A blockchain is a decentralized digital ledger that saves transactions on thousands of computers around the globe. These are registered in a way that inhibits their subsequent modification. Blockchain technology increases the security and speeds up the exchange of information in a way that is cost-effective and more transparent. It also dispenses with third parties whose main role was to provide a trust and certification element in transactions (such as notaries and banks).
The high importance of blockchain has attracted the attention of organizations in different sectors, with banking sector being the most active at this stage. Blockchain has resulted in the development of thousands of new job positions and new startups ranging from mobile payment solutions to health care applications.
The future belongs to blockchain and this track seeks to serve as an annual venue that will enable the discussion on the trends, challenges and developments of blockchain and fintech technology. In doing so, it aims to speed up the study and accelerate the adoption of this technology.
Topics or research questions that are of particular interest include the following:
- Blockchain case studies
- Blockchain infrastructure
- Blockchain and mobile banking
- Blockchain and peer-to-peer transfers
- Blockchain and digital currencies
- Blockchain and Internet of Things
- Blockchain and markets
- Blockchain and marketplaces
- Blockchain and healthcare
- Blockchain applications
- Blockchain and e-government
- Blockchain and Banking sector
- Fintech applications
- Blockchain and regulatory frameworks
- Barriers to blockchain adoption
- Smart contracts
- Innovation in blockchain
- Privacy, Security and Identity in blockchain