Alfa-Bank Collaborates with HashCash to Bring Domestic Payments to the Blockchain

Russia’s largest commercial bank is making bitcoin waves today. Alfa-Bank announced that it has initiated a collaboration with HashCash, a private, permissionless, digital cash system.

Through the partnership, HashCash will create a payment router and clearing house where all transactions are sent to Alfa-Bank on the blockchain. Alfa-Bank will clear transactions, forward them to the receiving bank in real-time, and log supporting documents. The transfers will operate on the Open Source Blockchain, HC NET, which uses fiat currencies for settlement.

Raj Chowdhury, Managing Director of HashCash Consultants said that the implementation “creates a clearing house solution that combines the liquidity efficiency of a netting system and the intra-day finality of a real time gross settlement system.” He added, “The result is a safe, secure, reliable, fast and final payment system for all transacting parties.”

This isn’t Alfa-Bank’s first foray into the blockchain. Last year, the bank partnered with S7 Airlines for blockchain-based ticket payments. It also collaborated with Sberbank on Russia’s first Blockchain Payment.

At FinovateFall 2015, Alfa-Bank debuted Sense, a predictive marketing solutions product for financial institutions.

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Alfa-Bank Debuts Sense, a New Way of Mobile Banking

This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateFall 2015.

AlfaBankLogoAlfa-Bank debuted its mobile banking communication feature, Sense:

Sense is a new way of mobile banking for universal banks. Sense works like Google Now for customers, predicting the next thing they might need. It’s more gentle and personal than the ordinary bank app and communicates like Facebook Messenger.

Presenters: Vladimir Urbanksky, CEO, Alfa-Bank; Nikita Filippov, CEO, Octoberry; and Artem Molchanov, project manager, Alfa-Lab



Product distribution strategy: Direct to Consumer (B2C), through other fintech companies and platforms


FinovateFall Sneak Peek: Alfa-Bank


The Sneak Peek series looks at the innovators demoing live on stage at FinovateFall 2015. Be sure to pick up your tickets to our annual autumn conference, and we’ll see you in New York!

AlfaBankLogoAlfa-Bank will introduce the concept and demonstrate the performance of future universal banks. They call it Sense.


  • Behavioral analytics helps predict what the customer needs next
  • Material design and totally reinvented UX for bank apps
  • Smart customer support and financial messaging

Why it’s great
Banks can use behavioral analytics and material design to offer a personal and empathic customer approach, with a single mobile bank app.


Nikita Filippov, CEO of
Filippov (pictured) worked as an IT process and product consultant for seven years. Two years ago he landed Octoberry, a product and service design company. Octoberry helps large enterprises innovate using lean startup principles.

Vladimir Urbanskiy, CEO of Alfa-Lab
Urbanskiy leads Alfa-Lab, a subdivision of Alfa-Bank, responsible for all digital business, as well as innovations management and digital transformation of financial services.

Artem Molchanov, Project Manager at Alfa-Lab (Sense Project)
Molchanov leads Alfa-Lab’s mobile department. He is responsible for the technical side of innovative mobile products and team organization.



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This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.