Istanbul Fintech Week is a global venue of discussion and knowledge exchange in an ever-changing financial services industry. In its first edition, IFW hosted more than 1200 participants from around 30 countries. The event now goes fully online with the same level of interaction among the participants.
IFW 2020 curates five industry summits in its second edition. Payments, Blockchain, Digital Banking, Insurtech and AI in Finance will be the main themes of day-long summits. IFW continues to foster the innovation ecosystem in the region by bringing experts and leaders.
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Online payments, transfers, PSD2, neobanks, alternative solutions, open APIs and others1
Distributed lagger solutions, tokenization, crypto assets, DeFi, digital currencies2
Digital transformation, mobile banking, customer data, cybersecurity, open banking3
Digital insurance, data analytics, automation, robo-advisory, AI services4
Fintech Startup Pitches from all over the world. Sweden, Switzerland, Singapore...5
Machine learning, chatbots, RPA, NLP, image recognition, predictive analytics6
Find out more about hottest topics and trends through our customized roundtables, expert panels and thematic discussions.
The payment has seen a massive transformation in the last ten years. The panel takes up on the extent of innovation the industry has witnessed to. The insights will shed light on what awaits us in the way forward.
Access to financial services remains to be a challenge in most of the developing world. Yet the gender gap offers a more serious challenge as women in such countries have lower access to and coverage for banking and microfinancing. The panel looks into the ways and means on how the new mode of finance would help fixing this challenge.
As payments are leading the way, fintech innovation occurs visibly in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. The presenters provide insights of the regulatory undertaking and forefront opportunities in each country.
Financial technologies create impact across the world. Markets in SEE present relevant examples of how innovation would bring efficiencies to access to finance and quality of services in banking and payment.
Sweden is a pioneer in financial innovation not only in the Nordics but also in Europe. The country hosts fintech unicorns that are born in a conducive ecosystem. Along the lines, the session brings industry leaders to present what has been achieved, how and what the current and future opportunities are in the country.
Switzerland is a known global hub for financial services for (tech) companies around the world. The recent drive by aligning the regulations through innovation as well as creating ecosystems such as Zug Valley is an eye-catcher. The panel presents what are the current trends and opportunities in the country for financial innovators.
Banks have traditionally viewed the custody and protection of their clients’ data as a responsibility. It has been undertaken in more of a stewardship role than an asset to be commercialized subject to regulation. Both PSD and GDPR offers twists that potentially impacts the data sharing, privacy, identity and KYC processes. The protection of data for theft and fraud is also on top of the agenda. The panel puts a highlight on such elements from multiple dimensions.
The European fintech landscape has seen tremendous growth in the last several years. Fintech startups from various countries have received sizable funding that has rendered them into unicorns. Consumers have also adopted fintech solutions that offer comparably agile and efficient solutions in some instances. The session hosts ecosystem experts from Luxembourg, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Scotland. They will assess the progress so far as well as the reasons behind. A future outlook will be also given attention to.
The impact of Blockchain is immense, argued by some. The implications will be limited, some others contend. Despite differing views, distributed technologies have created impact in a multitude of industries. The way business is done, contracts signed, transactions conducted, data stored is being reconsidered. What awaits us is the inquiry the panel will undertake.
The fast emergence of crypto assets in the last decade has led to a pop-up of exchanges across the world. Today, the number of traders is in vast numbers, daily turnovers are worth in multi-billions. The market is consolidating around a small number of cryptos yet the innovation has the potential to bring on new entrants. The panel puts light on where we are today and where we are headed to.
Tokenization is an intrinsic element of distributed technologies. Tokenizing assets enables us to be moving a step closer towards tokenized economies. Are tokenized systems and economies imploring an after-life of conventional practices in financial infrastructures? Do they offer building blocks in creating impact in social and economic life?
DeFi (decentralized finance) is a broad term for a variety of financial applications in cryptocurrency or blockchain geared toward disrupting financial intermediaries. While the locked amount in DeFi has grown exponentially into multibillions, the market harnesses how the DeFi will impact both conventional and digital understanding of financial systems.
Stablecoins are instruments that have price stability characteristics as a unit of account and store of value, often pegged to a national currency or commodity. Such functionality makes stable coins ideal for commercial transactions given the volatility in most of the coins. The panel weights on the current stable coin market and its potential for the near future.
Digital currency implies any currency available in digital form. The panel looks into how central banks might adopt digital currencies that would enable local payment systems as well as transactions either locally or cross-border.
Two sides usually come to the fore when regulation is on table: The pro: Regulation is a fantastic enabler for innovation. It makes market participants think outside the box and become more creative. The con: Regulation is usually slow with market trends and does not always follow what innovation could bring to improved services quality. This panel dwells on the regulators’ view towards the intertwined relationship of regulation and innovation.