Through the Digital Lab, fintechs, financial institutions and a financial services regulator, represented by ADGM's FSRA, can seamlessly connect and safely collaborate in this environment, experiment and develop innovative solutions creating new products and testing prototypes swiftly.
ADGM's Digital Lab went live on Sunday, April 4th, and offers a virtual environment with access to resources such as data, APIs, system images and reference architectures.
By providing this unique environment, the ADGM Digital Lab enables the industry to identify and address shared challenges together. Participants are enabled to validate their new solutions with a replication of their own technology stack more readily. It also includes a virtual space to pose industry challenges for fintechs to address and provide solutions.
The ADGM Digital Lab invites the following types of entities to participate:
One of the key challenges financial institutions encounter in their ability to adopt innovation is the process of procuring, and thereafter integrating with their legacy systems, digital solutions offered by FinTechs and other technology providers in a timely and cost-effective manner.
With the specific aim of solving this challenge, the ADGM Digital Lab is built with functionalities that enable testing and verification of new products or solutions prior to procurement, thereby expediting time to market for financial institutions in a cost-effective manner.
Overall, ADGM has created an online community where stakeholders across the board can collaborate to test the feasibility of new products and services,
“In the GCC region, the digital transformation agenda has steadily become an important focus of many financial institutions and banks," Wai Lum, senior executive director of capital markets at the ADGM's Financial Services Regulatory Authority, told the UAE's The National. "However, when it comes to actual implementation, banks are faced with a few challenges. There is a lack of a safe and conducive environment for them to test out their innovation before procurement," he said.
"There were instances when the banks realized after going through the procurement process that the technology was not up to their requirements. So, we decided to invest in a digital laboratory or a digital sandbox.”
Within hours of launch, there were 37 stakeholders on the Digital Marketplace. These included regulators, banks, venture capitalists, FinTechs and technology companies, ADGM said. It also listed 17 application programming interfaces (APIs) or products on the platform. (Source: The National, Alkesha Sharma)
Interested entities can register on the Digital Lab platform.