At Apply Financial, we’re really excited that Sibos is coming to the UK this year. Sibos is the world’s premier annual Financial Services conference and networking event, organised by SWIFT. For the first time, the Sibos conference will be hosted in London, in the ExCel Centre. The Apply team will be there. Here’s our preview of Sibos 2019.
What to look forward to at Sibos 2019
Keynotes, sessions and debates
As ever, the Sibos conference will be jam-packed with big-name speakers from the Finance sector, from leading banks, financial institutions and innovative FinTech service providers. There will be speakers from HSBC, Citigroup, Google and the FICC Markets Standards Board (FMSB), amongst many other speakers from high-profile organisations. And of course, key figures from SWIFT will be presenting keynotes and discussions.
Attendees can also enjoy panel sessions, fireside chats, debates and live demos. For example, the product team from SWIFT will showcase their Payment Controls solution, which combats fraudulent payments and protects businesses from cyber-crime.
There are dedicated “Big issue debates” on the Sibos conference agenda, such as “Banking perspectives: Understanding a new generation of customers” and “Cloud, AI and Privacy: building blocks of a universal collaborative platform?” These should be really intriguing debates.
FinTech in focus
FinTech is having a huge impact on the Banking industry, as the sector embraces the digital revolution. This is driving unprecedented collaboration and helping organisations to leverage sophisticated tech solutions. This year’s Sibos event will include more FinTech partners than ever before, as the conference recognises the value of FinTech innovators to the Sibos community.
It’s significant that Sibos is in London this year, as the city is playing a key role as one of the world’s foremost FinTech hubs. Sibos 2019 will explore the impact of new technologies on infrastructures, value propositions and business models. Many of the sessions in the event agenda focus on identifying the skills, culture and working practices that organisations required to maximise the potential of the technology available to them.
Here are the key Tracks in the Sibos 2019 programme of sessions:
- Capital markets
The key themes (or "Streams") in the conference programme are:
- Enhancing digital ecosystems
- Leveraging data
- Geopolitics and regulation
- Exploring the human element
Networking opportunities at Sibos 2019
There are also great networking opportunities at Sibos. There will be tailored networking discussions on the day’s themes, to spark up intriguing conversations, debates and connections.
Networking plays a pivotal role at Sibos. The annual event provides unparalleled opportunities to meet with industry innovators, peers, clients and potential new business partners from across the globe. Last year, at Sibos 2018 in Sydney, there were over 100,000 digital contact exchanges, thanks to the Sibos delegate smart badges.
This year, Sibos introduces new networking initiatives, conference streams and interactive events, encouraging valuable conversations and business development opportunities, including tailored networking sessions focused on daily themes (at the Spotlight stage) and Talent Thursday, designed to showcase future industry leaders and help them exchange ideas.
Sibos 2019 combines the attributes of a global industry conference and large-scale exhibition with a multi-layered programme of sessions, creating an immersive experience for the event’s attendees.
Delegates will experience a diverse and engaging environment with so many great opportunities to learn, connect and collaborate. This year’s Sibos conference has been designed to capture the imagination of all involved, whilst being easy to navigate.
Here’s the Sibos 2019 event floorplan.
SWIFT’s Student Challenge
Sibos continues its dedication to promoting up-and-coming talent. The annual SWIFT Institute Student Challenge invites students to develop ideas on how AI can improve fraud detection and prevention in instant payments.
On Thursday 26 September, the semi-finalists will pitch their idea to the audience and an expert judging panel. £20K is on offer for the winner! This is a great chance to see the innovative ideas of the next generation of tech experts.
Key details for the Sibos conference
Sibos is the world’s leading global Financial Services networking event and it is SWIFT’s flagship conference. SWIFT enables over 10,000 financial institutions and corporations in 212 countries and territories to connect and exchange financial information securely and reliably.
This annual conference connects more than 8,000 executives, thought leaders and decision-makers from leading financial institutions, international corporations, market infrastructures and technology partners.
The ExCel Centre, in London’s Docklands, is the venue for Sibos 2019, and this huge conference centre will accommodate the wide range of conference rooms, theatres, exhibitor stands and other features. ExCel is London’s largest exhibition centre and hosts many showpiece events in the annual conference calendar.
Here are the key details you need to know:
- Event: Sibos 2019 London
- Dates: 23-26th September
- Venue address: Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Docks, London, E16 1XL
- Getting there: ExCeL London is extremely easy to get to wherever you’re travelling from. Arrive via Docklands Light Railway (DLR) stations Custom House and Prince Regent, or via London’s City Airport. For drivers, there are 3700 parking spaces. For more details, head to the venue information section on the Sibos website.
If you’re not yet registered to attend Sibos 2019, go to the Sibos registration page to register or learn more about attending the conference. Take a look at a this short preview video from Sibos below:
Apply Financial at Sibos 2019
Rapid technological advances are changing the Financial Services landscape. Organisations are increasingly turning to cloud-based solutions, artificial intelligence (AI) and data-driven approaches to meet the demand of their customers.
As a member of the FinTech Power 50, Apply Financial is a leading industry innovator and provider of next-generation payment validation solutions to banks and financial institutions. Our Validate API enables organisations to verify, cleanse and enhance bank payment details, eliminating costly payment errors and allowing for seamless straight-through processing (STP) all through a single REST API.
The Apply Financial team will be at Sibos 2019 throughout the four days of the conference. You can find us at Stand F101. The team will include Founder & CEO, Mark Bradbury, our CTO, Martin Eves, Business Development Manager, Laura Bedborough, and Head of Global Bank Sales, Daniel Endara.
Book a meeting with the Apply team at Sibos
Our CEO, Mark Bradbury and his team are looking forward to talking to key innovators and ambitious businesses in the industry during the Sibos conference. Mark was recently inducted into the FinTech Founders’ 50, which recognises the most inspiring leaders in the FinTech space. If you’d like to meet with Mark and the Apply Financial team at Sibos 2019, you can book a meeting in advance to secure a timeslot during the conference in London.
Head to our Sibos page if you'd like to meet up at Sibos 2019 to discuss your business and our payment validation solutions.