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Mastercard’s Innovation Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean Returns

On November 29th and 30th, the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach will be overflowing with talent and creativity. Now in its fifth year, and with the “Digital by Design” motto, Mastercard’s Innovation Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean will be the perfect stage for the main operators in payments and technology to join forces and agree how to streamline digitalization of their prforumoducts and services, in order to reimagine the user experience in the era of hyper-connectivity.

The two-day event will feature prominent industry personalities in payments, electronic banking and eCommerce who will share unique platforms with developers to tackle different topics in the agenda including, the convenience of “becoming more digital.”

“Aside from addressing the need for more inclusive solutions, this event demonstrates that we all have a common interest in how innovation is shaping the future of commerce across our mature and emerging markets,” said Gilberto Caldart, president of Mastercard for Latin America and the Caribbean. “The true impact technology has on everyday life can only be accomplished if all the players in the ecosystem collaborate and innovate with us,” he added.

The Forum also will include demos of some of the latest payment solutions by Mastercard, such as Mastercard Identity Check (the app that uses biometrics as verification method for the card holder), Pepper (Softbank’s humanoid robot,  enabled by Mastercard to handle digital payments) and Mastercard Groceries  (an app that gives users the possibility of ordering food directly from their refrigerator), for instance.

The inventor of CAPTCHA security system, and the creator of Waze, a collaborative mobile platform that allows finding the route with least traffic and most fuel efficiency, are some examples of the noted speakers that will participate in the forum.

Main Speakers

Mastercard’s  team will present some of its most remarkable successful cases, such as Masterpass, highlighting the permanent research and innovation conducted in the Mastercard Labs and the startup acceleration program Mastercard Start Path.

Also, some of the region’s main countries will be represented in discussion panels, e.g.: “Breaking Financial Inclusion Barriers by Fighting Informal Economies” and “Digital by Design: Innovating for Financial Inclusion”:

  • Eduardo Abreu, Zuum (Brazil).
  • Hernando Rubio, MovilRed (Colombia).
  • Pablo Gonzalez Vargas, Pago (Mexico).
  • Sergio Kulikovsky, Acesso (Brazil).
  • Juan Aspillaga, Bonus (Peru).
  • Alfredo Bernacchi, Edenred (Argentina).