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Recap from Singapore FinTech Competition

Recap from Singapore FinTech Competition


This was my first time attending the Singapore FinTech Competition and I totally loved my time on the convention, chatting with colleagues, listening to periods, and visiting cubicles. It was nice to see monetary companies improvements on this a part of the world which tends to be a frontrunner as in comparison with my western centric view and expertise of finance.

The convention was began in 2016 by the Financial Authority of Singapore and has been held yearly since going digital in the course of the pandemic. It’s the largest attended monetary companies convention on the earth with over 60,000 attendees strolling the convention halls over the three days.

This yr’s convention may have simply modified its identify to the Singapore AI FinTech Competition. From the quite a few occasions it got here up in periods to the various cubicles and sales space talks that AI got here up was superb. The truth is, the convention t-shirt’s slogan on the again learn “AI’m not a robotic.” I’m not in a position to examine to earlier exhibits, however I might anticipate that AI changed crypto and DEFI and has a lot broader implications and longevity.

AI is all the craze

The convention kicked off with a keynote from Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director on the IMF. She spent most of her presentation speaking about central financial institution digital currencies (CBDGs). We’re nonetheless somewhat means off from it being mainstream however the continuous theme of CBDGs is that international locations are testing it, and it’ll create a extra inclusive monetary system, spur innovation, and profit cross border funds.

After the opening keynote on got here the AI landslide. The following presenter was the President of Singapore and he began us down the AI path. He gave numerous attention-grabbing AI stats. He thought all industries can be impacted by AI however FSI extra so. He acknowledged that AI causes job displacement fears however that 80% of jobs have 10% work that AI can influence. We should encourage accountable use of AI though we’re all early within the recreation to manage it. AI can influence algorithms, deep fakes, social media, and the like so we should not permit additional polarization we should hold an open thoughts.

When speaking in regards to the thoughts a typical theme although from presenters was the notion of intelligence quotient (IQ) versus emotional quotient (EQ). A presenter quoted Sam Altman of OpenAI claiming he mentioned that the value of AI will lower intelligence by an element of 1 million. That’s sort of scary to listen to however within the extremely regulated monetary companies trade EQ could be a deal maker or breaker.

As a result of AI received’t substitute folks from delivering service. Individuals nonetheless choose the human contact. An instance of Maybank was given on how AI has had a huge effect to decreasing name middle wait time from 4 minutes right down to 30 seconds. They acknowledged there’s a delicate steadiness between human contact and the digital contact, however that EQ of individuals could be extra necessary then ever. Individuals do enterprise with folks not machines.

AI governance is required and there’s a want for regulators to create frameworks for AI. Monetary establishments should construct their frameworks and fashions now and be prepared when laws come their means to have the ability to present how they function.

The AI trade maturity index was proven, and it listed banking and insurance coverage as a number of the lowest industries in projected in 2024 with regards to maturity. The extremely regulated industries comparable to monetary companies and healthcare are in the direction of the underside. Coincidentally whereas I used to be on the convention, Cisco launched its personal AI Readiness Index. Cisco’s report highlights firms’ preparedness to make the most of and deploy AI, showcasing essential gaps throughout key enterprise pillars and infrastructures that pose critical dangers for the close to future. It definitely is sensible that extremely regulated industries are in the direction of the underside.

Thomas Dohmke, CEO of Github, presenting.

The primary stage had spectacular crowds for lots of the distinguished audio system the aforementioned Kristalina Georgieva, Ajay Banga, President of the World Financial institution, Thomas Dohmke CEO of Github, and Invoice Winters CEO of Normal Chartered, by far essentially the most extremely attended session was the one from the CEO of Ant Monetary, Eric Jing. Sadly, I had a battle throughout his session however the truth that this session was essentially the most crowded in my view says one thing about Ant. I after all did go to their large sales space.

FinTechs are banks’ finest pals. Even Large Tech taking on a number of the financial institution’s capabilities is nice. It’s making everybody higher and modern. Nonetheless folks place religion and belief in monetary establishments as evidenced by lack of crypto and defi hype that has now been drowned out. We definitely don’t need, and may’t that kind of influence with AI which is why FIs are treading extra cautious.  We see much more innovation with non-customer going through AI tasks now.

The ultimate presentation was from Ajay Banga, and he desires to proceed the World’s Financial institution democracy entry to monetary companies. Coming from the non-public sector he understands the wants and calls for of shareholders.  He says that there’s sufficient cash on banks steadiness sheets t assist repair ESG however that the returns wanted aren’t there. That’s the place he hopes the World Financial institution can be can play a task. Undoubtedly a refreshing message to finish on.

Exhibit Halls

The conference middle was divided into expertise, founders, ESG, regulation, and expertise halls every with their very own phases. There have been tons of cubicles and as you moved additional away from the expertise part the less banks there have been. Nonetheless, it was very attention-grabbing to see some financial institution manufacturers particularly that aren’t within the US however are massively large. But banks are banks so seeing what new expertise is on the market was thrilling.

Strolling the halls as famous AI was talked about in loads of cubicles and in a lot of sales space talks. There was even one sales space create your very personal multi-lingual AI Avatar. After all, I needed to give it a strive. It was neat and naturally scary on the similar time.

Mastercard Safe Card on File

As a former bank card product supervisor and funds marketer I used to be most intrigued by the Mastercard sales space. For starters it was the one double decker sales space on the convention. As soon as you bought previous the peak of the sales space it was the “automobile” tucked into it that was most attention-grabbing. It was a modified automobile to indicate how Mastercard is engaged on the related automobile to make funds work from the consolation of your automobile. I’ve examine that for some time nevertheless it was neat to see this demo and the way it’s embedded into the automobile. It really works like a card on file that we’re accustomed to however the way it interacts with gasoline stations, toll cubicles and even simply as a private assistant was cool.

The related automobile made me consider Cisco’s personal Webex for Auto technique. In our model, hybrid work and the realities of life come to collectively for efficient in-car communication as for some, automobiles are virtually their predominant workplace. Cisco is working with producers comparable to Audi, Ford and likewise Mercedes-Benz.

There have been cubicles displaying off their funds and wallets. Amazon was showcasing their blockchain pockets and giving out free garb from it, however alas I couldn’t do it with my western machine. Even just a few cubicles, comparable to Visa and DBS, had been displaying off the metaverse. It looks like sluggish adoption and uptake on the use instances for the metaverse but one thing to control.


I appreciated the soundbite from Ravi Menon, Managing Director of Financial Authority of Singapore, the host of the convention, “Every little thing we do in FinTech should have a bigger objective. FinTech is extra importantly about fixing real-world issues, about bettering folks’s lives, about selling a extra inclusive society, about securing a sustainable plant for the long run.” And because the trade strikes ahead AI prepared or not Cisco is right here to assist make it potential.





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