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Blockchain: Beyond FinTech

March 30, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Please join us for an exciting day of blockchain events, looking at industries other than the finance sector which will benefit from wider adoption of distributed ledger technology.

Blockchain offers many industries huge opportunities reduce costs, increase security and remove barriers to growth. We expect 80-100 people to attend the conference, which will include talks from key industry voices, including Martin Glasspool, from the Government Office for Science, which produced the recent Blackett Review and Stephan Tual, Founder & COO of Slock.it.

This exciting conference will feature a packed agenda, including sessions on:

  • Bits and Coins: How Digital Currencies Will Impact Retail
  • Thinking Outside the Blocks: Distributed Ledger Innovations
  • The Blockchain of Things: IoT on the Distributed Ledger
  • Smart Contracts and Opportunities in the Supply Chain

Anyone can apply for a ticket to this free event, but as demand for this conference is high, we are already running a waiting list for places. If you would like to attend, please do register below and we will do our best to approve your registration as soon as we can.

Following the conference and networking drinks, will be BlockChainPitchOff! – a fast-paced pitching event where ten early stage startups will pitch their blockchain based products and services to an audience of innovators, investors, large corporates, academics and the press. If you would like to attend both events, please register for the ‘Conference and PitchOff’ tickets.

If you haven’t been to the Centre before, this short highlights video gives a good flavour of what our events are like.

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Simon Taylor

Simon Taylor

Head of Research & Development, Barclays

Simon is Head of R+D for Barclays, after a 16 year career spanning Telco, technology and banking.  Simon regularly advises governments, regulators and industry on the potential for blockchain technology, as well as leading delivery and experimentation within Barclays.  Simon started his career in software development, before delivering one of Europe’s first mobile banking apps.  Within Barclays, Simon helped build out the Barclays Accelerator before heading up Blockchain R&D from mid-2014.

Mary McKenna

Tech entrepreneur & angel investor

Mary McKenna is a London based technology entrepreneur and angel investor.  She co-founded and built successful Northern Irish sharing economy company Learning Pool, following a public sector career and a three year spell as a genuine Silicon Valley dotcommer.  Mary exited Learning Pool in 2014 in order to invest in and work more closely with a number of technology startup companies.  She is Entrepreneur in Residence at the Northern Ireland Science Park in Belfast, a member of the Catapult Advisory Network at the Digital Catapult Centre in London and she’s just joined the trustee board of the Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology.

She recently helped national youth volunteering charity, vInspired, launch Google backed Task Squad, a microworking platform aimed at 18-25 year olds and she remains close to this exciting project.

Mary was awarded the MBE in 2014 by Her Majesty the Queen for services to digital technology, innovation and learning.

stephan tual

Stephan Tual

Founder and COO, Slock.it

Stephan is the Founder and COO of http://slock.it, a project at the intersection of the IoT and blockchain. Slock.it explores how Ethereum light nodes embedded in connected cars, homes, shared white goods, etc. could revolutionise the emerging Sharing Economy infrastructure by enabling anyone to rent, sell or share their property without middleman.

An internationally recognized expert in smart contracts, smart property and decentralized blockchain applications, Stephan is the former CCO of Ethereum, the next-generation blockchain that raised $18.9m as part of the world’s second largest crowdfunder. His current focus is on smart contracts/smart property and the development of decentralized applications on top of a blockchain based, web3 infrastructure.

Stephan has three startups under his belt and brings 20 years of enterprise IT experience to the Slock.it project. Before discovering the Blockchain, Stephan held CTO positions at leading data analytics companies in London with clients including VISA Europe and BP.

Catherine Mulligan

Research Fellow, Imperial College London

Dr Catherine Mulligan is a Research Fellow at Imperial College London, where she has researched the impact of digital technologies on a variety of industries.  She is the Associate Director of the Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering (IC3RE). Catherine has regularly advised companies, cities and government organizations on the role of digital technologies in creating economic growth.

Martin Glasspool

Team Leader (Trade & Finance), Government Office for Science

Martin Glasspool is a Team Leader responsible for the Government Chief Scientific Adviser’s theme of trade and finance. This involves looking at how science can contribute most effectively to UK growth, in the areas of finance and trade sectors. Recent highlights have included the publication of reports on FinTech and distributed ledger technology.

Martin has been a Civil Servant for 21 years. As well as GO-Science he has also held posts in the Department of Health and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Ruth Catlow

Co-founder and Director, Furtherfield

Ruth Catlow is an artist who works with emancipatory network cultures, practices and poetics.  Recent commissions include Time Is Speeding Up at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre; Sociality-machine at Tate Britain and; Play the Web We Want at Southbank Centre. She is Co-founder and Director with Marc Garrett of Furtherfield, an artist led organisation for art shows, labs and debates around critical questions in arts, technology and society. Furtherfield’s Art Data Money programme seeks to develop new economies for arts in the network age. Catlow is named by the Foundation for P2P alternatives in their list of 100 women co-creating the P2P society.

Stuart McKnight

Stuart McKnight

Managing Director, Ascendant Corporate Finance

An adviser, company director and entrepreneur with extensive experience in the technology sector, Stuart has formed, developed and financed companies from start up through to IPO and exit. His network of investors and senior executives in major corporates has been developed through more than 25 years of investment banking. For more see https://www.linkedin.com/in/srmcknight.

