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Blockchain 1.0

9:00 am - 9:10 am

Chair’s Opening and Welcome

9:10 am - 9:30 am

Open for Business: Fostering the Blockchain Revolution in the UK

Opening Keynote Address

  • Envisioning a key role for blockchain in the UK’s digital strategy and investing over £3.6 million in blockchain research through the RCUK ‘Digital Economy’ theme
  • Supporting a new era of growth for commercial decentralised applications
  • Working with the blockchain industry to take an open and progressive approach to blockchain regulation
  • Investing in blockchain proof of concepts for transparent funding, efficient document management and citizen-owned, digital identities
  • Supporting research partnerships with industry, academia and government to promote the benefits of blockchain and distributed ledger technology
  • Exploring the use of blockchain in the fights against corruption, counterfeiting and money laundering
  • Ensuring that the UK is not left behind in blockchain adoption across key sectors

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Decentralised Funding in the New Corporate Structure

Headline Sponsor Address

10:00 am - 10:20 am

More than a Technical Architecture: How Blockchain Represents New Models of trust

Keynote Address

  • Changing how the world interacts: How a blockchain can enable millions of secure transactions per seconds for millions of users
  • Putting blockchain in the greater context of the new paradigm on technology and humanity
  • How blockchain technology can enable a revolutionary force for inclusivity
  • Re-inventing how businesses, citizens and governments exchange value and information through new models of engagement
  • Internet of value: Gearing up for change in business architectures, public and private relationships and even democracy
  • Combining the power of blockchain with the flexibility and scalability of social media platforms to realise the next step for distributed systems

10:20 am - 10:30 am

Q&A

10:30 am - 11:10 am

Morning Coffee and Exhibition

11:10 am - 11:25 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

 

11:25 am - 11:40 am

Thought Leader Session

11:40 am - 11:50 am

Thought Leader Session

11:50 am - 12:20 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

 

11:55 am - 12:05 pm

Q&A

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm

Lunch and Exhibition Break

1:20 pm - 1:50 pm

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

 

1:50 pm - 2:10 pm

Thought Leader Session

2:10 pm - 2:40 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

 

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm

Afternoon Coffee Break and Exhibition

3:10 pm - 3:30 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

 

3:30 pm - 4:10 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

 

4:10 pm - 4:15 pm

Closing Remarks from the Chair

10:40 am - 10:50 am

Chair’s Opening Address

10:50 am - 11:10 am

Mapping the Application of Blockchain for the UK’s Public Sector

  • Unlocking the power for of blockchain for public sector provenance and greater transparency over how public money is spent
  • Considering the appropriateness of a public or private blockchain approach to public service reform
  • Understanding the scope of application from better support for refugees and foreign aid to streamlined local services and hyper-efficient taxation
  • Mitigating admin inefficiencies and processing costs through automation and smart contracts in local authorities
  • Making personal data tamper and fraud proof through new approaches to digital identities
  • Realising the benefits for blockchain enabled document management and secure file sharing across the public sector

11:10 am - 11:30 am

Key Supporter Session

11:30 am - 11:40 am

Q&A

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

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

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

1:20 pm - 2:20 pm

Lunch and Exhibition

2:20 pm - 2:35 pm

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

2:35 pm - 2:50 pm

Thought Leader Session

2:50 pm - 3:20 pm

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

Panel Discussion

  • 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

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

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

 

4:25 pm - 4:30 pm

Closing Remarks from the Chair

10:40 am - 10:50 am

Chair’s Opening Address

10:50 am - 11:10 am

Preparing for the Modern World – Blockchain and the Network Revolution

Opening Keynote Address

11:10 am - 11:30 am

Building Enterprises on the Blockchain

Keynote Supporter Address

11:30 am - 11:40 am

Q&A

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

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

 

1:05 pm - 1:20 pm

Thought Leadership Session

1:20 pm - 2:20 pm

Lunch

2:20 pm - 2:35 pm

Making Smart Contracts Binding: Enforceable Technology

  • The evolving face of law in the digital age: when smart contracts and blockchain can be understood to be legally binding
  • Highlighting the growing importance of technical expertise in a future where code is contract
  • Understanding the problems of smart contract enforceability in permissionless distributed systems
  • Exploring the possibility of inherent, automated dispute resolution within smart contracts

