To honor those who have shaped the payments industry, PYMNTS hosted the 2015 PYMNTS Innovation Awards last night at Harvard University. The event pays homage to the best and brightest – honoring the spirit of the entrepreneur, the CEO who built a tech startup, and the payments leaders. Bluefin’s P2PE Solution was selected from hundreds of entries to be one of five nominees for this year’s Best POS Innovation Award and last night, Bluefin took home the Silver Award. Over 10,000 votes were tallied for the different categories and technologies. The award is an honor and truly a testament to the importance of P2PE in securing payments.
We congratulate the Gold Winner, First Data’s Clover Mobile, and Bronze Winner, Poynt.
“Before Innovation Project 2015 wrapped up on the evening of March 19 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, there was one key event left to do: honor the innovators.
After all, without the innovators in payments, there wouldn’t be the Innovation Project and there wouldn’t be the same opportunity for global payments luminaries and c-suite executives to come together under one roof and discuss, debate and bring about conversations that have the power to shape innovation for years to come.
2015 is an important year for payments, as these innovators work to break the mold of how things have always been done. Innovation is at the forefront of what the payments industry has become. ‘More is going to happen in payments than has perhaps happened in the last decade,’ said Verifone CEO Paul Galant, who gave the opening remarks of the awards dinner via video.
This means innovation in security framework, cybercrime, tokenization, authorization. This means avoiding “being the next headline,” of companies that got breaches and it means leveraging the best data the industry can to assist merchants and consumers in having a frictionless experience.
“Innovation means a lot of things to a lot of people, but for us it means helping our customers be successful,’ said Galant, who noted the longevity of the POS terminal has shown how one innovation can stick for decades.
What makes the PYMNTS Awards both special and unique is how the winners are chosen. Submissions are received by PYMNTS.com and reviewed by a panel of judges who are experts in innovation. They select five finalists for each category and that field is then presented to the PYMNTS community. Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists are awarded. This year more than 600 submissions were received and 10,000 votes tallied.”