Sorry all the tickets for this evening's Seminar have now gone, but the photos will be up shortly and the videos will be out in a week or two so you’ll be able to watch the session then.
Don’t forget to download our FREE Bitcoin Seminar Guide (NewFinance Seminar Guide - Bitcoin - October 2013 v1.0.pdf), please feel free to pass it on to your colleagues: http://www.meetup.com/newfinance/files/
Our October monthly FinTech Seminar will focus on Bitcoin.
Bitcoin is a hot topic in Fintech right now so we'd like to explore some of the rapidly developing legal issues around using and setting up exchanges and using Bitcoin from both a merchant and consumer perspective. Is Bitcoin coming in from the cold? On the one hand Exchanges are getting regulated, even talking to the Fed (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/08/27/inside-the-bitcoin-advocates-closed-door-meeting-with-federal-regulators/), on the other hand some countries like Thailand have made it actually illegal to use Bitcoin (http://www.fastcompany.com/3015007/fast-feed/thailand-makes-bitcoins-illegal-because-its-laws-are-too-old-fashioned). It's time for an update, especially for those of you thinking of adopting Bitcoin. This seminar will explore the latest themes and developments, the key players and their offerings.
The session includes a FREE Guide to Bitcoin which digs deeper into the main players and identifies opportunities for FinTech Entrepreneurs. All of our FREE seminar guides are available to download here (http://www.london.newfinance.org/files/).
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 (http://www.meetup.com/newfinance/about/) from our previous seminars and here to see the photos. (http://www.meetup.com/newfinance/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
6:00pm - Networking opportunities
A buffet and refreshments will be provided courtesy of our Sponsors
7:00pm - Welcome address and Sponsor messages
Eddie George (http://www.london.newfinance.org/members/6626826/), Organiser, NewFinance.org
7:10pm - Presentations
Jonathan Segal (http://www.meetup.com/newfinance/members/72488222/), Director at Wragge & Co LLP (http://www.wragge.com/), A FinTech lawyer, working with both start-ups and established players in the market. Jonathan will examine the legal aspects of working with Bitcoin
Michael Parsons (http://www.meetup.com/newfinance/members/78384992/), Bitcoin Advisor & Entrepreneur. Michael is a Bitcoin Entrepreneur, Advisor and experienced Presenter. Michael is counter-regulation and believes that he has an alternative to the conventional regulatory approach for Bitcoin.
Mark Lamb (http://www.meetup.com/newfinance/members/46407562/), CEO at Coinfloor (http://coinfloor.co.uk/). Creating the UK's leading Bitcoin Exchange. Bitcoin expert and enthusiast. Mark will take us through the setting up of an Exchange in the current legal and regulatory environment.
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8:30pm - Panel discussion
This will be an open question and answer session around Bitcoin
In addition to our speakers we'll be joined by:
Tom Robinson (http://www.meetup.com/newfinance/members/103471562/), co-founder of BitPrice (http://www.bitprice.com/), a UK virtual currency exchange. Tom leads BitPrice’s business development, regulatory compliance, and marketing activities. Tom is also working on setting up a UK branch of the Bitcoin Foundation (https://bitcoinfoundation.org/).
8:55pm - O'Reilly Competition (http://www.meetup.com/newfinance/messages/59072722/) Winners
We'll announce the winners of our competition for tickets to O'Reilly's Strata (http://strataconf.com/strataeu2013) and Velocity (http://velocityconf.com/velocityeu2013) conferences
9:00pm - Closing address
Eddie will close the Seminar as usual
9:01pm - After-party drinks
At The Living Room (http://www.thelivingroom.co.uk/location/tower-bridge) (just opposite International House on St Katherine Docks)
Please join our Delegates, the NewFinance team and myself for follow-on drinks if you'd like to continue networking
The London Bitcoin Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/London-bitcoin-meetup/), open to anyone who is interested in Bitcoin. Whether you're looking to learn more, the economic impacts benefits of using Bitcoins, potential business opportunities, political/financial implications, software development ideas and much more