Release Number 8280-20

LabCFTC Opens Registration for October 21 “Empower Innovation 2020” Event

Agenda Features In-Depth Discussions with Regulators on the Role of Technology and Innovation in the Financial Markets

October 08, 2020

Washington, D.C. — The Commodity Futures Trading Commission today opened registration and released the agenda for LabCFTC’s Empower Innovation 2020 session, “Regulation and Innovation Re-imagined.” The October 21st session is the second of three interactive virtual events hosted by LabCFTC to facilitate a dialogue on cutting-edge fintech innovation among innovators, regulators, market participants, and the public. [See CFTC Press Release No. 8198-20] Participants will engage with leaders from some of the nation’s key regulators to discuss their views on the role technology plays in fostering innovation and best practices for collaboration among policymakers and innovators.

Members of the public can register for Regulation and Innovation Re-imagined online.  

Empower Innovation: Regulation and Innovation Re-imagined

Wednesday, October 21, 2020


10:30 a.m. (EDT)

Panel Discussion: Regulatory CIOs – Chief Innovation Officers

CIOs from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) will discuss how regulators view financial innovation, how to engage with regulators, and what fintech and technological innovators can do to pique regulators interest during “demos.”

  • Moderator: Shivon Kershaw, Senior Innovation and Education Advisor, LabCFTC
  • Melissa Netram, Chief Innovation Officer and Director, LabCFTC
  • Valerie Szczepanik, Head, SEC Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (FinHub)
  • Beth Knickerbocker, Chief Innovation Officer, OCC
  • Matthew Homer, Executive Deputy Superintendent for Research and Innovation, NYDFS

This event coincides with Washington D.C.’s fourth annual fintech policy and innovation dialogue for DC Fintech Week.

Registration for the next Empower Innovation event, The Future of Finance on November 17, will open late October. 

 About LabCFTC

In service to the CFTC’s goal of encouraging innovation and enhancing the regulatory experience for market participants at home and abroad, LabCFTC’s mission is to be the FACE of innovation within the Commission in promoting responsible innovation among financial industry, stakeholders, and policymakers by:

  • Facilitating dialogue between innovators and those within the CFTC on financial and technological innovations;
  • Advancing policy and regulation in financial innovation;
  • Coordinating internally and externally with International, Federal, and State regulators, organizations, and associations; and
  • Educating internal and external stakeholders on financial technology and innovation in the financial markets to identify how innovations are being used.

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