A new cryptocurrency conference is set to take place this autumn in the Principality of Andorra, a 'microstate' that lies in the eastern Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain.
Although the population of Andorra is under 90,000, organiser Alex Puig says the location is suited to a high-level summit as "banking and financials are at the heart of [this] small but rich country".
Titled the Digital Currency Summit, the event is aimed to be a coming together of the world's "financial elite" – investors, lawyers, politicians and bankers – to discuss the ground-breaking technology behind digital currencies.
Notably, the event's organisers says it will be one of the first crypto conferences to focus on regulation, finance and investment.
Headline speakers at the summit include Jan Kees de Jager, former Dutch Finance Minister, and David Andolfatto of the United States Federal Reserve Bank. The pair will give talks on the 'Global Impact of Cryptocurrencies' and 'Digital Currrencies : Threat or Opportunity?', respectively.
Knowledge and networking
According to the organisers, one of the main reasons for scheduling another digital currency event, in what is becoming an increasingly packed industry calendar, was to "answer all the questions that have arisen from the increase of cryptocurrency exchanges".
The summit will try to demystify digital currencies with talks, workshops and debates on bitcoin, as well as other cryptocurrencies like litecoin and ripple. Furthermore, the DCS will also give attendees a chance to network with others with an interest in digital currencies.
"We will teach everything you need to know about cryptocurrencies from scratch," said Puig, adding that the event will target big companies who can benefit most from digital currency technology.
The lectures will focus on four main areas: introduction, investment opportunities, regulation and finance, alongside keynotes and panel discussions lead by international specialists in the fields of finance, law and investment.
Andorra's Digital Currency Summit will take place from the 17th-19th September at the Palace of Congresses in Andorra la Vella.
Early bird tickets are now sold out, but regular tickets are available via the summit's website.
Wednesday, 17th September, 2014
Registration and Coffee
Speaker: Luis Iván Cuende
Global Impact of Cryptocurrencies
Speaker: Jan Kees de Jager
State of Digital Currencies 2014
Speaker: Garrick Hileman
Panel: The Future of Digital Currencies
Panelists: Garrick Hileman, Luis Iván Cuende, TBA.
Moderator: Alex Puig
Trading With Digital Currencies
Speaker: Ludvig Öberg
Investment Opportunities in the Bitcoin Space
Speaker: Michael Terpin
Panel: Investment and Startups
Panellists: Ludvig Öberg, Michael Terpin, Flavio Pripas
Cocktail Party and Networking
Thursday, 18th September, 2014
Legislative and Legal Framework of Digital Currencies
Speaker: Marco Santori
Tax and Regulatory Outlook
Speaker: Constance Choi
Potential for Derivatives Exchanges Expressed and Denominated in Bitcoin
Speaker: Jon Matonis
Panel: Digital Currency Perspective in Different Countries
Panellists: Jon Matonis, Constance Choi, Marco Santoni.
How are Banks Adapting to Bitcoin
Speaker: Edan Yago
Transactions, ATMs, Micropayments, AML, Credit Cards
Speaker: Flavio Pripas
Digital Currencies: Threat or Opportunity?
Speaker: David Andolfatto
Panel: The Future of Banking
Panellists: Frederic Thenault, Flavio Pripas, David Andolfatto.
Moderator: Edan Yago Panel
Friday, 19th September, 2014
Workshop : The Rules of the Global Game: A Comparative Study of US, European and International Bitcoin Regulation
Speaker: Marco Santori
Startup Pitches for Fintech & Blockchain Startup Day
For more details on workshops, see the DCS website.