Silicon Valley, the birthplace of tech giants like Apple, Google, and Facebook, is a hotbed of innovation for disruptors like Flexport, Stripe, and Chime. Accounting for 45% of US venture capital, it’s a hub for entrepreneurship and top-notch funding infrastructure. In recent years, disruptive fintech companies such as Square, Simple, and Venmo have begun leveraging latest cutting-edge technologies, prompting financial institutions to invest and collaborate with startups to stay ahead of the curve of innovation.
Step into the future of finance with The Banking Academy Silicon Valley AI Innovation Tour 2023 powered by The Asian Banker. This exclusive five-day programme invites senior finance executives from around the world to explore the latest trends and technologies driving the financial services industry. From site visits to in-depth discussions with the brightest minds in the Bay Area, this tour offers unparalleled insight and inspiration to help transform your institution.
The tour includes visits to leading fintech and venture capital firms, finance innovation labs, and native digital and tech enterprises. Attendees will also have the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogues with industry leaders, experts, innovators, and investors.
Latest trends in AI, ML, NLP and automation technologies
Financial institutions’ innovation labs
Meeting with industry players in cryptocurrencies, blockchain and DeFi
Connecting with disruptors, fintechs, unicorns, start-ups and accelerators
Briefing by leading VCs and private equity firms
Case studies from leading tech giants in Silicon Valley
Briefing by the hosts of the tour about the program, site visits and key trends that will be discussed throughout the five-day innovation tour in the centre of the world’s innovation hub, Silicon Valley.
Briefing by Emmanuel Daniel, Founder of TAB GLOBAL & Author of “The Great Transition – the personalization of finance is here” and Marla Sofer, Founder & CEO, knomee
Coming from Stanford University, we will connect with an esteemed professor as he delves into the integral role of the design industry in Silicon Valley's innovation and its interplay with fintech. Drawing from recent discussions with top figures in the banking sector, this talk will offer a fresh overview of Silicon Valley's dynamics, setting it apart from typical industry briefings.
Professor, Design Group, Stanford University
Step into the world of Global Capital Markets (GCM), where the intricate dance of investment, advisory, and transaction services plays out on a global stage. With their seasoned approach to real estate investment banking, GCM offers an insightful lens into the shifting dynamics of the property markets, combined with a deep understanding of the financial realm.
Principal, Global Capital Markets
Join us with Ignite GTM's experts as they shed light on the intricate choreography of ushering startups from conception to market dominance. Gleaning from their recent collaborations and success stories with pivotal banking figures, this discussion promises a revealing look into the nuances of venture capital, strategic finance, and market positioning.
Founder and CEO, IgniteGTM
Head Investor Relations, IgniteGTM
Platina Systems is quickly becoming a spearhead in streamlining and automating IT operations. Learn how Platina is using these systems to innovate companies such as Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, and a budding partnership with IBM.
Co-founder and CEO, Platina Systems
BLAM Retail stands as a unique confluence between traditional retail landscapes and groundbreaking digital solutions. By masterminding a coalition of cutting-edge technology and innovative strategies, they extend a transformative blueprint for convenience stores. Their avant-garde approach promises to recalibrate the convenience store experience, ensuring proprietors navigate and flourish in the intricate tapestry of modern commerce.
We will learn more about Ark's latest investments in disruptive technology such as:
Director of Business Development, BLAM Retail
Iterate AI is a San Jose-based technology company that specializes in artificial intelligence and machine learning. A platform for automating the creation and deployment of AI models, including tools for data preparation, model selection, and deployment. All while being designed to be accessible to users with a range of technical skill levels.
Co-Founder/ Chief Digital Officer/ CTO, Iterate.ai
Step into the universe of Link Silicon Valley (LinkSV) as we take a comprehensive journey into the heart of Silicon Valley's business matrix. Understand how LinkSV's vast and curated database acts as the central node, linking innovative startups, pioneering public companies, and the pulsating financial dynamics of the region of ever-evolving confluence of tech, finance, and global partnerships.
CEO/Founder, Link Silicon Valley at Newmark offices
As the world navigates the aftermath of a global pandemic, the Newmark Group delves deep into its transformative effects on startups and their approach to physical spaces. Witness firsthand how the landscape of office buildings, coworking spaces, and physical presence has undergone a paradigm shift, reflecting changing priorities, evolving work cultures, and novel aspirations.
Senior Managing Director, Newmark
Senior Managing Director, Newmark
Dive into the legal realm with Haynes and Boone, LLP, as they elucidate the ever-evolving complexities of global business challenges. Representing a myriad of sectors, their seasoned legal experts illuminate the intricate nuances of international law and the pioneering strategies to navigate them in the ever-evolving digital age.
Partner, Haynes and Boone
From the heart of America's financial landscape, Flagstar Bank showcases its exceptional journey of adapting and thriving amidst rapid industry evolution. As digital transformation sweeps through the financial sector, this institution rises as a beacon, sharing invaluable insights on navigating challenges and harnessing opportunities in today's banking arena.
Group Director, SVP, Flagstar Bank
Emerging from the vibrant ecosystem of venture capital, Portola Valley Partners offers a masterclass on investment foresight in today's rapidly evolving business landscape. By fusing tradition with innovation, they present a holistic approach to identifying potential, fostering startups, and ensuring sustainable growth in the venture realm.
CEO & GP, Portola Valley Partners
Dive into the world of Rose Ryan Groups, where finance meets innovation. With their comprehensive understanding of financial landscapes and market dynamics, they illuminate pathways to sustainable growth. Attendees will grasp the nuanced methodologies Rose Ryan employs to ensure financial robustness in an ever-evolving economy.
