More than 700 participants and 60 speakers, including financial policy-makers, decision-makers from banks, stock exchanges, FinTechs and technology companies, discussed new business models, instant payments, digital identities, cloud services and new perspectives.
Look Back – Digital Banking Conference 2018
"Open Banking" was the central topic of the Digital Banking Conference on 16 and 17 May 2018 in Berlin. More than 700 participants and 60 speakers, including financial policy-makers, decision-makers from banks, stock exchanges, FinTechs and technology companies, discussed new business models, instant payments, digital identities, cloud services and new perspectives.
The evening before, in the Atrium of Deutsche Bank, the discussion focused on the effects on politics and supervision. Bitkom President Achim Berg opened the evening and called for a clear commitment to Digital First. BaFin President Felix Hufeld warned that things will go wrong at Open Banking: "This makes trust all the more central - and this user trust must be treated with respect and taken into account in terms of security, even by startups." Kirsten Oppenländer, Managing Director at Deutsche Bank, also referred to the need for standards and transparency in open banking. Berlin's Finance Senator Dr Matthias Kollatz-Ahnen addressed the ecosystem in his keynote speech: "It's no coincidence that FinTechs are finding their way to Berlin".
The conference day on 17 May offered a dense programme on two stages with lectures, panels and extensive opportunities for personal exchange. The participants discussed technologies and business models of a transformed financial world. "When you invest in a new market segment, it's always good to start with the customer. Technology and data drive changes in the relationship between banks and customers," analyzed Dr Roland Folz, CEO of solarisBank. Holger Friedrich, Managing Director of CORE, commented on the acute challenge of digital identities: "Technical possibilities are in fact impossible to regulate. Representatives, in particular from the financial industry, must agree on a sensible standard based on the business model. The omnipresent topic was the PSD2: Harald Patt von Fosun saw in it and Open Banking the future of the entire retail industry. Udo Milkau from DZ Bank reminded her of Schrödinger's cat.
Dr Levin Holle, Head of the Financial Market Policy Department at the Federal Ministry of Finance, observed a schumpeteric process of creative destruction in the financial services sector. One of the winners is N26. CFO and founder Maximilian Tayenthal: "We are building on three maxims: We believe that you need a banking licence to change the industry. We are a Mobile First company. And simplicity is the best user experience."
A big thank you for a successful Digital Banking Conference 2018 also goes to the premium partners The Boston Consulting Group, KPMG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, Mastercard and Visa as well as the #digiba18 partners Crealogix, Dell EMC, Deutsche Bank, GFT Technologies, NTT Data and WebID Solutions!
Save the Date - the date for the Digital Banking Conference 2019 is already fixed: On 22 and 23 May 2019, everything will once again revolve around the future of banking.