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Blockchain Conference Brussels | Programme | March 8, 2017 | Living Tomorrow
09.15 – 10.15 Registration and Coffee
10.15 – 10.30 Living Tomorrow introducing Blockchain in Belgium in partnership with BECON
BECON (Blockchain Ecosystem Network) is a global and cross-sector platform for collaboration, networking, explaining and advancing Blockchain methodologies and solutions. In partnership with BECON, Living Tomorrow’s goal is to accelerate the growth of a sustainable ecosystem that drives the application and implementation of Blockchain in all private and public sectors in Belgium.
Mr. Joachim De Vos, Founder and Managing Director, Living Tomorrow, Tomorrow Lab (Belgium)
10.30 – 11.00 Welcome and Introduction to the Five Levels of Blockchain
Richard leads into the event with a short introduction to Blockchain and his five states of Blockchain awareness. From the rock ledgers of the Sumerians to the Stone Coins of Yap Islanders and their island consensus mechanism, he will kick off the programme with some funky narrative and storytelling
Richard Kastelein – Founder, Blockchain News (Canada)
11.00 – 11.30 The Next Great Internet Disruption: Authority and Governance
The power to govern is often asserted, but it may or may not be based on authentic social consent. This is an important issue because open networks are changing the nature of legitimate authority and the consent of the governed. User communities are increasingly asserting their own authority, assigning identities to people, and allocating rights and privileges in the manner of any conventional institution. A distributed database has a lot of advantages, not only in terms of scalability but also for other key functionality such as a permissioning system. John will take a very good look at managing identity in a distributed network.
John Clippinger, CEO, ID3 / MIT Media Lab (USA)
11.30 – 11.45 Coffee Break
11.45 – 12.00 Manage Disruption
There are still challenges to overcome, but Blockchain technology stands poised to rewrite how business is conducted if its potential is achieved. Are you ready? Marc works with businesses to prevent them losing their competitive advantage to disruptors large and small. Marc used to be the principal at Forrester’s Executive Program.
Marc Dowd, Founder and CEO, Manage Disruption Limited (UK)
12.00 – 12.15 An introduction to the Blockchain Ecosystem Network
We’ll explore how stakeholders in governments, enterprises, academic institutions and knowledge centres are working together to develop a platform for collaboration, networking and advancing Blockchain industry solutions.
Nils Veenstra, Director, BECON (Ireland)
12.15 – 12.45 Who says Blockchain is difficult to adopt?
Blockchain adoption is in its nascent stages and the landscape is rapidly evolving. Although this conference is all about the application of Blockchain, Venkat will shortly discuss various technological opportunities and hurdles in Blockchain adoption.
The second part of his presentation will provide a way to easily adopt a custom built Blockchain for your enterprise with zero coding effort & zero infrastructure. It is so easy that even someone with no technology background can develop a fully functional Blockchain application. Venkat will present two small use cases (supply chain and dealership & insurance) to show his company’s platform as a broad technology foundation to apply Blockchain in various sectors
Venkat Raju, KrypC Technologies (India)
12.45 – 13.05 Blockchain and IoT
Most IOT platforms today are constructed as a centralized model where the central hub is controls the interaction between devices and records data. We envision today a future with M2M communication where devices exchange data between themselves autonomously. In such a future, the centralised structure that we rely on today falls short of optimal leading to an effort towards decentralised IoT platforms.Distributed ledger and blockchain technologies offer a promising alternative for decentralized IoT platforms such as secured and trusted data exchange, immutable and tamper-evident record keeping, automated and self-executing business logic and nano payments. In an architecture leveraging the advantages of blockchain technologies, the blockchain serves as the “golden truth” record keeping a trusted account of all messages exchanged and all transactions executed.

We will look at a number of applications in the IoT space that are already utilising blockchain technologies to see who the pioneers are.

Matthew van Nieuwkerk, Founder & CEO, SettleMint
13.05 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 14.20 Blockchain and Music
Phill is a member of the non-profit Open Music Initiative (OMI). OMI’s mission is to promote and advance the development of open source standards and innovation related to music to help assure proper compensation for all creators, performers and rights holders of music. The initiative launched with more than 60 companies involved including: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, BMG, Spotify, YouTube, Pandora, SoundCloud, Netflix, SiriusXM as well as a number of rights related Blockchain startups. In November 2016, Open Music Initiative announced a further 80 partners, including Dubset, Napster, Red Bull, The Orchard, Sonos, SoundExchange, Viacom, GMR Marketing, 7 Digital and performing rights societies (such as SOCAN (Canada) and BUMA (Netherlands)).
Phil Barry, Founder at Blokur (UK)
14.20 – 14.40 Blockchain and Logistics
Nico will address applications of blockchain in the domain of logistics and transport sector. With blockchain better data sharing and secure title transfer without a strong middleman becomes possible.Our first solution focuses on container logistics where we improve the release process, to secure the handover of containers on deep sea terminals to the correct receiving party. Currently this release process is based on PIN codes. Our solution is safer, simpler, requires less administration and generates valuable data that can be made available to all entitled parties involved in the micro-ecosystem around one specific container transport.
Nico Wauters, CEO Co-founder, T-Mining nv (Netherlands)
14.40 – 15.00 Blockchain China
Jane Zang, Founder & CEO, Shellpay (China)
15.00 – 15.30 BlockchainCITIES
In this session we will go deeper into some of the Blockchain projects currently being undertaken in cities and government. We will also go into detail in how cities, municipalities and governments are brought into these projects.
Stefaan Ponnet, Blockchain Expert, City of Antwerp (Belgium)
15.30 – 16.00 The Future of Blockchain within Belgium’s Digital Agenda
A short exploration how new technology as Blockchain can be used for developing smarter and more sustainable processes, and for creating a better world.
Laurent Hublet, advisor of Mr. Alexander de Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation of Belgium (Belgium)
16.00 – 17.00 Networking Reception
Programme is subject to change