September has arrived and the season of conferences and talks is upon us. With so much happening this month we thought we would break down the highlight events that we'll be attending around FinTech and Open Banking so you can get involved too.

September events:

  • 9th to 27th – Scotland FinTech Festival
  • 12th Future of FinTech IV
  • 13th – PSD2 Launch Party
  • 18th Denholm Insight: Strategy, Growth, Acceleration and Marketing
  • 19th – Shining a Spotlight on: Open Banking
  • 23rd to 26th – SIBOS
  • 23rd – Leveraging Data in the Financial Sector
  • 25th – Scottish Financial Technology Awards
  • 26th CMA Symposium on Consumer Detriment
  • 26th Scaling-Up and Internationalising Scotland's Tech Companies
  • 26th – Open Banking Excellence Meetup


So let's get into it, starting with:

Scotland FinTech Festival

Scotland | 9 to 27 Sep | View Details Here

As a Scottish FinTech we're proudly joining the Scotland Fintech Festival this year. It is taking place this September between the 9th and the 27th all across Scotland. The festival contains conferences, meet-ups, morning breakfast sessions, evening networking events and much more.

We'd go into more detail but with so many events on you just need to check out the line up yourself, or better yet keep scrolling to see some of the events we'll be attending - or even hosting!

Future of FinTech IV

Glasgow | Thursday 12 Sep | View Details Here

It's the fourth year this event has been running and this year the focus is on Artificial Intelligence and its FinTech applications. The talks are designed with knowledge exchange in mind, so are incredibly useful to practitioners and those interested in Financial Technology developments. Well worth joining to take away some incredible insight for your own teams.

PSD2 Launch Party

Edinburgh | Friday 13 Sep | View Details Here

Join us at DirectID HQ on the 13th of September in Edinburgh as we count down the next phase of PSD2! As a business we have been helping people leveraging the identity and data that people have with their bank accounts to make their lives easier. We started using bank data well before Open Banking was even a concept!

We would be delighted if you would join us in welcoming in the arrival of The Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) with an unforgettable evening of keynote speakers, networking and food & drink.

Drawing on our years of experience, we seek to promote the immense value in bank data, and Open Banking as a means to allow all consumers to readily take advantage of their own data. The event is action packed, but here is a quick run down of the agenda:

18:00 - 19:00 

As you arrive, we'll be serving canapes alongside a taster session from The Scotch Whiskey Experience, taking you through the five stages of appreciating the great whiskies that Scotland has to offer. Join us in experiencing malts from each of Scotland's main whisky producing regions: Lowlands, Highlands, Speyside and Islay. 

19:00 - 20:00

Alongside our CEO, James Varga, we'll be joined by Mark Curran, Director of Technology Transformation at TSB. With a career spanning 30 years in Products, Payments and Client facing roles within RBS, Bank of Scotland, Lloyds, and recently CYBG, Mark is an incredible source of insight into the opportunities to come in the world of Financial Services post PSD2 and we're delighted to share the stage with him.

20:00 - 21:00

To wind down the evening, Edinburgh-based Summerhall Drinks Lab invite you to taste Scotland's ever-growing gin selection accompanied by specially paired vegan chocolates. We're excited to have local award winners Bellfield Brewery providing their gluten-free beer offerings all throughout the evening.

Denholm Insight: Strategy, Growth, Acceleration and Marketing

Edinburgh | Wednesday 18 Sep | View Details Here

Denholm Associates is hosting a one-off evening to examine business strategy, growth, acceleration and marketing.

We'll be joining the  Denholm team in Edinburgh to hear some great thought leadership from an expert panel of speakers including; Steve Tigar - CEO at MoneyDashboard, Bruce Walker - Founder & CEO at FutureX, Darren Cairns - CMO at LendingCrowd, and Ilana Munckton - VP Growth Care Sourcer.

The event kicks off in the evening at 5:30 with pizza and refreshments and gives you time to register, chat and fill your boots. Then at 6:30 they'll hand the floor over to the panel, and you’ll also get a chance to pick their brains too at a Q&A that will follow their presentations!

Shining a Spotlight on: Open Banking

London | Thursday 19 Sep | View Details Here

Wondering what the Open Banking buzz is all about? PSD2 is about to blow its birthday candles and the time has come to take an in depth look at what has been achieved in its first two years.

