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Event leadership | 20 February 2020

The 30 Biggest Fintech Conferences of 2020

Jacob Thomas

Ready to attend a fintech conference in 2020? These are the 30 biggest and best events happening in the financial technology industry this year.

Did you know that the fintech industry has been around for more than 100 years. It’s true! In 1918, the US Federal Reserve Banks developed the Fedwire Funds Service, a real-time, gross settlements system. A couple of decades later, credit cards were created, then NASDAQ invented electronic trading another few decades after that.

These days, the fintech industry is growing and changing faster than ever before. Fortunately, there are plenty of top quality fintech and related SaaS events to educate attendees on the future of financial technology. Below we list the 30 biggest and best fintech events for 2020 along with reasons why you should attend each one.

1. Paris Fintech Forum

Paris Fintech Forum - Fintech ConferencesSource: Paris Fintech Forum

Date: January 28 – 29, 2020

Location: Paris, France

The Paris Fintech Forum is one of the bigger events on this list featuring 2,700 attendees from 75 different countries, internationally known speakers, and more than 160 exhibitors. If you decide to attend this conference, you can expect to hear from the brightest minds in the fintech industry, attend thematic workshops, and network with other talented financial professionals.

Why You Should Attend: Folks attend the Paris Fintech Forum to learn cutting edge information and view the latest in financial technology. But the networking opportunities are excellent as well. Attendees have multiple opportunities and spaces to meet, brainstorm, and network together.

2. Finovate Europe

Finovate Europe - Fintech ConferencesSource: Finovate

Date: February 11 – 13, 2020

Location: Berlin, Germany

Finovate Europe is a major player on the fintech events scene. In 2019, the conference welcomed over 1,200 people, 120 speakers, and 65 demo-ers to learn and speak about important topics such as investech, payments, open banking, and AI. The 2020 gathering should be just as informative — maybe even more so!

Why You Should Attend: Fintech Europe has completely eliminated the “fluff” from its conference. They aren’t interested in wasting your time. Instead, they curate the best content, and deliver it to you quickly. From bankers to venture capitalists, Finovate Europe has something valuable to offer every attendee.

3. London Blockchain Week 2020

London Blockchain Week 2019 - Fintech ConferencesSource: Medium

Date: March 4 – 11, 2020

Location: London, England

London Blockchain Week launched as a standalone conference in 2015. Over the years the event grew into a week long gathering, In 2019, it welcomed over 3,000 professionals and technology enthusiasts to learn, network, and participate in an entertaining blockchain hackathon.

Why You Should Attend: Blockchain technology has turned the financial industry on its head. What better place to learn how your company can capitalize on this new opportunity and connect with fellow fintech professionals than at this mega-conference dedicated to the subject?

4. The Montgomery Summit

The Montgomery Summit - Fintech ConferencesSource: The Montgomery Summit

Date: March 4 – 5, 2020

Location: Santa Monica, California

The Montgomery Summit is an invitation-only fintech event presented by Macquarie that brings entrepreneurs, investors, and leading executives together to learn and connect.

Why You Should Attend: The 2020 Summit will feature 140 private company presentations, keynote speeches from executives at some of the world’s leading companies, and plenty of networking opportunities. The event is also known for hosting top-notch entertainment. Past gatherings included performances from Grammy award-winning musicians as well as good eats from some of Southern California’s most popular food trucks. If you’re able to secure an invite to the 2020 get-together, we recommend attending.

5. Banking of the Future

Source: Twitter

Date: March 24 – 25, 2020

Location: London, England

Banking of the Future is a Mobey Forum event that aims to teach attendees about finance in the digital age. Sound intriguing? Then join other Mobey Forum Members to attend top-notch sessions led by folks from HSCB Bank, Meeco, and Yolt, and network with your peers.

Why You Should Attend: Banking of the Future will offer plenty of valuable information on a variety of topics such as data enablement and risk management. But it will also provide attendees with amazing opportunities to connect with other industry professionals. Note: this event is only available to Mobey Forum members.

