12 Fintech Events Happening in Malaysia You Need to Check Out in 2019by Fintech News Malaysia March 18, 2019
Malaysia is a home to a small, but robust fintech community, ranging from startup founders to bankers with a keen eye for technological advancements.
With rapidly evolving regulations in a nascent but vibrant space, and increasing interest from entrenched finance players, is always a good idea to keep abreast of developments in the region one is operating in, if not for nothing, at least to commiserate about fintech issues with like-minded fellows.
Some of the fintech events to look out for are:
SCxSC Fintech Conference
The SCxSC Fintech Conference is held by the Securities Commission Malaysia as its annual fintech event, to serve as an interactive platform for discussions and exploration of new and evolving digital trends. Some topics discussed in the 2018 iteration was artificial intelligence in financial services, blockchain use-cases, and a live hacking demo as an experiential showcase of cyber-threats.
The 2019 iteration of the event has yet to be announced.
Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) will host Malaysia Fintech Week 2019, the first flagship event by the regulator focusing on fintech and tech transformation of financial services in Malaysia.
The week will be held as part of the Malaysia Tech Week. The event is expected to convene participants from across the fintech ecosystem including innovators, investors, policy-makers, academia, fintech influencers and industry leaders in the fields of finance, banking and technology to explore the opportunities and challenges in harnessing fintech innovations to shape the future of the financial services industry.
The event will be held in June 17 – 21, at Sasana Kijang and the Orbit. Find out more here
The second iteration of this event (or Season 2 as they call it) will host sessions on how to improve customer experience based on data and customer insights in an era of digital analytics. Some panels include how analytics help businesses make better decisions, and experiential fintech sharing from the current Head of Transforming Customer Journey at CIMB, Kanags Surendran
The event will be held on March 23 at The Orbit, Bangsar South. Find out more here.
ASEAN Fintech Summit ASLI
ASLI stands for the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute, and they hold the ASEAN Fintech Summit in collaboration with the Fintech Association of Malaysia. For 2019, the summit focuses on the theme “Age of Acceleration”, which aims to present in-depth and multi-dimensional discussions about talent, funding, digital implementation, branding and environmental perspectives. Seakers will be hailing from policy makes, academicians, to individual experts in their field.
The summit will be held in March 25 – 26 at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Center. Find out more here.
How Fintech Startups Can Benefit From Blockhain
A collaboration between the Blockchain Academy and the Fintech Association of Malaysia, this 3-hour session by the co-founder of Blockchain Academy Malaysia wants to explain what fintechs need to know about blockchain, beyond the hype, and exactly how it can be utilised to grow one’s fintech business. This will be a relaxed casual session.
The session will be held on March 28 in The Orbit, Bangsar South. Find out more here.
Bloconomic (Blockchain Economic Summit)
This year, the event seems to brand itself as the Bloconomic Excellence Award 2019, though it will still entail a main conference, leaders panel session, and mini exhibition shows with participation from a thousand delegates from government, associations, research institutes, financial institution as well as fintech and internet finance companies, Blockchain technology and industry application companies, cryptocurrency and digital asset related companies. Bloconomic Excellence Award discusses the real use cases and the future prospect of Blockchain in the new reality of blockchain landscape as well as addressing the opportunities and challenges ahead.
The summit will be held on the 25 – 26 April in Le Meridien Putrajaya. Find out more here.
The Asian Islamic Fintech Huddle
Hosted by IFN Fintech, The Asian Islamic Fintech Huddle is an international gathering of industry influencers and fintech visionaries using technology to drive financial inclusion in a Shariah-compliant and ethical manner. The event will feature a series of panel discussions, demo session and networking events with a goal of connecting all stakeholders of the Islamic fintech ecosystem. This includes startups, investors, policymakers and intermediaries.
The huddle will be held on April 25, in Kuala Lumpur. Find out more here.
Financial Services Summit 2019
The Financial Services Summit is a by-invitation only forum by FST Media. Targeted at bankers, insurers and technology leaders the event will dive into subjects like; CX, data, digital transformation, cloud, RPA, fintech, regtech and many more.
The event will be held on April 25th, St Regis, Kuala Lumpur. Find out more here.
Techstars Startup Weekend: Fintech Edition
Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Techstars Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.
The event will be held on April 26 – 28, in APU New Campus, Kuala Lumpur. Find out more here.
ABF Retail Banking Forum – Roadshow Series
The Asia Banking & Finance Retail Banking Forum is held in 4 cities, Manila, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, and Bangkok. The Malaysian forum in 2018 was attended by key executives from Maybank, CIMB, Public Bank Berhad, RHB Bank Berhad, AmBank, Affin Bank, Bank Islam Malaysia, and Standard Chartered Malaysia amongst others.
The event will be held on May 14, in Kuala Lumpur. Find out more here.
Global Islamic FinTech Summit
This year will be the second edition of the Global Islamic FinTech Summit, a conference to address and highlight latest trends in Islamic fintech, while also seeking to become a platform for thought leaders to come together to share ideas and plot the best direction for the industry to go next.
The summit will be held in September 23 – 25 in Kuala Lumpur. Find out more here.
BankTech Asia calls itself a strategic platform that connects and influences bankers across the globe on topics that are deemed ‘hot’ in the evolving banking technologies space. Last year, BankTech Asia hosted 230 bankers, 85 exhibitors and sponsors, 37 speakers, 30 start-ups and 5 regulators to deliver on topics ranging from blockchain, fintech, regtech, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, technology risk, digital transformation and other pertinent issues within the technology space of the banking industry.The 2019 iteration of the event has yet to be announced.
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