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Agenda 2017 2017-12-07T14:54:09+00:00

DECENTRALIZED 2017 AGENDA

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17:00 – 19:00

Registration

19:00 – 20:30

Welcome Cocktail

09:00 – 10:00

Registration: 08:00 – 13:00
Opening Remarks
Panorama Room

Chairs: Soulla Louca, Blockchain Initiative & George Giaglis, Institute for the Future, University of Nicosia

09:00 – 09:30 Welcome Address: Antonis Polemitis, CEO, University of Nicosia
09:30 – 10:00Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain: Past, Present, and Future | Garrick Hileman, Research Fellow, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, University of Cambridge

10:00 – 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:30

Panel Discussion I: The Rise of Digital Cash: Blockchain Regulation, Compliance and Law Enforcement
Panorama Room

Moderator: Mark Toohey, Co-founder, TBSx3

Avi Sela, COO, eToro Group Limited
Astyanax Kanakakis, Co-founder and CEO – Norbloc
Alexandar Matanovic, CEO – Electronic Currency District
Sinclair Davidson, Professor of Institutional Economic – RMIT University
Kentaroh Toyoda, Assistant Professor – Keio University

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency platforms present numerous conceptual challenges in the regulatory sphere as they combine aspects of money, commodities and securities. Regulation has been developed in many areas (taxation, money transmitting, securities, etc), but there are numerous legal uncertainties and contradictions. This session outlines the current regulatory landscape and explores the main challenges to be addressed today and in the future.


11:30 – 12:10

Accelerating your Blockchain Projects with Microsoft and KPMG
Panorama Room

Chair: George Giaglis, Institute for the Future, University of Nicosia

Mark Torr, IoT and Advanced Analytics, Microsoft
George Tziortzis, Board Member, Head of Management Consulting, KPMG Cyprus


12:10 – 13:10

Panel Discussion II: Retail Payments or Settlement Systems: Blockchain in Financial Services
Panorama Room

Moderator: George Giaglis, Institute for the Future, University of Nicosia

Evangelos Tabakis, Head of Risk Management – Central Bank of UAE
John Velissarios, Principal Director – Global Blockchain Technology Lead, Accenture Technology Labs
Panayiotis Papadopoulos, Partner – Marathon VC
Yoni Asia, Board Member & CEO, eToro

Possibly the single most fundamental debate about the use of blockchains in financial systems is whether the objective is to replicate a global consumer retail payments platform or a global real-time gross settlement platform. This important and challenging topic impacts everything from views on block size to strategy for firms in the blockchain space.


13:10 – 14:40

Lunch Break

Registration: 14:00 – 17:30

14:40 – 15:00

Assuring life-essential products via Blockchain
Panorama Room

Chair: Soulla Louca, Blockchain Initiative, University of Nicosia

Angel Versetti, CEO, Ambrosus


15:00 – 15:20

Activities regarding blockchain in Japan
Panorama Room

Chair: George Giaglis, Institute for the Future, University of Nicosia

Yuka Shimizu, Consultant, Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.
Anna Hiraiwa, Consultant, Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.


15:30 – 16:30

Transparency Across the Seas: Blockchain in Shipping & Supply Chain Management
Panorama Room

Chair: Soulla Louca, Blockchain Initiative

Horizontal and Vertical Decentralized Industry Solutions
Megaron B Room

Chair: Yannis Karamitsos, Digital Transformation Technologist, Orange Business Services

15:30 – 15:50>Blockchain as a game changer for SCM and transport logistics | Frank Bolten, Managing Partner – CHAINSTEPBlockchain & Digital Health Assets (Online Participation) | John Bass, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Hashed Health
15:50 – 16:10>Effective use of Blockchain Technology to Defeat Counterfeiters | Mark Toohey, Lawyer and Co-founder – TBSx3A toolset to implement Smart Processes on a Blockchain | Nikos Karapanagou, CTO – Motivian
16:10 – 16:30Blokchain beyond Financial Services: supply chain, traceability, shipping, trade finance, etc. | Emmanuel Viale, Accenture Technology LabsThe Dubai Centre for Risk and Innovation: A focus in the UAE strategy for Blockchain | Maria Papadaki, Managing Director – Dubai Center for Risk and Innovation
Blockchains can potentially improve on bureaucratic, paper-heavy systems in the shipping industry, connecting commerce and supply chains in interlinked chains of provable trust and transparency. Blockchain technology can ensure reliable and updated data for bills of lading and supply chain management, as well as indicate cargo provenance and integrity. This combination of panelists from the shipping and blockchain industry will discuss solutions that may emerge in the coming years.Blockchain is taking numerous industries by storm imposing changes that were previously unimaginable or infeasible. Disruption is at the doorstep and affected organizations will inevitably have to adjust or perish. Initiatives bound to realize the potential of blockchain will be presented.

