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Top 8 fintech events to keep you up on the latest trends in 2018

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This year is set to be a booming one for technology in payments and money management, which will be reflected across numerous fintech events worldwide.

The PSD2 legislation is now in effect in the UK, causing a mad dash of partnerships between traditional banks and payments service providers (PSPs) with tech start-ups and third-party services. In the US, PSPs are also racing to be the first to deliver game-changing solutions to market in today’s digital-first economy.

Want to get ahead of the game with a sneak peek at what’s to come? Here’s our list of the top eight fintech events and conventions to watch for the biggest reveals and the best insights into the future of money across the globe.

MIT Fintech Conference

Boston, Massachusetts, US (10 March)

Keynotes include Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary and panelists include SVP ACH Mastercard Sandeep Malhotra.

Highlights from last year: N/A.
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Innovate Finance Global Summit

London, UK (19-20 March)

The speaking line-up for this UK calendar staple include the EVP, Head of Innovation and R&D at Wells Fargo (Bipin Sahni), an Open Banking Implementation Trustee (Imran Gulamhuseinwala), and the Director of Innovation at RBS (Kevin Hanley). Another highlight: the annual Pitch 360 contest, where 24 start-ups get 360 seconds each to pitch an innovation idea to a panel of judges. Winners in the 10 categories get a suite of prizes, including a cash prize of £10k.

Highlights from last year: Key events from 2017.
Follow along: Catch this year’s highlights on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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Empire Startups Fintech Conference New York City

New York, US (18 April)

A similar line-up to the Empire Startups Fintech Conference Toronto convention (see below) but with three more pitch sessions with six start-ups.

Highlights from last year: A trailer of happenings from 2017.
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Payments 2018

San Diego, US (29 April to 2 May)

Hosted by NACHA, the Electronic Payments Association, Payments is an annual gathering spot for payments players and thought leaders to facilitate the industry dialogue that shapes the future of ACH (Automated Clearing House, an electronic network for financial transactions in the US). At the epicentre is the Faster Payments Experience, a series of sessions and solution demonstrations that focus on real time, same day and other faster payments methods.

Highlights from last year: An overview of last year.
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State of Digital Money

Los Angeles, US (5 May)

As the name implies, this conference is a deep-dive conversation about the evolving trends and technologies shaping the digital money landscape. This year’s session agenda titles include The Evolution of Blockchain, The Growth in Innovative Payment Platforms, and a workshop on initial coin offerings (ICOs) as an emerging digital currency.

Highlights from last year: N/A.
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Money 2020 Europe

Amsterdam, The Netherlands (4-6 June)

The speakers for 2018 include the CEO of Visa, Europe, a Santander venture partner and the CEO of Starling Bank. On the itinerary for discussion: digital transformation in banking, payments, entrepreneurship, fraud and security, and alternative lending.

Highlights from last year: Notable events from day one, day two and day three.
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Empire Startups Fintech Conference Toronto

Toronto, Canada (27 June)

“Part crystal ball and part rearview mirror,” this conference is where fintech entrepreneurs, investors and service providers meet. Aside from thought-leading keynotes and panel discussions, attendees also get a front seat to a demo show from some of the top fintech start-ups across the world.

Highlights from last year: A trailer of happenings from 2017.
Follow along: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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Money 2020 USA

Las Vegas, US (21-24 October)

An annual heavy-hitter in the US, Money 2020 is where the who’s who of payments, fintech and financial services unite to explore disruptive ways in which consumers move money. It’s the “big stage” for varying sectors within the industry to showcase their latest and greatest offerings to market, and a forum for C-level executives, renowned speakers, and innovators and disruptors to discuss factors impacting the industry.

Highlights from last year: This highlight reel of execs from Apple and the like predicting today’s technology last year shows the level of thought leadership in attendance.
Follow along: Catch the highlights in real time on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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And, in case you missed it…

Here’s a recap of highlights from the National Retail Foundation’s NRF 2018 Retail’s Big Show, which took place from 14 to 16 January in New York.

What fintech events will you be attending this year? Let us know in the comments below.