PayExpo Europe 2018

8-9 October 2019
Business Design Centre, London

Payments Punch-Up

Payments Punch-Up

Payments Punch Up    

The Payments Punch-Up returns to PayExpo for its fifth year and features pairs of payment heavyweights going toe to toe on the industry's most controversial topics! 

Taking place in our very own Payments Punch-Up boxing ring, live on the show floor, every year we partner with industry thought leaders to referee the debates across both days of PayExpo. We ask the audience to vote before and after each debate to find out how persuasive our speakers have been. 

Last year, we've invited internationally-recognised Dave Birch and Consult Hyperion to preside over the opposing sides live on stage. If you think you've got what it takes to debate the best in the business you can apply here to take part this October.   

Apply to join the match

Each year this one-of-a-kind spectacle gives all attendees a chance to weigh in on the big issues.



2018 winners


Topics and speakers


Speaker for

 Day one

Speaker against


11:00 -11:30  Open banking and open APIs have created an              unfair advantage
Murali Akella Gavin Littlejohn
Murali Akella
Gavin Littlejohn
12:30 - 13:15   Cryptocurrency is just a fad that will never have          an  official use within the industry
Brett Scott Filipe Castro
Brett Scott,
Author & journalist  

Filipe Castro,

16:00 - 16:30 The term ‘Challenger Bank’ applies to all those redefining traditional banking expectations

Renier Lemmens

David Parker

Renier Lemmens,

David Parker,
Polymath Consulting



Speaker for

Day Two

Speaker against


11:15 - 12:00   Fintech Unplugged Live at PayExpo
Fintech Unplugged
Robert Courtneidge,
Suresh Vaghjiani,
Tribe Payments
13:00 - 13:45  AI and the role of the BOTS is just a Big Brother  tactic to track the consumer
Masha Cilliers Gerry Carr
Masha Cilliers,

Gerry Carr,

14:45 - 15:15  Consumers are not interested in using Wearable Technology as a payment method
Joshua Bower Saul Phil Campbell
Joshua Bower Saul,

Philip Campbell,
 K Wearables

Join in the discussion on Twitter using #paymentspunchup, #PayExpo2018, @PayExpo & @chyppings



EN Awards Finalist 2017 - Payments Punch Up at PayExpo The Payments Punch-Up received a Special Commendation at the 2017 EN Awards in the 'Best Feature Area' Category.

















































  • PayExpo is fantastic because it has thought provoking discussions and is a great place to connect with other leaders in the industry.
    Megan Caywood
  • Very well organised, covering all the key topics with an inclusive and relevant speaker and exhibitor base.
    Helene Panzarino
    Rainmaking Colab Fintech
  • Very wide ranging and varied content with a good mix of fact and opinions, hotly debated.
    Ian Dawson
    Hays Travel Limited
  • This is both a networking event and a trade show, and should be in everyone's diary.
    Paul Love Twelves
    Open Payments Cloud
  • Had a great time across the two days, very well looked after and heard some interesting things about the industry. Look forward to returning next year!
    Jon Ellis
    Atom Bank
  • PayExpo 2018 was fantastic with a great variety in exhibitors as well as content for talks and debates. We found some very good potential partners that will help us make a major impact in the banking industry over the next few years.
    Simon Phillips
    Money Global Limited
  • I really liked the sessions and panel discussions and I am looking forward to some more presentations.
    Liisi Kirsipuu
  • I found the event very interesting and lively, I really liked the presentations in theatre 2 as I am coming from a payments area I found them very informative.
    Martynas Rajuncios
    Lietuvos Bankas


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