Lab CFTC News Sep 24, 2020

Empower Innovation 2020, a three-part series of interactive virtual events designed to facilitate a dialogue among innovators, regulators, market participants, and the public around cutting-edge fintech innovation.

CFTC will host each of these events virtually, using the Whova event management platform. Attendees are encouraged to register to engage as part of this virtual experience with speakers and panelists, including live polling, surveys, and Q&A during sessions. CFTC will also provide a view-only, webcast on the day of the event for attendees who would like to listen in on session discussions of the day.


The Power of Innovation: Where Tech & Crisis Collide
Thursday, September 24, 2020

This session featured a fireside chat with CFTC Chairman Heath P. Tarbert, a special presentation from Deloitte Consulting highlighting a change in government orthodoxies in light of the pandemic, as well as a panel of global financial services executives from Securrency, Katten Muchin and Rosenman, LLP and Citi, addressing how they leveraged innovation to tackle some of the largest financial hurdles we’ve seen in years!

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Welcome & Opening Remarks

Melissa Netram, CFTC’s Chief Innovation Officer and Director of LabCFTC opens the series with the focus of technology and innovation during the pandemic – and how important it has been in our history in helping us rise to the next level.

Fireside Chat featuring CFTC Chairman Heath P. Tarbert

Chairman Tarbert joined JoAnn Barefoot, CEO and Co-Founder of Alliance for Innovative Regulation for a thought-provoking conversation on the response and future of technology and innovation being key in driving regulation, and the responsibility of innovation leaders to remain agile and connected across the globe.


Tech Talk: “A Pandemic Response”

Avi Sinha (Deloitte Consulting), sat with CFTC moderator LaSharn Dozier and provided insight of how technology and innovation, in light of the pandemic, have enabled a change in orthodoxies of government to “identify new opportunities and create breakthrough innovations.”

The Role of Technology and Innovation in a time of Crisis

This panel of industry innovation leaders, moderated by CFTC’s Chris Goodman, included a detailed discussion of how technology and innovation have helped during the pandemic and remains foundational in regulatory advances.

Closing Remarks

Shivon Kershaw, LabCFTC’s Senior Innovation & Education Advisor, closed out the event sharing the importance of our connectivity during this time and the significant role innovation plays to align efforts, rebuild, and problem-solve together.



Regulation & Innovation Re-Imagined
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Coinciding with DC Fintech Week (DCFW), this session featured a roundtable of C-Suite executives from regulatory Innovation Offices addressing how regulators and innovators can work from a collaborative standpoint, while sharing what tactical strategies innovators can use to remain compliant and competitive. Additionally, the close of this session featured a variety of fintech demonstrations hosted at DCFW from the industry’s emerging leaders. Download Agenda

Panel: Regulatory CIOs: Chief Innovation Officers

LabCFTC convened its Innovation Office counterparts from the SEC, OCC, and NYDFS to discuss how regulators view financial innovation, how to engage with regulators, and what interests regulators during "demos" of technological innovations.


The Future of Digital Finance
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

This session will feature insightful Tech Talks and panelists from global leaders with a focus on tomorrow’s digital finance.  Presenters will  discuss how novel solutions and forward-thinking strategies used within the industry and the CFTC will shape our world, and LabCFTC will announce the winner of “Project Streetlamp,” a competition launched in April under the Science Prize Competition Act.

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Empower Innovation Opening Remarks

Welcome remarks pertaining to “The Future of Digital Finance” from Conference Chair and Senior Innovation and Education Advisor, LabCFTC, Shivon Kershaw.

Tech Talk: BSA Regulatory Reform - The Role of Innovation and the Value of BSA Data

FinCEN’s Erik Kiefel discusses how Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) Regulatory Reform efforts are supporting responsible industry innovation and developing comprehensive quantitative analytics on the value of BSA data.


Panel Discussion: Meeting the Digital Demand Through Regulation

Now more than ever, we find innovation at the heart of government functions. Bianca Gomez, LabCFTC’s Senior Financial Innovation Counsel spoke with global regulatory leaders as they shared their innovation agenda for both their agencies and for those they regulate.

LabCFTC SPCA Competition: Project Streetlamp Announcement

LabCFTC announced Nakamoto Terminal (NTerminal), a data platform developer based in Washington, D.C., as the winner of Project Streetlamp, the CFTC’s first competition under the Science Prize Competition Act. As part of the competition, NTerminal also received the CFTC’s first “Innovator of the Year” Award in recognition of its successful submission.

Panel Discussion: Digital Assets, Derivatives and DeFi

Shivon Kershaw, LabCFTC’s Senior Innovation & Education Advisor discusses emerging technology with a power panel of industry leaders who broke the barriers to mainstream and outlines what we can expect in the derivatives markets.

Tech Talk: Innovation and Risk

Stephen Ryan, CEO of CipherTrace discuss the risks and opportunities within the global cryptocurrency ecosystem and how innovation has helped banks, law enforcement, regulators, and digital asset businesses mitigate these risks and enhance these opportunities.

Panel Discussion: The Future of Innovation

Melissa Netram, CFTC’s Chief Innovation Officer, along with global tech leaders from PayPal, Google, and Barclays share insights for the future of the financial services industry, partnerships with policymakers and the role innovation plays in their everyday discussions.

Closing Remarks

Shivon Kershaw, Senior Innovation and Education Advisor, LabCFTC