Agenda

IFGS 2019 will provide the definitive FinTech platform to explore the latest innovations in the sector. The agenda this year will feature discussions on key issues impacting the industry from talent and skills to diversity, whilst also focusing on important political shifts and developing technologies.
  • "IFGS one of the few places that I have seen where at the high level, you get the real decision makers coming together to really think about what is next for the industry."

    - Joe Guastella, US Consulting Leader, Financial Services, Deloitte
  • "It is a remarkable melting pot of the latest thinking and future direction."

    - Jeremy Wilson, Vice Chairman, Corporate Banking, Barclays
  • "IFGS is all about innovation and technology re-imagining financial services and Intel is proud to be a sponsor of the event."

    - Mike Blalock, General Manager, Financial Services Industry, Intel

Day One

Monday 29th April

Purple Room Blue Room Orange Room
0845 - 1015 Opening
IFGS 2019 is designed around the key themes shaping FinTech in the UK and globally, from capital to regulation. The Summit is a think tank and task-force for change and a centre of ideas tackling some of the most important issues of our time.
Livestreaming from the Purple Room
1015 - 1035 Break Break Break
1035 - 1200 Purpose and Value to Society
Making financial services more accessible and available to a greater number of people is a one of the most important missions of technological progress - and of FinTech. In turbulent and uncertain times, it is even more essential to focus on the good that can come from supporting innovative sectors. Can FinTech provide the hope needed to spur on growth, inclusion and openness? FinTech contributes to society in numerous ways, from simplifying the banking process to introducing new automated processes that challenge the status quo, but for how much longer can this continue to grow? FinTech aims to offer improved financial inclusion, extending benefits to those who previously couldn’t access them leaving them in an improved financial situation, but what more can continue to be done?
AI and Machine Learning
As artificial intelligence and machine learning become a part of everyday lives and business processes how can we ensure we are continuing to leverage technology, automation and data responsibly? And not putting technical advancement over society’s best interests?
Insurtech
From young insurtech startups carving new avenues in the space to traditional players disrupting themselves in order to innovate, will collaboration be an option or will competition reign supreme? In the modern working world, how will the insurance industry adapt to the gig economy and change how products are provided?
1200 - 1300 Lunch Lunch Lunch
1300 - 1500 Capital and Investment
How will the UK continue to be perceived as and deliver on an investment-friendly environment for Fintech? Both for overseas capital and domestic investment? Could the current climate actually bolster the UK market and create differentiating points from Europe and its international counterparts? We also can’t ignore diversity when it comes to capital. How can we increase funds into female-led startups/companies and who is raising the funds to drive female backed businesses?
Open Banking and Inclusion
Has the momentous ushering in of Open Banking in January 2018 had the chance to make a real impact, or are we still waiting for the revolution to ignite? With many seeing 2018 as a teething year, will 2019 be the time new offerings hit the market - and bring to the surface some unexpected players?
RegTech and Identity
In an increasingly data-driven and connected world, businesses are requiring a 360-view of their customers to remain compliant and own data responsibly. How can RegTech power and safeguard the technology-led financial revolution?
As consumers and business customers have more control and ownership over their online data and identities than ever before, how is FinTech stepping up to provide solutions that expediate and protect the on-demand nature of modern society?
1500 - 1530 Break Break Break
1530 - 1730 Talent, Diversity and Skills
From STEM skills to domestic vs. international talent, how will the UK continue to attract and develop the right type of talent for FinTech to flourish? Looking at curriculum change and inspiring from school-level to university, as well the importance of diverse leadership and recruitment practices in industry, talent is everywhere, but how to do we harness it?
Cyber Security and Quantum Computing
With data breaches becoming more and more common across industry, how can Fintech both protect itself and provide the solutions and best practice to ensure the sector wins the war on cybercrime. From BA to Uber, 2018 has been a significant year for data losses and reputational damage and in the context of a new GDPR world - are financial institutions and Fintechs prepared for the fight? Over-exposed industries / where are we most at risk? Is it what we would expect?
Capital Markets
With increasingly uncertain geo-political times, coupled with potential over-regulation and the fall of traditionally powerful financial centres, will there be a shrinking of the capital markets landscape? Will government intervention recede and how significantly will financial institutions need to change tack and more efficiently allocate funds, will they leverage wider pools of capital to invest across the risk spectrum?
1730 - 1900 Drinks Reception Drinks Reception Drinks Reception

