FinTech Workshop No.1: Blockchain

Date: 14 November 2017
Time: 9:00 - 17:00
Venue: Leopold Hotel, Rue du Luxembourg 35, 1050 Brussels, Belgium

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We are delighted to announce our first one-day Finance Watch FinTech workshop on "Blockchain" on 14 November 2017 in Brussels.

This is the first of a series of Finance Watch workshops aimed at providing Finance Watch Members, but also regulators, journalists and other interested stakeholders, with an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the diverse, and often challenging, landscape of Financial Technologies (FinTech) and to stimulate a discussion about their potential role in making finance serve society better.

This first workshop will shed light on the blockchain, best known today as the technology that underpins the digital currency Bitcoin. The blockchain is seen by many as a groundbreaking new technology platform with a wide range of potential applications, in the financial sector and beyond.

We have invited a group of international experts, including academics, practitioners, journalists and activists, to introduce workshop participants to this technology, present an overview of its potential applications, and join you in a discussion of its benefits and risks.

IMPORTANT: The registration for this event is mandatory. Please note that in order to make this workshop as interactive as possible the number of attendees will be limited to 40 places maximum, with a priority for Finance Watch Members.

 

Agenda

Introduction by Rainer Lenz (Download slides)

09.00 - 10.30 Technology teach-in: IT introduction (Download slides)
Tony Willenberg, CTO, Neocapita, Vienna

10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 - 12.00 Applications: Digital currencies (Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple) (Download slides)
Demelza Kelso Hays, Ph.D. student in Economics, University of Liechtenstein, Vaduz

12.00 - 13.00 Lunch break

13.00 - 14.00 Applications: Beyond currencies (blockchain-based infrastructure - registers, secure transactions, etc.)
Tony Willenberg, CTO, Neocapita, Vienna

14.00 - 15.00 Applications: Financial sector (securities, payment services, asset management) (Download slides)
Brett Scott, journalist, activist, author, London

15.00 - 15.30 Coffee break

15.30 - 16.30 Application: Smart contracts (private sector) (Download slides)
Florian Herzog, Lecturer ETH Zurich and CEO Deon Digital AG

16.30 - 17.00 The state of blockchain-based initial coin offerings' (ICOs) regulation (Download slides)
Prof. Dr. Christian M. Piska, University of Vienna, Dr. Oliver Völkel, Attorney at Law

17.00 Closing remarks and drink