“UNLOCK” The Blockchain Forum
In light of both the magnitude of the Blockchain and its effect on the global landscape economic and otherwise, as well as the leading role that Dubai is taking on when it comes to implementing and building the Blockchain ecosystem, Al Iktissad Wal Aamal in partnership with Smart Dubai launched the first series of the UNLOCK Forum between January 14th-15th 2018 at Ritz Carlton Hotel DIFC.
The forum discussed how governments and private institutions in the MENA region can use blockchain applications to create a more efficient, competitive, smart government, smart economy and reinvent businesses. The implications of blockchain on the future of jobs, governments, as well as the governance model needed to regulate it. The event will also discuss how we can create an innovative entrepreneurial setup for encouraging startups in the blockchain domain. Finally the Forum reviewed the achievements of Dubai Government in implementing and piloting Blockchain solutions as well as their future plans.
The event featured international well renowned experts and speakers on Blockchain covering different sectors, topics and strategies. It also included home grown Blockchain companies in Dubai and elsewhere.
We are glad to announce our second series of the UNLOCK Blockchain Forum to be held on Jan 15-16 2019 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel DIFC. Please visit our event page for more information on how you can be part of UNLOCK in 2019.
Registration & Morning Coffee1 hour
Welcome Speech10 minutes
Opening Speech10 minutes
Panel 1: A Close Look at Blockchain on its 9th Anniversary45 minutes
This panel will discuss the current Blockchain platform situation. Where the technology is today? Developments and what is the future trend? It will also discuss views on which industries will benefit most and why?
Networking Coffee Break & Tour of Stands and Unlock Ecosystem40 minutes
Panel 2: The Secret Sauce for Successful Blockchain Implementations55 minutes
The panel will discuss what it takes to implement a successful Blockchain solution. What actions need to be taken process, legalities, private and public partnerships and how to change the business model internally to choose the right Blockchain solution?
Keynote Speech10 minutes
Keynote Speech25 minutes
Lunch & Networking1 hour and 15 minutes
Keynote Speech: “Delivering the Future Today: Streamlining Governments and Cities with Blockchain”20 minutes
Two track sessions commence from this point forward1 hour and 40 minutes
Conference Hall 11 hour and 40 minutes
Panel 3: Blockchain and the Utilities Sector50 minutes
This panel will talk about Blockchain solutions for energy and utilities sector, what difference it is making and why to implement it using Blockchain?
Panel 4: Dubai the Next Blockchain Startup Valley55 minutes
Dubai intends and is working to build an ecosystem that will embrace Blockchain startups and all that is needed to create a viable system that allows for innovation and development. Discussions will center on what is needed and how it can be accomplished.
Conference Hall 21 hour and 40 minutes
Session 1: Using Crypto Currencies Innovatively45 minutes
This session will cover how crypto-currencies are being utilized creatively either by linking them to real assets, or linking them to sustainable green projects, or just a way to handle your currencies and debts.
Session 2: Blockchain in the Healthcare Sector30 minutes
This session will talk about Blockchain in the healthcare sector. The session will touch upon Blockchain in pharmaceutical domain, hospitals health records, and the supporting healthcare industry.
Workshop: Digital Identity the Basic Building Block for Blockchain30 minutes
Keynote Speech25 minutes
Morning Networking Coffee Break30 minutes
Keynote Speech20 minutes
Two track sessions commence from this point forward2 hours and 30 minutes
Conference Hall 12 hours and 30 minutes
Panel 5: The Banking Scene in the Aftermath of Blockchain Tsunami50 minutes
Blockchain first use cases was in the Fintech and payment sector. Banks, which were at first reluctant towards the new technology, are now embracing it. The panel will talk about what banks are doing with Blockchain and how they are facing the future of peer-to-peer funding, lending and investing?
Panel 6: Blockchain’s Invasion into the Real-Estate Industry40 minutes
This panel will look into how Blockchain can change the way real-estate information is stored, transferred, taxed and the implications of this on the future of peer-to-peer selling and buying and the transfer of assets. In addition, the panel will discuss the ecological impact on buildings and construction.
Networking Coffee Break15 minutes
Panel 7: Blockchain the Essential Ingredient for Smart Cities of the Future45 minutes
This panel discusses how Blockchain can enhance smart cities and work with IoT to develop not only more efficient cities, but a smarter economy using data analytics and peer-to-peer network.
Conference Hall 22 hours and 30 minutes
Startup Challenge Workshop Electrical Vehicles charging registration, payments & settlements over Blockchain50 minutes
Workshop: Securing the Blockchain40 minutes
Networking Coffee Break15 minutes
Workshop: ICOs and Crowd Funding45 minutes
Networking Lunch1 hour
Two track sessions commence from this point forward1 hour and 45 minutes
Conference Hall 11 hour and 45 minutes
Panel 8: Blockchain Challenges, What Needs to be Done?45 minutes
Blockchain is not the solution for everything and is still in its infancy. Many challenges are emerging be it the search for talent, the legalities and regulatory situation, or deciding on where should investments be made. International cooperation and standardizations will be key to resolving these issues.
Session 4: How Innovative Startups are Using Blockchain to Solve Problems of Today?1 hour
Blockchain startups are flourishing in today’s ecosystem. The success of each depends on how innovative they have been in finding solutions for problems existing today. This panel takes a look at what some of these startups have come up with and how.
Conference Hall 21 hour and 45 minutes
Session 3: integrating different technologies with blockchain45 minutes
Workshop: Current and Future State of Cryptocurrencies1 hour
Closing Remarks15 minutes
Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr
Director GeneralSmart Dubai Office
H.E. Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Blshr, is Director General of Smart Dubai Office, the government entity currently charged with overseeing Dubai’s City-wide smart Transformation and coordinating public and private sector efforts to make Dubai a benchmark for smart cities around the world.
