Now that we’ve all had a chance to catch our breath after an exciting week of Fintech right here in the capital, we thought it was time to share our thoughts on the 2017 Innovate Finance Global Summit. Having attended last year, it’s safe to say that Innovate Finance upped their game with an even bigger and better jam packed agenda this year.
The line up of speakers was fantastic. From headliner Tim Berners-Lee (note to Millennials: he’s the inventor of the World Wide Web) on a borderless Internet to Ilyas Khan on quantum computing, the range of speakers and topics was on point.
CEO (Innovate Finance) Lawrence Wintermeyer assured the crowd that it’s business as usual for Innovate Finance members despite the current economic and political uncertainty. Louise Brett of Deloitte (Head of Fintech) was quick to back this up, pledging that Fintech is not a one off, citing demanding customers, a pro regulatory environment and advancing technology to boost the sector in the coming months. Some light hearted and comforting words followed by Nick Ogden of Clear Bank who openly reminisced on times when clouds were simply in the sky and Fintech just a few friends at the pub.
In a fireside chat with Brett King, Ilyas Kahn (Founder & CEO, Cambridge Quantum Computing) announced that quantum computing is coming to the cloud soon – let’s call it QuantumTech? Whilst Gavin Jackson of Amazon Web Services (Managing Director EMEA) explained that the AWSCloud makes it easier and cheaper to experiment and promote Fintech innovation.
And lastly on the ever popular topic of artificial intelligence, Tim Berners-Lee joked that AI bank managers will be programmed to be charmed by you. HAL 9000 (sorry millenials, you need to watch Space Odyssey to understand) also commented on the current state of AI in Fintech: I’m sorry Brett, I’m afraid I can’t do that (yet).
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