[Dave Birch] Well, now I’ve got your attention here’s a quick reminder that next week is the 12th annual Digital Money Forum and we still have a few places left. They’re not free, but they’re well worth the almost insignificant delegate fee considering the incredible range of expertise and experience on offer. You can view the full agenda online over at the Digital Money Forum or you can download it here (248.3K). The Forum is now in its twelfth year, and once again promises the combination of discussion and debate, learning and fun, that has earned it the reputation as the place to be for people interested in the future of retail electronic payments. It continues to be a unique event, where interaction and invention replace product announcements and “death by Powerpoint” sales pitches.   As you may know, this is a not-for-profit event that supports a variety of charities. This year we are supporting BUFFER (which provides specialist diagnostic equipment for breast cancer), Action Medical Research and Jubilee Action which helps children worldwide. This years Forum is made possible by the kindness of our sponsors Visa Europe, Monetise, WebMoney and VoicePay with support from our charity tournament sponsor ACI Worldwide.

Some come and join our experts from the World Bank, Financial Services Authority, The Economist, European Payments Council, Transport for London, Nationwide, Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland, Sidley & Austin, O2, The Guardian, Innovaro, Masabi, EAT, ABI, Finextra, Disruptive Analysis and the Free University of Brussels at the 12th annual Digital Money Forum in London on 31st March and 1st April at the Guoman Charing Cross hotel and come away with the kinds of new concepts, new friends and new business ideas that many of you have come to expect from this unique event. All delegates will receive a copy of our popular Digital Money Blook (the most interesting posts from this blog over the last year) and Larry H. White’s “Free Banking in Britain” along with “The Nudge Factor”.

Thanks for reading that. Now for the details of two terrific — and absolutely FREE — events on Monday 30th March in London. If you are interested in the future of electronic payments, you have the opportunity the spend a relaxing lunchtime and afternoon in the company of an assembly experts rare on these shores.

First, the third of the lunchtime round tables in the CSFI Innovation in Payment series will be held at the Innholder’s Hall in London on 30th March 2009. All are welcome, but as space is limited please reserve a place with the CSFI before coming along. This third seminar takes considers one of the more radical branches of payments futurology, private currencies and asks the question “is the future of money private or public?”. You can download the full invitation here PDF [114K].

Second, a seminar on the regulatory side of digital money. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsor, the StoLPan project, Consult Hyperion and city lawyers Sidley Austin will be running an free afternoon seminar on the Payment Services Directive (PSD) at the Guoman Charing Cross Hotel in London on 30th March 2009. The seminar will comprise three sessions:

  • An overview of the PSD by William Long from Sidley Austin
  • National implementations in members states by William Long from Sidley Austin, and then after tea
  • A roundtable discussion (led by me) on the business impact featuring a couple of companies in the field.

Some observers think that for banks, the PSD represents cost with little benefit, but for some non-banks, the PSD represents an opportunity to get into the payment business. Why not come along and make up your own mind by discussing the directive with other experts in the field?

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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