MEDIA ADVISORY: Smart Contracts, Blockchain & Data Standards, April 4, NYC

Half-day forum from XBRL US to feature experts in finance, technology and standards

NEW YORK--()--XBRL US invites the media to attend a free half-day forum in New York City on April 4 called “FinTech Forum: Smart Contracts, Blockchain & Data Standards”. The program is hosted by Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business at their 151 E. 25th Street campus and offered through a sponsorship with CFA Institute. The event, which is free to all attendees, presents an opportunity to learn about blockchain technology, and to help regulators, issuers and financial intermediaries plan ahead for the changes that blockchain and smart contract technology present for financial markets.

What - Panel sessions will cover the following topics:

  • Blockchain and smart contract fundamentals
  • Financing for blockchain projects
  • Discussion of XBRL use in smart contracts
  • Demonstrations of existing blockchain and smart contract use cases including private securities issuance, corporate actions, spot gold market and total return swaps


  • James Allen, CFA, Head of Capital Markets Policy for CFA Institute
  • Vineeth Bhuvanagiri, Bankchain Associate, itBit
  • Jeff Billingham, VP, Markit
  • Joseph Lubin, Founder, Consensys
  • Christian Lundkvist, Cryptofinancial Engineer / Decentralization Generalist, Consensys
  • Jeff Ward, DAPP / UI Developer, Consensys
  • Mike Goldin, Software Developer, Consensys
  • Philip Moyer, Senior VP and Managing Director, Technology, Safeguard Scientifics
  • Campbell Pryde, CEO, XBRL US
  • James Slazas, CFO, Consensys
  • John Turner, CEO, XBRL International
  • Steve Wager, EVP, Operations and Development, ItBit
  • Alex Zinder, Senior Director, Corporate Solutions Technology, Nasdaq

When: Monday, April 4, 1:15 to 5:30PM, followed by cocktail reception

Where: Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, 151 E. 25th Street, New York, NY

How: Register at (event is free but registration is required)

About Baruch College

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 164 countries and speak more than 129 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to

About CFA Institute

CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials. The organization is a champion for ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. The end goal: to create an environment where investors’ interests come first, markets function at their best, and economies grow. CFA Institute has over 136,200 members in 145 countries and territories, including 129,800 CFA charterholders, and 147 member societies. For more information, visit


XBRL US is the non-profit consortium for XBRL business reporting standards in the U.S. and it represents the business information supply chain. Its mission is to support the implementation of XBRL business reporting standards through the development of taxonomies for use by U.S. public and private sectors, with a goal of interoperability between sectors, and by promoting XBRL adoption through marketplace collaboration. XBRL US has developed taxonomies for U.S. GAAP, credit rating and mutual fund reporting under contract with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and has developed a taxonomy for corporate actions. About XBRL US:


Michelle Savage, 917-747-1714


Michelle Savage, 917-747-1714