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Electronic Transactions Association Announces Judges for $10,000 E-Pay Innovation Award



    Electronic Transactions Association Announces Judges for $10,000 E-Pay
                               Innovation Award

Inaugural Prize will be Awarded to the 2013 ETA Annual Conference & Expo
Exhibitor with Most Promising Technology Serving the Underbanked

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2013

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Electronic Transactions
Association (ETA), the trade association of the global electronic payments
industry, today announced the panel of judges for the inaugural E-Pay
Innovation Award which will be presented at the 2013 ETA Annual Meeting & Expo
in New Orleans from April 30 to May 2, 2013.The $10,000 prize, funded by a
grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will go to the exhibitor whose
product has the most potential to make a profound impact on the global market
by providing financial services to underserved communities.

The judges are Megan Oxman, program officer of innovative finance, Financial
Services for the Poor (FSP) team, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; James
Wester, senior editor, Mobile Payments Today; Chris Lee, president of North
American strategic partnerships and emerging markets, Moneris Solutions; Steve
Chu, regional sales manager, Layered Tech; Allen Weinberg, Partner, Glenbrook
Partners, and Rori Ferensic, director of education and professional
development, ETA.

"With all exhibitors eligible to win the $10,000 prize, the E-Pay Innovation
Award promises to be one of the most compelling storylines of a greatly
expanded 2013 ETA Annual Meeting & Expo," said Jason Oxman, CEO of ETA. "The
meeting & expo are the best places to do business in the electronic
transactions industry, and the E-Pay Innovation Award makes it the place to
unveil and discover the next game-changing electronic payments products and
services."

All companies exhibiting at the 2013 ETA Annual Meeting and Expo will be
eligible to win the E-Pay Innovation Award. In order to be considered,
exhibitors must display the most innovative electronic payment product or
service that provides financial services to unserved or underserved
individuals or communities. Entries should be capable of commercial viability
within one year, and must be demonstrated live at the 2013 ETA Annual Meeting
and Expo as a prototype or software mockup.

As the world's largest stage for payments innovation, the ETA Annual Meeting
and Expo brings together thousands of payments and technology industry
executives, venture capitalists and media from ten countries to conduct
business, strategize, unveil new products and network. Key conference
highlights include:

  o Keynote Addresses – David W. Nelms, Chairman and CEO of Discover Financial
    Services and Michael Abbott, CEO of ISIS
  o Educational Supersessions – The largest selection of payments learning
    opportunities of the entire year, all in one place. Topics include
    electronic processing, legislation, fraud prevention, marketing,
    financing, recruiting and revolutionary payment startups
  o Exhibit Hall - The exhibit hall features 200 exhibitors across 150,000
    square feet at the state-of-the-art Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in
    the heart of New Orleans. A significant expansion of ETA's 2013 Annual
    Meeting and Expo – including the brand-new Mobile Pay Zone and the
    brand-new Payments Next Zone – establishes the ETA show as the hub of
    activity in the electronic transactions industry.
  o ETA's Small Business Forum; How Mobile Payments Grows Small Business - The
    forum will feature small business owners from New Orleans and payments
    industry experts discussing how small business can benefit from mobile
    payment solutions.
  o ETA Executive Press Luncheon – A private lunch meeting with ETA CEO, Jason
    Oxman will include the release of the latest Economic Indicator Report and
    all-new Mobile Payments Committee consumer resource tips.

Other event highlights include:

  o Mobile Payment Innovations 2013, an all-day conference on April 30 full of
    actionable business information from speakers representing a cross-section
    of players within the mobile payments ecosystem. Presented in partnership
    with Strategic Solutions Network, the creators of the industry-renowned
    Mobile Contactless Payment Innovations series of events.
  o ETA University (ETAU), a series of live, instructor-led, interactive
    classes that address key facets of the industry that are necessary for
    expanding attendees' knowledge and expertise
  o ETA's Compliance Day, an all-day event on April 30 that will provide
    critical information on compliance, new standards, card company rules and
    mandates, and access to experts from card brands and other compliance
    space entities to get answers to pressing questions.
  o ETA's Government Panel, a discussion with the most influential
    professionals working on payments issues in the U.S. government. Speakers
    include top officials in both the executive and legislative branches of
    government including officials from the Consumer Financial Protection
    Bureau and Federal Trade Commission.
  o The Investment Community Forum, an all-day event on April 30 that brings
    the payments industry together with the investors and investment companies
    that can help fund the innovation and entrepreneurial energy that drive
    the future of payments.
  o EMV Day, an all-day event on April 30 for issuers, processors, acquirers
    and merchant to deliver comprehensive discussion about EMV, the global
    standard for chip-enabled cards.  Presented in partnership with MasterCard
    Advisors.

For the full schedule of conference and pre-conference events, visit
http://www2.electran.org/am13/schedule-of-events/.

For more information about ETA's 2013 Annual Meeting and Expo or to register,
visit http://www.electran.org/am13.

SOURCE Electronic Transactions Association

Website: http://www.electran.org
Contact: Brad Williamson, 703.398.1137, Williamson.bradford@gmail.com
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