General Registration, refreshments and networking

Join us for bottomless tea, coffee and continental refreshments before the conference begins - meet our vendor partners, and network with industry leaders to prepare yourself for the day ahead.


Welcome remarks and introduction to the inaugural North American Innovation Summit and our advisory board

Victor Anderson, Editor-In-Chief, WATERSTECHNOLOGY


Industry Keynote Presentation


Spotlight panel: Harnessing innovation within the financial services - opportunities, hurdles and lessons learnt

This panel will examine trends in FinTech, including the benefits and risks to be found in engaging external partners building innovative solutions in machine learning, blockchain, and big data analytics among others. It will seek to dive deeper on the best practices at large firms who are integrating and deploying these new techniques as much as it will consider what FinTech means to the future of the Financial Services industry

  • What is innovation and what does it mean to your firm?
  • The FinTech market is very saturated - how can you choose the right firm to collaborate with?
  • How can banks tap into the FinTech market?
  • How do large firms identify and prioritize emerging technologies and the start-ups that are building these solutions?
  • What are the some key learnings that drove successful partnerships between technology teams, the business and external development?
  • What does the rise of FinTech really mean to the future of banking?
  • Harnessing innovation through the cloud based infrastructure - leveraging scalability and flexibility


Lead sponsor presentation


Case study: Creating a successful client and FinTech partnership

  • Identifying what makes a good partner
  • Assessing various partnership models
  • Lessons learnt



Morning break and opportunity to network


Chairperson's remarks

Victor Anderson, Editor-In-Chief, WATERSTECHNOLOGY


Keynote presentation


Panel: Leveraging machine learning, AI and human intelligence to respond to real business needs

  • How can you make the most of AI technology and which areas of the business would most benefit from automation?
  • Which skills should financial institutions be investing in to build AI capabilities in order to future-proof their organization?
  • Can machine learning users meet regulatory obligations when algorithms are almost black boxes?
  • Addressing the importance of ‘owning' the outcome of an algorithm and remaining accountable for your machines
  • How do you foresee AI changing the capital markets? What happens when AI goes wrong and we can't ask it why?


Lunch break and an opportunity to network


Sponsorship presention


Panel: Examining the application of cognitive technology for surveillance and compliance

With the rise of regulations, rogue traders and increasing fines, surveillance and compliance has never been more important. In this session, our panel of experts will examine how cognitive technology has revolutionized this process by allowing compliance specialists to identify patterns in data that may not be possible for humans alone to pick up.


Afternoon break and opportunity to network


Meet the Innovators: Quick fire pitches from three of the most innovative start-ups in FinTech

Introduction to the new 'Meet the Innovators' session: Victor Anderson, Editor-In-Chief, WATERSTECHNOLOGY

Pitch 1.To be announced

Pitch 2. To be announced

Pitch 3. To be announced

Pitch 4. To be announced

The audience will be asked to vote on their favourite pitch and then the results will be announced at the end of the day.


A fireside chat on: The use of blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) to overcome growing challenges in transaction reporting

  • Potential benefits, costs, limitations and challenges in the adoption of distributed ledger technologies
  • Successful use cases in blockchain, partnerships and collaboration between corporate and start-ups
  • Establishing what is required to encourage innovation in API standards and wider adoption of open source technology
  • With fragmented markets, do the industry need to come together to embrace the potential of blockchain?


Editor's key take away points, announcing the fintech start up 2017 winner and closing remarks

Victor Anderson, Editor-In-Chief, WATERSTECHNOLOGY


Champagne roundtables

During this session we will provide copies of all of the questions received throughout the day via SliDo corresponding to each topic - join an "off the record" roundtable to discuss the key concerns raised in earlier sessions over a glass of Champagne. Learn from your industry colleagues and collaborate during the session to resolve challenges, share ideas and improve your strategy.

1. AI and machine learning

2. Cognitive analytics

3. Distributed Ledger Technology

4. Engaging with millennials

5. RegTech and MiFID II


Drinks reception and opportunity to network

If you would like to be considered as a speaker for this event, please contact [email protected]