Client: 
Multi-client study
Budget: 
$5 000
Industry: 
IT
Challenge Description: 

UPDATE: (10/21/2014): This challenge is now complete. 35 experts contributed and a team of 4 finalized the study. A summary of the results and the full report are available by contacting Yegii directly. Additionally, a set of relevant knowledge assets are freely available to browse, see Bitcoin knowledge assets.

Stage One
Stage One Deadline: 
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Stage One Question: 

How would you approach the question of the impact of bitcoin on banks?

Stage Two
Stage Two Deadline: 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Stage Two Question: 

Briefly outline the top 3 challenges cryptocurrencies bring to banks. If possible, reference your answers using existing Yegii knowledge assets (see Yegii Financial Index: http://yegii.com/financial-index or use free text search). Alternatively, please upload new Yegii knowledge assets to support your argument.

Stage Three
Stage Three Deadline: 
Friday, October 10, 2014
Stage Three Question: 

i) Explain how bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies work.
ii) Synthesize what benefits they bring and what challenges they impose.
iii) Analyze what is the impact for banks as we know them today: what are the threats and what are the opportunities, both for commercial banks and for investment banks / trading houses.
iv) Craft a practical recommended course of action short and mid term for banks based on the analysis above - both in terms of individual actions to compete for opportunities against other banks, and in terms of collective / sectorial actions to defend and compete against non-banking players, thus lying the foundations for "co-opetition" (i.e. collaboration to compete).