How to Maximize
Your ROI at Money20/20 2023.

Posted on Oct. 13, 2023
Fintech + Financial Services

Our can’t-miss networking events and sessions

Money20/20, happening October 22-25 in Las Vegas, is the world’s most influential gathering of the global financial ecosystem. With more than 13,000 attendees from over 3,000 companies, this is the largest gathering of the entire money community including banks, payments, tech, startups, retail, fintech, financial services, policy, and more. If you’re attending Money20/20, here are recommendations for the sessions and networking events that will help you maximize your return on investment (ROI).

Fintech Networking at its Best

Meet with the right person during a conference and you can make a connection that will help you grow your business. Fintech founders, investors, and other industry leaders are at your fingertips during Money20/20 2023. How do you find the “in” to build relationships that give you high conference ROI? These are our top recommendations for high-quality fintech networking opportunities. If you want even more options, follow #Money20/20 and #CaliberConnect on LinkedIn and X to stay in-the-know.

Fin & Juice presented by The Financial Revolutionist

How to Maximize Your ROI at Money20/20 2023

Sunday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m.
Caliber is teaming up with The Financial Revolutionist, D.A. Davidson, BankTech Ventures, Grasshopper, Engage People, and Bowdoin Group to host an exclusive, invite-only networking happy hour. The highly curated guest list provides you with the opportunity to share knowledge, forge lasting connections and help transform the future of fintech.

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TWIF Kickoff Party

Sunday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m.
Join This Week in Fintech’s happy hour to kickoff Money20/20 on a high note with an open bar and light bites.

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Fintech Luminaries

Sunday, Oct. 22, at 8:30 p.m.
This event started at SXSW more than a decade ago. The organizers launched it because they wanted an event curated with “the people you actually need to meet.” This is the anti-party for the innovators, investors, and influencers looking to make connections away from the throngs while enjoying post-dinner desserts and cocktails overlooking the Bellagio fountains.

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Pints on Persona

Monday, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m.
Unwind after a busy day at Money20/20 with drinks and light bites. Network with some of the finest folks in fintech and learn how Persona helps businesses fight fraud from every angle.

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Visa at LAVO

Monday, Oct. 23, at 5:30 p.m.
Join Visa at LAVO to network with peers, share insights, and meet Visa team members to explore more about Visa offerings and capabilities. Cocktails and appetizers will be served.

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VIP Happy Hour with BitGo & TradeStation 

Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m.
Join BitGo and TradeStation for an exclusive evening of networking in Vegas during Money 20/20. After a long day of events and sessions, unwind with fellow fintech trailblazers and friends for drinks and great conversation.

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Money20/20 Conference Sessions

How do you navigate the jam-packed conference agenda and choose which sessions are relevant for you during Money20/20? Save yourself the time and stress and browse our curated list of Money20/20 sessions and panels for fintech and finserv audiences:

Putting the Heart Back into the Customer Experience Through High-Touch Digital Platforms

Sunday, Oct. 22, at 9:15 a.m.
The term “digital transformation” has been mis-used, mis-labeled and poorly understood for the past several years. Bank employees may understand part of the definition and many leaders, especially in the mid-market, are fearful of any radical change that may be to the detriment of customers and members. This is compounded by the general communication problem with many fintechs and technology firms about selling a sexy product without carefully thinking through the real needs of banks and their members and customers. This has led to mistrust and apathy among many banks’ leadership – also a perception that the true benefits of new technology are flawed and overly hyped. An important reason why this knowledge gap has widened, is that the technology available to banks and credit unions doesn’t go far enough. It doesn’t inspire banking leadership to take action and lead meaningful change in their organizations. This is often due to poor implementation or communication about the true benefits of these technologies. But what’s more is that they don’t address the transformation problem holistically. Many times what’s delivered takes care of short-term problems or sets up many firms to invest more money over a longer period of time, which is costly and inefficient. Also, these solutions can sometimes lead to poor experiences for customers and also bank employees who are trying to keep pace with the changing times. Banks need to refocus on what’s really important about digital transformation and banking. By communicating clearly about what’s truly necessary to deliver an exceptional customer experience, banks and their customers can both win.

