Digital Jersey Drives Innovation with Jersey’s First Global Fintech Conference

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Digital Jersey is holding the Channel Islands’ first global fintech conference – Fintech Jersey 2015 – on 21st October 2015, at the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel.

The conference will be a day-long event and all attendees will receive a certificate of attendance, which can be used for CPD purposes.

The conference will focus on the current global outlook of finance and how fintech is already changing the sector at a fundamental level. Speakers will build on these insights to provide finance practitioners with a long-term, strategic look at the future of finance and the radical impact that technology will have on traditional business paradigms and shifting existing business models.  The event will provide key insights from international fintech thought leaders and influencers, and is an unprecedented opportunity for Jersey businesses to get a comprehensive picture of the emerging threat landscape, and to explore the opportunities fintech presents from a Jersey perspective.

The conference includes 22 international speakers including entrepreneurs, investors, financial sector accelerators, policy makers and innovation experts.

The conference’s keynote speakers include:

  • Simon Devonshire, entrepreneur and investor, who was recently the entrepreneur in residence for the UK government and has director level experience across a range of telecommunication companies. He will speak about the challenges of building a global fintech business 5 years ahead of the market
  • Steve Perry, founder and co-creator of Visa Europe Collab, an innovation hub bringing together an international community of fintech practitioners to transform payments, who will give key insights into the emerging trends of global payments
  • Dave Birch, director of innovation at Consult Hyperion, the secure electronic transactions consultancy, is ranked Europe’s most influential commentator on emerging payments by Total Payments magazine.

Other speakers include Leanne Kemp, CEO of Everledger, who will discuss the use of Blockchain to eliminate fraud in the diamond industry, Ruth Anderson, Director of Cyber in Financial Services at KPMG, who will give a talk on protecting the future, and a panel discussion on innovation to be chaired by Digital Jersey CEO Tony Moretta.

Andy Jarrett, Director at Digital Jersey commented:

“I’m delighted to officially announce the first global fintech conference in the Channel Islands. Fintech is a high-growth sector for Jersey with many new developments well under way, exemplified by the growing base of the most innovative fintech businesses that are thriving on-Island. Fintech Jersey 2015 will build on these exciting developments and presents a fantastic opportunity for Islanders to network and gain invaluable insights from the key global drivers of innovation in fintech today.”

Assistant Chief Minister Philip Ozouf commented:

“The fact that Jersey is hosting a global fintech conference is testament to the Island’s continued growth and development in this sector. 2015 has already been an exciting year for Jersey fintech, and I’m certain that this conference will act as a springboard for further innovation.”

Fintech Jersey 2015 is a free event, but booking is essential. To register for the event please go to the eventbrite page.

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About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and, and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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