Release Number 7810-18

September 28, 2018

CFTC Announces Agenda for Fintech Forward 2018 Conference

Washington, DC — The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced today the agenda for Fintech Forward 2018: Innovation, Regulation and Education, the two-day conference on October 3 and 4 in Washington, D.C.

The conference is a collaboration of CFTC’s LabCFTC and the Office of Customer Education and Outreach (OCEO) that will bring together innovators, market participants, thought-leaders from industry, academia and regulatory authorities, as well as the general public to examine the wide range of fintech developments impacting markets, including crypto assets, machine learning, cloud technologies, regtech and other emerging financial technologies.

As an added feature, the conference includes an opportunity to “Meet the Regulators” with representatives from domestic and international regulators including the CFTC, BCFP, Brazil CVM, FINRA, FRB, FTC, NASAA/TSSB, NFA, SEC and UK-FCA. This exhibit allows conference attendees and the public to learn more about each regulator’s respective jurisdiction and innovation engagement initiatives as well as discuss fintech topics. While the conference is at capacity, meeting with the regulators at CFTC headquarters does not require a conference registration.

Fintech Forward 2018 will be livestreamed – visit the CFTC’s homepage at to access the livestream on both days of the conference.


Agenda Highlights

Day 1 - Wednesday, October 3

8:00 a.m.

Conference Registration (CFTC Conference Center)

Meet the Regulators Exhibit opens (Mall Level – Lafayette Conference Centre)

9:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks: Daniel Gorfine, LabCFTC Director and CFTC Chief Innovation Officer 

9:05 a.m.

Keynote: J. Christopher Giancarlo, CFTC Chairman; also introducing new Commissioners Dan Berkovitz and Dawn Stump for remarks

9:45 a.m.

Panel 1: Crypto Asset Markets and Trading

10:45 a.m.

Panel 2: Tokenization: Exploring “the other side of the coin.”

1:00 p.m.

Keynote: Andre McGregor, Partner and Global Head of Security, TLDR Capital:  “Safeguarding assets in a digital world”

1:30 p.m.

Panel 3: Scams, Fraud, and Education in a Technology-Driven World

2:30 p.m.

Panel 4: Global Education Approaches and Lessons Learned

3:50 p.m.

Fireside Chat: Rostin Behnam, CFTC Commissioner with Kabir Kumar, Director of Policy and Ecosystem Building, Omidyar

4:10 p.m.

Panel 5: 21st Century Regulatory Approaches and Frameworks

5:15 p.m.

Conference concludes

6:00 p.m.

Meet the Regulators Exhibit concludes

Day 2 - Thursday, October 4

8:00 a.m.

Conference Registration (CFTC Conference Center)

Meet the Regulators Exhibit opens (Mall Level – Lafayette Conference Centre)

9:05 a.m.

Keynote: Felix Hufeld, President, German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin): “Big data meets artificial intelligence”

9:30 a.m.

Panel 6: RegTech and SupTech – Future of Compliance, Deterring Fraud, and Enhancing Oversight

10:30 a.m.

Panel 7: A New Innovation Ecosystem: Cloud, Data, and Analytics

1:15 p.m.

Keynote: Brian Quintenz, CFTC Commissioner

1:30 p.m.

Panel 8: Fintech Augmented: Exploring the Impacts of AI and Machine Learning on Innovation

2:30 p.m.

Concluding Remarks: J. Christopher Giancarlo, CFTC Chairman

2:45 p.m.

Conference concludes

4:00 p.m.

Meet the Regulators Exhibit concludes

Fintech Forward 2018 Detailed Agenda

About LabCFTC

Launched in May 2017, LabCFTC is an initiative aimed at facilitating market-enhancing fintech innovation, informing policy, and ensuring that we have the regulatory and technological tools and understanding to keep pace with changing markets. It is the agency’s focal point to engage with fintech innovation and promote fair competition by making the CFTC more accessible to fintech innovators. LabCFTC is an information source for Commissioners and staff on market-enhancing innovation that may influence policy development. More information can be found at LabCFTC.

About the Office of Customer Education and Outreach

The Office of Customer Education and Outreach develops and implements education initiatives designed to help customers protect themselves against fraud and other violations of the commodities laws. To access the CFTC’s informational materials on virtual currency, please visit bitcoin.