Open Banking Expo conference programme confirmed

15 Oct 2018

Open Banking Expo has confirmed a full complement of speakers for its one-day conference and exhibition, with more than 35 thought leaders, three streams and 15+ hours of original content. The event, headlined by OpenWrks, takes place on 27 November at America Square Conference Centre, London and promises to be the UK’s largest marketplace for ideas, connections and deals in Open Banking with representation from incumbent banks, challenger banks and specialist fintechs.


Google’s renowned former managing director, Dan Cobley, will open the event with a keynote address, offering a unique insight on the future of Open Banking. Now MD, Fintech at Blenheim Chalcot, Dan has always been ahead of the technology curve and will empower delegates in their Open Banking journeys.


The morning sessions include an incisive panel debate featuring C-level representation from Citibank, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, CIFAS, Open Banking Implementation Entity and Tandem Bank, who will slice and dice progress so far and if Open Banking will be the sea change predicted. With Open Banking at various stages of the ‘disruption cycle’ in different markets, stakeholders from across the globe will discuss if there can be a global Open Banking standard in another of the morning sessions.


The agenda features speakers from high street lenders ready to share the first case studies since Open Banking’s rollout in January this year. Nationwide, Lloyds Banking Group and First Direct will present their Open Banking journeys so far, giving delegates a unique opportunity to refine their own strategy and avoid the pitfalls others have experienced.


Challenger banks have been well documented in stealing a march on high street lenders in terms of product innovation and Starling Bank’s CEO Anne Boden will reveal her vision for Open Banking; where the real opportunities exist, how customer expectations will change and what the banking landscape might look like for the next generation. Tandem Bank’s Chief Technology Office will also host a session, exploring how artificial intelligence and machine learning can support Open Banking.


Open Banking Expo is the only event to address issues beyond API development and the associated revenue opportunities; one of the key themes is to address how the industry can increase consumer adoption and ensure the best possible outcome for each customer. Consumer advice experts from Money Advice Trust, Money & Mental Health Charity and the Lending Standards Board will share their optimism on how Open Banking can help the most vulnerable customers and aid their financial rehabilitation.


Open Banking is also set to have a major impact on the SME financing sector, opening new ways for small firms to connect to innovative fintech services to get better access to credit and ensure financial flexibility. The Expo will bring together a panel to discuss what business opportunities exist and what businesses can learn from Open Banking implementation in the consumer space.


The event will close in a special champagne keynote session hosted by visionary Dr. Louise Beaumont, who will fast-forward delegates to a future in which Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple have taken a controlling stake in financial services; a prediction of many within the industry.


Final tickets now remain to attend the Open Banking Expo, to view the agenda and book visit