'Digital Transactions in India'

IIT Bombay, Powhai
28th February 2020
  • Centre for Policy Studies, IIT Bombay
  • Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, The University of Queensland.
  • Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The shift to digital transactions is at the heart of plans for India's digital economy, being central to the operation of digital platforms in the private sector and to the public sector vision of Digital India. Since India joined the G20 Better than Cash Alliance in 2015, major investments and interventions have been made in the digital payments sector. Since the seismic shock of demonetisation in November 2016, the digital payments sector has continued to grow and evolve across a range of formats and services. Nonetheless, there are significant and continuing obstacles to realising the vision of a cashless India that is effective transparent and inclusive. Further, there are also critical material, social and cultural factors that impact upon the uptake and usage of digital payment platforms across India's diverse population and geography. The evolution of India's digital transactions architecture is absolutely central to ensuring that the digital switchover yields equitable social and economic benefits, and that platform business models achieve trajectories of sustainable growth.

At this one day plenary event, we invite submissions from leading academics, industry researchers, public bodies, engineers and start up entrepreneurs working in the broad field of FinTech and digital transactions in India. Our scheduled plenary panels will include:

  • Development Aims and Innovation in Digital Payments
  • Innovation in FinTech
  • Regulation and Public Interest in the FinTech Ecosystem
  • Technology and Infrastructure for Digital Transactions
  • Social and Cultural Aspects of Digital Transactions in India
  • International Collaboration and Trans-Territoriality in Digital Transactions
  • Automation, Artificial Intelligence and Algorithmic Culture

Speakers from business, academia, government or NGOs wishing to join any of the scheduled plenary sessions should provide a short abstract of 200 words identifying the panel they wish to join and their area of interest, along with a 1 page profile of their organisation and activity in this area, and a 200 word personal bio. Speakers wishing to take part in follow up events in Australia in May 2020 should also indicate their interest and availability.

Expressions of Interest for the plenary sessions should be submitted to a.athique@uq.edu by the deadline of 15th December 2019. Notification of selection for the plenary panels will be provided by the 15th January 2020.

Travel funding for this event is available for speakers from start up businesses in the FinTech sector in either India or Australia. To discuss participation and funding, please contact Adrian Athique directly at the The University of Queensland.

Organising Committee:

Adrian Athique (Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, The University of Queensland).
Shishir K. Jha (Centre for Policy Studies, IIT Bombay)
Anush Kapadia (Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay)
Harindrinath Ramaswami (University of New South Wales)


Event Registration:

Registration for participants is free, and gives access to this event and the Platform Economies in India: Implementation, Impact, Infrastructure and Aptitude even on the preceeding two days. Registration for non-speakers is also free of charge, and a registration portal will be made available in December 2019 via EventBrite. Audience numbers for 'Digital Transactions in India' are strictly limited to 200, so please book attendance as early as possible.

Venue and accommodation



IIT Bombay, Powhai