With well 30,000 people voting and an elite panel of 40 judges helping to determine the eventual winners, the African FinTech Awards 2016 (#AFTA16) are shaping up to be a “mind-blowing success”, to quote the man behind the awards, Alex van Groningen.
Other programme highlights:
- Spectacular openings and awards ceremonies (Ballroom 1)
- High Performance Finance(Ballroom 2: 14 October)
- Finance for Africa (Ballroom 3)
- The Future of Finance (Ballroom 4)
- Careers on the Couch (Bill Gallagher Room)
Not long ago FinTech had the financial services industry shaking in its boots, but lately banks, insurers and the like have started viewing the rise of innovative startups as an inevitable - and even exciting - revolution they are all going to be part of. FinTech isn't disrupting Africa's financial industry, it is building it! In this context, the inaugural African FinTech Awards - sponsored by IBM - are shining a light on the best and brightest ideas in the scene.
"The main purpose of the African FinTech Awards is to celebrate innovators that shape the future of finance and acknowledge the work these companies did to make a difference," says FinTech Africa founder Alex van Groningen. The programme will be hosted by the irrepressable Nnamdi Oranye.
"We have an amazing panel of judges who will use their expertise, knowledge and ideas to determine the winners. The public voting also plays a pivotal part in the eventual outcome."
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13 October 2016
10:15 - 11:15 Opening Panel Financial Inclusion
?Is FinTech democratising financial services or is it enlarging the gap between the have's and the not have's? Lets support the development of new and innovative financial services and boost financial inclusion. Let Africa prosper.
11:30 - 12:15 Round of Pitches Retail Banking
Innovative solutions eager to please millions of frustrated banking customers are emerging all over Africa. Making banking easier, cheaper and a lot more fun.
12:30 - 13:15 Round of Pitches Bitcoin & Blockchain
Fuelled by stellar investments the biggest ever disruption in finance - blockchain - finally breaks through. Scaring the crap out of banks and IT suppliers. Investors get excited.
13:30 - 14:15 Round of Pitches InvestTech
90% of all jobs in financial planning become rapidly obsolete once robotic advisory powered by algorithms and data analytics will storm the market.
14:30 - 15:15 Round of Pitches Payments & Transfers
Banks become dumb pipes. Superior customer experiences massively lures customers away from traditional banks.
15:30 - 16:15 Round of Pitches Lending & Financing
Incumbents obstruct job- and wealth creation by constraining finance for SMEs. New players are on the verge of solving this immense problem.
16:30 - 17:15 Round of Pitches Incumbent Banks
New players leapfrog old platforms to deliver mobile banking services to the disadvantaged. FinTech is fullfilling its potential for emerging economies.
17:30 - 18:00 Award Ceremony
18:00 Networking drinks: hosted by IBM