system stakeholders from business end-user and financial and technology services organizations to debate and explore the more pressing issues and opportunities today.
Attendees will experience: Outstanding education with more concurrent sessions and workshops featuring payments and innovation experts; a lively and interactive expo show floor featuring Innovation Hub, a totally unique knowledge sharing platform; incomparable networking opportunities tailored especially for executives and senior-level payments professionals from all macro environments including mobile, retail, and technology.”
Twickenham Stadium, London
For: CFOs & treasurers
What they say: “The CFO agenda will welcome 200+ CFOs and senior finance professionals at Twickenham Stadium in London to discuss strategy & business partnering, transformation and operational & performance agility.
“A wealth of industry experts and finance professionals lead strategic discussions on supporting talent through disruption, enhancing organisational agility and the CFO as a relationship builder. Speakers include CFOs from: Bupa, Sky, Starbucks, Swissport, L’Oreal, McDonalds, Kellogg’s & Viacom.”
FX Invest Europe
Hilton City centre, Frankfurt
For: FX community
From: Buy side: Free, Banks €999
What they say: “The FX market landscape has arguably never been more challenging. From the ongoing liquidity woes, shrinking dealer balance sheets, uncertainty caused by Brexit and ongoing regulatory reform to name but a few, the FX market is undergoing a serious make over.
“Featuring asset managers, corporates, hedge funds, regulators plus many more, FX Invest Europe is the leading investor forum to hear from the most influential players in the FX community as they share their individual market views and experience to help navigate the forex market in the year ahead.”
For: CFOs & treasurers
What they say: “Treasurers are increasingly expected to plan for global instability in their organisations, make sense of technological innovation and take a strategic lead in navigating their business through risky disruption. To help you succeed in this challenging marketplace, we are focusing two days of discussion, 100 speakers and over 1,000 attendees on how treasurers can ensure they have stronger influence in their organisation whilst harnessing smarter innovation to add increased value.”
Mobey Day Toronto
Steam Whistle Brewery, Toronto
From: $800 (CAD)
What they say: “AI, Robotics and The Changing Spending Habits. 200+ Registrations 38+ Countries Represented. 20+ Banks Represented. 8+ Hours of Networking.”
Money 20/20 Europe
The RAI, Amsterdam
What they say: “An unmissable event for smartest visionaries and innovators, Money20/20 is the destination where payments, fintech and financial services come together to connect and create the future of money.
“Money20/20 is the world’s largest marketplace for ideas, connections and deals in payments, fintech and financial services. It’s where leaders – representing every sector of the industry – come to seize new business opportunities, strengthen partnerships and discover the latest disruptions.”
OpRisk Europe 2018
Grosvenor Square Marriott, London
For: CROs & risk managers
What they say: “Risk.net is proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our award-winning OpRisk Europe conference on 11-14 June 2018! This industry must-attend conference gathers 200+ senior operational risk directors from top-tier banks, buy-side firms and regulators from across the Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
“Featuring a stellar line-up of industry thought leaders, OpRisk Europe will reflect the ebb and flow of industry trends and delve deep into everything from next-generation ORM and GRC to adaptive scenario analysis and cyber risk quantification.”
For: Risk and security
From: £ – N/A
What they say: “IFSEC International is the only place that brings together stakeholders from every role within security, giving them the platform to witness and showcase innovation and ignite collaboration in order to tackle the world’s most significant challenge.
“In 2018 IFSEC will be more than just a prominent trade show, it will foster the global security conversation, be the vessel that sets and carries the agenda and be the antenna for broadcasting the safety and security dialogue.”
Blockchain Expo Europe
The RAI, Amsterdam
From: Free – €1449
What they say: “As Europe’s largest established business Blockchain event, with over 4000 blockchain people attending in Berlin 2017, the Blockchain Expo will be arriving RAI Amsterdam on 27-28 June 2018, bringing together 6000+ dedicated blockchain industry attendees across key industries for two days of world-class content from leading brands embracing and developing cutting edge blockchain technologies.”
London Fintech Week
Broad Sanctuary, London
For: Fintech and startups
What they say: “Fintech Week is a series of conferences, exhibitions, workshops, hackathons, meetups and parties. Each day we focus on a different topic. We always ensure that there is plenty of time for networking and meeting other innovators. The main conference/exhibition takes place at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, but other events take place across the City of London, Canary Wharf and Tech City.”
