Join the 4th ECN CrowdCamp: Exploring Blockchain for Alternative Finance
13-14 June 2019
Blockchain promises to offer the potential to achieve considerable cost savings, efficiencies and resilience.
This edition of the ECN CrowdCamp focuses on how to best leverage the potential of blockchain technologies in the alternative finance sector by analysing the state of the art, understanding challenges and opportunities and providing recommendations for enabling and supporting blockchain empowered use cases for different target groups of the sector, namely crowdfunding platforms, investors, start-ups and SMEs and policymakers.
1. Status, trends and best practices on blockchain technologies in the alternative finance sector
2. Challenges when implementing blockchain
3. New opportunities for implementing distributed ledger technologies
4. Examples from successfully implemented solutions
5. How are EU institutions viewing blockchain technologies?
1. The alternative finance and crowdfunding sector
2. Blockchain professionals and developers
3. Academics and researchers focusing on distributed ledger technologies
4. Policy makers and EU representatives working on technology disruption
5. SME and startup entrepreneurs working with or implementing blockchain
1. To the disruption of the financial services sector
2. To improving understanding for drivers and barriers of innovation of alternative finance
3. To building the foundation for the EU being the main blockchain hub in the world
4. To ensuring relevant knowledge exchange and technology education
5. To shaping a sustainable and inclusive finance sector
DAY 1 | THURSDAY, 13TH OF JUNE
10:30 REGISTRATION & COFFEE
11:00 WELCOME & OPENING
11:05 SETTING THE CONTEXT – Exploring Blockchain for Alternative Finance
11:30 PANEL 1 – Disrupting Alternative Finance with Blockchain
The usage of blockchain technology offers the potential to achieve considerable cost savings, efficiencies and resilience. We embrace these developments as a key innovation potential for the European crowdfunding and alternative finance industry. This session will analyse from a research perspective the current state of the art and outline the visions and motivations of the alternative finance industry using blockchain technology.
12:15 PANEL 2 – Blockchain and the Alternative Finance Industry: SMEs needs and challenges
The further development and uptake of blockchain may enable the European industry – from start-ups to large corporates, administrations and citizens to provide innovative and disruptive services. Europe strives to be at the forefront of this development. This discussion aims at summarizing suggestions, how the EU and its member states can enable startups and SMEs to profit from blockchain technology and support further use cases in the field of alternative finance.
13:00 LUNCH & Networking
14:45 SPOTLIGHT ON: BLOCKCHAIN STARTUPS
A quick walkthrough of blockchain use cases. Only when understanding what services and applications blockchain startups and SMEs provide, we can identify interesting application scenarios for crowdfunding platforms and design legal frameworks.
15:45 PANEL 3 – Legal, policy and regulatory aspects for uptake
Disruptive innovation increasingly challenges policy makers and regulators. In this context, legal experts and representatives from regulatory authorities will exchange the thoughts on how to facilitate the application of DLT in the financial sector, whilst safeguarding market integrity, investor protection and financial stability.
16:30 COFFEE BREAK
17:15 PANEL 4 – Tackling technological challenges
Blockchain is a new information technology that allows anonymous partners to operate safely without the intermediation of a third party or the need for a central authority. Virtually instantaneous transactions and the absence of third parties have real disruptive implications for the alternative finance industry. However, the landscape is fragmented, different protocol specifications are being developed, challenges such as increased performance, Interoperability, costs etc. remain to overcome to see widespread adoption.
18:00 CLOSING KEYNOTE
18:30 NETWORKING DRINKS
DAY 2 | Friday, 14TH OF JUNE
09:00 WELCOME & REGISTRATION
09:30 OPENING KEYNOTE
09:45 Workshop 1 – Drafting the main pillars for a sense making regulation.
This workshop will build on early results achieved by the ECN Blockchain working group. The question is, how can we set the right conditions for the advent of an open, secure, trustworthy, transparent, and EU law compliant data and transactional environment? The results of the workshop will inform recommendations on policy approaches and concrete actions.
09:45 Workshop 2 – Which Blockchain based services are adding value to Alternative Finance?
Based on results the ECN Blockchain working group has achieved we will validate the most promising blockchain based services for the alternative finance sector. E-identity, asset tokenization, secondary markets, etc. – what are scenarios where blockchain creates value for alternative finance? What are the steps, times and costs to consider for platforms, making access to finance and global lending more rewarding for both lenders and borrowers?
09:45 Workshop 3 – Scrutinizing the myths around DLT.
Moderators: UCL Blockchain Centre
The distributed ledger technology blockchain seems to have the potential to revolutionize almost every industry. However, many myths around what the technology actually is and how it works are preventing businesses from understanding its potential impacts and applications.
11:45 Presentation of workshops results
12:30 CLOSING Keynote
12:45 LUNCH & END
The European Crowdfunding Network AISBL (ECN), founded in 2011 as an interest group and formally established in 2013, is a professional network promoting adequate transparency, (self) regulation and governance while offering a combined voice in policy discussion and public opinion building.
ECN executes initiatives aimed at innovating, representing, promoting and protecting the European crowdfunding industry as a key aspect of innovation within alternative finance and financial technology.
CrowdCamp is an annual event created by the ECN to promote crowdfunding as an innovative finance source, educate entrepreneurs on how to use it, raise awareness among investors on its potential.
Every year CrowdCamp focuses on a different application of crowdfunding, inviting crowdfunding platforms and relevant stakeholder in the selected field, this year the renewable energy sector.