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Blockchain 1.0

9:00 am - 9:10 am

Chair’s Opening and Welcome

Speaker Simon Taylor Blockchain Live 2017 London
Simon Taylor
Co Founder and Blockchain Director

9:10 am - 9:40 am

Decentralised Funding in the New Corporate Structure

Headline Sponsor Address

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Brendan Blumer
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Brock Pierce
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Daniel Larimer

9:40 am - 10:10 am

The Promise of Blockchain: Reimagining Business Models

Keynote Address

  • Weighing up the risks and opportunities presented by blockchain’s disruptive potential
  • Preparing your organisation for the transition away from intermediation functions to more technology based roles
  • Seeing the immediate, transformative power of blockchain and distributed technologies within your organisation
  • How blockchain is affecting traditional disruptors and creating new distributed business models


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Oliver T. Bussmann
Founder and Managing Partner
Bussmann Advisory

10:10 am - 10:30 am

United Arab Emirates: Dubai – The World’s First Blockchain Powered City

International Keynote Address

  • Making Dubai the first blockchain powered government by 2020
  • Helping budding blockchain business thrive through the Dubai Future Accelerators Programme
  • Working with Telecoms to consolidate and secure health records within sharable but tamperproof formats
  • Educating actors across the public and private sectors about the benefits of blockchain to encourage wider adoption

10:30 am - 11:10 am

Morning Coffee and Exhibition

11:10 am - 11:30 am

Accelerating the Development of DLT through International Collaboration

  • Moving distributed ledger technology off the drawing board and into reality and the importance of the network effect
  • How R3 is collaborating with various business and regulatory frameworks to create efficient consensus models


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Charley Cooper
Managing Director

11:30 am - 11:45 am

The Blockchain Hype: Unplugged

  • Building a blockchain for business
  • Blockchain is a team sport – forming your consortium
  • Moving from pilot into production
  • Experiences from real use cases driving real value
Rupert Colchester
Blockchain Leader

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Tackling Global Financial Fragility with BrickCoin

  • Diagnosing the issue: Savings accounts and fixed income interest accounts are not inflation-proof and are stuck at record low levels of interest
  • Prescribing a better, safer and easier way for ordinary people to save and protect their money from inflation.
  • Uniquely combining the best of cryptocurrencies with Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) to create a stable inflation-proof savings scheme, with great liquidity
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Lucas Cervigni

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

The Future Growth of Blockchain Innovation

Panel Discussion

  • How to best overcome multi-stakeholder interests within complex network of industries
  • Are we heading for a dotcom-style blockchain bubble and how to ensure it does not burst
  • How are consortia and big business interacting with a burgeoning blockchain start-up industry
  • Is the proliferation of consortia a competitive benefit for the much needed creation of blockchain standards
  • Beyond the finance sector: Engaging with non-traditional blockchain markets to ensure that solutions benefit all
  • Removing transaction costs to make global-scale blockchain accessible for all


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Daniel Larimer
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Tomaso Aste
Director UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies
University College London
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Eddy Travia
CEO and Co-founder
Coinsilium & Block Chain Space
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Jonny Voon
Innovation Lead for IoT and Distributed Ledger
Innovate UK

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch and Exhibition Break

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Thought Leader Session

1:50 pm - 2:35 pm

Reaching Consensus for Blockchain Standards

Panel Discussion

  • Examining how the lack of established standards is a barrier to the wider adoption of blockchain
  • Promoting a forward thinking strategy for blockchain standards to assure future compatibility
  • Is the time for standards now and if not what needs to happen in order for the technology to settle
  • Reflecting present and developing international trends in regulation and compliance
  • Predicting future challenges and how the industry can build a blockchain to serve a more connected future


Siân Jones
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Gilbert Verdian
Chair of DLT/1 and UK Standardisation Delegation at ISO TC 307
Benoit Abeloos
Policy Officer - Startups and Innovation
European Commission

2:35 pm - 3:10 pm

Afternoon Coffee Break and Exhibition

3:10 pm - 3:40 pm

Laying the Regulatory Groundwork for a Disintermediated Global Economy

Keynote Address

  • Promoting the need for regulation: Security concerns, laundering activities and tax evasion
  • Why regulators need to innovate regulation rather than fit blockchain and DLT into existing frameworks?
  • Encouraging collaboration across borders to ensure the integrity of blockchain use cases
  • Understanding how blockchain and smart contracts can revolutionise compliance such as AML, KYC and Counter Terrorist Financing


