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Agenda 20182018-11-16T16:59:15+00:00


      17:00 – 21:00


      19:00 – 21:00

         Welcome Cocktail

      08:00 – 09:00


     09:00 – 09:30

        Opening Remarks

Chair: Soulla Louca, Director, Blockchain Initiative, University of Nicosia

Antonis Polemitis, CEO, University of Nicosia

Konstantinos Masselos, President, Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission

Anna Diamantopoulou, President, DIKTIO

     09:30 – 10:10

        Keynote Addresses

Chair: Soulla Louca, Director, Blockchain Initiative, University of Nicosia

Eva Kaili, MEP, European Parliament
Blockchain: the view from the European Parliament

Garrick Hileman, Head of research Blockchain.com and Co-Founder Mosaic.io

  10:10 – 10:30

Conference Overview

Antonis Polemitis, CEO, University of Nicosia

     10:30 – 11:00

        Coffee Break

        11:00 – 12:00

Blockchain Technology Advances I

Chair: Klitos Christodoulou, Faculty,
IFF University of Nicosia

Nicos Karapanagou, PwC
Towards a Decentralized Process Automation

Nikolas Courtois, UCL
Stealth Address and Ethereum

Dylan Leighton & Matt Starkey, Oracle-D
Practical Applications of Blockchain Technology

Bill Papacharalampous,

Cryptocurrencies Dead for The
Masses: The Solution

Blockchain for Financial Services

Chair: Maria Michailidis, Professor,
University of Nicosia

Annemieke Dirkes, BitShares
BitShares Blockchain
makes the difference

Dimitris Litsikakis, Revolut
The future of banking/payment processing

Mark Smargon, Colu
Community currencies as the engine driving city growth

Apostolos Kourtis, University of East Anglia
Cryptocurrencies as an alternative investment

Panel Discussion: Blockchain and GDPR

Chair: Anna Plevri, Lecturer
Law, University of Nicosia

Achilles Emilianides, University of Nicosia

Ian Gauci, GTG Advocates and Afilexion Alliance

Andreas Ioannou, Leo Services Group

Simon Zenios, Simon Zenios & Co LLC

Marcus Hallside, Innovative Compliance
GDPR and Self-Sovereign Identity

         12:00 – 13:00

Blockchain Technology Advances II

Chair: Klitos Christodoulou, Faculty,
IFF University of Nicosia

George Giaglis, University of Nicosia
How Blockchain will converge with AI and IoT
to create a decentralized future

Jeremy Millar, ConsenSys
Decentralisation is a Board Level Issue

Peter Rizun, Bitcoin Unlimited
The Reality of Instant Bitcoin Transactions

Yoav Dror, CEO 
PumaPay: Bridging the Gap Between
Academia and Business to Ensure Everyday
Applications of Blockchain

Impact of Blockchain on Education

Chair: Maria Michailidis, Professor,
University of Nicosia

Angeliki Dedopoulou, European Commission
Digital Qualifications in the New EUROPASS: A
digital vision for education and employment

Eirini Anastopoulou, Ministry of Digital Policy,
Telecommunications and Media

Blockchain to build better public services

Elias Iosif & Soulla Louca, University of Nicosia
Dimitris Bibikas, South-East European
Research Centre

Empowering the Learner via Blockchain
Technology and the DLT4ALL project

Eugene Holin, MOTUM
Blockchain-based certificates for professionals,
helping to confirm their core competencies

Blockchain Regulation

Chair: Georgina Kyriakoude,
Professional Training Manager,
Blockchain Initiative University of Nicosia

Jeffrey Bandman, Bandman Advisors
Who Regulates Bitcoin?

Jonathan Galea, Blockchain Advisory
The Legal Implications of Decentralized
Autonomous Organization

Stefan Loesch, CryptoCustodian
Fintech regulation and strategic implications
of regulation in the blockchain space

      13:00 – 14:00

        Lunch Break

      14:00 – 15:00

      Keynote Addresses

Chair: George Giaglis, Director, IFF,
University of Nicosia

Llew Claasen, Executive Director, Bitcoin Foundation
The current state of cryptocurrency and the outlook for 2019: key developments in 2018 and what they tell us about the possibilities for 2019

Jameson Lopp, Infrastructure Engineer, CASA
Inverting Bureaucracy with Blockchains

         15:00 – 16:00

Blockchain Industrial Applications I

Chair: Elias IosifSenior researcher
IFF, University of Nicosia

Thrasos Thrasyvoulou, Oracle
Ioannis Spyridakis, Neurosoft
Sales and Supply Chain Finance for the Finance

John Karamitsos, Orange Business Services
Smart Contracts on Blockchain the next wave of
smart services

Manuel Machado, Bloomen
Managing copyrights for the Music
Video on Streaming markets over Blockchain

Ethical and Societal impact of Blockchain

Chair: Georgina Kyriakoudes, Professional
Training ManagerBlockchain Initiative,
University of Nicosia

Adam Hayes, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Socio-Technological Life of Bitcoin, Or How
Bitcoin Was Never Meant to be Money

Monique Morrow, Humanized Internet
Humanitarian Use of Blockchain : What Would You
do if….?