Day Two

Tuesday 30th April

Purple Room Blue Room Orange Room
0845 - 1015 Future of Banking
The banking landscape has changed drastically over the last couple of years. From mobile-first banking apps to key new market challengers providing banking as a standard, with this influx of digitally enabled solutions, the wider consumer may be benefitting from better and more seamless customer experiences but who is losing out - are we penalising important consumer groups who still rely on old methods of finance?
No Sessions Running International, Cross-Border Payments and Big Tech
FinTech is a global sector. Opportunities to cross-borders and scale into new markets have never been more open and accessible. The consumer base for FinTech is also global. Harnessing FinTech solutions and TechFin solutions which make the most of emerging and developed markets is the big question. Who will rise to the challenge, take the lead and surprise established players?
1015 - 1030 Break Break Break
1030 - 1200 End User Driven FinTech
FinTech over recent years has had to increasingly incorporate and engage with consumers over matters such as sustainability, immersing themselves in the practices of Responsible and Green FinTech. With increased important on CSR and the way in which a company can engage its consumers in these principles, what more can companies be doing to improve the way in which they conduct their practices? The emergence of challenger banks and their ability to harness UX and UI, providing the consumer with a more seamless process for the “end-user” compared to the traditional approach has provided them with unparalleled success, but how will they cope when their processes start to become the mainstream?
No Sessions Running Robo-Advice, Wealth Management, FinTech and the Buy Side
Digital wealth managers and new investment and savings platforms have seen success and growth as more consumers feel confident to invest and play the markets like a seasoned investor. However with so much of their success resting on their ability to keep their customers in profit, "or certainly not in loss" current market conditions are making this task ever more complex.
1200 - 1300 Lunch Lunch Lunch
1300 - 1500 Crypto and Blockchain
After slow performance and slumps in value over the recent months, with the top 20 cryptocurrencies experiencing losses, will Cryptocurrency recover from its first true challenge? With cryptocurrency set to be launched into Whatsapp by Facebook, should we expect other corporate powerhouses to begin adopting the currency in the coming years and into a more mainstream sphere?
FinTech Growth Forum - Roundtables
The Global Summit’s flagship pitching event, showcasing exciting Fintech startups across AI, Blockchain, Cyber Security and more
FinTech Growth Forum - Main Stage
Growing a FinTech business can feel like a monumental task. From profitability to talent and culture, founders are faced with numerous big decisions and business-critical tasks. How do you develop a strong team while focusing on your product and proposition and manage often conflicting stakeholders?
1500 - 1530 Break Break Break
1530 - 1715 Peer to Peer and SME Lending
Peer-to-peer lending experienced rapid expansion over the past 12 months, with P2PFA surpassing £10 billion in cumulative lending. With more and more banks willing to engage and work with P2P companies, what are some of the potential shortfalls that could halt this growth? With rumoured amalgamation into cryptocurrency, could we see peer-to-peer lending following an alternative route over the following year and become even more mainstream in our day to day lives? With small businesses creating 65% of new jobs, SME lending plays a pivotal role in allowing the economy to function and flourish today and into the future, however do we run the risk of SME companies becoming over-reliant on these loans in order to obtain the results they set out to achieve?
FinTech Growth Forum - Roundtables
The Global Summit’s flagship pitching event, showcasing exciting Fintech startups across AI, Blockchain, Cyber Security and more
FinTech Growth Forum - Main Stage
Growing a FinTech business can feel like a monumental task. From profitability to talent and culture, founders are faced with numerous big decisions and business-critical tasks. How do you develop a strong team while focusing on your product and proposition and manage often conflicting stakeholders?
1715 - 1900 Drinks Reception Drinks Reception Drinks Reception
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29.04 - 30.04.2019
Guildhall, London, UK