FinCon 2020 Review: Should You Attend?

FinCon 2020 Review: Should You Attend?

Whenever someone asks me what conferences they should attend, I always have a few in mind. This year, I would say FinCon 2020 is among the top ones in the list.

FinCon isn’t like most other conferences, it has a different location each year. FinCon 2020 is planned to be held in Long Beach, California.

Unlike other conferences like Hustle Con, FinCon has ‘scholarships’ for some attendees that can reduce the cost of attendance. If you’re lucky, the ticket can be free, too.

However, even if you have to pay for the ticket, it’s a worthwhile experience.

Here’s all the information on what is FinCon, a FinCon 2019 recap, and what to expect in FinCon 2020.

What is FinCon 2020

I don’t blame you if you haven’t heard of FinCon, but I would if you have and never tried attending.

FinCon is a conference that bridges the gap between marketers and personal finance. The idea is to bring together influencers, brands, and content creators in the realm of the investing and finance industry.

Organizers of FinCon believe they help people reach out to their audiences, create better content, and make more money.

FinCon 2020 will be the 10th session since its inception in 2011. Despite it being relatively new, it has gained traction fairly quickly. From approximately 200 attendees in 2011 to 2,500+ in 2019 in Washington, D.C.

The conference started as a financial blogger conference but was rebranded over the years. Going from bloggers only to including podcasters, YouTubers, and content creators helped FinCon grow tremendously.

If you’re worried about not being able to attend because you’re not a content creator, per se - don’t. The conference is for everyone: enthusiasts, followers, and new entrants alike. That is why FinCon 2020 is expecting one of the most diverse turnouts in the conference’s history.

Who Should Attend?

If you’re a blogger, podcaster, YouTuber, speaker, or content creator in the personal finance industry, FinCon 2020 is for you.

You get a chance to learn and grow professionally with the help of 200+ experts, while potentially networking with over 2,500+ peers and experts from around the world.

FinCon 2019: A Complete Recap

The 9th FinCon 2019 was held in Washington, D.C. The 4-day conference started on 3rd September with pre-planned keynote sessions, meetups, and more.

In true FinCon fashion, finance bloggers, content creators, podcasters, and YouTubers were invited.

The sessions involved speeches and discussions on everything from personal finance to the use of technology in debt management.

Here’s a quick summary of the 4 days.

Day 0: September 3, 2019

There were 3 community meetups on the 3rd of September. The first was the tour of the Pentagon, the second was the Washington Nationals Baseball Game, and the third, a Pre-FinCon Blog Party.

Day 1: September 4, 2019

On the first day, there were several community meetups of different groups. There was a first-time orientation for first-attenders.

There were 12 speeches from experts like Lisa Rowan (Lifehacker), Robert Farrington (The College Investor), and Kirk Chisholm (Innovative Wealth) among others.

The day ended with a special event by RobinHood, called the 'Two Investing Truths & A Lie Kickoff Party.'

Day 2: September 5, 2019

The second day started with community meetups and check-ins. It continued with keynote speaker Ramit Sethi and Big Idea presenter Tanja Hester.

The day continued with 22 other speaker sessions on different topics related to podcasting, video, and freelancing, among other things.

FinCon Central kicked off in the afternoon where attendees could mingle, debate, and make videos and podcasts.

Meanwhile, community meetups of different groups took place all over. The day ended with a screening of 'Playing with FIRE' by Ally, a documentary on the myths related to sub-culture FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early).

Day 3: September 6, 2019

The third day started with several community meetups. The day continued with over 35 different speaker/discussions sessions on topics like video, podcasting, and blogging.

Several workshops also took place throughout the day on things like Branding Bootcamp, how to bootstrap a startup, etc.

The day ended with the 10th Annual Plutus Awards.

Day 4: September 7, 2019

The last day started with community meetups and networking opportunities.

The day continued with over 23 speaker sessions, workshops, and discussion panels with speakers like Grant Sabatier (Millennial Money).

Towards the end, keynote speaker Sharon Epperson gave her talk, along with a big idea presentation by Catherine Alford.

The day ended with a special event by Financial Freedom Summit, the Paint the Town Red, White, and Blue Closing Party, which ended FinCon 2019 with a bang.

Notable Speakers & Key Sessions

Attendees were able to attend the sessions of over 200+ talented speakers and industry experts. The most notable among them were:

Ramit Sethi – He’s the author of the best-selling book, ‘I Will Teach You to Be Rich.’ He delivered the opening keynote on the second day.

Sharon Epperson – She’s the CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent. She delivered the ending keynote on the last day of FinCon 2019.

Tanja Hester – She’s a blogger, podcaster, and author who presented a Big Idea at the opening keynote.

Catherine Alford – She’s a freelancer, finance expert, and entrepreneur who provided a Big Idea at the closing keynote.

If you want learn more about the speakers or want information on other speakers, you can find it here.  

FinCon 2020: What We Know

FinCon 2020 is bound to attract some of the industry’s most notable speakers and experts.

A lot of the attendees of FinCon 2019 have already bought tickets for FinCon 2020.

FinCon 2020 will take place from September 30 through October 3, 2020 in Long Beach, California.

Potential Cost Breakdown for Attending FinCon 2020

Here is a breakdown of the potential cost of attending FinCon 2020. I based these figures on the costs of previous FinCon conferences and Long Beach hotel and eating rates.

Expense Cost Breakdown
FinCon 2020 Ticket $190 Per person
Airfare $200 Per person on average
Hotel $120 Per night for a 3-star hotel
Transportation $100 Cost of Ubers/Lyfts, buses, trains.
Food and Drinks $250 Cost of eating, drinking, and partying.
Total $860 -

You can also wait to apply for a FinCon 2020 scholarship so you can get a free ticket. That way, you only have to pay for living and transportation costs. The scholarships are bound to be open in the summer of 2020.

How to Become a Speaker at FinCon 2020

It’s relatively easy to become a speaker at FinCon 2020. You need to go to their speaker contract page and learn about their program first.

You then gather a compelling session title, description with takeaways, list of panelists, a bio, URL link, and basic contact information.

After agreeing to FinCon’s speaking terms, you can submit your proposal and it'll be evaluated by the FinCon 2020 team.

How to Sponsor FinCon 2020

Becoming a sponsor or exhibitor at FinCon 2020 is bound to be a good opportunity. You get access to hundreds of industry experts and thousands of attendees.

Sponsors get booths, private meeting spaces, ProNetworking tables, and party sponsorships, among other things. Learn more about partnering with FinCon 2020 here.

If interested, you can check out the FinCon 2020 sponsor deck for information on pricing, availability, demographics, and more. Or you can contact them on email.

Ending Note

While you wait for FinCon 2020, you can go to FinCon’s Financial Freedom Summit. It takes place from May 1-3, 2020 in Saint Louis, Missouri. It will feature speakers who will talk about debt management and finance management, among other things.

Ultimately, if you’re in the personal finance industry, you should make it a mission to attend FinCon 2020. A chance to hear from industry experts, network with peers, and gather extensive knowledge - why not?

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