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Fintech 2018
The 2nd International Conference on the Digital Transformation of the Economy and New Financial Technologies


Russia is preparing for a large-scale transition to a digital economy. New financial technologies, blockchain, ICOs, and cryptocurrencies have rushed into the Russian economic reality. What digital transformations of traditional economic institutions can we expect in the near future? What role will the government play in this process? What steps does the business community expect the government to take to make the transition to a digital economy more efficient?
What will the emergence of new financial technologies mean for the Russian banking system: integration or conflict? When will blockchain become a dominant force? Are ICOs and cryptocurrencies just another financial bubble, or are they truly a new investment vehicle?

The 2nd International Conference on the Digital Transformation of the Economy and New Financial Technologies organized by the business daily Vedomosti will bring together big business, state bodies, and fintech companies to analyze the current state of the industry in Russia, discuss global trends, and determine the main vectors of development for fintech and the digital economy.

Key Topics
● New financial and digital technologies and their role in the global transformation of Russia's economy.
● Is blockchain really so necessary everywhere? Do all industries need it?
● Integration of fintech into traditional banking: strategies and prospects.
● Cryptocurrencies and ICOs: a breakthrough in investment, or just another pyramid scheme?


PROGRAM

9.00 a.m. – 10.00 a.m. Registration and welcome coffee.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Plenary session. New financial and digital technologies and their role in the global transformation of Russia's economy.

In the near future, the transition to a digital economy in Russia will become one of the key factors in GDP growth: analysts predict that by 2025, digital technologies will account for 19 to 34% of Russia's total GDP growth. Russian President Vladimir Putin has compared the development of a digital economy in the country to the widespread introduction of electricity in the 20th century. What will it take to produce a breakthrough in the digitalization of Russia's economy?

Key Topics
● Key trends and tendencies in the development of a digital economic model in Russia. What role does the state assign to itself?
● What risks for the economy can we expect during the transformation and how to minimize them?
● Digital inequality of Russian regions: how to avoid a digital division into donors and recipients?
● Is blockchain really so necessary everywhere? Do all industries need it?
● The place of SMEs in the digitization of the Russian economy.

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Coffee break.

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Strategic Session 1. Integration of fintech into traditional banking: strategies and prospects.

Key Topics
  • Innovative financial technology in the Russian banking system: the results of the symbiosis.
  • The history of the collaboration between fintech and banks: the path to success
  • Effective strategies and specific features of fintech business in Russia
  • Investments in fintech: prospects, risks, and particularities.
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Lunch.

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Strategic Session 2. Cryptocurrencies and ICOs: financial bubble or efficient investment vehicle?

Key Topics
● ICOs: a breakthrough in investments, or just another pyramid scheme?
● Mining: prospects for development.
● The legalization of cryptocurrencies in Russia: is there a chance?
● How will new financial instruments change Russia's budgetary and financial systems?

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Cocktail reception.