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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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

Amit Kapoor


#Demonetisation: A Data-Driven Narrative

Submitted Nov 16, 2016

Demonetisation is an example of a “Black Swan” event - it is rare, has extreme impact, and in retrospect seems predictable. And it is human nature to seek explanations and rationalisations for these events. However, what gets missed in the discussion chaos that ensues is the real data-story about the event. This talk is an attempt to share a data-driven perspective about #demonetisation and to help you build a grounded foundation for your own narrative.


This is an interactive data visualisation story about #demonetisation. The aim would be to cover the following topics:

  • Demonetisation of INR 500 & 1000 notes
    • Historical perspective (withdrawal of legal tenders across countries, their impact)
    • View on Coinage and Currency Supply
    • Cost of Demonetisation Operation
    • Impact on Money Supply
  • The Cost of Cash
    • Payment Acceptance
    • In the Wallet
    • Payment Tender
  • Sentiments on #demonetisation
    • The Pulse of Change
    • The Sound of Money
    • An Image Quilt

This will be a data driven perspective and all the data & visualisation made will be open-source, documented and available on the web for participants to build upon. We hope this would lead to a more richer and more nuanced discussion on this topic.

Speaker bio

Amit Kapoor is interested in learning and teaching the craft of telling visual stories with data. He is the founder partner at narrativeVIZ Consulting, where he teaches data-science, data-visualisation and data-stories as tools for improving communication, persuasion, and leadership and conducts workshops on these topics for businesses, nonprofits, and academic institutes. You can find more about him at http://amitkaps.com and tweet him at @amitkaps.

The analytics for this talk will be support by Nischal and Raghotham - founders at Unnati Data Labs. Unnati is a full stack data-science shop and they help businesses build data platforms. You can check them out at http://www.unnati.xyz/

  • I have talked extensively on the art and science of Data Visualisation in different contexts (Exploration, Storytelling, Data Science and Art). You can see a selection of my talks at http://amitkaps.com/talks
  • Here is one visualisation on value of notes in circulation - http://amitkaps.com/data-portraits


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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