By @SimonCocking. We spoke with Rik Coeckelbergs to find out more about this event. He is passionate about banking, payments, PSD2, digital services, organiser of The Banking Scene

When is it on?

30th of May, in Brussels, see more here.

How many years has it been going?

This is the first time.

What was the inspiration to start it?

After years of having an online community, it became clear networking only becomes very strong if you lift it to offline. In Belgium there was not yet a more commercial event where bankers and their suppliers could meet altogether. With all the changes that banks are currently faced with and the little time they have to meet all these suppliers, this is the right time to set up a forum where banks can come together at a low cost to meet up with companies that can help them. Several C-level speakers will help to stimulate the discussion during the day.

What exciting things can people look forward to for the 2017 version?

The main sponsor is the Belgian Mobile ID. It can be expected they will show news from their development front. They will also be introduced by David Birch, an expert when it comes to digital identities, and the author of ‘Identity is the New Money’. Besides that we also have Kirstine Nilsson from Swedbank who will share the Swedish experience of Instant Payments. In The Pocket will also do a workshop in Design Thinking, on PSD2, for the ones interested. Their CEO Jeroen Lemaire, a key expert when it comes to new technologies will be sharing his vision on the future of banking.

What opportunities are on offer for people / startups / investors and companies attending?

They attend a forum on which more Belgian banks will be present, and they get the chance to hear from true experts what lives in The Banking Scene, and how to use those insights to improve their own businesses.

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

Apply for the workshops, and make sure you do not miss out on the networking moments during coffee, lunch and networking reception.

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

Tickets can easily be booked on the website, would you like to come with 3 or more, you can send an email to [email protected] to negotiate a better rate. I have no idea when it will sell out, as this is the first edition. At this moment however, only 90 tickets are left with one month left.

Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?

Every attendant will also go home with David Birch’s book ‘Identity is the New Money’ as a souvenir of The Banking Scene’s first edition.

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