He studied engineering before taking an MBA at Manchester Business School. Since graduation he has been consistently involved in corporate finance either as a client or in an advisory capacity. Prior to Ascendant worked for Hill Samuel, Nomura and Regent Associates. He was a founding member of Nomura’s technology team in 1995, and has raised many millions of pounds for high growth technology companies and advised on M&A transactions both in the UK and throughout the world. A notable success was the flotation of Xaar plc on the main London market. Wishing to work with earlier stage businesses, Stuart set up and led the Private Equity operations of Regent Associates which helped companies raise venture finance. In late 2003, Stuart founded Ascendant Corporate Finance and has established this as one of the leading technology focused corporate finance boutiques in the UK with offices in London and Edinburgh.


Gabrielle Patrick

Co-Founder and General Counsel, Epiphyte

Gabrielle Patrick is a UK & US lawyer specializing in cryptofinance and Distributed Ledger (DL) technology.  She is the co-founder and general counsel of Epiphyte which enables instant settlement of trades and transactions using DL tech. She has 10 years financial services experience, including as an executive of a regional financial institution spanning 31 countries. Her experience spans legal, regulatory and compliance matters with a deep understanding of distributed ledger technology and cyrptocurrencies as an emergent property. She is also the chair of the International Bar Association’s committee that deals with virtual currencies and related legal issues.

David Norris

Investor in early stage eCommerce businesses, Partner at Forward Partners

David Norris is an early stage investor at VC firm Forward Partners and has over 20 years’ experience in digital business strategy and planning, product management and operations. Previously Website and Ecommerce Operations Director at Expedia, he went on to serve as Chief Operating Officer to some extremely high growth venture backed ecommerce businesses, including Bookatable and HouseTrip.

Trent McConaghy

Founder & CTO, ascribe GmbH

Trent McConaghy is co-inventor of the BigchainDB scalable blockchain database, and ascribe.io for intellectual property on blockchains. Previously, he co-founded Solido Design Automation, which uses large-scale machine learning to help drive Moore’s Law. Solido is now widely used in developing next-gen computer chips. Before that, he co-founded ADA, which reconciled human and machine creativity for circuit design. ADA was acquired in 2004. Trent has written two critically-acclaimed books on machine learning and circuits, in addition to 50 papers+patents. He has given keynotes & invited talks at MIT, Columbia, Berkeley, JPL, Nvidia, Data Science Day, PyData, and more. http://trent.st, http://www.bigchaindb.com https://www.ascribe.io 

Phil Barry

Phil Barry

Founder, Blokur

Phil Barry is a music and technology entrepreneur who has played a leading role in two of the most interesting musical stories of the last two years. In 2015 he conceived and led the development of Ujo, a prototype music rights platform built on the Ethereum blockchain. Ujo’s collaboration with the Grammy-winning artist Imogen Heap was the first working implementation of smart contracts for music rights and royalties and has been a key driver of the recent discussion over the potential of blockchain to transform the music industry. The previous year he consulted on business model, strategy and customer experience for the world-first release of Radiohead singer Thom Yorke’s solo album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes via BitTorrent. Phil has recently founded Blokur, a new company expanding the scope of blockchain and smart contracts to all creative rights.

Chris Hitchcott

Chris Hitchcott

Web Developer, Ethcore

Chris has been designing and building websites and apps since 2002. He’s currently a Web Developer at Ethcore – blockchain tech startup founded by Gavin Wood (Ethereum co-founder). Before Ethcore, Chris founded and operated TAPevents, a successful Hong Kong based app development and events team that delivers interactive technology to conferences. As a serial early adopter, Chris enjoys tinkering with bleeding edge tech and imaginging how it can be used to change the world for the better.

Reijo Pold

Head of Partnerships, Wayra Open Future_ UK

Reijo Pold heads up Wayra Open Future_UK Partnerships which is Telefonica’s global open innovation programme that is open to partners. He built his first web platform at the age of 17 and has been in the start-up and tech industry ever since. During which he has consulted private equity investments, served as Vice President Finance for the Oxford Entrepreneurs as well as helped multiple start-ups gain investment and scale across Europe and Asia.

Jeff Tijssen

Jeff Tijssen

Managing Principal, Capco

Jeff is a Managing Principal at Capco, a global management and technology consulting firm, where he heads up the FinTech practice. He chairs the FinTech Working Group as well as the China Working Group at Tech London Advocates, a collection of tech leaders uniting to form the most influential independent, private sector group in London. He also advises a number of technology start-ups, is a mentor at several accelerator programmes such as Virgin Startup and Startupbootcamp, and also sits on the Advisory Board of CodeFirst:Girls, a social enterprise with the aim to get more young women into tech. Jeff is a Committee Member at the Institute of Directors, as well as a Freeman of the City of London.

Mike Gault

CEO and Founder, Guardtime

After completing his PhD. in two years on the numerical analysis of advanced semiconductor devices, Mr. Gault was awarded a European Commission Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship to research quantum computation at Tokyo Institute of Technology.

In 1997 he joined Credit Suisse Financial Products and spent 10 years in derivatives pricing and trading. In 2005 he was appointed Managing Director of Barclays Capital.He is an active contributor to Guardtime’s R&D efforts and is the author of the patent for “Non-Deterministic Time”. In addition to a Ph.D. from the University of Wales Mr. Gault has an MBA from Kellogg-HKUST.

Stevie Seccombe

Stevie Seccombe

Innovation Technologist, Digital Catapult Centre Brighton

Stevie Seccombe is the Innovation Technologist for the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton. Over the last six months he has spent time building communities and organising activities around retail innovation and blockchain in Brighton, including hosting meetups, planning pitstops and facilitating discussions on these topics. He is keen to see how and where these two topics can cross over.


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