We bring the curtain down for another year
Sibos 2018 closing day’s activities
We’ve had a full final day’s activity at the ICC Sydney. Our final Breakfast Keynote was delivered by legendary Australian Cricketer and philanthropist Steve Waugh, who reflected on his career at the top and what he learned about the attitudes and behaviours necessary to reach – and stay at – the top of his game. On teamwork and co-operation he said, “It’s all about attitude and looking after each other. Enjoy each other’s company and have some fun along the way.”
For the Big Issue Debate ‘The Rise of Asia Pacific as a source of innovation’, speakers looked at Asia’s booming financial services industry and the innovations emerging in the region. Moderated by Oliver Kirby-Johnson, the session drew on insights from regional experts and leading innovators to scope out a fascinating view of Asia’s future. Summarising, Lisa Robins from Standard Chartered said, “High mobile penetration driving financial inclusion and the mindset to change and to transact 24/7 are key factors making Asia a source for innovation. Asia financial institutions don’t have the same legacy systems as their western counterparts, which enables them to leapfrog and deliver cutting-edge digital payments solutions.”
Innotribe devoted the day to investigating the intertwined issues of Big Data, cyber-security, and prevention. Daily Anchor Duena Blomstrom conducted an engaging final Curated Networking session with presenters and experts from the day’s sessions. The Innotribe programme concluded with a fireside chat between the Co-Founder of Ethereum and founder of Consensys, Joseph Lubin, and SWIFT CIO Craig Young.
The Sibos 2018 closing plenary was delivered by Australian cultural anthropologist, technologist and futurist Dr Genevieve Bell who summed up the week’s activity with a view of the human experience of technology. Applying an anthropologist’s view, she said, “If we're not asking the critical questions, we tend to reproduce our own lived experiences and those in turn shape technology” – which doesn’t provide seamless experiences. “Certain sets of data, certain devices, and certain algorithms may not want to touch other devices and data and algorithms. This is actually the way that humans have organised their lives."
This year 7,655 delegates attended Sibos, with 166 exhibitors on two showroom floors. Delegates put the Sibos smart badge to good use, exchanging more than 80,000 contacts in the first three days alone – proof that networking is a top priority for Sibos delegates.
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