Innovation Project 2015

Innovation Project 2015 — powered by, and held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on March 18-19 — brought together the best and brightest innovators in payments to discuss and debate the opportunities and obstacles at the intersections of payments and commerce.

This year’s theme “Innovation At The Intersections” was a nod to the complexities that is the payments and commerce landscape today. Complexity that is influenced by innovators in ecosystems outside of payments – retail, social, mobile, technology, security, banking, and even advertising – that are reshaping how payments is delivered – and even how visible it is. Over two days, established players, emerging disruptors and entrepreneurial visionaries from the world of payments and commerce came together to lead discussion of how their sectors are being disrupted and innovated in ways that will establish the framework for the industries for years — perhaps decades — to come.

This two-day event provided insight into what the most accomplished innovators and thought leaders had to say about the direction payments and commerce are headed, and how they will get there. From those conversations, we learned that the decisions we are making at intersections we are facing will chart our collective future in the decades to come. Decisions that we’ll no doubt be talking about next year. We hope to see you then.

Innovation Project Takeaways

Innovation Project Best In Show — Payments Style

Before Innovation Project 2015 wrapped up on the evening of March 19 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, there was one key event left to do: honor the innovators. After all, without the innovators in payments, there wouldn’t be the Innovation Project and there wouldn’t be the same opportunity for global payments luminaries and c-suite executives to come […]

It’s A Wrap: Innovation Project 2015 Recap

Innovation Project 2015 — the place where payments innovators gathered to discuss and debate about the crossroads the payments industry has found itself at — has commenced. It was also the same place where they provided their insights about which direction they think payments has come from, and where it is headed. Just what was this […]

Where Innovators Intersect: Innovation Project 2015

Move over tradition, it’s time for innovation — for the third year running. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, today (March 18), Innovation Project 2015 kicks off its two-day event that will drive payments leaders through “Innovation At The Intersection” — this year’s theme intended to implicate how innovation in payments and commerce is at a crossroads, moving from one […]

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