Top Fintech Events in 2019

Top FinTech Events in 2019

With 2018 behind us, it’s time to head into 2019 with renewed vigor and optimism, especially for those working in tech, finance or banking.

With a new year comes new digital banking and FinTech initiatives, ideas, developments, and of course events and conferences to bring everyone in the industry together.

If you want to stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest developments, hear insightful presentations, and meet peers with whom to network, you will have to attend some of the best Fintech Events planned for this year.

That is why we have put together a list of the Top FinTech Events in 2019. This is a well-rounded and hand-picked international selection of the top FinTech events, conferences, and shows we think are worthy of mention.

Go ahead, add them to your calendar, dust-off your business cards, hone up on your networking skills; this year promises to be an exciting and memorable one.

Strands Fintech Events

Top FinTech Events in 2019 (ordered by date):

 

Paris FinTech Forum 2019

29-30 January, Paris, France

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Organized by Altéir this event counts on the support of 60+ international partners gathering thousands of attendees from over 70 countries over 2 days in the heart of Paris, to listen to 240+ international CEOs from banks, insurance, telco, regulators and of course FinTechs. The 2018 event had over 150 FinTechs CEOs from all over the world in panels & interviews and on stage dedicated to pitches & showcases. During those two days, the event addressed all key issues at the heart of the news of digital finance in general and FinTech in particular.

 

Finovate Europe

12-14 February, London, England

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This event offers cutting-edge FinTech demos, real-world applications provided by business leaders, hundreds of financial institutions passionate for change, all under one roof. New for this year, a deep-dive Summit Day on AI and Open Banking, a new world-classs venue, and an AI-powered meeting app to help you connect with the people who matter to you.

 

The 3rd Middle East & Africa FinTech Forum

21 February, Bahrain

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Following the success of the 2018 edition, the MEA FinTech forum returns on the 21st February 2019. This event brings together a great line up of speakers, leaders, CEOs, innovators, and entrepreneurs, the Third MEA FinTech Forum promises to be the most inclusive and innovative yet. Under the patronage of the Central Bank of Bahrain and hosted by ABC bank and AFS, the forum will present invited guests with a series of unparalleled, world-class experts and pioneers, governors and CEOs, leading discussions around future trends, empowerment and financial inclusion – the future of banking itself.

 

Fintex Middle East

5-6 March, Bahrain

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Hosted by the Kingdom of Bahrain, FINTEX Middle East will feature the largest gathering of world-class companies offering the latest in banking innovation – everything from digital banking software to cloud computing; data analytics to artificial intelligence; cybersecurity to blockchain; and payments to biometrics. FINTEX Middle East is not just another FinTech conference; it is a marketplace of ideas and connections, an event guaranteed to drive impact. Whether you are a disruptive bank CIO, an established tech vendor or a rising FinTech startup, FINTEX is one event you don’t want to miss this year.

 

Mobey Forum

6-7 March, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Mobey events are designed for innovation-focused banks, financial institutions, and FinTechs. They create content and insights that you cannot Google. Their events are appreciated for open conversations, effortless networking and an agenda that inspires strategic takeaways. Mobey Forum is the global industry association empowering banks and other financial institutions to lead the future of digital services and connect industry thought leaders to identify and understand commercial drivers for better customer experience. The Member Meeting event in Copenhagen will discuss partnerships – accelerating innovation and digitalization.

 

Digital Bank LATAM – Ciudad de México

14 March, Ciudad de México, México

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Get ready for the first edition of the largest financial technological innovation meeting in Latin America, Digital Bank Mexico City. The event will bring together leaders of the main companies of the financial sector of the country, leading technology companies, and a group of entrepreneurs who will offer different solutions. Digital Bank LATAM opens a space to FINTECH where various Startups, Banks, Financial Services and Traditional Banking Providers converge in an event with space for new trends in Social Behavior and New Technologies.

