Organisers of Fintech Week London have confirmed that 2021’s event will go ahead in person at Barclay’s Rise venue, with a closing event at Level 39.
The five-day event will see 2,000 delegates from the banking sector gather in the capital, with representation from High Street banks, large technology firms and challenger businesses.
The event’s central element is a two-day hybrid conference for 1,500 delegates and content will be curated by an independent board of experts and focus on financial inclusion, sustainability, and digital identity.
Raf De Kimpe, CEO of Fintech Week London, said he was “excited and proud” to be hosting the first UK event in the Fintech calendar that people can attend in person. “Virtual conferences have served us well during the pandemic, but there’s nothing like being around fellow professionals and immersing yourself in face-to-face conversations,” he said.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated digitalisation, paving the way for Fintech’s to take lead in the economic and social recovery process. We’ll be looking at the competition and collaboration – or, newly coined, ‘coopetition’- between Big Tech and Big Banks as they encourage customers to adopt an ever-expanding suite of integrated financial products, and how the implementation of Open Banking and Banking as a Service will transform customer relationships.”
Chris Skinner, chairperson of the content board, indicated that it was important for the event to take place in person to discuss key matters impacting the sector. He said: “With a majority of the financial services workforce operating remotely during Covid-19, we have seen a corresponding increase in focus on issues surrounding cloud computing, digital identity, privacy and cybersecurity.
“This is the first event to cover all of these areas, as well as verticals like WealthTech, InsurTech and Green Finance. More than this, Fintech Week London shines the light squarely back on London, which still leads the world in these areas.”
London Convention Bureau: “A great opportunity”
Karen Sandhu, head of financial, Business Services and Technology at London & Partners, said Fintech Week London was a great opportunity for Fintech leaders and innovators to come together and discuss how London and the UK can maintain its position at the centre of global Fintech. “London is a world-leading tech and financial centre, and its Fintech companies have a pivotal role to play in building back better from the impacts of the global pandemic. We look forward to welcoming this important event to London in July,” she said.