OPTIMIZE, KITE’s keynote conference of the year, spanning over two days, will explore the nexus of finance, technology and entrepreneurship, and the opportunities that exist as these fields evolve around each other. This year’s conference is divided into three major parts:
. The first part will focus on financing options available for startups and projects.
. The second part will discuss the present intersections between the worlds of finance and technology (such as payments systems, lending to tech startups, and the potential for a tech bank).
. Finally, the third part of the conference will lay out a vision for the merger between the two worlds, concentrating on digital currencies, and the future of retail banking in an increasingly online world.
At the conference, you will get to hear some of Pakistan’s most distinguished personalities, in the world of banking, technology and business, discuss their vision for an inevitable evolution in the landscape of the financial and tech industries. Come join us optimize the future!
Day 1: June 7, 2013
Introduction and Opening Remarks by Afaque Ahmed 15:00-15:15
Session 1: Financing your start-up
Panel discussion followed by Q&A 15:15 -16:15
Panelists: Jehan Ara, Faizan Leghari, Farzal Dojki, Afaque Ahmed
Tea Break: 16:15-16:45
Lending to small industries – by small industries
Panel discussion followed by Q&A 16:45-18:00
Panelists: Mansoor Siddiqui, Yasin Altaf, Isfandiyar Shaheen, Ali Abbas Sikander (tentative)
Day 2: June 8, 2013
Session 2: The current landscape in finance and technology
Laws that govern tech startups: cyber laws and financial laws
Presentation followed by Q&A 09:30-10:00
Speaker: Zahid Jamil
Developing effective payment systems
Panel discussion followed by Q&A 10:00-11:30
Panelists: Syed Irfan Ali, Jehan Ara, Zahid Jamil, Faisal Khan
Tea Break and Networking: 11:30-12:00
Crowdfunding: scope and legal frameworks
Panel discussion followed by Q&A 12:00-13:00
Panelists: Nida Farid and Zahid Jamil
Session 3: Fin-techs and the future of finance
Have banks become dinosaurs?
Presentation followed by Q&A 14:30-15:00
Speaker: Dr. Farooq Pasha
Bitcoin and digital currencies: bubble or boom?
Panel discussion followed by Q&A 15:00-16:30
Panelists: Nida Farid, Dr. Farooq Pasha, Jawad Farid
Tea Break: 16:30-17:00
The future of finance and fin-techs in Pakistan
Presentation followed by Q&A 17:00-18:30
Financial literacy, computer literacy, and a holistic education 18:30 – 1900
Speaker: Afaque Ahmed