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Reimaging Money: Swipe, Tap, Blink or Blockchain?
The Digital Money Forum at CES 2017

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. 2016 was the year consumers realized that because of technology, they didn’t need banks. Digital channels bridged long-held industry moats. Every smartphone is a wallet, signature, and credit history. You can buy laundry detergent from your home with the press of a button. GAFA (Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple) and a horde of others have their sights set on every transaction in the world.

But 2016 was also the year banks realized that tech could help them regain consumers. Personalized, real-time banking everywhere turns banks into trusted financial counsel from birth to grave.

In the end, finance is about two things: trust, and context. Trust allows transactions to happen; even a cash transaction is based on trust in the stability of nations and currencies. Context lets us audit those transactions, knowing our customers, preventing fraud, and complying with regulations. And both are about to change forever.

Karen Webster, CEO, Market Platform Dynamics and Emcee of the 2017 Digital Money Forum

Alistair Croll, Founder of Solve for Interesting and Emcee of the 2017 Digital Money Forum

This is the world we’re inheriting at this year’s Digital Money Forum, sponsored by Mastercard. We’ve convened some of the best minds in finance and technology to help chart a course forward. You’ll get a “state of the union” on digital transactions, how we survived the EMV rollout and where we’re headed this year. Hint: it’s well beyond your garden-variety payments. We’ve got some new hard data on digital wallet adoption. Spoiler alert: it’s a slow haul.

The “hows” are many. In a world where your next currency might be Starbucks Points or Sony cash, how do you instill customer loyalty? How do you use tech to grow the ranks of the under-banked? How do you ensure that the robot managing your wealth is a wise one? Can our regulatory system stretch to keep consumers safe while innovation flourishes? How does the blockchain move from buzzword to business?

No matter what business you’re in, the migration to digital currency will effect you. For centuries, we relied on written ledgers, central banks, and Byzantine regulations for stability. In a few short years, digital upended everything. And yet, with its ability to strengthen trust and share context, it may yet save us.

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Wearing Your Wallet on Your Sleeve (Wearable Payment Systems)

Chasing the Millennial Market

IoT Meets Digital Money

Identify Yourself: Biometrics, Authentication

5 Start-Ups to Watch

The Blockchain: More Than a One Trick Pony

Predicting the Future: A Report from Neckar Island and Matt Roszak

Inclusivity: The Power of Digital for the Underbanked

No Boundaries: Moving Money Across Borders