FINANCIAL FOX: Blockchain, Digital Assets, Big Data and Markets — What you need to know!

The internet era as we know it really started in the early 2000’s, riding on the wave of the first high-processing computers.

The dawn of the internet has not only brought advances to society but has also ushered in a digital revolution that is still transforming how the world operates. With people getting more comfortable with the technology almost 20 years later, there’s now a plethora of use cases offered by high-performance devices. DLT, blockchain, digital assets, big data and AI are the new disruptive elements in today’s digital revolution.

AI and Blockchain are becoming more seamlessly integrated and enhanced each day and their use in various applications is changing the world as we know it.

Automated ledgers have already started to replace manual book keeping methods, the implications of which have already made waves in the fintech industry: Banks and other financial authorities sent ripples through to experiment with blockchain to upgrade their business models and offer greater ease operability to their consumers; investors are (gradually/tentatively) venturing away from traditional assets towards crypto assets; and Big Data has become the new oil, with data security and privacy a major issue to be grappled with.

In the upcoming Financial Fox, Founder Stefania Barbaglio will be hosting a special programme Everything you need to know about Blockchain, Digital assets, Big Data and Markets, focusing on the technology revolution and its implications. Distributed ledger technologies like blockchain are currently transforming industries and revolutionising the ways companies and governments operate. Decentralised applications and smart contracts are being used more and more across a variety of use cases for businesses, governments, individuals and even IoT devices.

This exclusive Financial Fox episode will welcome four forward-thinking experts in the technology field. Part One will see Stefania speak with Jean-Philippe Beaudet, Director and CTO of Canada based Zeu Crypto Networks and James Bennet, CEO of Byte Tree. Both Jean-Philippe and James have been recognised for their immense contribution to the blockchain and digital assets space.

Jean-Philippe Beaudet is an experienced gaming developer who has researched natural language processing for Luminary, a private American research lab. Cultivating an interest in machine learning and decentralised technology led him to co-found S3R3NITY Technologies, a technology incubator from which he launched numerous start-ups. He was an early enthusiast of blockchain technology and contributed to major projects such as a Bitcoin brokerage platform and a marketing data analytics tool for financial institutions. Identifying the opportunity to marry blockchain technology with artificial intelligence to meet the need for a decentralised data market, he founded VN3T. He is also the President and Chairman of VSEKUR. He is an advisor on multiple blockchain initiatives and a regular conference speaker.

“James moved into the crypto-asset space in early 2017 after completing a financial management program at General Electric. Initially working as an independent consultant, he founded crypto-asset consultancy Bitassist, where he worked on a number of high-profile projects. James is currently the CEO of on-chain analytics platform ByteTree, where he leads the product development and commercialisation of the ByteTree investor terminal.”

Part Two will have more emphasis on blockchains, digital assets and their impacts on the markets in a conversation between Stefania; Michele Curtoni, VP, State Street’s Digital Product Development and DLT team; and Pietro Lanza, General Manager at Intesa, IBM.

Michele Curtoni is VP in State Street’s Digital Product Development and DLT team. Prior to this role, he was manager and strategy leader for LSEG Emerging Technologies group. Michele currently focuses on working in the Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and Digital Assets space, a field he has been active in for the past 4 years. In his roles to date, Michele has covered many aspects of the innovation cycle, from working on implementing business applications and proof of concepts with emerging technologies, to start-ups and wider Fintech space engagement. For over four years, he also held a central role in LSEG Group Strategy division, overseeing several of the Group’s high profile acquisitions and corporate partnerships as well as other Group strategic initiatives. Michele holds an MSc from the University of Warwick in Economics and International Financial Economics (EIFE).

Pietro Lanza is an experienced manager with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services, management consulting, technology solutions and internet industries.
After supporting several banks in developing their digital strategies he is now involved in relevant projects across Europe, USA, Latin America, Middle East and China. He is extremely passionate about Blockchain, AI and IoT.

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