In recent years, a fascinating array of technologies has emerged with the potential to reshape the way we do business, govern and network. One of these technologies, blockchain, has the potential to transform existing business processes and create new business models. Originally developed to support cryptocurrency transactions, blockchain is now at the forefront of the fintech revolution. The latest iteration of innovations extends the footprint of blockchain technology to supply chain, health care, public administration, connected devices and many other areas.

Fintech, on the other hand, brings together the capabilities of artificial intelligence, big data and blockchain to provide efficient, accessible and affordable financial services. Fintech solutions are enabling novel lending models, trading solutions, fraud detection and disintermediation of financial services, among others. AI offers a new wave of business solutions by supporting business process automation, analytics and stakeholder engagements. Blockchain, fintech and AI complement each other. In this year’s Western Michigan IT Forum, we solicit articles investigating the business value, applications, pitfalls and sustainability of blockchain, fintech and AI solutions.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Business Value of Blockchain
  • Trust and Security in Blockchain
  • Smart Contracts
  • Blockchain in Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Intellectual Property Management
  • Regulatory Challenges in Blockchain and Fintech
  • Technical Issues for Blockchain
  • Value Creation in the Blockchain Economy
  • Blockchain for Better Governance
  • Natural Language Processing Applications
  • Advances in AI
  • AI and Cloud Computing
  • Ethical Issues in AI
  • Internet of Things
  • Sustainability of AI and Blockchain Solutions
  • Recommender Systems in Business
  • Big Data, Blockchain and Fintech
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Prediction Markets
  • Digital Payment Solutions
  • Crowdfunding and Crowdsourcing
  • High Frequency Algorithmic Trading

We invite you to participate

The IT Forum welcomes presenters from industry and academic institutions. Authors are invited to submit original contributions (written in English) in PDF format.

  • Academic—Academic research papers (Applied/Theoretical).*
  • Industry—Industry experience and position papers.
  • Students—Graduate and undergraduate students, with the approval of their advisor, are invited to submit papers or posters. All student team members are welcome to register for the conference and participate in presentations.

*Fast-track publication of selected articles in American Journal of Business. If accepted, selected papers will receive invitation for publication in Volume 36, Issue 2. All other accepted articles and position papers will be published online in conference transactions.

Paper formatting Guidelines

Guidelines for Abstracts or Position Papers

Guidelines for Research Papers

Important Dates

  • Research in progress (2,500 words max): August 10
  • Full paper submission (5,000 words max): August 10
  • Abstract or abstract for poster (300 words max): August 20
  • Position paper (2,000 words max): August 20

Only original papers not published and not submitted for publication elsewhere will be considered. Submissions can be an abstract, full-length paper or a case study (up to 5,000 words). Full paper submissions will undergo a double-blind review process. At least one author of an accepted paper must register to attend the conference.

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Contact Conference Coordinator Courtney Buckmaster: (269) 387-5411 | Email Courtney Buckmaster