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BNP Paribas Explores Blockchain Applications

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BNP Paribas hosted its first Blockchain Bizhackathon for the Americas platform in New York on the 7th and 8th of September. During the event participants explored how the technology can advance the consumer/ client experience and improve the efficiency of the services offered in different areas of BNP Paribas’ CIB platform. Recently the bank has invested in a dedicated team of blockchain developers and managers and held multiple Bizhackathon events in Europe.

BNP Paribas has become a member of the R3 consortium, European CDC initiative and is on the Board of Digital Asset Holdings. This first edition of the Americas Bizhackathon marked the unveiling of the bank’s new in-house Innovation Lab at its Americas head office in New York.

Speakers at the event included:
Dan O’Prey, Chief Marketing Officer – Digital Asset Holdings
Beth Shah, Head of Business Development – Digital Asset Holdings
Todd McDonald, COO & Co-founder – R3
Pascal Bouvier, Fintech Expert and Investor
Yorke Rhodes III, Blockchain Business Strategist – Microsoft

Bruno d’Illiers, Deputy Head of CIB Americas, Functions and COO CIB Americas, commented: “BNP Paribas focus on new technology has been a priority for decades so we are glad to be hosting the First Americas Bizhackathon in New York. With the creation of our new in-house Innovation Lab we want to initiate a dialogue with our clients around Blockchain and find new solutions to integrate the technology that will allow BNP Paribas to better serve them,”

Matthew Warner
Based near Windsor, England, Matthew Warner is an enthusiast for innovative, cutting edge technologies. He is a B.Eng. graduate in engineering with honors from the University of Warwick and also holds an PGCE in education degree. Matthew is a member of Mensa.