The movers and shakers of Atlanta’s financial technology community came out in droves for the 2018 Fintech South Conference. The kick-off reception was held on Monday in Atlanta’s latest pride and joy, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Right next to the field, attendees packed the Delta Sky Club and enjoyed a catered spread and country tunes from local band, 20 Ride Band. The kick-off allowed attendees to network and discuss the latest innovations in the sector, with the companies preparing to present the following day.
This was the first time the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) has hosted FinTech South, the Southeast’s biggest event dedicated to financial technology. The conference is a unique forum where those in the industry can really talk money, trends, and innovation on a global scale. With Georgia emerging as a global leader in the financial technology community (home to over 120 fintech headquarters), we are witnessing disruptions all over Atlanta. Georgia fintech companies process over 128 billion transactions equating to $5.14 trillion of purchase volume each year. 70 percent of all credit card swipes, debit cards payments and gift card purchases in the U.S. go through Georgia-based companies, earning Georgia the nickname “Transaction Alley”.
The kick-off was sponsored by Cardlytics in partnership with Money 20/20. During the closing speeches, CEO and Co-founder of Cardlytics Scott Grimes, CEO and Founder of Money 20/20 Andrew Morris, and President and CEO of The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Larry K. Williams were joined on stage by Georgia State Senator Butch Miller. Miller presented the official proclamation from Georgia governor Nathan Deal declaring May 8th FinTech Day in the state of Georgia.
“We are very fortunate to have a governor in Georgia that recognizes innovation, that recognizes capitalism, that recognizes the entrepreneurial spirit that you guys are demonstrating and bring to the market every single day,” shouted Miller. Fintech South will be a full day of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and networking to get fintech companies excited for the next steps in making Georgia the fintech hub of now and the future.