Banking Technology July/August 2018 issue out now
Deep minds. For fintech that matters.
The latest edition of our flagship magazine – Banking Technology – is out now, packed with news, analysis and insights, case studies, research and expert commentary.
A note from our editor-in-chief, Tanya Andreasyan:
As the conference season is about to take a break for summer holidays, here are some observations from the evermore busy sector so far:
- Location and venue matter. Please don’t choose just with your wallet – you’ll get what you pay for. Drab surroundings, bad acoustics, non-working microphones, bad layout, no wifi reception – you get the idea. Speaking from real-life experience here.
- Don’t leave the organisation and logistics to chance. Delegates should be able to get through the doors quickly, presenters should know in advance when and where they are speaking, there should be enough trained staff on the ground to ensure everything runs smoothly and efficiently.
- The vibe created around the event matters. This includes marketing campaigns, the website, social media, onsite atmosphere and so on. The event should be, dare I say it, fun (in addition to being useful).
- Think thoroughly about what makes the event stand out (in a good way!) from the myriad of other fintech conferences.
- Put an effort into creating strong content. Please at least try to avoid “Captain Obvious” panel discussions and presentations. Do your research: find fresh angles, unconventional points of view, practical case studies and original topics. The industry is moving so fast, and there are lots of things to learn and debate on!
- Speakers could be a major attraction or disappointment. Not everyone who claims to be an “expert” is one. There are charlatans out there – at the recent Blockchain Summit in London, our correspondent googled one of the speakers, who claimed to be from a big UK bank but who gave the impression of having just walked in off the street having read the Wikipedia entry for blockchain.
- And please, please don’t turn the contents part of the conference into a vendor fest! Another recent fintech event in London had a direct correlation between sponsors/exhibitors and speakers – virtually every speaker and presenter was from a company that was listed as a sponsor. The higher the status of the sponsor, the more speakers they had. One panel even had a representative from the event’s PR company, discussing a subject that had nothing to do with either PR, communications or media relations.
- Diversity is vital. Say no to an all “male, pale and stale” panel. Today there is no shortage of specialists from different backgrounds, ethnicity, race and gender.
- And finally, put on a decent lunch! (Do you know how journalists remember conferences? By how good or bad the lunch was. I’m not kidding.)
The July/August 2018 edition of Banking Technology features:
Interview: Darryl Twiggs, SmartStream
Blockchain – the time is now.
Banking Technology Awards: now open for entries!
Categories, deadlines and how to apply.
Country spotlight: France
The lowdown on the country’s vibrant fintech sector.
Spotlight: artificial intelligence
Man and machine – the importance of education.
Fintech funding round-up
Money making the fintech world go round.
Case study: DBS
Build my fintech high.
Focus: start-up life
The art of selling to a bank.
And not to forget the Regulars of course:
News – the good, the bad and the ugly.
Appointments – the movers and the shakers.
Industry events – mark your calendars!
Out of office – a slice of satire.