The Emergent Geographies of FinTech I: Agglomerations and Frictions

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Economic Geography Specialty Group, Digital Geographies Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Grand Ballroom A, Sheraton, 5th Floor
Organizers: Joe Blankenship, Matthew Zook
Chairs: Joe Blankenship


FinTech is a relatively new term for Geography and characterizes the application of information
technologies to financial transactions and industries. The range of topics and use cases are broad
including algorithmic and high frequency trading, mobile-based currencies, artificial intelligence
advising, virtual world currencies, darknet and other anonymized transactions, micro-payments, and
crowd-sourced financing.

We are particularly interested in the technology of cryptographically-secured blockchains first appearing
in late 2008 in the form of Bitcoin. Almost a decade later, blockchain still elicits great interest within the
financial industry seeking new methods and technologies to increase operational efficiencies. Several
consortia, supported by big businesses, are developing a range of blockchain platforms with unique
protocols and regulations. Expanding from the initial use as cryptocurrencies, use cases for blockchain
technologies include data storage, identity management, and decentralized autonomous corporations.
These financial technologies have the potential to shift long standing paradigms within globalization,
digital divide, and numerous lived spaces and places.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Reijer Hendrikse*, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, David Bassens, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Michiel van Meeteren, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Hatching the egg, populating the hive: Creating a fertile FinTech ecosystem in Brussels, Belgium 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Philip Garnett*, , There but by the Grace of States? 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Robert Wentrup*, CIBS, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Patrik Ström, CIBS, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, H. Richard Nakamura, CIBS, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Mining bitcoins in the North of Sweden – the case of Boden and the Node Pole 20 8:40 AM
Presenter James Ash*, Newcastle University, Credit, debt and decision making in FinTech interface design 20 9:00 AM

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