Track: Advances in FinTech

Location: Windsor, 5th flr.

Day of week: Monday

Finance is king in London. What's happening and what should you be paying attention to with modern #FinTech

Track Host: Greg Hawkins

Chief Technology Officer @StarlingBank

Greg Hawkins is an independent consultant on tech, fintech, cloud and devops and advisor to banks in the UK and Australia. He was CTO of mobile challenger Starling Bank from 2016-2018, during which the fintech start-up acquired a banking licence and went from zero to smashing through the 100K download mark on both mobile platforms. He remains a senior advisor to Starling Bank today. Starling built full-stack banking systems from scratch, became the first publicly available cloud-based current account in the UK and the first UK bank with PSD2-capable open APIs and was voted Best British Bank and Best British Current Account in 2018.

Habito: The Purely-Functional Mortgage Broker

The tech stack a business chooses impacts the company in many ways - who joins, what they build, what their values are and, ultimately, whether or not the enterprise succeeds. While in recent years functional programming has seen a resurgence, it remains a niche choice that to many highly pressured start-ups might look risky. Habito, the leading digital mortgage broker, is now in its third year. With several major accolades to its name already, the fact that it is built on a purely-functional tech stack sometimes slips under the radar. Habito VP of Engineering, Will will take you through the details, wins and trade-offs that have brought Habito to where it is today and where it's going next.

Will Jones, VP of Engineering, @Habito

Corda: Looking Forward and Back, Blockchain on a JVM Stack

Blockchain, as originally designed by Satoshi Nakamoto, is perfect for censorship-resistant cash transfers – and completely unsuitable for enterprise use. In this talk, we'll discuss Corda, an open-source enterprise blockchain backed by a consortium of over 100 companies that was the fastest-growing blockchain by usage in 2018 according to Gartner. We'll look at how Corda's success depends on bold choices past (Kotlin, JVMs, pluggable consensus...), present (the non-profit Corda Foundation...) and future (hardware zero-knowledge proofs using SGX, building deterministic JVMs...).

Carolyne Quinn, Associate Director @@inside_r3 (R3)
Cais Manai, Senior Associate @inside_r3 (R3)

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