Top U.S. FinTech Conferences of 2019
Summer season is almost here, but don’t think that exploring financial innovation or networking is on vacation. After key industry events in the first part of the year, even more top conferences are on the way. Here’s a brief guide to the best events in the U.S. to discover the latest FinTech trends, future set of AI tools for financial services, and meet the next wave of innovators who will revolutionize the sector with digital transformation.
Tickets: $1,995 - $3,795
Summary: The Future of FinTech is where tech giants, fintech startups, and VC Investors from around the world come together to define the future of financial services. This conference showcases unicorns in FinTech and provides an opportunity for them to talk about trends, challenges, and personal journeys on their way to $1B+ valuations. VC partners that have invested in companies above will share what they are looking for in different stages of financing. Two stages of startup pitches includes financial inclusion and AI.
Speakers: Meet founders and CEOs from Palantir ($20B valuation), LendingTree (NASDAQ: TREE), Affirm ($2.9B valuation), Oscar Health ($3.2B valuation), Ellevest (female-focused investing), Carta ($1.7B valuation), Quicken Loans (Largest mortgage lender in the US), Credit Karma ($4B valuation), people from SEC, and major banks.
Tickets: $495 - $2,595
Summary: Gartner includes data ethics and privacy on their list of the top 10 strategic technology trends of 2019, placing these issues on the same level as AI-driven development, blockchain, and edge computing. Key topics for the panel discussion on this fintech conference are U.S. banks and data privacy (CCPA, GDPR), how robots make bankers more human, unsecured lending, small biz neobanks, and innovation in community-level banks. Also, practical cases of P2P payments, “The In’s and Out’s of Joining Zelle” will be presented. Goldman Sachs will discuss product-oriented strategy and building a platform with services. With an extreme focus on customer centricity, their “Marcus’ solution has grown to the platform, offering a variety of products designed to help consumers achieve financial well-being.
Speakers: Tony Aguilar, Founder and CEO of Chipper; Ryan Alderman, Principal and Customer Experience Leader for Banking, Deloitte Consulting LLP; Melissa Alvarado, VP Growth and Analytics for Chime.
Wharton, San Francisco
Tickets: $795 - $895
Summary: This one-day event is designed to bring together a diverse speaker faculty and audience to tackle the questions about diversity and women in leadership in some of the most challenging for this industries. Fearless in FinTech offers the opportunity to learn from and engage with a full spectrum of leaders representing the Financial Services and FinTech organizations. Examples of content include: Fireside Chat “The Psychological Approach to FinTech” about psychological shift and implications around FinTech while touching on blockchain and digital currencies; “AI Governance in Finance” including challenges with algorithm transparency, fairness of automated decisions, and security concern; “The Power of Perspective in FinTech” in the age of #TimesUp, #MeToo and The Women’s March.
Speakers: Adrienne A. Harris, CFS Former Special Assistant For Economic Policy To President Obama & Board Of Directors; Denise Leonhard, Paypal Sr. Director, Global Corporate Strategy; Kate Adamson, Plaid, Head Of Mortgage, etc.
September 5 - 6
Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY
Tickets: $1,295 - $1,895
Summary: To balance excitement and concerns discussions around the AI topic this Summit will be organized in two ways. First, the founders of today’s most promising startups will project future possibilities. Second, C-level execs at the world’s largest financial services firms and regulators will discuss emerging business models, technologies, risks and the changing face of financial services competition. Examples of topics are “Accelerating Predictive Analytics with AI for Financial Institutions”, “Recommender Systems in Retail Banking”, “Neural Networks for Financial Time Series Forecasting”, “ML-based Anti-Money Laundering”, Streamlining Financial Compliance with AI” etc.
Speakers: Featured speakers on the fintech conference agenda are unique experts who are deeply involved in the domain. Among them Head of Artificial Intelligence Research JPMorgan Chase & Co, Head of Data Science Barclays, Head of Machine Learning Square, Applied Research Scientist MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, Research Professor of Financial Machine Learning/ AI Asset Management NYU/ Fidelity Investments Artificial Intelligence & Behavioral Economics.
September 16 - 17
Tickets: $695 - $795
Summary: The conference will focus on "Discussing the Practical Intersection of Enterprise Finance and Advanced Technology". It provides an educational agenda that places an emphasis on practical FinTech solutions. One of the U.S. FinTech Symposium's goals is to foster multidisciplinary conversations so attendees can gain a greater understanding of FinTech capabilities and challenges. Agenda is focused on practical uses of advanced enterprise technologies within the finance and financial services industries: Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, Real-Time Payments & Reporting, Robotic Process Automation, Open Banking & Banking APIs.
New York Marriott Marquis, New York
Tickets: $995 - $1,795
Summary: Finovate is one of the largest FinTech conferences that happen around the world every season. New York chapter this fall will be dedicated to a different perspective of customer experience and how emerging technology can leverage it. Among key speakers’ topics are following “The future is hybrid: Marrying roboadvice with human advisers, and how this fits into the broader WealthTech landscape”, “Virtual reality and augmented reality: The final frontier in incorporating personal interaction to digital banking?”, “The future of fraud prevention and detection: AI in practice”. Finovate exploits different types of presentation formats to make the event engaging.
Speakers: KIM PRADO, Managing Director, Global Head of Client Insight, Banking & Digital Channels Technology at RBC Capital Markets; MARTIN CAUPIN, Head of Analytics Lab - CIB Americas at BNP Paribas; JARROD JOPLIN, SVP, Experience Design at Bank of America; SEAN GINEVAN, Head of Global Strategy and Market Enablement at Google etc.
The Venetian in Las Vegas
Summary: All range of topics will be discussed through the lens of digital disruption. This year’s focus is on the new channel of payments including augmented reality and social commerce and unlocking new grounds for engagement. Bank transformation continues to be important because of pressures on profitability as a result of low-interest rates, the activity slowdown, and increased regulatory pressures. Money20/20 plans to cover the important changes that are happening in the financial services value chain now and over the coming years to help decode where new opportunities as AI + Cloud + Blockchain + Quantum computing are emerging. In addition, there will be fireside chats about investing, alternative lending and scoring, regulation security and regional spotlights for Asia and LATAM to define the landscape in 2019 and beyond.
Speakers: Money20/20 is an amusement park for FinTech lovers with finance “rock star” speakers like Charles Schwab, Zach Perret (Plaid), Carlos Torres Vila (BBVA).
Tickets: $ 1,649 - $ 2,294
Summary: The Association for Financial Professionals organizes a fintech conference with MindShift speakers, sessions, and exhibitors that will offer actionable advice on the trends and tools professionals should pay attention to in emerging technologies from AI to Blockchain. Educational session will highlight treasury management in the context of next generation technology, payments and retail analytics, utilizing data science for financial planning and analysis to manage uncertainty, risk management. A special panel will be dedicated to career development (measuring success in project management, and applications for data visualization). As a part of the event, AFP and MUFG Union Bank honors Three Pinnacle Award finalists and a grand prize winner.
Speakers: Robin Roberts Co-Anchor, Good Morning America, Author “Everybody’s Got Something”, Fareed Zakaria, CNN’s Host, GPS Columnist, Joi Ito Director, MIT Media Lab Whiplash.
Overall, the next half of 2019 will be packed with high-quality content from industry fintech conferences throughout the U.S. featuring top companies and leaders. The evolution in FinTech is happening as the year progresses — make sure to grab a ticket and be in attendance to learn all about the emerging innovation firsthand.