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The  ABCs of Digital Transformation: B is for Blockchain

Finovate has curated an additional summit day that will take place the day after FinovateFall on September 27. The exclusive summit day kicks off at 8am and will focus on two of the technologies that are driving fintech innovation forward in the 21st century: Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Technology. Be sure to register if you’re interested in taking part in these conversations.

Here we’ll preview the Blockchain Technology track.

B is for Blockchain Technology

Our blockchain discussion kicks off with a keynote address from Daniel Gorfine, Director of LabCFTC and Chief Innovation Officer at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Formerly VP for External Affairs and Associate General Counsel with OnDeck, Gorfine will also participate in our Wednesday panel discussion, Demystifying the Myth: Separating the Blockchain Hype from the Reality – The Good, the Bad, and the Future of Money Supply.

Gorfine made headlines earlier this year when he warned against “hasty regulatory pronouncements” during Congressional testimony before the House Committee on Agriculture. He said:

Indeed, while some may seek the immediate establishment of bright lines, the reality is that hasty regulatory pronouncements are likely to miss the mark, have unintended consequences, or fail to capture important nuance regarding the structure of new products or models.

Finding the balance between regulation and innovation where new technologies like the blockchain are concerned will be a theme our speakers will likely address more than once during our Blockchain track.

As befits a topic as controversial as blockchain technology, our Blockchain summit day also will include a trio of debates and a real applications showcase to introduce interesting use cases involving the blockchain and distributed ledger technology. Our first conversation of the day is a C-Suite Debate moderated by Trustology’s Head of Operations, Boris Spremo, that will consider the ways financial services companies have leveraged distributed ledger technologies to cut costs and improve efficiency. The debate will feature Ian Putter of Standard Bank Group, Joyce Shen of UC Berkeley, Ron Quaranta of Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, and Helen Altshuler of Google/SafeChain.

We will also examine the role of blockchain technology in the enterprise. Our debate, Running Blockchain Projects by Banks, Insurance and Investment Firms, provides a “from the boardroom perspective” on how to make enterprise blockchain projects a success. Hosted by Evolve Capital Partners’ Alex Koles, this debate features Banca Mediolanum’s Demetrio Migliorati, Vanguard’s John Evans, Northern Trust’s Arijit Das, Prudential’s Anindya Sengupta, and Tata Consultancy Services’ Gomathy Subramanian.

Our third debate of the Blockchain Technology summit reviews the role of fintechs in advancing blockchain technology. Fintechs as Enablers of Change: Collaboration and Partnership – How to Do it Right? will feature Goldmoney’s Roy Sebag, Yang Ventures’ David Friedman, and UC Berkeley’s Joyce Shen examining ways that FIs and fintechs can build relationships that are beneficial to both parties. Moderated by Peter Sexton of the International Trade Administration, this discussion will include real world examples and examine journeys taken by financial firms.

We will also take a specific look at cryptocurrencies. Our In the Spotlight panel, moderated by Morgan Polotan of Genacast Ventures, will consider the status of cryptocurrencies as an alternative financial asset, review the rise of ICOs and the current landscape for initial coin offerings, as well as discuss tokenization and token business models. Our panelists for this conversation are Jeff Koyen of 360 Blockchain USA, Rob Nance of CityBlock Capital, Raphael Ouzan of Thrive Capital, and Ron Quaranta of Wall Street Blockchain Alliance.

Our afternoon sessions will focus on successful use cases of blockchain technology. Arijit Das, SVP for FinTech Solutions and Enterprise Messaging at Northern Trust, will discuss leveraging blockchain for private equity fund management. And our real applications showcase will feature Ian Putter of Standard Bank Group, Helen Altshuler of Google/SafeChain, and Finhaven’s Dohyung “DH” Kim looking at identity management, payments, smart contracts and other business operations and processes where blockchain technology can and is being deployed.

Already registered for the main 3-day FinovateFall event but would like to add on the summit for the discounted rate? Please reach out to customer services at or +1 (888) 670-8200 to activate the discount.