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

2:50 pm - 3:05 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

 

3:05 pm - 3:30 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

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm

Afternoon Coffee and Exhibition

3:50 pm - 4:05 pm

Distributed Architectures for Decentralised Identities

  • Granting the consumer and citizen more control over their digital identity with the blockchain
  • Saving the global economy billions of pounds by creating more trust and seamless interactions between citizens, governments and businesses
  • Using the power of distributed networks to provide unparalleled security to your online identity

4:05 pm - 4:20 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

4:20 pm - 4:25 pm

Q&A

4:25 pm - 4:30 pm

Closing Remarks from the Chair

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

11:00 am - 11:35 am

Sponsored Talk

11:15 am - 11:35 am

Exhibition & Networking

11:35 am - 12:35 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.

12:35 pm - 1:15 pm

Exhibition & Networking

1:15 pm - 1:45 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

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Exhibition & Networking

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Sponsored Talk

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Integration and Interoperability

 

  • Is blockchain the answer to persistent interoperability woes or does it represent a further challenge?
  • Understanding the security and governance requirements before adopting blockchain technology
  • Highlighting the importance of fully understanding distributed systems and public key infrastructures
  • Best practice for linking up blockchain platforms and products with existing data architectures
  • Blockchain as a Service: Leveraging Cloud Services to get the most out of blockchain

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Exhibition & Networking

3:15 pm - 3:45 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

3:45 pm - 3:55 pm

Transfer Time

3:55 pm - 4:25 pm

Technical Standards and Regulation

  • Mapping the discussion on Technical Standards: Is the technology mature enough?
  • Where do distributed ledgers fit in with existing regulatory frameworks?
  • Evaluating the current accreditation and certification for blockchain and DLT
  • Defining a set of standards to ensure appropriate tolerances and performance capabilities

10:30 am - 11:15 am

What is blockchain technology and why should I adopt it now?

Workshop 1

  • Understanding the difference between blockchain and distributed ledger technology
  • How blockchain and distributed ledger technology can revolutionise businesses
  • Jargon buster: Understanding common blockchain terminology; nodes, mining, ledgers, immutability and more
  • State of the market: Who are the main players and early adopters?
  • Beyond financial services: Which sectors are next?

11:15 am - 11:35 am

Exhibition & Networking

11:35 am - 12:20 pm

Navigating the Blockchain Legal Landscape: Smart Contracts, Intellectual Property and Governance

Workshop 2

  • Overcoming the complex issue of ownership of blockchains as intellectual property
  • Designing robust governance to manage action, risk and disputes within distributed architectures
  • Overcoming privacy and confidentiality on shared ledgers: Employing zero knowledge proofs
  • Tokenisation: Translating real world objects into digital tokens
  • The difficulties of translating bugs, errors and loopholes in code into liability
  • Understanding the legal status of Decentralised Autonomous Organisations: Lessons learned from the DAO
  • Reviewing cross-border legal implications for decentralised systems and remote servers

12:20 pm - 12:40 pm

Exhibition & Networking

12:40 pm - 1:10 pm

Building a roadmap for blockchain implementation: Where do I start?

Workshop 3

  • 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

1:10 pm - 2:00 pm

Exhibition & Networking

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

The business benefits of blockchain and smart contracts: From business processes to new markets

Workshop 4

  • Faster transactions with greater trust, accountability and transparency
  • Reducing the reliance on intermediaries and third parties
  • Protecting intellectual property and copyrights
  • Advantages of automation: Reduce risk, lower costs and increase accuracy
  • Confidential data sharing, increased security and improved identity management
  • Unlocking new markets through the sharing economy and peer-2-peer transactions

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Exhibition & Networking

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Implementing Smart Contracts: Speed, Accuracy and Reduced Risk

Workshop 5

  • 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