How cryptofinance changes the world
The cryptocurrency Bitcoin generates a lot of headlines – positive and negative ones. At our conference we are discussing the the long-term capabilities of digital currencies and their impact.
Blockchain, the technology behind it, is arguably the most disruptive and the important discoveries of our age. But is Blockchain ready to go mainstream? How can this technology improve existing processes? What are the most interesting use cases and what are the impacts on other industries?
On September 13, 2016, leading experts are going to talk about these topics at Kunsthaus Zurich.
The main Twitter hashtag is #Crypto16
Blockchain Introduction & Overview Rolf Broekhuizen & Crispin De Courcey-Bayley
How Blockchains can unleash new global value and relevance in Art and Music Rik Willard
Decentralisation opens many opportunities to let codes execute contracts – but what if something goes wrong? Luka Müller
Ethereum ecosystem and the latest developments TJ Saw
A case study by UBS and Swisscom Richard Watrin & Annika Schröder
How to trigger the market tipping point Iris Grewe & Daniel Marfurt
Olga Feldmeier (Managing Partner XAPO), Lucas Betschart (Co-Founder Blockchain Source), Richard Olsen (Founder Lykke) Bernhard Kinsky
Kunsthaus Zürich, Heimplatz 1, CH–8001 Zürich
The Kunsthaus can be reached comfortably from the main railway station (Hauptbahnhof) in just a few minutes.
From Zurich main station:
Tram: no. 3 (direction ‚Klusplatz‘), tram stop ‚Kunsthaus‘ or Bus no. 31 (direction ‚Hegibachplatz‘), bus stop ‚Kunsthaus
Tram: no. 8 (direction ‚Klusplatz‘) or no. 9 (direction ‚Hirzenbach‘), tram stop ‚Kunsthaus‘
From Stadelhofen railway station
Via Bellevue tram 5 (direction ‚Kirche Fluntern‘), 8 (direction ‚Klusplatz‘), 9 (direction ‚Hirzenbach‘) stop ‚Kunsthaus‘
Founder & Managing Director
Rik Willard is the Founder of Agentic Group, a global consortium of Blockchain and related companies in the US, France and the UK. He is the former co-founder and CEO of MintCombine, the world's first digital currency and blockchain think-tank that worked with CEOs around the world to map the use of blockchains and meta-assets in many major business sectors. He is one of AlleyWatch magazine's "14 NYC People in Bitcoin You Must Know". and is featured on CNN and CNBC, with speaking engagements at Harvard Business School Club, Kaufmann Institute, Dow Jones Speaker Series and more.
Serial Web Entrepreneur &
Marc P. Bernegger is a serial web entrepreneur and fintech investor. Aged 20, Marc co-founded the party platform usgang.ch (trade sale to Axel Springer) and he is a founder of amiando (awarded by the World Economic Forum as Global Technology Pioneer in 2010; trade sale to XING). He is Ambassador Switzerland at FinLeap, was partner at the listed investment company Next Generation Finance Invest (today Ayondo Holding) and venture partner at Orange Growth Capital. Marc was awarded as «100 most successful people under 40 in Switzerland» by BILANZ in 2015.
Rino is the co-founder and CEO of financialmedia AG. The independent media company releases different publications which cover economical and financial topics. The company organizes, furthermore, many events and conferences. However, Rino's professional background is in the financial industry. He worked in different leading positions. He is a Certified European Financial Analyst (CEFA) and he acquired in his past career fundamental knowledge in banking and capital investments.
Lucas Betschart is the founder of Blockchain Source, a consulting company focusing on applying Blockchain technologies in the real world. Being involved in Bitcoin since the early days he has a deep understanding of decentralized systems, cryptography and the technologies available today, to build or integrate with.
He is the founder and organizer of the Blockchain Meetup Zurich group, which connects and educates startups, corporates and enthusiasts and president of the Bitcoin Association Switzerland.
SIX Swiss Exchange
Head Business Engineering
Rolf is originally from the Netherlands and was assigned to the Elektronische Börse Schweiz project from 1993 until 1996, where he had several management and development functions. After subsequent involvement in a number of projects in SBC and UBS, Rolf was director of an IT Consultancy firm from 2003 onwards. Rolf holds a degree in electronic engineering as he is so old that he studied before Informatics was a known study field.
SIX Swiss Exchange
Crispin has been in the specifications team of SIX Swiss Exchange since 2008, where he has mainly been active in the off-book and post-trade area. Prior to that he produced a formalised set of modelled interlocking requirements for the European railways, in a project run by the International Union of Railways in Paris. Originally from England, he is a graduate of Durham and Essex and also holds a doctorate in medieval Italian history from York University, so he knows how old Rolf Broekhuizen really is.
