The conference room of the Next Generation Payments 2018 conference

Next Generation Payments 2018 — Our Review

What will the next generation of payment look like?

Tough question. But one that needs to be answered by the banking industry. Ever-accelerating technological advancements call for more flexibility on behalf of banks and financial institutions. For the 6th time, the German banking community Bankingclub GmbH has explored this topic at their annual Next Generation Payments conference. The conference took place from January 24th to 25th in Cologne.

As developers of emoney and virtual account management software such as CoreWallet and balancr we didn’t let the chance slip to attend. What we got: Two days of interesting presentations and networking well-worth a detailed conference review.

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A drawing of a wallet which is digitally connected to internet of things devices like smart cars or fridges

All the Smart Things — Fintech, Blockchain and the Internet of Things

If the rooms had ears and the furniture had mouths … oh, how would they slander about our habits behind our backs?

Well, they can already talk to us for once: Voice-controlled assistant devices like Alexa and Siri inhabit our private spaces just now. And we can easily picture them having a conversation with each other, too (even though it would be a funny one for sure). But what if our clock radio told our food processor to get that smoothie ready, for we are about to leave for work? Or our watch told our bathtub to run us a remedial bath because we’re leaving our workplace with the first stirrings of a common cold? And think of a fridge, buying food articles once it runs out of them, using its own ewallet…

That’s where we enter the domain of the Internet of Things – a domain ripe with opportunities for fintech companies. 

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Our Experience at Money20/20 Europe 2017

End of June the balancr team had the pleasure of being in Copenhagen for Money20/20 Europe 2017. Organised for the second time, the 3-day fintech conference brought together over 4000 attendees and 200 companies from 70 countries. Making it the largest event focused on fintech in Europe — and probably the only event to have hairdressers and masseurs available for attendees.

We were excited to be attending, as this was our first time attending a Money20/20 event and also the first public event for showcasing balancr. We were looking forward to meeting lots of interesting people from the industry, getting feedback on balancr and also discovering what everyone else was working on.

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