It was February 2015 when the Payments Summit was last held in Salt Lake City. For seven years, starting in 2008, the event was held in this same vibrant, growing city nestled in the snow-capped Wasatch mountains. Salt Lake City had been an obscure location that was put on the map in 2002 when the U.S. hosted the 2002 Winter Olympic Games there.
The Payments Summit event had outgrown every hotel venue in the city in those early years, until the expansive Grand Hotel was built. With the increasing popularity of the scenic views, the majestic Mormon Temple, and the Grand Hotel itself, a winter/spring event in Salt Lake City became impossible to schedule. That led the Smart Card Alliance (our name at that time) to move the conference out of Salt Lake City, and into to the warmer climates of Orlando and Phoenix.
Now we are on the cusp of the 2020 Payments Summit, returning to the spectacular Salt Lake City, at a great venue, the Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown at City Creek.
The conference agenda will be filled with interesting speakers and panelists covering everything about current and future payments. The future of payments requires collaboration among the payment networks, financial institutions, merchants, processors, mobile wallet providers, and technologists to achieve a common share of the benefits. We have filled the 2020 Summit agenda with the brightest minds discussing the most timely and important trends in fintech, online commerce, mobile transactions, transit fare payments and mobility services.
Networking is one of the most valuable benefits any conference can offer. The Payments Summit, held in conjunction with the U.S. Payments Forum All-Member Meeting, is expected to attract senior leaders and decision-makers from global and domestic payments networks, financial institutions, retail organizations, processors and acquirers, technology providers, and start-ups. Multiple networking receptions and breaks in the open exhibit area will facilitate business exchanges and the renewing of old acquaintances. There is also an optional pre-conference skiing event planned for those people who want to begin their week with an opportunity to ski and network at the famous Solitude Mountain Ski Resort, one the seven nearby mountains that offers some of the best skiing experiences in the West.
January is starting off with a great deal of excitement across the payments landscape. We are watching the emergence of new online fraud tools such at EMV 3DS and Secure Remote Commerce. Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is changing how cities are viewing transportation payments and mobile data services. The rapidly growing percentage of retail touch points enabled for contactless and mobile tap-to-pay, and even autonomous check-out, is providing consumers with exciting new check-out experiences.
The Secure Technology Alliance and the U.S. Payments Forum are where these trends are analyzed and explained, and where adoption challenges are resolved. Let the 2020 Payments Summit be the reason members get more active and non-members join these organizations to start making a difference today. Thank you for your support of the organization.