Blockchain Meetup

Digital capital of the world

31 May 2018, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Grace Hall, London

How can blockchain technologies help London evolve from a fintech hub into the digital capital of the world?

How can blockchain technologies help London evolve from a fintech hub into the digital capital of the world?

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Navigating the route from fintech hub into digital capital

Experts from the technology, finance and media sectors outline the factors that will guide London’s rejuvenation through 2020 and beyond. Can Open Banking and blockchain technology help unlock the city’s potential to become a digital frontrunner?

Join the debate on London’s future, network with entrepreneurs and professionals from multiple industries, and take home strategies to drive innovation into the next decade.

This entirely free event is held in the City of London’s Grace Hall, a splendid neoclassical venue and former headquarters of New York banking firm Grace & Co.

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A cross-sector digital platform

On May 31st, 200 of London’s leading bankers, tech entrepreneurs, academics, lawyers and policy makers will converge to discuss the city’s direction moving forward.

How will London create its future against the backdrop of Brexit and GDPR? Join cross-sector thought leaders to debate how the city can evolve from a financial and fintech capital to become an epicentre of digital innovation. The current programme includes appearances by:

  • Julian Wilson, Head of Mobile Innovation at Barclays Bank
  • Martin Bryant, Tech-media writer and educator
  • Denis Nagy, CEO of London-based financial services platform Dolfin
  • Sasha Ivanov, Founder and CEO of Waves Platform
  • Johan David Michels, Researcher, Cloud Legal Project, Queen Mary University of London

Topics at hand include the scalability and resilience of blockchain-based infrastructure, the effect of GDPR and other legislative developments on the digital economy, the future of global payments, and decentralisation in financial services.

Join us from 5 pm for a welcome reception, which leads into the presentations and discussions, followed by an hour of dedicated networking. Scroll down the page for the full programme.

Speakers

Martin Bryant
Speaker, writer, and educator in the fields of technology and media
Martin often appears on TV and radio, and has given insight into technology news stories on the likes of BBC Breakfast, Sky News, You & Yours, and Good Morning Wales.
He was previously Editor-at-Large of international technology publication The Next Web, and Community Editor at Tech North, where he shone a light on the stories of startups and entrepreneurs in the North of England.
Now is working as an external contractor working on selection of projects to gain funding from the fifth round of Google's Digital News Initiative Fund, which supports innovation in the digital news industry across Europe.
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Denis Nagy

CEO of Dolfin

CEO of Dolfin, a London-based independent investment firm, Denis Nagy is well established in the world of finance. His career in wealth management and investment banking, which spans over 10 years, includes high level positions several financial institutions including Sberbank and the Crédit Agricole Group’s Caylon Unit. Before heading Dolfin, Nagy co-founded and was the CEO of FSA-regulated investment firm CBH Europe (formerly WhiteGold Fund Management) which was acquired by a Swiss private banking group in 2012.

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Sasha Ivanov
Founder and CEO of Waves and Vostok
One of the most prominent, respected and influential people in the blockchain space, Sasha Ivanov, has been leading his company and its community towards strong growth, international recognition, and financial rewards over the last two years. The Waves Platform is now a global public blockchain platform with a market cap of $1.7 billion as of 19th December, 2017. It was crowdfunded 30,000 BTC ($18 million) in 2016, representing the second-largest successfully crowdfunded blockchain project (after Ethereum).
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Julian Wilson
Head of Mobile Innovation, Barclays
Julian is a member of the management team directing the activities of the engineers who build Barclays mobile applications and supporting services. He joined the Bank in October 2013 to help with Service and Business innovation. Julian has spent his entire working career working in information technology and mostly turning ideas into businesses and/or services at Apple, AT&T Unisource, the U. K. Government, as the founder of his own Internet software companies. His primary focus at Barclays has been to help the bank to define a commercial and technical strategy for enabling 3rd parties to build new services and businesses building on a Barclays service. The program is broadly known as the Barclays Accelerator.
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Johan David Michels
Researcher, Cloud Legal Project, Queen Mary University of London
Johan David Michels is a researcher with the Cloud Legal Project and Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Centre at Queen Mary University of London. His current research covers blockchain, cybersecurity, and intellectual property. He previously worked at Ofcom and the United Nations in telecoms policy and international law.
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Margarita Khartanovich
Editor in Chief and Head of Insight at Binary District
Margarita is a Business and Technology Writer and PhD Candidate in Journalism at the University of Tampere. In her current role as a visionary of Binary District Journal, she is on a mission to spotlight the brains behind the innovations, with a special focus on researchers and developers.
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Programme

Welcoming coffee 5:00 pm — 5:30 pm
5:30 pm — 5:40 pm
London - from a global fintech hub to the digital capital of Europe
Martin Bryant, Speaker, writer, and educator in the fields of technology and media
5:40 pm — 6:00 pm
The London digital programme: creating a trusted environment for at-scale information exchange
Speaker TBA
6:00 pm — 6:20 pm
Making sense of using distributed ledger in financial services
Denis Nagy, CEO of Dolfin
6:20 pm — 6:40 pm
How the Crypto building blocks enable the reengineering of the foundations of global payments
Julian Wilson, Head of Mobile Innovation, Barclays
6:40 pm — 7:00 pm
Blockchain and the law: solving the legal puzzles around disruptive new technologies
Johan David Michels, Researcher, Cloud Legal Project, Queen Mary University of London
7:00 pm — 7:20 pm
Scalability and resilience of blockchain-based digital and financial infrastructure
Sasha Ivanov, Founder and CEO of Waves and Vostok
7:20 pm — 7:50 pm
Building the infrastructure of the digital economy: challenges and opportunities
Sasha Ivanov, Founder and CEO of Waves and Vostok, Martin Bryant, Speaker, writer, and educator in the fields of technology and media, Denis Nagy, CEO of Dolfin, Johan David Michels, Researcher, Cloud Legal Project, Queen Mary University of London, Julian Wilson, Head of Mobile Innovation, Barclays
7:50 pm — 8:00 pm
Blockchain - from fintech to digital economy
Martin Bryant, Speaker, writer, and educator in the fields of technology and media
8:00 pm — 9:00 pm
Networking
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