ATMs Retail Acquiring B2B Top Feb Events

Gene Kranz

Omnichannel retail is one the top revolutionary developments in the payments sphere today. Within the next two decades there will be 80 billion connected devices. That includes the devices we carry in our pockets and bags as well as all of the devices we use in our workplaces and homes and literally every other place we visit. This is driving disruption across every industry.

Senior Analyst Robert McKinley says the key in the collision of payments and devices, a/k/a disruption, is the need for solutions to connect data and devices in ways improving experiences and the world at large. This is unfolding before our eyes as we witness implications in healthcare, retail and manufacturing.

PYVNTS list of payment events for February 2020 is broad-based including not just omnichannel retail, but also acquiring, B2B, artificial intelligence, ATMs and evolving banking technologies.

BankcenterCardBuzz and CardFlash noted the B2B event in Berlin will draw around 10,000 attendees. CardTrak also reports Gene Kranz of Apollo 13 fame will speak at the big U.S. ATM event in Houston.


The ATMIA U.S. Conference is slated for February 11-13 at the Hilton Americas in Houston. The theme is: “Launching the ATM Industry into a New Era” and is focused on the industry’s Next-Gen ATMs initiative and a world of exciting new capabilities in the self-service channel.

This is the largest ATM-focused event in the world and an opportunity to network with colleagues and professionals from all sectors of the industry. The event is expected to draw more than 1,200 attendees, including international delegates from more than 25 different countries.

Keynote Speaker is Gene Kranz, the leader of the “Tiger Team” of flight directors who brought the Apollo 13 spaceship safely back to Earth on April 17, 1970. The hit film, Apollo 13, chronicles Kranz’s struggle to devise the plan that would safely bring the ship and its crew of three astronauts home after its oxygen system failed.

Over 100 exhibit booths will be there and about 1,200 ATM executives attendees.colleagues will be there too.

Major sponsors include Cardtronics. Visa and Euronet will also be supporting the conference.

Omnichannel Retail U.S.

Omnichannel retail comes into focus at eTail West comes to the JW Marriott in Palm Springs, California on February 24-27. The event includes 250+ retail speakers, 2000+ retail attendees from more than 600 companies over the four days

Tuesday’s rundown

Track A: Discoverability & Marketplaces
Track B: Cutting Edge Omnichannel Opportunities
Track C: Personalization And Behavioral Marketing
Track D: Customer Acquisition/Conversion Optimization
Track E: Engagement And Community Building
Track F: Next Generation Customers: Who They Are And How They’re Buying

Paul J. Walsh, Global Chief Digital Officer, Lenovo, will keynote “Beyond Disruption, Beyond Devices: Powering A New Age of Innovation.” Walsh will share the current thinking about the future of disruption and today’s connected consumer.

Major sponsors include Bluecore and Salesforce.

Robert McKinley says don’t forget this event has some of best social and networking parties in the payments world, i.e. eTail Holiday Hollapalooza Parties.

Omnichannel Retail Europe

Omnichannel retail in Europe sums up the Omnichannel Futures Conference set for February 5th at the Cavendish Conference Centre in London. The event is sponsored by The Retail Bulletin.

Speakers from retail will examine questions such as:

Are robots about to take over the retail industry?

Is offering consumers ‘experiences’ the future of shopping?

What is the future of online retail?

How are the roles of brands, retailers and media changing?

How will the technology of the future help retailers to get
closer to their customers?

Among top speakers is Gracia Amico with two decades of eCommerce and digital experience up to the C-suite level. She was part of the first wave of eCommerce start-ups back in 2000, securing venture capital investment for her own dotcom company. Since then she has been on the Board of Hobbs as eCommerce Director, headed up Topshop Topman’s eCommerce department and set up the online marketing strategy at Burberry, she also held the position of CEO at PetsPyjamas.

Experian is a major sponsor of the event.

U.S. Acquiring

The Northeast Acquirers Association Conference will be held February 5-6 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.

The non-profit NEAA was founded in 1985 and is entering its 35th year of successfully serving and educating all distribution channels in the electronic payments industry in the northeast (ISO, MSP, MLS, FI). The annual conference provides an educational forum that covers the most current industry issues, trends and topics. conference venues promote optimal settings for payment professionals to network one-on-one or in a group environment.

Among major sponsors: American Express and Discover.

European Acquiring

February 18-20 is the Merchant Payments Ecosystem event at the InterContinental Berlin Hotel. The high quality program offers 140+ inspiring speakers, 75+ sponsors and about 1,250 attendees.

