French banking services group BNP Paribas hosted a development event last month focused on blockchain technology.
Held in Paris on 21st and 22nd January, the gathering focused on use cases related to trade settlement, smart contracts and supply chain management, among others.
BNP Paribas is one of a growing number of financial institutions worldwide looking to implement and develop the software that underlies bitcoin. The bank took part in the recent funding round for New York blockchain startup Digital Asset Holdings, and is a member of the blockchain consortium organized by R3CEV.
Attendees took to social media to share photos as the event progressed.
The bank suggested that the event provided an avenue to openly discuss how the technology may impact or alter its existing business models.
Marc Carlos, head of corporate trade and treasury solutions for the bank, said in a statement:
“Our first ‘bizhackathon’ helped us to highlight the opportunities of the blockchain for our flow financing activities and our financial services to corporate treasurers, as well as its potential applications to improve our practices, review and optimise our processes, and reinforce the reliability, traceability and security of our transactions.”