The Linux Foundation has announced the launch of a new event, Open FinTech Forum: AI, Blockchain, Kubernetes & Quantum on Wall Street. See the event preview below.

When and where is it on?

October 10-11, 2018 in New York City.

How many years has it been going?

This is the first year for Open FinTech Forum. However, The Linux Foundation did hold a precursor to this event – The LF Enterprise End User Summit – from 2009 to 2013. That event was focused on the use of Linux in FinServ firms, and was gathering the true early adopters of open source on Wall Street. Now that FinServ firms really understand the benefits of open source, and there is a desire to widely understand how to use it, combined with the fact that The Linux Foundation hosts open source projects around some of the most disruptive technologies for FinServ today, like Hyperledger, CNCF and others, the timing was right to bring something back to serve the FinServ community.

What was the inspiration to start it?

Open source adoption has been rapidly accelerating amongst financial services firms, but we have seen from Linux Foundation members in the industry that not all of these firms understand open source equally. This event is an opportunity for those firms to come and learn directly from the open source community about how best to participate, contribute to, and use open source. It also provides them an opportunity to meet the people building open source tools and give them feedback on what type of tools would be most useful to the financial services industry in the future. Finally, because some of the open source technologies that are of greatest interest and use to the financial services industry are hosted in projects here at LF, we are positioned well to provide these firms with technical knowledge that will prepare them to make use of these technologies.

What exciting things can people look forward to?

Technical sessions providing a deep understanding of technologies including Blockchain, Kubernetes, networking, AI, and more will provide the tools necessary for firms to embrace open source to benefit their organizations. We will also be hosting a half day tutorial explaining how to build internal open source programs. There will also be great networking opportunities, both with attendees and peers, but also with the leading maintainers and developers of open source projects providing FinServ CIOs and IT managers the opportunity to learn directly from the experts.

What opportunities are on offer for those attending?

Technical tracks on key disruptive technologies, a deep dive tutorial on how to build internal open source programs, networking opportunities with technology experts, and a small expo with open source technology vendors.

There’s also the opportunity to submit a speaking proposal to share knowledge with the community. Proposals are due by July 13 at https://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/open-fintech-forum-2018/program/cfp/.

Organizations that want to get more involved in open source fintech are welcome to apply to sponsor the event. Details are at https://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/open-fintech-forum-2018/sponsors/become-a-sponsor/.

Who will be speaking?

The CFP has just opened but we’ll announce details of keynote and session speakers in the coming months.

What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?

Come prepared for a lot of information. First time Linux Foundation event attendees often say they didn’t expect to learn so much in such a short amount of time. Also, bring business cards, and book meetings ahead of time. We’ll have a networking app available for folks to sync and arrange meeting times before they arrive at the event. Finally, when the schedule is available, look at it carefully and plan out everything you want to do. It helps to come in with a personalized schedule, or it can be overwhelming to figure out which sessions to attend while on the go at the event.

How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?

Tickets are available now at https://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/open-fintech-forum-2018/attend/register/. There are a variety of options including a full conference pass, day passes, and discounts for academics, CIOs and others.

We also offer diversity and needs based scholarships at https://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/open-fintech-forum-2018/attend/scholarship-opportunities/. Since this is a new event, we can’t yet predict how fast tickets will sell, but space is limited so we encourage anyone who wants to secure a space to register as soon as they can. 

Edited and prepared by Amy Murphy, Journalism student from DCU.


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