TechNOVA: Blockchain Summit

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TechNOVA: Blockchain Summit 2018will 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.

Event program:

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

09.00 Chair’s opening remarks

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

09.10 Underpinning a connected world: harmoniously combining blockchain and IoT

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

09.50 Regulators and incumbents: understanding how collaboration can further understanding

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?

10.40 Refreshments


11.10 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?

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 consortium exists and their plans to disrupt the future of the industry.

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?

12.20 Lunch

Session Three: Disintermediating industries – harnessing the power of blockchain

13.20 Enabling peer-to-peer interactions

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

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.

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?

14.30 Green Power Exchange: The P2P Solution for Power Trading

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

15.00 Questions

Session Three: Disintermediating industries – harnessing the power of blockchain

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?

15.35 Refreshments

Focus Roundtables


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,

Session Six: Where next for cryptocurrencies – cutting through the noise

16.40 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?

17.00 How can cryptocurrency compete with fiat money?

PWhat 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?

17.30 Chair’s closing remarks followed by a drinks reception

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