Hydrogen Unveils FINDI Consortium to Boost Support for Public Blockchains

 

One month after launching Hydro, a blockchain-based security and identity management mobile app, development platform Hydrogen has introduced a new entity. The Financial Industry Decentralization Initiative (FINDI), unveiled this week, will “facilitate a more open, transparent, and decentralized global financial system” – all powered by public blockchains.

The goal of the consortium is to pave the way for Web 3.0, according to Hydrogen co-founders Michael and Matthew Kane. They see public blockchains as the ideal vehicle to ensure the kind of openness, transparency, and user controls that made blockchain technology so attractive in the first place. FINDI serves as an alternative to what Mike Kane referred to as “an aggressive campaign from private blockchain consortiums” that threatens to leave “billions around the globe” unable to take advantage of the benefits of what he called “the blockchain revolution.” This includes the estimated two billion people around the world who are among the unbanked.

“Private blockchain is an oxymoron and centralized financial security is obsolete, as we have seen with recent hacks of Equifax, BMO, Coinrail, Banco, and Bithumb,” Kane said. “Together the members of FINDI can change the financial paradigm by leveraging public blockchains.”

Hydrogen co-founder Michael Kane demonstrating the company’s platform at FinovateEurope 2018.

Membership in FINDI is free, and the consortium welcomes financial professionals, startups, consultants, academics, and governments. With a focus on public blockchains, the consortium is both chain- and protocol-agnostic, and will support joint research and product development, host symposia, and provide industry consulting. In a statement, FINDI reported that its members oversee more than $1 trillion in assets, and projected having more than 100 members in its first year. Among FINDI’s initial associate members are fellow Finovate alum Wipro, the Dubai International Finance Center (DIFC), Natixis Investment Managers, and Principal Financial Group.

Headquartered in New York City, Hydrogen demonstrated its platform at FinovateEurope 2018. The company’s technology enables developers to quickly build advanced fintech solutions to help consumers save, invest, buy insurance, and better manage their financial lives. Hydrogen is also responsible for developing the Hydro Blockchain, a public ledger for financial services, and IonAI, a next generation machine learning technology also geared to the financial services market.

Last month, Hydrogen was honored by the Fintech Awards Luxembourg 2018, sponsored by KPMG Luxembourg and the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology. The company picked up €50,000 in prize money and will receive four months of hosting at Luxembourg’s co-working space, Technoport. Hydrogen was founded in 2017.

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Hydrogen Takes Top Honors at Fintech Awards Luxembourg 2018

Financial development platform Hydrogen won the grand prize at the Luxembourg Fintech Awards last week. The awards, sponsored by KPMG Luxembourg and Luxembourg House of Financial Technology (LHoFT), were contested by nearly 200 applicants from 46 countries. As the Grand Prize winner, Hydrogen picked up €50,000 in prize money and will receive four months of hosting at Luxembourg’s co-working space, Technoport; 10 free consulting hours from KPMG; and a free membership to LHoFT, including six months of hosting at the LHoFT fintech hub.

“We are building the global financial platform of the Web 3.0 and Luxembourg is a natural place for us to offer our platform given their leading financial standing in Europe and globally,” Michael Kane, Hydrogen co-founder and CEO explained in an e-mail. “We are very excited to be honored with this prestigious award; it shows how tremendous our team is and how big the problem is we are solving.”

Hydrogen offers a suite of APIs that enable developers at financial services companies to build and deploy their financial apps anywhere globally. The firm provides the core infrastructure and connectors that companies require when building and managing fintech apps, including robo advisory and wealth management, savings, insurance, and PFM-based solutions. Hydrogen’s platform also gives developers the ability to leverage blockchain technology to better secure client information and to apply automated machine learning to cloud-based datasets.

Applicants to the awards were evaluated based on the quality of the idea behind the innovation, the technology/solution involved, business model, market potential, team, and more. Looking at the 15 semi-finalists who competed for the Grand Prize, Luxembourg House of Financial Technology CEO Nasir Zubairi said, “the diversity of the activity sectors represented as well as the geographical diversity demonstrate the international dimension of the Fintech awards and the indisputable appeal of Luxembourg as a FinTech hub.”

This year’s awards featured a strong showing by regtech firms, added Head of Advisory at KPMG Pascal Denis, which he attributed to Luxembourg’s “unique landscape of cross-border expertise.” Denis pointed out that artificial intelligence and blockchain-based technologies also made a strong showing. “We are able to attract the next generation of disrupters,” he said.

Also making it to the finals was fellow Finovate alum ThetaRay, a cybersecurity firm based in Israel. Lingua Custodia, a French translation company that specializes in financial documents won first runner up, with Swiss regtech firm, Apiax, picking up the second runner-up prize. BitValley was granted the Financial Inclusion Award for its work in leveraging blockchain technology to provide micro-insurance for farmers.

Founded in 2017 and headquartered in New York City, Hydrogen demonstrated how its technology can be leveraged to build sophisticated financial services platforms at FinovateEurope earlier this year. The company’s co-founders, Michael and Matthew Kane, showed how Hydrogen could build a savings platform, based in Europe, complete with UI/UX, onboarding simulations, back end connectivity, and business intelligence. The Kane brothers also demoed how the platform could be further enhanced by using blockchain technology for security and leveraging a proprietary AI to support an interactive digital assistant.

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Hydrogen is Stripe for fintech. Build and manage sophisticated fintech applications anywhere, globally, and in minutes.

Features

  • API platform to run sophisticated fintech applications globally
  • Public blockchain in any app with one API call
  • AI in any app with one API call

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Hydrogen’s platform brings instant product, blockchain, and AI innovation to any organization at a fraction of the cost.

Presenters

Mike Kane, Co-Founder
Mike Kane is co-founder at Hydrogen, Master Sensei at Hedgeable (a 2x Finovate Best of Show winner), and a U.K. Great Fintech Awards Winner. He was formerly at Bridgewater Associates.
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Matthew Kane, Co-Founder
Matthew Kane is co-founder at Hydrogen, Chief Ninja at Hedgeable (a 2x Finovate Best of Show winner), and a U.K. Great Fintech Awards Winner.
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