Event Agenda

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Dedicated conference tracks covering the entire payments and digital identity ecosystem

Discover the conference programme

KEYNOTE STAGE will bring together the Top Industry Leaders who will address how their companies innovate and will share their vision on the future of the industry

CONFERENCE AREA will feature 200+ inspiring speakers representing the entire payments and digital identity ecosystem 

INNOVATION STAGE, the 2016 Main Stage, will feature :

  • Exhibitors and sponsors product launches and announcements
  • Start-ups pitch sessions
  • Fintech pitch award

An undisputed hallmark of excellence, the SESAMES Awards are given to the best technological innovations in the trust-based technologies industry.



TUESDAY 28 November


Mobile Payments & Wallets

Mobile Payment has been the subject of heightened interest and promises for several years. E-wallets have proven their relevance in e-commerce (convenience, conversion rate, fight against fraud, mobile friendliness ...). This has now led to a true battle of titans between the web giants (Amazon, Alibaba, Google, Facebook,...), the international card schemes (Visa Checkout, MasterPass), the big retailers (Walmart Pay, Starbucks, Flash’NPay...), the banks (Chase Pay, Paylib ...), the smartphone manufacturers (Apple, Samsung, ...), the telecom operators (Vodafone, Orange, Telefonica, MTN ...) and a myriad of start-ups. Who will win the battle? In this track, we’ll discuss how the various stakeholders plan to achieve mass adoption and international expansion.


Biometrics for Authentication

Comfort in use and authentication in the digital environment have represented a major shift in the biometric landscape. Mobile and cloud access, image and voice detection for consumers, have impacted content diversification and technical levels in biometrics. Uptake rate and usage are also growing a good pace. This conference track will offer an overview of various authentication domains for biometrics: mobile and cloud access, identity management chains and biometric deployment for trust environments. Smart border mechanism, critical infrastructures protections and legal and forensic investigations will also be under the microscope.


Data Protection & Data-Driven Innovation

We are witnessing an important transition in data protection. It has become a both  transversal subject for businesses and an important driver of trust in customer relations. Today, we seeing a significant evolution as data protection is being redesigned in the international regulation landscape, leading to new structural progresses in business processes from project designing to cloud servicing, widening user control options. This track will update you on privacy and general data protection regulations in Europe and beyond. It will also cover a range of methodologies, technologies (cryptology, cloud data protection, AI, Big Data analytics, mobile privacy), legal liability issue and market practices.


IoT & Connected Commerce 

The IoT market is experiencing explosive growth around the world. Gartner is predicting 20.8 billion connected entitie by 2020. Some industry reports predict up to 50 billion connected devices by 2020.The addition of payment capabilities to connected objects, represent the future of IoT powered connected commerce. What, though, is the current status of IoT and payments? How can payments develop further the IoT ecosystem? What are the main opportunities and hurdles for the development of connected commerce? What are the most innovative solutions in the IoT sector, specifically in the wearables, connected home and connected car segments? What are the strategies of the various industry representative? This session will help you answer all these questions.

Securing IoT

IoT applications and services are developing at a fast pace. After healthcare, energy, utilities, smart cities or agriculture, IoT is growing in automotive, retail, banking, consumer services and home automation and will not stop there. Connected cars are the buzz of this year. In this context, securing IoT is becoming a key challenge for many businesses and administrations. This session will offer important solution to this challenge and will help you understand key concepts in IoT governance, with a focus on security, privacy and liability. It will cover concrete use cases from automotive, healthcare, home automation or energy industries.


WEDNESDAY 29 November

FinTech Disruption

The rapid growth of digital technology is disrupting many different industries and there is no better evidence of this trend than in the payments industry. For many years, the industry moved slowly, reliant on the decisions of a handful of companies. With the onset of the digital revolution, the growth of payments has become a truly global phenomenon. PayTech are the pioneers when it comes to Fintech disruption and have remained, over the years, the most developed Fintech sector. Every day, we see a new start-up or an established corporate launch a new offer. In this track, both the disrupting newcomers and incumbents will share their vision of the future.

eID & eGovernments

Digital interactions lead to an increase in the scope and length of e-government strategies using electronic identification as a central pillar. After administration efficiency and cost savings, new strategies aim to strengthen digital trust, integrate appropriate economic services and improve security and immigration policy.


This session will look into lessons learnt from “digital by default” in administration policies, implementation of international identity schemes, progression with effective trust services, private-public interoperability, service personalisation with citizen cards and mobile identity, and e-gov practices from social inclusion or shared economy transparency to improved control in migration flow management.


Open Innovation: from Blockchain to Open API

Innovation and new technologies in the world of payment and Fintech are making it increasingly difficult to keep track of real changes vs buzz. This track will try to bring clarity and separate myths from reality with topics ranging from distributed ledger, Blockchain, Open API, to Open ID and Real-Time P2P. By exploring individual initiatives to group efforts (consortia) and regulatory oversight, obtaining concrete answers will be the goal to understanding the future.


AI in Payments & Fintech

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all the rage this year. AI has been part of operations within many companies, from Apple’s Siri and Uber’s dispatch of drivers to Facebook’s Newsfeed. Facebook, Google and other tech companies are making research into AI a priority. The Fintech sector uses AI in several ways. Initially, AI was used more in backend technology settings to power large-scale decision-making in financial analysis, trading and lending. More recently, some Fintech (e.g. Wealthfront, Venmo) have been adding AI capabilities to enhance their services. In this track, we’ll try to separate the buzz from reality and explore the role of AI in Fintech and payments.

THURSDAY 30 November


New Payments for New Commerce 

Retail business is facing multiple upheavals: e- and m-commerce, social networks, private sales, market places, sharing economy, CtoC, digitalisation of outlets, cross-channel, self-check-out, mobile POS… Meanwhile, the payments industry is at the heart of a new deal (disruptive technologies and digital channels, new regulations, competitive pressures, new entrants and models ...), a phenomenon exacerbated by the increasing convergence between off- and on-line commerce. As such, all payment solutions have to fit with the customer experience, before, during and after purchase and also bring value-added services (ubiquitous payment, speed and recognition, digital coupon, instantaneous reward, geolocation etc.).


Cyber Security & Fraud Management

Customer accounts takeover, assaults on cash flows and money transfers, blocking, spying or stealing intangible assets, or creating industrial control system flows are a few examples of what every organisation needs to cope with. This track will address cyber risk evolution, intrusion detection and threat prevention, information security management, detection capabilities inside and outside the organisation, identification and authentication strengthening practices, cyber audit practices, and fraud and crisis management.


Regulatory Challenges & PSD2

The succession of European directives, the decisions by competition authorities and central governments are making the payments landscape more homogeneous and more competitive.
Amongst the major effects, the creation of the Payment and Electronic Money Institutions, the decline of cards’ interchange fees, the advent of European SDD and SCT instruments, the willingness to split scheme and processing, the access to bank accounts allowed to third parties and the prospects of instant payment must be paid due attention. The range of possibilities is becoming limitless. This track will dive into the latest regulatory enhancements and will help you gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities they represent.



Over the last year, we’ve seen an increasing number of new players willing to become real bank actors. Many of them have got their banking license and many more shall get one in the months to come. Neo banks are definitely one of the most exciting and fast developing categories of Fintech. All traditional banks are trying to figure out how to cope with this new agile competition.  Many banks have chosen to partner with Neo-Banks, using their services to enhance their offer. Recently, we have seen some first acquisitions of Neo-Banks by traditional large banks (e.g. BPCE & Fidor Bank). But the disruption is not coming just from Fintech but also from web giants and telecom operators (e.g. Orange Bank) too. Who will win the battle?