The MPE agenda covers all aspects of European Card Acquiring, Merchant Services, POS, on-line, offline and mobile payments. There are 50+ sessions on wide range of topics and 90+ presentations, case studies, chats and panel discussions.

Paul Stoddart, President of New Payment Platforms at Mastercard is among the top speakers and the event is also supoorted by Mastercard as an exhibitor.


The huge B2B Expo Conference will be held at STATION Berlin on February 13th. Within the past four years the event has established itself as one of Germany’s leading e-commerce events. With more than 10,000 visitors and 300 exhibitors, the event has hosted notable companies in the past, such as Google, Samsung, Alibaba, Zalando, Facebook, DHL and L’Oreal.

Getting ready for PSD2 on time! How online fashion retailer Zalando and Mastercard implemented Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) is a featured event.

The new EU Payment Service Directive PSD2 requires a two-factor authentication to make shopping on the internet even more secure. But what challenges do companies face implementing SCA? How can security and a smooth shopping experience be reconciled with a simple and seamless payment process? Andreas Schmidt will discuss the implementation of SCA at Zalando and how to optimize the SCA process. In addition, Carsten Muerl, Director Product Management Mastercard will give an update on the regulatory requirements of the German and European regulators and show how the close implementation latitude in card payments on the internet, which was granted by the BaFin, can be used.

Muerl is responsible for security solutions such as authentication, 3-D Secure or fraud detection in the Cyber & Intelligence Solutions business unit of Mastercard (Germany and Switzerland). He has more than 20 years experience in the payment industry. As Head of Product Management of Cards at Deutsche Bank he was responsible among others for new card programs like Debit Mastercard and the introduction of new features like CardApp or mobile payment.

European Payments

European Financial Forum, sponsored by The Financial Times, in Dublin is among the top payments events next month. Part of the theme focuses on being ready for the shifting dynamics that Brexit, US-China trade tensions and other geo-political developments will bring to an already competitive operating environment. Plus being ready for the prospect of a new model of capitalism, as momentum builds among leaders to redefine corporate purpose.

Julie Monaco, Global Head of Citi’s Public Sector Group in the Corporate and Investment Banking division of the Institutional Clients Group, will be a featured speaker. She leads the banking coverage team that is responsible for providing a full range of financial services to public sector clients globally.

The event is set for February 12th in Dublin.

Artificial Intelligence

The two-day Artificial Intelligence in Financial Services conference will be back at the Amba Hotel Marble Arch in London, February 4th and 5th. More than 100 senior executives will gather to discuss current AI success, how you can leverage new tools, and when and where to use them for best effect.

The event will tackle two key issues: #1: How AI impacts the business model of financial services – and where best to deploy it – now, and in the next decade. #2: How to get adoption, deployment and implementation right – with a focus on internal and human processes as much – if not more on – human-centered activities.

Delegates will leave the event with insight on how industry uptake of AI is evolving, especially as advances in processing power start to change what’s possible and guidance on where the industry is headed to over the next decade.

Peter Thomas, Senior Manager, Data Innovation, Bank Of England will be a featured speaker. He heads up a team of data specialists responsible for delivering the bank’s RegTech strategy, helping end users find, fix and explore new ways of using data and coordinating information and data governance.

Thomas will discuss: Robot Rules: The AI based Rulebook – A Regulator’s View

Bank Technologies

BankTech is slated for February 26-27 at the Indaba Hotel, Fourways in Johannesburg.

The event will address how banking technologies are ensuring profitability in operations, and how developments in artificial intelligence, regulation technology, cloud computing, cybersecurity and digital banking are affecting the financial services space.

The sessions to be covered which are causing disruption in the adoption of new technologies:

Challenges of adopting new technologies in the financial service

Emerging of open banking and fintechs

Artificial intelligence and machine learning

Regulation and compliance governing new technologies in financial services

Fraud detection and prevention during the adoption of new technologies

Implementing automated cloud based technologies in the financial and banking services

Data and technology

The sessions to be covered which are causing disruption in the adoption of new technologies:

Overall the event covers: Digital Banking • Artificial Intelligence • Machine Learning • Data • Cloud adoption • Blockchain • Cryptocurrencies • Open banking • Regulation • Compliance • Customer service • Fraud • Risk management • Cyber • Technology • KYC

Paul Opie, Africa Marketing Manager: Payment Activities of Wirecard is among speakers expected.