1-3 February 2018, Bangalore
Status: Accepting submissions
Following rapid changes in the payments ecosystem in 2016, we are now witnessing consolidation in the markets and among players. There are new challenges including security of payment apps, reaching target audiences beyond those in first-tier cities, and addressing questions of standardization.
In its third edition (after Bangalore and Mumbai), 50p will comprehensively address the following the topics to understand the spectrum of payments and the issues that concern all the stakeholders in this ecosystem.
Topics for submitting talks:
- State of payments products in India, and lessons from across the world:
- What are the regulatory hurdles with building and running payment products in India? How does this situation compare with our neighbours in Asia?
- Customer acquisition – success and failure stories. How do you build traction for your payment product? How do you take your payment product to tier 2 and tier 3 cities?
- What are the unqiue challenges with acquiring and onboarding merchants on payment platforms? How do you build traction with merchants since most of payment products focus on the B2C segment?
- Technology challenges when building payment products: are these challenges internal in terms of deciding on which technology to adopt? Or are the challenges external in terms of meeting regulatory requirements and SLAs with regulatory bodies? Or is this a combination of both?
- Interoperability of payment instruments.
- State of payment products such as bank apps, wallets, P2P apps, BharatQR, credit cards, POS, debit cards, AmazonPay, gift cards, HDFC Regalia, SBI Prime, Ola Money and Ola Wallet, Cleartrip Wallet, Sodexo from traction, adoption, regulatory and futuristic perspectives.
- Future of wallets.
- Product hacks and tech innovations.
- Regulations in India: challenges and hurdles.
- Cross border fund transfer and escrow.
- State of remittances worldwide.
- Overview of bank tech ecosystem – CBS, wholesale banking, private banking / wealth management, treasury, capital markets, Islamic banking.
- History and evolution of bank tech in India.
- Analysis of Finacle, BANCS, Misys-CBS: challanges in bank IT deployment and change management.
- Analysis of the present state of international payments, NEFT, IMPS, debit and credit cards.
- Technology underlying Direct Beneficiary Transfers (DBT).
- AEPS and banking integration, and other integrations between payment instruments and banks.
- UPI, BharatQR, BBPS, Fastag and other digital payment methods.
- Technology stack in payments:
- New web standards for payments.
- Payments and security.
- IoT payments
- Customer data protection.
- Scope for automation in areas such as customer grievance redressal.
- Infrastructure concerns: servers, costs, securing customer data, etc.
- Journeys of choosing the right tech stack for your payment product / for banks / for data analytics.
- Optimizing for scale to reduce cost of transactions, infrastructure, connectivity.
- Data and network challenges.
- Design at scale for payments.
- Cross-platform payment apps and security concerns.
- Technology challenges related to the larger ecosystem: e-signing, authentication, network security, device security.
- Payment data and analytics + fraud:
- Stories of what kind of data is being mined / tracked currently.
- Case studies and examples of building data-driven products.
- Application of Machine Learning and Deep Learning in payments.
- Fraud detection.
- FAT-ML in payment data collection, analysis and use.
- Finance beyond payments:
- Digital payments in stock trading.
- Credit, lending and co-operative banks: how these actors joining the digital payments bandwagon (Oxigen, Scripbox, etc).
- Cryptocurrency and blockchain:
- Analysis of existing options – comparisons, pros-and-cons.
- Review of new developments.
- What problems do cryptocurrencies solve?
- Challenges with multiple cryptos.
- Policy and regulatory environment in India and across the world.
- Business models – including the question of adoption and traction.
- Blockchain beyond cryptocurrency; use cases of blockchain in governance, health, banking.
You can also propose to teach workshops on the following topics:
- Deploying a payment gateway/wallet in your app/website - Build with blockchain - Designing interfaces for payment apps
If you are working on an area that is not listed above simply submit a proposal.
Target audience for the event, and who should propose to speak:
50p is a conference for practitioners, by practitioners. Submit a proposal to speak at 50p if you are:
- CEOs of payments companies.
- CTOs of payment companies.
- Heads of technology and product teams in banks.
- Working on DBT, UPI, BharatQR, payment integration, in a hands-on manner.
- Product managers in payment companies.
- Developers working in payments companies and banks.
- Data scientist – who has or is working on data analytics (and or fraud detection) – in payments.
- Designer working on payment products.
- Working on stock markets, capital markets, etc.
- Solving problems with remittance payments.
- Developers in third-party organizations which build solutions for payment companies and banks.
