A professional footballer, an ice-cream man, and a private banker walk into a room…

It is indisputable that in the past 10 years Luxembourg has become a key European financial centre. However, on our visit to the ICT Spring Europe conference, we were happy to discover that this hub has not been solely focused on the financial world, but very much so on the technological one as well.

The conferenceICTSpring-Mash, held in the European Convention Centre on May 9th and 10th May, hosted thousands of professionals from the tech world to discuss such topical trends as blockchain for finance, virtual reality, RegTech, cybersecurity, and there was even an exploration of the impact of space technologies on terrestrial businesses. The enthusing lineup of esteemed speakers included Ettiene Schenider, the Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Sam Scimemi, the Director of the International Space Station, the famous international footballer Christian Karembeu, and of course our very own CEO Mash Patel.

Mash was invited by Deloitte, one of our business partners in the EMEA region, to provide his insights on the topic of RegTech. In his presentation, entitled “The intimate links between the new digital experience and RegTech” Mash discussed the importance of data as a key asset for the fund management industry and encouraged digital and compliance teams to work together, arguing that RegTech should no longer be perceived as a buzzword but rather embraced as a legitimate technology by all.

Such a diverse group of speakers brought, subsequently, a mixed group of attendees. Throughout the two days, the Kurtosys stand was thronged with hundreds of digital experts from all over the world. We had the pleasure of meeting the ambassador of Iran, who explained to us the nascent FinTech industry in his country, our friends at the LHoFT (Luxembourg House of Financial Technology) and dozens of start-up founders eager to learn more about our platform and make new friends!

ICTSpring-selfieWhen we weren’t meeting new people at our stand, you could find us running around the event to see as many different companies, products and technologies as we could; Luxembourg brewed beer (courtesy of EY), artisanal gelato, a digital caricaturist and a nap machine were amongst our favourites.

We would like to personally thank the Farvest team for putting together such an incredible event, our partners at Deloitte for inviting us to be part of it, and everyone that popped by to our stand to say hi – until next year ICT Spring!

Victoria Botella

Client Development at Kurtosys

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