MRC Chicago 2018

We appreciate your interest in presenting at MRC Chicago. First time and experienced speakers are encouraged to apply by completing the form below. Our Member Only events provide a terrific venue to share best practices and lessons learned with fellow fraud and payments professionals. An onsite consultant will be available to all speakers.

For Merchant presenters, event registration is complimentary. Solution Provider presenters will receive a registration discount. We encourage all Solution Provider presenters to partner with a merchant for your talk. It is a great opportunity to invite your customer to an MRC event and for them to share their expertise with other merchants.

Please note MRC Chicago is a Member Only event, and all speakers' companies are required to have a current membership at the time of the conference. If your company is not yet a member, find more about MRC membership here.

Based on member feedback, we are seeking presenters to speak on the topics listed below in Fraud, Payments, and Security/Law Enforcement. Topics in bold text are particular areas of focus for MRC Chicago. We also welcome speaking proposals which do not directly correspond to any of the suggested topics noted below.


  • Observed fraud trends/merchant case studies
    • Account takeover identification and prevention strategies
    • Chargeback mitigation strategies
    • Friendly fraud
    • International fraud, e.g. MIST, BRIC, LATAM, or APAC regions/countries
    • Mobile/mCommerce fraud
    • Gift card fraud
    • Loyalty or affiliate program fraud
    • Re-shipping/redirect schemes

  • Customer verification/authentication
    • 3D Secure 2.0
    • Identity, including fake accounts, synthetic identities, and identity theft
    • Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) on strong customer authentication in the Payment Services Directive (PSD2)
    • Two-factor/multi-factor authentication
    • Phone authentication/screening solutions for call centers
    • Risk-based authentication

  • Metrics
    • Benchmarking -- how-to resources and what to consider for your business
    • Successful processes to track and reduce manual reviews

  • Technology
    • Fraud and the Internet of Things (IoT)
    • Understanding/utilizing card schemes and issuer data to prevent fraud
    • Case studies and experiences using machine learning for big data
    • What data is important to collect and how to use it effectively


  • Innovations in payments
    • Alternative payment method trends in the global market (both card present and card not present)
    • Biometrics in payments
    • New payment interactions PSD2 will make possible between European consumers and merchants
    • Payments and the Internet of Things (IoT)
    • Blockchain technology and use cases
    • Tokenization

  • International
    • eCommerce and mCommerce opportunities for the unbanked and underbanked
    • Fraud risks and differences between SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area) and non-SEPA direct debits
    • Payments landscape in any African, APAC, or Middle Eastern countries
    • Expanding into international markets -- best practices and/or lessons learned
    • Experience accepting payments in any Central or Latin American countries
    • Impact of Brexit and payment implications for merchants
    • PINless debit and use cases for merchants
    • Taxation of international commerce, including foreign exchange (FX) transparency

  • Optimization
    • Faster payments and instant payments, and how merchants can benefit
    • Methods to optimizing authorization, conversion, interchange, redundancy, and/or payment flows
    • Omni-channel, cross-channel or multi-channel case studies, or payments and fraud challenges specific to one of these models
    • Working with card brands and issuing banks
    • Bank declines for recurring and non-recurring payments
    • Experience in deploying (or not deploying) account updater
    • Payments steering or optimization strategies

  • Payments strategy
    • Subscriptions / recurring / card-on-file / stored credential payments
    • Tactics for testing payment methods and payments functionality in the real world
    • User experience and payments
    • Interchange cap fees
    • Regulatory reports
    • Surcharging
    • Unique payment considerations for airlines and travel companies

  • Regulations -- what merchants need to know
    • GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) -- initial lessons learned
    • PSD2 (Payment Services Directive)
    • Safe Harbor and its impact on data privacy

Security/Law Enforcement

  • The relationship between security and fraud, and how one impacts the other
    • Emerging threats and attack vectors
    • Malware and RATs, MitB, and/or MitM attacks
    • PCI, security, and data breaches (proactive and reactive discussions)

  • Law enforcement
    • Engaging law enforcement -- go beyond stopping theft to leading the effort for criminal prosecutions
    • What data is important to collect for law enforcement cases and how to present it effectively

Submissions which do not directly correspond to the suggested topics noted above are also welcome!

10 Tips for a Successful Submission

  1. Tailor your content to experienced/advanced users
  2. Ensure there is no marketing in your content
  3. For solution providers, priority will be given to submissions that include a merchant as a co-presenter
  4. Priority will be given to submissions that incorporate real-world applications
  5. Describe how this session is relevant to merchants
  6. Feature content that is new, unique, or significantly refreshed from a previous presentation
  7. Historically, sessions with strong live demos receive higher audience scores
  8. Include key takeaways -- what actionable information can attendees bring back from this session?
  9. Showcase your speaking experience
  10. Write a descriptive, fun, and enticing title

Submissions must be received by Saturday, June 30 in order to be considered. If your speaking proposal is selected, presentation decks are due by Tuesday, September 4. If your final deck is not received by the close of business on this date, your session will be removed from the conference agenda and replaced with an alternate session. Please note no exceptions will be made to this deadline.

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