Networking opportunities at Sibos 2019

Networking plays a pivotal role at Sibos. The annual event provides you with unparalleled opportunities to catch up with your contacts and meet potential new business partners from around the world.

At Sibos 2018 in Sydney there were over 100,000 digital contact exchanges using the Sibos delegate smart badges. The Sibos smart badge will be back this year to help you make the most of the week’s networking opportunities. The badges enable you to seamlessly exchange contact details with fellow delegates. Simply hold your badges close together, click at the same time, and you will receive each other’s contact details via email.

Many attendees say networking is their main motivation to attend the event each year and there will be a wide range of networking opportunities at Sibos 2019, including new, targeted initiatives and a series of social events so delegates can network out of hours.

New formats for this year include tailored networking focused on the daily themes at the new Spotlight stage in the Chat & Connect space, and new experiences for current and future industry leaders as part of Talent Thursday, to help aspiring individuals and seasoned experts share ideas and develop their professional networks.

Curated networking returns to SWIFT innovation initiative Innotribe, offering opportunities for delegates to interact with its speakers of the day in a relaxed environment at the Innotribe stand.

Networking highlights at this year’s Sibos include:

Daily: full timetable to follow

Chat & Connect

Daily: Plan your day 8.30 - 8.45 (and 9.00 - 9.15 Monday 23 September), picnic lunches 12.00 - 13.00, facilitated networking varies by day
Chat & Connect space

With three types of dynamic activities – 'Plan your day' breakfasts, picnic lunches and facilitated networking sessions focused on the Spotlight theme of the day, this space is the perfect opportunity for delegates to meet like-minded peers from around the globe and participate in conversations with Spotlight speakers. More details on Spotlight will be available soon.

The Plan your day sessions will be especially useful for delegates attending Sibos for the first time, or for those with a one-day pass, providing an overview of the venue and the must attend sessions and activities for each day.

Wednesday 25 September: 17.00 – 19.30

Women of the World (WOW) Networking Event

Wednesday 25 September: 17.00 - 19.30
The Bridge Restaurant, ExCeL London

Our Women of the World Networking Event returns for its second year to explore the importance of female leadership in the financial industry and celebrate women who have inspired throughout history. Join us for informal networking drinks, and a chance to catch up with familiar faces and make new connections.

Attendees will hear from VIP speaker Sandi Toksvig OBE, a beloved broadcaster, writer and producer across British radio, TV and theatre. Sandi will discuss her experience forging a career as a leading female comedy figure in a male-dominated world. All Sibos delegates are welcome, and there’s no need to register. The event is sponsored by Clearstream, EY, Microsoft and SWIFT - find out more here.

Wednesday 25 September: 6.00 – 7.00

5k Run – Sponsored by SIX

Wednesday 25 September: 6.00 – 7.00
The waterfront, ExCeL London

This year’s Sibos 5k Run is sponsored by SIX, who are kindly donating €10 per registered runner to the Honeypot Children’s Charity. The run is open to all delegates from the most competitive budding sports stars to those who prefer to walk the course and take in the views.

The run will take place on the waterfront by the Sibos venue ExCeL London. It’s an excellent opportunity for like-minded racers to meet while ramping up their Sibos steps. Fully registered delegates can sign up by logging in on and completing the 5k registration form on the dashboard. 

Wednesday 25 September: 19.00 – 23.00

Innotribe Networking Event

Wednesday 25 September: 19.00 – 23.00
Giant Robot – Canary Wharf

The Innotribe Networking Event, sponsored by Deloitte, brings talented innovators and dynamic fintechs together with the broader Sibos community for an evening of networking with over 1,000 global entrepreneurs, investors and executives.

We will be inviting a selection of non-Sibos delegates, including members of the local fintech and financial communities, to mix with Sibos speakers, exhibitors and delegates. Much like the Innotribe conference programme, conversations will be inspired by the long term trends shaping finance, technology and our working lives.

Be prepared to be entertained, with local bands and immersive experiences; this is a party you don’t want to miss. Register now!


Innotribe Curated Networking

Monday – Wednesday (23 September – 25 September) early evening and Thursday 26 September 12.00

Innotribe Curated Networking sessions will take place every evening and on Thursday afternoon, allowing topic experts and delegates to gather together in an informal setting to deep-dive into issues highlighted during the day on the Innotribe stage.

Daily: 10.00, 12.00 and 14.00

Talent Thursday – Sibos Escape Room

Thursday: 10.00 and 12.00
The Sibos escape room

Attendees can forge new connections while solving a challenge together in the Sibos Escape Room. This is an unforgettable way to collaborate and expand your network. The sessions last 60 minutes and it’s bound to be popular - register for your place today.

Thursday 26 September: 5pm – 10.30pm

Sibos Closing Event

Thursday 26 September: 17.00 – 22.30
ExCeL London

The theme for this year’s Closing Event is Best of British. We’ll sample the very best in British food, drink and culture, and celebrate the highlights of Sibos in London. We promise networking and entertainment drawing on the UK’s rich heritage of history, music, cuisine and popular culture as we say goodbye to the Sibos community in style.

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