Constantinos Phellas, University of Nicosia
Ethics and Cryptocurrencies

 Blockchain Technology Advances III

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

Joshua Scigala, Vaultoro
Why fiat backed stable coins
are doomed to fail and what
can be done about it.

Stefan Tai, TU Berlin
Privacy-preserving blockchain applications:
Off-chaining, Zokrates and beyond

Ryan R. Fox, BitShares
Decentralized Leadership

         16:00 – 16:30

          Coffee Break

       16:30 – 17:30

Blockchain and Supply Chain

Chair: Soulla Louca, Director,
Blockchain Initiative, University of Nicosia

Konstantinos Votis, CERTH/ITI
Enabling Trust on the Blockchain
for the IoT Ecosystem

John Monarch, Shipchain
Revolutionizing a Trillion Dollar Shipping
+ Logistics Industry

Mark Toohey, TBSx3
Assessing the Realities and Opportunities of
Blockchain Implementation in Supply Chains

Blockchain and the 4th
Industrial Revolution

Chair: Marinos Theomistocleous,
Professor, University of Nicosia

Yannis Mastrogeorgiou, Institute of
Democracy K. 

Fourth Industrial Revolution: Extensions

Consequences for Society and the Economy

Yannis CharalabidisUniversity of
the Aegean

Will DLT’s ultimately transform
Industry and Government? And then, what?

Nikolaos SkarlatosExcelon
Excelon, Blockchain Mobile Banking

Konstantinos Pantos, George Tziortzis
Cloud Computing powered Blockchain

Research I: Blockchain
Law and Adoption

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

Anna Plevri, University of Nicosia
Legal Framework of
Cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin and
Altcoins – A European Perspective

Andreas Vlachos, University of Nicosia
The Blockchain Readiness Index: an advanced
metric representing Blockchain engagement per

George Lambrianides, Antikythera Capital
The pillars to mass adoption

         17:30 – 18:30

How COST can help you
to network your
Blockchain community

Chair: Soulla Louca,
Director, Blockchain Initiative

University of Nicosia

Ioanna Stavridou, COST Association
COST in a nutshell

Federico Costantini, University
of Udine

COST Action CA16222 on
Autonomous and 

Connected Transport –
How block chain could 
play a role?

Julio-Hernandez Castro, University
of Ken

Crypto as in Cryptography
and Cryptoanalysis

Andrea Bracciali, University
of Sterling

COST Action IC1406 on
Modelling for Big Data Applications – Forecasting Cryptocurrency Value

Blockchain in Greece

Chair: Ifigenia Georgiou, Faculty,
School of Business, University of Nicosia

Kostas Kalogerakis, Hellenic Blockchain Hub
Evolution in FinTech ecosystem in Greece – The opportunity of blockchain

Georgios Karamanolis, Hellenic Blockchain Hub
The initiative of the Hellenic blockchain Hub and efforts so far

Michael Psalidas, Crowdpolicy
Blockchain as a key pillar to develop smart cities and e-government

Research II: Technology

Chair: Spyros Makridakis,
IFF University of Nicosia

Georgios Palaiokrassas,
Georgios Fragkos
Nikolaos Kapsoulis, Antonios Litke, Theodora
Varvarigou, National Technical University of Athens
Anonymized personalization for distributed
applications over blockchain

Kostas Karasavvas, University of Nicosia
Issuing and revoking documents on
public blockchains

         18:30 – 21:00

          Networking Cocktail

      08:00 – 09:00


     09:30 – 10:30

        Keynote Addresses

Chair: Soulla Louca, Director, Blockchain Initiative, University of Nicosia

Roger Ver, CEO, Bitcoin.com

Spiros Margaris, Margaris Ventures
Digital Currencies Trends

      10:30 – 11:00

        Coffee Break

         11:00 – 12:00

Blockchain and
Fintech I

Chair: Andreas Vlachos, Academic
Coordinator, Officer Blockchain Initiative

University of Nicosia

Marc Kenigsberg, CoinJanitor,

The next Bitcoin is … Bitcoin

Efi Pylarinou, Efi Pylarinou Advisory
Unlocking value in Fintech: The Blockchain
Deity at Work

Yiannis Menelaou, Lykke Cyprus
Blockchain, what’s next?

Blockchain and Artificial

Chair: Klitos Christodoulou,
IFF University of Nicosia

Daniel Hulme, Applied Artificial

AI and the Future of Business

Spyros Makridakis, University
of Nicosia

Artificial Intelligence (AI)
and Intelligence
Augmentation (IA): Their
and Impact

Thomas Papapolyzos, a-Quant
Using AI & Machine
Learning in the Cryptocurrencies

Panel Discussion: Blockchain-ing
the World

Chair: Brian Evans, Influencive

Clinton Senkow, Influencive, VP
of Partnerships,

Lee Bailey, ShipChain

Aaron Kelly, ShipChain

Lyndon Farrington, Managing
Director, BeepXtra

             12:00 – 13:00

Blockchain and Fintech II

Chair: Andreas Vlachos, Academic
Coordinator, Officer Blockchain Initiative

University of Nicosia

Marc Schippke, YourMarket AG
How cryptocurrencies can actually be used as a
payment for goods and services

Denis Avrilionis, Compellio
Instant Audits: Blockchain in Accounting
and Auditing

Angelos Hadjiphilippou, Co-founder,
BeepXtra & Steroid4.0
Mass adoption problems and solutions!