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Dr. Julie Maupin
Senior Research Fellow
Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

3:40 pm - 4:20 pm

Beyond Finance: Prime Sectors for the Next Wave Blockchain Adoption

Panel Discussion

  • A part of the puzzle: What we can expect from the cross-section of AI, IoT and blockchain
  • Looking beyond finance towards provenance, energy, transport and cyber security
  • Future prospects for the DAO: Will we see more attempts at autonomous organisations
  • From decentralised apps to a decentralised operating systems: How technology itself is changing
  • Blockchain’s prospects in less economically developed nations and how lack of rigid infrastructures may benefit blockchain adoption


Speaker Adi-Ben Ari Blockchain Live 2017 London
Adi Ben-Ari
Applied Blockchain
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Lawrence Lundy
Head of Research and Partnerships
Outlier Ventures
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Jez San OBE
Founder, Investor and Entrepreneur
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Genevieve Leveille
Founder & CEO

4:20 pm - 4:30 pm

Closing Remarks from the Chair

4:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Blockchain Live Drinks Reception

10:40 am - 10:50 am

Chair’s Opening Address

Eric Van der Kleij
CEO & Chair
Centre for Digital Revolution & DIT's GEP Advisory Group

10:50 am - 11:10 am

Government and Blockchain: The Time for Engagement is Now

  • Bringing Blockchain’s opportunities and challenges to light for public sector organisations and policy makers
  • Reimagining trust with blockchain: What a more transparent and trusting society could mean for democracy
  • A step towards greater decentralisation: how blockchain and distributed ledger technologies will disaggregate contract management, compliance, regulation and identity and what this means for governments
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Eva Kaili MEP
Head of the Greek SD Delegation (Pasok/Elia), Chair of D-NAT & Chair of STOA
European Parliament

11:10 am - 11:30 am

A Joined-up Approach to DLT Regulation: Building Frameworks for Confidence

11:30 am - 11:40 am


11:40 am - 12:20 pm

Morning Coffee Break and Exhibition

12:20 pm - 12:35 pm

Estonia: An Exemplar of Blockchain Adoption across Government

International Case Study

  • Embracing the transparency, security and efficiency savings represented by blockchain
  • Energising Estonia’s democratic practices through blockchain secured e-voting and secure digital identities
  • Boosting Estonia’s economy and boosting job creation through the e-Residency programme
  • Prescribing keyless signature infrastructure and blockchain solutions to secure health data and inspire citizen trust
  • Encouraging cloud mining activities to support national blockchain capabilities through favourable tax regimes
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Kaspar Korjus
Managing Director of e-Residency
Republic of Estonia

12:35 pm - 12:50 pm

Sweden: Transforming Land-registry through Blockchain application

International Case Study

  • Unlocking the potential of more efficient, secure and traceable land titling through Blockchain adoption
  • Diminishing the threat of fraud through paperless transactions and digital signatures
  • Encouraging governments to embrace highly digitalised land registry to reduce costs for taxpayers
  • Reducing the World Banks estimation that 70% of the population lack access and poor functionality land titling resources
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Anna Eriksson
CIO & Director of Development
Lantmäteriet (Swedish National Land Survey)

12:50 pm - 1:05 pm

Thought Leader Session

1:05 pm - 1:20 pm

Denmark: Exploring Blockchain for Tax Efficiencies

International Case Study

  • Building an innovation lab to ensure that the advantages of emerging technologies can be immediately gained
  • Working with academia to create a PoC for tracking and securing vehicles
  • Exploring the potential for blockchain’s application across the tax system
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Louise Sparf-Bruun
Director of Digital Development
SKAT (Danish Tax Authority)

1:20 pm - 2:20 pm

Lunch and Exhibition

2:20 pm - 2:35 pm

Revolutionising Health Data with the Blockchain

  • Dramatically reducing cost through better document management powered by blockchain
  • Granting patients full access and full control over their health data to create more trust in healthcare and better self-management
  • Allowing health and social care providers to seamlessly and securely share patient data to provide more joined-up care
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Dr. Robert M. Learney
Associate Director
Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering

2:35 pm - 2:50 pm

Transforming Higher Education and Employability through Distributed Ledgers

  • Employing Blockchain and Smart Contract technology give students and peers more ownership over learning experience and outcomes
  • Reducing reliance on individual tracking of accreditation through a data agnostic, shared ledger of long term academic and vocational achievements
  • Enabling more organisations to contribute to accreditation with non-brick-and-mortar institutions at home and abroad committing information to a shared ledger