6. Empire Fintech Conference

Empire Fintech Conference - Fintech ConferencesSource: Zafin

Date: April 1, 2020

Location: New York City, New York

Those who attend the 2020 Empire Fintech Conference are in for a treat. Event goers will hear from industry revolutionaries about cutting edge payment technologies, blockchain, robo-advisors, and more — everything the modern fintech professional needs to know.

Why You Should Attend: The Empire Fintech Conference provides valuable information to anyone in the financial technology industry, but it’s specifically designed for fintech startups. If you own or work for an early-stage fintech company, you’ll also appreciate these best blockchain events.

7. Consensus 2020

Consensus 2019 - Fintech ConferencesSource: CoinDesk

Date: May 11 – 13, 2020

Location: New York City, New York

Since 2015, Consensus by CoinDesk has been the conference for folks in the worlds of cryptocurrency and blockchain. If you’re interested in these two areas of the fintech industry, then book your ticket for 2020 and plan to learn from Wall Street titans and Fortune 500 leaders, network with your peers, and participate in the annual hackathon.

Why You Should Attend: When it comes to cryptocurrency and blockchain, you’d be hard pressed to find a better conference than Consensus. The event secures the top speakers in the industry and allows attendees to meet and network with important fintech professionals.

8. LendIt Fintech

LendIt Fintech - Fintech ConferencesSource: Lend Academy

Date: May 13 – 14, 2020

Location: New York City, New York

2019 marked the seventh consecutive year that LendIt USA has been held. Last year’s conference featured speeches from the CEOs of FICO, Affirm, and Kabbage as well as many other fintech industry leaders. While many details for the 2020 gathering have yet to be released, we’re confident that this year’s event will be just as incredible.

Why You Should Attend: The learning opportunities at LendIt Fintech are virtually boundless, as are the networking possibilities. We also want to point out that this conference offers a special “Women in Fintech” program to inspire and connect women in the field.

9. Fintech World Forum

Fintech World Forum - Fintech ConferencesSource: Into the Future

Date: May 21 – 22, 2020

Location: London, England

The Fintech World Forum in 2019 was quite the event. It featured speakers and panelists from IBM, Barclays, Mastercard, and other leading companies in the world of financial technology. And keynote subjects addressed regulatory challenges, mobile banking, and app security among other topics. We expect the 2020 get-together to be just as exciting.

Why You Should Attend: From top of the line information to ample networking opportunities, The Fintech World Forum offered a lot to attendees. Keep a close eye on this one and score your 2020 tickets before the event sells out.

10. American Banker: Digital Banking

Digital-Banking-2018Source: Gonzo Banker

Date: June 8 – 10, 2020

Location: Austin, Texas

Digital Banking is one of the largest digital banking event in the industry and the ideal conference for fintech pros who want more information on mobile, digital, AI, payments, and blockchain technologies.

Why You Should Attend: Digital Banking will provide 1,700+ attendees with exceptional content, live demos, and stimulating conversation regarding banking in a digital world. Event goers in 2019 also got to experience a few other conference perks too, including access to the premier of the highly anticipated documentary, “BlockChain City”. We’re excited to see what the events team has in store for this year!

11. Blockchain for Business Summit

Source: Twitter

Date: June 10 – 11, 2020 

Location: London, England

At the Blockchain for Business Summit, attendees will explore what blockchain technology can do for businesses and observe real-life examples that have (and will continue) to drive real-world value. This conference is part of the widely acclaimed TechXLR8, which brings together 17,000 folks, 600 speakers, and 300 presenters.

Why You Should Attend: The Blockchain for Business Summit is perfect for fintech professionals who want to learn more about blockchain technology and how it’s changing their industry. The 2020 event features speakers from GE, Citi, and FedEx.

12. Future of Fintech

Future of Fintech - Fintech ConferencesSource: CB Insights

Date: June 14 – 16, 2020

Location: San Francisco, California

The Future of Fintech conference brings together over 2,500 people from a variety of different locations and industries to learn from executives at incredibly successful companies like Square, TransferWire, Klarna, and more. Attendees to the 2020 event will experience “2+ days of insights and connections that will have a lasting impact on your business.”

