Day 1

1 June 2017

Blockchain for Industry – Day 1

Blockchain technology is starting to encourage a direct value exchange over the internet. It is slowly moving towards mainstream adoption, and removing the friction in the exchange of value over the internet. It is fast approaching an inflection point where enterprise and greater mainstream adoption will ensue. As a result of the considerable structural advantages blockchain technology is expected to have significant impact on industries including payments, finance, insurance, energy, IoT, exchanges, music and many more. This track analyses just these impacts looking at various industries and the challenges and opportunities that blockchain will present to them.


Chair’s Welcome and Opening Remarks


Keynote: Understanding Blockchain Technologies & Markets

  • Examining what blockchain systems can do
  • Understanding how blockchain applications are built
  • What are the benefits of blockchain technologies?
  • Decentralization of technology, public ledger systems, immutable transactions


Keynote: Building Cloud based blockchain development environments

  • How cloud could be re-invented with blockchain development
  • Blockchain facilitates the transaction as the transport or processing of data and cloud provides the logistics platform for that data – how do they both combine to provide a verifiable data supply chain for enterprises?


Keynote: Case study: Disney’s dragon chain blockchain platform

  • Public/private hybrid blockchain model
  • Integration of multi currency features
  • Proof of work (PoW) as chain verification
  • Open source and data security


Panel: The future of bitcoin and blockchain technologies:

  • The potential of crypto currencies in an increasingly digital world
  • Central banks in a world where digital currencies are available as an alternative to reserve currency
  • Bitcoin as an economic incentive for securing permissionless Blockchain
  • How digital money and cryptocurrencies like bitcoin could help prevent terrorist financing, money laundering, fraud and tax evasion


Networking Break


Panel: Government Blockchains – Examining public services & the opportunity blockchain technology presents

  • Exploring the use of smart contract applications for use in a government administration systems.
  • What is the role for government in supporting the development of distributed ledgers to develop a clear vision of how this technology can improve the way government does its business
  • Governments role in supporting and influencing the development of economic activity with blockchain technologies
  • How Government Data Service should lead work in government as a user of distributed ledgers


Case Study:


Networking Break


Panel: Smart Contract Management & Innovation

  • The evolution of smart contract management to self-execution self-enforcing contracts that greatly reduce costs and risks for individuals and businesses
  • How to ingest the trigger event to start the engine of the smart contract
  • Understanding the variety of uses of smart contracts from property, M2M, legal


Keynote: Examining the impact of blockchain on the legal profession

  • Blockchain applications present significant legal disruptions in the areas of banking and finance, intellectual property, and general commercial contracts, this session analyses these disruptions
  • How blockchain technology will revolutionize the legal industry in the coming years? How will the practice of law change in the era of smart contracts and blockchain? To what degree will human judgment still be required, and will courts and judges be replaced?
  • How blockchain will alter the contract landscape? The intersection of smart contracts functioning as legal contracts.
  • How will blockchains and smart contracts impact on the law itself, from criminal, tax, and ip to property law. Will blockchain effect the right of privacy and the right to be forgotten?


Panel: What are the regulatory implications of using blockchain technologies

  • Do regulations need to adjust classification of currencies and commodities?
  • How will regulation address taxation, money laundering, security and other issues blockchain may present
  • Examining the regulation and compliance challenges of deploying blockchain technologies across industry


Networking Break


Panel: The challenges for the banking industry

  • How the financial markets will be dramatically changed by smart contracts, decentralised identity and reputation
  • Cryptocurrencies and smart contracts
  • Decentralised identity and reputation
  • Disintermediation and automation of processes – Enabling direct ownership and transfer of digital assets and automation of capabilities on the ledger


Keynote: Banking Case Study

  • TBA


Keynote: Case Study: The Royal Mint and the Blockchain Gold Trading Platform – Innovation in a 1,000 year old organisation

  • Records of ownership vs digital blockchain
  • Competitive edge for investors
  • Turning gold into a digital asset
  • Infrastructure, security and data transparency


