In Southeast Asia Asia, fintech is one of the most dynamic sectors in the startup landscape – an industry that has kept on growing and evolving throughout the years on the back of new technological developments, increased adoption of digital financial services and supportive governmental initiatives aimed at boosting digital transactions and improving financial inclusion.
To showcase Southeast Asia’s fast-changing fintech ecosystem and help industry stakeholders keep up with the latest developments, a plethora of events are being organized each year across the continent. These large-scaled gatherings focus on bringing together the global fintech industry, helping industry professionals connect and build meaningful connections, and enabling attendees to learn more about the most urging challenges and most promising opportunities out there.
For the fintech professionals out there looking to meet up with their peers and gain insights on the latest trends emerging in the industry, we’ve compiled a list of 28 must-attend fintech events taking place in Southeast Asia in Q2 2023.
AI for Banking
March 14, 2023
Google Asia Pacific, Singapore
Hosted by French Tech in collaboration with Google and DataRobot, the AI for Banking event will explore the future of artificial intelligence (AI) in banking industry.
The event will feature a panel discussion with industry experts, including representatives from traditional and neobanks, who will share their perspectives on the use of AI in sector as well as insights on how the technology is impacting everything from customer experience and risk management to fraud detection and compliance. The speakers will also explore the challenges and opportunities that arise from the use of AI in banking, and discuss how it is changing the way banks operate and compete.
The event will take place at the Google office, and will be followed by a networking drinks session, providing an opportunity for attendees to connect with other industry professionals and experts in the field.
March 16, 2023
Enterprise 4, Technology Park Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The DisruptInvest Summit is a premier event for corporates and investors looking to take their businesses to the next level. The event aims to connect corporates and investors, as well as the startup ecosystem to support and grow the next tech giants.
This year’s event will take place in Kuala Lumpur on March 16, 2023, and is set to bring together some of the most successful and innovative minds in the business world to share their insights and experiences with attendees.
It will feature panel discussion, speeches by experienced entrepreneurs, networking sessions on a range of topics, including business development, strategies investors, corporate innovation, government initiatives, and more.
Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from successful corporates, investors, and industry experts, as well as connect with potential partners, corporates, and investors.
Future Finance Insurance Transformation Summit 2023
March 16, 2023
Furama City Centre, Singapore
Future Finance Insurance Transformation Summit 2023, taking place on March 16, will showcase the transformation journeys of Singapore’s leading Insurance companies.
The country’s most influential business and technology leaders are expected to attend the summit to discuss the industry’s increasing reliance on technology, whether it’s the need to overhaul legacy systems, invest in embedded finance or adopting new front-end tools.
Participants will get to meet with and learn from Singapore key C-suite and senior insurance executives who drive strategies, digital transformation, customer experience, technology, claims, data and innovation at organizations like Allianz, AXA, AIA and FWD Insurance.
Technology for Change Asia
March 20 – 21, 2023
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore (hybrid)
Economist Impact’s third annual Technology for Change Asia will gather leaders across the public, private and civil sectors to examine how technology-based and data-driven solutions can be applied to long-standing social challenges to connect with the consumer and stakeholders of today.
Participants will get to gain practical learnings from an expert speaker faculty and add their voice to the discussion.
3rd Annual FutureCFO Philippines Conference
March 23, 2023
Raffles Makati, Philippines
Themed “Forging Strategic Partnerships with Business”, the 3rd Annual FutureCFO Philippines Conference seeks to bring to the fore strategies, process transformation and technology innovations that aim to do just that: make finance, and the CFO, an even better strategic partner to the business.
Taking place on March 23, 2023, the conference will gather over 120 senior finance professionals from multiple industries in the Philippines to solve real-world business problems and present use cases to answer critical challenges facing the various finance functions.
This event will delve into addressing the latest macroeconomic updates, business risks and opportunities, CFO’s top action plans to drive change and recover growth in the Philippines.
This by-invitation executive gathering will also discuss strategies to confront challenges facing finance function post-digitalization, stay agile and drive business forward amidst continuing uncertainty and new challenges.
Fintech Revolution Summit
March 27 – 28, 2023
Grand Plaza Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam
Fintech Revolution Summit aims to bring together fintech leaders and experts in the banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) industry to discuss and deliberate the trends around fintech and investment opportunities for the finance sector.
The summit aims to connect CFOs, CTOs, investors, CDOs, head of innovations and payments across the Southeast Asia with fintech innovators.
Fintech founders, central bank officials, BFSI experts, regulators, policy-makers, technologists, entrepreneurs, investors, academics and media from around the world will come together to learn, discuss, debate and network.
More details here.