 

Money2020 Asia

19-21 March, Singapore, Asia

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This event will cover the entire payments, FinTech, and financial services ecosystem for 3 packed days of building new business opportunities, discovering new industry players and learning the latest disruptions. With over 3500 attendees from more than 1400 companies and 70 countries, representing every sector of the financial services industry, Money20/20 brings together a complete who’s who of the community building the future of money.

 

Banking Africa:

27-29 March, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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The 25th Africa Regional Group Meeting will be an opportunity to take stock of private and public actors’ commitments and major achievements of WSBI African members in digital financial inclusion. The meeting will focus on how WSBI members’ innovation and digital policies contribute to the improvement of their customer journey and, ultimately, to the national level of financial inclusion. Besides MNOs fierce competition, the meeting will consider issues like open banking and APIs and how they will change the banking landscape, leading financial institutions to increasingly partner with FinTech in a never-ending search to bring flexible innovative solutions to their customers.

 

Efma – Bank + FinTech

2-3 April, Barcelona, Spain

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Discover which banks are doing what and with which FinTech, how banks are taking the lead, how other international organizations are successfully integrating new offering and business models in their strategy, together with FinTechs. Efma – Bank + FinTech will present you with the crème de la crème of couples Bank + FinTechs, who will share their best practices to inspire and allow you to benchmark yourself.

 

Temenos Community Forum

2-4 April, The Hague, Netherlands

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The Temenos Community Forum explores the New Era of Banking by bringing together banking executives, industry experts, FinTechs and partners together with Temenos experts and leaders. Learn what is changing in the industry – hear from over 30 industry experts on the latest trends in the industry. Hear client success stories – over 1,000 banks and financial institutions from a wide cross-section of regions and segments will be sharing their challenges and they will have over 25 client success story presentations.

 

Seamless FinTech

10-11 April, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Seamless is the region’s leading payments and commerce technology conference and exhibition. The event has separate conference agendas covering the world of Payments, FinTech, E-commerce, Retail, and Identity. With over 10,000 annual attendees and a world leading strategic conference, the exhibition will welcome market-leading industry players from banks, exchange houses, insurance, telcos, merchants, enterprise, government, FinTechs, and tech startups, all looking to procure and collaborate with the latest tech and services on the market.

 

Innovate Finance Global Summit (IFGS)

29-30 April, London, England

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IFGS 2019 will focus on the key areas enhancing, empowering and safeguarding the FinTech sector today and in the years to come. You will hear from the best of industry on developments in technology, the talent and skills gap, the importance of diversity and new sessions for this year, including Green Finance and Embedded Finance, plus much more.

 

FinovateSpring

8-10 May, San Francisco, California

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The Finovate Group is a research and events firm focused on innovation in financial and banking technology. FinovateSpring will have 1300+ attendees. 60+ firms demoing and 120+ expert speakers covering banking tech, payments tech, lending tech, community banking, artificial intelligence, and customer experience. Finovate is curated, fast-paced, and gets right to the point. And they’ve been delivering value for over 10 years.

 

Money2020 Europe

3-5 June, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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An event not to be missed for the smartest visionaries and innovators, Money20/20 is where the payments, FinTech, and financial services industries come together to connect and build the future of money. From industry institutions to up-and-coming innovators, everyone is here. Businesses come together to explore unique regional insight and trailblazing enterprise, seizing the opportunity to meet the person or land the deal that will change the trajectory of their business.

 

Moneyconf

10-12 June, Dublin, Ireland

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Every year since 2015, the world’s leading bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and FinTech experts have gathered at MoneyConf. MoneyConf is organized by the team behind the world’s largest tech conference, Web Summit. Web Summit has grown to become the “largest technology conference in the world”. Over two days, 5,000 attendees from over 60 countries will network and learn from the industry’s leading lights. Expect insightful keynotes, hands-on workshops, and incredible evening networking opportunities.

