FinDEVr London @ London Tech Week

We’ve joined London Tech Week to kick off the first international FinDEVr event this June!

FinDEVr London combines finance + developers. It showcases the latest enabling technology – APIs, SDKs, cloud services and more – that developers will use to create their next innovation.

If you’re working on the tech side of financial services, you’ll find both friends and influential connections in the room on June 12 & 13. Buy your attendee ticket by this Friday save £200 with early-bird rates!

London Tech Week is a festival of events across the city, showcasing and celebrating the best of tech, making it a great partner for FinDEVr. Network, learn, and find new business opportunities! Check out the innovation, security, startup, etc. events and how to register for them here.

This Friday is the final early-bird ticket deadline before the event, so get your ticket here. And save an additional 10% with the promo code FinDEVrBlog.


FinDEVr London 2017 is sponsored by TestDevLab.

FinDEVr London 2017 is partnered with Aite Group, Banking TechnologyBayPay Forum, BiometricUpdate.com, Brave New CoinBreaking Banks, Byte Academy, The Canadian Trade Commissioner ServiceCelent, Cointelegraph, Colloquy, Cooper Press, DistributedEconomic Journal, Empire Startups, Femtech Leaders, Finmaps, Fintech Finance, Global DataHarrington Starr, Holland FintechLevel39, London Tech Week, Mapa ResearchMercator Advisory Group, The Paypers, Plug and Play, SecuritySolutionsWatch.com, SME Finance Forum, StartupbootcampSwiss Finance + Technology Association, and Women Who Code.

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FinDEVr in the Springtime: Wrapping Up New York & Kicking Off London


It’s a wrap for FinDEVr New York! If you would like to revisit your favorite presentations (or the audience’s favorites) or weren’t able to attend and want to see what you missed, videos of all presentations are available in our video archives. Sit back, relax, and make sure to grab the popcorn.

Even as FinDEVr New York winds down, FinDEVr London is heating up. Kick off summer by attending this debut international event on June 12 & 13 at London’s historic and unique Tobacco Dock. With many innovative presenting companies already on board, the content is sure to rival what was seen on stage last month.

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Save big on tickets when you register by this Friday, April 7. And use the promo code “FinDEVrBlog” to save an additional 10%. See you in June!

Calling All Development Teams – Speak at FinDEVr London

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It’s not every day there’s an opportunity for a fintech developer to share how they’re innovating from stage, which is why we created FinDEVr. FinDEVr is the only event that brings together the people behind fintech: the developers, CTOs, VPs of engineering, software engineers and architects, UX designers and programmers creating financial innovations and enabling technology.

If you’re working on solutions for the fintech, finance and banking industries, the upcoming FinDEVr London on June 12 & 13 is for you. FinDEVr offers a powerful opportunity for technologists to reach 400+ peers in order to:

  • FDLD17_EventLogoV3_wdate(large)Drive product adoption of APIs/platforms/SDKs
  • Showcase new and trending technology and the inspiration behind it
  • Establish technical leadership of the industry while educating the market
  • Garner press recognition and gather feedback on innovations

Through 15-minute, TED style presentations, companies showcase their latest innovations, case studies, tutorials and best practices through demos, live coding, slides, and videos. During interspersed networking in an exhibition area, presenters have the chance to connect one-on-one with attendees for a deeper dive. With a limited number of companies selected to participate (a max of 30 each day), the presenter to attendee ratio is excellent.

It’s not every day there’s an opportunity for a developer to present how their technology came to be, what it does, and how it enables other fintech solutions. Today is the day. Apply to speak at FinDEVr London and reach 400+ developers this June.

For more information on speaking, please review the brochure for prospective presenting companies here: london2017.findevr.com/presenterpdf. And then fill out the online application here: london2017.findevr.com/application.

If you have any questions, please email london@findevr.com. And remember, the final deadline to apply to speak is this Friday, March 31.


FinDEVr London 2017 is partnered with BayPay Forum, BiometricUpdate.com, Breaking Banks, Byte Academy, Celent, CIOReview, Cointelegraph, Colloquy, Cooper Press, Distributed, Economic Journal, Empire Startups, Femtech Leaders, Finmaps, Fintech Finance, Global Data, Harrington Starr, Level39, London Tech Week, Mercator Advisory Group, The Paypers, Plug and Play, SecuritySolutionsWatch.com, Swiss Finance + Technology Association, and Women Who Code.

