Money20/20 USA Gets Underway in Las Vegas
The Money20/20 USA Conference kicked off Sunday at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Bitsonline will be on-site to report from the world’s largest financial services, fintech and payments event.
Money20/20 is a four-day gathering designed to create “the future of money”. It covers the entire payments and financial spectrum — on which Bitcoin and blockchain represent a niche but growing sector.
Blockchain Track on Tuesday 24th October
Track Two on Tuesday 24th October will be blockchain-focused. Formerly a series of Bitcoin presentations, this sub-track has expanded and (perhaps unsurprisingly) features several session looking at ICOs and blockchain-based equities platforms.
There’s also a session devoted to examining regulation in the space, and it wraps with one looking at China in particular. The session “The Rise of Initial Coin Offerings: Sustainable Game-Changer or Risky Proposition?” could have some heated discussion, as might the one devoted to Tezos.
The broader 2017 event promises “4,060 minutes of fresh content with 450+ speakers, over which 175+ are CEOs and founders, and over 70 percent are new”. The entire event lasts four days and features 150 sessions.
Some of the guest highlights are:
- Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder, Apple & Jennifer Bailey, VP Internet Services, Apple Pay, Apple
- John Collison, President & Co-Founder, Stripe
- Dan Schulman, CEO & President, PayPal
- Julie Sweet, CEO North America, Accenture, Bridget van Kralingen – SVP Global Industry Platforms, IBM
- David Richter, Global Head of Business & Corporate Development, Uber
- Max Levchin, CEO & Co-Founder, Affirm
- Keith Rabois, Partner, Khosla Ventures
- Frank Bisignano – Chairman & CEO, First Data
Payments Race Finale
We’ll also see the conclusion of the “Payments Race”, in which competitors traveled from Toronto to Las Vegas using only one payment method. Representing Bitcoin is Amelie Arras, who has already come much futher than the previous event’s Bitcoin racer and could be a contender for the prize.
Participating companies will present on the ground at the massive conference booth hall. There will also be startup pitch sessions, “Braindate” networking hookups, and the PayPal Lounge to chill out.
Money20/20 began in 2011 and now has events in Europe as well as the U.S. Asia will debut its own series beginning March 2018 in Singapore.
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Images via Money20/20 USA, Jon Southurst