19 - 20 February, 2019 | The Meydan Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 20 February 2019

9:10 am - 9:30 am CHAIRPERSON

Day 1 wrap-up, Day 2 rev-up!

SECURING YOUR BLOCKS

There is no doubt that DLT is quite a secure technology and is proven to be more secure than current security infrastructure. But with advancing technologies also comes advanced hackers and this has been proven in such a short time itself. Blockchain users are being heavily targeted by cybercriminals for profits, and the best example is the crypto theft against Coincheck which resulted in the loss of $532m in NEM Coin earlier this year. Phising, Malware, Cryptojacking and vulnerabilities are few of the common ways attackers have tried and been successful in hacking into Blockchain networks and there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure a secure implementation of Blockchain if industries and governments are to use them

9:30 am - 10:00 am EFFICIENCY, SECURITY AND FLEXIBILITY – DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?

Blockchain is portrayed as the ultimate secure solution but why are we so confident that it is really reliable? Have we explored all the potential threats of blockchain and what do we mean by saying that blockchain is secure?

  • How can you ensure that your organisation is not affected by the increasing cyber threats towards Blockchain technologies which costed $490m in 2017?
  • Ensuring you have a secure and a blockchain-ready infrastructure
  • Is Blockchain un-hackable? Are you ready to risk tokenising all your data on blocks in the current cyber world?
  • Lack of centralised standards combined with potential security vulnerabilities and concerns about data privacy are perceived as key challenges to the wider adoption of Blockchain
  • Why standards and interoperability matter for a secure infrastructure?
  • The possible vulnerabilities when connecting legacy systems with new blockchain projects and how to protect them
  • How different blockchain projects can cause vulnerability and the importance of connecting and interoperating between different blockchain projects
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Dr Nasser AlSaedi

Head of Information Security and AI Consultant
Abu Dhabi Police, UAE

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Fawaz Shakralla

Head of IT
BIPD – Bahrain Institute for Political Development

10:30 am - 11:00 am BIG PICTURE: WHEN AI MEETS BLOCKCHAIN: What’s the deal?

How can AI & Blockchain work together to support B2B environment? How can joint use of the two technologies alter the tech for business leaders to invest in developments in this space

  • The intersection of AI and Blockchain - discussing standard definitions, challenges, and benefits
  • Converging infrastructure to support innovative technologies
  • Cyber Security, AI & Big Data: understanding the infrastructure requirements to ensure you’re Blockchain-ready, both from an infrastructure perspective and a security perspective

11:00 am - 11:20 am INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: MOBILITY LEVERAGING BLOCKCHAIN FOR SAFER, GREENER AND SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY-INTRODUCING MOBI

Sebastien Henot - Manager of Business Innovation, Renault Innovation Silicon Valley, USA
BMW, GM, FORD and Renault joined efforts to explore the potential of blockchain in automotive and mobility space by creating MOBI- the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative. The group is using Blockchain to make transportation safer, accessible and affordable. Find out how.
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Sebastien Henot

Manager of Business Innovation
Renault Innovation Silicon Valley, USA

11:20 am - 11:30 am LIVE & INTERACTIVE AUDIENCE POLLING & PROFILING

Benchmark your challenges against your fellow peers to gain audience-wide insights

11:30 am - 12:00 pm NETWORKING BREAK

Swap business-cards and break the ice with your fellow participants to start making those valuable connections

ENHANCING NETWORK TRANSPARENCY AND COMMUNICATION

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT-SUPPLY CHAIN: BLOCKCHAIN AND SUPPLY CHAIN: Building a next generation universal supply chain operating system

Mohamed Saad Mousa - Chief Information Security Officer, IKEA Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia
There is a growing awareness among global executives that blockchain can offer a new way to mitigate the possibility of supply chain fraud, waste and abuse. The technology also has the ability to improve supply chain financial crime risk management and help for anti-fraud efforts in supply chains.

  • How blockchain can enable a more traceable and transparent supply chain network
  • Tracking the product journey securely and with full transparency and how it can reduce time delays and human errors
  • Reducing the internal audits and processes by having a shared and indelible ledger
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Mohamed Saad Mousa

Chief Information Security Officer
IKEA Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia

12:20 pm - 12:30 pm INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT-REAL ESTATE: HOW IS BLOCKCHAIN TRANSFORMING THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY BY CENTRALISING A DECENTRALISED TECH

  • Securing the owners right by building an accurate and trusted real estate platform
  • The Dubai Real Estate Blockchain defined and the journey explained
  • How the strategy aims to overcome challenges of smart contract security and privacy

THE BIGGEST HURDLE: REGULATION

  • Reaching the trillion dollar valuation by having a set framework in place to promote acceptance
  • Why countries are still contemplating on using blockchain and the challenges that such technologies present to the legislation
  • The right regulatory framework: A key to smart cities
  • What can organisations, alliances and solution providers do to promote a framework without stifling innovation
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Tobias Young

Head of Product Development and Strategy
Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange, UAE

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Imran Sarwar

Senior Enterprise Architect
Dubai Customs, UAE

12:50 pm - 1:10 pm TRAILBLAZER: MAKING ENTREPRISE READY SMART CONTRACTS - Why aren’t smart contracts that smart after all?

  • Can we legally enforce smart contracts?
  • What regulatory and technical hurdles need to be overcome before they can be widely deployed
  • What are the potential benefits of smart contracts for improving business operations and customer services across different industries: help reduce delays, inefficiencies, manual errors and fraud etc.

1:10 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH BREAK

THE INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE

IDG’s: INTERACTIVE GROUP DISCUSSIONS

Interactive Group Discussions (IDGs) are the perfect setting for audiences to come together and discuss their ideas, insights and opinions on specific topics. Each IDG has a leader who will lead the discussion and mention key points that the audience seated can engage in, creating a platform for interactive conversations and learnings from like minded individuals, from similar work backgrounds of industries, hence leading into a thought provoking discussion.

IDG One

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm BLOCKCHAIN FOR GOOD

IDG Two

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm BLOCKCHAIN FOR SME’s

IDG Three

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm USING CRYPTO FOR EVERYDAY PAYMENTS

IDG Four

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CHOSING THE RIGHT STARTUP: THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY

IDG Five

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm WHY THE HUMAN TOUCH IS STILL CRUCIAL


3:00 pm - 3:20 pm THE FUTURE YOUTH AND INCUBATORS: BLOCKCHAIN AND FUTURE TECH LABS AS A PLATFORM FOR INNOVATION

The role of governments and influencers in creating a “Blockchain comfortable society”

  • Developing future youth to embrace and drive innovation
  • What can our future generations do with our existing blockchain technologies and how can they make it better?

3:20 pm - 5:30 pm VC CORNER: STARTUP PITCHES

Showcasing the most creative global tech entrepreneurs, this pitch platform will demonstrate some of the most exciting investment opportunities through innovative new solutions.

10 minute pitches from each start-up highlighting their blockchain technology and how it can help your business problem through their innovation.

5:10 pm - 5:10 pm Closing Remarks & End of Conference

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight.