After Money: symposium and workshops

This one-day symposium, organised by the Centre for Design Informatics and hosted by New Media Scotland at the Alt-w LAB, aims to better understand the implications that FinTech, Cryptocurrency and Smart Contract developments are having on how industry, publics and governments understand money. The fast pace and shifting developments of cryptocurrencies and their underlying technologies have raised significant questions not only about new forms of currency but the economic, social and political constructs that surround them. Challenging current norms of value representation in society and culture, this symposium aims to investigate different perspectives of how financial technologies may influence our lives. The symposium will comprise of three sessions, each with a unique focus on FinTech Near Futures, Policy, Value and New Economics as well as Cultures of Commodification. The day is intended to bring together a variety of people from academia, industry and culture to understand the broader, cross-cutting implications of these new forms of banking, programmable money and representations of value and its wide-ranging repercussions.
 
Speakers include Sarah Meiklejohn (UCL), Gavin Littlejohn (Money Dashboard / Fintech Scotland), Dave Shaw (Tesco Bank), Philip Godsiff (University of Surrey), Alexandre Polvora (European Commission), Doreen Grove (Scottish Government), Pip Thornton (Royal Holloway University of London), and Dominic Smith.
 
Following this will be a book launch of “Artists Rethinking the Blockchain”. Chaired by Mark Daniels (New Media Scotland), Editors Ruth Catlow (Furtherfield), Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner (Torque) will introduce the book followed by a panel discussion and drinks, and the opportunity to get 'married' on the Blockchain.
 
In addition, the one-day symposium will be followed by two workshops held the following day on the 21st November. 
Overall, this event heralds the end of this 18 month research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. This project, in collaboration with the Royal Bank of Scotland and the New Economics Foundation, delivered a series of design probes and provocations which will be exhibited alongside the symposium in the Alt-w Lab of New Media Scotland, located on the 5th floor of the City Arts Center in Edinburgh.
 
Schedule overview:
20th November (10am-5pm) One-day symposium
20th November (6-8pm) Booklaunch and drinks reception
21st November (10am-1pm) Workshop on Distributed Autonomous Systems
21st November (2-5pm) Workshop on GeoCoin
 
The one-day symposium will include refreshments and lunch. If you have any questions, email Bettina.Nissen@ed.ac.uk. If you have any access or dietary requirements please contact designinformatics@ed.ac.uk with details.
 
The event is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and is hosted by New Media Scotland at the Alt-w LAB as part of their ongoing 48 hours programme.
 
Get your tickets for the symposium and/or workshops on Eventbrite HERE

start date: 
Monday, November 20, 2017
end date: 
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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