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FinovateWest2020 Conference Takes Fintech Future Forecasts Online in Pandemic Era
November 13, 2020

FinovateWest2020 Conference Takes Fintech Future Forecasts Online in Pandemic Era

  • The organizers of the Finovate series of conferences will move their November Bay Area gathering online to maintain safe conditions for attendees during the ongoing pandemic
  • The virtual gathering will continue to offer the same variety of education, networking opportunities and fund-raising pitches Finovate attendees are accustomed to, but delivered to attendees’ devices anywhere in the world
  • At least 120 world-class domain experts will present the latest on tech future forecasts and over 60 companies will provide captivating product demos in a live, seven-minute format
  • The presentations will be divided among five tracks that attendees can select from — “Future Banking,” “Future Payments,” “Future Tech,” “Future Lending” and “Future SMB Financing and Community Banking”

The ongoing impacts of the worldwide pandemic have created admittedly unwanted opportunities for businesses to demonstrate their innovativeness by continuing to market their brands, attracting investors and customers while under the often-stifling strictures of social distancing expectations brought on by the COVID-19 virus.

In a world of altered market mechanics, the Finovate series of fintech conferencing summits is providing a welcome arena for education, networking and fund-raising pitches. The FinovateWest2020 conference was impacted by pandemic much like other enterprising businesses — scheduled in late November, the event was originally planned to take place at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square where attendees could enjoy the Bay Area’s sights while mingling and getting work done.

Now, as the potentially deadly or debilitating virus continues to infect large populations around the planet, the Finovate conference’s organizers have moved the event online to eliminate health risks through virtual congregating via digital technology.

The conference has also expanded from two days to three — Nov. 23-25, wrapping up just before Thanksgiving. While some 1,100 attendees were expected for the San Francisco event, the virtual format of the conference now makes it easier for large numbers of people to participate worldwide.

Finovate has a reputation for spirited connectivity, and virtual conference participation is expected to maintain levels of interaction similar to in-person Finovate gatherings. Organizers will open the digital platform two weeks before the event so attendees can create a profile and start networking with others participating in the event. 

Addresses from at least 120 world-class domain experts and product demos from over 60 companies in a live, seven-minute format are still part of the slate, and some 270 senior fintech executives representing financial institutions are expected to be among the audience, providing powerful insights and connections streamed to attendees’ devices anywhere in the world.

Members of the media, online influencers, governmental regulators and industry analysts will also be in attendance, expanding the sphere of influence the event has in society.

The mornings of the conference will feature demos and special events punctuated by networking breaks for attendees to visit with one another. The afternoons each three days will be dedicated to individual access to five tracks as prioritized by the attendees, which are “Future Banking,” “Future Payments,” “Future Tech,” “Future Lending” and “Future SMB Financing and Community Banking,” presented by a number of experts on a variety of subjects ranging from brick and mortar banking to artificial intelligence and blockchain applications.

The digital event platform and the networking function will remain active for one week following the live event, allowing attendees to catch up on sessions they missed at their leisure and to reach out to people they didn’t have time to meet with during the event.

There will be a 20 percent discount on tickets for early-bird registration. Visit for more information.

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