Here at TBC HQ (the sofa in my lounge room) its been a little quiet on the blog post front. There’s a reason why. The massive red square to the right in the hint. I’ve taken on a large personal project creating a conference called Next Bank Asia to be held here in Singapore from May 9-10 2012.
Here’s a quick description for you:
Think of the last banking conference you went to. It probably was just like the last one, and the one before that.
Too often, too many banking or financial services conferences are either too corporate, too close-minded or just plain boring.
They don’t include certain fringe players in the industry who can bring new innovative ideas to the table. They don’t include entrepreneurs with new business models for fear of the threat they pose. They don’t connect thought leaders together, or enable the serendipidous coming together of different industries.
Most importantly, these conferences often don’t talk about the reality of the change in front of the industry. The changing consumer, fast evolving technology, increasing uncertainty and volatility at the same time as increasing opportunity are all key environmental factors in any financial services firms roadmap.
Next Bank Asia aims to confront all these issues.
Next Bank Asia will create an open dialogue about all these things, using innovative new formats and agenda items.
We’re looking for designers, technologists, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, innovators, governments, policy makers, corporates and banks to come together to discuss new ideas, real futures and how we can collaborate to make banking better for our customers and our businesses.
We already have some globally recognised speakers.
Brett King, Chris Skinner, David McQuillen, Annalie Killian and others are lining up to create a stellar agenda. Be a part of it!
We’re not conference organizers. We’re like you.
We work in the financial services industry like you do. We’re not an events company. So whilst we’re learning about conferences, we know about the issues you confront as well as anyone.
Our motivation here is genuine – we want constructive, challenging, and enjoyable dialogue, not boring speeches formulated by an events company.
We’re going to challenge the conventional conference format too.
An agenda will contain a special VIP event accessing 2 of the brightest brains in global innovation, presentations from thought leaders, demos from entrepreneurs and small businesses, and a huge socially responsible banking section on how the industry is helping (not compromising) the unbanked and developed markets. We’re looking for any interested parties to send us a proposal for their presentation. There’ll also be a cool venue, great food, perfect coffee, cool merchandise and proper conference bags – you know, all that stuff that normally sucks at most conferences.
You create the agenda, not us.
Got any bright ideas? Let us know how you’d like to see Next Bank Asia come together – your participation in constructing the agenda is welcome.
Want to know more?
Of course always feel free to drop me a note directly or comment via Twitter – lets have some fun here!