FinTech Forward 2018: The CFTC’s First Financial Technology Conference

On Oct. 3 and 4, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) hosted its first annual conference on financial technology, FinTech Forward.

A collaboration between the CFTC’s innovation department (LabCFTC) and its Office of Customer Education and Outreach, FinTech Forward brought together some of the brightest minds in various areas of financial services technology — including blockchain technology, regulatory sandboxes, and machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Panelists included U.S. financial services regulators; global regulators from the United Kingdom, Brazil, and Canada; experts from technology companies like Google and Microsoft; and representatives from academia.

The event also included a “Meet the Regulators” exhibit where attendees could mingle with regulators from both the United States and abroad.

CFTC Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo and Commissioners Rostin Behnam and Brian Quintenz each made appearances at the event, exhibiting the CFTC’s commitment to remain a global leader in financial technology regulation.

Fintech Forward 2018 held the following panels:

Panel 1: Crypto Asset Markets and Trading

Panel 2: Tokenization: Exploring “the Other Side of the Coin”

Panel 3: Scams, Fraud, and Education in a Technology-Driven World

Panel 4: Global Education Approaches and Lessons Learned

Panel 5: 21st Century Regulatory Approaches and Frameworks

Panel 6: RegTech and SupTech — Future of Compliance, Deterring Fraud, and Enhancing Oversight

Panel 7: A New Innovation Ecosystem: Cloud, Data, and Analytics

Panel 8: FinTech Augmented: Exploring the Impacts of AI and Machine Learning on Innovation

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Kyle Burgess is the co-founder of two social enterprises and has worked in strategy, communications, and program management for a decade. Kyle received her Master’s degree in International Relations & Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and her Bachelor's degree in Political Science from American University.

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