Co-Founder & CEO
Fabio initially founded Skry (formerly Coinalytics), based in Palo Alto, in 2014. Prior to founding Skry Fabio was enrolled at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Art in Switzerland, pursuing a Master in Business Administration. One semester into the program Fabio got handed the opportunity to take Skry and join the acclaimed 500 Startups accelerator program in Mountain View, California. In the short time since inception the company has raised over $1 million in venture capital from Silicon Valley, obtained various nominations, like «Top Technology to Watch 2014» from the Government Technology Research Alliance and participated in the finals of the BBVA «Open Talent» Competition, as well as the UBS «Future of Finance Challenge» in 2015.
Olga is a part of the management team of Xapo, a Silicon Valley based startup, which is a global leading player in the Bitcoin industry. Olga’s background is in financial services industry: she was a strategy advisor for banks at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and at Barclays Capital.
Iris is a Partner at BearingPoint in Financial Services and has been leading Business Strategy and Transformation programs across Europe, APAC and the USA together with her team for over a decade. Her clients include locally and globally operating banks, financial services providers as well as trading, clearing and settlement organizations tackling digital transformation, regulatory change and operational excellence. Her latest publications and speeches focus on front-to-back process digitalization as well as on collaboration and innovation in the banking area.
Bernhard is a Manager at BearingPoint in IT Advisory. He is one of the leaders of BearingPoint’s Blockchain Team and is responsible for delivering IT Strategy & Transformation projects for international clients covering the whole spectrum from strategy concepts to implementation. His combined background of IT and economics help him bridge and master the gap between his client’s IT and business departments.
In BearingPoint’s Blockchain Team, Daniel works on deriving solutions for clients mainly from the financial and logistics industries, helping them in adapting their business models and operations. With his background in Economics, Management and Investments he provides advice to various financial institutions, covering the entire value chain in developing, optimizing and implementing business and IT solutions, embedded in the changing regulatory environment.
Luka Müller, Dr. LL.M, Co-Founder of MME, specialised in digital transactions, advisor to several FinTech and Crypto companies and ventures for regulatory compliance, AML, legal and tax corporate and financing structures.
Bitcoin Suisse AG
Co-Founder & CEO
Niklas co-founded Bitcoin Suisse AG in August 2013, together with Dr. Schweifer. He has more than 15 years of professional experience as a Software developer & architecht, in finance, manufacture and other industries and sectors. In 2012 Niklas moved from Denmark to Switzerland and worked for several Swiss Financial institutions as a consultant until he founded Bitcoin Suisse AG. Niklas Nikolajsen holds a degree in Computer Science from the Copenhagen Business School.
Founder & CEO
Richard Olsen is founder of Lykke; we build a global marketplace for all asset classes and instruments with immediate settlement and second-by-second interest rate payments on blockchain. His goal is to create a super efficient marketplace for all digital assets. Richard Olsen is an economic researcher in high frequency finance. He is co-founder of OANDA, a leading market maker and information source for currency, and visiting professor at the Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents at the University of Essex.
Co-founder and CFO
TJ is a co-founder and CFO of Ethcore Limited. Ethcore creates Parity, the world's fastest Ethereum client. The startup is made up of a mixture of former alumni of the Ethereum foundation and is dedicated to bringing the decentralised web to life. TJ was formerly a technology corporate lawyer and has a background in mathematics; he was also an academic at Oxford University's Saïd business school.
Head of Business Development
Patrick leads the business development at String Labs. Before entering the crypto space, Patrick first worked at JPMorgan and later founded cf-x Advisory, a boutique consultancy which specialized in helping startups on fundraising. Patrick is based in Palo Alto but has lived, studied, and worked across Europe, Asia, and North America.
Marion Vogel is a researcher and strategic marketing expert in BlockchainTech. Her academic background is in economics and marketing management (MBA). While living in Silicon Valley for over 1.5 years she worked in business development as well as innovation research and wrote her final thesis on analyzing risks and evaluating market-entry-barriers for Blockchain applications and therefore worked closely together with industry experts. Being intrigued by the magic of BlockchainTech and the Crypto industry, she is now working full-time on a Blockchain project (stealth mode).
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Presentations Finance 2.0 – Crypto 2016
Blockchain Introduction & Overview– Rolf Broekhuizen & Crispin De Courcey-Bayley
Use case: Improving international settlements with cryptocurrencies – Niklas Nikolajsen
The Dark Side of the coin – cryptocurrencies & cybercrime – Fabio Federici
In the press
Finews.ch: «Banken werden bald Bitcoin-Konten anbieten»
Finews.ch: «We Will Hire People Soon»
20min.ch: Wird Blockchain die Banken wegfegen?
Cryptocoinsnews.com: European Banks Will Soon Offer Bitcoin Wallets
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