As it was announced by many chanels, last 15th November 2016 we held our international workshop to University of Girona, Spain, which was a full-day free event for diffusion in different topics regarding complementary and virtual currencies´ state of the art as well as the discussion of the studies carried on during this EC funded project throughout different activities.
After Dr.Josep LLuís de la Rosa Esteva introduction to the topic, Jem Bendel presented an interesting plenary about Bitcoin - rhetoric and reality related with Banglapesa experience which is a currency experiment that was recently launched on the Kenyan Coast and received a radically different reaction. The initiative by an NGO, Koru Kenya, in the informal settlement named Bangladesh in Mombasa intended to solve the problem of uneven and deficient levels of local demand. It got together 109 local business people into a network and issued them with credit in the form of a beautifully designed paper currency – the Bangla Pesa – with which they are able to trade in order to stabilise and stimulate local business whose capacity is otherwise under-utilised.
Furthermore Ruthy Acosta and Milena Santiago summarized the importance of virtual tecnologies in tourism and helth.
Finally round tables coordinated by Rolf Schroeder and Andreu Honzawa as experts invited the consortium and the assistents to parcipate in the main tòpics which was very interesting and productive as it marks the evaluation transfered to all of them.
During the afternoon, all consortium participants attended to the final consortium meeting which was an opportunity to assess the project’s effectiveness, outcomes and future steps. New and future collaborative relationships have arisen thanks to the Vircoin2SME project.