Reserve Your Seat — The FinDEVr Games Are About to Begin

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As we approach the home stretch to FinDEVr New York, time is running out to trade up. Join the major leagues today and you’ll add your name to a roster of hundreds of talented professionals — CTOs, software architects, VPs of engineering, product managers, and more. Plus you’ll see for yourself what the fanfare is about:

  • The high-paced development grind lends itself to a certain amount of technical tunnel vision. FinDEVr is a great way to force us to poke our heads up, take stock of our colleagues’ latest efforts, and discover new ways to collaborate. Bill Dwight, CEO & Founder, FamZoo.com
  • At FinDEVr, I saw the inertia in our industry starting to give way. I was part of the developer renaissance that I wanted to see. Loren Paulsen, Software Development Manager, Maps Credit Union
  • FinDEVr brings together the brightest technical minds and products in the fintech space for a highly collaborative event. If you are in the fintech space, then you should attend FinDEVr. Ken Maier, CTO, Epic Loan Systems

FDNY - DevelopervsNonDeveloperThe event kicks off at 9:30AM on both March 21 & 22 (breakfast is available the hour before). 15-minute TED-style presentations with short Q&A sessions run throughout the day, and the longer networking happy hour gives attendees the chance to dive deeper into the content seen on stage.

Breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch, and appetizers and an open bar are included. And no game is complete without popcorn and beer.

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Wednesday, March 22

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It’s game time! Save your seat today and save 10% with the promo code FinDEVrBlog.

FinDEVr New York 2017 is sponsored by Google Cloud and Box.

FinDEVr New York 2017 is partnered with American Banker, BayPay Forum, BiometricUpdate.com, Breaking Banks, Byte Academy, Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Celent, CIOReview, Cointelegraph, Colloquy, CooperPress, Distributed, Economic Journal, Empire Startups, Femtech Leaders, Finmaps, Fintech Finance, Harrington Starr, Level39, Mercator Advisory Group, The Paypers, Plug and Play Tech Center, SecuritySolutionsWatch.com, Swiss Finance + Technology Association, and Women Who Code.

FinDEVr Feature — MapD

See MapD and the rest of the FinDEVr New York speaker lineup on March 21 & 22. Register and save 10% with the promo code FinDEVrBlog.

Interview with Todd Mostak, MapD’s CEO & Founder:

MapDWhere did you start your career and how did you gain the experience needed to run the tech side of your company?

I think most people would consider my path to becoming a CEO of a startup to be unorthodox – even for startups.

I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Economics and Anthropology. After graduation I moved to Syria to teach English for Berlitz while learning Arabic myself. I found the language and culture fascinating and would go on to study Arabic at the American University in Cairo where I also worked as a translator and occasional writer for the Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm.

With my eye on academia I went to Harvard, where I started to work on my master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies with a focus on how social media impacted the Arab Spring. My thesis involved performing analytics on hundreds of millions of tweets – and I didn’t have access to the computational horsepower or visual analytics tools to do it effectively. I had cross-registered for a database systems class at MIT where I built a prototype database that ran on graphics cards rather than on conventional processors. This allowed me to do and see things in the tweets that I would have never found using traditional methods.

With the encouragement of MIT Professors Sam Madden and Michael Stonebraker I ended up joining their Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and working full time on this concept of a fast system (database + datavis). In 2013, we won Nvidia’s Early Stage Challenge and decided to make MapD our sole focus.

From a technologist’s perspective, what’s unique and game-changing about your technology?

MapD has leveraged the parallel processing power of GPU to create the world’s fastest data exploration engine. By pairing a lightning fast, SQL-compliant, GPU database with a cutting edge visual analytics engine, MapD allows multi-billion record datasets to be queried and visualized in milliseconds. For organizations, this means that they can tackle problems that are far larger, far more complex, far more difficult than previously imagined – without losing any grain level detail.Feature - MapD 1

Speed of thought data exploration used to stop at tens of millions of rows – constrained by both the performance of CPU-bound databases, but also by the performance of in-browser visualization solutions. To go beyond those limitations meant waiting minutes, if not hours to see your results. MapD’s GPU-powered software reframes that conversation.

