50p 2017

50p 2017

A conference about India's digital payments ecosystem.

After e-commerce, digital payments are again changing the way we buy and sell. As a developer you have a chance of building the app others will come to depend on.

HasGeek is organizing a new conference on the payments landscape, with a choice of topics bridging the gap between developers and business, merchants and buyers, and banks and regulators.

We are now accepting submissions around the theme of digital payments.

Suggested topics include:

  • Demystifying the payments landscape, specifically -
    • Legal
    • Regulatory
    • Transactional
    • Jargon
  • Foreign exchange
  • Cross-border funds transactions: what is legal, what is not?
  • New developments in the payment landscape like:
    • The Unified Payments Interface
      • Future course
      • Subscription billing
      • Split payments?
      • Operational guidelines
    • Payment banks
    • Wallets
    • Use of chatbots by wallets as interface with customers
    • Bitcoin and blockchain
      • Ethereum, etc.
    • AEPS (aadhar e-payment system)
    • International payments in India
  • Payments instruments
    • At Point of Sale (POS)
    • Remote
  • The smartphone as payment instrument:
    • Identity verification
    • Portability across platforms (Android, iOS)
    • Resilience under loss of access to network
    • Money transfer at POS (to a brick-and-mortar vendor)
  • Structure, implementation, and effects of the ongoing demonetization scheme
  • Workshops around open APIs from banks and PSPs


We are inviting proposals for:

Full-length 40 minute talks.
Crisp 15-minute talks.
Sponsored sessions, 15 minute duration (limited slots available; subject to editorial scrutiny and approval).
Hands-on Workshop sessions, 3 and 6 hour duration.

Selection process

Proposals will be filtered and shortlisted by an Editorial Panel. We urge you to add links to videos / slide decks when submitting proposals. This will help us understand your speaking experience, and if further practice is required. Blurbs or blog posts covering the relevance of a particular problem statement and how it is tackled will help the Editorial Panel better judge your proposals.

We expect you to submit an outline of your proposed talk – either in the form of a mind map or a text document or draft slides within two weeks of submitting your proposal.

We will notify you about the status of your proposal within three weeks of submission.

Selected speakers must participate in one or two rounds of rehearsals before the conference. This is mandatory and helps you to prepare well for the conference.

A speaker is NOT confirmed a slot unless we explicitly mention so in an email or over any other medium of communication.

There is only one speaker per session. Entry is free for selected speakers. As our budget is limited, we prefer speakers from locations closer home, but will do our best to cover for anyone exceptional. HasGeek will provide a grant to cover part of your travel and accommodation in Bangalore. Grants are limited and made available to speakers delivering full sessions (40 minutes or longer).


50p will be held at the MLR Convention Centre, JP Nagar.


For more information about speaking proposals, tickets and sponsorships, contact info@hasgeek.com or call +91-7676332020.

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Srikanth Lakshmanan

Srikanth Lakshmanan


#CashlessConsumer - UPI & Beyond - How communities can help consumer?

Submitted Dec 18, 2016

The consumer is usually at the end of value chain in payments business and many times doesnt have a say in design of these systems. Governments, Regulators pitch in to add some safegaurds usually as an after effect. Development of payment tech rarely has the feedback loop from the actual user (payer). #CashlessConsumer is a consumer awareness initiative to drive awareness, educate consumers about digital / cashless payment systems, voice consumer concerns, share security best practices, make consumers a stakeholder in the design of payment systems, participate in development of payment systems where-ever possible, seek better consumer rights in cashless systems.


How can technical folks help #CashlessConsumer. CashlessConsumer is a bunch of digital payment enthusiasts who are also concious about their rights both as consumers, citizens interested in contributing their 2 paise for a better cashless tech with technical inputs from consumer perspective.

###Understanding UPI
UPI is a new generation payment system and is a vast platform with huge potential. UPI, being built as part of India Stack, with an Open API policy is developer friendly in putting out technical specifications publically. Its important for us as developers, consumers to understand the platform and contribute to a payment systems by suggesting improvements, raising concerns, security issues. CashlessConsumer’s Understanding UPI is an effort to learn, understand, contribute to UPI.

I shall briefly talk on some of work and motivations, learnings from them.

  • UPI Birds eye technical overview - Understanding players, system designs.
  • UPI Deeplinking Specifications - Localized QRCode Generator.
  • UPI - Application comparison matrix, who is the winner? How to determine best UPI app for you? - scaling it with App Metadata Extractor.
  • UPI - Platform Bugs - Quick overview of some of the bugs we reported to NPCI through India Stack which are being worked on and a way forward for community bug reporting infrastructure (currently being setup).


  • BHIM - How it is different from other UPI apps?.
  • Why a parallel 2-laned free road is important to the superhighway called UPI?.
  • Need for FOSS solution to help in making the 2-laned free road compete with super highways.

###Beyond UPI

CashlessConsumer is not just about UPI. As we have more bandwidth, we aspire to be community voice in bridging the gap between various cashless system players and consumers of these technology (Both merchants and consumers). Our areas of work would include, but not restricted to

  • Build Awareness tools - Onboarding kits, Merchant kits, Q&A online forums, Localize information (In a demonetized world, irrespective of political views, there is a need for ethical cashless evangelism by helping lesser technical folks with what you know to make their life better).
  • Build Assisted Tech - Where ever possible, help build tech using opensource tools, security best practice guides for consumers, security research on the systems / apps; “Know your app” / KYA systems privacy, ToS decoders, app comparison dashboards, opendata toolsets to help consumers have enough information in chosing from the variety of digital payment instruments.
  • In a full open API world, can community build and run a FOSS Payment Service Provider? What do we need to get there?
  • Help organize consumers for improved consumer protection, lead policy directions focussed towards consumers. -- Feedback to Watal Committee Report

Interested? Join us, lets work for a fair cashless system, together.

Speaker bio

A digital paying consumer for last decade having faced fair share of consumer apathy at various times by design of systems, entities who also happens to be fan of opensource / opendata and is figuring out how to help self and the cause of a cashless consumer in a digital world.




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50p, formerly an annual conference held in 2017 and 2018 on digital payments - is turning into round-the-year forum for conversations and collaborations on the #payments ecosystem, and associated #fintech topics. Follow 50p on Twitter. more