Marriott Marquis, New York
What they say: “See cutting-edge banking, financial and payments technology in a unique, short-form, demo format. Get advice and insights from 100+ fintech experts in an expanded program.”
For: CFOs and treasurers
What they say: “Welcome to the world’s leading international treasury event. The sophistication, level of expertise and networking is unrivalled by any other of its kind.
“Eurofinance is for corporate treasurers, CFOs and finance directors who need to know the latest trends in international treasury and risk management. Banks, financial institutions, system providers who want to meet with treasury decision makers and better understand the challenges they face.”
IP Expo europe
For: CIOs & IT
What they say: “IP EXPO Europe is Europe’s number ONE IT event for those looking to find out how the latest IT innovations can drive their business forward.”
McCormick Place, Chicago
For: CFOs and treasurers
From: $2,044 (non-member)
What they say: “Change-up your routine and get energized at AFP 2018. This is where treasury and finance pros meet to refuel their passion for work and find the practical knowledge to advance in their career. Come for the big ideas, stay for the deep dish.”
Business Design Centre, London
What they say: “With consumers’ spending habits and attitudes towards their personal finances changing faster than ever, the organisations that stay at the forefront of industry developments have a clear advantage.
“As the UK’s largest payments event, PayExpo Europe is essential for anyone involved and interested in making payments faster, easier and more secure.”
Money 20/20 USA
The Venetian, Las Vegas
For: Payments and fintech
What they say: “Money20/20 is where the Payments, fintech and financial services ecosystem unites to create and explore the disruptive ways in which consumers and businesses manage, spend and borrow money. It’s the premier event where leaders – representing every sector of the industry – come to seize new business opportunities, build connections and learn about the latest disruptions.
“Money20/20 is the anchor event on the industry calendar where C-Level Executives, renowned speakers, innovators and disruptors from across the world unite to drive change in the future of money. It’s a truly unique experience that facilitates the right conversations, enabling individuals and organizations of all sizes to achieve their goals and grow.”
International Convention Centre, Sydney
For: Correspondent banking
From: €3,200 (week long pass)
What they say: “It’s the third time that Sibos will have been hosted in Sydney, following successful events in 1997 and 2006. The city combines energy, innovation and infrastructure to provide an ideal location as Sibos turns 40.
“Across the whole of the conference agenda, Sibos 2018 will reflect the reality that the banking and financial services sector is experiencing profound and far-reaching change which impacts firms and their staff at different speeds and in different ways. Sibos will provide content for all levels of understanding on the same topics to cater for the needs of delegates.”
Money 20/20 China
Hangzhou International Expo Center
For: Payments an fintech
From: $1,595 (USD. Early bird ends 31st March)
What they say: “Money20/20 China is the newest addition to the Money20/20 global portfolio of destination events where the industry’s smartest visionaries and innovators come together to create the future of money. We’ve launched Money20/20 China in response to strong demand from Chinese companies with domestic and international growth plans, and global companies seeking expansion across China.”
Business Design Centre, London
For: Lenders and fintech
What they say: “LendIt Fintech attracts thousand of fintech decision makers from Europe’s most influential companies. Sponsoring the event is your best chance to do business with the people shaping the fintech industry.”
Hotel Okura, Amsterdam
For: CROs and risk managers
What they say: “The world’s largest risk management event, now in its 25th anniversary year. 650+ CROs, regulators, academics and experts discuss: IFRS 9, operational risk, emerging risk, recovery, resolution, liquidity risk, model risk, central clearing, CCPs, initial margin, FRTB, market risk, credit risk, XVAs, pricing, stress testing, conduct, culture, compliance, reputational risk, fintech and more.”
Top 10 unmissable banking & financial innovation conferences in 2018
Attending conferences is one of the best ways to stay ahead in the ever-changing Fintech and digital banking industry.
At Strands we have been active participants, sponsors and speakers at major events all around the world. In 2017 alone, we were involved in more than 40 events. Now that we have finalized our 2018 calendar, we would like to share our top 10 financial technology events list, some thoughts on the reasons for picking them, and a few tips on what to look out for.
Note: the list is in chronological order, from the soonest to the latest.
21-22 February, Kigali, Rwanda
Our first stop this year is in Rwanda for Dot Finance, Africa’s top Fintech summit, which brings Africa’s FinTech leaders together. From our previous experience, speakers deliver fresh content and networking is top quality. Chris Skinner takes an active role in preparing the agenda and engages throughout the conference, which makes for a very interesting program.