Bitcoin Island Retreat
March 27 – 29, 2023
Cryptocurrency exchange Coins.ph and payment gateway Pouch.ph will be hosting the first-ever Bitcoin Island Retreat in the Philippines in Boracay. The retreat will take place from March 27 to 29, 2023 and is set to bring together Bitcoin fans, investors, leaders, and well-known developers from all over the world.
Ethan Rose, the CEO of Pouch.ph, and the VP of operations at Coins.ph, Elijah Tan, will lead the overall program, but other speakers will also take part in the event, including:
- Jack Lee, founder of HCM Capital;
- Augustus Ilag, an investor who led Sequoia Capital’s Southeast Asia crypto practice; and
- Jiro Reyes, founder of Bitskwela.
Besides the guests, both of the companies also have an exciting plan intended for the participants.
Attendees at the retreat will have a chance to win a bitcoin bounty. If they can locate the 12-word seed phrase for the Dread Pirate Nakamoto private key, they will be able to win.
Register and see more details here.
Southeast Asia Development Symposium 2023
March 30, 2023
Bali, Indonesia (hybrid)
The Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS) 2023, “Imagining a Net-Zero ASEAN,” will explore measures governments, communities, and private sector entities can take to progress toward carbon neutrality by adopting new technological solutions, accelerating the availability of finance, and deploying other effective measures.
The event will be held on March 30, ahead of the ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting, with a live symposium in Bali, Indonesia, complemented by full virtual coverage. It will provide governments in Southeast Asia with a unique opportunity to discuss innovative solutions that can help countries focus on becoming net-zero economies and rebound from the COVID-19 crisis.
SEADS 2023 will feature an open morning plenary with keynote addresses from ADB’s President and other esteemed government and industry leaders; a special high-level panel discussion, “Financing a Net-Zero ASEAN;” and the launch of a new ADB report on the greening of global value chains. The afternoon agenda will feature eight breakout sessions exploring a range of measures that can advance a net-zero future in ASEAN.
World Financial Innovation Series Vietnam 2023
April 04 – 05, 2023
Intercontinental, Hanoi, Vietnam
With an internet penetration rate of 73.2% and a daunting figure that accounts for 91.3 million smartphone subscribers, Vietnam is now more tech-savvy than ever. Acknowledging these perfect ingredients for the growth of fintech, the country now houses close to 200 fintech organizations. Witnessing a growth rate that’s the highest in ASEAN after Singapore, it’s forecasted that the country’s fintech market will reach a staggering US$18 billion mark by 2024.
To provide a direct gateway to Vietnam’s Financial Services Industry, Tradepass is bringing the World Financial Innovation Series (WFIS) to Hanoi on April 04 and 05, 2023. The event is set to bring together over 500 technology and business heads from the leading banks, insurance and micro-finance institutions from across the region.
See more details here.
Ho Chi Minh Innovative Finance Expo and Fintech Summit
April 17 – 18, 2023
18 D. An D. Vuong, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
The Ho Chi Minh Innovative Finance Expo and Fintech Summit, taking place on April 17 and 18, 2023, is a professional financial event which will cover foreign exchange (forex), fintech, blockchain, cryptocurrency, decentralized finance (DeFi), payments, and more.
More than 80 innovative financial enterprises are set to participate in the exhibition, and over 40 well-known entrepreneurs and heads of institutions will take the stage and share insights on the latest developments and trends emerging in the sector.
Topics covered will include the development status and future of Southeast Asia’s fintech industry, the region’s crypto industry, Vietnam’s forex landscape, the use of AI in finance, and the current state and future of the global innovative financial market.
April 20, 2023
Capella Gallery Hall, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam
Traditional finance (tradfi) has been the engine that powers the world’s economy for centuries. However, the Web 3.0 wave is a new technology revolution aiming to significantly enhance how we do things more efficiently. The emerging concept of hybrid hinance, or HyFi, refers to a mechanism that bridges the gap between traditional finance and decentralized finance.
The HYFI 2023 event, taking place on April 20, 2023, will strive to marry tradfi with the Web 3.0 world. The one-day event will explore a wealth of topics, including mainstreaming digital assets, the regulatory landscape, digital asset custody and compliance, digital asset trading, as well as venture capital (VC) blockchain investments.
Cashless Asia Forum 2023
April 27 – 28, 2023
Dusit Thani Laguna, Singapore
With consumers’ spending habits and attitudes towards their personal finances changing faster than ever, the organizations that stay at the forefront of industry developments have a clear advantage.
marcus evans’ Cashless Asia 2023 Forum will gather leaders in the digital payment and transaction sphere to discuss up-to-date trends and challenges such as India’s unified payments interface (UPI), blockchain for payments, global payment innovation, smart point-of-sale (POS), hybrid cashless platform, social payment integration, and more.
Key topics this year will include the evolving landscape of digital lending, the cross-border payment landscape in Asia, sustainable payments, and more.
See more details here.
13th Philippine SME Business Expo 2023
May 05 – 06, 2023
SMX Convention Center Manila, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
The 13th Philippine SME Business Expo (PHILSME) will be held on May 05 and 06, 2023 at the SMX Convention Center Manila, Pasay City, Metro Manila.
PHILSME is the biggest annual business-to-business (B2B) expo, conference, and networking events platform empowering small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), startups, and entrepreneurs in the Philippines. Each, it features 100+ business solutions and opportunities to help SMEs, startups and entrepreneurs boost their businesses to thrive in today’s new normal.
Indonesia Summit 2023
May 08 – 09, 2023
Jalan Kebon Sirih No 17-19, Jakarta, Indonesia (hybrid)
Indonesia’s post-covid economic recovery is gaining momentum, and the blossoming innovation economy has the potential to promote long-term, stable prosperity. The country boasts a large population of young, technologically literate and upwardly mobile citizens, which has resulted in a thriving e-commerce sector. Growth in the fintech industry is increasing financial inclusion, enabling entrepreneurs to benefit.
How can Indonesia sustain these positive trends? How can the country climb the value chain globally, leverage the mobility of global talent and also develop indigenous human capital? Is the most recent omnibus legislation enough to maintain investment momentum? How should Indonesia better leverage regional partnerships to speed its emergence from the current broad-based economic challenges and pave the way to future prosperity? What policies will meaningfully accelerate digital transformation and enable SMEs?
Building on a successful legacy of Indonesia Summits, the 2023 edition will take place on May 08 and 09, 2023 and will bring together 150 business leaders, policymakers, academics and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in-person in Jakarta – plus 1,500 online – for rigorous discussion and debate on the most important issues.
Check out the full details and register here.
Singapore OpenGov Leadership Forum 2023
May 10 – 11, 2023
Sands Expo and Convention Center, Singapore
As Singapore accelerates its Smart Nation efforts, technology will only become a strategic asset and help the nation better harness the power of enabling technologies.
The 8th Singapore OpenGov Leadership Forum strives to be the platform that helps the government, healthcare, education services, government-linked companies (GLC) and the financial services industry (FSI) to break down barriers, collaborate, and work together for better outcomes for citizens.
In its new edition, this year, the event is inviting the Singapore public sector and financial sector digital leaders to discuss, deliberate, share and plan for the next phase of digital opportunities and position Singapore for a stronger and resilient future by the use of enabling innovative technologies.
Topics covered during the two-day event will include cloud computing, IT infrastructure, modern applications, security, operational transformation, big data, AI, machine learning (ML), and more.
World Finance Forum Jakarta
May 11, 2023
The World Finance Forum series is coming to Jakarta on May 11, 2023, bringing together a lineup of world-class speakers and attendees for a forum of content sharing, learning and networking.
Participants will get to learn from finance leaders and uncover new opportunities, discover emerging trends in today’s finance landscape, and grow their network of senior finance executives.
Topics covered this year will include the use of technology for business growth, finance transformation, business strategies, and more.
Retail Banking Asia Summit Indonesia 2023
May 17, 2023
Ayana Midplaza Jakarta Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia
Retail Banking Innovation Conference Indonesia is a series of events hosted in Indonesia since 2015 and one of the country’s flagship leadership summits for bank CxOs and fintech disruptors.
The 2023 event will be featuring 400+ bank CXOs, digital disruptors, innovators in Indonesia and the world. 50+ speakers and panelists will present engaging demos, interactive panels and insightful keynotes. Leading professionals from global top financial institutions and banks will be in attendance to share their experiences discuss emerging trends such as AI, ML, deep learning, cognitive computing, digital assets and much more.
Key topics covered this year will include the regulatory framework for fintech in Indonesia, the digital banking momentum, cloud-based banking infrastructure, data science and AI in banking, and more.
CyberSecMY Conference 2023
May 24 – 25, 2023
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
CyberSecAsia is a cybersecurity conference that connects thought leaders to help organizations manage and contain attacks, learn more about threats, and understand all the possible actions to take in such situations.
This conference aims to gather over 300+ senior-level executives from diverse industries across the nation to explore the latest technologies, strategies, and best practices to safeguard against cyber threats.
CyberSecMy 2023 will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions, and presentations from experts in cyberspace, including industry leaders, academics, and government representatives. It will discuss the impact of emerging technologies such as AI, ML, and the Internet-of-Things (IoT) on cybersecurity and how they should be secured.
The attendees will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions, share their experiences, and network with their peers to gain valuable insights into the latest cybersecurity trends.
World Finance Council Fintech 2023 Singapore
May 25 – 26, 2023
World Finance Council (WFC) Fintech 2023 Singapore will take a deep dive into the most recent issues and technological trends in the financial services industry, bringing together startups, CFOs, CEOs, CTOs, heads of business transformation, chief digital officers, heads of innovation, and fintech investors from across the world.
