EVENT: Scholars, policymakers and industry professionals from around the world will convene at the University of California, Irvine to explore the future of the “fintech” sector in the U.S. and China at the two-day California-Shanghai Innovation Dialogue conference. The focus will be the rise of China’s middle class, shifts in the U.S. labor market, and evolving technologies to provide consumer-facing financial products and services.

WHEN/WHERE: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Arnold & Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering, 100 Academy Way (bldg. 80, grid C4 on campus map: https://communications.uci.edu/documents/pdf/UCI_16_map_campus_core.pdf)

INFORMATION: Media planning to attend should contact Pat Harriman at 949-824-9055 or pharrima@uci.edu or Heather Ashbach at 949-824-1577 or hashbach@uci.edu. Attendance and parking are complimentary for media who RSVP in advance. 

4:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28Keynote address by Mara Hvistendahl, New America National Fellow

9-10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29Keynote address by Amrit Pal, senior product manager, Square

BACKGROUND: The 2018 California-Shanghai Innovation Dialogue event is sponsored by the Kay Family Foundation; the Fudan Development Institute and the Financial Research Center at China’s Fudan University; the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China; UC San Diego’s 21st Century China Center; and UCI’s School of Social Sciences, Long U.S.-China Institute and Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion. Discussion topics will include digital money and social credit, regulation, “philanthrotech,” “insurtech” and “blockchain.” The full conference schedule is available online at https://www.socsci.uci.edu/files/announcements/180928_china/schedule.html.