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The Ambassador of Switzerland to the United Kingdom,
HE Mr Dominik Furgler
cordially invites you to a Panel Discussion on


"Digital currencies and Blockchain technologies:
Innovation in Switzerland and the UK"







Wednesday, 16 September 2015, 17.15 for 17.30 - 21.00



Embassy of Switzerland, 16-18 Montagu Place, London W1H 2BQ



Please register here by 8 September 2015
This event is now fully booked



Business Casual


Details of the event:

Panel discussion moderated by Richard G Brown (IBM), with Mike Hearn (Bitcoin Developer Zurich), Oliver Bussmann (UBS), Vitalik Buterin (Ethereum), Robleh Ali (Bank of England) and Christian Decker (ETH Zurich), followed by Q&A and a Networking Reception with selected experts from the financial and tech industry as well as government bodies.

Developments in the field of digital currencies and blockchain are particularly advanced both in Switzerland and the UK. The event aims to highlight current innovation and consider the main challenges as well as opportunities of the disruptive potential, in particular for large financial centres such as Switzerland and the UK. As technological developments are at an early stage, what is the role of the Swiss crypto valley and the UK's silicon roundabout? How safe are digital currencies according to the latest research and what will their emergence and new underlying technologies mean for the finance sector, central banks and mainstream users?









Welcome and Opening Remarks
Ambassador Dominik Furgler, Embassy of Switzerland



Panel Discussion followed by audience questions

Mike Hearn: Introduction to cryptocurrencies and their ecosystem
Mike is a software developer who specialises in low level systems software.
He has previously worked for Google and now focuses on the Bitcoin virtual currency system.

Christian Decker: Safety of virtual currency networks
Christian is a PhD Candidate at the Distributed Computing Group ETH
(Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich), advancing cutting edge research on cryptocurrencies.

Vitalik Buterin: Alternative visions of the future of blockchain 
Vitalik is the Founder and Chief Scientist of Ethereum and Co-Founder and Head Writer of Bitcoin Magazine.

Robleh Ali: Central Banks and Digital Currencies 
Rob is Manager Digital Currencies in the Notes Directorate at the Bank of England.

Oliver Bussmann: Crypto 2.0 as innovation potential for banks 
Oliver is Group Chief Information Officer at UBS and a global executive with
25 years of experience with UBS, SAP, Allianz, Deutsche Bank and IBM.

Moderator: Richard G Brown 
Richard is Executive Architect, Industry Innovation, Banking and Financial Markets for IBM UK and adviser on cryptocurrency and decentralised consensus space.

(This event will be held under the Chatham House rule)



Networking Reception
with Swiss wines and canapés


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For any queries related to this event, please contact Corinne Delany.



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