Professor Lawrence H. White to kick-off the 2009 Digital Money Forum

[Dave Birch] Lawrence White is the F. A. Hayek Professor of Economic History and the University of Missouri–St. Louis and the author of, amongst other things, “Currency and Competition” and “Free Banking in Britain 1800-1845”, books that changed my view of both the history and future of payments, so I am utterly delighted to be able to announce that Larry will be in London to give the kick-off talk at this year’s 12th annual Digital Money Forum on 31st March and 1st April 2009. 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. This year we are moving the agenda forwards again to look at some of the issues and drivers around the evolution of technology the electronic payments world.

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.

Once again we have decided to structure the Forum around four sessions followed by a variety of expert panels.

  • Session one recognises that the future of payments is linked to the future of money. if cash goes away, the cost of new entrants falls. What might they be? Private or public? Commodity or community?
  • Session two looks at the specific issue of security to see if biometrics and other technologies might be moving into position to make a significant impact on the payments world in the coming year.
  • Session three examines how successful payment schemes change societies and marketplaces, and takes an ethnographic perspective to help us to learn more about introducing new payment systems.
  • Session four looks at innovation in different ways: new processes, new technology and new frameworks. How can the payments sector take all of these imminent changes on board and make real innovation work.

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) along with “The Nudge Factor”.

Topical suggestions

[Dave Birch] Well, I’m in the process of putting together the agenda for next year’s 12th annual Digital Money Forum which will be held at the Guoman Hotel (the same venue as last year — the hotel above Charing Cross Station which we liked so much that we’re going back) on 31st March and 1st April 2009. Fortunately, as payments seems to be the only part of the banking business that is bringing in any money, we’ve already had a few people say that they’re looking forward to coming along and we already have sponsors who have committed to support us. This will all be announced properly next week. Meanwhile… As you know, over the years the Forum has built up a reputation as the place to go to discuss the future of retail electronic payments with people who are a little ahead of the curve and the delegates appreciate that we always try to move the agenda on to reflect the shifting leading edge of thinking on the future of money. I’ve already got a few ideas for key themes, but would appreciate some help from Digital Money Denizens before finalising the agenda, as I’ve been sidetracked by the recent nationalisation of the banking industry, imploding world economy and impending recession.

Blowing our trumpet

[Dave Birch] I’m still bathing in the reflected glory of the 11th annual Digital Money Forum — I think the glow is going to take a few days to subside.

Digital Money Delegates

All I did was pester a few people into coming along to talk, chair and sit on panels. All of the actual hard work was done by Gloria Benson and her team: Jessica Mastromarco and Samantha Coultrip front of house, Katie Facey and Scott Demichele in the back, James Sellwood orchestrating and Linda Holloway at HQ. I can’t bear the shame of taking their credit any longer, so here’s a very public thank you to all of them.


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