#include event- Cryptocurrencies

Design in Action and Design Informatics will be holding our first Crytpocurrency flavoured #include events for drinks, chat, and informal talks from designers and cryptogurus.
We are holding 2 events, the first in Edinburgh on the 1st December 5.30pm and the 2nd in Glasgow on the 9th December 6.30pm.

The world around us is changing. Not only is connectivity and technological development moving at lightning speeds from laptops to mobiles to wearable devices, but the very money we use is changing too - from mobile banking to contactless payments, microfinance systems to cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Cryptocurrencies offer a philosophical departure from conventional currencies, potentially radically reshaping the power structures of contemporary banking by sidestepping the need for traditional banking structures.
If you're interested in learning more about this rapidly growing digital market, or if you've had some experience with online or local currencies that you'd like to share, then these informal events will be right up your street. Come along for drinks, chat, networking and talks from designers and cryptocurrencies experts and help us explore these fascinating ideas with - but not limited to - artists, designers, coders and businesses.
#include2 – 1 Dec, Design Informatics, Evolution House, Edinburgh.
5.30pm Drinks on arrival
5.45pm Talks and demos from Chris Speed (Edinburgh College of Art), Dug Campbell (Digital Strategy Consultant and Organiser of Scottish Bitcoin Conference), Joseph Lindley (Lancaster University) and Dave Barnes (Royal Bank of Scotland). 
7.00pm Networking and more drinks!
#include3 – 9 Dec, Candleriggs Bar, City Halls, Glasgow.
6.30pm Drinks on arrival
6.45pm Talks from Chris Speed (Edinburgh College of Art), Duncan McCann (New Economics Foundation), Sha Li (Design Informatics, Edinburgh College of Art) and Dug Campbell (Digital Strategy Consultant and Organiser of Scottish Bitcoin Conference). 
8.00pm Networking and more drinks!
Both events are free to attend. Please sign up using the links below:
For Edinburgh tickets, click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/include2-tickets-14497834413
For Glasgow tickets, click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/include3-tickets-14497924683

Dug Campbell is a digital strategy consultant who helps businesses to convert digital information into revenue, and is founder of the Edinburgh Bitcoin Meetup, the largest Bitcoin networking group in Scotland, created to bring a community of like-minded innovators from a wide range of backgrounds together for the purposes of exploring the potential that Bitcoin and associated blockchain technologies present for society and business in the future.
Prof Chris Speed leads the Design Informatics Research Centre at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, where his research focuses upon the Network Society, Digital Art and Technology, and The Internet of Things.
Joseph Lindley is a PhD researcher at Lancaster University, using a design fiction approach to exploring the potential future impact of cryptographic currency systems such as Bitcoin.
Dave Barnes is a customer focussed and business based technologist with a wide experience in banking and finance at the Technology Solution Centre at Royal Bank of Scotland.
Sha Li, an advanced MSc student on Design Informatics, is interested in user experience, data visualisation, and HCI. Her SmileBot project tries to ease tension in waiting areas through the development of a smiling robot and smile economy.
Duncan McCann, a researcher at New Economics Foundation (nef), works on the EU funded Community Currency in Action (CCIA) project within the Finance and Business team. With CCIA, nef aims to establish greater coherence in theory and practice across the fast developing field of community currencies, supporting the dissemination and innovation of currency solutions in the public and third sector across Europe.
The events are a chance to explore these ideas and to meet people working in the field as well as artists, designers, coders and businesses. The theme will be continued in a Design in Action Chiasma event on Creative Currencies which offers funding opportunities for teams to prototype new business ideas. Taking place in the Royal Bank of Scotland's Technology Solutions Centre on the 10 February 2015. For more information on the call visit the DiA website- http://www.designinaction.com/chiasmas/ict-chiasma-2015/

start date: 
Monday, December 1, 2014
end date: 
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
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