Release Number 8293-20

LabCFTC Opens Registration for Final “Empower Innovation 2020” Event on November 17

Agenda Features “Tech Talks,” Discussions about the “Future of Digital Finance” and CFTC’s Science Prize Competition Winner Announcement

October 23, 2020

— The Commodity Futures Trading Commission today opened registration and released the agenda for LabCFTC’s third and final Empower Innovation 2020 session, “The Future of Digital Finance.” This interactive virtual series was developed to facilitate a dialogue on cutting-edge fintech innovation among innovators, regulators, market participants, and the public. [See CFTC Press Release No. 8198-20]

This session will feature “Tech Talks” and panel discussions with global innovation leaders to examine how novel solutions and forward-thinking strategies will shape the future. LabCFTC will also announce the winner of “Project Streetlamp,” the CFTC’s first Science Prize Competition focused on leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and other technologies to identify unregistered foreign entities to add to CFTC's Registration Deficient (RED) List. [See CFTC Press Release No. 8154-20]

Members of the public can register for The Future of Digital Finance online.

Empower Innovation 2020: The Future of Digital Finance

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 

9:00 a.m. (EST)

Opening Remarks

Shivon Kershaw, Senior Innovation and Education Advisor, LabCFTC

9:05 a.m.

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

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

  • Facilitator: LaSharn Dozier, Strategic Communications Specialist, LabCFTC
  • Erik Kiefel, Acting Office Director, Office of Strategic Policy, Policy Division, FinCEN

9:35 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Meeting The Digital Demand Through Regulation

Transformation and constant innovation are at the heart of government functions. Hear from those working on transformative policy as they share their innovation agenda for their agencies and those they regulate.

  • Moderator: Bianca Gomez, Senior Financial Innovation Counsel, LabCFTC
  • Kavita Jain, Deputy Associate Director of Innovation Policy, Federal Reserve Board
  • Matt Williams, Managing Director, Information Systems, National Futures Association

10:35 a.m.

Special Presentation: LabCFTC Science Prize Competition “Project Streetlamp” Announcement

Brian Trackman, LabCFTC Senior Counsel, will announce the winner of

LabCFTC’s inaugural Science Prize Competition and the first-ever CFTC Innovator Award recipient. The winner will present an overview of its award-winning AI tool.

11:00 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Digital Assets, Derivatives and DeFi

Creating opportunity from disruption has proven to be the new mantra for 2020. Hear from this panel of industry thought-leaders on what we can expect in the derivatives markets and how innovation and tech will play a role for the future.

  • Moderator: Shivon Kershaw, Senior Innovation and Education Advisor, LabCFTC
  • Sydney Schaub, General Counsel, Gemini
  • Sunayna Tuteja, Managing Director, Head of Digital Assets & DLT, TD Ameritrade
  • Julie Winkler, Chief Commercial Officer, CME

12:00 p.m.

Tech Talk:  Innovation and Risk

CipherTrace will discuss the risks and opportunities within the global cryptocurrency ecosystem and how innovation can help banks, law enforcement, regulators, and digital asset businesses mitigate these risks and enhance these opportunities.

  • Moderator: Jorge Herrada, Senior Technology Advisor, LabCFTC
  • Stephen Ryan, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, CipherTrace

12:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: The Future of Innovation

This panel of global tech leaders will discuss what they see for the future of the financial services industry, partnerships with policymakers, and the role innovation plays in their everyday discussions.

  • Moderator: Melissa Netram, Chief Innovation Officer and Director, LabCFTC
  • Usman Ahmed, Head of Global Public Policy and Research, PayPal Inc.
  • Behnaz Kibria, Senior Policy Counsel, Google
  • Nicole Sandler, Head of Digital Policy, Barclays

1:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Shivon Kershaw, Senior Innovation and Education Advisor, LabCFTC

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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