Why You Should Attend: Beyond just the amazing information that attendees will glean at Future of Fintech, they’ll also have ample opportunity to network with their peers. The conference expects to facilitate more than 5,000 one-on-one meetings. Whether you’re looking for a new job, a startup co-founder, or just a new after-conference drinks buddy, you’ll find it at Future of Fintech.

13. Retail Finance Connect

Retail Finance Connect - Fintech ConferencesSource: Worldwide Business Research

Date: June 22 – 24, 2020

Location: Miami, Florida

Retail Finance Connect puts a unique spin on fintech conferences. For one thing, it’s invite only. It’s also a very intimate gathering; only 60 spots are available. What makes this event worthy of our “biggest fintech conferences” list, though, is the quality of the information shared and the size of the participating companies. Senior retail executives from Walmart, Samsung, and more will be in attendance.

Why You Should Attend: If you can score an invite, Retail Finance Connect will give you the opportunity to make meaningful connections with top financial professionals and build career boosting relationships. Plus, the event is held in beautiful Miami, FL!

14. Digital Banking 2020

Digital Banking 2019 - Fintech ConferencesSource: Facebook

Date: June 30 – July 1, 2020

Location: London, England

Digital Banking 2020 is all about (surprise!) digital banking. This MoneyLIVE event aims to push the boundaries of digital banking innovation by educating fintech companies on the ways that AI, quantum computing, voice tech, chatbots, and more are affecting the fintech industry.

Why You Should Attend: The 2020 gathering will feature keynotes from executives at ING Bank, Revolut, HSBC, and more. Also, the conference offers four different learning tracks so you can customize your event experience to your own unique preferences.

15. FinTech Junction

FinTech JunctionSource: FinTech Junction

Date: July 1 – 2, 2020

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

FinTech Junction is an international conference whose goal is to build the future of financial services. It’s also the only event on our list that takes place in the Middle East. Attendees will leave the conference with pages of notes and plenty of new connections.

Why You Should Attend: If the thought of joining 1,500 other fintech enthusiasts as they learn from highly sought-after speakers from companies like Google and TransferWise (on topics like funding startups, open banking, blockchain, cryptocurrency, and more) sounds like fun, then FinTech Junction is the perfect event for you.

16. FiNext USA

FiNext USA - Fintech ConferencesSource: PR Log

Date: July 30 – 31, 2020

Location: San Francisco, California

FiNext USA is a combination of conference and award ceremony that brings together the smartest and most innovative minds in financial technology. Speaker lineups in previous years have included the Vice President of Mastercard, the Director of Corporate Payments of Ripple, and the COO of Fundbox.

Why You Should Attend: FiNext is specifically geared towards fintech startups and features a pitch competition that allows new companies to showcase fresh ideas in front of investors. Attendees also have the chance to learn from the industry’s top minds and network with peers. Busy at the end of July? You can attend a similar gathering in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in November.

17. Mobile Payments Conference

Mobile Payments Conference - Fintech ConferencesSource: Mobile Payments Conference

Date: August 24 – 26, 2020

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Mobile Payments Conference (MPC) “brings together the leading experts in the Fintech, Mobile Payments, and Digital Technology industries” for “2.5 days of immersive learning and networking.”

Why You Should Attend: Mobile Payments Conference (MPC) is the perfect event for executives working in banking, technology, government… Any industry, really. If you want to learn more about mobile banking, payment technology, and security, attend Mobile Payments Conference.

18. AI in Finance Summit

AI in Finance Summit - Fintech ConferencesSource: RE-WORK

Date: September 10 – 11, 2020

Location: New York City, New York

The AI in Finance event will discuss AI trends and practical applications as they apply to fintech companies. With keynote speeches from leaders at JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, MasterCard, and more, the content at this RE-WORK conference (a well-known and respected name in the world of event promotion) is top notch.

Why You Should Attend: AI in Finance is perfect for data professionals, financial regulators and analysts, c-suite executives, company founders, and venture capitalists. Attendees will hear from 90 world-class speakers, attend group brainstorming sessions and interactive workshops, and network with their peers.

19. The U.S. Fintech Symposium

Image 2020-02-17 at 5.52.41 PMSource: The U.S. Fintech Symposium

Date: September 14 – 15, 2020

Location: Chicago, Illinois

The U.S Fintech Symposium in Chicago aims to answer practical questions that many professionals have. Questions like, “what realistic fintech solutions are on the market?” and “how will fintech change my career and/or business?” Want to know the answers? Attend the Symposium in September.

