CFTC Schedules Fintech Event “Empower Innovation 2020”

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has announced a series of Fintech focused virtual events to take place later this fall. Hosted by the CFTC’s innovation section, LabCFTC, “Empower Innovation 2020” will be a series of virtual events in place of a “Fintech Forward” conference like it has done in the past due to COVID-19.

“Encouraging innovation and enhancing the regulatory experience for market participants is essential to what we do at the CFTC,” said CFTC Chairman Heath P. Tarbert. “As our markets adapt in the wake of COVID-19, so too must we innovate and adapt. I am incredibly proud of the LabCFTC team for working through the challenges of assembling innovators and global regulators virtually to facilitate these conversations, and I look forward to participating in what I am sure will be engaging and informative events.”

LabCFTC Director and CFTC Chief Innovation Officer Melissa Netram added that COVID has demonstrated why Fintech innovation is critically important:

“Empower Innovation 2020 will focus on cutting-edge financial technology and innovation, educate on emerging technology and innovation practices of today, and discuss the impact of technology and innovation during the pandemic.”

According to a release, Empower Innovation 2020 will consist of a combination of fireside chats, digital roundtables/panels, and “Tech Talks”. Registration will open in August with a detailed agenda is forthcoming.

Empower Innovation 2020 Fall Sessions:

  • Thursday, September 24: The Power of Innovation: Where Tech & Crisis Collide. This session will feature a dialogue about the impact and necessity of technology and sustainable innovation in a time of global crisis.
  • Wednesday, October 21: Regulation and Innovation Re-imagined. Coinciding with DC Fintech Week, this session will feature a panel discussion addressing how regulators respond to financial innovation.
  • Thursday, November 19: The Future of Finance. This session will examine how novel solutions and forward-thinking strategies used within the industry and the CFTC will shape our world in the years to come.
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