The Las Vegas Strip is a 4.2-mile stretch of the most aggressively branded and promoted concatenation of adult theme parks in the world. The Strip can look and feel like the epicenter of unplanned chaos – with its waves of pulsing lights and scrolling video screens; its riot of clashing, garish architectural styles; the wide central river of frequently gridlocked traffic; and the swarms of tourists, all dressed with aggressive casualness and milling blindly every which way. Clearly, people seem to “Viva Las Vegas” as it is also among the most visited places on Earth, having surpassed Mecca back in 1999.
No matter your pleasure, this is a place where people want to gather, and gather they did at the recent Collision Conference 2015 – what the New York Times describes as “a grand conclave of tech’s high priests” and one of the best technology conferences on the planet.
Traxpay was excited to be invited to be part of this year’s Collision Conference, and to be counted among the world’s leading founders, investors, CEOs, inventors, designers, and thinkers. Collision is one stop of several, where we are speaking and representing the voice of the future and innovation in B2B FinTech.
In two intensive days of presentations, discussions, and brainstorming, we were invited to share our view of the future of FinTech, but were even more thrilled to hear from and “collide” with thought leaders in other industries as they sparked our imagination of what the future holds for all of us.
For example, it was an energizing and instructional to hear from Linkin Park describe the reinvention of the concert experience and storytelling through their use of technology and Virtual Reality; and Stewart Butterfield, CEO of Slack on how he has managed the company’s meteoric rise; or Chris Satchel, CCO of Nike, on how they are using software and technology to enrich the experience of athletes at all levels; or John Zimmer, founder of Lyft, on how the future of driving means never having to own a car; Scott Harrison, the founder of Charity: Water, and how he has used technology and social media to provide safe drinking water to developing nations, including 13,641 projects in 22 countries, benefiting over 4.6 million people; and the good, bad, and the ugly evolution of Facebook from their CMO, Gary Briggs. And the list goes on – with about 200 speakers in total creating a jam-packed schedule from dawn till dusk.
From new start-ups in every category, to top-tier investors, and alongside arguably the hottest companies and biggest thought leaders in the world, it was inspiring to hear confirmation from every corner that FinTech and reinventing money and how money flows around the world has risen to be one of the top business problems to solve right now. Net-net, driving innovation into the financial supply chain will have one of the largest, most positive, and long-lasting impact on global economics, technology, and social causes. Needless to say, we are humbled, but at the same time, beaming with pride to be a key driver in the FinTech revolution.
Overall, Collision 2015 was an outstanding event, time well invested, and we are looking forward to continuing the conversation with all the new friends that we’ve “collided” with in Vegas who share our passion for being “on purpose” with our mission to change the world.
Next up in our stops in casting the future of FinTech is MoneyConf 2015 in June in Belfast, Ireland, where Traxpay CEO, John Bruggeman, will share his vision of Business 4.0 and Banking as a Service. Looking forward to seeing you there.