What happened to BAI Retail Delivery and BAI Payments Connect?

To better meet the needs of financial services leaders, we made the decision to discontinue BAI Retail Delivery and BAI Payments Connect. By doing so, created - BAI Beacon - a bold, immersive event that allowed us to expand the range of topics covered and provide an entirely new experience with one, comprehensive event.

What makes BAI Beacon different from other conferences?

We’ll continue to give attendees an unbiased, objective view of the key issues in financial services but within a much different conference experience. The agenda is built to maximize the experience in a shorter amount of time. BAI Beacon will run in less than two days, using technology to drive a personalized, fast-paced agenda. While it minimizes the time away from the office, the takeaways will have a lasting impact including digital connections to content and peers year-round. It really will be unlike other traditional conferences.

Can you explain the “BAI Beacon open campus” concept?

The BAI Beacon open-campus layout integrates content with technology, something that isn’t possible with a separate exhibit hall. This layout is a game changer because it enables attendees from all types of organizations to interact with each other differently. Attendees can easily move from panel debates to case study presentations, from peer discussions to solution provider demos. The layout is also designed to inspire informal huddles with thought leaders. This will help everyone make the most of the experience.

Is there an exhibit hall?

BAI Beacon will not have the traditional exhibit hall, but will feature a select group of sponsors within the BAI Beacon Campus who will offer the latest technologies and solutions tailored to meet the needs of the financial services industry.

What are some of the topics that will be featured at BAI Beacon?

BAI is committed to delivering an educational program that features thought-provoking content that inspires and empowers; features interactive, engaging learning; and showcases emerging trends, innovations and actionable insights needed to help you deliver long-term benefits for you and your organization. BAI Beacon has something for everyone and will include everything from innovation and FinTech, talent acquisition and retention, sales and revenue growth, marketing and product development, to community-based banking, channel optimization, payments strategy and fraud, compliance strategies and risk management, and small business banking sales and strategy. Please note topics are subject to change.

Who are some of the featured speakers?

The BAI Beacon 2018 speaker lineup is in the works. The roster at BAI Beacon 2017 included some of the most innovative thinkers and leaders in and out of the financial services industry who will share insights into the timely topics and emerging trends disrupting the industry. Speakers included Matteo Rizzi and Lazaro Campos, co-founders FinTechStage; Melissa Musgrove, Head of Social Media, Regions Bank; Matt Ribbens, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Digital Strategy, BB&T; Jason Furer, Pittsburgh Site Manager, Customer Care Center, PNC Bank; Leslie McNamara, Managing Director and Executive Vice President, Head of Business and Market Development, Citi Retail Services; Melissa Erhardt, Managing Director of Human Resources, Citi Retail Services; Doug Nielsen, Senior Vice President of Innovation, U.S. Bank; Dave Lott, Payment Risk Expert, Retail Payments Risk Forum, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; and Scott Robinson, Vice President and Founder, Plug and Play FinTech.

Who can attend the BAI Beacon Learning Labs?

The Learning Labs are open to FDIC insured banks and credit unions, government entities and non-profit associations and are focused on a variety of key industry issues. Add on a BAI Beacon Learning Lab to your conference registration when you register on-site at the Connection Zone of the BAI Beacon Campus.

Are there any evening events for attendees?

Yes! We are up well after the sun goes down. BAI Beacon 2018 evening events will be announced soon. In 2017, BAI Beacon kicked off with an opening reception on Tuesday, October 4. It was an evening of inspiration and outstanding networking opportunities. On Wednesday, October 4, the BAI Global Innovation Awards Celebration highlighted the BAI Global Banking Innovation Awards winners and finalists.

What will leaders walk away with after experiencing BAI Beacon?

Attendees will explore new ideas and connect with a variety of industry leaders to help them map a course to drive positive change in their organizations. They’ll get actionable insights that help them plan for tomorrow while performing better today. And, perhaps most importantly, they’ll stay connected to the key issues and peers they met at BAI Beacon with webinars, podcasts, digital content and online communities.

What is the dress code for BAI Beacon?

Business casual attire is appropriate for the conference. We recommend that you bring a jacket or sweater in the event that temperatures in the Campus are difficult to regulate.