Discover Zone

Get in the zone, Discover innovation at Sibos

The full programme of sessions, panels, speakers, and exhibitors for Discover at Sibos is now available.

With over 100 fintech exhibitors, from early stage to growth start-ups, over 30 sessions and 100+ speakers, it’s going to be the largest and most ambitious Discover at Sibos to date, reflecting the continuing integration of innovation, new technology and collaboration within the financial and banking sectors. Delegates will have an unrivalled opportunity to connect and learn about the new technologies and business models coming to market and driving change in financial services. 

The dedicated Discover stage will allow the innovation community to present to the broad Sibos audience on forward looking topics that really matter, moderated by well-known voices from the fintech ecosystem as well as new rising voices. The programme will surface critical questions to be addressed by leading experts, on topics such as trust and data, financial inclusion in emerging markets, cybersecurity, AI and ethics, tokenisation, trade finance, and much more.

And of course, returning to Discover is Innotribe, SWIFT’s initiative to enable collaborative innovation in financial services. Innotribe will present a full four days of content and programming looking forward to the world of 2030 and bringing insights from the edges of the financial world to the community at Sibos. Attendees will be taken on a journey into the future with an incredible line up of speakers to guide them, from Professor Brian Cox, who will provide the opening keynote, to Kaliya Young aka Identity Woman, to the closing session delivered by Brett King and Dave Birch.

With so much activity concentrated in Discover it’s sure to be buzzing with creativity, innovation and thought-provoking ideas, so we thought we’d provide a brief overview of some of the week’s highlights.

Monday 23 September

The focus on Monday will be primarily the issue of trust and identity, and how it impacts developments in biometric identification, blockchain and Open Banking. Imran Gulamhuseinwala, OBE and Implementation Trustee for the Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE), will deliver a keynote on why trust is the cornerstone of banking in an era of Open Finance followed by an industry panel at the Discover stage. Don’t miss the daily Innotribe curated networking sessions, Monday to Wednesday at 16:30 and Thursday at 12:00, where delegates can spark direct conversations with speakers on the burning topics covered during the day as well as follow the progress of the inaugural Sibos Hackathon.

Tuesday 24 September

On the second day of Sibos, there will be a distinct focus on one of the conference’s major themes, ‘the human element’, within Discover. Topics such as AI and what it means for humans, and how it can be used for social good, as well as how technology can solve financial exclusion will be explored. You can also expect an insightful and energetic debate when Gerd Leonhard, CEO of The Futures Agency and Brad Templeton, one the world's experts in self-driving cars, head a panel entitled ‘humanist vs technologist’, moderated by Jennifer Schenker, Editor-in-Chief of The Innovator.

Wednesday 25 September

Digital currencies, DLT and ‘coreless banks’ will dominate the Discover agenda on day three. James Lloyd, Partner at EY, and Leda Glyptis, Chief of Staff and CEO at 11:FS Foundry, will moderate an expert panel on the future of money at the Innotribe stage. In the afternoon there’ll be more lively debate as Ghela Boskovich, Founder of Femtech Global, chairs a contrarian argument that payments is just a killer app for identity.

Thursday 26 September

There’s no let-up in pace on the last day in Discover as privacy, security, and cybersecurity are brought to the fore. One of the stand out sessions will focus on a world where data-driven decisions are the norm and will feature Andreas Weigend, Chief Scientist at Amazon.

To browse the programme and find the sessions relevant to you, just filter using ‘Innotribe’ and ‘Discover Stage’ in the session type.