Wednesday, November 25, 2020
As done in the first event in the series, participants were invited to customize their profiles and use the networking part of the platform to arrange meetings, which could be one-on-one chats or group invitationals.
"Over the past 12 years, many of you have come to feel like family to us, and we hope you are all doing what is needed to keep yourselves and your family safe," Finovate organizers wrote. "As part of an effort to keep everyone safe, and to comply with current governmental recommendations surrounding COVID-19, we have rescheduled FinovateWest 2020 to take place November 23 through 24."
In reflecting on recent successful shows, Finovate organizers reiterated objectives of curating "world-class speakers, unmissable insights and powerful connections, both on-site and in person." The FinovateWestDigital platform included the following features:
No one could have foreseen the unique circumstances that forced Finovate to pivot from a big stage to small screens around the world but event organizers found a silver lining. Going digital has removed barriers of long-distance travel, they stated. This has broadened access to the venue, enabling delegates from around the world to participate in the Finovate community. They added, "wherever you are in the world, Finovate is coming to you."
Sean Collins, co-founder and head of development at Monit, observed that everyone gets a front row seat at Finovate digital shows. "You can really see the demo," he said. "Onstage, the demos can be a little hard to follow."
Collins added that Monit, a Best of Show winner at FinovateFall, will demonstrate its predictive financial platform at FinovateWestDigital in hopes of another win. Recalling the September day when he and co-founder and CEO Steve Dow learned Monit had won, Collins said, "It was a beautiful day in Boston; I let out a loud yelp. My neighbor yelled back, asking if I was ok; I was really excited."
Dave Hunkele, chief strategy officer at Finzly, agreed that winning at Finovate is an experience like no other. He stated that Finzly will demo Finzly Flow and Finzly DAO at FinovateWest, solutions that support the company's BankOS platform that won Best of Show at FinovateFall.
"We’ve been very impressed by what Greg Palmer has put together over the years," Hunkele said. "As a technology provider, we love the visibility that Finovate creates for new solutions."
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