Blockchain – The Game Changer of the 4th Industrial Revolution

Intercontinental Blockchain Conference 24th May 2018
Brussels, Belgium

 

 

 

Morning Session 9.30 – 11.30, Australian Embassy to Belgium and Luxembourg and Mission to the EU and NATO

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9:30 - 11:30

Morning workshop with the diplomatic representations of Australia, USA, Canada, Japan and Lithuania to European Union

A workshop, which will take place in the premises of the Australian Embassy to Belgium and Luxembourg and Mission to the European Union and NATO, together with representatives of the mission of the United States to the European Union, mission of Canada to the European Union, The Mission of Japan to the European Union and Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the European Union. Workshop will be focused on key aspects of the chosen topics on blockchain, which are relevant for the region of the particular country.

Welcome Speech: Justin Brown, Australia’s Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, the EU and NATO

Moderator: Eglė Nemeikštytė, CEO Blockchain Centre Vilnius

Speakers:

  • Rob Hanson, Senior Honorary Fellow – Autonomy, Agency and Assurance Institute, Australian National University, and Senior Research Consultant – Data61| CSIRO
  • Paul J. Thanos, the Director of the Office of Finance and Insurance Industries at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration
  • Kazuyuki Shimamura, Director, Financial System Stabilization Planning Office, Financial Services Agency of Japan.
  • Katsumi Sekizawa, Deputy Director, ICT Strategy Policy Division, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
  • Moe Adham, Co-founder of Bitaccess Inc.
  • Andrius Adamonis, LB Chain team leader, Central Bank of Lithuania.

Closing remarks: Jovita Neliupšienė, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Permanent Representative of Lithuania

Afternoon Session 14:00 – 18:00, European Parliament, JAN2Q2, Brussels

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14:00 - 14:10

Welcome speeches

 

  • Carl Christian Buhr, Deputy Head of Cabinet of the Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, European Commission

  • Antanas Guoga, Member of the European Parliament, EPP group

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14:10 - 14:50

Panel discussion: Blockchain for government. Best practices and use cases

Blockchain experiments in the public sector are accelerating globally. In recent years, agen-cies in more than a dozen countries - including USA, Canada, the Netherlands, UAE, Japan, Lithuania and many other progressive countries are running pilots, tests, and trials examining both the architecture’s broad utility as a basis for government service provision and procurement and developing individual blockchain based applications for internal use in different areas. Through using specific use cases of the applications of blockchain from the frontrunner countries what are the benefits and drawbacks of blockchain in public sector? Which areas of governance can benefit the most from the application of blockchain technology?

Moderator: Taavi Rõivas, Member of Estonian Parliament, former Prime Minister of Estonia

 Speakers:

  • Vilius Šapoka, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Raymond Knops, State Secretary for Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations, the Netherlands
  • Thomas Stern, Senior Supervision Officer, Banking Division, Financial Market Authority Liechtenstein
  • Dirk Bullmann, Fintech coordinator and advisor to the Director General, European Central Bank
  • Gyu-Myoung Lee, Adjunct Professor of Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology
  • Brittany Kaiser, Co-Founder of the Digital Asset Trade Association (DATA)

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14:50 - 15:50

Reports from intercontinental morning workshops

A representative from the morning’s workshop will report key aspects and the main findings of the chosen topics on blockchain, which are relevant for the region of the chosen country.

Summary of the workshop: Eglė Nemeikštytė, CEO of Blockchain Centre Vilnius

  • AUSTRALIA: Rob Hanson, Senior Honorary Fellow – Autonomy, Agency and Assurance Institute, Australian National University, and Senior Research Consultant – Data61| CSIRO
  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Paul J. Thanos, the Director of the Office of Finance and Insurance Industries at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration
  • CANADA: Moe Adham, Co-founder of Bitaccess Inc.
  • JAPAN: Kazuyuki Shimamura, Director, Financial System Stabilization Planning Office, Financial Services Agency of Japan.
  • LITHUANIA: Andrius Adamonis, LB Chain team leader, Central Bank of Lithuania

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15:50 - 16:00

Coffee break

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16:00 - 17:00

Panel discussion: Do we need to regulate cryptocurrencies?

If 2017 was the year of the ICO, it seems as if 2018 is destined to become the year of regulatory reckoning. Things have already begun to heat up as countries around the world grapple with cryptocurrencies and try to determine how they are going to treat them. Some are welcoming, others are cautious. The EU also plans to introduce measures to regulate the cryptomarkets. Will the future regulation completely change the way cryptomarkets are running today? What are the benefits and potential challenges that legislatures will face? Will the future regulation boost or decrease society’s interest in cryptocurrencies?

Moderator: Paulius Kunčinas, Chairman of the Board, Blockchain Centre Vilnius

Speakers:

  • Peteris Zilgalvis, Head of Unit for Startups and Innovation DG CONNECT and Co-Chair of Fintech Task Force, European Commission
  • Sorin Moisa, Member of the European Parliament, EPP Group
  • Greg Van den Bergh, CEO of Bankorus
  • David Siegel, CEO of 20|30 & Pillar Project
  • Hsuan (Walter) Yang, Sr. Overseas Business Development Specialist at Ontology
  • Kristof van de Reck, founding member and interim President at NEM.io Foundation

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17:00 - 18:00

Panel discussion: Welcome to the future of blockchain, artificial intelligence and IoT

Artificial intelligence is re-shaping entire industries and automates life to the extend not easily imaginable a few years ago. Blockchain is bringing evolutionary changes to industries and consumer technology to the extend not existent a few years ago. Each technology has its own degree of technical complexity as well as business implications but the joint use of the two may be able to redesign the entire technological (and human) paradigm from scratch. Can we combine both mega trends' strengths to achieve even greater benefits? What do both technologies have in common?

Moderator: Dr Clara Neppel, Senior Director IEEE Technology Centre GmbH

Speakers:

  • Daniel Dalton, Member of the European Parliament, ECR group
  • Chiara Tomasi, ‎Public Policy and Government Relations Analyst at Google
  • Louis de Bruin, European Blockchain Leader at IBM
  • Julio Alejandro, Global Communications at Aeternity (Blockchain)
  • Eric Larchevêque, CEO of Ledger
  • Eli-Shaoul KHEDOURI, CEO of Intuition Machine

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18:00 - 18:10

Closing remarks

  • Antanas Guoga, Member of the European Parliament, EPP group

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18:30 - 20:00

Networking evening

FREE ADMISSION

  • Registration for non-institution participants is obligatory, in order to get the entrance badge.

  • Registration for non-institution participants is open until Thursday 17th May only.

CONTACT US

  • Phone. +32(0)2 28 45522

  • E-mail: antanas.guoga@europarl.europa.eu