Tuesday, September 15, 2020
High-profile gatherings competing for attendees, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors this week include FinovateFall 2020, PayExpo Digital, the World Retail Congress, ETA's FinTech Policy Day and Latin America Summit Chapter One. These events share the theme of surviving and thriving throughout the global coronavirus pandemic.
Greg Palmer, vice president at Finovate, noted that event planners had already been hard at work expanding virtual access to the conference before the onset of the global pandemic. "In the past three months, we've spent massive amounts of time vetting and comparing dozens of new solutions," he said. "We're confident that we'll be able to deliver a strong digital experience at both FinovateFall and FinovateWest that gives tangible ROI to everyone involved."
As payments professionals become more adept at navigating the advanced digital platforms that support virtual auditoriums, exhibit halls and live networking, platform providers are introducing new digital components to enliven venues and further engage participants.
Following are samplings and highlights from the September 2020 virtual conferences:
In his keynote address at FinovateFall, Pablos Holman, futurist, speaker and inventor at Intellectual Ventures Lab and founder of Turing AI, traced the long arc of human history from millions to billions of humans inhabiting the earth.
"We hit that hockey stick growth curve and go from millions to billions, almost overnight," Holman said. "And that curve defines everything we're experiencing in the world today. Humans have invented new technologies to solve those problems at a larger scale again and again. But if there's one thing all those extra humans are good for, it's making more problems."
Holman believes the job of innovation is to map new technologies to the problems to solve the world's problems at a larger and larger scale, which is why the world will always need hackers. These out-of-box thinkers will flip things over, take out all the screws, break things into lots of little pieces and figure out what to build from the rubble, he noted.
"Nobody's ever invented a new technology by reading the directions," Holman said. "These guys violate the warranty before they even get the shrink wrap off. We need them, because that's where all your new ideas come from; that's where you get your superpowers."
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