Thursday, August 31, 2017
The global commerce community will be well represented at Money20/20, to be held Oct. 22 to 25, 2017, at the Venetian Las Vegas. The sixth annual conference is expected to draw more than 11,000 attendees from 85 countries and 4,500 organizations, according to event organizers. Activities will include a developer hack-a-thon, networking opportunities, hands-on workshops and 450 speakers. Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak, Blackhawk Network President and Chief Executive Officer Talbott Roche and 26 other industry leaders will deliver keynote addresses.
"NYPAY has been pleased to work with Money20/20 since its first year, and I've seen it rapidly grow to become be the U.S. 'must attend' payments event of the year," said David True, President of NYPAY, a payments industry networking group and Money20/20 media sponsor. "As such, it is a massive networking opportunity, where with good planning, attendees can accomplish in three-and-a-half days what might have otherwise taken months." True called the show's consistently diversified agenda and coverage of topical content a "crowd-pleaser" and said he looks forward to this year's sessions on artificial intelligence and payments in China.
Money20/20 will introduce a varied menu of curated topics, including digital identity, faster payments and artificial intelligence, event organizers stated. The 2017 conference will have more stages, first-time speakers, fresh content and enhanced networking. Interactive workshops, designed to facilitate discussions and deep learning, will enable attendees to spend more time exploring practical use cases.
"The greater time spent enables more time for discussion and provides greater context and advice about how attendees can drive their own innovations," Money20/20 marketers wrote. The show will feature 300 new speakers, fewer concurrent tracks and smaller panels to give presenters and attendees more time to interact and learn. Organizers said the changes are part of a larger effort to "evolve the premium Money20/20 experience."
Money20/20, founded in 2012 by Anil Aggarwal and Jonathan Weiner and sold to UK-based i2i Events Group in 2014, has steadily gained followers. Now in its sixth year, the inclusive event perpetuates its co-founders' vision by broadly addressing the impact of emerging technologies on the immediate future.
"Money20/20 is like the payments industry itself: vast and always changing; the next five years in payments will bring more changes than the last 50 years combined," said Srii Srinivasan, CEO of ChargebackGurus Inc. "It provides an opportunity for innovative thinkers from different parts of the world, from C-level executives to new entrepreneurs, to get together and exchange ideas."
Srinivasan further noted that many entrepreneurial startups function as two distinct companies: one that addresses current issues and another that innovates for the future. "You can't abandon either one, and must continually innovate and pivot," she stated. "As a future-facing show, Money20/20 is a great resource and vast, digital commons where engineers and innovators can explore ways to solve problems with advanced technologies. Data science and fintech have changed lives and revolutionized economies. Imagine what they could do for healthcare."
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