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Andorran Digital Currency Summit Will 'Unite World's Financial Elite'

| Published on August 8, 2014 at 11:36 BST

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.


Agenda

Wednesday, 17th September, 2014

8:00
Registration and Coffee

9:00
Opening Speech
Speaker: Luis Iván Cuende

9:15
Global Impact of Cryptocurrencies
Speaker: Jan Kees de Jager

10:30
Coffee Break

11:00
State of Digital Currencies 2014

Speaker: Garrick Hileman

11:45
Panel: The Future of Digital Currencies

Panelists: Garrick Hileman, Luis Iván Cuende, TBA.
Moderator: Alex Puig

13:00
Lunch

14:45
Trading With Digital Currencies
Speaker: Ludvig Öberg

15:30
Investment Opportunities in the Bitcoin Space
Speaker: Michael Terpin

16:15
TBA

17:00
Panel: Investment and Startups
Panellists: Ludvig Öberg, Michael Terpin, Flavio Pripas
Moderator: TBA

19:00
Cocktail Party and Networking


Thursday, 18th September, 2014

08:00
Coffee

09:00
Legislative and Legal Framework of Digital Currencies
Speaker: Marco Santori

09:45
Tax and Regulatory Outlook
Speaker: Constance Choi

10:30
Coffee Break

11:00
Potential for Derivatives Exchanges Expressed and Denominated in Bitcoin
Speaker: Jon Matonis

11:45
Panel: Digital Currency Perspective in Different Countries
Panellists: Jon Matonis, Constance Choi, Marco Santoni.
Moderator: TBA

13:00
Lunch

14:45
How are Banks Adapting to Bitcoin
Speaker: Edan Yago

15:30
Transactions, ATMs, Micropayments, AML, Credit Cards
Speaker: Flavio Pripas

16:15
Digital Currencies: Threat or Opportunity?
Speaker: David Andolfatto

17:00
Panel: The Future of Banking
Panellists: Frederic Thenault, Flavio Pripas, David Andolfatto.
Moderator: Edan Yago Panel

18:15
Closing Remarks

21:00
Official Dinner

00:00
After Party


Friday, 19th September, 2014

08:00
Coffee

09:00
Workshop : The Rules of the Global Game: A Comparative Study of US, European and International Bitcoin Regulation
Speaker: Marco Santori

09:00
Startup Pitches for Fintech & Blockchain Startup Day

For more details on workshops, see the DCS website.

Andorra image via Iakov Filimonov / Shutterstock.com

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