Belfast: an unprecedented networking experience. Let me tell you why and how!

@innotribe Belfast, we used the expression “an unprecedented networking experience” and I d like to explain you why.
When you interview people attending conferences and ask WHY they attend, the buzzword is “to network” … But what if you don t know anybody, you are simply not an extrovert, or if – beside coffee break – you have no real chance to meet people?

In general, to connect you need three element: the topic you want to connect (the what) the person to share that topic (the who) and the platform to connect (the how). The why seems logic, right?

What we will do in Belfast (13 and 14 June) on day one, after the first day of conference and the visit of the Titanic Expo, is facilitate the 3 pillars of networking.

We have selected five locations (pubs, basically, in Belfast there is no shortage of them) , all walking distance one from another, and we will assign one or more topic per location, with a couple of “host” (from our speakers, typically, but also from the Innotribe network in general) making sure that people will gather together and meet.

Through a mobile app then, you will be able to follow/enter the different conversations and eventually move to the place to join the other groups.

This, together with the Innotribe design, the welcoming nature of Northern Ireland, and quality of the speakers we brought together, is what I would call an unprecedented networking experience.

You can register on and using the code GROUPIE12 you can get a significant discount on the conference fee.

The agenda is online at

See you in a bit more that a couple of weeks!

Stay tuned


Curious about the Innotribe Belfast content ? Here it is!

I already blogged about the good reasons for you to attend the next Innotribe conference in Belfast, next June 13 and 14th.

– the network of innovators we are putting together
– the interactivity (Innotribe DNA) of the design
– the experiment of a new knowledge currency within the event (soon a dedicated blog about this)
– the “magic” of the venue (and the Titanic Expo you will be able to visit, included in the conference)

There is another reason, needless to say: the content of the conference.

Here are some highlights on the main sessions:

1- Innovation sparkles, in other words a crash course on innovation, lead by a company called Fjord, by far the most innovative company in fintech user experience and design
2- Innovation in large organizations (banks, in this case). Case studies, challenges, tips, successful experiences, failure stories you can learn from, and banks like Citi, JPM, and RBS talking about this
3- The new trends in Product Management. Incremental innovation made smarter. Processes, crowd sourcing, co-creation
4- Alternative currencies, and more specifically knowledge as a currency. The Hub Culture (the founders of the VEN currency) and a scientist working on a similar project for The Hub will lead the discussion

These are the sessions with a workshop or a Lab tied to it.

We will have also “in conversation” session, talking about “The new bank” with the CEO and founder of Bank Fidor, and new perspectives on Customer Services, with the Chairman of MetroBank.
Are Telcos cake-eaters or partners for banks? Alcatel Lucent’s head of growth strategy will run a session on this, as well as our own @petervan will talk about Digital Asset Grid (the project financed by the Innotribe incubator aiming to build a new set of identity services and apps for the financial industry)
You think Standards are boring? I did. Until we financed and our new testing platform. The founder of the initiative will share his journey.

Last piece, the startup competition. if you want to apply.
If you want to listen to the brightest innovators and early stage start ups of the fintech planet, Belfast will be the best place to be.

Go To to register, early bird discount until may 15th.

You know where to find me for more info.
Stay tuned.


Why you should come to Belfast on June 13th and 14th at the Innotribe conference

Why you should come to Belfast?

– For the Innotribe networking experience.

Personally, I’ve attended more than 100 conferences (including 10 Sibos) and the challenge stays the same. Main reason why people come is to network, and very few conferences are designed for it.
You certainly meet up with people you know already, in a single place. But what if you could meet NEW people around topics you are INTERESTED in?
This is what we will plan for Belfast, and topics will be around mobility, payments, innovation processes, new currencies, product Innovation, customer services, and many more.
“how”? You should trust Innotribe for that. And if you only google us, you should perceive the difference.

For the quality of the speakers and their accessibility

A speaker usually speak then go. The more senior, the faster he/she goes.
At Innotribe, the speaker share first and then work TOGETHER with us and the audience to share more, in the Innotribe Labs.

Here’s a preview of some of the speakers already confirmed, in random order

• Steve Van Wyk, Global CIO, ING
• JP Rangaswami, Chief Scientist, Salesforce
• Matthias Kroner, CEO, Bank Fidor
• Kartik Kaushik, Head of M&A, CITI
• Neal Livingston, MD, Europe, RBS
• Gautham Jain, Head of Client Access, Standard Chartered
• Linda Mc Laughlin Moore, Head of Securities Services, JPMorgan
• Andrew Davis, Head of E-channels, HSBC
• Dan Marovitz, CEO, Buzzumi
• Laura Merling, Head of Growth Strategy, Alcatel-Lucent
• Thierry Touchais, Executive Director, International Polar Foundation
• Tony Fish, Founder, AMF ventures
• Javier Perez Tasso, Head of Products and Services, SWIFT
• Peter Vander Auwera, Innovation Leader, SWIFT
• Danny Moore, Founder, Loughshore investments
• Chris Skinner, CEO, Balatroid Ltd
• Anthony Thomson, CEO, Metrobank
• Kosta Peric, Head of innovation, SWIFT
• Mircea Mihaescu, Head of Innovation, SBERBANK

For the richness of the content.

This conference has four type of session:
• Innotribe Chats: 30 min, sharp, inspiring, interview like type of session, with a great speaker and a provocative “journalist”
• Innotribe Workshop: the famous “Labs”, interactive, designed, human interaction inspired, on a give topic, preceded by a panel or a talk
• Ignite talks: one person on stage, short talk, eyes opener, out of the context thinking, a breath of fresh air for your brain
• Pure networking session: we are in process of design this one, it will be (also) outside of the conference centre, something totally new

For the Innotribe Start-up Challenge

This, alone, is a reason to come over. We will open up the stage to the 10 best early stage financial industry start-ups and the 5 brightest grownups after an online selection made by over 100 judges in the Innotribe network. You will have the possibility to give your vote, and select the two winners of a ticket to Sibos in Osaka, where the grand finale will take place to win the 50K.
More on this on

For the beauty and the charm of the location.

I have been fascinated by the Titanic Building, its story and the multimedia experience you can make in the Titanic museum. More info in the site or in my blog

How to register?

We have an early bird price of 665 EUR (30% discount) before may 15th. Regular price after that will be 950 EUR.

Why do we charge?

Because this is a self-sustained event, and we do it through sponsorship and delegate fee. And there is a lot of value we deliver.

To register, go to

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