ADVENTURES IN FINTECH
Reflecting on a Successful Annual Event: MPC Shaping the Future of Payments
by Angela Murphy, Ph.D.
The past week marked a significant milestone for us as we had the privilege of hosting our annual MPC event in the vibrant city of Atlanta, Georgia. It was a three-day extravaganza where we had the opportunity to engage in meaningful exchanges of ideas, connect with industry colleagues, reunite with long-time friends, and welcome new faces into our ever-expanding network. The conference was a platform for diving deep into critical topics that are currently reshaping the landscape of the payments industry, and it left all of us feeling inspired and enlightened.
One of the standout themes of our event was the role of cutting-edge technology in shaping the future of payments. Artificial intelligence, faster payments, and digital payments innovation were at the forefront of our discussions. These topics are not just trends; they are the driving forces propelling our industry into uncharted territories, and it’s crucial that we explore and understand them.
Our sessions kicked off with a thought-provoking discussion titled “Modern Approaches to Security and Identity.” In today’s digital-centric world, security and identity protection have taken center stage. Our panelists delved into the intricacies of safeguarding digital identities and payment resources. Cloud security, identity authentication, and the ever-evolving regulatory landscape were among the topics discussed. The insights shared by esteemed panelists, including Troy Leach from the Cloud Security Alliance and Megan Shamas from the FIDO Alliance, shed light on the best practices and emerging trends in securing our digital world.
The sessions that centered around faster payments generated immense enthusiasm, particularly in the wake of the recent launch of FedNow. The panel, led by Greg Wilfahrt, of AP Technology, delved into the delicate balance between the necessity of speed and the imperative of security. Esteemed industry leaders, Debbie Guerra, Chief Product Officer at ACI Worldwide, and Dan Baum from the Federal Reserve illuminated the path of faster payments implementation, offering valuable insights into how organizations can enhance customer experiences through real-time payments. We even got to be part of a lighthearted moment of recognition with moderator Peter Tapling (PTap Advisory) as he presented Dan with an award for his diligent work in the launch of FedNow.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who made this event a resounding success. To our dedicated organizers, brilliant speakers, generous sponsors, and engaged attendees – your contributions were invaluable in making this event truly memorable. The synergy of diverse perspectives and experiences that converged in Atlanta was nothing short of extraordinary.
As we look to the future, we anticipate even more exciting developments in the payments and commerce landscape. The ever-evolving nature of our industry promises continuous innovation and transformation. We eagerly anticipate future gatherings that will further advance our collective understanding of this dynamic field.
To those who joined us in Atlanta and to those who followed our event from afar we extend our sincerest appreciation. Be sure to stay tuned to our newsletter, LinkedIn, and YouTube pages for upcoming updates, including videos of the enlightening sessions and captivating photos that capture the essence of our remarkable event.
In closing, thank you for being an integral part of this remarkable journey, and we can’t wait to embark on the next chapter together as we continue shaping the future of payments.
Dr. Angela Murphy has experience in artificial intelligence, financial technology, and the global payments industry, building on her skills as a storyteller and rhetorician. She engages at the intersection of strategy and insight to drive results for her clients. As Vice President of Business Development at Photon Commerce, she helped run a team using artificial intelligence and machine learning to solve complex problems in the payments industry. Dr. Murphy received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and currently resides in Kansas City with her husband, Brock, and German Shepherd rescue, Roscoe.