13-15 March, Singapore
After its success in the US and Europe, Money20/20 is now expanding into Asia. The event brings together a global network of innovators, disruptors and established industry players with a pan-Asian focus. As in the case of other Money2020 editions, it’s a very large scale financial services innovation conference where you can easily get lost if you don’t prepare well before. To make sure you engage with the right people – pre-schedule your meetings, plan which tracks to attend, and power up your energy to keep up with 3 days of intense networking and running around huge exhibition halls. The highlight of this event is the venue – Marina Bay Sands – what a breathtaking place, those that have been to Singapore know what I mean ;)
9-10 May, Singapore
A lower scale event but very productive. Organizers arrange one-to-one meetings between financial institutions and solution providers. This gives an opportunity for banks to select the companies they want to share their challenges with and hear solutions. FinTechs are guaranteed a minimum of 10 or 20 meetings (depending on the sponsorship package) with the decision-makers of major banks with potential business opportunities. Our experience last year was very positive, adding to our pipeline of quality leads in the APAC region, so this year we have decided to repeat.
15-16 May, Nairobi, Kenya
This is the first edition of the SME Finance Forum in Africa. As a founding member, Strands has been an active participant at all the SME Finance Forum events, as they are really unique. Matthew Gamser and his team really do their best to bring together SME Banking decision-makers from all around the world, especially from emerging regions such as Asia, Africa and Latin America, and a wide range of FinTechs with innovative SME Banking solutions. Given Strands’ growing presence in Africa and our flagship project with CBA, we couldn’t miss this event.
4-6 June, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
This has become an absolutely unmissable event in Europe, as this where all the key influencers, industry disruptors and decision-makers meet. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, there is a range of options from an affordable kiosk-stand to large-scale exhibition areas for larger institutions. Make sure to book your spot at least six months in advance, as the best locations are taken fast, and in such a large exhibition area you should aim position yourself in a strategic location where you are most visible for best impact.
11-13 June, Dublin, Ireland
Another large scale event with 5,000+ attendees, 14 content tracks and 1,000 companies. MoneyConf is organized by the team behind the world’s largest digital banking conference, Web Summit. This year it’s taking place in a new venue in Dublin, having previously been held in Madrid. It’s our first time sponsoring this conference; we attended the previous editions and were impressed by the quality of this event with its fresh content and format.
13-14 June, Paris, France
A niche digital banking conference with high-level participants. Efma is a banking association formed in 1971, with over 3,300 member-companies from 130 countries. Their SME Banking Summit has become a must-attend annual event that focuses on the challenges facing SMEs in the evolving retail financial services landscape. What is especially interesting for Stands is the focus on analyzing how FinTechs cater to SMEs in a business environment, how banks can digitize operations to improve the customer experience and increase the number of relevant customer touchpoints.
24-27 September, NYC, USA
For sure most of you know Finovate, one of the first flagship events in our industry. Since 2009, Strands has demoed at Finovate events across the world, from San Francisco to Hong Kong. Each year we pick one of the locations to present our recent product innovations. This year it’s going to be NYC, which promises to be one of the largest, with over 1,500 attendees. Last year we demoed at FinovateAsia, which was a much smaller scale event with around 300 attendees. Our most recent experience has demonstrated that Finovate has a much stronger footprint in the USA and UK, whilst in Asia there seems to be too much competition in the FinTech events space.
21-24 October, Las Vegas, USA
Yes, this year is a Money2020 year for Strands, it’s our third one after Asian and European editions earlier this year. As mentioned above, it’s a huge event that requires good preparation and a clear idea of what you are after in terms of content and contacts. The marketing of this conference definitely stands out; I love their caricatures and infographics!
5-7 November, Madrid, Spain
Last but not least on this list is our all times favourite SME Finance Forum annual flagship event that brings together 400+ senior executives from commercial banks, development finance institutions, Fintech companies, as well as regulators to focus on leveraging digital banking to serve SMEs. We like it because it is an action-packed 3-day event that includes study visits to high-performing institutions, a B2B marketplace, Fintech expos, panels, working groups as well as networking sessions and a gala dinner. Towards the end of the conference, the friendly atmosphere is particularly pleasant; there’s a definite feeling that you have had a chance to get to know everyone there.