Fintech Week London 2015 is happening this week. It is part of the UK Government’s effort to sculpt London into s the global fintech capital
On the first day of the event, UK Treasury special envoy for fintech and VC Passion Capital partner, Eileen Burbidge, spoke about the “dominance” of the UK’s fintech sector globally:
London and the UK will lead the fintech sector. It can’t be Silicon Valley, they have produced a few start-ups like Stripe but numbers are tiny compared to the UK
From September 14th to 18th, the Bitcoin and blockchain technology sector are being represented in the conference agenda by the following speakers.
Thursday, 17 September 2015
Bitcoin and Virtual Currencies 101
Coinscrum (Digital currency events managment) – Paul Gordon, Founder
Applied Blockchain (Private blockchains startup) – Adi Ben-Ari, Founder
Blockchain for Enterprise Panel
Bitcoin Foundation – Jon Matonis, Founding Director
Blockchain Collective (Blockchain professionals community)- Eric Benz
What is Blockchain
Blockchain Collective – Eric Benz
Credits (Blockchain Apps Platform) – Tomasz Mloduchowski & Nick Williamson
Applied Blockchain – Adi Ben-Ari
Isle of Man: Open for Crypto & Blockchain Business
Isle of Man Government – Brian Donegan
Credits – Nick Williamson
Customer Centred Finance
Fidor Bank (Digital Bank)- Sophie Guibaud, VP of European Expansion
A blockchain hackathon is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday sponsored by IBM, Thomson Retures & Lloyds Banking Group
Cryptocurrencies and digital currencies will feature quite heavily in conversations following Thursday’s discussion on the future of finance and the role cryptocurrencies will play in the UK, so this infographic showing the benefits, issues, risks and implications to the market is especially relevant.
The infographic highlights four key government-oriented developments on the subject of cryptocurrencies.
- The UK Government plans to apply anti-money laundering regulations to digital currency exchanges.
- The British Standards Institution will work with digital currency industry participants to develop a government framework for best practices.
- GBP 10 million is being allocated through Research Councils, Alan Turing Institution and Digital Catapult to investigate digital currencies.
- The Bank of England is conducting research on a central bank-issued digital currency.