Swissquote Conference 2017 on FinTech


REGISTRATION Participation is free but places at the conference are limited.

Innovation in financial technology (FinTech) has transformed the financial services industry over the past decade and the technological changes are ongoing. Continuous pressure to innovate will shape customer behaviours, business models, and the long-term structure of the financial services industry. This unprecedented interplay between finance and technology offers great potential for developing new financial services business models and products.

The 8th annual Swissquote Conference will feature current research and insights on FinTech provided by leading experts and scholars in the field. This includes a mix of academic presentations, both from finance and from technology/computer science, and a panel discussion by FinTech entrepreneurs and experts. Five invited FinTech startups will showcase their products and services. The event addresses academics and practitioners alike, and shall foster the interaction among individuals and across institutions.

On Friday, November 3, 2017

Speakers, program and presentations:

08:20 – 08:50 Registration and welcome coffee
08:50 – 09:00 Welcome address
09:00 – 09:40 Bruno Biais (Toulouse School of Economics)
The Blockchain Folk Theoremslides
09:40 – 10:20 Lisa Goldberg (University of California, Berkeley)
Effective sample bias correction for minimum variance portfoliosslides paper
10:20 – 10:50 Coffee Break & FinTech startup booths
10:50 – 11:30 Adrien Treccani (Metaco)
A primer on blockchain technology and its applicationsslides
11:30 – 12:10 Joseph Bonneau (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
The promise and peril of smart contractsslides
12:10 – 14:10 Lunch break & FinTech startup booths
14:10 – 14:50 Alexander Lipton (MIT Connection Science)
Mathematics behind the digital transformation in bankingslides
14:50 – 15:30 Jeffrey Bohn (Swiss Re Institute)
Technology and Insurance: Themes and Challengesslides
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break & FinTech startup booths

16:00 – 17:00

Panel discussion on “FinTech opportunities and challenges”.
Damir Filipovíc (Swissquote Chair , SFI Professor) – moderator
Jeffrey Bohn (Swiss Re Institute), Sam Guilaume (Co-founder, TwinPeek), Michel Iskander (CEO, Dynamic Assets & Performance Monitoring SA), Sal Matteis (Fintech Fusion)

Invited FinTech startups:

Wealth Initiative
Wecan Fund


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The conference is organized by the Swissquote Chair in Quantitative Finance, the Decentralized and Distributed Systems Lab, and the Swiss Finance Institute@EPFL and is sponsored by:

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