Conference Day One: Monday, 5 February 2018
8:00 am - 8:45 am Start of conference, registration with welcome refreshments
8:45 am - 8:50 am Welcome remarks from IQPC
8:50 am - 9:00 am Opening remarks from the conference chair and start of conference
9:00 am - 9:30 am Creating a city built on blockchain – Dubai’s blockchain strategyDr Sohail Munir - Acting Director of Smart City Enablement Department Smart Dubai Government
The Dubai blockchain strategy is a smart initiative from the Dubai government to deliver a more seamless, safe, efficient and impactful experience through the adoption of blockchain. This presentation will demonstrate how Dubai is going to achieve its goal of becoming the world’s first powered government to utilise the technology for all transactions by 2020 and how this strategy will bring Dubai to the forefront of the knowledge economy.
10:00 am - 10:30 am PANEL DISCUSSION: Creating a successful blockchain framework for your organisationAjay Rathi - Senior Director Information Technology Meraas Holding
Jose Francisco Fernandez - IoT Blockchain Lead du
Henri Bergstrom - Advisor, Business Development Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange
- From concept to reality: Understand the key components needed to move your business forward with blockchain application
- Preparing your organisation for blockchain: Understand the resources, skills and expertise required to build a blockchain
- How quickly can you create a blockchain within your organisation and more importantly manage and integrate it?
Ajay RathiSenior Director Information Technology
Jose Francisco FernandezIoT Blockchain Lead
Henri BergstromAdvisor, Business Development
Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange
10:30 am - 11:00 am Speed networking session
The investor community in the Middle East is beginning to explore
investment opportunities in ICOs. Venture capitalists are now becoming
more interested in ICOs for a number of reasons - the first is profits
- cryptocurrency investors have made massive returns in 2017, with
cryptocurrencies increasing in value. The second reason is because of the
liquidity of cryptocurrencies, rather than tying up vast amounts of funds in a
unicorn startup and waiting for the long play, investors can see gains more
quickly and can pull profits out more easily via ICOs. With this in mind, this
session will bring together exciting ICOs and investors together for a speed
networking session to understand the potential opportunities for investment
12:55 pm - 1:25 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: Adoption principles: Examining successful blockchain adoption principles by corporate entities and government authoritiesSimone Vernacchia - Senior Digital & Technology Consulting Director PwC
Dr Sohail Munir - Acting Director of Smart City Enablement Department Smart Dubai Government
Yousuf Mohammed AlShaiba - Director of Smart Services Development Department Ajman Municipality & Planning Department
Blockchain applications have the potential to become ‘as revolutionary technology for business transactions as the internet was communications’. Not everything is right for blockchain. Making implementation decisions regarding where and how we use blockchain needs to be assessed. This session discusses key elements for successful adoption and how to evaluate whether blockchain solutions are right for your organisation.
- Evaluate the potential of blockchain to improve trade, transactions and business processes
- Recognising how creating strong ecosystems can improve value to the organisation
- Understand how blockchain can improve visibility and trust by providing complete visibility to participants
Simone VernacchiaSenior Digital & Technology Consulting Director
Yousuf Mohammed AlShaibaDirector of Smart Services Development Department
Ajman Municipality & Planning Department
2:10 pm - 3:10 pm Lunch networking break
3:10 pm - 12:00 am Investments in ICOs, security and utility tokensMichael Arrington - , Founder of Techcrunch and Partner at crypto fund Arrington XRP Capital XRP Capital
Michael Arrington, Founder of Techcrunch and Partner at crypto fund Arrington XRP Capital
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Effect AI. Product demoChris Dawe - Chief Executive Officer Effect.AI
4 startup companies will pitch their blockchain business model ideas to a panel of industry experts and the winner will be announced at the end of the session.
Chris DaweChief Executive Officer
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm Shelterzoom Product demoAllen Alishahi - Co-Founder and President Shelterzoom Corp
Chao Cheng-Shorland - Co-Founder and CEO Shelterzoom
4:45 pm - 5:15 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: How government blockchain applications will impact people and companies in the GCCDr Sohail Munir - Acting Director of Smart City Enablement Department Smart Dubai Government
- What are the government blockchain applications being deployed in the region?
- How can government leverage cryptocurrencies?
- Which of these will have the most impact on citizens, residents and visitors and how will this change their lives?
- Which of these will have the most impact on companies and how?