Why You Should Attend: The 2020 lineup of speakers includes professionals from Uber, Northwestern University, and more. They’ll cover important topics like blockchain, using voice tech to make payments, and how to leverage big data. But the Symposium offers more than just educational speeches. Attendees will also have time to network and make career-boosting connections.

20. Cognitive Finance Automation

Source: Disruption Banking

Date: September 21 – 22, 2020

Location: Berlin, Germany

Cognitive Finance Automation is “Europe’s leading annual event dedicated to presenting the use & business cases of Robotic Process Automation, discussing the practical use of cognitive technologies, and delving into the substance of the potentials of intelligent automation in the Finance Industry on its way to algorithmic business.

Why You Should Attend: Does the above description sound a bit confusing? Don’t worry, we’ll break it down for you: this conference is all about inspirational keynotes, peer-to-peer sessions, and networking opportunities that will help you grow a financially sound company using RPA technology.

21. FinCon2020

FinCon19Source: Recovering Women Wealth

Date: September 30 – October 3, 2020

Location: Long Beach, California

In the event’s own words, FinCon2020 is where “money nerds unite!” Do you geek out over finances? Do numbers get you giddy? Then you’ll want to join the 2,500 other folks just like you at FinCon2020. You’ll have the chance to hear from 200+ speakers, view 100+ exhibits, and enjoy the company of other money nerds.

Why You Should Attend: FinCon2020 specifically caters to content creators in the fintech industry. If that’s your job description then you’ll definitely want to attend and hear from well-known speakers like Ramit Sethi and Sharon Epperson who have spoken in the past. To learn how to better create, promote, and profit from your financial-based content, get your ticket to FinCon2020 today.

22. Seamless Summit

Seamless Summit - Fintech ConferencesSource: Terrapinn

Date: September 30 – October 1, 2020

Location: Manila, Philippines

Seamless Summit will tackle the future of fintech, payments, banking, and other financial topics in Asia. It will feature more than 5,000 attendees, 200 speakers, and 150 exhibitors. The list of speakers for 2020 hasn’t been released yet, but the 2019 gathering included folks from Capital One, HSBC, and Rabobank.

Why You Should Attend: Seamless Summit packs a serious punch for those who work in Asia or oversee a company’s Asian operations. Beyond the typical conference content, Seamless also offers hands-on workshops on topics like AI in banking, blockchain in business and finance, data and analytics in banking, and more.

23. Money 20/20

Source: YouTube

Date: October 25 – 28, 2020

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Money 20/20 is where the “Payments, Fintech and Financial Services ecosystem unites.” It’s a large gathering that brings together thousands of attendees to network and learn from hundreds of well-known speakers.

Why You Should Attend: Money 20/20 wants to provide the perfect event experience to its attendees. That’s why they ask for ideas from their audience. If there’s something specific you want to see at the next Money 20/20 conference, let them know! Beyond that, Money 20/20 also offers attendees the chance to connect with leaders at companies like American Express, Paypal, IBM, and other leading fintech companies.

24. MoneyConf

MoneyConf - Fintech ConferencesSource: The Irish Times

Date: November 2 – 5, 2020

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

MoneyConf is part of Web Summit, an annual event that Forbes calls “the best technology conference on the planet.” We understand why. The mega-gathering features 24 distinct conference tracks, one of which is MoneyConf. This event sits at the center of finance and technology and brings together the world’s leading banks, tech firms and fintech startups.

Why You Should Attend: Technology has changed the financial industry in radical ways. MoneyConf aims to keep attendees abreast of these changes through keynote speeches from top speakers, roundtable sessions, workshops, and more. Attendees also get access to all of Web Summit’s 23 other conference tracks, allowing them to pick and choose the exact content they want to consume during their event experience.

