Blockchain Conference

Distributed ledgers: connected industries

22nd March

Millennium Mayfair Hotel, London

About the Conference

TechNOVA: Blockchain Summit 2018 will look across sectors at the latest innovations in distributed ledger technology. This Blockchain conference will bring in case studies from banking, insurance, energy, music, healthcare, trade finance and more.

The content will cover a number of the key challenges and use cases including how to develop strategy, verifying provenance, disintermediation and peer-to-peer industries, data sharing, smart contracts and the future of cryptocurrency. With decision makers and senior innovation leaders across multiple sectors, TechNOVA: Blockchain Summit 2018 is the event to attend take your understanding of the technology to the next level and kick-start the development of your future.

“A relevant debate definitively worth joining – impactful, relevant and practical. For practitioners and business owners alike.”

Principal Insurance Risk Officer, NN Group

Why Attend?

 

  • Hear the latest blockchain strategies from Barclays, AIG, EDF Energy and the European Commission
  • Explore game-changing case studies from the music, healthcare and trade finance industries
  • Combine cross-sector learning with industry-specific roundtables offering you the chance to discuss specific issues with your industry peers
  • Understand the killer use cases including asset tracking and provenance, data management and peer-to-peer networks
  • Take advantage of multiple networking breaks to develop your strategies with experts and beginners alike

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Speakers

Pamela Taylor Ofgem

Pamela Taylor

Partner, Innovation Link, Ofgem

Ruth Wandhofer

Ruth Wandhofer

Global Head Regulatory, Market and Innovation Strategy, Citi

Benoit Abeloos

Benoit Abeloos

Policy Officer, Startups and Innovation, Digital Single Market Directorate, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Navin Ramachandran

Navin Ramachandran

Healthcare and IoT Specialist, IOTA Foundation

Ariel Berman

Ariel Berman

Vice President, AIG

Nicole Sandler

Vice President, Regulatory Policy, Barclays Bank

David Ferguson

David Ferguson

Head of Digital Innovation, EDF Energy

John Lee

John Lee

Vice President, Head of Innovation and Enterprise Delivery, TMX Group

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Day 1 Thursday, 22 March 2018

Breakfast Masterclass

08.30

Introduction to Blockchain

Sign up beforehand for limited places at our roundtable, at which a blockchain expert will provide an introduction to distributed ledger technology and take questions over a continental breakfast


Marcus De Wilde Applied Blockchain
Marcus de Wilde

Enterprise Business Development Manager,
Applied Blockchain

09.00

Welcome address by Juliet Knight, Director, Marketforce

09.05

Chair’s opening remarks

Session 1

Envisaging a future built on blockchain – understanding the path to success

09.10

Underpinning a connected world: harmoniously combining blockchain and IoT


Navin Ramachandran
Navin Ramachandran

Healthcare and IoT Specialist,
IOTA Foundation

09.30

Lessons from the regulator: creating an ecosystem of incumbents and start-ups


Pamela Taylor Ofgem
Pamela Taylor

Partner, Innovation Link,
Ofgem

09.50

Regulators and incumbents: understanding how collaboration can further understanding


Ruth Wandhofer
Ruth Wandhofer

Global Head Regulatory, Market and Innovation Strategy,
Citi

10.10

Advisory Session


10.30
Panel Discussion & Questions

Exploring the challenges in driving widespread blockchain adoption

  • How can you identify the tasks for which blockchain is most suited?
  • What steps are necessary to secure board-level buy-in for blockchain projects?
  • Private vs public: understanding when each framework is appropriate
  • The war for blockchain talent: how do you secure the necessary skills?
  • The scalability challenge: is taking more ‘off-chain’ the solution?
  • Allaying the security fears of stakeholders around a misunderstood technology
  • Breaking into the mainstream: how far do we still have to go?
  • What is the role of collaboration in future development?

Navin Ramachandran
Navin Ramachandran

Healthcare and IoT Specialist,
IOTA Foundation

Ariel Berman
Ariel Berman

Vice President,
AIG

Ruth Wandhofer
Ruth Wandhofer

Global Head Regulatory, Market and Innovation Strategy,
Citi

Nicole Sandler

Vice President, Regulatory Policy,
Barclays Bank

Pamela Taylor Ofgem
Pamela Taylor

Partner, Innovation Link,
Ofgem

11.00

Refreshments

Session 2

Streams

Steam A | Immutable and transparent: verifying provenance and tracking assets
Stream B | Disintermediating industries: harnessing the power of blockchain
Stream C | Sharing data and knowledge: understanding the advantages of DLT
11.30

Transforming asset tracking, copyright, and markets

  • Replacing paper certificates of authentication with a digital ledger
  • Leveraging RFID technology and IoT sensors to ensure accuracy
  • Why is blockchain the best technology for tracking assets?

