Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20220810)

HKMA announces competition to promote CBDCs

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), has added a central bank digital currency (CBDC) section to the annual Global Fast Track business competition to encourage research into the use cases of digital currencies. Companies are invited invited to pitch business plans relating to the adoption, programmability, interoperability, privacy, cybersecurity, foreign exchange and liquidity management, and offline payments of CBDCs. Shortlisted applicants will then enter a pitching session exclusive for the track and compete for three awards. All qualified candidates may also have the opportunities to work with the HKMA on research projects and pilots to foster the future growth of the CBDC ecosystem. [Read more at the HKMA]

Kiffmeister’s Global Central Bank Digital Currency Monthly Monitor

Just a reminder that I produce a monthly digest of central bank digital currency (CBDC) developments exclusively for the official sector. So for any of you out there who work for a central bank, ministry of finance or international financial institution who would like to receive it by email on the first business day of every month, please DM me on LinkedIn or email me at

Upcoming events I’m affiliated with:

The CBDC Think Tank, in partnership with the International Monetary Fund and George Washington University, is hosting a full-day in-person CBDC Masterclass on October 12 in Washington DC. The sessions are designed as instructional deep dives with full presentations and Q&A components.  [Register here]

The CBDC Think Tank, in partnership with Georgetown University and the DC FinTech Week, is hosting a Digital Currency Lecture Series, a set of digital currency lightning talks delivered by subject matter experts, on October 14 in Washington DC. [Request an invite here]