Last week, FIA hosted the 31st annual Futures and Options Expo in Chicago, bringing together over 5,000 attendees from around the industry and the globe. After attending my first FIA Boca and IDX this year, I was eager to complete the trilogy with FIA Expo.
Expo is always a big event for TT due to its nature as the year’s largest industry gathering. But this year was even more important than usual for us. This was the first Expo since the release of the TT platform in March, and Expo attendees were able to create trial accounts on site at our new booth.
The Wind-up to Expo: Monday and Tuesday
Expo didn’t technically begin until Tuesday night’s opening reception, but things kicked off early for us. Mike Forst, our head of product management, spoke with John Lothian News about wash trades, CTO Drew Shields sat down with FIA Europe’s Emma Davey, and CEO Rick Lane’s update on Trade Talk told readers what they could expect from TT at Expo. We also hosted the second annual pre-Expo open house on Tuesday at our Tech Tap. That led into the first official Expo event, FIA’s opening reception at City Winery.
The Grand Opening: Wednesday
Wednesday began with what is always one of the most highly anticipated panels of Expo: the exchange leaders panel featuring the CEOs of CME Group, Eurex, ICE and CBOE.
Panels continued throughout the day, including a few in the new Innovation Hall, which featured industry startups in the Innovators Pavilion. Our Drew Shields spoke there on the CTO panel about the cutting-edge features and technologies that we’re building into the new TT platform.
Meanwhile in the exhibit hall, the new TT booth saw a lot of activity, particularly during the scheduled “show within a show” sessions, which focused on various aspects of the new TT platform. In between sessions, our product managers were busy giving demos of the various TT tools including ADL®, Autospreader® and charting.
The Big Finale: Thursday
Day two’s panels touched on a wide variety of subjects, including investing in innovation and blockchain technology. We attended many of the panels and shared highlights on Twitter. Drew Shields participated in the cloud technology session, where panelists drove home the point that the cloud was real and effective for fintech. And Mike Forst shared his insights on the present and future of trading platforms.
Our “show within a show” at the TT booth continued on day two. Sessions featured TT partners Nasdaq Futures (NFX), Quantitative Brokers and Green Key Technologies, and we were pleased to host a visiting group of students from DePaul University, a TT CampusConnect™ program partner school.
Expo concluded, as always, with the FIA Cares Great Chicago Steak Out dinner to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Although Expo is over, like we said in our booth, we’re Always Building for What’s Next. The new TT platform delivers previously unheard-of accessibility and performance to our customers, but there’s more to come. There will be new product enhancements ready for FIA Boca 2016 and IDX 2016, plus a few fun surprises for the folks who will be in Boca and then London. Stay tuned to Trade Talk in coming months to learn what’s next.