20 November 2017

Edinburgh & Lothians

Venue: Alt-w LAB, City Arts Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh

Time: 10:00 to 17:00

This one-day symposium, organised by the Centre for Design Informatics, aims to better understand the implications that FinTech, Cryptocurrency and Smart Contract developments are having on how industry, publics and governments understand money.

The fast pace and shifting developments of cryptocurrencies and their underlying technologies have raised significant questions not only about new forms of currency but the economic, social and political constructs that surround them. Challenging current norms of value representation in society and culture, this symposium aims to investigate different perspectives of how financial technologies may influence our lives.

The symposium will comprise three sessions, each with a unique focus on FinTech Near Futures, Policy, Value and New Economics as well as Cultures of Commodification.

The day is intended to bring together a variety of people from academia, industry and culture to understand the broader, cross-cutting implications of these new forms of banking, programmable money and representations of value and its wide-ranging repercussions.

Speakers include,

  • Sarah Meiklejohn (UCL)
  • Gavin Littlejohn (Money Dashboard / Fintech Scotland)
  • Dave Shaw (Tesco Bank)
  • Philip Godsiff (University of Surrey)
  • Alexandre Polvora (European Commission)
  • Doreen Grove (Scottish Government)
  • Pip Thornton (Royal Holloway University of London)
  • Dominic Smith