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25 October 2017
Bob Meara

Thoughts Comparing Two Recent Banking Events

I had the pleasure of attending two industry events in relatively rapid succession:

  • BAI Beacon – 4-5 October, Atlanta

  • BankAI – 16-17 October, Boston

    Knowing that everyone’s time is scarce, and wanting to help you maximize it, I compare these two events in the spirit of attendees making smart choices and sponsors maximizing their event spend.

BAI Beacon


Event Positioning

…These valuable interactions will give you wide-ranging perspectives to stimulate new ideas and help you to think differently. And BAI Beacon’s fast-paced, focused agenda will help you maximize your learning and minimize your time away from the office. You’ll come away informed, connected and energized—for success in 2018 and beyond.

…will bring AI pioneers and the newbies together so that all can collaborate, learn and bring this technology to life in the most intelligent way.

Relative size



Overall tenor

·All show, no go. Lots of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, & Doubt)

·Practical, illuminating

Degree of focus

·Largely without focus in an apparent attempt to garner broad appeal

·Laser focused on AI


·Many concurrent sessions to manage

·Much vendor-driven content

·Interesting, but questionably relevant keynote

·Combination of straight talk from early-adopter banks and rapid-fire vendor demo sessions.

·Highly relevant and useful keynote

Vendor-to-bank ratio


·Not as high

Vendor participation


·23 focused on AI

Perceived booth traffic




·Too big for a small conf.

·Improved upon last year’s sound problem

·Superb, but a bit crowded

Food & Drink

·Best in BAI’s history

·Better still


  • excellent, most helpful and a real public service!

    Dennis Roman
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Asia-Pacific, EMEA, LATAM, North America