Now hundreds of billions of rows can be scanned and visualized in less than a second. The ability to truly explore massive datasets, the way humans crave, rapidly testing and validating hypotheses with millisecond response times is now possible. Further, the ability to visualize that data – at any level desired, comes into frame; from a model of every wind pattern in the Pacific to a single gust of wind, from 1.2 billion taxi rides in NYC to a single trip to JFK, from hundreds of millions of political donations to those on your street.

The biggest challenges facing the financial services industry invariably involve data. Creating a framework to evaluate every datapoint, without downsampling or indexing means we can engage broadly, rapidly and successfully on issues like alpha generation, fraud, AML and operational risk.


Tell us about your favorite implementation of your Feature - MapD 2solution/technology.

I would be lying if I didn’t say that my favorite implementation was our Tweetmap. It was the first thing I built and was the primary tool to explain the power of speed at scale for several years. We have since expanded, not just in terms of other public demos but in terms of what our clients are doing.

This is what excites me the most – the types of problems our clients are applying our technology to solve. In financial services, it is clearly our hedge fund clients, who are looking at billions of rows of data (production data, clickstream data, product data, weather data) to find nuggets of alpha. These are challenges that were simply too big for their existing infrastructure and their ability to look across all of it means that they can “see” more than their competitors. They like that.


FinDEVr New York 2017 is partnered with American Banker, BayPay Forum, BiometricUpdate.com, Breaking Banks, Byte Academy, Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Celent, CIOReview, Cointelegraph, Colloquy, Distributed, Economic Journal, Empire Startups, Femtech Leaders, Finmaps, Fintech Finance, Harrington Starr, Level39, Mercator Advisory Group, The Paypers, SecuritySolutionsWatch.com, Swiss Finance + Technology Association, and Women Who Code.

FinDEVr Feature — NuCypher

See NuCypher and the rest of the FinDEVr New York speaker lineup on March 21 & 22. Register and save 10% with the promo code FinDEVrBlog.

Interview with Michael Egorov, NuCypher‘s CTO & Co-Founder:

49539015_michael-egorovWhere did you start your career and how did you gain the experience needed to run the tech side of your company?

Before starting NuCypher, I worked on infrastructure tools at LinkedIn, where we faced some of the thorniest scaling challenges in the world. But my background is as a scientist and physicist. I was a bronze medalist in the 2003 International Physics Olympiad and graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. I later worked as a post-doc on ultra-cold atoms in an area closely related to quantum computing.

From a technologist’s perspective, what’s unique and game-changing about your technology?

I find the technical details of our proxy re-encryption technology particularly fascinating. In brief, proxy re-encryption allows you to transform data encrypted under one set of keys into being encrypted under a second, different set of keys. This is a direct re-encryption, with no intermediate decryption step. This allows us to do some really neat tricks around key rotation and access delegation for the platforms we support.

Tell us about your favorite implementation of your solution/technology.NuCypher

Simple is good, so I’m going to choose key rotation. Currently, key rotation in Hadoop has to be done manually, which means shutting down encryption zones, sending data to the key management service, decrypting it, encrypting it with the new key, and sending it back to the storage layer. Many of our customers are dealing with petabytes of data and this process can literally take a half or even a full day. A full day of downtime! With NuCypher, we can perform key rotation in a few seconds.


FinDEVr New York 2017 is partnered with American Banker, BayPay Forum,BiometricUpdate.com, Breaking Banks, Byte Academy, Canadian Trade Commissioner Service,Celent, CIOReview, Cointelegraph, Colloquy, Distributed, Economic Journal, Empire Startups,Femtech Leaders, Finmaps, Fintech Finance, Harrington Starr, Level39, Mercator Advisory Group, The Paypers, SecuritySolutionsWatch.com, Swiss Finance + Technology Association, and Women Who Code.

FinDEVr Feature — CardLinx Association

See CardLinx and the rest of the FinDEVr New York speaker lineup on March 21 & 22. Register and save 10% with the promo code FinDEVrBlog.

Interview with Silvio Tavares, CardLinx Association‘s CEO & President:

Where did you start your career and how did you gain the experience needed to run the tech side of your company?

CardLinxAn electrical and computer engineer by training, my first job was at AT&T Bell Labs where I worked on one of the earliest methods for web-based payments. Since then, I have authored over fifteen granted or pending patents in the fields of digital commerce, electronic payments and payments analytics. My work in the business side of payments informed the direction of the technologies I pursued. These leadership positions included my time at ABN AMRO Investment Bank in London, where I was Director and Head of Financial Technology Investment.