 

The Future Of FinTech 2019

11-13 June, New York, NY

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The Future of FinTech is where financial services giants, FinTech startups and VC Investors from around the world come together to define the future of financial services. If you want to be connected to the ideas and people that are revolutionizing financial services, you need to be at the Future of FinTech. With senior executives from every financial company in the S&P 500 and innovators, disrupters and execs from 31 countries and 6 of the 7 continents (sorry Antarctica) joining us, The Future of FinTech brings together a global audience of the biggest players in financial services.

 

Efma – SME Banking Summit

13-14 June, Vienna, Austria

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First held in 2004, the annual Efma SME Banking Summit has become a must-attend annual event that focuses on the challenges facing SMEs in the evolving retail financial services landscape. From 13-14 June, the 2019 summit in Vienna will provide the perfect platform for Efma’s members to meet SME leaders and work together to define a strategy and roadmap for their SME banking success.

 

Digital Banking

19-21 June, Austin, Texas

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With 1,500+ senior level executives from financial institutions, credit unions and FinTech providers from both the US and around the globe, Digital Banking 2019 will inspire you with exceptional content, live demos, encourage conversations through their various networking opportunities and promises to be an innovative and forward thinking three-day event. You will hear from experts in and out of the industry as they share their insights on what the future of digital banking looks like.

 

Moneylive

25-26 June, London, England

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From the wider impact of open banking and APIs, to the unyielding power of AI and data analytics, they’ve got everything covered. Providing practical advice through case studies, development stories and panel discussions, this event is for senior executives to discover how technology is transforming banking as you know it. Strategies are formulated, partnerships are created and future trends are debated.

 

Seamless Asia 2019

26-27 June, Singapore, Asia

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Built on 23 years of history, from Cards and Payments Asia to Seamless today, this event is about the entire commerce eco-system. It is about the big ideas, market disruptors, top industry trends and technologies on which the future marketplace will operate. Discussions about payments, e-commerce, smart retail, financial inclusion, banking and card technology, digital ID and solutions will take place. Expect to see over 350 leading industry speakers with 150 technology companies showcasing the latest payments, banking, FinTech, credit card, e-commerce and retail technology solutions.

 

MoneyLive Digital Banking Asia 2019

2-3 July, Singapore, Asia

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MoneyLive Digital Banking APAC is the place for you if you want to connect with senior executives from the biggest banks, cutting-edge FinTechs, Tech Titans and neo-banks across the Asia Pacific region. 2019 will feature not-to-be-missed perspectives from Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and more. Answer those burning questions and network with the experts working in subjects including artificial intelligence, customer experience, open banking, payments, and digitalization.

 

Seamless East Africa

2-4 September, Nairobi, Kenya

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Seamless East Africa, now in its 5th edition, has proven to be the flagship FinTech event of East Africa. The event has grown year-on-year, bringing together 800+ payments, banking and FinTech professionals to Nairobi from across 45 countries. Their audience consists of 83% decision-makers and influencers and is represented by all major banks in East Africa.

 

EFMA Retail Banking Summit 2019

6-7 November, Singapore, Asia

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The Fifth edition of Efma’s Retail Banking Summit in Asia will focus on the key priorities and most pressing challenges faced by the banking industry in the region. Like previous editions, this year’s event will bring together the most successful banks and companies in the retail financial services ecosystem from Asia and across the world. This event is an opportunity to learn from the top leaders about how they are doing it, and what would be the best strategy to go about it. They will also feature the most disruptive innovations and best practices in digital transformation.

 

Digital Bank LATAM – Santiago

19 November, Santiago, Chile

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Get ready for the new edition of the largest financial technological innovation meeting in Latin America, Digital Bank Santiago. The event will gather in Chile the leaders of the main companies of the financial sector of the country, leading technology companies and a group of entrepreneurs who will offer different solutions. Digital Bank LATAM opens a space to FinTech where various Startups, Banks, Financial Services and Traditional Banking Providers converge in an event with space for new trends in Social Behavior and New Technologies.

