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Exactly one month from the start of Innotribe@Sibos 2015, we issued a press release about our program. It is the kick-off of our campaign for our 7th edition of a four-day FinTech immersive learning experience.

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This year, Sibos is taking place at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, from 12-15 October.

“Innotribe is not about pitching anything in particular, but rather trying to take a helicopter view of what we see at the edge of our ecosystem – things we believe have the potential to enter the mainstream in three to five years time”

As I already mentioned in our July inaugural post, our tagline this year is “the right mix”.

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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. The daily themes are as follows:

  • Monday – what platforms want: Platform economics and business models are foundational capabilities for innovation. Throughout the day, we will cover a wide range of topics from distributed ledger technologies, automated credit, API community strategies, the rapidly changing financial industry in China and its global impact, and real world disruption scenarios.
  • Tuesday – what society wants: The platform theme continues, covering topics from Millennials who are born digital and mobile, to refugees who are forced to be on the move and have no access to financial services, and financial inclusion for the 2.5 billion unbanked people. These issues will be intersected with a ‘what if’ session on re-inventing regulation for the digital era.
  • Wednesday – what innovation wants: The highlight of the day is the Innotribe Startup Challenge Finale. It will be preceded by a session on novel ways of progressing innovation throughput, and a highly interactive session with seven FinTech Hubs.
  • Thursday – what machine intelligence wants: Thursday will showcase highly immersive demonstrations of cognitive analytics (e.g. analytical strategies to help derive insights from big data and improve decision making) for a real-time world. The day will include sufficient critical voices on the impact of machine intelligence on the future of jobs and human / machine interaction.

We ensured diversity across the different thought-leaders joining us throughout the week. The notable list of 70+ experts, men, women, Millennials, investors, accelerators and contrarians who will join us throughout the week includes:

  • Akhtar Badshah, PhD, Chief Catalyst, Catalytic Innovators Group
  • Mark Buitenhek, Global Head of Transaction Services, ING
  • Claire Calmejane, Director of Innovation, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Neal Cross, Chief Innovation Officer, DBS Bank
  • Christine Duhaime, Founder, Digital Finance Institute
  • Leda Glyptis, Head of EMEA Innovation Centre, Bank of New York Mellon
  • Matthias Kroener, Co-Founder, Shareholder and CEO, Fidor Bank
  • Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief FinTech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)
  • Dr. David Nordfors, CEO and Co-Chair, i4j (Innovation for Jobs)
  • Anju Patwardhan, Group Chief Innovation Officer, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Scarlett Sieber, Senior Vice President, Open Innovation and Ecosystem Builder, BBVA

Activities will be centred on the Innotribe Stand (A20), directly adjacent to the SWIFT stand (A50) on the Exhibition floor. This innovation hub will host a circular workshop room, where the majority of sessions will take place. Given the success of previous years, the session “The Future of Money” and the Innotribe Startup Challenge Finale will move to the biggest main conference room, Conference Room 2. We will see 12 early-stage finalists pitch and showcase their business ideas to Sibos delegates who will select this year’s winner.

All together, it’s becoming quite a big production that starts feeling more and more like a non-stop four-day late night television show. We use professional facilitators to engage the “circle” and the audience, and inject sound and light landscapes with our fantastic new 2,5 meter high LED Wall running all around the workshop space. With a big thanks to our partners Georges P. Johnson and Collective Next.

“We are not in the events business, that we are in the business of creating high quality feedback loops to enable immersive learning experiences”

The Innotribe Stand is also designed to welcome delegates in a networking area and offer them the opportunity to visit the exhibition booths of the growth-stage finalists from this year Startup Challenge and some of Innotribe’s Alumni who will be giving live product demos.

As in 2014, the event will also include a number of book signings.

And on Wednesday evening we’ll mix even further with the vibrant local FinTech scene of Singapore for a Networking Event in town. 250 invitees will have the chance to network at BASH, the new startup hub in Singapore, for a joint event organised by Innotribe and the following Singapore’s FinTech communities.

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This FinTech Meet-up is kindly sponsored by Wells Fargo and Standard Chartered Bank. Register for the FinTech Meet-Up via this link. Innotribe Sibos attendees will get an invitation card on-site.

The Innotribe closing keynote this year will come from Andrew Keen, one of the world’s best-known and controversial commentators on the digital revolution.

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He is the author of three books: Cult of the AmateurDigital Vertigo and his current international hit The Internet Is Not The Answer which the London Sunday Times acclaimed as a “powerful, frightening read” and the Washington Post called “an enormously useful primer for those of us concerned that online life isn’t as shiny as our digital avatars would like us to believe”.

After Andrew Keen, you are all invited to join the Sibos Closing Keynote in the plenary room.

Innotribe is open to all Sibos delegates willing to drive change and embrace innovation for the benefit of the financial industry, by understanding its trends, opportunities, and challenges: business analysts, product managers, strategists, marketing/branding/innovation managers, transaction bankers, securities managers, corporates, standards experts, payment professionals, investment managers, regulators, policy makers.

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Looking forward to meeting you in person in Singapore!

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