Join us for the Fintech Focus theme to inspire change for women and other minority groups in the industry whilst empowering the community through game-changing content taking place on day one (May 4) of Women of Silicon Valley.

Through a mixture of panels and presentations, we will explore the opportunities to come from the growth of fintech's global investment, and the new technologies emerging to support this expansion. Attendees will also have the opportunity to examine the challenges the sector faces as female founded start-ups are still vastly underfunded, leaving a huge area for potential growth.

Financial Inclusion  
New Technologies  
Sustainable Finance  

Confirmed Sessions

Mon 4 May

11:30 - 12:30

The Impact of BigTech on the Fintech Ecosystem

Guest speaker to be announced on Friday 28th February

As BigTech looks to invest and make their move into the fintech ecosystem and launch their own ...

As BigTech looks to invest and make their move into the fintech ecosystem and launch their own products, what impact will this have on competition between legacy organisations and fintech startups? Will BigTech maximise on the opportunity to offer more personalised products across their business units based on the data gathered from transactional services? How will policy and regulation be able to keep up with innovation against competition?

Key takeaways include:

  • Learn the opportunities facing fintech startups with the increasing interest from BigTech
  • How policymakers will keep up with competition and fast innovation
  • How secure do consumers feel about BigTech holding such a large amount of data on them and what can BigTech do to ease concerns

Mon 4 May

11:30 - 12:30

The Impact of BigTech on the Fintech Ecosystem

Guest speaker to be announced on Friday 28th February

As BigTech looks to invest and make their move into the fintech ecosystem and launch their own ...

As BigTech looks to invest and make their move into the fintech ecosystem and launch their own products, what impact will this have on competition between legacy organisations and fintech startups? Will BigTech maximise on the opportunity to offer more personalised products across their business units based on the data gathered from transactional services? How will policy and regulation be able to keep up with innovation against competition?

Key takeaways include:

  • Learn the opportunities facing fintech startups with the increasing interest from BigTech
  • How policymakers will keep up with competition and fast innovation
  • How secure do consumers feel about BigTech holding such a large amount of data on them and what can BigTech do to ease concerns
 

Mon 4 May

13:30 - 14:00

The Argument for Open Banking in the US

Across the Atlantic, legal legislation has enforced open banking APIs on traditional financial ...

Across the Atlantic, legal legislation has enforced open banking APIs on traditional financial institutions which allows for licensed third-party developers to access private customer data with their consent. As a result the legislation has opened a plethora of opportunities for innovation and collaboration within the fintech ecosystem. However concerns over the level of security handling private customer data are holding back open banking innovation.

Key takeaways include:

  • Understand the benefits and risks associated with open banking
  • Learn how to implement a secure toolkit for developers
  • How can fintech sandboxes offer space to trial innovation securely and cost effectively

Mon 4 May

13:30 - 14:00

The Argument for Open Banking in the US

Across the Atlantic, legal legislation has enforced open banking APIs on traditional financial ...

Across the Atlantic, legal legislation has enforced open banking APIs on traditional financial institutions which allows for licensed third-party developers to access private customer data with their consent. As a result the legislation has opened a plethora of opportunities for innovation and collaboration within the fintech ecosystem. However concerns over the level of security handling private customer data are holding back open banking innovation.

Key takeaways include:

  • Understand the benefits and risks associated with open banking
  • Learn how to implement a secure toolkit for developers
  • How can fintech sandboxes offer space to trial innovation securely and cost effectively
 

Mon 4 May

14:05 - 14:35

Transparent and Ethical AI Usage for Financial Services

Reserved for Event Partners

Artificial intelligence has the opportunity to transform the financial services and automate ...

Artificial intelligence has the opportunity to transform the financial services and automate decision making services based on data input. However, if not implemented properly in line with pre-existing systems and in line with regulation, AI may cause more harm to the customer than good.

Key takeaways include:

  • Understand the safe and secure routes to implementing AI
  • Learn what data is required for fair and accurate responses

Mon 4 May

14:05 - 14:35

Transparent and Ethical AI Usage for Financial Services

Reserved for Event Partners

Artificial intelligence has the opportunity to transform the financial services and automate ...

Artificial intelligence has the opportunity to transform the financial services and automate decision making services based on data input. However, if not implemented properly in line with pre-existing systems and in line with regulation, AI may cause more harm to the customer than good.

Key takeaways include:

  • Understand the safe and secure routes to implementing AI
  • Learn what data is required for fair and accurate responses
 

Mon 4 May

14:40 - 15:10

Eliminating Bias in Knowing Your Customer (KYC)

Reserved for Event Partners

The focus on big data helps organizations gauge customer needs and satisfaction as well as the ...

The focus on big data helps organizations gauge customer needs and satisfaction as well as the ability to provide an increased personalized experience and accuracy of lending. However, when the data being sorted is run through algorithms that could be rooted in unconscious bias, what impact will this have on the customer? In some cases, data such as zip code can affect customers based on their socioeconomic status as well as how many car accidents occur in their area.

Key takeaways include:

  • The importance of having diverse teams build products that are fit for diverse world
  • How much weight should algorithms put on affinity data
  • Is the focus on big data doing more harm than good

Mon 4 May

14:40 - 15:10

Eliminating Bias in Knowing Your Customer (KYC)

Reserved for Event Partners

The focus on big data helps organizations gauge customer needs and satisfaction as well as the ...

