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MoneyConf and EnterConf: Tycoons jet in to Belfast as 'Glasto for nerds' woos world

Thousands of delegates descend on Belfast this week for tech conferences

By Jamie Stinson

Published 15/06/2015

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Monday 15th June 2015 - Money Conf
Pictured is John McDonnell and Stephen Pair during the Money Conf at T13 in Belfast
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Monday 15th June 2015 - Money Conf Pictured is John McDonnell and Stephen Pair during the Money Conf at T13 in Belfast Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Monday 15th June 2015 - Money Conf Pictured is a member of the crowd and their phone during the Money Conf at T13 in Belfast Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Monday 15th June 2015 - Money Conf Pictured is Regulating Digital Currency talk during the Money Conf at T13 in Belfast Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Monday 15th June 2015 - Money Conf Pictured is Max Keiser during the Money Conf at T13 in Belfast Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Monday 15th June 2015 - Money Conf Pictured is Money Conf at T13 in Belfast Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Thursday 18th June 2015 - Enter Conf Pictured is Mike Waldron and Sheelan Yousefizadeh at Enter Conf Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Thursday 18th June 2015 - Enter Conf Pictured is Mike Waldron and Sheelan Yousefizadeh at Enter Conf Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Thursday 18th June 2015 - Enter Conf Pictured is Nell Watson at Enter Conf Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Thursday 18th June 2015 - Enter Conf Pictured is Cristina Reisen at Enter Conf Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Thursday 18th June 2015 - Enter Conf Pictured is Cristina Reisen at Enter Conf Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Thursday 18th June 2015 - Enter Conf Pictured is Tom Gonser at Enter Conf Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Thursday 18th June 2015 - Enter Conf Pictured is Cristina Reisen at Enter Conf Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Monday 15th June 2015 - Money Conf Pictured is John McDonnell and Stephen Pair during the Money Conf at T13 in Belfast Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Meagan Eisenberg of mongoDB during day one of EnterConf. Pic Mark Marlow
15 June 2015; Delegates prepare ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; Delegates prepare ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture: Brendan Moran
15 June 2015; A general view ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; Nicolas Huss of Visa Europe speaks at T13 as delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; John Collison, Stripe, in conversation with Adrian Weckler. Delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; The Bitnet stand ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran
15 June 2015; The insight stage ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran
15 June 2015; A general view ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view of Centre Stage ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; The insight stage ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; Delegates networking during the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015;A general view as delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015;A general view as delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view of the audience as Jose Maria Fuster speaks about Santander in the Fintech space at T13 as delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; John Collison, Stripe, in conversation with Adrian Weckler. Delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015;A general view of exibition stands as delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; Nicolas Huss of Visa Europe speaks at T13 as delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view of the audience as Jose Maria Fuster speaks about Santander in the Fintech space at T13 as delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view at T13 as delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view at T13 as delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view at T13 as delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; John Collison, centre, of Stripe, meets delegates during the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; Jose Maria Fuster speaks about Santander in the Fintech space at T13 as delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; John Collison, centre, of Stripe, meets delegates during the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; Delegates at the Invest Northern Ireland lounge during the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015;A general view as delegates attend the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Mark Marlow / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; Delegates at the Bitnet lounge during the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; Delegates in attendance during the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 June 2015; A general view ahead of the opening day of the conference. MoneyConf 2015, T13, Titanic Quarter Limited, Belfast. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Two spin-offs of one of Europe's biggest tech events are set to hit Belfast this week, bringing with them those who run some of the world's most successful companies.

Senior figures from Amazon, PayPal, Santander, Western Union and Visa will speak at the event which has been described in the past as "Glastonbury for nerds".

MoneyConf and EnterConf are sister events of the Web Summit, which attracted 22,000 visitors to Dublin and featured speakers including U2 frontman Bono and Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria.

The two events will take place at T13 in the Titanic Quarter, and are expected to contribute £7m to Belfast's economy. The week will kick off with MoneyConf, today and tomorrow, followed by EnterConf on Thursday and Friday.

The events are expected to bring around 5,000 delegates and journalists from around the world, along with world leaders from the tech industry who will descend on the city and have left hotels fully booked.

The fintech, financial technology, events are a major coup for Belfast, which fought off competition from more than a dozen other cities across the globe to stage MoneyConf and EnterConf.

Companies from across the industry will come together to discuss the most pressing issues affecting the sector, and also will give businesses opportunities to network with tech leaders.

The MoneyConf event is where companies travel to find out the latest intelligence on the future of payments, eCommerce, cryptocurrencies and financial services.

It has been predicted the event could contribute some £25m to Northern Ireland's economy over the next three years, as it is expected to return.

Northern Ireland's burgeoning tech sector, with many of its firms based in the Titanic Quarter, will be able to showcase itself to world leaders in the digital industry.

Brian Conlon, founder of First Derivatives and the Belfast Telegraph Business Personality of the Year at this year's Business Awards, will be one local success story speaking at MoneyConf.

Visit Belfast hopes the events will be expanded in future years.

Chief executive Gerry Lennon said: "Securing events such as MoneyConf and EnterConf doesn't just simply bring delegate numbers and local economic impact - it brings new, powerful opportunities to showcase and reinforce Belfast's winning welcome, its world-class facilities and attractions, unique and diverse culture, and award-winning hospitality.

"International conferences are vitally important for our tourism development - delegates tend to stay longer, explore and spend more when they are here, and their positive experiences are more widely felt."

He said Belfast's ability to attract such high-powered events as MoneyConf and EnterConf augured well for its future as a conference destination.

"The global marketplace is getting tougher as cities and countries emerge. Belfast is outperforming others in terms of growth and we can continue to do that with the right focus, priorities, investment and activity."

Belfast Telegraph

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