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Each day the Innotribe programme will focus on a specific theme, throughout which both Millennials and Power Women in Fintech will play an important role participating in all sessions. In the next two weeks, we will produce a more detailed blog per theme of each day.

In a play of words on Kevin Kelly’s book “What Technology Wants”, we have four major themes this year, one theme per day:

  • Day-1: What Platforms Want
  • Day-2: What Society Wants
  • Day-3: What Innovation Wants
  • Day-4: What Machine Intelligence Wants


Platform economics and business models are foundational capabilities for innovation. All the Innotribe sessions on Monday have a specific focus on Platforms.

Our anchor-person for the day is Christopher Wasden, Executive Director at the Sorenson Center for Discovery & Innovation at the University of Utah. Chris will be with us the whole day, and will wrap up the findings of day-1 the following day. He is also an active speaker in some of the sessions.

We have prepared and designed six sessions for you on Monday, including our Innotribe week opening at 09:15am in the Innotribe Space.

After our Innotribe week opening, we’ll kick off at 10:15am with a fascinating “New kids on the block(chain) platform” session, moderated by Mark Buitenhek, Global Head of Transaction Services, ING, and also member of the SWIFT Board. We have invited four newcomers from the blockchain and distributed ledger space: Chain.com, Stellar.org, Standard Treasury (recently acquired by Silicon Valley Bank), and Hyperledger (recently acquired by Digital Asset Holdings). They will engage in a highly interactive debate with four financial institutions (UBS, Barclays, DBS Bank, and Bank of New York Mellon) on the relevancy of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies for the financial industry. This is the first session where we will use our magic LED wall on the Innotribe Stand, next to the main SWIFT Stand.

We’ll then move to Conference Room 2 at 11:30am for the “Future of Money” session, for several years now a standing room only session. This session will focus on disruption at large in the financial industry, looking at how the front end is influencing the back end. The underlying theme is to show the front end is fragmenting, whereas the back end is converging. We will use automated credit as the use case for this conversation. The session format promises to be exciting and entertaining: we will position some newcomers in the area of automated credit on the main (front) stage, and facilitate a lively conversation with some major financial institutions in the back-end of the room. With two moderators, camera interaction, audience voting and a mix of Millennials and Powerwomen in FinTech, this promises to be one of the highlights of Innotribe 2015.

Back then to the Innotribe Stand at 12:45pm for “Platform disruption: The business of APIs”. The key immersive learning experience we’d like to create is that the business of API’s is an ecosystem play: with financial institutions wishing to expose or consume functionality through APIs, API gateway providers, developers, applications, and customers using the functionality delivered through those applications. The igniters for this conversation come from Fidor Bank, Silicon Valley Bank, Bank of New York Mellon, and Level39. Moderated by Jurgen Ingels, Founder of Clear2Pay, and Co- Founder / managing partner of SmartFinCapital.

After the big Sibos opening plenary session, we’ll reconvene in the Innotribe Space at 15:15pm for “Killer platforms: The Chinese road to platform disruption”. This session really is about big Chinese tech companies, carving out their platform space in the financial industry (Alibaba, TenCent, Baudu, etc.) and how this will dramatically change the way we think about disruption in FinTech. Through disruptive analysis and primary market research, Kapronasia, The Disruption House and Daily Fintech will present a detailed look at the history of China’s financial industry, the models behind the extraordinary growth of technology companies as financial players and the impact of regulation and reform the most likely path for the industry going forward. Attendees will walk away with a qualitative and quantitative understanding of how China’s tech companies will affect both China and the rest of the world. We’ll use again in a big way our LED Wall to pencil on the world map the relevancy of all this on the different regions.

We will close the day with “Exploring real world disruption scenarios” (starting at 16:30pm on the Innotribe Stand, on how platform strategies help you respond to new entrants in the ever-changing payment landscape. In this session, we will share some of the key findings of a specialised 2015 Innotribe Task Force on platform thinking. We will first familiarize the audience with some of the key drivers of disruption and the “why” of innovation strategies leading into strategic options. Our facilitators have created an engaging hands-on exercise for the audience to familiarize them selves with “disruption scenarios”. We will land with a contextualization of platform strategies on our LED Wall, leveraging the findings of the previous sessions of day one of Innotribe at Sibos 2015.


In the coming days and weeks, we will familiarize you with the program for the remaining three days. We believe we have a fantastic line-up of speakers, igniters, instigators, contrarians, Millennials and Powerwomen in FinTech.

Hope you will find ample time to join us in these immersive learning experiences.

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