At the heart of BAI Beacon's one-of-a-kind, ultra-interactive open campus was the Innovation Zone, a lively showcase of the innovations revolutionizing the financial services industry.
Among the Innovation Zone's most compelling happenings were Rapid-Fire Demos, overseen by Digital Banking Report publisher Jim Marous, that put a spotlight on innovative solutions providers who shared their new retail banking innovation, technology solution, or business idea.
Three sponsored stages featured lively sessions discussions on innovations like artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, talent development through sales incentives and company culture, and customer focus shown through new payments technology, social media and design thinking, which Reality Interactive's Douglas Hampton-Dowson (pictured above) spoke on.
Spotlight sessions presented a more intimate setting for exploring topics that included, among many others, customer experience, channel optimization, and content marketing. The format allowed for expert speakers to have a discussion with the decision-makers and key influencers that attended the conference in an engaging and interactive environment.
On an even smaller scale were huddle sessions that allowed speakers and attendees to take deep dives into topics like mobile banking, branch transformation and tackling employee turnover; hash out ideas for innovation and progress; and share success stories.
Digital Banking Report Publisher Jim Marous, BAI President and Chief Executive Officer Debbie Bianucci, and Deluxe Data Scientist Kesna Lawrence oversaw the launch of brand new data from Digital Banking Report that showed the gap between the excitement over A.I. in the banking industry and its actual level of adoption.
The first day of BAI Beacon 2017 wrapped with the BAI Global Innovation Awards, during which the industry's top innovators from around the globe were honored for their efforts to move financial services forward.
Whether it was at a sponsored stage, spotlight area, or huddle, every BAI Beacon session featured time for discussion, when audience members could ask and answer questions, follow up on speakers' points of emphasis, and inject their opinions and experience into the conversation.
BAI President and Chief Executive Officer Debbie Bianucci (far left) and Chairman of the Board Christopher McComish (far right) pose with our four Emerging Leaders Scholarship winners, (left to right) Ben Lemke, Peri Ozdemir, Audra Turner and Yury Nabokov.