 

SME Finance Forum Annual Conference

Date and Location to be confirmed

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The SME Finance Forum works to expand access to finance for small and medium businesses. The Forum operates a global membership network that brings together financial institutions, technology companies, and development finance institutions to share knowledge, spur innovation, and promote the growth of SMEs.

 

Look forward to bumping into you at one (or more) of these events!

Strands Launches New Technology Blog

Strands, recognized by the financial industry as “The Fintech Partner for Banks”, is pleased to announce the launch of its new technology blog, https://medium.com/strands-tech-corner.  

Strands Tech Corner features posts written by all the employees that build our products: developers, data scientists, designers, product owners, devops, quality engineers, etc.” said Pablo Reyes, VP Engineering of Strands. “We will share our experiences in the best way we know: with real case examples, showing our day-to-day challenges, and our failures and successes”.

This new blog reflects the brand’s continuing commitment to the use of technology to help people make decisions in a more effective way. “At Strands, we have been innovating in technology for 15 years, in which we have had the opportunity to research, test, create and innovate with dozens of technologies and methodologies,” said Reyes. “Now, the Strands Tech Corner is a fundamental stepping stone in sharing our experience so you can improve your tech stack, make better decisions, and save some time trying things we’ve already tried.”

Huntington Bank Introduces “The Hub” for All Customers

This text is an extract from the press release published on CISION PRNewswire.

In direct response to customer feedback gleaned from a two-year-long listening tour, Huntington (NASDAQ: HBANwww.huntington.com) is rolling out The Hub across its footprint as part of its purpose to look out for people.

Doing the right thing has been at the heart of Huntington’s Fair Play Banking philosophy since it launched in 2010. The development of The Hub is the next chapter in how Huntington is looking out for people by investing in and enhancing its digital and mobile customer experience.

“Innovation and technology have never been more important to customers, but we firmly believe it is people who make the difference. At Huntington, we want to be a catalyst for improving the lives of our customers and the introduction of The Hub is another way of demonstrating our commitment to looking out for people,” said Andy Harmening, Huntington’s Senior Executive Vice President and Director of Consumer and Business Banking. “People are the heart of our business at Huntington and some of our best ideas come from our customers.”

“We began the journey to develop The Hub by taking a road trip. We went into consumers’ homes and sat around their kitchen tables to discuss finances, and more broadly, to discuss life, their dreams and challenges,” added Harmening. “That setting was hugely important because it’s our homes and families that matter most to people. And the proverbial ‘kitchen table’ is the centerpiece where real conversations happen. Where they evolve or take on a new life of their own. That was the inspiration that led us to develop The Hub.”

The Hub is Huntington’s new digital banking experience, built to look out for customers and their financial future with a focus on people-first, technology-enabled delivery and solutions. Free to all Huntington customers, The Hub is designed to help customers save more money, manage their spending and keep their financial goals front and center.

The newest iteration of The Hub includes the long-awaited Heads Up feature, a digital messaging program designed to provide insights into customer spending and saving to help them make more informed decisions about their money. Beginning in Q1 2019, Heads Up will integrate artificial intelligence tools to provide customers with up to 40 key insights into their financial wellness as they set and reach their goals.

“Life is about moments, but it’s not just the big events that require planning and a heads up. It’s the little everyday moments too, which ultimately make all others possible. That’s what we heard clearly from our customers and why we created The Hub and Heads Up. To give all of our customers the tools to help them achieve their goals, big and small,” noted Harmening.

Other features of The Hub, all born out of direct feedback from customer conversations, include:

  • Spend Analysis – Helps customers categorize their spending and better understand how they can change those habits going forward.
  • Spend Setter – Allows customers to set up monthly spending limits by category.
  • Look Ahead Calendar – Provides a financial view of the month to come. Customers can see when future bills and deposits will impact their accounts, so they can plan accordingly.
  • Savings Goal Getter – Helps customers visualize what they’re saving for and shows their progress along the way.

