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The Five Best FinTech Conferences

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As the world of financial technology (fintech) continues to boom on both domestic and international soil, keeping up with the steady influx of innovation and disruptive thought leadership is a challenge. Throughout the year, however, opportunities abound to get strategically connected with what’s new, what’s working and who’s making it all happen in fintech.

Annual conferences are the ideal way to experience the best of the fintech universe from industry leaders and top innovators, and gain invaluable face time with investors and like-minded fintech folks. Attendees have the ability to enhance their understanding of the future of fintech and network with the people who make all of it a real possibility.

Although this list is not exhaustive by any means, we’ve compiled a list of the five best fintech conferences taking place in 2015.

Finovate Spring/Finovate Fall

May 12-13, 2015  San Jose / September 16-17, 2015  New York

As one of the first and largest fintech gatherings, Finovate brings together a highly influential group of investors with some of the best fintech innovators in the industry. Both the main Finovate events taking place this spring and fall provide attendees two full days of demonstrations by fintech’s leading companies, as well as dedicated time for strategic networking. The spring event held in San Jose features presentations from Vanguard, Finicity and Alpha Payments Cloud, and an investor audience to include BBVA, Intellectual Ventures and Alten Capital. Registration information, daily agendas and additional details about each conference can be found on Finovate Spring or Finovate Fall.

Fintech Global Expo

May 28-29, 2015  San Diego

The second annual Fintech Global Expo coordinated and presented by Coastal Shows is taking an in-depth look at the investors and major innovators in the fintech world. At the 2015 event, a number of global leaders will come together to share invaluable insight into the fintech movement through panel discussions on marketplace and peer-to-peer lending, crowd finance and bitcoin infrastructure. Unique to the FIntech Global Expo are the dedicated panels on the opportunities for fintech innovators in both Europe and Asia, in addition to a special breakout sessions exclusively for retail investors. Attendees have ample opportunity to view demonstrations throughout the event and to network with vendors and investors alike throughout the conference. Additional information on registration, agenda and accommodations is available through Coastal Shows.

Digital Banking Summit

June 8-19, 2015  Austin, Texas

With a focus on detailed industry updates, the Digital Banking Summit presented by American Banker combines fintech demos with thought leadership presentations from both the banking and alternative finance arenas. Notable topics include breaking through to millennials and retention strategies in that market, challenges in the digital revolution and the keys to securing big data for companies and consumers. Attendees have the option of attending multiple breakout sessions focused on fintech industry developments and the ability to network with today’s leading innovators in banking. Details about the Digital Banking Summit are available through American Banker

FinTech Week

September 14-18, 2015  London

Fintech Week is the largest international week-long festival dedicated to the growing fintech community. The conference aims to bring together innovators, investors and leaders in the disruptive industry, including those dedicated to banking, investment platforms, insurance, big data, marketing and payments. Fintech week boasts highly regarded industry leaders as keynote presenters, and a wide variety of breakout sessions to pique just about anyone’s interest. Information on sponsorships, registration and this year’s five themes are available through the Fintech Week site.

Money 20/20

October 25-28, 2015   Las Vegas

The Money 20/20 conference is known worldwide for its broad reach in fintech. With more than 10,000 attendees, representatives from over 3,000 companies (including 1,000+ CEOs) from 75 countries, this annual meeting of the minds is focused on innovations in payments and financial services through mobile, retail, data and technology firms. Featured speakers for Money 20/20 2015 include the President and CEO of Synchrony Financial, Margaret Keane, SVP of Ads and Commerce with Google, Sridhar Ramaswamy, and President and CEO Designee of PayPal, Dan Schulman. Attendees interested in attending this year’s event can find additional information on the Money 20/20 conference site.

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