Closing Keynote: TBA


Close of Conference

Day 2

2 June 2017

Blockchain for Industry – Day 2


Chair’s Welcome and Opening Remarks


Keynote: How blockchain can disrupt multiple industries from energy, insurance, IoT, healthcare, telecoms and more

  • Examining the impact Blockcahin technologies could have across multiple industries
  • How blockchain technology can take a networked business models to a new level by supporting a whole host of breakthrough applications
  • Creating a better sharing economy, and a ledger of everything
. Francois Sonnet, Co-founder , Solarcoin


Keynote: Blockchain and the sharing economy

  • How blockchain technologies can create a truly global marketplace
  • Transcending country borders and the ethical and regulatory dilemmas associated with that (e.g. transferring food to different countries, buying an iPhone in Syria/Iran etc)
  • The importance of identity and trust in an open marketplace
  • Disruption of new industry verticals


Panel: Blockchain and its application in the Energy market

  • How Blockcahin will contribute to a change in the business models within the energy sector, and how can it build credibility
  • Examining how blockchain technology can provide some upgrades existing systems or can replace legacy ones.
  • Blockchain applications for energy trading – and selling energy from your own systems
  • Supporting community energy models, electricity termination, verification of green electricity certificates, and automates reading of smart meters mare but a few areas discussed


Keynote: Case Study (TBA)

  • TBA


Networking Break


Panel: Real Estate: The challenges and opportunities of Blockchain on Property Transactions

  • Understanding how the entire transaction history of the property could then be followed through the blockchain, and the benefits this presents
  • Using smart contracts in real estate transactions , increasing financial verification
  • Reducing risks of fraud, and tracking property history
  • The opportunity for Immediate transfers without third party verification
  • Creating a digital ID for every real estate assets


Keynote: Telecoms: Blockchain and the Telecoms marketplace

  • Understanding the blockchain opportunities for the telecoms marketplace
  • Examining next-generation blockchains and their impact on telecoms operational areas including billing, eSIM provisioning, number portability databases and mobile money.
  • What are the different use cases from OSS and BSS processes, Connectivity provisioning and roaming to identity management, smart cites, and mobile money.
  • Barriers to adoption of blockchain in the telecoms industry?


Panel: IoT: Blockchain as the key enabler for realising the IoT vision.

  • How blockchain technologies can be use to settle scalability, privacy and reliability concerns in the Internet-of-Things
  • Examining how blockchain technology can be used in tracking billions of connected devices, enable the processing of transactions and coordination between devices, allow for significant savings to IoT industry manufacturers.
  • Ethereum technologies as a way of controlling and operating the Internet of Things (IoT), to control objects in the physical world


Networking Break


Panel: Securing Blockchain Applications

  • Building secure blockchain-based applications
  • Blockchain applications do provide safety over alternative solutions, however they are one facet of a larger system that is not hack proof. How do we secure operating system environments, auditing and a myriad of other security issues
  • If blockchain is to be used in multiple enterprises, what are the key security considerations?


Afternoon Keynote:


Panel: Building partnerships to help grow financial services blockchain solutions

  • The potential  of distributed ledger technology for bank clearing systems
  • Examining how blockchain technologies can cut the costs of payment processing infrastructures
  • The challenges to transform financial market technology platforms where standards must be secure, scalable and adaptable
  • The payments and revenue cycle – how payment settlements, reconciliation and cash management can be optimised


Keynote: Insurance: Understanding the opportunities and threats for Blockchain in the Insurance industry

  • How blockchain can innovate insurance products and services for growth, increasing effectiveness in fraud detection and pricing, and reducing administrative cost.
  • Examining how blockchain can address the competitive challenges many insurance providers face, including poor customer engagement, limited growth in mature markets, and the trends of digitization.
  • How blockchain can facilitate growth for insurers: improving customer engagement, enabling cost-efficient product offerings for emerging markets, and enabling the development of insurance products related to the Internet of Things.


Panel: What does the future hold for Blockchain technology – where do we think we will be in 2030?

  • What challenges will have to be overcome for global adoption, and how will blockchain transform industries?


Close of Conference