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Prof. John Domingue
Director, Knowledge Media Institute
Open University

2:50 pm - 3:20 pm

Beyond Proof of Concept: Towards Scalable Blockchain for the UK’s Public Sector

  • Debunking blockchain’s negative image and separating the dark web, bitcoin and blockchain
  • Barriers to blockchain adoption: evaluating the need, impact and risks associated with distributed ledger technology
  • Accelerating public sector ICT reform though blockchain enabled cloud solutions
  • Best practice for establishing blockchain pilots: Engaging with industry, academia and other public sector partners to maximise effect
  • Examining the market of Blockchain as a Service to get the best deal for the public sector
  • Moving beyond pilots to create secure, high performance and scalable blockchain infrastructures for public records and finance
  • Considering Blockchain for public sector interoperability: Are distributed ledgers the answer
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Tom Wilkinson
Head of MI and Analytics
Department for International Development
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Dr Rick Muir
Police Foundation
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Gemma Milne
Science Disrupt
Alex Stanhope
Head of Innovation
Department of Work and Pensions

3:20 pm - 3:40 pm

Afternoon Coffee Break and Exhibition

3:40 pm - 3:55 pm

Exploring the Forensic Power of Immutable Ledgers

  • Examining how blockchain and distributed ledger technology can provide new benefits for criminal investigations
  • Shutting down dark websites and using the underlying technology of bitcoin to pinpoint criminal activity
  • Applying new forensic methods for bitcoin to aid in AML and anti-corruption investigations in emerging blockchain markets
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Giannis Tziakouris
Head of Cyber Research Laboratory & Digital Crime Analyst
The INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation

3:55 pm - 4:25 pm

Unlocking Blockchain’s Power for Transparency: Charity, Development and Trade

Panel Discussion

  • How blockchain can mitigate massive inefficiencies presented by legacy banking and payment systems in developing economies
  • Pushing the humanitarian case for blockchain as a key to reducing the flow of foreign aid to kleptocratic regimes and breaking the unvirtuous cycle
  • Bringing accountability to charitable action and funding through public blockchain solutions
  • Extending the application of blockchain from simple payments to supply chain to ensure that the right resources are reaching people in need
  • Stemming the tide of illegal goods such as blood diamonds and creating transparent supply chains to combat unethical farming and manufacturing practices


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Cécile Baird
Founding Partner
Blockchain for Good (BC4G)
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Rhodri Davies
Programme Director, Giving Thought
Charities Aid Foundation
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Professor Olinga Ta’eed
Centre for Citizenship, Enterprise and Governance
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Annemarie Poorterman
Start Fund Project Manager
Start Network

4:25 pm - 4:30 pm

Closing Remarks from the Chair

4:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Blockchain Live Drinks Reception

10:40 am - 10:50 am

Chair’s Opening Address

10:50 am - 11:10 am

Opening Keynote Address: Are We All Members of the BlockChurch?

Blockchain discussions have become debates over who has the best coins and chains. Bitcoinistas fight with Etheraliens, and no one knows who will win.

  • Will one chain rule them all or will we be stuck with many different chains and standards?
  • Are ICOs real or just a digital ponzi scheme?
  • How does the long-term outlook for the technology look?

Breaking through the noise, Chris will explore the underlying true developments behind blockchain, distributed ledger and ICO schemes, and will work out what is viable commercially versus those that are just preaching without doing.

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Chris Skinner
Best-selling author of ValueWeb and Digital Bank
The Financial Services Club

11:10 am - 11:30 am

Building Enterprises on the Blockchain

Keynote Supporter Address

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Brock Pierce

11:30 am - 11:40 am


11:40 am - 12:20 pm

Morning Coffee and Exhibition

12:20 pm - 12:35 pm

Transforming the Face of Financial Services and Banking through Blockchain APIs – Unleash the Power of Data and Information

Thought Leadership Session

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Sam Chadwick
Director of Strategy in Innovation and Blockchain, Financial & Risk
Thomson Reuters

