When the ATM, Debit and Prepaid Forum began featuring mobile payments as a topic, there wasn't an iPhone in the audience. Now, there are few people in the audience who aren't checking their tablets and smartphones, snapping pictures and tweeting.
This year, mobile payments continues to be a prominent topic of discussion. With Dave Fortney at The Clearing House leading a discussion about the organization's latest secure mobile payments initiatives with Citi's Richard Char and Chase's Vin D'Agostino, it's clear that the largest and most influential financial institutions are working to make mobile payments happen.
On the merchant side, MCX, the one-year-old consortium of the nation's largest retailers are building their own mobile payments platform. The Forum audience will be especially interested to hear from Dodd Roberts, MCX senior executive who will share how the group intends to work with banks. Joining MCX are member merchants Lowes, Kohl's, and supermarket chain Publix, to provide their perspectives on enabling mobile payments for their customers.
With innovation moving at such a rapid pace, the topic of virtual currencies/Bitcoin might upstage mobile payments as the most buzzworthy of the event.
Itís so new that regulations and policies are just now catching up to its development, and bankers are just trying to understand it. Helping to explain some basics is American Bankerís executive editor, Marc Hochstein, leading several panel discussions on topics that range from merchant acceptance of bitcoin to anti-money laundering and compliance issues. Contemplating a new payments paradigm on top of enabling mobile payments? The ATM, Debit and Prepaid Forum is the perfect place to do it.
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