Hindsight being 20-20, I wish I could have been in two places at once. We had a MaPS entourage at NACUSO (4 employees and a board member) and we had a great time. The conference was in the Wynn and very well put together. Personally, I get more out of the networking opportunities during the days and nights than I do out of the sessions. NACUSO’s big thing now is the Center for Collaboration and Innovation. Maybe I’m just being cynical, but it seems many of the large CU’s say they want collaboration but don’t really support that. They also say they want innovation, but I’ll bet less than 1% of the attendees of NACUSO knew Finovate was going on.
The products and discussions going on at Finovate is where the true innovation currently is in financial services and I feel like so many credit union folks are completely missing the boat. The NACUSO conference was awesome and I’ll go back next year as long as it isn’t the same time as Finovate. We’ve got to find a way to get the people and companies at Finovate to interact with CU people. That may be at NACUSO or somewhere else, but I think the real opportunities for innovation are happening outside of the CU industry at the moment. NACUSO, Filene, and many others are trying to change that, but right now it seems many of the future-building conversations are happening at BarCamps, Finovate, or elsewhere.