16:30 – 16:55

Coffee Break

16:55 – 17:35

16:55 – 17:55

Blockchain.edu: Blockchain in Academia and Research
Panorama Room

Chair: Yiannis Levantis, Group CIO, BMI Group

Will Robots Use Bitcoin? The Internet of Trust and Artificial Intelligence
Megaron B Room

Chair: Maria Michailidis, Professor, University of Nicosia

16:55 – 17:15Is DLT the Cure for the Omni-Channel Blues? A Provocation | Bernardo Batiz-Lazo, Professor – Bangor UniversityCombining Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain: Innumerable Technological Innovations | Spyros Makridakis, Director – Institute for the Future, University of Nicosia
17:15 – 17:35Credentials on the Blockchain | Kostas. A. Karasavvas, R&D Blockchain Initiative, University of Nicosia
17:35 – 17:55The RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub: a new approach to social science research on blockchain technology | Sinclair Davidson, Professor of Institutional Economic, RMIT UniversityImplementing a Church-Turing thesis machine on a Blockchain | Konstantinos Sgantzos, Researcher – University of Thessaly
Blockchains present a challenging and exciting area for academia, as they do not neatly fall within departmental lines. In this session, we look at the latest developments in blockchain topics in higher education, including new trends in academic instruction, research and use of blockchain-based technologies within the university (e.g. academic credentials on the blockchain).As algorithms grow and evolve to perform more complex tasks in what we collectively call AI, they’ll be called to interoperate with each other, create markets, source services from each other and share information and money much in the same way as humans do. Do we have the hardware and software in place for something like this? Are we ready as a civilization? Bringing several of the above topics together, what new things will we see at the convergence of blockchains, IoT, AI and other fledgling technologies in the near future?

17:55 – 18:55

Open Governments: Blockchain-Enabled Governance
Panorama Room

Chair: Yannis Karamitsos, Digital Transformation Technologist, Orange Business Services

Your Autonomous Fridge: Blockchain and the Internet of Things
Megaron B Room

Chair: Andreas Vlachos, Academic Coordinator Officer, University of Nicosia

17:55 – 18:15Redesigning Democracy on the Blockchain | Jamie Skella, Co-Founder – Horizon StateIndustrial grade IoT-connections to blockchains | Skwarek Volker, Professor – Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
18:15 – 18:35Blockchain in Poland | Krzysztof Piech, Professor – Lazarski UniversityBlockchain-based Secure Decentralization for the Internet-of-Things | Vasos Vassiliou, Assistant Professor, Networks Research Laboratory
18:35 – 18:55The Governed Blockchain | Ian Grigg, EOSA roadmap to Innovation of Things™ – The case of Digital land administration systems | Thanos Yamas, Managing Director – IoTask LLC
Blockchain-based governance has the potential to enable more transparent and efficient governance. We examine what today’s leaders view as the key opportunities and challenges in implementing blockchain based solutions in government, either in traditional or non-traditional functions.Some say, the “S” in “IoT” stands for security; We still have a lot of problems to solve in this rapidly growing industry, some of which include identification, authentication and management of devices which often still rely on centralized services. Will blockchain-based solutions provide a new interoperability layer between the billions of IoT devices and improve security and maintainability?

19:30 – 20:00

Networking Cocktail

20:00 – 00:00

Gala Dinner

09:00 – 09:30

Registration: 08:30 – 13:00
Keynote Talk
Panorama Room

Chair: Soulla Louca, Blockchain Initiative, University of Nicosia

09:00 – 09:30Europe and blockchains: Keep Trust in Disruptions | Chiara Mazzone, Innovation Policy Office, DG CONNECT- European Commission

09:30 – 10:50

Horizontal and Vertical Decentralized Industry Solutions
Panorama Room

Chair: George Giaglis, Institute for the Future, University of Nicosia

09:30 – 09:50Keeping it Real: Distributed Ledgers and Counterfeit Goods | Adam Hayes, Co-founder and CEO – ChainLink
09:50 – 10:10Blockchain & Smart Contracts: Building blocks for Smart Cities | Yannis Karamitsos, Digital Transformation Technologist – Orange Business Services
10:10 – 10:30 Decentralized solutions for real-world problems | Alice Corsini, Chief Operations Officer, Oraclize
10:30 – 10:50 Decentralised energy trading – first results of the Enerchain project | Michael Merz, Founder, PONTON
Blockchain is taking numerous industries by storm imposing changes that were previously unimaginable or infeasible. Disruption is at the doorstep and affected organizations will inevitably have to adjust or perish. Initiatives bound to realize the potential of blockchain will be presented.

