On June 27, 2019, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced two new programs as part of its LabCFTC initiative.  The first is LabCFTC Accelerator, which will provide the agency with a number of tools to drive its understanding and potential adoption of emerging technologies.  The second is the CFTC’s second annual FinTech Forward conference, which will take place on October 24, 2019 and bring together a variety of stakeholders in the FinTech ecosystem to explore the latest developments in the space.

As part of the LabCFTC Accelerator program, the agency seeks to better understand emerging technologies through the use of tools such as internal pilots and tests, market research and innovation competitions.  The topic for the upcoming innovation competition will be announced at the FinTech Forward 2019 conference.

FinTech Forward 2019 will bring together innovators, regulators, market participants, thought-leaders and the general public to cover a number of areas in the FinTech space, including digital assets, commodities and platforms, machine learning and AI, RegTech and algorithmic trading.  The agency also said it expects there to be a greater focus on international FinTech, as the event will coincide with the CFTC’s Office of International Affairs’ International Regulators Symposium.  Registration for the FinTech Forward 2019 conference will be open to the public early this fall.