Blockchain Industrial
Applications II

Chair: Klitos Christodoulou,
IFF University of Nicosia

Anthony Alleyne, Phore
How Phore Blockchain’s super-fast

allows artists and creators to keep
control of their rights

Ioannis Vlachos, Energy &
Blockchain Expert

in the Energy Sector

Christiana Zoupa, Oceanus Protocol
Blockchain: The End of Conservative

Derek Jones, Co-Founder

How technology can be used
to improve our finances, for good. 

Research III: Aviation

Chair: Elias Iosif, Senior researcher
IFF, University of Nicosia

Constantine Koursaris,
Michael Santonino III,
Michael Williams,
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Integrating the Global Supply Chain of
Airbus in the Aviation Industry by
Implementing RFID and Blockchain

Pierre Lalanne, Air France
The impact of Blockchain on the Airline

Nektarios Psycharis, Athens
International Airport

Blockchain for an Airport Environment:
Is there a ‘simple’ use case ?

      13:00 – 14:00

        Lunch Break

       14:00 – 15:00

   Keynote Addresses

Chair: George Giaglis, Director, IFF, University of Nicosia

Susanne Tarkowski, Bitnation
Bitnation: Your Blockchain Jurisdiction

Cherie Aimee, #6 Top 100 Most Influential Women in Blockchain
Humanizing Blockchain: How to Bring Trust to A Trustless System

         15:00 – 16:00

Initial Coin Offerings

Chair: Harris Savvides,
University of Nicosia

Richard Kastelein, Blockchain News
The Token Revolution: Initial
Coin Offerings (ICOs),

Tokenomics and the Future of
Innovation Financing

Harris Savvides, University of Nicosia
The Regulatory Dilemma
Towards ICOs

On Yavin, Cointelligence
How to review ICOs

Aki Corsoni-Husain, Harneys
Legal insights on ICOs, SCOs, and
other DLT-businesses
offshore and in Cyprus

Panel Discussion: Blockchain
in Energy

Chair: Marinos Theomistocleous,
University of Nicosia

Marinos Themistocleous University
of Nicosia

Ioannis Vlachos, Energy & Blockchain Expert

Vassilis Nikolopoulos, Intelen

Walter Komarek, Bitcoin Clean

 Research IV: Finance and Supply

Chair: Elias Iosif, Senior researcher
IFF, University of Nicosia

Konstantin Korischenko, RANEPA
Central Bank Digital/Crypto Currency –
another experiment or breakthrough

Angelika Kokkinaki,
Svetlana Sapuric,
Ifigenia Georgiou,

University of Nicosia

What is the relationship between Bitcoin
returns, volatility, and trading volume? A
Study of Four Distinct Time Periods

Vasileios Doulgerakis,
Dimitrios Kogias,
Charalampos Patrikakis,

University of West Attica

Using Blockchain to monitor livestock
products in the Food Supply Chain

      16:00 – 16:30

       Coffee Break

         16:30 – 17:30

Blockchain and Identity

Chair: Klitos Christodoulou, Faculty,
IFF, University of Nicosia

Tey El-Rjula, Tykn
The Future of Resilient Identities.

Nikolai Khovrin, KHOVRIN

Criminal Responsibility
in the Cryptoworld

Research V:

Chair: Maria Michailidis, Professor,
University of Nicosia

Nicholas Kolokotronis, University
of Peloponnese

Distributed Ledger Technologies
for Enhanced Security
and Privacy in the IoT

Constantinos Sgantzos, University
of Thessaly

A.I. on a Blockchain – Use Cases
and future 

Maria Michailidis, University of

The new era of Human Resource

the challenges of AI and blockchain
on recruiting 

Yiannis Emiris, Pythagoras Systems,
Volentix, and University of Athens

Using Machine Learning to
go beyond Blockchain

Blockchain: The Future of Financial

Chair: Elias Iosif, Senior researcher
IFF, University of Nicosia

Gregory Klumov, Stasis
Stable Coins. Role of Trust

Alexis Nicolaou, Grant Thornton
Accounting for Cryptocurrencies

Aristos Christofides, CTO
PumaPay PullPayment Solution:
Recurring Billing on Ethereum,
in Action

     17:30 – 18:00

        Keynote Address

Chair: Soulla Louca, Director, Blockchain Initiative, University of Nicosia

Dimosthenis Anagnostopoulos, Professor and former Rector Harokopio University of Athens
The prospect of Fintech in Egov

     18:00 – 18:30

        Closing Remarks

Antonis Polemitis, CEO, University of Nicosia

      Following the conclusion of the Conference

        Networking Cocktail (Olympia Foyer) – Conference Close