Innovate Finance are bringing together key industry experts to London to form a formidable panel who will share their insights on Open Banking’s first two years, discussing what could have been done differently and what they expect to take place in the next few years.

Following on from the panel discussion, these panellists will be shown short Vox Pops of consumers discussing their knowledge of Open Banking, shedding an insight on what the general public have learned about Open Banking since its inception. These snippets should lead to some interesting discussions! And it will all be wrapped up by a Q&A session and networking.


London | 23 to 26 Sep | View Details Here

I probably don't need to explain this one, it's Sibos... but improtantly, this year it is in London! Here's the blurb for those who'd like a refresh, but we can't recommend attending enough - for those who are, we look forward to seeing you there.

Sibos, the world’s premier financial services event, will this year take place in London from 23-26 September. For one week, 9,000 business leaders, decision makers and topic experts, 600 speakers, 200+ exhibitors and 100+ fintechs will descend on ExCeL London to shape the future of the financial world.

This year’s conference theme – thriving in a hyper-connected world – recognises the challenges and opportunities that mass digitisation and data-driven relationships present for the Sibos community.

With 2019 set to be the most engaging, innovative and ambitious Sibos to date, this is your chance to network, meet new partners and customers, and be part of the ultimate financial services event of the year.   

Leveraging Data in the Financial Sector

London | Monday 23 Sep | View Details Here

As the very first Sibos ‘Innotribe’ award winners, we at DirectID are proud to present our upcoming event ‘Leveraging Data in the Financial Sector’: An evening of incredible keynote presentations, food & drink, and networking at our breath-taking rooftop location.

With information from an incredible line-up of speakers, you'll secure deep insight into the latest industry changes from influential stakeholders, as we facilitate discussion on how your business can leverage data to unleash its full potential.


Imran Gulamhuseinwala, Trustee of the Open Banking Implementation Entity

Matteo Rizzi, Co-Founder of FinTechStage

Andrew Grill, Futurist Keynote Speaker


  • London
  • 23rd September 18:00 - 21:00 
  • Good Hotel Rooftop

In town for Sibos or just free to come along in the evening? Then get your ticket today and join us for an unforgettable evening on the rooftop of the Good Hotel London located a ten-minute walk from the Sibos conference.

Scottish Financial Technology Awards

Edinburgh | Wednesday 25 Sep | View Details Here

An evening to celebrate the development of the Scottish Financial Technology ecosystem, with a series of awards categories designed to recognise outstanding individual and organisational achievements within the sector.

We'll be their and hoping for a big win, but win or not we can't wait to celebrate the incredible FinTech industry in Scotland and continue to support it's growth in the years to come.

SFT finalist

CMA Symposium on Consumer Detriment

Edinburgh | Thursday 26 Sep | View Details Here

On a more serious note, we'll be joining the Competitions and Markets Authority for a Symposium on Consumer Detriment. The line up will include members from technology businesses, financial firms, consumers and industry experts.

If you want to join and have a voice in the conversation head to the event page today. The topics that will be covered include:

  1. Consumer Vulnerability: what regulators are doing to help
  2. Cracking down on cartels: consumer and business detriment
  3. Digital platforms and market power: the impact on competition and consumers
  4. Fintech and open banking: technological advantages and choice

Scaling-Up and Internationalising Scotland's Tech Companies

Glasgow | Thursday 26 Sep | View Details Here

A brilliant opportunity for Scottish Tech companies. Having attended and spoken at a few of these events we can confirm having the chance to compare and contrast how tech companies scale-up and internationalise in Silicon Valley, Singapore, Scotland is an invaluable opportunity.

Have a look at the event for more details on the great range of speakers from around the world, and make sure you get along if your Tech company is looking to expand.

Open Banking Excellence Meetup

London | Thursday 26 Sep | View Details Here

We couldn't cap of a FinTech filled month without attending the brilliant Open Banking Excellence Meetup. The team here at DirectID helped to found the event in Edinburgh and London and the community is now thriving.


Makes sure to join us and meet like-minded people every month. The evenings are a combination of networking, speakers and an open mic section, and the agenda can be checked ahead of time - this month the focus will be on Premium APIs.

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