More recently, I was Global Head of Information Products, SVP at Visa, leading a business unit generating several hundred million dollars in annual sales and successfully launching key new products in the areas of payment fraud detection, digital marketing and merchant loyalty. I joined Visa from First Data, the leading payments processor, where I was Global Head of Information and Analytics, SVP. At First Data I created and launched SpendTrend™, First Data’s U.S. macro-economic spending indicator based on credit card transaction data.

My work at the intersection of payments and technology culminated in the founding of the CardLinx Association, where I am President and CEO. Working with our founding members including Mastercard, Discover, First Data, Facebook and Microsoft, we’ve become the leading voice for the card-linking and online-to-offline industries.

From a technologist’s perspective, what’s unique and game-changing about your technology?

49539015_silvio-hires_4x5Consumer spending makes up 70% of the US economy. 90% of that spending occurs in stores not online. Card-linking enables companies to link a consumer’s online data with their in-store shopping. We are excited to announce to the fintech industry the first open source card-linking software.

The underlying technology was developed by Microsoft and they have provided the codebase for its Earn card-linking platform on the CardLinx website. It is free and publicly available. The software demonstrates API access to the leading payment networks (Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover) and is available for banks, digital publishers, messaging platforms and other tech companies to build on the code and bring their card-linking and loyalty programs more quickly to market.

Just as other platforms experienced explosive growth after APIs were made available, like Apple’s App Store and Facebook’s messaging API, an open source card-linking code is the next logical step in the development of card-linking and the overall growth of the online-to-offline industry.

Tell us about your favorite implementation of your solution/technology.

We released the open source code at the beginning of January. At this time there are a number of companies using it as a foundation for their own card-linking and loyalty programs. I will be excited to share the names of the companies at my demo on March 21 at FinDEVr New York!


FinDEVr New York 2017 is partnered with American Banker, BayPay Forum, BiometricUpdate.com, Breaking Banks, Byte Academy, Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Celent, CIOReview, Cointelegraph, Colloquy, Cooper Press, Distributed, Economic Journal, Empire Startups, Femtech Leaders, Finmaps, Fintech Finance, Harrington Starr, Level39, Mercator Advisory Group, The Paypers, SecuritySolutionsWatch.com, Swiss Finance + Technology Association, and Women Who Code.

RSVP for FinDEVr’s International Debut

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Summer: vacations, weddings, and FinDEVr. It’s early in the year, but if you’re already planning your summer vacation and confirming your wedding “plus one,” RSVP to FinDEVr London while you’re at it.

After establishing two successful events in Silicon Valley and New York, the FinDEVr conference series expands to London on June 12 & 13. With attendees registering daily and fintech & tech companies applying weekly, it’s shaping up to be an awesome international debut.

The first wave of speakers has been announced and more will be added this spring. These presenting companies were handpicked for early admittance:

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Featuring live coding, demos, videos, and slides, each will showcase new and trending enabling technology for the financial services, banking and payments industries — APIs, SDKs, cloud services, platforms, and more — this June.

Early-bird tickets — a £600 savings — expire this Friday, March 3. RSVP and save 10% with the promo code “FinDEVrBlog” today!

fdny17P.S. FinDEVr will be in New York later this month, and time is running out to get your ticket. Join an impressive audience of technologists, media, VCs, and more — register now.


FinDEVr New York and London 2017 are partnered with American Banker, BayPay Forum, BiometricUpdate.com, Breaking Banks, Byte Academy, Canadian Trade Commissioner Service,Celent, CIOReview, Cointelegraph, Colloquy, Cooper Press, Distributed, Empire Startups, Femtech Leaders, Finmaps, Fintech Finance, Harrington Starr, Level39, London Tech Week, Mercator Advisory Group, The Paypers, SecuritySolutionsWatch.com, Swiss Finance + Technology Association, and Women Who Code.

FinDEVr Feature — Symphony Software Foundation

See Symphony Software Foundation and the rest of the FinDEVr New York speaker lineup on March 21 & 22. Register and save 10% with the promo code FinDEVrBlog.

Interview with Gabriele Columbro, Symphony Software Foundation’s Executive Director:

Where did you start your career and how did you gain the experience needed to run the tech side of your company?

