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The race to innovate has begun

Digital-first FinTech startups are rethinking the way the financial industry does business. Mobile payments are revolutionizing the way we send, spend and receive money, while blockchain technology is rarely out of the news.

But how well do you know these technologies? Could you use them in your organization?

Over two intensive days at Hyper Island, you will learn the key principles of emerging technologies and develop a customer-first approach to designing financial services. Using proven Hyper Island methodology, this course is designed to help you navigate the new financial services ecosystem and identify new opportunities for your organization.

Get a mindset

Understand how technology, communication and consumer behavior are changing.

Gain useful insights

Explore the case studies and cutting-edge approaches presented by industry experts.

Apply the right tools

Discover the digital tools, methods and tactics to transform your service design.


Understanding FinTech will help you learn about relevant digital platforms and new business ecosystems. You will understand the potential of FinTech to revolutionize entire industries – including banking and investments; government and electoral systems; insurance and healthcare.

Get the lowdown

The history, growth patterns, strengths and weaknesses of financial technology, cryptocurrencies and blockchain.

Explore potential applications

How to apply blockchain technology to new products and services.

Examine regulatory challenges

What obstacles and opportunities new payment systems face, and the responses of governments around the world.

Measure success

Existing financial benchmarks to evaluate the success of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as legal tender and for investments.


After taking the Understanding FinTech course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the changes likely to influence the future of financial services;
  • Understand the complexity of the FinTech ecosystem, identify and explain the main characteristics of emerging technologies;

  • Demonstrate awareness of regulatory frameworks with regards to how they inhibit or promote innovation.

My mission is to inspire change and help you leverage technology and digitalization. – Ashkan Fardost

Hyper Island facilitator and industry expert, Ashkan is also a renowned scientist, entrepreneur and global speaker on how technology and digitization can impact industries, societies and human behavior.

Learn from industry leaders

Over two intensive days at Hyper Island, you will learn in a diverse and open environment with participants – both from Sweden and other countries. Understanding FinTech is for everyone: from absolute beginners to entrepreneurs and seasoned banking professionals. You will learn from each other as much as from the experts.

Inspiring environment

Through special workshops and collaborative activities, you will learn how to broaden your thinking about financial services and understand what is driving disruption in your industry.

Put insights to action

You will explore how to build deep customer relationships in a digital world and find the right tools to make the most of the opportunities presented by emerging technologies.

Hyper Island Methodology

Our proven learning methodology has been honed over 20 years. Expert Hyper Island facilitators custom design each delivery of the course to maximise learning and its practical application.

Tools For Learning

You'll leave with an expanded professional toolbox and methods for embedding the learning into your daily work.

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