SXSW Interactive is one of the biggest and most exciting technology events of the year- and it’s only gotten bigger!
This year, SXSW has added a new category of events geared toward the growing FinTech community, ranging from workshops and panel sessions to the exclusive SXSW Accelerator Competition, where 50 startups will contend for a place among SXSW’s exclusive class of winning companies and success stories.
With more than 4,000 interactive events, it can be difficult to navigate the vicious sea of educational and networking tracks. To help make the most of your time in Austin, our team at Leverage PR has put together our annual ‘SXSW FinTech Event Round-Up’ highlighting some of most highly anticipated events and speakers in the industry.
Read on and shoot us an email at [email protected] if you’ll be attending as we would love to connect!
EVENT: SoFin @ SXSW 2017
Friday, March 10 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
As in years past, the goal is to get a highly curated group of entrepreneurs, industry professionals, and investors together to shine a light on the FinTech and financial services space. The event will offer a ton of networking and mingling time along with startup demos/pitches. There will also few TED Talk style mini keynotes to ensure we all leave feeling a little smarter about where things are headed.
Location- The Eleanor, 307 W. 5th Street, Austin, TX 78701
More information- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sofin-sxsw-2017-tickets-31915677651
PANEL: Beyond FinTech: Blockchain for Every Industry
Friday, March 10 from 12:30 pm -1:30 pm
Innovators in banking, entertainment and technology will get your brain buzzing about blockchain’s broader potential by sharing how they’re using it to speed lending, turn scripts into 21st century collaboration tools, document refugees and more.
Location- JW Marriot, Salon 7- 110 East 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701
More information- http://schedule.sxsw.com/2017/events/PP65621
PANEL: The Globalization of Finance
Saturday, March 11 from 9:30 am – 10:30am
Leading experts from China, the UK, South Africa and the U.S. – who understand the vast impact FinTech is making from a local and global perspective – will share the risks and opportunities new financial technologies are creating and the tactics they have employed to stay on top.
Hilton Austin Downtown, Room 400-402-500 East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701
More information- http://schedule.sxsw.com/2017/events/PP66299
PANEL: FinTech’s Future: Banking & Beyond
Saturday, March 11 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
This panel will bring together a few of the most connected leaders within the FinTech space to give the audience an inside look at what is occurring today and what tomorrow might bring. As connectors working with financial institutions and other buys of FinTech, these luminaries see some of the most interesting new financial technologies before they become mainstream, giving them a deep understanding of how emerging FinTech’s can prosper.
Location- Hilton Austin Downtown, Room 400-402-500 East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701
More information- http://schedule.sxsw.com/2017/events/PP68903
PANEL: Payments Gone Viral: The Rise of Social Commerce
Saturday, March 11 from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Meet a diverse cross-section of companies pioneering social payments: the ability to buy, pay and give on social media. Moderated by finance veteran Hans Morris (Visa, Citigroup, Nyca Partners), this session shows how the latest technologies enable people to pay where they play. Learn what is and isn’t working in various verticals–from charity to commerce to P2P–and what it means for the future of payments
Location- JW Marriot, Salon D- 110 East 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701
More information- http://schedule.sxsw.com/2017/events/PP63367
PITCH EVENT: Accelerator Pitch: Payment and FinTech Technologies
Sunday, March 12 from 11:00am- 12:00 pm
This hour will feature pitches from five startups within the Payment and FinTech space. Companies from around the world will present their creative solutions to help consumers manage money, make a social impact, pay down debt, and connect businesses with their consumers via online platforms. This event is a look into the bright future of the FinTech landscape.
Location- Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon AB East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701
More information- http://schedule.sxsw.com/2017/events/PP95554
WORKSHOP: Introduction to Bitcoin and the Blockchain
Sunday, March 12 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
This workshop will provide an introductory understanding of this important protocol. It will start with an introductory presentation about the bitcoin and blockchain, followed by hands-on presentations by industry innovators Paul Puey and Reggie Middleton; they will show how their applications interact with the blockchain.
