If you are searching for info about Lendit’s 2018 conference, you might know by now that this is the World’s biggest show in Lending and Fintech. This event has been able to attract and gather over 5,000 people in only four years of existence. Simultaneously, it has become one of the most significant events in the financial sphere, where members share their tricks, start new businesses and establish useful connections. Pretty impressive, huh?
You may be asking yourself, “Why is this Sombra firm writing such flattering things about Lendit, maybe they got paid for ads ?”.
We’d wish, but no. We are just some enthusiasts, like you, who are dying to attend this year’s meeting. So, we decided to share some useful info we found during our research. Here you have 4 main points making this year’s USA Lendit conference a must visit for you and us.
Every year, organizers accommodate the conference in differences places. This is understandable due to its rapid attendance growth. The conference grew from 400 to 5,000 attendees. The event has always been held in A – class locations that could fit the entire crowd of participants, speakers and guests. This year’s event will take place in the San-Francisco at the Moscone Center.
The previous year founders of Lendit presented an app that captures relevant information about timetables, agendas and attendee lists. Since last year, the app was improved and new features have emerged, such as creating a personalized event schedule and locating sponsors and exhibitors on the Expo Map.
The app adds additional value to the conference because it eases visitor attendance and provides a paperless experience. By the way, this app was developed by the San Francisco company, DoubleDutch. This company has created apps for PwC, AmericanExpress, Shopify events, so, they know how to do it right. Additionally, you can use other privileges from the thought-through organization, for example, VIP Meeting Concierge, Expo Hall Tours.
If you are somehow tangent to the financial industry, you won’t be bored at the conference. This year’s agenda is not yet disclosed, but we can say, that 8 topics from last year were narrowed into four main areas: Fintech, Blockchain, Digital Banking and Lending.
The full list of featured speakers has yet to be announced, but we can already recognize some main personalities from the last year speakers list. The first one is the CEO of Lending Club, Scott Sanborn, who gave an inspiring speech about the past and future of Investing. This year Scott will probably be speaking at the Lending panel of the conference.
The second speaker, we already are familiar with is Yihan Fang, the CEO Yirendai, the leading finance platform in China. Last year Yihan was speaking about Fintech in China and where it’s going to move. We assume that this April you can meet Mrs. Fang at Fintech panel.
In addition, we will have an opportunity to enjoy the speeches of such important people in the financial sector as the Director of Applied AI at Google or the financial journalist and New York Times best-selling author Michael Lewis.
The final list of featured speakers is still forming, so the management of Lendit 2018 USA has a chance to surprise us with some big names in the finance world.
Countless opportunities for networking
It’s not likely this conference will change your life or even the way you think. Conferences rarely do that to people. But this is a great opportunity to expand your network and gain some useful connections inside your sphere. There are numerous stories of business opportunities emerging in the most unlikely places.
Statistics from the 2017 conference shows that 29% of attendees were from Fintech industry, 28% – Investors, 18% – Banks, 24% – Service providers. The biggest number of visitors came from Latin America(22%), (Canada 32%), New Zeland and Australia (13,5%). If some of those categories fall within your target audience, most likely you will come home with few business partners in your pocket.
As a bonus, you will get an acсess to the Brella networking tool. It can help you to streamline the process of scheduling on-site meetings with attendees that can be your potential connections.
Besides the main conference, there also will be some additional events. One of them is a competition for Fintech startups, called PitchIt. This event will cater to emerging talent in Fintech throughout the competition and will provide selected finalists with industry insights. An additional event is BlockFin which is about Blockchain and Cryptocurrency and will be held during the Lendit USA. BlockFin enables to get to know more about blockchain ecosystem, crypto companies, investors and banks, as well as to get access to top innovators and experts in this field.
An entry ticket to Lendit gives you an opportunity to visit both events for free. Note, if you want to take part in the startup contest you will need to fulfil the requirements.
We hope that this modest research will help you benefit from the upcoming conference. If you have questions regarding the conference or other financial issues, don’t hesitate to contact us in the box down below. Let’s meet on April 9th until the 11th in San-Francisco.