Speakers: Thomas Fuss, CTO – Backbase; Ashley Eknaian, Chief Digital Officer – Eastern Bank; Meital Raviv, Chief Strategy Partner, Financial Services – Amdocs

Build Your Bank with Customers in Mind – Powered by Backbase

Sunday, Oct. 22, at 2:10 p.m.
In this demo you’ll learn:

– How Backbase can help with defining a strategic direction for transformation; Ways of working to go from problem to implementation; Modern ways of working to adopt new technologies and adapt quickly.

– Backbase will demonstrate how we identify a challenge in the bank and how a digital solution addresses that problem.

Speaker: Juan Correa, Solutions Engineer – Backbase

Regulatory Trends: Crypto, Cannabis Banking and Gaming

Sunday, Oct. 22, at 2:15 p.m.
Strong consumer interest and adoption across cannabis, digital assets, and gaming in recent years has caused the payments industry to re-examine how it engages in verticals traditionally considered high-risk within the financial services market. This session will discuss the impacts of conflicting policies at the federal and state level, will forecast how laws may change in the short- and long-term, and will discuss how merchants, financial institutions, and processors should be viewing the landscape and the questions that should be posed before safely entering and engaging in these verticals.

Speakers: Kimberly Ford, Senior Vice President, Government Relations – Fiserv; Mark Lozzi, Co-Founder & CEO – PointChain Global

How Fintechs Are Blazing New Trails in Cannabis Banking

Sunday, Oct. 22, at 3 p.m.
Fintechs are revolutionizing cannabis banking by empowering banks and credit unions to confidently, compliantly, and profitably serve cannabis-related businesses (CRBs).

Today, many financial institutions remain hesitant to serve the budding legal cannabis industry, despite projections that it will exceed $100 billion by 2030. This leaves many CRBs without access to the same financial services other businesses enjoy – jeopardizing their ability to grow, hire, and invest in their communities.

Through cutting-edge technology and expert advisory services, fintechs can transform the way that financial institutions and cannabis businesses work together.

This session will address how we can start by equipping community banks and credit unions with the tools that they need to develop customized cannabis programs, tailored to the specific needs of the CRBs.

Like other businesses across the country, CRBs deserve access to reliable banking solutions that underpin other industries to meet their basic financial needs. Together, we can democratize access to financial services, creating a more inclusive and flourishing economy that benefits all Americans.

Speaker: Kevin Hart, Founder & Chief Executive Officer – Green Check Verified

Humans in Fintech Podcast: The fintech future is female: Great startups need women leaders

Monday, Oct. 23, at 12:50 p.m.
This session assembles an all-star team of female investors, leaders, and builders who can share personal and professional perspectives on why female leadership and diversity are critical to fintech innovation. The current period continues to see many, many companies suffer from unsustainable spending, over-hiring, mismanagement, and many of those startups won’t be around a year from now. They will share real, unvarnished feedback about why female co-founders and leaders enable better decision-making, product insights, sales strategies, and growth. Consider this a call to action!

Speakers: Nicole Casperson, Founder – Fintech Is Femme; Sasha Pilch, Principal – Fin Capital; Emma Zhang, Founder & CEO – PactFi Inc.; Kathryn Petralia, Co-Founder – Keep Financial

Can Compliance be a Competitive Advantage

Monday, Oct. 23, at 2:15 p.m.
A stable business foundation and a reliable UX are key to customer experience and long term success. Recent events have also shown how key it is to work closely with regulators by considering compliance at the outset of product design and user experience. This panel will set out how it is possible to innovate while embracing regulations, creating solid foundations, and keeping UX/CX central in order to build customer trust.

Speakers: Nicole Booth, Vice President, Director of FinTech Compliance – Evolve Bank & Trust; Gizelle Barany, General Counsel – Alloy; Nick Farrow, Head of Bank Partnerships – Modern Treasury; Adam Shapiro, Partner & Co-Founder – Klaros Group

Emerging Payments: Science Fiction or Tomorrow’s Expectation?