- Security professional working on security and auth.
- Economic historians.
- Crytocurrency enthusiasts.
- Working on Blockchain.
We are inviting proposals for:
- Full-length 40 minute talks.
- Crisp 15-minute talks.
- Sponsored sessions (limited slots available; subject to editorial scrutiny and approval).
- Hands-on workshops, of 3 and 6 hour duration.
- Off The Record (OTR) and Birds of a Feather (BOF) sessions for 90 mins each.
- 5- and 10-min demos.
- Panel discussions.
We accept talks on open source technology, with the following caveats:
- If the technology or solution is proprietary, and you want to speak about your propritary solution to make a pitch to the audience, you should pick up sponsored session. This involves paying for the speaking slot.
- If your solution / technology is available through a freemium model, it will fall under sponsored session category. 3. If the technology or solution is in the process of being open sourced, we will consider the talk only if the solution is open sourced at least two months before the conference.
If your tech stack is closed source, you should consider proposing a talk explaining your choices in the first place; what options you considered (business-wise and technology-wise) before you made the decision to build your own solution; what is your specific use case that left you without existing options and necessitated you to build your own solution.
The criteria for selecting proposals, in the order of importance, are:
- Key insight or takeaway: what can you share with participants that will help them in their work and in thinking about the problem?
- Structure of the talk and flow of content: a detailed outline helps us understand the focus of the talk, and the clarity of your thought process.
- Ability to communicate succinctly, and how you engage with the audience. You must submit link to a two-minute preview video explaining what your talk is about, and what is the key takeaway for the audience.
No one submits the perfect proposal in the first instance. We therefore encourage you to:
- Submit your proposal early so that we have more time to iterate if the proposal has potential. - Talk to us on our community Slack channel: [https://friends.hasgeek.com](https://friends.hasgeek.com) if you want to discuss an idea for your proposal, and need help / advice on how to structure it. - Our editorial team also helps potential speakers in honing their speaking skills, fine tuning and rehearsing content at least twice - before the main conference - and sharpening the focus of talks.
How to submit a proposal?
The following guidelines will help you in submitting a proposal:
- Focus on why, not how. Explain to participants why you made a business or engineering decision, or why you chose a particular approach to solving your problem.
- Share as much detail as possible about how you solved the problem. Glossing over details does not help participants grasp real insights.
- Focus on what participants from other domains can learn/abstract from your solution.
- We do not accept how-to talks unless they demonstrate latest technology. If you are demonstrating new tech, show enough to motivate participants to explore the technology later.
- Content that can be read off the internet does not interest us. Our participants are keen to listen to use cases and experience stories that will help them in their practice.
To summarize, we do not accept talks that gloss over details or try to deliver high-level knowledge without covering depth. Talks have to be backed with real insights and experiences for the content to be useful.
Passes and honorarium for selected speakers:
Selected speakers get a pass to the conference. We also pay an honararium of Rs. 5,000 to each speaker, at the end of the talk as token of gratitude for taking the time to prepare and speak at the conference.
We do not provide free passes for speakers’ colleagues and spouses.
Travel grants for outstation speakers:
Limited travel grants are available for international and domestic speakers. We evaluate each case on its merits, giving preference to women, people of non-binary gender, and Africans. If you require a grant, request it when you submit your proposal in the field where you add your location. 50p is funded through ticket purchases and sponsorships; travel grant budgets vary.
About the curators of 50p: [This section will be updated as we confirm curators and peer reviewers for the conference.]
50p is a community event with crowd sourced content. The curators of this conference are:
- Abhishek Balaji: who thrives on food, shelter and bandwidth. Part-time adult and full-time all rounder, Abhishek is editor, video producer and part of the content team at HasGeek. He babbles at https://twitter.com/booleanbalaji
- Zainab Bawa: bespectacled and spectacular editor-in-chief at HasGeek. Her opinions and inights are public on https://twitter.com/zainabbawa
- Srikanth Lakshmanan: popularly known as Logic, runs Cashlessconsumr, a consumer advocate forum focusing on the new revolution in digital payments.
MLR Convention Centre
Brigade Millenium campus,
JP Nagar 7th Phase,
Karnataka - 560078.
Last date for submitting proposal is 10 December 2017. Proposals will be reviewed as we recieve them. Do not forget to upload slides and preview video when submitting your talks.
For questions on speaking proposals write to firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about tickets and sponsorships, write to email@example.com or call +91-7676332020.