Conference Program 2019 (Preliminary)

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

DAY 1 – MONDAY | 25 FEBRUARY
08:00 – 09:00Delegates Arrival, Registration and Coffee
09:00 – 09:05 Ribbon Cutting
09:05 – 09:25 Keynote address
09:30 – 09:50 Keynote address
09:50 – 10:10 Keynote
10:15 – 10:45 Networking Coffee Break
10:45 – 11:00 BLOCKCHAIN AND DIGITAL CURRENCIES

The impact of blockchain on payments

Find out more about opportunities for blockchain technology in payments and finance in Saudi Arabia.

11:05 – 11:20Revolutionising remittance: Blockchain and cross border payments

With Sama and Ripple piloting the use of blockchain to help banks settle cross border transactions, how should banks and fintech incubators in the region prepare for the future of remittance?

11:25 – 12:00 PANEL: The future of digital currencies

After SAMA has pronounced that digital currencies, including but not limited to Bitcoin, is illegal in the Kingdom, what does the future hold for digital currencies in Saudi Arabia and around the world?

012:00 – 13:00Lunch
13:00- 13:45 CASHLESS EVOLUTION

PANEL: Driving cashless payments in Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one country in the Middle East leading in the growth of online transactions, but cash still rules.  This panel of experts discusses the economic benefits of increased digital payments and how governments, banks and enterprises must innovate to achieve this 2030 vision. What will it take to accelerate the Kingdom’s move towards a cashless society?

13:50 – 14:05 CASH ALTERNATIVES

Mobile card payments: what retailers need to know

Consumers in Saudi want to use their phones more than ever. Apple Pay and Samsung Pay have now entered the region and Riyad Bank and STC have now launched digital wallets. Learn about how to implement card payments via a mobile phone in your business.

14:10 – 14:25 Decoding QR codes

Learn why there is a resurgence of QR codes and how to use and implement them effectively.

14:30 – 15:15 MOBILE PAYMENTS

PANEL: Are wearable devices the future of mobile payments?

Wearable technology in the form of items such as watches, bracelets and rings is becoming an increasingly popular way to pay and in 2018 Riyad Bank launched its own contactless bracelet in Saudi Arabia. This panel of experts will discuss the opportunities for wearable devices in the Kingdom and explore the challenges they may face.

15:20 – 15:35 Case study: Improving customer experience using mobile payments

With consumers love for mobile payments in Saudi, hear how a/large retailer(s) in the Kingdom on how they making the most of this to keep their customers close.

15:40 – 16:25PANEL: Mobile and boosting brand loyalty with mobile

Mobile phones are the go-to device for consumers in Saudi Arabia. From loyalty apps to targeting marketing, how can you make mobile an integral part of your brand loyalty experience?

16:30 End of Day Networking

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

DAY 2 – TUESDAY | 26 FEBRUARY
08:00 – 09:15Delegates Arrival, Registration and Coffee
09:15 – 09:45 FINTECH VS. BANKS

Keynote: Digital transformation in banking

As digital banking is on the increase in Saudi Arabia, the industry needs to adapt and invest in new technologies, processes and solutions. Find out how to survive and keep up with evolving consumer expectations.

11:05 – 11:20Revolutionising remittance: Blockchain and cross border payments

With Sama and Ripple piloting the use of blockchain to help banks settle cross border transactions, how should banks and fintech incubators in the region prepare for the future of remittance?

09:50 – 10:05 Real-time payments reality

In a world that is always on customers’ demands for ease, speed, convenience and security is driving the roll out of real-time or immediate payments. Why should banks in the region embrace real-time and what challenges should they be ready for?

10:10 – 11:00PANEL: Are Fintech + Banks the future of disruption?

Whilst traditional banks are well-established compared to the Fintech startups and banks have long-term experience they are unlikely to ever be as agile as FinTech players.

This panel will explore the strengths and weaknesses of both and look at what the opportunities for FinTech and Banks in Saudi Arabia to collaborate and complement one another?

11:00 – 11:30 Networking Coffee Break
11:30 – 11:45 AUTHENTICATION

The end of passwords: banking on biometrics

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one country in the Middle East leading in the growth of online transactions, but cash still rules.  This panel of experts discusses the economic benefits of increased digital payments and how governments, banks and enterprises must innovate to achieve this 2030 vision. What will it take to accelerate the Kingdom’s move towards a cashless society?

11:50 – 12:05 Wearables and the future of identity
12:05 – 12:30 Awards presentation ceremony
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:00AI AND MACHINE LEARNING

KEYNOTE: The future of payments with Artificial intelligence and machine learning

14:00 – 14:20 Fighting fraud and managing risk with AI

As digital commerce explodes, the industry needs to be ready to fight the ever-evolving threat of fraud. How can the region’s ecommerce sector integrate artificial intelligence and machine learning to help make customer experiences faster and more secure?

14:20 – 14:40 Conversational commerce

Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri…the use of smart assistants is on the rise. How will voice payments change the eccomerce landscape?

15:00 – 15:30 End of Day Networking

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