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A few billion reasons for attending #innotribe, Osaka

It’s getting nearer and nearer to Osaka and SIBOS, so it’s
time for a SIBOS Osaka blog entry.

I’m attending as part of the innotribe stream.

Innotribe is in its fourth year at SIBOS, and has matured
from a sideshow sect to a mainstream part of the conference.

Having said that, I still get people asking me “what’s an
innotribe” and “should I attend”?

The answer is …

… that it’s the innovation stream of SIBOS and
yes, you should attend if you are interested in what’s happening next.

Now I’ve been in the what’s happening next phase of business
for the last twenty years, ever since someone told me to tell them something
they don’t know.

Y’see, it’s easy to be around an industry and show your
great depth of knowledge by being well informed.

Here are the industry’s challenges; here are the latest regulatory
issues; here are the new standards for clearing and settlement; this is what
Dodd-Frank is all about; have you read the text of EMIR; etc.

But this is all dog’s doo-doo’s if you have no constructive view
of tomorrow, what these things mean, how to implement change and ultimately
generate greater value for you and the company.

Tomorrow is another day, sure, but it’s an important day as
it’s the day that you can make your own.

You can’t change yesterday, but you can change tomorrow.

That’s why it’s so critical to be involved in the next wave
of business rather than the last, and I’m in the lucky position of doing just

Now not everyone has the luxury of time or interest to be
focused upon the next wave of business.

Some of us are here to keep the lights on, maintain the process
and ensure that things stay up all the time, with 99.99999999 percent or better
fault tolerance.

That’s a critical part of our industry, and the SWIFT
community have a large audience who focus upon just that.

Another part of the community is concerned with managing
change, particularly mandated change, that demands those core, fault tolerant systems
are adapted to meet new requirements.

Neither of those two constituencies are necessarily the audience
who would enjoy innotribe, although we love to see those folks in the sessions
as I’m sure they would find it academically interesting.

But the core part of innotribe and studying the next wave of
business change is about taking action as a result of being aware of such
information, and that is not the space that operational folks fill.

So who does take action after being involved in a dialogue with
a strategist and innovator?

Venture capital funds, innovation incubators, early adopters
and those who want to make a billion in a few years like Peter Thiel.

These are the folks who would like to have been offered the
opportunity to invest in Mark Zuckerberg when he was at Harvard or Jack Dorsey
when he was at NYU.

These are the people who are looking for the next significant
disruption in banking and finance, and I’m one of them as are the folks
involved in innotribe.

So, if you’re interested in making a few billion in a few
years, come along to innotribe at Osaka and see what we’re up to.

Here’s the agenda:


Monday 29 October


09:30 - 10:30, Plenary room

Opening: The Tribe on the Tatami



11:00 - 12:15, Innotribe space

Health Index: Accelerating positive re-balancing



12:30 - 13:30, Innotribe space



  • Yobie
    , Global Chief Technology Officer & Managing Director ,
    Citigroup, NA
  • Nils
    , Director of Knowledge, Innovation & Capacity , United
    Nations Development Programme
  • Shamir
    , Founder and CTO, Simple
  • Jesper
    , Head of R&D worldwide, JP Morgan


16:00 - 17:00, Conference room 2

of Money



Tuesday 30 October


09:30 - 10:30, Innotribe space

Applications Platform


12:30 - 14:30, Innotribe space




15:45 - 17:30, Innotribe space

Future of Organisations



Wednesday 31


09:30 - 10:30, Innotribe space

at Innotribe: Banking meets Design



12:30 - 15:30, Innotribe space

Future of Big and Small Data



16:00 - 17:30, Conference room 3

Asset Grid



Thursday 01


09:30 - 11:30, Innotribe space

Future of Doing Good (Banks for a Better World)



12:15 - 15:30, Innotribe space

Start-up 2012 Challenge – Grand Finale


About Chris M Skinner

Chris M Skinner

Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog, the Finanser.com, as author of the bestselling book Digital Bank, and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand (as well as one of the best blogs), a FinTech Titan (Next Bank), one of the Fintech Leaders you need to follow (City AM, Deluxe and Jax Finance), as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News. To learn more click here…

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