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08.30 – 9.00 Registration and Coffee
09.00 – 9.30 Catalan Government introducing Blockchain 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, the goal of the Catalan Ministry of Presidency is to accelerate the growth of a sustainable ecosystem that drives the application and implementation of Blockchain in all private and public sectors in Catalunya.
Mr. Jordi Puigneró i Ferrer, Secretary of Telecommunication, Cybersecurity and Digital Society at the Government of Catalonia
09.30 – 10.00 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
10.00 – 10.30 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)
10.30 – 11.15 Manage Disruption – panel
Albert Castellana, Vice Dean on Innovation at COEINF, Council at NEM Foundation, Founder at Atraura Blockchain

Jaume Catarineu, President at TiC Anoia, Vice-president at SINERGIA, Ubiquat CEO
Ramon Palacio, Board member at, CEO at Xponent
Tjibbe Veenstra, Co-Chair, BECON
11.15 – 11.45 Coffee Break
11.45 – 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 at BECON | Blockchain Ecosystem Network (Ireland)
12.15– 13.00 Local Blockchain projects Spotlight
Introduction of the Blockchain possibilities and opportunities, in addition to a panel discussion with three local Blockchain pioneers (invited)
Jordi Herrera Joancomartí, coordinator of the PhD programme in Computer Science at Autonomous University of Barcelona
Marc Rocas, Researcher at Open University of Catalonia IN3 and Associate Professor at University of Barcelona
Lluïsa Marsal, BECON Catalan Chapter Lead
Moderated by Tjibbe Veenstra, Co-chair BECON (The Netherlands)
13.00 – 13.30 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)
13.30 – 14.00 Blockchain in China
Jane Zang, CEO & Founder, Shellpay (China)
14.00 – 15.00 Lunch
15.00 – 15.45 Blockchain and Government – panel
In this session we will go deeper into some of the Blockchain projects currently being undertaken in cities, government and industry. We will also go into detail in how cities, municipalities and governments are brought into these projects.
Jordi Baylina, Founder at Giveth, Liquium and Atraura Blockchain
Carlos Barbero Steinblock, Barcelona Bitcoin Community co-organizer, CEO of BTC-Guardian
Andrea Ortega Villalobos, Innovation project Manager and Lawyer at Cuatrecases
John Clippinger, CE), ID3 / MIT Media Lab
Tjibbe Veenstra, Co-Chair, BECON
15.45 – 16.30 The Future of Blockchain within Catalan’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.
This session will include presentations from industry, research, academia and administration on how blockchain is currently being used in different sectors of Catalan economy.
Josep Paradells, Director at i2Cat Foundation, on “Blockchain and security in the IoT”
Joan Llobera, i2Cat Foundation, on “Blockchain. An opportunity for Virtual Reality”
Juan Caubet, Head of Line Security Innovation at Eurecat, on “Blockchain& Cybersecurity: Why and why not?”
Session presented by:
Daniel Marco, Smart Catalonia Director at the Secretary of Telecommunications, Cybersecurity and Digital Society -Government of Catalonia
16.30  Networking Reception
Programme is subject to change