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The Promise and Future of New Financial Technology: For Better or for Worse?

Financial Inclusion Conference   |   Jun 07 2022 - Jun 08 2022

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Breakthroughs in technologies such as blockchain, cryptocurrencies, mobile banking, investment apps, and digital credit are rapidly changing the global financial ecosystem and driving the creation of novel business models. The fintech revolution holds the promise of not only improving access and usage, but also of expanding the financial health and resilience of businesses and vulnerable populations; yet our understanding of many of its consequences has not kept pace with innovation.

The Lab for Inclusive Fintech (LIFT) and the Digital Credit Observatory (DCO) at the University of California, Berkeley, are excited to co-host an event on June 7-8 that brings together researchers, implementing partners, and policymakers to explore whether and how digital financial technologies can benefit underserved populations around the world.

The two-day event will feature novel research and stakeholder panels that will bring together new ideas and expertise across public, private, and NGO sectors to guide the next generation of studies, frame industry conversations and objectives, and inform policymaking.

LIFT is led by the Institute for Business & Social Impact (IBSI), with generous support from Ripple Impact and Binance Charity. The DCO is managed by the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), a hub for research on global development anchored at the University of California, Berkeley, and is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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COVID-19 Protocols

This hybrid event will take place in person at UC Berkeley and will be have the option to join remotely via livestream. For in-person attendees, we will follow all city and campus guidelines related to COVID-19. Currently, proof of vaccination and wearing a mask are strongly encouraged. Please note that depending on the COVID-19 situation, we may switch to a virtual event.


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Jun 07 2022 - Jun 08 2022 Pacific

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