Agenda at a Glance

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07:45 - 8:40

WatersTechnology “Women in Technology and Data” briefing – open to all attendees

Back by popular demand! Following on from the success of the Women in Technology and Data Awards and our series of briefings we’ll be hosting this exclusive networking, sharing and learning session before the main conference that is open to all attendees.

WatersTechnology has committed to creating a platform for both men and women within the industry to come together to discuss issues around gender equality and the cultural shift still needed to ensure inclusion, understanding and change.

Open to all attendees, this session will consist of a keynote address followed by an open panel session involving the audience.

We’ll be running live polls to generate opinion and gauge how the industry perceives the move towards a more inclusive culture of equal opportunity.

07:45 – 08:00 Meet your peers: Networking exercise to make new contacts
08:00 – 08:40 A culture shift: an industry of diversity, equality and opportunity: Interactive panel session

Points for discussion include:

  • Why are we still having this conversation?

  • Advice to other firms for creating a culture of equality and opportunity

  • Pathway to the top – what can firms be doing to ensure development and career progression across the board?

  • Encouraging the next generation of female leaders to consider roles in financial data and technology

  • Unconscious bias – recognizing areas for improvement in your firm

  • Work/life balance – overcoming the hurdles and changing perceptions

Hosted by Jamie Hyman, Editor, INSIDE DATA MANAGEMENT

08:00 - 8:45

Registration and refreshments

Grab a coffee and pick up your colour coded badge to network with other delegates interested in the same topics; blue – artificial intelligence, pink – RegTech, green – FinTech partnerships, orange – alternative data and visit the networking zones in the exhibition area.

08:45 - 8:50

Welcome Address 

Victor Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, WATERSTECHNOLOGY

08:50 - 9:20

Opening keynote address: To be announced

09:20 - 10:00

Embracing Technology Innovation to Drive Profits and Reduce Costs 

The World Economic Forum has suggested that we have now entered into the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ as technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), and quantum computing emerge. The potential benefits for industries and firms that adapt are huge and this panel will explore best practices for organisations to approach innovation strategically to develop new solutions to the biggest pressure points in the business. 

  • Creating a culture of change – how do you encourage internal innovation across different business lines to develop and implement innovation projects in the areas that are of strategic priority to the business?

  • Building on legacy systems – what are the practical issues around attempting transformation projects in often large, slow to adapt financial institutions?

  • Leveraging the scalability and flexibility of a cloud based infrastructure – how can it help with the data demands of regulations such as GDPR and what are the potential security problems?

  • Managing the exponential growth of data available and what this means for the future

  • Garbage in, garbage out – how can you ensure the best quality data?

10:00 -10:20

Thought Leader Sponsorship presentation

10:20 - 11:00

Morning break

Stream 1: Morning Break

10:20 - 11:00

Your opportunity to refuel, chat with peers about the morning sessions and visit our vendor partners.

Don’t forget to visit the networking zones meet other experts in the relevant area: blue – artificial intelligence, pink – RegTech, green – FinTech partnerships, orange – blockchain

Stream 2: Start-up Showcase

10:20 - 11:00

The Waters Europe Advisory Board and the Waters editorial team have shortlisted 4 innovative start-up’s to pitch live against the clock in front of the audience.

All firms have been chosen for showing huge potential and scope for creating waves in the FinTech space – if you want to be at the forefront of new technology and want to stay “in the know”, this is the must-attend session of the day!

Vote for the start-up that interests you most during the showcase session via our interactive event technology, – the winner will be announced later in the day!!

10:30 – 10:35 Start-up #1: TBC
10:35 – 10:40 Start-up #2: TBC
10:40 – 10:45 Start-up #3: TBC
10:45 – 10:50 Start-up #4: TBC

Stream 1: AI & ANALYTICS

11:00 - 11:40

The AI Revolution – Moving from the Hype to Reality to Solve Real Business Problems

11:40 - 12:00

CASE STUDY – Data science/visualisation/analytics


11:00 - 11:40


11:40 - 12:00

CASE STUDY – Cloud/Cyber?


This stream consists of a series of case studies to provide practical hands on advise

11:00 - 11:40

Leveraging Alternative Data Sets to Generate New Sources of Alpha

11:40 - 12:00

CASE STUDY – The Rise of Impact Investing: Integrating ESG Factors into Investment Decisions

Workshop Stream 1

12:00 - 13:00

  1. AI and analytics

  2. Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology

  3. Cloud – leveraging scalability and flexibility

Workshop Stream 2

12:00 - 13:00

  1. RegTech and cognitive compliance

  2. Recruiting for the future – the important of diversity and the need for new skills and talents

  3. Data management strategy to support digital transformation

Workshop Stream 3

12:00 - 13:00

  1. Alternative and unstructured datasets

  2. How the buy-side investment space has changed post MiFID II

  3. The impact of Brexit and the possibility of MiFID III

13:00pm - 14:00pm


14:00pm - 14:30pm

Keynote Presentation

14:30pm - 14:50pm


14:50pm - 15:30pm

Turning the regulatory burden into opportunities to maximise efficiency as well as ensuring compliance

  • Navigating the need for RegTech – exploring the aftermath of MiFID II and GDPR and looking ahead to SFTR as instigators for technological developments
  • Identifying the right RegTech solutions for your business – what tools and technologies are available for regulatory compliance?
  • Centralising your compliance strategy to meet reporting requirements
  • The challenges and benefits of implementing AI to assist with regulatory compliance

15:30pm - 15:50pm

Afternoon Break

3:50pm - 4:30pm

The Future Tech Forecast – Join in with the panel as they try to predict the future!

4:30pm - 4:50pm

The growing potential of quantum computing and its application in financial services


Closing Remarks

Announcement of the winner of the ‘Meet the Innovators’ pitch and conference highlights.

Victor Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, WATERSTECHNOLOGY

17:00pm onwards

Drinks reception