She previously held the positions of Assistant Director General of the Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid AL Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Prior to that, she held the position of Assistant Undersecretary for Support Services at the Ministry of Labor UAE.
Dr. Aisha Holds a PHD in Management Science, technology and Innovation. She also holds a Master of Philosophy in Policy and Research on Engineering Science and Technology from Manchester Business School.
She has been awarded the Leading Woman in Public sector 2015 from the Global Women in Leadership WIL Economic Forum. In addition she has been awarded the ME Women Leader in Corporate Management Excellence by the ME Women Leaders Excellence Awards.
Today Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr and her team at Smart Dubai have been entrusted with the implementation of Blockchain across the entire Dubai government entities where applicable, and in the implementation of Blockchain As A Service for private entities to engage with the Dubai government.
Founder Bussmann Advisory
President of Swiss Crypto Valley Association
Strategic Advisor to IOTA
Oliver Bussmann is a globally recognized technology thought leader and driver of large-scale transformation at multinational organizations. The Founder and Managing Partner of Bussmann Advisory, he advises enterprises, top-tier consultancies, and financial services companies looking to stay ahead of the digital disruption curve. He also holds important mandates in industry associations, including President of the Swiss Crypto Valley Association, Global Ambassador for UK-based Innovate Finance and as a Board Member of Identity 2020.
From 2013 to 2016 Bussmann was Group Chief Information Officer of UBS, where he successfully led a major IT transformation effort, instituted a new group-wide innovation framework and established UBS as a pioneer in the development of blockchain for use in financial services. Prior to joining UBS Bussmann was Global Chief Information Officer at SAP, where he also spearheaded significant technological transformation, and before that CIO for North America & Mexico at Allianz. Previous roles have included executive positions at Deutsche Bank and IBM.
Bussmann’s achievements have been widely recognized. He was named COO/CTO of the year by Financial News/The Wall Street Journal, European CIO of the Year by INSEAD/CIONET, received the Elite 8 Award, which is given to the most innovative leaders in technology working in capital markets by Wall Street & Technology Magazine, and has twice been included on the Financial News “FinTech 40” list of innovators shaping the future of finance.
He is a graduate of INSEAD Leadership development Program and has a BA from the University of Munster.
Hon. Silvio Schembri
Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services Digital Economy and Innovation
Prime Minister Office
Hon. Silvio Schembri is the parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy & Innovation at the office of the Prime Minister Malta.
Silvio Schembri was elected to Parliament in 2013 and was re-elected in 2017 on two districts obtaining the highest number of votes on district 6. At the age of 18 he contested the Local Council elections of his hometown, Luqa, where he was elected alongside his father John who has since occupied the post of town mayor.
During the 2013-2017 Labour government Hon. Schembri was appointed by the Prime Minister to serve as the Chairperson for the Economic and Financial Affairs Parliamentary Committee, entrusted to lead critical discussions on the financial development of the Maltese economy.
Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Hon. Schembri worked as an EU Fund Manager with the GAL Xlokk Foundation, advising private and public institutions including local councils within the southeastern Maltese territory, to access EU funding for capital and social projects aimed at helping further economic and cultural development.
Through his efforts, Hon. Schembri contributed significantly for various projects designed to improve the social and environmental dimensions of various localities to be implemented. His sterling work within several communities served as a stepping stone for Silvio to secure his place within the Maltese Parliament in 2013.
He graduated with Honours and a Master in Economics at the University of Malta where he is today a visiting lecturer in economics and finance.
Hon. Silvio Schembri is married to Deandra, nee Scerri, who is a lawyer by profession and they have two children, Zak and Faith.
Founder and CEOArabianChain Technology
Mohammed founded ArabianChain Technology in 2017. As the CEO of this startup, he is responsible for bringing the first public and decentralized blockchain to the Arabian economy.
He is among the first Certified Innovation Strategist in the region, a blockchain Evangelist, and an Expert in Service Management with a Bachelor in Software Engineering from King Fahd university of Petroleum and Minerals.
Mohammed also is the founder of Palmex which is one of the first crypto currency and digital assets exchange-markets in the region. A Cofounder @ Kaizen Tch. focusing on Apps, IoT and VR/AR innovations.
Mohammed have served major accounts with Microsoft in Saudi Arabia including the Central Bank of Saudi SAMA working as a Senior Technical Account Manage. Prior to Microsoft he led several transformative initiatives as an Enterprise Architect at the National commercial bank NCB.
Mohammed has spent some time studying various topics ranging from Innovation and technology management, to digital economy and future of banking and all the way to philosophy, psychology, culture and languages. During that time, he was advising startups on growth and business strategy and volunteering in different national and multinational organizations.
MD Kenectic Capital FounderEthereum HK; Hyperledger HK
Jehan Chu is a Managing Partner at Kenetic Capital (formerly Jen Advisors), a Blockchain and Cryptocurrency investment firm. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.
He is a former front-end developer with over ten years’ experience in web and enterprise application development, and has been a cryptocurrency investor since 2013.
Jehan founded the Ethereum HK community (2014), (sponsored by InvestHK), co-Founded the Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong (2014) and founded the Hyperledger HK community (2016).
Alongside the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Jehan serves as co-Chairman of the Hong Kong Fintech Association Blockchain Committee. He is also a member of the Asia Fintech Angels Association, a Fellow of Singapore University of Social Sciences, a Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) Council Member and Metta Curator for Blockchain.
Jehan is Advisor to the Melonport, QTUM, Digix and OpenANX Projects, Global Patrons Board of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.