25. FinTECHTalents

FinTECHTalents - Fintech ConferencesSource: FinTECHTalents

Date: November 16 – 17, 2020

Location: London, England

FinTECHTalents is a unique conference that combines keynote speeches, live tech demos, workshops, live music, and craft beer. It’s the ultimate global festival for fintech professionals. Event goers have the chance to join 3,000 others to meet leading innovators, explore cutting edge technology, and enjoy amazing entertainment options.

Why You Should Attend: There’s a lot to learn at FinTECHTalents but knowledge isn’t the only draw. Attendees will also have the chance to pitch their ideas to top industry decision makers. Cut through the noise and display your expertise to over 200 financial institutions. Who knows? FinTECHTalents might be the big break you’ve been looking for.

26. SoFi Experiences

SoFi Experiences - Fintech ConferencesSource: SoFi

Date: Multiple

Location: Various

SoFi Experiences is a member exclusive event series that takes place in multiple cities around the country. Attendees have the chance to network with each other and receive financial advice on everything from wealth management to fintech solutions. The event series also offers high-profile speakers and career boosting workshops.

Why You Should Attend: At a SoFi Experience, the complete focus is on the attendees and helping them grow their careers. Event goers are never sold to. Instead, they’re given the chance to learn from and connect with other like minded professionals. If you’re already a SoFi member, seriously consider attending one of the company’s Experiences in your area.

27. Stripe Sessions

Stripe Sessions - Fintech ConferencesSource: Stripe

Date: On-Demand

Location: On-Demand

Stripe is one of the biggest names in the fintech community. Their event series, aptly named Stripe Sessions, teaches folks about the payment industry. Stripe Sessions invites attendees to learn from leaders at Shopify and MINDBODY while also showing them the latest products that Stripe has to offer.

Why You Should Attend: While most other events on this list are in-person affairs, Stripe Sessions in hosted entirely online and can be watched whenever viewers please, for free. For those with a limited events budget in 2020 (or folks who simply want to consume quality content on their own terms) Stripe Sessions is the perfect conference.

28. SHIFT by Zenefits

Source: Twitter

Date: On-Demand

Location: On-Demand

Like Stripe Sessions, which we just mentioned, SHIFT by Zenefits is an on-demand conference that’s available to anyone with an internet connection. The content was originally recorded live in 2018, but the information shared was so valuable, we wanted to include it on this list. Watch the recorded videos to learn about the new demands of payroll, as well as general topics like workplace well-being and better managing your fintech employees.

Why You Should Attend: First off, the content is completely free! And second, it’s high quality. Learn from knowledgeable speakers like Arianna Huffington from the comfort of your own living room.

29. Pushpay Summit

Source: Twitter

Date: TBD

Location: TBD

Pushpay Summit is an annual conference hosted by Pushpay, a fintech app specifically designed for churches. At Pushpay Summit, attendees learn how to take their ministries to the next level through keynote speeches and breakout sessions. While information regarding the 2020 gathering has yet to be released, we’re sure it will be just as informative and transformational as past conferences.

Why You Should Attend: There aren’t many events specifically designed to empower churches in regard to finances. If you’re a ministry professional, you’ll appreciate the proven and actionable strategies you’ll learn, the people you’ll network with, and the inspiration you’ll feel after attending Pushpay Summit.

30. Swell by Ripple

Swell by Ripple - Fintech ConferencesSource: CoinDesk

Date: TBD

Location: London, England

Swell is a fintech conference hosted by Ripple, a blockchain powered company that enables users to send money globally without the typical hassle. Swell will bring together the “leading experts on policy, payment, and technology for the most provocative dialogue in global payments today.” Featuring their brand on the itinerary helps give this event a user conference vibe as well so if you’ve ever been curious about how Swell can help your business grow, make sure you register.

Why You Should Attend: Swell has a history of attracting A+ speakers. The 2018 event featured a keynote speech from former president Bill Clinton. But be warned, those hoping to attend must receive an invite, which you can request on the Swell event website, although there is no guarantee you will get one.

Which Fintech Events Will You Attend in 2020?

There are a ton of tech events happening in 2020. Whether you want to learn more about open and mobile banking, AI in the financial industry, blockchain technology, or any other important fintech topic, one of the conferences listed above will teach you exactly what you need to know. And if you’re an event planner looking to host a fintech conference of your own, consider using event software to bring your vision to life.

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