Day 1 - 23 January 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.

09:30AM

Chair’s Welcome and Opening Remarks

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09:40AM

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
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10:10AM

Keynote : 2018 the year where distributed ledgers go mainstream?

  • Interest and experimentation continues while early adopters start moving to production in narrow fields
  • Production systems require all proper architectural considerations
  • Platform middleware becomes the new frontier while mega clouds a key facilitation
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10:40AM

How blockchain provides new methods of financing and insuring diamonds

  • Combatting fraud, by providing an application for various stakeholders in the diamond pipeline.
  • Identification of fraudulent claims to uncover the sale of stolen valuables and can aid their recovery.
  • Identification of cross border transactions alongside crime agencies to assist in the, money laundering and counterfeit goods.
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11:00AM

Networking Break

11:30AM

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11:50AM

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
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12:30PM

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12:50PM

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01:50PM

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 kickstart the use of smart contracts
  • Understanding the variety of uses of smart contracts from property, M2M, legal and banking
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02:30PM

Initial coin offerings, token sales and crowd funding

  • Self-Regulation in Crypto financing
  • Tools for a token sale
  • Crowdfunding vs ICOs – risks and challenges
  • Liquidity in digital tokens – how these are traded for other digital currencies, and then into fiat currency through a digital exchange.
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03:00PM

Panel: What are the regulatory and legal implications of using blockchain technologies

  • Blockchain applications present significant legal disruptions in the areas of banking and finance, intellectual property, and general commercial contracts, this session analyses these disruptions
  • Do regulations need to adjust classification of currencies and commodities?
  • How will regulation address taxation, money laundering, security and other issues blockchain may present
  • Would property laws need to change?
  • Smart contracts and the challenges they create for contract law?
  • Examining the regulation and compliance challenges of deploying blockchain technologies across industry
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03:40PM

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04:00PM

Panel: The challenges for the banking industry with Blockchain deployment

  • How the financial markets will be dramatically changed by 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
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04:40PM

Keynote: Blockchain Gold Trading Platform

  • Records of ownership vs digital blockchain
  • Competitive edge for investors
  • Turning gold into a digital asset
  • Infrastructure, security and data transparency
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05:00PM

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Day 2 - 24 January 2017

Blockchain for Industry – Day 2

09:30AM

Chair’s Welcome and Opening Remarks

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09:40AM

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

  • 4th Industrial Revolution and the Rise of Machine Economy
  • Impact of Blockchain technology and Economically Independent Machines across multiple industries
  • Ecosystem innovation, decentralised platforms and authentic sharing economy
  • Business models and monetisation at the edges
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10:10AM

Panel: Blockchain and its application in the Energy market

  • How Blockchain 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 automated reading of smart metres are but a few areas discussed
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10:40AM

Corda: a unique approach to distributed ledgers

  • Corda is open-source, has a growing community of developers inside banks and elsewhere.
  • Corda has been designed with the collaboration and commitment of architects and engineers from more than 70 of the world’s largest banks, insurance firms, information providers and exchanges.
  • Corda achieves the distributed ledger promise of “I know that what I see is what you see” in a simple, unique way.
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11:00AM

Networking Break

11:30AM

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
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12:10PM

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?
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12:40PM

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
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01:10PM

Networking Break

02:00PM

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?
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02:30PM

Blockchains and International Collaboration: getting the red tape out of global trade

  • Could blockchains save globalization?
  • How the blockchain could take enough of the friction out of the global trade network to start a revolution!
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03:00PM

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
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03:40PM

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?
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04:10PM

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