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 Driving blockchain: An introduction to applying blockchain to real-world problems

Saqr Ereiqat, Blockchain Evangelist, Blockchain Evangelist
Blockchain continues to advance at a rapid pace and has a huge potential to disrupt and improve many businesses. Whilst there are a number of used cases for the finance industry and clear examples of how it can be applied in sectors such as real restate, logistics and healthcare, the potential of blockchain is a long way from being fully understood.
This presentation demonstrates how blockchain can go beyond cryptocurrencies and be used to overcome real-world problems.

Saqr Ereiqat

Blockchain Evangelist
Blockchain Evangelist
  • 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

Saqr Ereiqat

Blockchain Evangelist
Blockchain Evangelist

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM Networking break

11:10 AM - 11:40 AM Blockchain and healthcare: A Dubai Health Authority case study insight

Waleed Aldhuhouri, Head of Corporate Applications, Dubai Health Authority
Recently, there has been a lot of global hype about how blockchain can be applied in the healthcare industry. This case study insight will delve into Dubai Health Authority’s blockchain journey so far and lessons learnt, covering the following key areas:

  • Recognising how Dubai Health Authority aims to apply blockchain and strategies for implementation
  • Assessing how Dubai Health Authority are in the process of applying blockchain for professional licensing for physicians and how they are planning to implement it by 2018
  • Discussing how Dubai Health Authority is evaluating the use case of social prescribing to give the doctors overview on the medicines taken by the patient from the private and public hospitals

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Waleed Aldhuhouri

Head of Corporate Applications
Dubai Health Authority
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

Yousuf Mohammed AlShaiba

Director of Smart Services Development Department
Ajman Municipality & Planning Department

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM Blockchain and real estate: A Dubai Land Department case study insight

Sultan Al Akraf, Head of Real Estate Registration, Dubai Land Department Mureed Mustada, Operations Director, Dubai Land Department
  • Learn about Dubai Land Department’s blockchain journey and recognise how they are developing a system to record all local real estate on blockchain
  • Recognise how Dubai Land Department aim to have all real estate and department services on a single platform by the year 2019-2020
  • Understand how blockchain will enhance confidence of investors and be a convenience for tenants, whose leases would be recorded by the system

Sultan Al Akraf

Head of Real Estate Registration
Dubai Land Department

Mureed Mustada

Operations Director
Dubai Land Department

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM DEWA case study insight

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Lunch networking break

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Block factor – An investors pitch competition

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.

  • 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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Hans Henrik Christensen

Director of Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre
Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

Saqr Ereiqat

Blockchain Evangelist
Blockchain Evangelist
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Dr Sohail Munir

Acting Director of Smart City Enablement Department
Smart Dubai Government

4:15 PM - 4:15 PM End of conference day one