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Oct 2015 - Perspective - Doc # AP257616

Perspective: The Cool, the Geeky, and the Hyped – Impressions from Sibos 2015

Authors: Thomas Zink, Michael Araneta, Lawrence Freeborn
Abstract

Covered in the thick haze of Indonesia, Singapore hosted the Sibos 2015 last October 12 to 15. With two floors of exhibition area and three floors of meeting and plenary spaces at the Marina Bay Convention Center and about 8,000 delegates in attendance, Sibos clearly demonstrated its status as one of the largest networking and business development conferences for the financial services industry globally.

This year's edition of Sibos probably had the widest range of content streams covering a wide spectrum of topics, from standardization, compliance, market infrastructure, corporate payments, securities and innovation, and financial technology (fintech).

From our perspective, which is obviously limited by our inability to cover all of the above, the key themes of Sibos 2015 fall into the following categories:

  • Digitalization
  • Immediate payments
  • Payment hubs
  • Other utility services
  • Blockchain
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