Johan Pouwelse
Johan Pouwelse

Associate Professor,
Delft University

11.50
Case Study: we.trade

Using blockchain technology to transform trade finance

Trade finance has traditionally been an industry governed by paper contracts. But could blockchain begin a new paradigm for the industry? In this session, Chris Huls will explain why the we.trade consortium exists and their plans to disrupt the future of the industry.


Chris Huls
Chris Huls

Lead Blockchain Team,
Rabobank

12.10

Advisory Session


12.30
Panel Discussion & Questions 

What role can blockchain play in asset tracking & provenance?

  • When will blockchain-based asset tracking become the norm and what industries will be affected?
  • How can you track physical assets digitally using blockchain?
  • Why is DLT seen as the answer to counterfeiting?
  • How can DLT facilitate secure data sharing to combat fraud?
  • What are the barriers to technological development in this space?

Johan Pouwelse
Johan Pouwelse

Associate Professor,
Delft University

Rhodri Davies
Rhodri Davies

Programme Director, Giving Thought,
Charities Aid Foundation

Chris Huls
Chris Huls

Lead Blockchain Team,
Rabobank

Chair’s opening remarks


Chair

David Shipworth University College London
David Shipworth

Professor of Energy and the Built Environment,
University College London

11.30

Enabling peer-to-peer interactions

  • Removing the middle man: connecting consumers directly to one another
  • Enabling instant and secure transactions across the network
  • How can businesses build the public’s trust in peer-to-peer networks?

David Ferguson
David Ferguson

Head of Digital Innovation,
EDF Energy

11.50
Case Study: Ujo Music

Changing the face of music distribution using blockchain

The Internet has vastly improved the distribution of music, creating brand new platforms, but exploitation and illegal downloads are rife. In this presentation, Jesse Grushack will explain how blockchain has enabled Ujo Music to create a peer-to-peer music platform that gives control back to the content creator.


Jesse Grushack
Jesse Grushack

Co-Founder,
Ujo Music

12.10

Advisory Session


12.30
Panel Discussion & Questions

How can blockchain provide the framework for direct transactions between parties?

  • To what extent will the world become increasingly peer-to-peer? Will blockchain drive this change?
  • What brand new business models has DLT created and could it create?
  • How can big businesses participate and thrive in peer-to-peer networks?
  • To what extent will DLT reduce transaction costs?
  • How can smart contracts begin to automate the interactions between peers on the network?
  • Mitigating the risk of bad outcomes: are there adequate protections and regulations in place?

David Ferguson
David Ferguson

Head of Digital Innovation,
EDF Energy

Jesse Grushack
Jesse Grushack

Co-Founder,
Ujo Music

John Lee
John Lee

Vice President, Head of Innovation and Enterprise Delivery,
TMX Group

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Chair

Sebastian Rath NN Group
Sebastian Rath

Principal Insurance Risk Officer,
NN Group

11.30
Case Study: rLoop

Exploring the power of blockchain in allowing collaborative development

Project management has traditionally required a shared location such as an office or co-working space. But what if that shared location was on blockchain? In this presentation, Ilyas Vali will introduce delegates to the rLoop project and explain why they chose blockchain to facilitate collaboration.


Ilyas Vali_rloop
Ilyas Vali

Co-Founder,
rLoop

11.50
Case Study: Iryo.io

Leveraging blockchain to increase security of healthcare records

Healthcare is one of the world’s most sensitive industries when it comes to personal data. However, security infrastructure is underdeveloped and prone to attack. In this session, Vasja Bocko will explain how blockchain will give the industry the tools to transform security and open the door to the future of health data records.


Vasja Bocko
Vasja Bocko

CEO and Co-Founder,
Iryo.io

12.10

Advisory Session


12.30
Panel Discussion & Questions

What is the future role of blockchain in compliance?

  • Streamlining regulatory reporting: could regulators be granted permissioned access to internal data sets?
  • Demonstrating a clear decision-making process: how can blockchain help?
  • Digitally signed documents: how could DLT improve clarity of systems and controls?
  • Will a blockchain-based data architecture ever become a regulatory requirement?

