Cantillon 2016 in IT Tralee to feature Bitcoin


Bitcoin news from Ireland is pretty uncommon, but this year, the Economics forum Cantillon 2016, an annual event run by the Centre for Entrepreneurship  & Enterprise Development (CEED) and Institute of Technology Tralee is focused on “Fintech: Disrupting the Financial Landscape”. This year see’s a number of talks across the day from an interesting mix of legal, financial and bitcoin speakers, including the editor of We’ll be there with our bitcoin mining rig to demonstrate bitcoin in action, as well as talking about how bitcoin could benefit Ireland’s tourism and gambling industries.

Running on Thursday 25th February with tickets priced at €100 from here, the full day conference kicks off with a welcome from Dr. Oliver Murphy, President of IT Tralee, and then a talk by Dr. Philip O’Reilly from UCC on how modern fintech is disrupting the landscape. After that, British financial journalist Frances Coppola will moderate talks on novel approachs to money. Jamie McCormick will do a talk on Cryptocurrency in Ireland’s Tourism and Gaming (Gambling) Industries, as well as a talk on jobs in bitcoin by Coinality‘s Dan Roseman.

After a break, the theme will change to asset backed digital currencies, gold and precious metals, moderated by Trinity College Professor of Finance Brian Lucey. Frances Coppola will talk about Macro Debt and Finance, Mr Fergal O’Connor of the UK’s York St. John Business School will discuss Future Money, Mark O’Byrne of Goldcore will talk about Gold and the Gold Standard, and Ms Jan Skoyles, CEO of UK based The Real Asset Company will discuss Cryptocurrency & Crowdfunding.


After lunch, Fiona Stack of Radio Kerry will moderate on the topic of Policy and Trends in the Financial Landscape, with celebrity economist David McWilliams talking on the topic of Entrepreneurial Forces in Banking, Mick McAteer of UK based The Financial Inclusion Centre will talk about Financial Policy, and then Michael Taft of the Irish Trade Union UNITE will look at Macro Entrepreneurial Issues.

The last track will look at Entrepreneurial and Security Forces at Play. Mr Ogie Sheehy of ViClarify will chair talks including Declan O’Reilly, Bureau Legal Officer of the Criminal Assets Bureau on The Landscale of Legal Best Practice for Cryptocurrency, Denis McCarthy of Payments company Fexco will talk about Competing Globally in the Fintech Sector, and Donagh Buckley, CTO of EMC Ireland will look at Enterprise Digital Transformation, Managing the Risks adn Accellerating the benefits.

Wrapping up the day will be Leo McAdams of Enterprise Ireland, talking about fuelling growth in the fintech sector.

So an interesting mix of tech, finance, economics and including three specific bitcoin relat
ed talks. Tickets have been announced and are available now, and we’ll have a writeup on the event after we attend in March as a follow up. There is also a PDF about the event you can read here.