Session Tracks

Smarter Faster Payments 2021 conference sessions will be positioned under these payments tracks.


ACH

The ACH Network continues to evolve to support innovation and emerging business models and opportunities. Uniquely ubiquitous, the ACH Network is instrumental to moving the payments space forward while balancing new ways of doing business with sound risk management and a reach that delivers game-changing impact. These sessions focus on increasing awareness about the most critical ACH-related topics necessary to operate today and compete tomorrow.

Topics include: ACH and ACH Rules topics, nonrisk-related Nacha initiatives, including audit and Same Day ACH


Faster Payments Experience

With enhanced capabilities implemented to existing platforms and the introduction of new rails, faster payments is gaining adoption. Encompassing sessions and solutions that focus on same-day, immediate, and other faster payments initiatives, the Faster Payments Experience spans the breadth of the conference program, providing attendees with a complete and unparalleled examination of the rapidly emerging faster payments landscape. 

Topics include: faster payments capabilities, enhancements, use cases and platforms


Compliance & Regulatory

Rules and regulations are the bedrock of financial services and payments, and provide the necessary surety for transactions. Although often viewed simply as an area of compliance, developments here also encompass innovation, transaction quality, opportunity and financial reward. Understanding the most crucial concepts and innovations will lead to positive, competitive results.

Topics include: regulatory changes, legal-focused topics, legislative changes and activities in response to pandemic and emergency planning


Innovations in Information

Payments is much more than the ability to exchange funds. In fact, the messaging that flows with payments, allowing receiving parties to reconcile data and use the information to better enable business practices, is what truly makes electronic commerce a thriving business. Sessions in this track focus on information flow and exchange of messages with payments, process improvements, and enhanced capabilities by using information with payments.

Topics include: APIs enabling data and information exchange, A/R and A/P reconciliation, and ISO 20022 and other standards


Corporate & End User Perspectives

At the end of the day, it is all about the customer. Payors and payees are why we are here. These sessions are for and by end user clients — practitioners from corporate, business, state and local government, higher education, and charitable and religious organizations — that originate and receive payments. Content focuses on their experiences and needs, and the solutions and business practices to help them succeed.

Topics include: A/R, A/P, remittances, business operations, consumer outreach


Practical Strategies, Real Results

Sessions in this track focus on topics related to organizational goals, sound business practices, systems modernization, payments convergence and implementation planning for products, services and processes.

Topics include: Research results, proven ideas and solutions, future approaches to evolving workplace and industry needs, and the impact of pandemics and natural disasters on business continuity plans


Cybersecurity & Risk

As payment and operating systems evolve, new threats and risks are introduced nearly as quickly. Staying a step ahead of those interlopers or fraudsters is key to mitigating loss of revenue, reputation and customer relationships. Sessions focus on emerging threats and ways to recognize risks to prevent loss, as well as provide the necessary surety for transactions.

Topics include: general risk, third parties, fraud, risk mitigation techniques, cross-channel risk


Smarter Payments Experience

New smart technologies and tools are enabling financial institutions, fintechs and other providers to leverage rich information within and surrounding a payment throughout the end-to-end process. These capabilities instill greater intelligence that enhances decision-making and awareness, informs choices and actions, removes friction, strengthens security and confidence, and adds value. The Smarter Payments Experience spans the breadth of the conference program, providing attendees with a complete and unparalleled examination of smarter payment capabilities and solutions and how they benefit customers.

Topics include: smarter payment capabilities and platforms, including omnichannel, NFC payments, technical solutions, interoperability among platforms, APIs enabling payments, ISO 20022 use cases, artificial intelligence, machine learning


Disruptive Ideas & Technologies

New technologies, infrastructures, opportunities and threats, value chain democratization and the redefinition of the way parties interact and transact is portending a future quite different from today. There will be winners and losers. These sessions focus on the topics that threaten to disrupt the status quo, elicit controversy, and provoke debate in the industry.

Topics include: artificial intelligence, blockchain, distributed ledgers, APIs, augmented reality, IoT, machine learning, voice response and robotics, and digital identity