5-6 February 2019 | Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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 strategy

Dr 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.
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Dr Sohail Munir

Acting Director of Smart City Enablement Department
Smart Dubai Government

9:30 am - 10:00 am The Future of Asset Tokenization and BitCar

Daniel Woodroof - Cars Specialist Bitcar

Daniel Woodroof

Cars Specialist
Bitcar

  • 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?


Panellists:
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Ajay Rathi

Senior Director Information Technology
Meraas Holding

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Jose Francisco Fernandez

IoT Blockchain Lead
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Henri Bergstrom

Advisor, 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
in ICOs.

11:25 am - 11:55 am Cyber Security and the Blockchain – the decentralized security model

Steven Sprague - CEO Rivetz Corp
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Steven Sprague

CEO
Rivetz Corp

11:55 am - 12:25 pm Global Property Transactions Secured Through Blockchain

Natalia Karayaneva - CEO and Founder Propy Inc.
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Natalia Karayaneva

CEO and Founder
Propy Inc.

12:25 pm - 12:55 pm A decentralized marketplace for digital games, items and services

Kim Rom - Chief Gaming Officer Kinguin
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Kim Rom

Chief Gaming Officer
Kinguin

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


Panellists:

Simone Vernacchia

Senior Digital & Technology Consulting Director
PwC

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Dr Sohail Munir

Acting Director of Smart City Enablement Department
Smart Dubai Government

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Yousuf Mohammed AlShaiba

Director of Smart Services Development Department
Ajman Municipality & Planning Department

1:25 pm - 1:55 pm What is a Gold Backed Token and why you should care?

Robin Lee - Co-founder and CEO HelloGold
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Robin Lee

Co-founder and CEO
HelloGold

1:55 pm - 12:00 am Naoris blockchain cyber security demonstration

Monica Oravcova - Co-Founder and COO Naoris
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Monica Oravcova

Co-Founder and COO
Naoris

2:10 pm - 3:10 pm Lunch networking break

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Michael Arrington

, Founder of Techcrunch and Partner at crypto fund Arrington XRP Capital
XRP Capital

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Healthcare on Blockchain. Intelligent currency and platform for coordination and administration of healthcare around the world

Pradeep Goel - CEO Solve.care Foundation
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Pradeep Goel

CEO
Solve.care Foundation

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Effect AI. Product demo

Chris 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.
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Chris Dawe

Chief Executive Officer
Effect.AI

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Allen Alishahi

Co-Founder and President
Shelterzoom Corp

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Chao Cheng-Shorland

Co-Founder and CEO
Shelterzoom

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm Evolving landscape of blockchain security and governance

Muhammad Salman Anjum - Communication Lead Zuflo
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Muhammad Salman Anjum

Communication Lead
Zuflo

4:30 pm - 4:45 pm Friendz ICO: decentralized peer-to-peer marketing platform

Simona Fontana - Lead Project Manager Friendz
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Simona Fontana

Lead Project Manager
Friendz

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: How government blockchain applications will impact people and companies in the GCC

Dr 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?


Panellists:
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Dr Sohail Munir

Acting Director of Smart City Enablement Department
Smart Dubai Government

5:20 pm - 5:20 pm End of conference day one