Blockchain, AI, contactless payment, mobile banking, cyber security…if these are just some of the topics that keep you engaged all day, then you probably work in Financial Technology, or FinTech. If you want to work on your professional development in 2020, you should also think about attending one of these top FinTech conferences in the U.S.
Last year’s MIT FinTech conference included just 500 attendees and 30 speakers (along with 10 startups). Sponsored in part by the MIT Sloan School of Management, this conference is a student-led meeting geared towards students and the public alike. It’s also super affordable for students, with tickets starting at just $75, and even the public entry isn’t bad as far as conferences go, at $495.
FinTech South attracts over a thousand industry professionals every year, from companies around the globe. With a claim of 30% C-Suite experts in attendance, it’s also a fairly prestigious event. Current event speakers include Kathryn Petralia, founder of Kabbage, Michael Praeger, CEO and Co-Founder of AvidXchange, and Luvleen Sidhu, president and co-founder of BankMobile. Tickets vary for members and non-members.
With more than 5,000 attendees, LendIt FinTech is certainly a large fishbowl to network in this spring. With several women on its keynote speakers list, it’s also doing a good job at spreading the message of gender diversity in FinTech. Keynote slots have been filled by Jelena McWilliams, Chairman FDIC, Angela Strange, General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, Stephanie Cohen, Chief Strategy Officer at Goldman Sachs, and Rishi Khosla, Co-Founder of OakNorth. With a large sponsorship pool and exhibitor hall, plus 1:1 meetings, and over 400 thought leader discussions of the industry’s hottest topic, LendIt will be a big party in NYC this May. Tickets and more information online.
Located in North Carolina’s noted Research Triangle, the Durham-based event Payments FN is geared towards professionals in the “e-commerce, fraud, PCI, 3DS, and other payments” spheres. With Early Bird pricing available until the end of February at just $199 per ticket, it’s also a very affordable event to attend. Details on 2020’s speakers and agenda are still to come, but you can register if you live and work in the area and be set for this payments-focused event.
With 120 speakers and more than 60 demoers planned, Finovate in San Francisco aims to be a very hands-on educational event this spring. They plan 1100+ senior attendees (50% or more from financial institutions) and hope to bring together just a fraction of the West Coast’s financial technology community. This 3-day spring meeting already has an agenda available, so you can make your case for attending with specific speakers and topics in mind. Tickets and special attendee packages are available online.
If you’re big in the FinTech industry, you’re likely eyeing this event come June. They tout more than 2,500 fintech industry influencers will be in attendance, along with more than 50 startup presentations, 75+ interviews with C-level experts, and a whole “ecosystem” of interactions at their expo. Multi-level ticketing and more details are available online.
As one of the only events happening in Chicago (or anywhere in the Midwest), the U.S. Fintech Symposium will hit the Windy City after the hustle and bustle of summer dies down. The symposium wants to bring together experts to discuss “practical fintech solutions” and to “foster multidisciplinary conversations so attendees can gain a greater understanding of fintech capabilities and challenges.” But don’t think they’re not looking at the future of FinTech, either. Organizers are eager to answer the question of how an organization can excel in finance when there is accelerating FinTech disruption. Details, the call for speakers, a future full agenda, and registration are all online.
Too busy for Finovate Spring? Hit up this huge meeting of industry professionals in NYC in September. Even bigger in anticipated attendance, at 1600+ FinTech specialists, Finovate Fall expects to offer “expert speakers on banking, payments, regtech, wealth management, AI and customer experience.” Book now or learn more as full speaker details and agendas are released. No time to read? Check out their new Finovate podcast to stay up-to-date.
The FinCon2020 will head to Long Beach, California for a long weekend of speakers, demos, and more. As an event geared to connect both influencers and the financial sector, the chance to meet someone you’ve only known online is high at FinCon2020. In fact, they currently operate multiple community groups online, including Facebook, YouTube, podcasts, and more for past and future attendees to connect and collaborate. Read more about the 2019 event and get ready to register online when available.
Money is synonymous with Las Vegas, but as one of the few dedicated FinTech events in the city, Money20/20 USA will bring together those who want to learn more about the industry. They’ll be bringing back their new format for trend discussions, the 7&7 Demos. Last year, “some of the most innovative companies in our industry were given 7 minutes, to provide 7 facts about their product to bring light to new and exciting changes across all areas of Payments and Fintech.” Want to see it live in person? Head to the conference this October. Discounted passes are currently still available.
Blockchain is here to stay, and if you work in FinTech you should become an expert. Head to this Blockchain Expo in Santa Clara in November to make sure you are on top of all of 2020’s developments in the sector. With over 9,000 expected attendees (56% at the director level or above), it’s the largest industry gatherings listed here by far. The ambitious event plans to pack a lot into just two days, but a general overview of the agenda is available online if you’d like to check out what you’d choose to attend. With lots of lead time, it’s also still possible to get discounted rates on your tickets, too.