Alastair Smith

Whether it’s attending or exhibiting, events are still an excellent way to and stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of financial services marketing.

Here’s our pick for the 9 events or awards that are most relevant for financial services marketers in 2018.

ANZIIF: Insurtech Conference 2018

When: 2 May 2018
Where: ICC, Sydney


Australian and New Zealand’s Institute of Insurance and Finance’s second insurtech conference will focus on how the digital revolution is reshaping the insurance industry and how disruption can inspire change in incumbent providers.

Find out more about ANZIIF: Insurtech Conference 2018 here.

FSC: Digital Identity Technology Workshop Series

When: 10 May 2018
Where: Financial Services Council, Sydney

Part of the Financial Service Council’s workshop series that focuses on technology and financial services, this event will examine how customer-centric financial services organisations are evolving their digital identity capabilities to deliver rich customer experiences and improved engagement.

A panel of digital leaders will explore these concepts within the increasingly complex digital world and regulatory environment we find ourselves in, where trust is being eroded as a result of privacy and security breaches.

Find out more about FSC: Digital Identity Technology Workshop Series here.

FST: Future of Financial Services

When: 7 June 2018
Where: Crown Promenade, Melbourne

This event will bring together more than 500 Technology, Innovation, Digital and Strategy executives from Australia’s leading banks, insurance and superannuation providers together, to discuss the disruptive technologies that are redefining financial services, and the opportunities and challenges that result.

The event will cover new trends and drivers across two key industry themes: ‘Blockchain & Payments’ and ‘Artificial Intelligence’.

Find out more about FST: Future of Financial Services here.

Australian Retail Banking Awards

When: 12 June 2018
Where: Sydney

The Australian Retail Banking Awards (formerly the AB+F Awards) are the only awards dedicated exclusively to achievement within the retail banking industry. They acknowledge the quality operators across the board as well as those catering to specific market segments, leading professionals and thought leaders.

Categories relevant to marketing include:

  • Best Digital Banking Offering
  • Most Innovative Retail Banking Product
  • Best Media Campaign
  • Australian Financial Institution of the Year
  • Most Innovative Channel Experience of the Year

Find out more about Australian Retail Banking Awards here.


When: 13 June 2018
Where: Sydney

Australia’s 600+ fintech companies have been given the opportunity to get official recognition for their success, with entries opening for Australia’s only industry-backed awards.

FinTech Australia and Jobs for NSW are partnering to run this year’s Finnies awards. Australia’s fintech companies will have the opportunity to be recognised for excellence in sectors such as lending, wealth management, payments, crowdfunding, blockchain, artificial intelligence and regtech. For this year’s awards, a new award category has also been introduced for the best fintech customer experience/design outcome.

Find out more about Finnies18 here.

Australian Fintech Awards 2018

When: 21 June 2018
Where: The Ashurst, Sydney

The 3rd Australian FinTech Awards recognises success in the FinTech sector in its many forms. As well as a host of sector specific awards, there is a specific marketing award – ‘Best fintech communications campaign’. Judges will be looking for the campaign that helped a fintech business or service scale, gain traction or awareness and will be judged on creativity and results.

Submissions open on 1 May and close on 1 June.

Find out more about the Australian Fintech Awards here

Mumbrella Finance Marketing Summit

When: 25 July 2018
Where: Amora Jamison Hotel, Sydney

Back for a third year, Mumbrella’s Finance Marketing Summit is a one-day download of the latest ideas, leading strategies and most important issues for marketers in and around the financial services industry.

Plus, it’s also where Yell Creative will present the results from our third ‘State of Finance Marketing Survey’. As well as insights on the challenges and opportunities that finance marketers face in 2018, we’ll also be focusing on two core themes:

  • Gender equality in finance
  • Understanding financial services customers

Find out more about Mumbrella Finance Marketing Summit here.

Women in Financial Services Awards

When: 6 September 2018
Where: Four Seasons, Sydney

The Women in Financial Services awards celebrates female financial services professionals who have delivered excellent performance in their respective fields and contributed to the advancement of women in both their organisations and the industry.

The awards are divided into two groups for achievement, to reward exceptional professional excellence, and advocacy, to reward financial services professionals, regardless of gender, who have proactively helped advance women within the industry.

Award categories include ‘Marketing/Communications Professional of the Year’ – if you have a colleague that you feel deserves a nomination then we encourage you to click through the button below to nominate them.

Find out more about the Women in Financial Services Awards here.


When: 22-25 October 2018
Where: International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney

Sibos, the world’s largest financial services event, returns to Sydney for the third time, after successful events in 1997 and 2006.
The core theme for the event is ‘Enabling the digital economy’ theme, which is broken down into four sub-themes:

  • How data, AI and robotics are driving service innovation and business model renewal
  • New paradigms and technologies for information sharing to tackle financial crime
  • Tackling the widening cybersecurity challenge in the digital economy
  • Adapting to evolving geopolitical and regulatory priorities.

Find out more about Sibos2018 here.

Have we missed any?

If there are any financial services events or awards that we haven’t included that you think we should have, let us know on Twitter.

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