Breaking the trade barriers: is the decentralisation of trade finance inevitable?

The trade landscape is quickly evolving into an industry that is both digitised and decentralised. Removing trade barriers is key to fueling economic growth, and this is further driven through collaboration between a healthy ecosystem of trade participants: the creation of decentralized networks.

This panel will discuss how new technologies, like cloud, blockchain and APIs, provide the ability to move trade data and assets seamlessly between networks, systems, and applications, without the need for a central party or intermediary, something that is not possible today.

Delivering on the potential: Enterprise Ethereum in trade finance and payments

Over the last three years, there's been a lot of hype in financial services about blockchain technology. In particular, Ethereum has emerged as the predominant smart contracts platform. Is the blockchain hype just hype or will we see blockchain applications being deployed in the enterprise anytime soon? On this panel we discuss two real world applications of Ethereum in Banking.

Blockchain Application for enterprise

BlockApps, the world’s first blockchain-as-a-service platform (BaaS), has partnered with Red Hat to provide enterprise-grade blockchain solutions. Learn how both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies are utilizing smart contracts designed around specific business logic to build better data trust and security for enterprises—both internally and among consortiums.

With Red Hat Open Shift, BlockApps customers have leveraged the BlockApps STRATO blockchain platform to build a variety of solution for finance, supply chain, logistics, and energy on all major cloud providers.

Disruption in the payments landscape

New capabilities such as artificial intelligence, distributed ledger technology, APIs and instant payments are transforming the financial landscape. Other factors including the regulatory drive for open banking and consumer demand for real-time payments has led to the rise of FinTechs and new players in the industry, causing disruption in the once relatively unchanged payments sector. Unhindered by legacy systems and regulatory oversight, these new entrants have so far been more adept at harnessing these new technologies than the current payments market incumbents.

e-Voting solution on DLT – A proof of concept with SWIFT and SLIB

SWIFT and SLIB joined forces to demonstrate a new way of implementing innovative solutions in a complex environment with problematics of security, compliance and scalability. In this session, you will find out how you can use your SWIFT infrastructure, interfaces and network to access an innovating e-Voting solution developed by SLIB on blockchain technology hosted on a SWIFT Sandbox.

Build your own API

Building Web APIs, and more specifically RESTful APIs, requires the designer to isolate and specify the resources (like account, payment, bond, …) that the API will expose. In this session, we will show how we intend to maximize compatibility with the ISO20022 business standard whilst adhering to this new API paradigm. We will also show the complete end-to-end management of APIs; from design, over sandboxing and documentation, to production and maintenance.

APIs for beginners - Lunch and learn

Shopping on the internet, mobile payments, initiatives such as W3C’s web payments and PSD2 extend traditional payments into the global reach of Google, Apple and Facebook. Standards play an important role in a rapidly changing banking landscape.
This session will explain APIs and the benefits they get from using financial business standards from the ground up.

A common API standardisation framework: NPP overlay services

NPP is expanding to facilitate the bank’s ability to expose additional functionality as an overlay service. This will be achieved by exposing APIs through the existing channels. SWIFT Standards and NPP are working on a common API framework which will provide for a maximum interoperability whilst still leaving the freedom to the participating banks to differentiate.