Benjamin Whitby
Benjamin Whitby

Risk and Compliance Director,
Blockchain Summit 2018

Stewart Reid
Stewart Reid

Head of DSO and Innovation,
SSE Group

Vasja Bocko
Vasja Bocko

CEO and Co-Founder,
Iryo.io

13.00

Lunch

Afternoon Keynote Address

14.15
Afternoon Keynote Address

Distributed ledger technology: redefining the relationship between governments and citizens

  • Where do governments see the most potential for DLT?
  • What policies or initiatives are being implemented to help development?
  • Looking to the future: revisiting digital identity across Europe

Benoit Abeloos
Benoit Abeloos

Policy Officer, Startups and Innovation, Digital Single Market Directorate, DG CONNECT,
European Commission

Session 3

Understanding the potential of smart contracts

14.40

Advisory Session


15.00
Panel Discussion & Questions

Exploring the role of smart contracts in the connected world of the future

  • How can smart contracts disrupt business models across all industries?
  • Automating the basics: where can smart contracts streamline existing processes?
  • Understanding the risks: what happens when a smart contracts leads to the wrong outcome?
  • Are smart contracts fully secure yet? What lessons have been learnt from the DAO?
  • How must data architecture change to facilitate the use of smart contracts?
  • To what extent can smart contracts replace more traditional approaches?

Stephan_Karpischek
Stephan Karpischek

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
Etherisc

Petia_Niederlaender
Petia Niederlaender

Head of Retail and Corporate Operations,
Erste Group Bank AG

Achim Jedelsky
Achim Jedelsky

Head of Processes/IT,
Daimler Real Estate

Rob Knight
Rob Knight

Co-Founder,
Mattereum

15.30

Changeover


Session 4

Focus Roundtables

15.35
Energy

How can blockchain change the nature of energy trading and demand management?

Chair: David Ferguson, Head of Digital Innovation, EDF Energy

Banking

How could blockchain impact the future of payments infrastructure?

Chair: Petia Niederlaender, Head of Retail and Corporate Operations, Erste Group

Insurance

Do smart contracts represent the future of insurance products?

Chair: Stephan Karpischek, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Etherisc

Clearing & Settlement

How can blockchain facilitate T+0 settlement?

Chair: John Lee, Vice President, Head of Innovation and Enterprise Delivery, TMX Group

Logistics

How can blockchain improve asset tracking in logistics?

Chair: Johan Pouwelse, Associate Professor, Delft University

Trade Finance

In what ways will blockchain transform the future of trade finance?

Chair: Chris Huls, Lead Blockchain Team, Rabobank

Regulation

How does the future of regulation look like for blockchain?

Chair: Nicole Sandler, Vice President, Regulatory Policy, Barclays

Digital Identity

How might blockchain transform the nature of personal data?

Chair: Vasja Bocko, CEO and Co-Founder, Iryo.io

 


Chairs

David Ferguson
David Ferguson

Head of Digital Innovation,
EDF Energy

Petia_Niederlaender
Petia Niederlaender

Head of Retail and Corporate Operations,
Erste Group Bank AG

Stephan_Karpischek
Stephan Karpischek

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
Etherisc

John Lee
John Lee

Vice President, Head of Innovation and Enterprise Delivery,
TMX Group

Johan Pouwelse
Johan Pouwelse

Associate Professor,
Delft University

Chris Huls
Chris Huls

Lead Blockchain Team,
Rabobank

Nicole Sandler

Vice President, Regulatory Policy,
Barclays Bank

Vasja Bocko
Vasja Bocko

CEO and Co-Founder,
Iryo.io

16.20

Refreshments

Session 5

Where next for cryptocurrencies – cutting through the noise

16.50

‘Crypto is dead, long live crypto’: assessing the debate

  • How can cryptocurrencies overcome the challenges of volatility?
  • What steps can be taken to increase trust in digital tokens?
  • How important is government backing for success?
  • Changing the face of finance: will cryptocurrencies ever become mainstream?

Michael Hudson Bitstocks
Michael Hudson

Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
Bitstocks

17.10

Advisory Session


17.30
Panel Discussion & Questions

What does the future hold for Initial Coin Offerings?

  • How has the SEC’s securities ruling impacted the popularity of ICOs?
  • Is the sector in need of further regulation?
  • How can the industry combat the issues of fraudulent offerings?
  • What steps can investors take to ensure they are participating in a valid ICO?
  • What role can VC companies begin to play in these offerings?
  • Can any type of project be funded by an ICO?

Eddy_Travia
Eddy Travia

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder,
Coinsilium

Jack Gavigan
Jack Gavigan

Chief Operating Officer,
The Zerocoin Electric Coin Company

Michael Hudson Bitstocks
Michael Hudson

Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
Bitstocks

18.00

Chair’s closing remarks followed by a drinks reception

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Millennium Mayfair Hotel

 

Millennium Mayfair Hotel, London

44 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London W1K 2HP

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