By @SimonCocking

When is it on?

October 3-4 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin

How many years has it been going?

The conference is now in its second year and with the help of our 10 host sponsors (Deloitte, IDA, Barclays, State Street, Credit Suisse, Arthur Cox, Enterprise Ireland, ADAPT, Bank of Ireland and Fidelity) we’re delighted to bring the event to Dublin this year.

What was the inspiration to start it?

As an organisation we work with financial institutions to understand how they are working to improve their digital business. We found that there was a substantial lack of knowledge when it came to blockchain and distributed ledger technology and how this could be utilised within financial services.

To help overcome this lack of knowledge, we worked with a number of institutions to put together a one day programme in 2016 which brought together the finance and tech sectors to help improve understanding of this technology.

This year, the focus of the programme has moved on with less presentations on “what is blockchain” and more on exploring real world case studies and details on where this technology could improve banking as a whole

 What exciting things can people look forward to for the 2017 version?

Some of the exciting topics we’ll cover this year include:

•             Syndicated Loans: Credit Suisse will look at how blockchain can support a syndicated loan facility from origination to pay off

•             Trade Finance: Hear how KBC, Barclays and Credit Agricole are planning to use blockchain technology to create value for their customers through trade finance applications

•             Clearing & Settlements: Ulster Bank, Deutsche Bank and State Street will examine how clearing and settlements through DLT could help reduce fraud and streamline processes

•             Fund Distribution: BNP Paribas will show how blockchain can make the onboarding process for fund buyers and asset managers more efficient

•             SEPA Credit Identifiers: Banque de France will look at how blockchain technology was used to re-engineer the cooperation between a set of banks and the key criteria used

 What opportunities are on offer for people / startups / investors and companies attending?

We have discounted passes available for startups in particular to try to encourage a real spread of people within the community from financial institutions, regulators, tech giants and blockchain specialists.

 What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?

This year we will be introducing a networking app so people can arrange meetings pre, during and post event. The earlier people sign up, the sooner they can start networking and getting the most out of the conference.

 How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?

Tickets are still available to book online at – last year we sold out a month before the conference so early booking is advised.

 Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?

This year we will also be accepting cryptocurrency payments so please drop us an email for further details on this ([email protected])

If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at [email protected] or on Twitter: @SimonCocking

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