12:35 pm - 1:05 pm

Blockchain in Finance: Pioneering Application Stories

Panel Discussion

  • Realising massive savings in settlements, clearance and cross border payments
  • Building governance into the blockchain to preempt and quickly resolve disputes
  • Unlocking new business models, markets and clients through collective investment in blockchain
  • Best practices in navigating discordant regulatory frameworks and ancient legacy systems
  • Leveraging the entire ecosystem of smart contracts, blockchain platforms, APIs, big data, and digital identity
  • Exploring application use cases in finance, including payments, asset trading, foreign exchange – successes and learnings


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Stacey Mankoff
Managing Principal
The Mankoff Company
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Richard Crook
Head of Emerging Tech Lab
Royal Bank of Scotland
Speaker Anthony Macey Blockchain Live 2017 London
Anthony Macey
Head of Blockchain R&D
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Sam Chadwick
Director of Strategy in Innovation and Blockchain, Financial & Risk
Thomson Reuters
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Brock Pierce

1:05 pm - 1:20 pm

Tailoring Blockchain for the Insurance Eco-System

  • B3i: Collaborating to uncover the power of distributed ledgers to increase efficiencies for reinsurance
  • Launching and measuring pilots designed to securely and immutably transact reinsurance contracts
  • Bringing greater transparency to contract-related information to enable quicker verification, communication and ultimately deliver savings to customers
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Chris Madsen
Aegon Blue Square Re
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Sylvain De Crom
Head of Research and Development
Aegon Blue Square Re

1:20 pm - 2:20 pm


2:20 pm - 2:35 pm

Blockchain Solutions for Multinational Insurance

  • Multinational insurance coverage is complex due to a maze of international regulations, paperwork, and payment terms
  • AIG and Standard Chartered Bank are developing a “smart” insurance policy that uses blockchain to manage complex international coverage
  • Blockchain facilitates sharing of real-time information between the UK and local policies in the US, Singapore and Kenya
  • Creating new levels of trust and transparency across the network, including brokers, auditors and other stakeholders
Ariel Berman
Vice president – Financial Lines

2:35 pm - 2:50 pm

Creating Seamless, Transparent Supply Chains

  • Reducing risk and providing one single source of information across complex chains of organisations
  • Digitising assets to efficiently manage and track goods in real time
  • Ensuring that goods as well as constituent materials are ethically sourced and made
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Prof. Albert Veenstra
Scientific Director
Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics

2:50 pm - 3:05 pm

How Energy can be Managed on the Blockchain

  • Disaggregating transaction data to give greater independence to energy producers and consumers
  • Understanding the legal and regulatory context in which peer-to-peer energy networks and smart grids must comply
  • Exploring the intersection between IoT and blockchain in the harvesting, storage and transfer of energy on the blockchain
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Aeron Buchanan
Grid Singularity

3:05 pm - 3:20 pm

Redefining the Creative Economy with Blockchain

  • Shedding light on how distributed ledger technology could solve enduring inefficiencies and help end exploitation within the creative industry
  • Understanding how blockchain may pave the way for innovations in music copyright, frictionless royalty payments and better transparency for the record industry
  • Opening up new and alternative sources of capital for artists and performers through a reimagined global economy and secure architectures for micropayments
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Marcus O’Dair
Senior Lecturer
Middlesex University

3:20 pm - 3:25 pm

Closing Remarks from the Chair

3:25 pm - 3:40 pm

Afternoon Coffee and Exhibition

4:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Blockchain Live Drinks Reception

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Achieving Proof of Concept at Santander – Technical Considerations for Delivery

This session will review 3 proof of concept Blockchain implementation projects: SanCoin for employee rewards, SmartBox for deposit boxes, blockchain community and the technical considerations made in these implementation projects.

  • Do I Build or Buy? Reviewing current products and build environments
  • From Proof of Work and Proof of Stake to Delegated Proof-of-Stake: Understanding consensus
  • Understanding the IT infrastructure needs for supporting blockchain enabled systems
  • Where should blockchain sit in my stack: Network, Database and
  • Weighing up the risk and rewards presented by Public and Private blockchains
  • Reviewing the variable processing and transaction costs of blockchain
  • Overcoming interoperability and integration challenges
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Ildefonso Olmedo
Head of Innovation Delivery - Santander UK Blockchain Community Lead
ISBAN UK, Santander

11:00 am - 11:15 am

Sponsored Talk

11:15 am - 11:45 am

Exhibition & Networking

11:45 am - 12:45 am

A Spotlight on Start-ups: Innovative Blockchain Applications for the Future

The blockchain start-up technology scene is a hotbed of innovation and activity. This session will explore 3 of the most exciting start-ups who demonstrate potential and promise to use blockchain for mainstream application. The session will end with a Q&A to discuss the future of blockchain tech development.

