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Agenda
Day One: 2019-01-15
08:30
am
Registration & Morning Coffee
30 minutes
09:00
am
Welcome Speech
10 minutes
09:10
am
Keynote Speech
20 minutes
09:30
am
Panel 1: ICOs, Crypto-currencies and the Future of Exchanges in a Regulated World.
45 minutes

The panel will review the current state of ICO market, crypto-currencies/tokens (security or utility) and exchanges. Regulations and legislations are key elements for the future of Blockchain ecosystem. Countries globally and in MENA region either have initiated legal and regulatory standards or have issued studies in this regards.

10:15
am
Networking Coffee break and tour of Blockchain Ecosystem Participants
30 minutes
10:45
am
Unlock Chat: The Advent of Scalable and Interoperable Blockchain is it near?
30 minutes

In 2019, most of Blockchain projects will move from proof of concept into full production mode, upon this, not only will scalability be the main issue but interoperability and speed. How well advanced are we today in connecting Blockchains together as well as with legacy systems? Can we bring the Blockchain world together to work seamlessly and more efficiently or will we have siloes of Blockchains with varying efficiencies?

12:00
pm
Panel 2: How are Governments utilizing Blockchain today?
45 minutes

This panel will discuss the movement of institutional investors into the Blockchain sphere whether they are investing in crypto-currencies or ICOs. Today Crypto Funds are on the rise. The question what effect will they have on the current climate. Who will be funding the next round of ICOs? Will there still be ICOs? What do institutional and family offices want from the Blockchain ecosystem?

12:45
pm
Lunch and Networking / Announcements
1 hour and 15 minutes
02:00
pm
Panel 4: Utilizing Blockchain for the trade, supply chains and Business.
45 minutes

As many, know when money moves faster between buyers and sellers, when supply chains are transparent, efficient and secure, and when businesses can be set up in the push of a button, trade and economies will grow and propel innovation and the movement of goods and services. This session will discuss how Blockchain can improve the economic environment and build a more connected well cohesive world trade.

02:45
pm
Keynote Speech
15 minutes
03:00
pm
Networking Coffee Break /Announcements
20 minutes
03:20
pm
Panel 5: Tokenizing everything, why do it?
40 minutes

Today at the center of most Blockchain discussions is the topic of tokenization. The tokenization of physical and digital assets onto the Blockchain will enable the physical world of today to mesh into the digital. Questions as to what will this mean for business, economies, and even social lives is still not been fully understood. This session will open up the discussion on what it means to tokenize, why it should be done and the final results of a tokenized world.

04:00
pm
Keynote Speech
20 minutes
08:30
pm
Onwards Cocktails and Entertainment reception
1 hour and 30 minutes
Day Two: 2019-01-16
08:30
am
Networking Breakfast
1 hour
09:30
am
Panel 6: If I were an AI & you were a Blockchain, how would we Tango in a Smart City?
45 minutes

This panel will discuss how artificial Intelligence and Blockchain technologies can work together to enhance the efficiencies and quality of offerings in Smart Cities given the data generated from Blockchain and the predictive analytics derived from AI.

10:15
am
UNLOCK Chat: Is Blockchain infringing on privacy or protecting it?
45 minutes

Privacy, security of data, and the latest GDPR compliance law in EU have opened up Pandora’s box as to whether the Blockchain were data is immutable and can never be erased actually infringes on privacy rather than protecting it. This chat will talk about privacy and security in the era of Blockchain and AI.

11:00
am
Networking Coffee Break & Announcements
30 minutes
11:30
am
Panel 7: Evolution of Payments and personal finance in the Blockchain era.
45 minutes

Blockchain’s largest implementations have been in payments whether with traditional banking or Fintech startups. Today governments are using Blockchain for settlement and consolidation between their accounts, as things develop, this will go beyond to reach the everyday citizen. Other sectors such as tourism and hospitality are exploring the Blockchain settlement process. Payments is becoming as easy and as common as getting out of bed. What will happen in the era of seamless efficient payments and what challenges are still being faced?

12:15
pm
Panel 8: State of Blockchain in transportation and energy sector.
45 minutes

Transportation and the energy sectors are key pillars in any economy. Bringing efficiency to these sectors is of great relevance. With the advent of Blockchain how will the energy and transportation sector utilize this technology to better serve customers and the economy

01:00
pm
Lunch and networking
1 hour
02:00
pm
Panel 9: The role of Telecom operators/ Cloud providers in Blockchain as a service.
45 minutes

For many, Blockchain is not only a technical, skill intensive project but also a costly one. Telco operators, cloud providers, governments, and Blockchain technology providers are coming up with models that will help alleviate that, with concepts such as Blockchain as a service or Blockchain on the cloud. Should entities explore BAAS or should they build their own? Which one is more beneficial, secure and in what cases applicable?

02:45
pm
Panel 10: Blockchain Digitizing Identity: The future of a digital life.
45 minutes

In this panel discussion, we imagine a world where we are all on the digital plane from the moment we are born to the day we die, where all that we own, the means we use to buy and sell and get paid have identities on the Blockchain what will this look like, how will we interact with the physical world and can we tell the difference?

03:30
pm
Keynote Speech “One Year before Expo 2020, what roles will Blockchain, AI, 3D, printing and Big Data
30 minutes
04:00
pm
Closing Remark
30 minutes
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