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And so #SIBOS begins

Feeling well rested, I arrive at the Toronto convention centre this morning bright eyed and bushy tailed, for the rehearsal for the innotribe. 

Innotribe is the main stream I’m involved with this year, as ‘professional troublemaker’.

We’re rehearsing for the opening session here with mates from all over the world, although I notice a predominance of Australians with Brett King and James Gardner as core agent provocateurs of the opening innotribe keynote.

Obviously, innovation is all about turning the world upside down, hence the predominance of Australians.

Before we get into that, the Toronto convention centre proves interesting, as I was entering from the north side.

Toronto cc

First is the challenge of how to find a door to get into the place.

Second is how to get past security with the iPad, laptop and Uzi … unfortunately they spotted the iPad and so a full strip search was the order of the day.

Third was how to get my badge as I had no photo ID.  Oh no, I’d only brought three credit cards, my business cards, a copy of my mother’s marriage certificate (three months after I appeared on this earth of course) and details of my inside leg measurement and genetic DNA.

Luckily the genetic DNA analysis worked, and so a badge was duly given.

Then it was walking.


And walking and walking and walking,.

Up and down escalators, along corridors, through bridges and tunnels and turns, until eventually I appeared with a few hundred other colleagues in the large open hall of the south convention hall of the Toronto convention centre.

Toronto skyway

No worries and finally made it.

And so the 2011 SIBOS jamboree begins …


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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  • Great reading again, looks like the relaxness of Sibos is reflected in the text!