Blockchain India Week

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12-14 May Blockchain India Week Hackathon

6:00pm 12 May to 6:00pm 14 May 2017, IIT Mumbai

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May 12th:
18h: Introduction.
19h: Presentations
20h30: Projects fire-pitches
21h: Group-forming

May 13th:
10h: Breakfast
11h: Mentoring sessions
13h: Lunch
14h: Blockchain Workshops
19h: End of the 1st day

10h: Breakfast
11h:Pitch Training
12h: Lunch
16h: Demo presentations
17h: Closing Party / End of the day


15-16 May Blockchain India Buterin Hackfest

9:00am 15 May to 6:00pm 16 May 2017, Mumbai (Venue TBC)


17 May Blockchain Masterclass ft. Vitalik Buterin

9:00am to 5:30pm 17 May 2017, Hotel Sofitel BKC Mumbai


18 May Blockchain Storm Ethereum India Summit

9:00am to 6:00pm 18 May 2017, Hotel Taj Mahal Palace , Apollo Bunder, Mumbai

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Greetings from the Chair

We are witnessing myriad structural changes that are sweeping across the banking and financial services industry globally. From the 2008 banks freeze triggered by the collapse of gigantic institutions to the current Greece debt crisis, global economy is still reeling under the avalanche effects of the global credit and liquidity crises. This has resulted in near zero interest rates in the US and Europe, the rise of disruptive online peer-to-peer platforms to uproot the established order, and the revolutionary startups in global fintech capital London. Such changes compel us to view the financial services industry afresh and take stock of the future. Banking oligopolies are reinvesting profits into new technologies to respond to the challenges from the perfect Fintech Storm.

The Blockchain is one such phenomenon that heralds a tectonic shift in financial markets worldwide.

From Governments to Mathematicians and Economists, from banking behemoths to startups with gumption, from strategists to coders, the most diverse of professional fields have been brought together by a sole phenomenon called blockchain. If the last few decades didn’t already put the power back in the hands of technocrats, wielding it from the capitalists and industrialists, another such unmistakable tipping point is upon us again.

A moment of recognition that the next wave of power brokers may be let loose; that the shakeup of status-quo is imminent; that the stakes may be with those who are the quickest to decipher the blockchain wonderland!
For swathes of technophiles in finance, has there been a more exciting time than now?
For hordes of opportunists, could they hope for a more propitious time?

This era belongs to the confident Indian. Just as the abolition of License Raj, globalisation and privatisation led to India’s swift economic development in the past two decades, the open culture for collaboration with the west and exchange of technology and innovation will catapult India as a leader in the technology era too. Whilst India is adaptive and able to apply offshore technology to its unique problems and new uses, many current inventions in Fintech such as the AI and Blockchain still beg to be adopted by Indian banks and entrepreneurs – to unleash the technology’s disruptive potential and its true magnitude of impact. Fintech Storm aims to bridge that gap!
A technology that is as far reaching in its potential impact, from the mundane business of collecting taxes to the crafty political science of which cryptocurrency to outlaw, from the intellectual adventures such as creating platform infrastructures for coding smart contracts to the ethically daunting DAO dilemmas such as “to fork or not to fork”, blockchain has all the drama of Shakespearean proportions.

The hundreds of blockchain meet-ups sprouting all over the world, the staggering range and depth of multifarious talent uniting in their mission to unravel the mysteries of this new field, are inspiring us to elevate our cross-sector and cross-function coordination capabilities to another dimension.

The question to ponder is not “What blockchain use-cases to pursue?”
The question to ponder is “What will we be in the new blockchain- enabled world?”

Whether or not we pursue any use-cases, we cannot afford to be unprepared for this new world.
The chorus on everyone’s lips is … What is our place in this new landscape?

We at Fintech Storm have embarked on this ambitious mission of facilitating dialogue between diverse stakeholders, different geographies, huge sectors like Banking, Payments, Financial services, multiple technologies like Artificial Intelligence, IoT, AR&VR, Cloud, Big Data, Blockchain – and make sense of this storm. We are all in the eye of the storm, but together. Every epic journey has to start with one firm step, and Blockchain Storm is fired with the mission of strengthening this smart eco-system of Blockchain adventurers!

We are bringing together some of the brightest minds to this exalted debate to set off some sparks! Who better to start off this movement in India than Vitalik Buterin, the known face behind the global and rapid adoption of blockchain as a technology stack, who will give a keynote on his vision of the future of Distributed Ledger Technology. Ofcourse, we would get Satoshi Nakamoto if he were known and open! We will make sure there are thought-provoking keynotes, serendipitous meetings that will put many on the slope perhaps to their inflection points in their Blockchain journey.

Come enjoy this electrifying meet and a feast of Tech splendour!

We cordially invite you to participate in “Blockchain India Week” 12-19 May 2017, and other activities during the week for the famed Indian hospitality in the financial capital of India – officially the fastest growing economy!

Blockchain India Week
12-19 May 2017, 9am to 6pm

Blockchain India Summit 18 May 2017, Taj Lands End, Mumbai
Blockchain India Week Hackathon, 12-14 May 2017, IIT Mumbai
Buterin Hackfest, 15-16 May 2017, Venue TBC
Technical Workshop for Blockchain Developers – Ethereum Smart Contracts & Ethereum for Enterprise, 17 May 2017, Mumbai Venue TBC

See you in Mumbai!

Arifa Khan

Chair Person : Europe India Conclave May 2017, Mumbai