The Mariana Trench lies in the Pacific Ocean 189 miles southwest of Guam and 6.6 miles straight down.
Recently, James Cameron (a director known for the modestly successful movies "Titanic" and "Avatar") spent time there filming the world's deepest seabed, where he and his crew identified 68 new species. Sixty-eight.
Which goes to show that if you want access to something everyone else in the world doesn't already know about, you have to dive deep.
This is exactly the opportunity on offer at the second annual ATM & Mobile Innovation Summit, Sept. 10–12 at the Capitol Hilton in Washington.
This year's summit will kick off with a two-and-a-half hour workshop that investigates issues around ATM and mobile compliance. Legal and compliance experts from both worlds will address issues that lie beneath the surface-level chatter about these two converging technologies:
- regulatory issues around the use of virtual/mobile-only debit, credit and stored value accounts at the ATM;
- how mobile will affect traditional ATM use (e.g., provisioning of mobile-only debit cards);
- mobile and ATM interaction and its Americans with Disabilities Act implications;
- issues concerning the use of ATMs vis-à-vis legal marijuana sales;
- The rise of Bitcoin ATMs and virtual currencies; and
- The future of ATM use: a look at other countries’ implementation of added products and services (e.g., donations, payments, mobile phone top up, dispense foreign currency, tickets, licenses and coupons).
As a keynote session about the convergence of virtual currency, ATMs and mobile payments will examine the directions in which Bitcoin and other currencies are headed, and the ways they'll drive cash machine deployers to innovate.
This session will feature executives with exhaustive knowledge of the topic:
- Jordan Kelley, the founder and CEO of Robocoin, the first company to produce a true cash-in, cash-out Bitcoin ATM;
- Bryan Krohn, CFO at BitPay, an electronic payment processing system that enables merchants to accept bitcoins as a form of payment, and whose clients include Virgin Galactic, Gyft, newegg and shopify;
- Mike Lee, the CEO of the ATM Industry Association and also founder of the think tank Institute of Futurology; and
- Marisa Mann is director of client delivery at Solstice Mobile, the country's largest mobile-first digital product development firm.
In a town hall-style session, Connie Theien, VP of industry relations at the Federal Reserve will present a sneak preview of the Fed's forthcoming "faster payment" study. Additional perspective will be provided by panelists with deep knowledge of the payments industry:
- Lynne Barr, a partner at Goodwin Procter LLP and chair of the firm's banking and consumer financial services practices;
- Troy Cullen, president of the Elan Financial ATM and debit services division of U.S. Bank;
- Leland Englebardt, MasterCard group head; and
- Kurt Helwig CEO of the Electronic Funds Transfer Association and panel moderator.
In a showcase keynote presentation, Shawn Henry, president of CrowdStrike Services and a retired FBI executive assistant director, will present a disturbing picture of current and developing threats from the criminal world of hackers, as well as a clear-eyed assessment of vulnerabilities within the financial services IT community.
CrowdStrike security team members will follow Henry's presentation with a live demonstration of a hacking exploit, and measures an enterprise can take to protect itself.
The signature session of the ATM & Mobile Innovation Summit features an open-floor Q&A session that allows delegates to engage directly with insiders from U.S. regulatory agencies:
- Gary Novis, director of the Office of Strategic Policy for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network;
- Duane Pozza, an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission; and
- Anne Shere Wallwork, a senior counselor at the U.S. Treasury.
Additional information — including a full list of speakers and sessions — and online registration are available at the ATM & Mobile Innovation Summit website.
cover photo courtesy vincent lou | flickr
Suzanne’s editorial career has spanned three decades and encompassed all B2B and B2C communications formats. Her award-winning work has appeared in trade and consumer media in the United States and internationally.