Newport, R.I., is the site of a Financial Innovation and Payments Summit this week, while Singapore hosts a World Blockchain Conference.

Financial Innovation and Payments Summit Sails Into Newport

Cryptocurrency and the future of blockchain are among the topics slated for discussion at the Financial Innovation and Payments Summit in Newport, R.I. this week.

Speakers include Indu Kodukula, who leads Intuit’s blockchain efforts; Scott Matsumoto, chief information security officer for crypto finance company Circle; and Ondrej Krehel, CEO and founder of New York-based cybersecurity intelligence and digital forensic firm Lifars.

The conference kicks off Wednesday with a sailing regatta and concludes Friday with cryptocurrency, wireless tech and innovation discussions. Read more here.

World Blockchain Conference in Singapore

Blockchain enthusiasts will converge in Singapore for the World Blockchain Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday. The gathering is expected to draw 1,000 attendees to the Southeast Asian city-state to discuss topics including fintech regulation, blockchain tech applications in business and cross-chain communication.

Speakers include David Song, founder of the Global Mobile Gaming Confederation; Feng Li, head of Baidu FSG Blockchain Technology; and Yvonne Chiu, chairwoman of World Information Technology & Services Alliance.

The GMGC-run event is sponsored by Aurora, TokenBacon and CryptoNames, among others. Read more here.

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Michelle Rama-Poccia
Michelle Rama-Poccia has written financial news since 2001, covering everything from Latin American debt capital markets to the U.S. credit crisis. She began her career on the enterprise desk at Dow Jones Newswires, and was an editor and producer for Thomson Reuters before her stint as Fast Money, Strategy Session and Options Action producer at CNBC. Most recently, Michelle has worked as a contributing editor for