Track: Disrupting Finance


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The world of finance is on the brink of a technology fuelled explosion. Whether it’s blockchain pushing key data into public view, managing money with artificial intelligence or the insurance industry harnessing the Internet of Things, change is on the way and it’s powered by some of the hottest technology out there. Come to this track to hear how new entrants are planning to disrupt the industry and what the established firms are planning to do about it.

Track Host:
Eoin Woods
CTO @Endava, Editor of 'Pragmatic Architect' IEEE
Eoin Woods is CTO at Endava, the European IT services company, an author, a conference speaker and an active member of the London software engineering community. His main technical interests are software architecture, distributed systems and computer security.
10:35am - 11:25am

by Ken Kappler
Founder and CEO @Ethcore, building the universal trust machine

We reap massive benefits from working together. But since the early days of our societies, trust boundaries between individuals, businesses, institutions and governments prevent us from collaborating and dealing freely with each other. In order for such economic actors to engage in economic activity with each other, they must cross these trust boundaries – invisible boundaries stemming from the risk that interests of actors that do not otherwise know each other are not aligned which are...

11:50am - 12:40pm

by Stevie Graham
Founder @Tellerapi

What do you do when you want a fully transactional banking API but PSD 2 is years away and you doubt that banks will ever make a good faith effort to ship a usable API anyway? You attack the bank's own mobile app and reverse engineer its API, that's what.

1:40pm - 2:30pm

by Jon Sedar
Data Scientist & Director @Applied_AI

by Michael Crawford
Data Analytics/Actuarial @Applied_AI

The insurance industry is well-known for taking a conservative approach to integrating new technologies. This is a sensible way of mitigating unknown operational risks, but ironic since the very heart of insurance is statistics and data analysis. Large scale data processing and machine learning is now surging into every aspect of modern business and the insurance industry has a place leading the charge.

In our talk we will describe 3 real-world projects that we have undertaken to...

2:55pm - 3:45pm

by Benjamin Wootton
DevOps Do-er, Thinker, Leader

Commentators everywhere are predicting the death of incumbent financial institutions in the face of competition from new, lean, agile entrants to their markets. But the “old” institutions are waking up to the threat and realising that they too can move quickly when they see a threat to their businesses. One of the weapons many see as key in this fight is the use of DevOps to power agile change.

DevOps is about breaking down the siloed, process driven approach to software delivery in...

4:10pm - 5:00pm

by Kriti Sharma
Director, Product Management for Mobile @Sage

This presentation includes solutions to some of the toughest big data challenges in financial services using scalable, open-source technology. The speaker will share case studies and examples in the areas of:

5:25pm - 6:15pm

by Richard Kasperowski
Author of The Core Protocols: A Guide to Greatness

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