Feature - Symphony 2I have been in the open source software business for about 15 years now, across Italy, Netherlands, UK and the United States. Given my early engagement with mainstream open source communities, I am an Apache Software Foundation committer, and having covered virtually every technical role (Sales Engineer, Principal Consultant, Head of Support, Product Manager) in an enterprise open source company like Alfresco, I have built a deep understanding of every persona’s perspective on technology.

From a technologist’s perspective, what’s unique and game-changing about your technology?

Our Foundation’s key differentiation is definitely the open source + open standards combination we can bring to the financial services industry on a pervasive technology like the Symphony platform. With the impressive roster of Members and our Foundation features, we feel we have an unprecedented opportunity to enable traditionally siloed firms to collaborate in the open, providing a leveled playing field for larger FinServ and smaller FinTech firms to bring true innovation to the industry.Feature - Symphony 1

Tell us about your favorite implementation of your solution/technology.

Our Foundation hosts around 50 open source projects, so it’s a hard choice. I believe the most powerful usage of the Symphony platform in the trading world is through its bots, which can perform natural language processing and bring so much needed automation in the trading front-office and most importantly back-office workflow.


FinDEVr New York 2017 is partnered with American Banker, BayPay Forum, BiometricUpdate.com, Breaking Banks, Byte Academy, Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Celent, CIOReview, Cointelegraph, Colloquy, Distributed, Economic Journal, Empire Startups, Femtech Leaders, Finmaps, Fintech Finance, Harrington Starr, Level39, Mercator Advisory Group, The Paypers, SecuritySolutionsWatch.com, Swiss Finance + Technology Association, and Women Who Code.

FinDEVr Feature — Finicity

See Finicity and the rest of the FinDEVr New York speaker lineup on March 21 & 22. Register and save 10% with the promo code FinDEVrBlog.

Interview with Nick Thomas, Finicity’s Co-Founder & EVP:

Where did you start your career and how did you gain the experience needed to run the tech side of your company?
Feature - Finicity 1Before joining Finicity, I worked for organizations of all different sizes, including Komodo, Unicity, 3Com, US Robotics and Megahertz. Overall, I have more than 20 years of experience in technology design, development and marketing. More than 15 of those years have been focused on personal financial wellness and data aggregation. I’ve spoken internationally on topics such as fintech, finance, regulatory standards, crowdfunding and mobile payments, and my views on mobile technology, pervasive computing, APIs and credit/lending decisioning have been featured in major media outlets like American Banker.

As the co-founder of Finicity and executive vice president of our data services business, I oversee a passionate and energetic team dedicated to innovating in the financial services sector.

From a technologist’s perspective, what’s unique and game-changing about your technology?

At FinDEVr New York, we’ll be demonstrating our new Finicity Connect drop-in UI widget, which will enable developers of financial management, payment and lending apps to more rapidly stand up Finicity’s data insights and aggregation services. This is an exciting fintech solution because it further simplifies the experience of utilizing our rich aggregation platform. Our technology is a game-changer because it’s a great example of utilizing big data to transform industries and day-to-day living for individuals.

For example, utilizing our modern RESTful API, we can now incorporate transaction data into an existing business system, like loan origination. We’re Feature - Finicity 2digitizing the credit decisioning process, making it faster, simpler, more secure and more accurate — while also making it a better experience for lenders and consumers. It really will be transformational.

Tell us about your favorite implementation of your solution/technology.

One of our favorite implementations of our data insights and aggregation technology will be in the credit and lending space. By utilizing the real-time data we can access through aggregation, we’re able to generate asset and income verification reports. This is a key component of the loan origination process which, to date, has basically been a “pen and paper” process.

Now, we are enabling lenders to see validated information rapidly. For consumers, they won’t have to chase down all the information, and that’s just the beginning. With real-time data, we’ll actually be able to generate a financial health picture for those that may be well suited for a loan but don’t have the credit history a lender is looking for. This is just one example of an industry that we’re transforming with our solutions. There are others we’re already helping, and I’m sure we’ll see new ones pop up in the future.


FinDEVr New York 2017 is partnered with American Banker, BayPay Forum, BiometricUpdate.com, Breaking Banks, Byte Academy, Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Celent, CIOReview, Cointelegraph, Colloquy, Distributed, Economic Journal, Empire Startups, Femtech Leaders, Finmaps, Fintech Finance, Harrington Starr, Level39, Mercator Advisory Group, The Paypers, SecuritySolutionsWatch.com, Swiss Finance + Technology Association, and Women Who Code.