Key Points
  • Moving towards 'The Internet of Trust'
  • Developing an Adaptable Regulatory Framework that Evolves with Technology
  • Demonstrating the Transformational Potential of Distributed Ledger Technology Across the Economy
Guest of Honour

Patrick Spens Transformation and Assurance Director, PwC

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Overview
Over six months on from the publication of the Government’s Digital Strategy, which highlighted blockchain and smart contracts as one of the key technologies for Government focus, this event will provide an opportunity to discuss and debate the challenges and opportunities for Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT’s); how blockchain is revolutionising key sectors including financial services, law and energy; and priorities for developing a regulatory framework which will underpin trust and integrity in emerging systems and can evolve alongside advances in technology.

Investment, Innovation and Growth

Developing ministerial leadership for blockchain development; priorities for further investment in proof-of-concept and demonstrator projects; and developing research and investment consortia to develop DLT solutions for a range of sectors.

Implementing the ‘Internet of Trust’

Understanding the disruptive capacity of DLT’s and examining how established intermediaries will and should respond; the challenges and opportunities presented by ‘smart permissions’; the implications for the monetisation and distribution of content in the digital age; and analysing the impact on existing transaction and business models.

Developing an Adaptable Regulatory Framework

Progress made since the publication of the Government Office of Science report Distributed Ledger Technology: Beyond Blockchain; leveraging the Digital and Industrial Strategy framework to advance the UK’s DLT ecosystem; examining international policy trends and priorities for interoperability; and the role of Government, regulators and academia.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Coffee and Registration

 

09:00 - 09:05
Opening Remarks

 

09:05 - 09:30
Leading the World in Blockchain Technology

 

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Patrick Spens Transformation and Assurance Director, PwC

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09:30 - 10:30
Investment, Innovation and Growth: Putting the UK at the Forefront of the Global Blockchain Revolution

 
How does the UK compare internationally in terms of investment and innovation in distributed ledger technologies?
What progress has been made in developing ministerial leadership on the development of blockchain technologies since the publication of the Government Office for Science report Distributed Ledger Technology – Beyond Blockchain?
How can the Government’s Digital and Industrial Strategies be leveraged to support DLT innovation and investment?

Following the announcement of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s £3.6 million investment in DLT projects, what are the priorities for further investment in proof-of-concept and demonstrator projects?

How are key sectors and industries interacting with the DLT research, innovation and investment ecosystem, and what are the next steps for improving research collaboration between business, academia and Government?
What are the next steps for developing research and investment consortia to develop DLT solutions for a range of sectors, including energy, public service delivery, cybersecurity, insurance, and health, amongst others?
To what extent is the lack of common standards for the implementation of DLTs hindering development and deployment?

How can the UK attract inward investment and establish itself as a global hub for blockchain development?

What are the challenges and opportunities for scaling up proof-of-concept and demonstrator projects?

What are the latest priorities for supporting blockchain start-ups and developing funding pipelines?
How will smart contracts transform the world of technology and commerce?

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Prof. John Domingue Director, Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University

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10:30 - 10:35
Closing Remarks

 

10:35 - 10:55
Networking and Refreshments

 

10:55 - 11:00
Opening Remarks

 

11:00 - 12:00
Beyond Bitcoin & Digital Currencies and Towards the Internet of Trust

 
How is blockchain techonology changing the way value and information is shared and who are the trailblazers in demonstrating the transformative potential of blockchains? With DLTs threatening to undermine the dominance of third intermediaries, by establishing trust across peer-to-peer networks, how are business and transaction models set to adapt?
How are DLTs set to transform back office and administrative functions and what implications might this have for professions and jobs which thought themselves safe from the rise of automation?

In what ways is blockchain being used to revolutionise the monetisation and licensing of digital content? And what implications might this have for existing funding models – such as advertising and subscriptions?

How are organisations approaching the implementation of blockchain solutions and what are the financial and technical hurdles in the way of adoption?
How are organisations utilising the potential of smart permissions, bringing together blockchain, AI, IoT and big data?


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Oliver N Oram CEO, ChainVine

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Cliff Fluet Partner, Digital Media & Brand Entertainment, Lewis Silkin

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12:00 - 12:55
Developing an Adaptable Regulatory Framework

 
What role should Government play in supporting the UK’s blockchain ecosystem and how active should Government be in regulating or enabling DLTs?
What are the challenges and opportunities of adopting standards and shared practices for the interoperability of DLTs?

What are the next steps for developing a joined up approach, bringing together, regulators, Government, industry and academia, to develop a regulatory framework which supports innovation and investment in blockchain solutions?
What role should regulators play? Who makes the rules that the network enforces?
What are the challenges and opportunities of developing a regulatory framework which can adapt and evolve with advances in technology?
What are the next steps for setting standards for the integrity, security and privacy of distributed ledgers and their contents?
How can these standards be reflected in both the regulatory and the software code?
What are the challenges and opportunities of ensuring that the most effective and usable identification and authentication protocols are implemented for both individuals and organisations?
What are the latest developments in agreeing international standards for the implementation and use of blockchain technologies?

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Andrew Henderson Partner, Financial Institutions Group, Eversheds Sutherland

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Tim McGarr Market Development Manager (Digital), BSI

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12:55 - 13:00
Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Prof. John Domingue Director, Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University

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Cliff Fluet Partner, Digital Media & Brand Entertainment, Lewis Silkin

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Andrew Henderson Partner, Financial Institutions Group, Eversheds Sutherland

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Tim McGarr Market Development Manager (Digital), BSI

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Oliver N Oram CEO, ChainVine

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Patrick Spens Transformation and Assurance Director, PwC

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Venue details

One Birdcage Walk 1 Birdcage Walk Westminster London SW1H 9JJ

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