Chair and Founder, RoseRyan Group
Journey with us into the heart of Digital Realty Data Center, a global leader in data center, colocation, and interconnection solutions. As the backbone of countless digital operations worldwide, their infrastructure plays a pivotal role in supporting the global digital economy, ensuring businesses stay connected, resilient, and adaptable.
Enterprise Account Manager, Digital Realty (Silicon Valley Data Center)
We will meet with HIA Technologies as they spotlight the technological breakthroughs marking the dawn of a new era. With a commitment to innovation and a finger on the pulse of emerging trends, HIA is at the forefront of molding the future. This session promises to offer a glimpse into the next-generation solutions that will define our interconnected world.
CEO, HIA Technologies
Dive deep into Aggregage's innovative approach to curating online content. Discover how they transform the vast digital landscape by leveraging the collective expertise of industry professionals. With a foundation built upon machine learning and sophisticated algorithms, Aggregage offers an unrivaled experience in optimizing content delivery for specific professional audiences.
Plug & Play Tech Center stands as a beacon in the fintech ecosystem, bridging innovative startups with global banking institutions. As a dynamic hub, it accelerates the evolution of financial technologies and fosters collaborations that shape the future of banking and finance.
Founder, Plug and Play
Director, Corporate Partnerships, Plug and Play
Investor, Plug and Play Ventures
OpenAI is a pioneering organisation in the field of artificial intelligence, focused on developing cutting-edge technologies with applications in the finance industry. They strive to advance AI capabilities, promote ethical and responsible use of AI, and explore how AI can be leveraged to transform and improve various aspects of the finance industry, such as risk assessment, fraud detection, investment strategies and customer experiences.
Head of Sales, OpenAI
Diaspora Ventures bridges the transatlantic divide, identifying and empowering Europe's top-tier founders with an ambition that spans continents. By offering unrivaled access to the US tech ecosystem, they enable international entrepreneurs to transcend borders, tapping into vast funding resources, diverse talent pools, and an expansive network.
Partner Diaspora Ventures at Marlowe
Venture into the electrifying realm of Blitzscaling VC, where rapid scaling and audacious innovation intertwine. As we uncover the art and science behind scaling at blistering speeds, immerse yourself in discussions that delve into the tactics and strategies that are reshaping the venture capital landscape. This session is an essential rendezvous for those aiming to understand the pulse of high-growth startups and the investment dynamics underpinning them.
Founding Partner, Blitzscaling Ventures
Set against the backdrop of the elegant hotel ambiance, this exclusive mixer brings together the brightest minds in banking, venture capital, and the startup ecosystem. Have insightful conversations, forge strategic partnerships or simply unwind over curated refreshments. This is the prime setting to network, share ideas, and explore synergies in a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere.
Mixer event featuring a variety of organizations at the Crowne Plaza Hotel
IDEO, a global design juggernaut, sits at the confluence of human-centered design and trailblazing innovation. With a holistic approach that marries empathy with strategy, IDEO pioneers transformative solutions that resonate across sectors, including the ever-evolving world of finance.
Senior Director, IDEO
Silicon Foundry operates at the confluence of tradition and innovation, linking esteemed global banking institutions with the trailblazing fintech ecosystem. As a strategic advisor and bridge-builder, it catalyzes the intersections that are reimagining the financial landscape of tomorrow.
CEO and Managing Partner
Principal, Silicon Foundry
The platform era is folding into its personalisation phase. So, what should “personalisation” mean to all the fintech innovations being developed on platform technology today? How should traditional banks view block-chains, cryptocurrencies and decentralised finance? Will CBDCs ever fly? Where are innovations in payments heading?
This exclusive briefing cum dialogue on the future of finance, anchored in Emmanuel Daniel’s book, “The Great Transition - The Personalization of Finance is Here” brings together the disruption brought on by decentralised technology and the key features of traditional banking to chart the most likely course that the future of finance will take.
Author, “The Great Transition – the personalisation of finance is here”
Arise, an industry leader in cloud-based gaming services, is pioneering the intersection of artificial intelligence and interactive entertainment. Situated ihe tech-hub of San Francisco, they harness the transformative power of AI and cloud technology to deliver premium, on-demand gaming experiences to a global user base.
SVP, General Manager, Arise Gaming
Step into the NTT Experience Center, where the visionaries of tomorrow showcase the groundbreaking digital solutions shaping our interconnected world. At the intersection of innovation and banking, understand how NTT's cutting-edge technology can catalyze financial growth and optimize service delivery in the banking sector.
Chief Digital & Strategy Officer, NTT Data
We will recap the site visits and discussions with experts and exchange personal conclusions, ideas and inspirational thoughts. Delegates will be asked to present their feedback and takeaways from the tour.
Lunch dialogue with Emmanuel Daniel, Founder of TAB GLOBAL & Author of “The Great Transition – the personalization of finance is here” and Marla Sofer, Founder & CEO, knomee
*Please note that agenda and speaker lineup is tentative and will be updated frequently until the event date.
A programme of this nature can only be presented by highly experienced professionals who have been entrenched in the industry over many years.
The Silicon Valley Innovation Study Tour is designed for:
Chairmen, chief executives and board members of banks in developing countries, who wish to introduce transformational changes within their organization and embrace innovation into their business models
Senior executives in retail, corporate, transaction banking and trade finance
Chief Innovation Officers, Chief Data Officers, Chief Marketing Officers
Business-level decision-makers in mobile banking, online payments, consumer experience, technology and operations
Heads of channels, product innovation, retail operations
Senior executives of business analytics and data management