Money 20/20 2017: Nine sessions you can't afford to miss

By Alara Basul | 23 October 2017

With Money 20/20 Las Vegas taking place this week, our sister website PaymentEye has compiled a list of the nine best sessions and events that you can’t miss if you’re heading to the conference.

PaymentEye will be reporting live from this year’s conference all week – remember to keep checking the website and @PaymentEye for updates.

Start-up Pitch

The start-up pitch at Money 20/20 will feature 24 start-ups, each who have three minutes to pitch their pioneering ideas, technology or solutions to the audience and a panel of expert judges.

Four finalists will go head to head during a Pitch off during a main keynote session, and one start-up will take home the $40k grand prize.

Starts at 8.30am on Monday at Murano, The Venetian Level 3

The Hackathon

The Hackathon will bring together some of the worlds most noted and recognizable fintech companies that will present innovative and fun challenges that will stimulate your hacking skills and inspire you to new levels of creativity.

Industry Networking night

In true Money 20/20 style, the industry networking event will take place at Omnia nightclub and will bring together industry leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators together for a networking event. The event is sponsored by Google Payment Solutions - not one to be missed!

Monday 9pm onwards, Omnia Las Vegas

Track session:  Invisible Money – why Money 20/20 will be about data by 2030

Fintech expert Chris Skinner will discuss how mobile-first consumers have ignited a revolution in retail banking and personal finance. New companies are challenging incumbent banks by providing specialized digital solutions for payments, budgeting, saving and wealth management.

The session will discover banking’s surprising future, powered by new open platforms, new delivery models and technologies such as AI.

Monday 8.30-8.50am, The Forum, Level 2

Track session: 10 mega trends driving the future of payments

Michael Abbot, Digital Lead for Accenture will be discussing the fundamental trends that are driving the payments sector. From digital wallets, to cryptocurrencies, to mobile banking, it’s clear that payments must be relevant to consumers.

Monday 8.30-8.50am, Bellini, The Venetian Level 2

Track session: Bank-as-a-Service – New open business models for banking

Pascal Bouvier from Santander InnoVentures will be moderating the discussion on banking-as-a-service, open banking and API banking.

In the digital age, where business organization is less siloed and more networked, it’s clear that the banking industry will be permeated by the same platform strategies that technology companies have used effectively.

Monday 10.40-11.30am, The Forum, Level 2

Track session: Next generation banking for mobile-first consumers

Mobile first consumers have ignited a revolution in retail banking and personal finance. Panellists in this session include Valentin Stalf and Maximilian Tayenthal from N26, Lindsay Holden from Long Game, Bryce Galen from Zero and Chris Britt from Chine, who will all discuss the innovations that will transform mobile banking, and what will that mean for how people manage money in the future.

Monday, 1.30-2.20pm, The Forum, Level 2

Track session: Mission-Driven fintech – partnering for purpose

Chief Executive of PayPal Dan Schulman has led a series of partnerships this year, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Schulman believes that new partnerships across the financial ecosystem are the key element to building an inclusive economy around the world.

In this session, he will share his thoughts on why fostering economic opportunity between business is not only the greatest challenge but also a great responsibility.

Monday 3.20-3.40pm, Venetian Ballroom, Level 2

Track session: Reimaging cross-border payments

This track session will focus on how the fundamental shift from cards and cheques to digital payments continue to transform the way consumers and businesses can transfer value.

The biggest transfer of funds from the rich world to developing countries comes in the form of remittances—transfers from foreign workers back to friends and relatives in their home country.

The World Bank estimates that nearly $600 billion in remittances are sent globally each year. Hear from representatives from WorldRemit, TIO Networks and Earthport on how cross-border payments are changing the world

Tuesday, 3.10-4pm, Bellini, The Venetian Level 2