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Banking Disrupters - Virtual Currencies

Hi Everyone,

Our Insurance Disrupters series that examines technologies that are disrupting the Insurance industry has been so successful that we thought we'd take a look at Banking too. This is an inaugural event to test demand, if you're all interested enough we'll start a dedicated series in September.

Virtual Currencies are a hot topic right now, and that's not just Bitcoin, Entrepreneurs are looking at other ways to use the block chain protocol and creating new approaches that address some of the issues with BTC. And enterprises are getting in on the game too. It's time we explored further the impact of Virtual Currencies and their disruptive effect on the Banking Industry.

The workshop is not about the technical aspects of the Disruptive Technology but a qualitative creative discussion about the existing Banking value chain, how the technology might disrupt it and how that can be turned into an opportunity.

The content from this session will be captured and circulated to the group as slides, documents and drawings.

We'll be videoing the session as usual for those of you who are unable to attend. You may click here to watch the videos from our previous seminars and here to see the photos.

Students - we currently have a number of free tickets available for students, please join the group using your academic email and then message an Organiser if you'd like one.


Please be aware that the agenda is updated on a regular basis

08:30 - Arrivals

Refreshments will be provided courtesy of our Sponsors

09:00 - Welcome address

Eddie George, Founder & CEO, NewFinance

09:10 - Audience Mapping

A networking exercise to see which parts of the industry and technology are represented at the session

09:20 - What are Virtual Currencies, how might they disrupt Banking?

Gabrielle Patrick, Director - Startups, Gaming & eEntertainment, iSeed, an online Business, Crytocurrency, and eGaming Lawyer.

10:00 - Breakout Groups

We'll break into roundtables to identify the areas that are most likely to be disrupted by Virtual Currencies and then have a group debrief to combine our thoughts and ideas.

We'll facilitate this section with practical scenarios and the groups will be circulated halfway to ensure we maintain a good mix of Delegates at each table.

12:00 - Disruptive Demo

James Sullivan Smith, CEO at Elliptic, building a suite of services that will make it easier and more secure to acquire, use and store digital currencies

12:20 - Closing address

Recap, feedback shout-outs, future event details and final messages from Eddie and the NewFinance team

12:30 - Networking opportunities

Refreshments will be provided courtesy of our Sponsors

1:00pm - Workshop ends



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  • Kristi

    Thanks, Eddie & Co for organizing. It was nice to meet this many interesting people!

    Virtual currencies are definitely something to keep an eye on - even if one is not directly involved. They are going to change money and banking in one or another way even if it's too early to say in which way. (It's not decided, after all. It's what we want to make out of new technologies.)

    I have been in a few bitcoin meetups in New York and in Hong Kong earlier and noticed quite a fundamental difference in general mood: while "bitcoiners" are looking at bitcoin (and other currencies based on bitcoin technology) as something revolutionary (sort of building new World of Finance), today everyone or almost everyone seemed to be in consensus that the change is going to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary. I had this one thought: inviting some "die-hard" bitcoin fans would add sharpness to the discussions & possibly new ideas (maybe there is a Bitcoin meetup in London?).

    July 3, 2014

  • Nalls P

    Hi I am attending with my colleague Darryl, but could not RSVP as it's closed, Can I pay there on the counter..Please let me know as I have started form my place

    July 3, 2014

  • Eddie G.

    Hi Everyone,

    We're looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow morning at our Banking Disrupters workshop on Virtual Currencies. We have some excellent presentations and scenarios lined up to explore this very interesting and important disrupter.

    Please see the event listing at

    The doors open at 08:30 for an 09:00 start, timings will be strict please as we have a busy agenda.

    Here's an interesting article in Bitcoin Bytes to whet your appetite and give you an idea of the angle we're taking: We routinely video and photograph our sessions, if you have any issues with this please let me know asap, we will not be able to edit you out once the content is published.

    I look forward to seeing you tomorrow, if you have any questions please drop me a line, and thank you for supporting us we hope you’ll find it worthwhile


    July 2, 2014

  • Dan W.

    Really interested in this strand but I can't get away tomorrow morning to join you, but I will be looking out for the video and other outputs. One questions I'd love to put to some of the experts is what they think it will take for a digital currency to become regulated and which current currency is closest to getting there?

    July 2, 2014

  • Eddie G.

    No problem we will video and photograph the session as usual for the whole group

    1 · July 1, 2014

  • Royce Jonathan S.

    Sorry I wouldn't be able to attend the event guys cos of urgent matter regarding work. Will keep an eye on next events!

    July 1, 2014

  • Justin M.

    It's a shame this is on the same day as Pay360 :-(

    June 26, 2014

  • Hugh H.

    Really sorry I can't make it guys. Won't be in the country.
    I run a bitcoin exchange ( and brokerage and I'm looking to help people integrate the technology into other sectors. Contact me at [masked]

    June 11, 2014

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