The focus on big data helps organizations gauge customer needs and satisfaction as well as the ability to provide an increased personalized experience and accuracy of lending. However, when the data being sorted is run through algorithms that could be rooted in unconscious bias, what impact will this have on the customer? In some cases, data such as zip code can affect customers based on their socioeconomic status as well as how many car accidents occur in their area.

Key takeaways include:

  • The importance of having diverse teams build products that are fit for diverse world
  • How much weight should algorithms put on affinity data
  • Is the focus on big data doing more harm than good
 

Mon 4 May

15:40 - 16:10

The Future of Payments – Transforming Payments at Lightning Speed

Audrey Blackmon

SVP Business Development @ Verrency

Robin Leidenthal

Uzma Makhdumi

Head of New Business Development @ Google Pay

Prashanthi Ravanavarapu

Director of Product Management, Consumer Financial Services and Emerging Markets @ PayPal

Payment technology is changing rapidly and companies need to be able to adapt. A panel of ...

Payment technology is changing rapidly and companies need to be able to adapt. A panel of payment experts discuss how payments are changing rapidly in US and globally and how our organizations are creating innovative ways for Consumers to pay and move money faster.

Key takeaways include:

  • Learn about how the payments landscape is changing with new ways to pay
  • Learn how changing technology will affect you and your organization
  • Learn what these changes will mean for future cost and security

Mon 4 May

15:40 - 16:10

The Future of Payments – Transforming Payments at Lightning Speed

Audrey Blackmon

SVP Business Development @ Verrency

Robin Leidenthal

Uzma Makhdumi

Head of New Business Development @ Google Pay

Prashanthi Ravanavarapu

Director of Product Management, Consumer Financial Services and Emerging Markets @ PayPal

Payment technology is changing rapidly and companies need to be able to adapt. A panel of ...

Payment technology is changing rapidly and companies need to be able to adapt. A panel of payment experts discuss how payments are changing rapidly in US and globally and how our organizations are creating innovative ways for Consumers to pay and move money faster.

Key takeaways include:

  • Learn about how the payments landscape is changing with new ways to pay
  • Learn how changing technology will affect you and your organization
  • Learn what these changes will mean for future cost and security
 

Mon 4 May

16:15 - 16:45

Blockchain and Decentralising Finance

The future of blockchain in financial services has the capacity to unlock a $1.5 trillion global ...

The future of blockchain in financial services has the capacity to unlock a $1.5 trillion global trading gap in finance. However, as pride over ownership and intellectual property overtakes implementation, there’s a growing need for a global standard and regulation to operate with trust and transparency.

Key takeaways include:

  • Understand the opportunities to transform the financial supply chain through blockchain
  • How regulatory bodies can keep up with technological demand and move with the industry

Mon 4 May

16:15 - 16:45

Blockchain and Decentralising Finance

The future of blockchain in financial services has the capacity to unlock a $1.5 trillion global ...

The future of blockchain in financial services has the capacity to unlock a $1.5 trillion global trading gap in finance. However, as pride over ownership and intellectual property overtakes implementation, there’s a growing need for a global standard and regulation to operate with trust and transparency.

Key takeaways include:

  • Understand the opportunities to transform the financial supply chain through blockchain
  • How regulatory bodies can keep up with technological demand and move with the industry
 

Mon 4 May

16:50 - 17:20

New Era of Banking - Designing the Future of Banking Using AI

Anshu Kak

IBM Vice President/ Distinguished Engineer for Financial Services @ IBM

This talk will explore how fintechs and non-conventional players are taking the banking market ...

This talk will explore how fintechs and non-conventional players are taking the banking market led by technology.
How AI is redefining the customer service and payments in banks and other industries.

Key takeaways include:

  • Think innovation and Skills you need to acquire
  • Traditional vs AI driven Era
  • Thinking design by analogy or design by first principle who 'WINS"

Mon 4 May

16:50 - 17:20

New Era of Banking - Designing the Future of Banking Using AI

Anshu Kak

IBM Vice President/ Distinguished Engineer for Financial Services @ IBM

This talk will explore how fintechs and non-conventional players are taking the banking market ...

This talk will explore how fintechs and non-conventional players are taking the banking market led by technology.
How AI is redefining the customer service and payments in banks and other industries.

Key takeaways include:

  • Think innovation and Skills you need to acquire
  • Traditional vs AI driven Era
  • Thinking design by analogy or design by first principle who 'WINS"
 

Mon 4 May

17:25 - 17:40

Generational Differences in Finance

Guest speaker to be announced on Friday 28th February

Gen Z have grown up in a virtually cashless world where the rise of virtual banking has taken ...

Gen Z have grown up in a virtually cashless world where the rise of virtual banking has taken them beyond the bricks and mortar. As financial institutions lean more on technological advances to close the gap on financial inclusion, are they in danger of excluding older generations? How can engineers ensure that built products are fit for purpose across generations?

Key takeaways include:

  • Understand how to make fintech attractive across several generations without alienating users
  • What the future holds for traditional brick and mortar finance institutions in a cashless world

Mon 4 May

17:25 - 17:40

Generational Differences in Finance

Guest speaker to be announced on Friday 28th February

Gen Z have grown up in a virtually cashless world where the rise of virtual banking has taken ...

Gen Z have grown up in a virtually cashless world where the rise of virtual banking has taken them beyond the bricks and mortar. As financial institutions lean more on technological advances to close the gap on financial inclusion, are they in danger of excluding older generations? How can engineers ensure that built products are fit for purpose across generations?

Key takeaways include:

  • Understand how to make fintech attractive across several generations without alienating users
  • What the future holds for traditional brick and mortar finance institutions in a cashless world