CyDEC 2018 will bring together global experts for the first digital economy conference in the Cayman Islands.

Mr Paul Ferris

The day-long conference will be held June 21, 2018 at The Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa, Grand Cayman, starting at 8:00 am, and will showcase new ideas and applied technological advancements for leaders across the financial, technological, legal and public sector industries.

“The conference is aimed at exhibiting the new technological advances that present opportunities and threats to Cayman’s both private and public sectors,” Paul Byles, event organiser, said.

“Other conferences have touched on this topic before however, this is the first event that is purely focused on the constantly developing world of technology and the direct impact on the Cayman Islands economy,” Mr. Byles said.

The conference will feature talks exploring the digitization of public services and what governments are doing around the world to improve efficiency and value to local communities, e-Government and how the public sector is being transformed. 

Mr Giles Watkins

Additional talks will delve into the future of financial services and how companies and their consumers are being revolutionised by FinTech and how to determine the low and high risk options, and the outlook for cryptocurrencies and their exchange.

The conference will conclude with a talk on sovereign digital ID systems, the benefits and risk and what this looks like from a regional and global perspective.  

“While the speaker line up is still being finalized, we are excited to announce that Giles Watkins, Founder, S4i and Member of ISO Standards Board for Blockchain; Paul Ferries, UK Digital Currency Association & Barclays Rise; Arvo Ott, Director of the eGovernance Academy, Estonia and Ian Tibbetts, Director of the e-Government in the Cayman Islands are four of our featured speakers,” Mr. Byles said.

Current sponsors for CyDEC include EQI, Tower, Ministry of Financial Services & Home Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, Planning & Infrastructure, Brac Information Centre, Cayman Tech City, Ministry of District Administration, Tourism & Transport and FTS.

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Cayman Compass – June 5, 2018