The conference will discuss the most recent challenges facing the industry due to the pandemic crisis through engaging keynote speeches, presentations of enterprise use-cases, product demonstrations, panel discussions, and tech lectures. Key topics covered will include the future of finance, banking, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), Web 3.0, embedded finance, regtech, and more.
Hybrid Blockchain SME Expo
May 25 – 27, 2023
SMX Skyhall Seaside, Cebu City, Philippines (hybrid)
Vertex Events Dubai, Ammara Zaya Capital and RM Events are teaming up to organize the 7th Blockchain and SME Expo 2023.
The event, which will take place in Cebu City in the Philippines on May 25, aims to provide SMEs with a platform to stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in technology, such as blockchain and other digital solutions that can enhance their businesses.
This year’s edition will bring together a diverse range of exhibitors, including emerging startups and established SMEs, showcasing their latest products and services across various industries such as retail, e-commerce, fintech, healthcare, and more.
It will feature industry experts who will share their knowledge and expertise on the latest trends and best practices in the industry. Attendees will get to learn from keynote speeches, panel discussions, and educational workshops. They will also get to engage with exhibitors, gain insight into their offerings, and explore potential partnership opportunities.
Insuretech Connect Asia 2023
May 30 – June 01, 2023
Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore
Insuretech Connect (ITC) Asia is the region’s largest insurtech event, offering unparalleled access to the most comprehensive and global gathering of tech entrepreneurs, investors, and insurance industry incumbents.
Over the course of three days, the industry will convene to showcase new innovations, learn how to increase productivity and reduce costs, and ultimately enrich the lives of policyholders. The superlative networking, with tens of thousands of meetings, is one of the hallmarks of an ITC event.
Asia Tech x Singapore 2023
June 06 – 09, 2023
Singapore Expo, Singapore
Jointly organized by IMDA and Informa Tech, Asia Tech x Singapore (ATxSG) is Asia’s flagship event where technology intersects with society and the digital economy.
Uniting the best of Asia’s technology, media ecosystems, information and communication, ATxSG drives global discussions on how technology is transforming business and society, paving the way for world leading digital strategy and deployment.
Showcasing the depth of Asia’s most innovative tech, this celebration is the gateway to discover new cutting-edge solutions and propel conversations and relationships with government leaders, enterprises, experts and founders in Asia and beyond.
This year’s event will feature renowned speakers from across the region who will share insights, experiences and visions for new service offerings, monetization opportunities and technology evolution, as well as an exhibition allowing participants to experience the technology presented and engage with buyers and innovative partners.
Digital Transformation Summit: Philippines
June 16, 2023
The 20th edition of the Digital Transformation Summit: Philippines is a by invite only in-person summit taking place on June 16, 2023 in Manila, Philippines.
The summit will bring together 120+ C-level executives, directors, and heads of technology to discuss innovative technology solutions and topics including Web 3.0, AI, metaverse, IoT, cybersecurity and other fourth industrial revolution (4IR) technologies.
The event will provide a platform for the business community to build industry defining strategic partnerships and address critical business challenges, with a focus on knowledge transfer and capacity building to help accelerate the Philippines’ technology revolution.
Click here to register.
Future Finance Jakarta 2023
June 22, 2023
Ayana Midplaza Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia
Future Finance Jakarta 2023, Indonesia’s definitive event for digital transformation journeys and insights from the country’s leading retail banks and insurers, will take place on June 22, 2023, bringing together some of the region’s most influential business and technology leaders.
The event will be focused on accelerating digital transformation, exploring the best strategies to adopt and tackling some of the most important topics influencing Indonesia’s banks and insurers.
See more details here.
Malaysia OpenGov Leadership Forum 2023
June 22, 2023
DoubleTree by Hilton Putrajaya Lakeside, Putrajaya, Malaysia
The 8th Malaysia OpenGov Leadership Forum, taking place on June 22, 2023, will provide a platform for the government, healthcare, education services, GLC and the FSI to break down barriers, collaborate, and work together for better outcomes for citizens.
This year’s event will covered topics including AI, ML, blockchain, cybersecurity, digital identity, smart cities and the IoT. Participants will get to make valuable connections, meet peers and mentors in their industry, share ideas with others in their field, and be exposed to first-hand knowledge and intelligence from subject matter experts from across Asia Pacific (APAC).
Register now here.
Seamless Asia 2023
June 27 – 28, 2023
Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore
Seamless Asia is a trade show annually held in Singapore. This year’s event, which will take place on June 27 and 28, will bring together 200+ expert speakers who will cover the big ideas, market disruptors and new industry trends in payments, banking, e-commerce. The exhibition will also feature cutting-edge technologies and the most innovative solutions in the space.