I am extremely excited to be attending BAI’s all new show, called Beacon16, next week in Chicago. They have completely redesigned it to be more of an immersion for attendees to wrap their hands around the key issues facing the financial industry. The format includes several different types of sessions to foster stronger audience engagement and understanding:
- Beacon Sessions – which are fast-paced, 360 degree views on topics impacting the industry – I will be speaking at an EMV Beacon Session on Thursday, October 6th at 11:10am, Stage 3 (More on that in a minute)
- Spark Sessions – these are short, 15 minute sessions, that use a focused client study case format to highlight real examples with practical advice and the metrics needed to measure success for you to apply in your business when you return back to the office
- Spotlight Sessions – More intimate and informal, these sessions are geared toward fostering a facilitated discussion that explore key elements of topics in areas such as sales, product development, risk management. Two sessions I’d like to highlight that I plan to attend include “How to Market to Digital Zombies” and “Millennials & Mobile: Identifying & Reaching Your Next Best Customer”
- FinTechStage – essentially a collaboration between BAI and FinTechStage (which was founded in Europe in 2015) that will promote leading FinTech content on a variety of topics such as Blockchain and cyber security all with interactive dialogue with innovative companies. My personal favorite session that I want to attend is the “Game of FinTech Thrones” on Wednesday, October 5th at 8:45am.
My session will cover the EMV rollout anniversary, what’s happened since last October 1st, what have been the surprises (both ups and downs) and how consumers, banks and retailers have reacted. I’ll cover how the industry’s expectations on EMV card issuance have far-exceeding expectations. I will also talk about mobile wallets and proximity payments and why both consumers and retailers are gravitating toward them as alternatives. Finally I will talk about what the next year holds with further EMV migration at the gas stations and provide guidance for the financial industry and retailers on how they can capitalize on the opportunities and gaps that exist.
I look forward to seeing you in Chicago next week, whether it’s in the audience listening to my presentation, or at the “Zombie” Spotlight Session or just catching up at the “Break and Shake” networking event.