10:50 – 11:20

Coffee Break

11:20 – 12:20

Portable Health: Blockchain in the Life and Health Sciences
Panorama Room

Chair: Spyros Makridakis, Institute for the Future, University of Nicosia

11:20 – 11:40From Hippocrates to Nakamoto | Bryant Joseph Gilot, Chief Medical Officer – Blockchain Health
11:40 – 12:00Blockchains in eHealth and Life Science – reality not fiction | Daniel Burgwinkel, Blockchain Projects Lead – Guardtime
12:00 – 12:20Why the healthcare industry needs blockchain technology | Vidushi Savant, Clinical Faculty, Stanford Medical Center
Blockchain has the potential to enable secure lifetime medical record sharing by allowing various stakeholders (hospitals, patients, relatives, personal doctors etc.) to access medical data, while still ensuring data integrity as well as privacy protection. What are the implications of this for healthcare systems and how should healthcare providers and governments be responding?

12:20 – 13:00

Cryptoassets as a New Asset Class: Challenges and Opportunities for Investors, Asset Managers and Regulators
Panorama Room

Chair: Soulla Louca, Institute for the Future, University of Nicosia

Denis Norenko, Chairman WS Financial and Investment Services Ltd (WSFIS)


13:00 – 14:20

Lunch Break

14:20 – 14:50

Keynote Talk

Chair: Antonis Polemitis, CEO, University of Nicosia

MEP Ms Eva Kaili, Head of the Greek SD Delegation (Pasok/Elia) in the European Parliament


14:50 – 15:50

Open Financial Systems on the Blockchain
Panorama Room

Chair: Adam Hayes, Co-founder and CEO, ChainLink

14:50 – 15:10ICOs and the the future of funding | George Papageorgiou, UNIC Fellow
15:10 – 15:30Lykke global marketplace: architecture, metrics and roadmap | Sergey Ivliev, Co-founder and COO – Lykke
15:30 – 15:50On the standardization of Initial Coin Offerings | Theodosis Mourouzis, Research Fellow – University College London
ICOs are a new and disruptive crowdfunding method, that’s been slowly evolving over the last 3 years, to peak at more than 1.2$ billion raised just in 2017 so far. We’re exploring what are the major drivers of this process, how it interfaces with conventional regulation and what the future could hold for investment mechanisms in the space.

15:50 – 16:20

Coffee Break

16:20 – 17:00

Panel Discussion III: Limited Editions: Digital Blockchain and Digital Rights Management (DRM)
Panorama Room

Moderator: Thanos Yamas, Managing Director, IoTask LLC

Panos Panay, Vice President, Innovation and Strategy, Managing Director, Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, Berklee
Thor Pettersen, Co-founder, CopyrightCoins
Yiannis Levantis, Group CIO, BMI Group

The storage, distribution and management of digital rights on decentralized ledgers, can ensure that creators, owners and licensees of the intellectual property rights relating to digital assets (anything from a song, to a limited edition print to the blueprints of an aircraft part) are able to protect and prove their own work, as well as get compensated in a more automated manner with fewer intermediaries.


17:00 – 17:40

The Great Divide: Public vs Private Blockchain
Panorama Room

Chair: Maria Michailidis, Professor, University of Nicosia

17:00 – 17:20Public and private blockchains – same idea, inverted context | Gregor Borosa, UNIC Fellow
17:20 – 17:40Andreas Antonopoulos, Author, Entrepreneur UNic Fellow (Recorded Message)

A detailed view on the different characteristics of public and private (or consortium) blockchains, addressing which organizations, business models, structural profiles, governance mechanisms (if any) are suitable for each type; along with the great question, how much decentralization is enough and can we have too much of it?


17:40 – 17:55

Psychological Aspects of Crowdfunding in FinTech Projects
Panorama Room

Chair: Spyros Makridakis, Institute for the Future, University of Nicosia

Ruslan Vasyutin, CMO, Datarius Cryptobank


17:55 – 18:10

The MAP of the Future is Decentralized
Panorama Room

Chair: Adam Hayes, Co-founder and CEO, ChainLink

Arnaud Dazin, CEO, Mapping Aggregation Platform Ltd


18:10 – 18:25

Smart Contracts without a Virtual Machine
Panorama Room

Chair: Adam Hayes, Co-founder and CEO, ChainLink

Adam Perlow, CEO, Zen Protocol Development


18:25 – 18:35

Disrupting the Establishment

Chair: Adam Hayes, Co-founder and CEO, ChainLink

Christopher Zenios, ICO & Blockchain Advisor, trade.io


18:40 – 19:10

Closing Session
Panorama Room

Antonis Polemitis, CEO, University of Nicosi
Soulla Louca, Blockchain Initiative, University of Nicosia
George Giaglis, Institute for the Future, University of Nicosia
Spyros Makridakis, Institute for the Future, University of Nicosia


19:10 – 19:40

Networking Cocktail

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