The phased rollout of ‘The Hub,’ which began this summer and continues across Huntington’s entire eight-state footprint, is being supported by print, online and television advertising throughout Huntington’s markets, and also includes direct mail.

Huntington’s “Fair Play” philosophy – a simpler, more straight-forward approach to banking launched in 2010 – was designed to help attract and retain customers through transparency and a commitment to doing the right thing. The Hub is Huntington’s next step in doing the right thing by being a bank that looks out for people and businesses with a focus on people-first, technology-enabled delivery and solutions.


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Business Insider highlights Strands in a report on SME Banking

Business Insider highlights Strands in a report on SME Banking

Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, features Strands’ whitepaper on SME Banking in a report about business financial management. The study looks into how FinTechs are targeting small-and-medium enterprises and pushing incumbents to fight back.

SMEs have been historically underserved by financial services providers, but that’s starting to change as both FinTechs and financial institutions continue to roll out SME-targeted services.

“Despite the emergence of digital disruptors in the banking sector, banks have a unique opportunity to leverage their long-established relationships with SMEs, though they need to act quickly.”

In the report, Business Insider analyses the areas in which banks have failed SMEs when it comes to financial services provision — including credit, digital business services, and bank accounts — and give examples of where FinTechs have successfully filled the gaps.

It also provides examples of financial institutions that have introduced new SME products, and their verdict on which type of supplier dominates each area of the market for SME-focused financial services solutions.

“Solutions like Strands BFM can potentially increase SMEs loyalty to their banks, so more would be wise to roll out financial services.”

Strands, a leading provider of business financial management technology, developed a SME banking solution designed to offer the bank’s business clients an intuitive, value-added product that is implemented seamlessly into their online banking portal.  

Purchase the full Business Insider Intelligence report: The Small Business Fintech.

Strands’ LatAm Sales Director Talks SME Banking in Chile

Strands’ LatAm Sales Director Talks SME Banking in Chile

Strands vision is to empower people in life and business, helping them make financial decisions in a smarter, transparent and more-independent way. So, it made absolute sense to showcase our digital money management solutions and extensive expertise in FinTech space at Latin America’s largest and most important innovation platform: Digital Bank LatAm.

Our LatAm Sales Director and expert in all things Digital Transformation, Pablo Gutierrez, talked about a new generation of SME banking, in particular relating to how can banks help small-and-medium enterprises to:

  • Better understand where they are financially
  • Manage payment cycles
  • Establish long-term financial stability

Watch Pablo’s presentation (in Spanish) and see by yourself how financial institutions have the opportunity to become the perfect business partners for SMEs.

Strands Intelligent Banking Solutions at Singapore FinTech Festival

Strands Intelligent Banking Solutions at Singapore FinTech Festival

Strands is one of the official sponsors of the FinTech Festival in one of Asia’s most populated and innovation-forward cities, Singapore.
 

Gerald Lee, Eunice Wong and Antoni Chang, based in our Kuala Lumpur office, represented Strands in the financial metropolis between November 12th and 14th, demonstrating that the Asian region is a vital piece of the FinTech puzzle and one that is taking huge strides in innovation and smart banking solutions.

Engaging Banking Customers On A New Level

 

As could be expected, Artificial Intelligence (AI) was one of the hottest topics in the event. Gerald Lee, Business Development Director APAC at Strands said that “many visitors queued up by Strands’ booth to learn more, not only about creating personalized, AI-powered digital banking experiences for users, but also about helping financial institutions achieve a better business outcome”.

One of Strands most popular solutions, drawing in the crowds at this event, was Personal Financial Management (PFM). This application drives engagement between account holders and financial institutions, allowing their users to achieve a 360º, highly-categorized view of transactions, actionable notifications, and a helping hand when they need it most.

Strands at the world’s largest FinTech festival

 

The third edition of the Singapore Fintech Festival drew close to 45,000 participants from almost 130 countries. This year, the event featured a series of other exciting exhibitors regarding Payments, Artificial Intelligence, Block Chain, Regulators, Innovation Labs and Open API.