[Dave Birch] There’s going to be a BarCampBank in London on 5th July 2008 at Sun Microsystems’ offices in the City. The full details are below. I’ll be there — although I’ll be over at OpenTech later in the afternoon — and look forward to seeing you there to. I’ve been looking forward to BCBL and was really pleased to hear from Frederic that it’s all going ahead.


Innovators Gather in the City to Set Shape for Future of Finance
Contact: Thomas Barker

Email: tbarker(at)barcampbank[..]org

LONDON, UK, Monday June 2nd, 2008 – On Saturday July 5th, 2008, one of the most unusual conferences in the financial services industry, BarCampBankLondon (BCBL), will get underway at 9:30 AM near the heart of the City. BCB London follows the success of previous BarCampBanks in Paris, Seattle, San Francisco, New Hampshire and New York City. Ranging from interested students, to banking executives, to VCs, startup founders and internet technologists. BCBL is a forum where participants from diverse backgrounds can get together to discuss topics impacting the industry. It will attract thought leaders and innovators from as far away as America for an intense day of discussions on the future of financial services.

Event co-founder, Frederic Baud said “We wanted to get away from the typical event where a group of senior executives listen to PowerPoint slides and exchange business cards. This is really about getting together people who share a genuine interest in building the future.” The event has no set speakers, agenda or sales pitches and getting in the door will only set you back £10. To ensure that the event is relevant to all those attending, the agenda will be discussed online (http://barcamp.org/BarCampBankLondon <http://barcamp.org/BarCampBankLondon> ), then set by the participants on the morning of the event.

It might seem strange that an event like this has taken so long to reach London, a city often considered to be the global financial hub. Another organizer, Thomas Barker said “People might not immediately think of London as a tech cluster. But walking around the City, you can see hundred of software firms nestled in among the banks and lawyers. There’s a lot happening here”. So far, BCBL intends to discuss the topics of P2P lending, startup financing, mobile banking, personal finance management and micro-finance amongst others.

To attend BCBL, register online at http://bcblondon.eventbrite.com/ <http://bcbsf.eventbrite.com/> .

Sun Microsystems are generously hosting BCBL in their City offices. The event, which is organized by volunteers, welcomes participation from anyone who would like to help with logistics or spreading the word. Interested parties can contact Thomas Barker at tbarker [at]barcampbank,org, or Antony Evans at Antony (At) thestartupexchange D0t com.
About BarCampBank:
The aim of BarCampBank is to foster innovation and the creation of new business models in the world of banking and finance. The next BarCampBank after London will be held in Charleston, USA. For more information, please contact George Pasley at gpasley att gmail d0T com . The following one will be held in Vancouver, Canada. For more information, please contact Tim McAlpine at tmcalpine (a) currencymarketing AT ca .

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If you’d like more information about his event, please contact Thomas Barker (contact information above) or Antony Evans (Antony _Att_ thestartupexchange . com)r.

These opinions are my own (I think) and presented solely in my capacity as an interested member of the general public [posted with ecto]

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