Monday, Oct. 23, at 3:35 p.m.
Imagine this: At the local market, a scanner tallies your items and then accesses your digital wallet to pay. All you do is push your cart through.

This session outlines the primer on embedded payment experiences and how emerging payments offer more choices and provide a smoother user experience.

Speakers: Elena Whisler, Chief Client Officer – The Clearing House; Ahon Sarkar, General Manager, Helix – Q2

AI, Quantum, and Crypto: Get Ready for the Impact on Payments

Monday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m.
Payment infrastructure and systems are faster, simpler, more integrated, with greater reach than ever before, connecting billions of people to the vital products and services they need every day. Technology leaders from Mastercard, Microsoft, and BMO will discuss how corporations are leveraging technology to build an inclusive payments ecosystem by taking a deep dive on how emerging technologies like tokenization, quantum computing, hybrid cloud and multi-rail are impacting our tech-enabled society and creating new opportunities. They’ll also touch on how each of these trends has the potential to transform the payments ecosystem in its own unique ways, enabling financial inclusion, increasing security and providing more convenient experiences for customers.

Speakers: Ed McLaughlin, President & Chief Technology Officer – Mastercard; Sladjana Jovanovic, Chief Information Officer, Canadian Personal Business Banking Technology & B2C Data Transformation – BMO Financial Group; Daragh Morrissey, Director, AI – WW Financial Services – Microsoft

Fintech will save the world with “millions of small things”

Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 9:45 a.m.
The fate of the world is at stake and fintech can save it with the power of millions of digital bits – datapoints. Data has the power to break down grandiose ideas and help understand what’s truly needed in order to build more resilient and inclusive global financial systems.

Speaker: Kelly Fryer, Executive Director – Fintech Sandbox

Let’s FINALLY Modernize our Failing State Money Transmitter Licensing System

Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 10:25 a.m.
State by State licensing made sense at one time, but with the growth of the global fintech industry, it no longer does. By revamping our state licensing laws we’ll make consumers safer, our financial system more sound, and make the US more competitive

Speaker: Judith Rinearson, Partner – K&L Gates

RTP in the Wild

Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 10:45 a.m.
Rather than the typical “here’s what RTP can do for payroll, AP/AR billing” we will select 1-2 RTP use cases and dive deep on ecosystem participants, providers, ERPs, use cases, adoption, etc. and suggest potential coalitions to accelerate adoption.

Speaker: Tammy Wilson, VP of Innovation – The Clearing House

Clear Skies Ahead: Solving Cloud Migration Issues Through Open Source

Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 1:30 p.m.
As the financial services industry’s move to the cloud accelerates, organizations migrating their workloads still face exponential costs to mitigate potential cybersecurity and compliance risks across multiple cloud providers, in the context of a highly fragmented regulatory environment. During this panel, financial and cloud service provider executives will announce updates on The FINOS Common Cloud Controls (FINOS CCC) project, which has brought industry leaders together to develop a unified set of cybersecurity controls to address the critical issues of cybersecurity and the looming risk of cloud concentration.

Speakers: Gabriele (Gab) Columbro, Executive Director – The Fintech Open Source Foundation (FINOS); David Stone, Office of the CISO – Google; Rohan Deshpande, Head of App Foundry – Goldman Sachs

Real Time Payments – Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 3:45 p.m.
The RTP canvas in the US is complete now. The next question is what story it will paint. Join senior leaders from The Clearing House, the Federal Reserve, Bank of America, BNY Mellon and the Boston Consulting Group as they debate key questions facing the world of instant payments.

Speakers: Jennifer Barker, Global Head of Treasury Services – BNY Mellon; Inderpreet Batra, MD & Senior Partner, Head of BCG’s Payments Practice in North America – Boston Consulting Group; David Watson, President & Chief Executive Officer – The Clearing House; Mark Monaco, Head of Global Transaction Services & Enterprise Payments – Bank of America

We hope our suggestions help you maximize your time and investment in Money20/20 2023.

While you’re in Vegas, connect with Caliber on LinkedIn and X and use the hashtags #Money20/20 and #CaliberConnect to join the conversation.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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