Location- Westin Austin, Moody Room- 310 East 5th Street, Austin TX 78701
More information- http://schedule.sxsw.com/2017/events/PP68960
WORKSHOP: Crowdfunding Like A Boss: Raising Money On Hype
Sunday, March 12 from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
In this session, Toni Morgan, a recent Harvard graduate who made international news when her crowdfunding campaign to pay for her Ivy League tuition went viral, will walk audiences through the lessons she’s learned, launching numerous viral campaigns and introducing aspiring crowdfunders to the underpinnings of successful crowdfunding stories.
Location- Westin Austin, Paramount 1- 310 East 5th Street, Austin TX 78701
More information- http://schedule.sxsw.com/2017/events/PP62746
PANEL: Frenemy Feud-FinTech vs the Banks
Sunday, March 12 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
The panel will consist of two sets of “frenemies,” FinTechs and Banks. Each team will discuss how to win the hearts and wallets of Global Small & Medium Businesses.
Location- Austin Convention Center, Tradeshow-Exhibit Hall 4- 500 East Ceasar Chavez, Austin TX 78701
More information- http://schedule.sxsw.com/2017/events/PP63082
PITCH EVENT: SXSW Accelerator Award Ceremony
Sunday March 12 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The SXSW Accelerator Award Ceremony will honor one winner from each of the 10 categories of the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event.
Location- Hilton Austin Downtown- 500 East 4th Street, Austin TX 78701
More information- https://www.sxsw.com/apply-to-participate/sxsw-accelerator/
View 2017 finalists and alternates:
PANEL: Tech for Good: Blockchain Trust Accelerator
Monday, March 13 from 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm
The Blockchain Trust Accelerator is conducting pilots to determine how blockchain can transform governance and social impact as well. Come connect with civic innovators, entrepreneurs & technical experts pioneering the use of blockchain to strengthen accountability and transparency, and learn how blockchain can benefit your community.
Location- JW Marriot, Salon AB- 110 E 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701
More information- http://schedule.sxsw.com/2017/events/PP61662
PANEL: Investing to Change the World
Tuesday, March 14 from 9:30 am -10:30 am
This panel will offer practical and powerful solutions for people who want to generate positive impact on society through their investments. It’s all just a matter of nailing down your personal aims and your financial goals, and aligning the two.
Location- JW Marriot, Room 201-201- 110 E 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701
More information- http://schedule.sxsw.com/2017/events/PP69171
DUAL: Equity Crowdfunding and the Future of Raising Money
Tuesday, March 14 from 9:30 am- 10:30 am
Crowdfunding forever changed the relationship between consumers and the products they support. By looking at a few case studies, this session will dive into the new world of equity crowdfunding and the new opportunities it brings for businesses and investors alike.
Location- JW Marriot, Salon D- 110 E 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701
More information- http://schedule.sxsw.com/2017/events/PP62885
Tuesday, March 14 from 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm
PANEL: Blockchain: This Changes Everything! (Or does it?)
In this panel session, panelists will provide an overview of blockchain technology and debate where it will play a role in the future. They will also explore how soon consumers can expect to see blockchain in daily life through things like payments or smart contracts.
Location- JW Marriot, Salon 6- 110 East 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701
More information- http://schedule.sxsw.com/2017/events/PP65055
SOLO: Blockchain Opportunities Abound: The Next Four
Wednesday, March 15 from 11:00 am -12:00 pm
The new administration’s limited expertise in the technology sector leaves room for lots of innovation from industry experts. There is a huge opportunity for the blockchain technology to transform multiple sectors (boosting GDP and overall economic growth by double digits) especially as the Trump administration looks to bring a “business like” focus to Washington.
Location- JW Marriot, Salon C- 110 East 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701
More information- http://schedule.sxsw.com/2017/events/PP96049