It’s been too long. Unfortunately, it’s going to be a little while longer.
Hard to believe it’s now two years since we last got together for Smarter Faster Payments, and there’s no denying our disappointment at having to cancel this year’s event in San Francisco. But as much as we would like to see everyone in person, safety is our first concern.
At the same time, Nacha has another responsibility: providing the best in payments education. That is why I would like to invite you to Smarter Faster Payments Remote Connect, Aug. 23-26.
Our team is working diligently to make sure everyone—attendees, exhibitors, speakers, and sponsors—has the same top tier experience we normally would in person.
It begins with 125 high quality session opportunities to choose from, many featuring live question and answer sessions with the speakers. Need AAP, APRP or CTP credits? You’ll be able to earn them at Remote Connect. Are there two simultaneous sessions you want to attend? Now you can be in two places at one time, because all sessions will be available on demand for 90 days after the conference. Dip a toe in the water of another conference track that you might not have time for at an in-person event.
Our keynoters will join us just as they would have in San Francisco, sharing their insights and making you think—and maybe even smile.
Stroll through the virtual exhibit hall and meet our exhibitors, who are eager to help solve the payments problems that didn’t go away during the pandemic. In fact, you’ll want to see the advancements that have been made to ensure our industry continues to grow. Some of our exhibitors will even hold demonstrations so you can see their solutions in action, just as you would in person.
And while you’ll have to provide your own glass of wine, there will still be the great networking opportunities you expect of Payments, including 1:1 meetings, the ability to engage in specialized small group discussions, and happy hours. I’ll even be hosting a lunch get together.
Finally, Remote Connect offers an opportunity for folks who would like to attend a Payments conference but even in normal times find it difficult to get out of the office to travel. This year you can watch from your home or office—anywhere with internet, really—and have the extra 90 days to take it all in.
The Bell System used to have a slogan for long distance: “It’s the next best thing to being there.” Thanks to technology, Remote Connect will be incredibly close to being there. All of us at Nacha hope that come May 2022 we’ll be able to gather in Nashville, Tennessee, for Payments. In the meantime, please stay safe and well, and we hope to see you online in August.