Navin Ramachandran
Navin Ramachandran
Healthcare Specialist in Distributed Ledgers and IoT
IOTA Foundation
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Jez San OBE
Founder, Investor and Entrepreneur
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Senior Representative

Julian Zawistowski
Golem Factory

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

Exhibition & Networking

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Speed, Security and Scalability

  • Understanding the architecture behind confirmation time and syncing speeds
  • Looking into the underlying cryptography of blockchain and evaluating the need for security
  • Proof of Work vs Proof of Stake: Assessing the benefits and challenges represented by both models
  • Avoiding the stumbling blocks to creating blockchain and DLT services that scale
Speaker Anish Mohammed Blockchain Live 2017 London
Anish Mohammed

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Exhibition & Networking

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Building Privacy for Public Blockchains


  • Adopting sophisticated ‘zero-knowledge’ security layers to give unprecedented security to blockchain transactions
  • Paving the way for a proliferation of public blockchain applications with inherent confidentiality and anonymity
  • Understanding how assured privacy guarantees fungibility and a fluid interchange of assets between users
Speaker Jack Gavigan Blockchain Live 2017 London
Jack Gavigan
Chief Operating Officer
The Zerocoin Electric Coin Company

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Sponsored Talk

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Exhibition & Networking

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Blockchain and Payment Anonymity

  • Discovering how the Stealth Address and other techniques allow for improvements in the anonymity of payments in Bitcoin, Monero and ZeroCash etc.
  • Comparing different techniques to show demonstrate the varying degrees of anonymity offered through blockchain data
  • Exploring how cryptographic practices can allow for total invisibility, anonymity and confidentiality
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Dr Nicolas T. Courtois
Senior Lecturer
University College London

10:30 am - 11:15 am

Build a Blockchain that’s Ready for Business

Workshop 1

  • Common use cases – financial services and beyond: Which sectors are next?
  • Understand the key components and how they interact
  • See a live blockchain for business demo, how it was built and the open tools used
  • How to quickly create a blockchain and more importantly, manage and integrate it?
  • What skills are needed to build a blockchain?
Ant Cole
Blockchain Enablement

11:15 am - 11:45 am

Exhibition & Networking

11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Implementing Smart Contracts: Speed, Accuracy and Reduced Risk

Workshop 2

  • Speed and real-time updates: Automating previously manual tasks through smart contracts
  • Accuracy through automation: Faster and more accurate as automated processes are less prone to human error
  • Reduced risk: Through decentralisation eliminate the risk of manipulation, error or non-performance
  • How smart contracts can reduce the reliance on intermediaries and third parties
  • Lower costs through smart contracts that require less human intervention
  • Cross sector use cases: When should you opt to use smart contracts over existing technology
Speaker Adi-Ben Ari Blockchain Live 2017 London
Adi Ben-Ari
Applied Blockchain

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Exhibition & Networking

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Initial Coin Offerings and Token Sales: Fact, Fiction and Future

Workshop 3

  • Blockchain used as a funding support method
  • Why a Token Sale or Initial Coin Offering?
  • Advantages of Token Sales or Initial Coin Offerings
  • Main Risks of Token Sales or Initial Coin Offerings
  • My Predictions for the next 12 months
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Eddy Travia
CEO and Co-founder
Coinsilium & Block Chain Space

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Exhibition & Networking

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

From Zero to Blockchain with an Established Product

  •  Developing a step by step guide to the decision making process and implementation of blockchain
  • How to evaluate whether it makes sense to convert a product or service to the blockchain,
  • Covering the blockchain bases from business process, the technology steps, & resourcing
  • Deciding what blockchain platform to use from a business point of view, measurements for success, and how to present the features to your customers.
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Daniel Doll-Steinberg
Founder & CEO
Tribeka Ltd

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Exhibition & Networking

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Building a Roadmap for Blockchain Implementation: Where do I start?

Workshop 4

  • Moving from hype to reality: How can businesses move forwards with blockchain application?
  • Preparing a business case for blockchain implementation: Who in your business should be involved?
  • Overcoming the practical challenges: Preparing governance and security structures across decentralised models
  • How to identify the skills and expertise required within your business
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Professor Michael Mainelli
Executive Chairman
Z/Yen Group