The Innovation Project™ will reshape how the industry creates, innovates, and acknowledges and celebrates its innovators.

Save the date: March 20-21, 2013 at Harvard University

The Innovation Project 2013, hosted by, is an exclusive convening of the most senior executives and elite innovators from literally every established payments company worldwide, along with the CEOs of the most innovative start-ups in the space. It’s goal is to tap the energy and intellect of the senior members of this vast and dynamic ecosystem and change the way that the payments and its broader commerce ecosystem thinks, talks, delivers and ignites innovation. We do this in ways that are different and unique.

We take the conversation about payments and commerce in an entirely new direction by mashing up industry CEOs with external thought leaders such as Al Gore (Apple Board member and former U.S. VP), Larry Summers (Square Board member and former Secretary of the Treasury), Steve Levitt (Freakonomics), Eric Ries (The Lean Startup), Rosie Rios (U.S. Treasurer), Russell Simmons (Rush Card), Raj Date (ex #2 at the CFPB),  Michael Barr (ex-U.S. Treasury and Dodd Frank architect) and Josh Lerner (HBS Prof who wrote Architecture of Innovation). These thought leaders will help challenge the conventional wisdom around what kind of payments industry innovation can ignite and inspire merchants and consumers to adopt new ways to shop and pay.

Event Location: Starts at Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street, between Cambridge and Kirkland Streets in Cambridge, MA. A Map of the University may be found here.


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We inspire industry collaboration around tough problems. The ThinkAThonTM  assembles 15 teams who will tackle 5 of the toughest industry problems in the space and present solution frameworks to a panel of judges who will provide feedback in real time.

Eight “Up Close and Personal” Live Sessions will pair celebrated thought leaders with prominent CEOs to share how they have applied the very best principles of innovation in their own organizations. Several lucky audience members will have a chance to join them on stage.

We introduce Innovation Project delegates to the hottest and most promising “next generation” payments innovatorsThis year we have hand selected 40 of them. Briefing Rooms and Product Launch Pads bring the experience of innovation to life for all participants.

The 2013 Innovator Awards will once again celebrate the sectors’ most innovative players. We celebrate innovation and the innovators who ignite it at the 2013 Innovator Awards. This year we will honor 45 of the industry’s top innovators over dinner, which includes first, second and third place finishers across 15 categories which this year will be emceed by B.J. Novak ofThe Office. We honor those early innovators who laid the foundations for the innovations we see and leverage today. Three such innovators, will be inducted into the first ever Payments Hall of Fame and one will be honored with the Payments Lifetime Achievement Award.  

About is reinventing the way in which companies in payments share relevant information about the initiatives that shape the future of commerce and make news. This powerful B2B platform is the #1 site for the payments industry by traffic and the premier source of information about “what’s next” in payments. C-suite and VP level executives read it daily for these insights, making the audience the most valuable in the industry. It provides an interactive platform for companies to demonstrate leadership, popularize products and, most importantly, capture the mindshare of global decision-makers. It’s where the best minds and best content meet on the web.

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