Billed as "the largest tech conference in the world", BNP Paribas Corporate and Institutional Banking was a proud platinum sponsor of Web Summit 2017 in Lisbon, which brought together the great and the good from the world of technology over three days in November.
In Lisbon, CIB talks about the importance of education, technology and diversity, and the need for innovation to harness the power of digital.
An opportunity to demonstrate our digital know-how, our collaborative efforts with startups and our strong local presence in Lisbon – including our #talentmeetstalent initiative (see below) – the event attracted almost 60,000 people from 170 countries, more than 2,100 startups from around the world and 1,400 of the world's most influential tech investors.
Participants at Web Summit included public figures such as Al Gore, leading thinkers such as MIT scholar Max Tegmark, and senior figures from the startup world, from Silicon Valley, from banking and finance, and beyond.
"Innovation has to be a given if we are to harness the power of digitalisation"
- #talentmeetstalent, a
new innovation initiative that seeks to connect education, technology and
diversity to improve the flow of ideas, and pool all our skills and expertise
for mutual growth and development
- Why collaborating
with fintech will help with the transformation of banking, a talk by Matthieu
Garnier, Head of Fintech and Research.
- The promise of
blockchain, but also the regulatory challenges to overcome in order for it
to achieve its potential, a talk by Philippe Denis, Chief Digital Officer of
- A talk about innovation
as a journey, the importance of accepting failure, and why "Innovation has
to be a given if we are to harness the power of digitalisation": Solveig
Bachellery, Head of Innovation
innovation: "Innovation doesn't start with ideas; it starts with
questions that help us capture previously unknown users' needs and insights": Gillian
Vernon, Head of Marketing, Digital Solutions
to cut a 3-minute memorable pitch for VCs, by Dean
Demellweek, Digital Transformation Manager
pitching competitions, comprising Pitchonary for early-stage startups, won
by Silver In Touch, which aims to give the elderly secure access to more
affordable services offered by the young; and Portugal Fintech, won by LOQR, an
advanced client recognition and access management system. Both Silver In Touch
and LOQR will now attend TechCrunch's Disrupt Berlin event in December. Ana
Lehmann, Portugal's Secretary of State for Industry, was part of the judging
Rapid change in technology underlines the need not only for banks, but for all organisations, to embrace more agile working in partnership with all stakeholders. Ultimately, it is about raising expectations and transforming how work gets done.