Tech & Tonic: Podcast workshop; how blockchain helps refugees; Bud helps renters

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What's been happening in the world of fintech this week? Bank hols have come early, grab a G&T and catch up here.

Ever wanted to create your own podcast? We can help
Our very own Michael Taggart has teamed up with digital strategist Paul Sutton to deliver a workshop that will help wannabe podcast creators create their first show. This event is only part of what promises to be a jam-packed conference sharing the latest thinking in marketing, digital and PR from industry experts. To sign up to Digital Download Live, go here. 

Great shakes: Challenger Revolut’s impressive first quarter
Challenger bank Revolut has had an impressive few months by all accounts (geddit?) It’s launched a slew of innovative products and services including pay-per-day travel insurance, price alerts and a disposable, anti-fraud debit card. Here’s their roundup

How blockchain helps refugees
We loved this Wired feature about how apps like Moni are changing the world for the better, by offering banking solutions built on blockchain to people who’ve fallen through the gaps created by most banking services. Refugees and the homeless struggle to prove their identity, and so often cannot gain access to the services most of us use every day. More here.

The Darling Buds of the rental market
Open banking app Bud is one of a few key industry players chosen by the government to help renters prove affordability to landlords. Currently, renters are subject to gruelling checks and fees to prove they can afford their monthly rent, and often fall short of requirements, if, for example, they’re a freelancer with a fluctuating monthly income. The creation of a new service that shows a reliable payments history is therefore much better suited to today’s renters. Bud joins tech companies Credit Ladder, Canopy, META labs, RentalStep & Movem. More here. 

Dawn of UberPay?
Uber is applying to the Netherlands central bank for an e-money licence, according to Sky News. It will mean it can streamline payment processes between UberEats and the taxi-hailing service. Antony Peyton of FinTech Futures has more on the story here.

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