FinTech 2020

Financial Services and the New Digital Economy

Friday, January 24, 2020

USFSM, Selby Auditorium, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Objectives

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and Northwestern Mutual are proud to present the Financial Services and the New Digital Economy Conference. This one-day conference provides wide-ranging perspective on how cutting-edge technologies are re-shaping the digital economy.

CEOs, business executives, digital marketers, investors 
and innovators will hear experts discuss topics including:

* Blockchain | *Digital regulation | *Analytics | *Artificial intelligence
 *Machine learning | *Cryptocurrency | *Cybersecurity | *Big data

Speakers List

Craig Schedler has served as Managing Director with Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures

Craig Schedler

Managing Director with Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures

JOHN JORGENSEN, President & CEO, The Sylint Group, Inc.

John Jorgensen

President & CEO
The Sylint Group, Inc.

Karen A. Holbrook, PhD  Regional Chancellor  USF Sarasota-Manatee

Karen A. Holbrook, PhD

Regional Chancellor
USF Sarasota-Manatee

CEO and Co-Founder InfoAlliance LLC

Rachel Wei West 

CEO and Co-Founder,
InfoAlliance LLC

Dr Bhuvan Unhelkar (BE, MDBA, MSc, PhD; FACS;)

Bhuvan Unhelkar, BE, MDBA, MSc, PhD

Professor of IT 
USF Sarasota-Manatee

 

Nick Wichert  Senior Director of Strategic Business Development  Northwestern Mutual’s Corporate Office in Milwaukee

Nick Wichert

Senior Director of Strategic Business Development,
Northwestern Mutual’s Corporate Office in Milwaukee

Kiran Garimella, Ph.D.

Kiran Garimella, PhD

Chief Scientist & CTO
KoreConX

Dr. Thomas E. Becker Professor of Management & Interim Dean of the College of Business USF Sarasota-Manatee

Thomas E. Becker, PhD

Professor of Management & Interim Dean of the College of Business
USF Sarasota-Manatee

Dr. Greg Smogard Assistant Vice President of Innovation and Business Development USF Sarasota-Manatee

Greg Smogard, PhD

Assistant Vice President of Innovation and Business Development
USF Sarasota-Manatee

Eddie Sanchez, Jr., PhD  Professor of Finance  USF Sarasota-Manatee

Eddie Sanchez, Jr., PhD

Professor of Finance
USF Sarasota-Manatee

Gabe Higgins, BlockSpaces Cofounder/CBO (Chief Blockchain Officer)

Gabe Higgins

BlockSpaces Cofounder/CBO (Chief Blockchain Officer) 

Dr. Ehsan Sheybani

Ehsan Sheybani, PhD

Associate Professor, Information Systems and Decision Sciences
USF Sarasota-Manatee

Tom Witmer, Founder and CEO, SageLegion Inc.

Tom Witmer

Founder and CEO, SageLegion Inc.
Instructor, Data Mining for Healthcare Analytics, University of California- Davis Continuing and Professional Education

Brian Sallee

Brian Sallee

CEO for Avorit

Brent Arslaner

Brent Arslaner

Chief Revenue Officer, Aperity

Fazian Ali

Faizan Ali, PhD

Assistant Professor, College of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership
USF Sarasota-Manatee 

Please click here to read speaker biographies.

Sessions

8:00-8:30 Breakfast and Registration
8:30-8:45

Welcome: Karen A. Holbrook, PhD -- Regional Chancellor, USFSM
Greg Smogard, PhD -- AVP Innovation and Business Development, USFSM

8:45-9:30

Session 1 -- FinTech -- Is the Future Already Here?
An Introduction to the New Digital Economy: Kiran Garimella, PhD -- Chief Scientist and CTO KoreConX
AI, Machine Learning and Blockchain are the digital foundations of a new financial economy and the enablers of new business models.

9:30-10:15

Panel: Blockchain, Crypto Assets and Their Impact
Moderator: Tom Becker, PhD -- Interim Dean College of Business, USFSM
Kiran Garimella, PhD -- Chief Scientist and CTO KoreConX
Ehsan Sheybani, PhD -- Professor, Information Technology, USFSM
Gabe Higgins -- Co-Founder at BlockSpaces & Tampa Bay Bitcoin Group

10:15-10:45

Big Data and Machine Learning as Disruptors
Bhuvan Unhelkar, PhD -- Professor of Information Technology, USFSM
Is Big Data and the ability to extract value from that data through machine learning poised to disrupt the financial services industry?

10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-11:45

Session 2 -- Digital Impact - A Business Perspective
Panel: Analytics, Big Data, Privacy, and Consumers
Moderator: Tom Witmer -- President & CEO of SageLegion

Rachel Wei West -- CEO, InfoAlliance
Faizan Ali, PhD -- Professor of Hospitality Management, M3Center, USFSM
Brent Arslaner -- Tech entrepreneur and investor

11:45-12:30

Keynote Speaker -- Remaining Relevant in a Rapidly Changing Digital World
Craig Schedler -- Managing Director with Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures
A rapid transformation is underway throughout financial services. Startups are leading the way but incumbent firms are responding to remain relevant in an increasingly digital world. 

12:30-1:30 Lunch and Networking
(Bloomberg Lab Demo – Limit 15 participants)
Eddie Sanchez, Jr., DBA -- Director, Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab, College of Business, USFSM
1:30-2:30

Session 3 -- Business Challenges/Opportunities
What Management Should Know About Cybersecurity in the Digital Age
John Jorgensen -- CEO and Founder, Sylint

2:30- 3:15

Innovating in a Highly Regulated Industry 
Nick Wichert -- Senior Director of Strategic Business Development, Northwestern Mutual
Companies are challenged to grow and transform in a highly regulated industry which raises new challenges as to how to keep up with disruptive technologies and startups.

3:15-3:30  Break
3:30-4:15  Session 4 -- The Future is Here
Entrepreneurs and Investors in the New Digital Economy
Brian Sallee -- CEO, Avorit Consulting
4:15-4:30 Concluding Remarks
4:30-5:30 Reception and Networking

Registration

Conference Attendees
Early Bird Registration: $179
(Up to two days prior to conference)
Regular Registration:     $199

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Streaming Attendees
Early Bird Registration:  $79
(Up to one day prior to conference)
Regular Registration:      $99 

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Sponsors

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Silver sponsor

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