- 09:30am – 09:45am exclusive presentation from Mike Kelly
- 09:45am – 10:15am Dave Birch and Mike Kelly fireside chat and discussion
An entrepreneur, product designer, and software engineer. His main focus these days is financial services, particularly open banking and payments. Mike has created API technology used globally by companies like Amazon Web Services, Capital One, GEICO, and Temenos. Mike has designed and built core banking systems, and even entire payment methods, from scratch. Also, the founder of Curl — a venture funded startup building a new payment network to completely replace the card system, designed around open banking APIs.
David G.W Birch is an author, advisor and commentator on digital financial services. Principal at 15Mb, his advisory company, he is Global Ambassador for the secure electronic transactions consultancy, Consult Hyperion, Fintech Ambassador for Digital Jersey and Non-Executive Chair at Digiseq Ltd. He is an internationally-recognised thought leader in digital identity and digital money. Ranked one of the top 100 fintech influencers for 2021, previously named one of the global top 15 favourite sources of business information by Wired magazine and one of the top ten most influential voices in banking by Financial Brand, he created one of the top 25 “must read” financial IT blogs and was found by PR Daily to be one of the top ten Twitter accounts followed by innovators (along with Bill Gates and Richard Branson).
His latest book “The Currency Cold War—Cash and Cryptography, Hash Rates and Hegemony” was published in May 2020. His previous book “Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin: From money we understand to money that understands us” was published in June 2017 with a foreword by Andrew Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England. The LSE Review of Books said the book should be “widely read by graduate students of finance, financial law and related topics as well as policy makers involved in financial regulation”. The London Review of Books called his earlier book “Identity is the New Money” fresh, original, wide-ranging and “the best book on general issues around new forms of money”.