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BECON Blockchain Conference London
 PROGRAMME | London | January 24, 2017
   
08.45 – 08.55 Welcome and Introduction
   
08.55 – 09.15 Opening Keynote: Why everyone is wrong about Blockchain
  99% of what is discussed in blockchain conferences and meetings is wrong. People don’t understand it, can’t define it, are investing in the wrong blockchains and don’t know why. What is the long-term outlook for blockchain technology and is it ether or bitcoin or something else?
  Chris Skinner – Commentator, TheFinanser.com and Non-Executive Director of 11:FS
   
09.15 – 09.45 State of The Industry Panel
  There are a lot of big players getting in the market. Smaller companies are raising rounds of funding. Crypto-currency and non-crypto advocates are taking different paths. Other non-financial services industries are waking up. Our first panel explores what is happening in the Blockchain space.
  David Haimes – Senior Director, Cloud ERP Product Development, Oracle
  Richard Kastelein – Founder, Blockchain News
  Ajit Tripathi – Director Financial Services: Fintech and Digital, PwC
  Richard Muirhead – General Partner, OpenOcean
   
09.45 – 10.15 Assets & Tokenization of Value: The Blockchain Panel
  Assets, bonds, property titles are all fair game for tokenization on distributed ledgers. We’ll explore what’s happening in the space and what you can expect in the near future.
  Dea Markova, Head of Programmes – Innovate Finance
  Dimitri De Jonghe, Core Developer – BigchainDB
Marta Piekarska, Security Architect, Blockstream
  Dan Hughes, CEO/CTO – RADiX (formerly eMunie)
Hugh Madden, CTO – Equichain
10.15 – 10.45 Applied Blockchain – Keynote
   Adi Ben-Ari, CEO – Applied Blockchain & CTO – Tallysticks
   
10.45 – 11.15 Coffee Break
   
11.15 – 11.45 The crucial role of Blockchain in (local) governments and various industries
  During today’s seminar we’ll provide unique insight in what the Blockchain technology is and how it can be used in various different industries. Existing business models are being disrupted and new ones are being created. As technology around us is changing with an unprecedented speed and in order to stay relevant during the digital disruption we need to change the way how we think and how we work. Blockchain has the potential being one of the major enablers to disrupt all industries. On stage Michael and John are talking about real life examples levering the Blockchain.
  Wilfried Hoffman – Co-Founder, Tymlez 
  John Verwaayen – General Manager, Magic Software Benelux
   
11.45 – 12.00 Blockchain and Music
  Panos co-founded the non-profit Open Music Initiative, in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab, and its 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 SOCAN (Canada) and BUMA (Netherlands).
  Panos Panay – Managing Director, Open Music Initiative (USA)
   
12.00 – 12.15 Blockchain and Logistics
  Martijn has identified logistic parties with interest for the Blockchain like ports, financial institutions, and an international auction company. This initiative has led to a broad consortium of logistic, supply chain and financial parties that are going to do research how the Blockchain could work for them. The end goal will be to have several working Blockchain applications for logistics and finance in optimizing the whole supply chain. There is a number of use cases identified around finance which will be presented. The research is done with knowledge institutes with in-depth knowledge of blockchain (TU Delft) and Supply Chain Finance (Windesheim).
  Martijn Siebrand – Program Manager Supply Chain Finance, TKI Dinalog | Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics (Netherlands)
   
12.15 – 12.30 Blockchain and Charities
  Non-profits measure their fundraising efficiency on cost to raise a Pound but speed to raise a Pound is important too. In the past, donors would mail in checks in order to donate and some still do. Charities have to wait for the mail and then for the check to clear. Credit cards and e-commerce have accelerated the transaction process, which is helpful during rapid onset emergencies in particular. Digital currencies can minimize chargebacks and since BitPay waives fees, more of the net donation actually comes to the charity.
  Karl Hoods – CIO, Save the Children (UK)
   
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
   
13.30 – 14.00 Panel: From Concept to Startup
  How Blockchain companies move from concept to prototype and beyond.
  Peter Bidewell, CMO – Applied Blockchain
  Alastair Johnson, CEO – Nuggets
  Guido Branca, CEO – BABB
  Steve Pomfret, CEO – Cygnetise
  Stephane Cheikh, Ventures & Innovation Manager – SITA
   
14.00 – 14.30 Regulation, Compliance & Innovation
  Is technology moving too fast for regulators to keep up? What are the implications of DAO and varied international interpretations of the same technology?
  John Salmon, Technology Partner- Hogan Lovells
 Edan Yago, CEO & Founder – Epiphyte Corporation
Jonathan Galea, Legal Council – Netnet 
Richard Levin, Shareholder & Chair of the FinTech and Regulation Practice – Polsinelli PC
14.30 – 15.00 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)
   
15.00 – 15.15 Tea Break
   
15.15 – 15.45 Manage Disruption: Intro and CIO Panel
  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 – Managing Director, Manage Disruption 
Ricky Crafford – Executive Transformation Leader
Gareth Ash – CIO, Gadfa Management Ltd
   Michael Harris – Group Head of IT, Tokio Marine Kiln
15.45 – 16.15 The Future of Blockchain
  Our experts chime in on what the near term future holds for DLT along with some predictions on the longer term.
  Richard Crook – Head of Innovation Engineering, Royal Bank of Scotland
  Nick Johnson – Software Engineer, Ethereum
  Dr. Jane Thomason, CEO at Abt JTA, Global Social Policy Adviser, Member Devex Impact Strategic Advisory Council
  Dr. Lee Braine, Investment Bank CTO Office at Barclays
Alex Bausch – Chairman,  BECON | Blockchain Ecosystem Network
16.15 – 17.00 Networking Reception
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