Workshop Zone 

Gain practical tools and resources to drive your fintech endeavours to success! 

Take advantage of our complimentary workshops to gain pivotal insight into the very fabric steering industry innovation! Join in with deep dives from the key on-site innovators, including:

Workshop Schedule 

Wednesday 5th December

11:00 am - 12:00 pm SoftServe: Machine Learning Design, Demystified

Led by:
  • Serge Haziyev, SVP Advanced Technology Services Group, SoftServe
  • Iurii Milovanov, Data Science Practice Leader, SoftServe

Once available only to scientists, today machine learning (ML) is open to a much broader audience of software architects and engineers. In fact, the practice of ML is so advanced that some algorithm results look like ""black magic,” even to experienced practitioners.

Inspired by attribute-driven design (ADD) and Smart Decisions (a software architecture design game for big data), our speakers are excited to share a new version of the game focused on designing ML systems.

In this interactive session, you will learn about designing the architecture for ML systems via series of gamified interactive exercises. We will simulate state-of-the-art ML design systems by analyzing both business and technical requirements, selecting the best matching algorithms, and teaching how to validate early design decisions using rapid prototyping techniques.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Hong Kong Trade Development Count and Invest Hong Kong

This workshop run jointly by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) will provide an overview of the thriving Fintech ecosystem and also look at business opportunities that exist for UK Fintech companies, by partnering with Hong Kong businesses and by setting up operations in Hong Kong. 

Workshop  speakers/moderators are 
Ms Daisy Ip, Marketing Manager, HKTDC 
Mr Thorsten Terweiden, Deputy Head of Fintech, InvestHK 

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Largest R&D Hub in Asia’s Financial Centre

 Speaker: Mr. Peter Luk, Associate Director, Business Development, Mainland & International

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm GlobalSign: How to Secure Open Banking Partnerships with Digital Certificates

Open banking requires financial institutions to share their customer’s personal information with third-party service providers. Both parties will be working together to give customers a better experience when conducting transactions online but both parties should also be concerned with ensuring that customer data is always protected. 
GlobalSign’s Senior Sales Engineer, Jose Sue Smith and Programs Manager, Andreas Brix, will dive into the use of digital certificates and PKI to identify and encrypt Open Banking partnerships. They will cover:
• What digital certificates are and how they work.
• What types of digital certificates there are and the differences between them.
• What regulatory requirements govern the use of qualified digital certificates in supporting Open Banking PSD2 (e.g. Secure Customer Authentication). 
• Why GlobalSign is becoming an accredited Trust Service Provider and what that means for Open Banking security.
Bio for Jose and Andreas:
Andreas Brix, Program Manager for GlobalSign, comes from over 10 years’ experience in IT where he worked  with some of the biggest players in the market. Andreas has a focus on project management and program development for GlobalSign, allowing him to build up the Service Provider Program and bring PKI Technology to the XaaS market. 
  • Jose Sue Smith, Senior Sales Engineer at GlobalSign, has been working with GlobalSign for 6 years specialising in solutions for high volume deployment, API integrations and digital signatures. He focuses on eliminating technological barriers to promote a safer internet through encryption and digital identities. 

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Elevator Labs Raiffeisen Bank

Thursday 6th December

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Leveraging cloud services for real-life use cases; how FinTech companies use the cloud to build platforms faster, cheaper, and more secure.

Nick Varnitski , CEO, Armada Labs

Learn about the benefits of AWS Cloud Services when they are applied to real-life FinTech use cases. Get a deeper understanding of how financial companies have become more successful by using specific cloud services to build or migrate their platforms to a more secure, resilient, reliable,  and scalable infrastructure at a fraction of the cost. Benefit from our experience of having built and integrated over 80 platforms for companies across the globe as well as more than 500 conversions worldwide. (please see email attached, this is my session,  but I don't see it anywhere in agenda).

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm How can the Banking industry tap into new revenue streams using Crypto Benedikt from Bitpanda

Benedikt Angerer, Business Development, Bitpanda

How can the Banking industry tap into new revenue streams using Crypto Benedikt from Bitpanda—Europe’s leading cryptocurrency broker—navigates the fundamentals of this rapidly-changing industry and introduces some of the real world applications of blockchain technology. The workshop will demonstrate how you can generate previously unthought revenue streams, when partnered with the right crypto company, tap into a new target group and use this groundbreaking technology to develop innovative financial products and unite the established world of banking with blockchain technology Benedikt Angerer, Business Development, Bitpanda

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 10 do’s and don’ts of FinTech PR

Daniel Lowther , Head of FinTech, CCgroup

PR is critical to any fintech, from building profile to boost market valuation to securing talent and forging partnerships with financial institutions. Daniel Lowther, Head of fintech at PR consultancy CCgroup, has worked with fintech companies such as Kalixa, MoneyMover, Strands, Travelex, VeriFone and Visa over the last 12 years. In this workshop Daniel will highlight the biggest do’s and don’ts of fintech PR to help you avoid the pitfalls and capitalise on the opportunities when looking to build fintech fame.