2018 Blockchain Summit
Exploring the Disruptive Economics of Bitcoin and Digital Assets
October 3-5, 2018 * Scottsdale, AZ

2018 Blockchain Summit

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About the Conference

Blockchain technology is considered one of the most important innovations in the 21st century, and the changes we are seeing in this space are making waves across the world. Right now, blockchain is entering a crucial phase in its development and adoption. This past year it has seen a dramatic increase in visibility and experienced both the good and bad sides of the limelight: rising interest among corporations and investors, alongside more regulatory scrutiny, and uncertainty.

The universe of blockchain assets has exploded in terms of diversity, market capitalization, developer interest and investor demand. Bitcoin’s birth and popularity gave way to the rise of digital assets and smart contract platforms.

Blockchain allows organizations to almost instantaneously make and verify transactions, streamlining business processes, saving money, and reducing the potential for fraud. Blockchain provides everyone with a faster, safer way to perform peer-to-peer transactions. Bitcoin opens up an entire world of opportunities. We are just now starting to realize how impactful this will be.

Businesses and organizations have the opportunity to be proactive and create differentiation for themselves, if they commit to investing in these new technologies now.

This conference brings together industry startups, investors, financial institutions, enterprise technology leaders and academic and policy groups who are building the foundations of the blockchain and digital currency economy. Meet and hear from the biggest names in the industry and powerful newcomers. They are the innovators, thought leaders and decision makers that are driving this discussion forward and changing the traditional notions of currency. Hear about the leading blockchain projects today, and the latest breakthroughs from the group bringing blockchain mainstream.

Who Should Attend?
  • Head of Blockchain
  • Global Head of Trade
  • Principal Lead: IT Capability & Partnerships
  • Technology Services
  • Chief Executive officer
  • Director of Market Development
  • Innovation Officer
  • Head of Technology
  • Special Counsel
  • Director of Innovation
  • CIOs
  • COOs
  • CTOs
  • Heads of Innovation
  • Heads of IT
  • Information Security
  • Engineering
  • IT Architecture
  • Emerging Technology
  • Development
  • Strategy Management
  • Heads of Compliance
  • Heads of Applications
  • Investors
  • Venture Capitalists
  • Heads of Risk
  • Software Engineers
  • Development Managers
  • Marketing Managers
  • Developers
  • Blockchain Start-Ups
  • and more

Conference Agenda - Click Here to View the Agenda in PDF Format

Day One – Wednesday, October 3, 2018

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall

Day Two – Thursday, October 4, 2018

7:15am – 8:00am
Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:00am – 8:15am
Chair’s Opening Remarks

8:15am – 9:00am
Keynote

9:00am – 9:45am
Economic Outlook: Exploring the Cryptocurrency Landscape
Bitcoin, the world’s first decentralized currency, has continued to reach unprecedented heights since the beginning of its existence. Bitcoin, along with ethereum, litecoin, and initial coin offerings (ICOs) illustrate the power of blockchain as a digital currency platform. In the past year, we’ve seen huge changes in the cryptocurrency landscape, with bitcoin surging to record highs, ethereum hitting a peak, and then dropping and numerous altcoins hitting the market. In this session, topics to be discussed will include:
- Cryptocurrency and tokens as an asset class
- Bitcoin's price surge - bubble or sign of even more growth in the future?
- Where do altcoins fit in and how do you measure their viability?
- Understanding key price indicators

9:45am – 10:15am
Networking Break

10:15am – 11:00am
Digital Currency as an Institutional Investment Asset
ICOs have disrupted the traditional investment landscape. How do institutional investors get access to the digital currency markets? The SEC has rejected two early bitcoin ETFs due to lack of market surveillance tools, and healthy derivatives infrastructure, yet clever investors are exploring alternatives to custody their own funds, invest in ICOs, or identify fund managers that can act as a trusted middle man. This session will address how financial institutions are embracing cryptoassets for investment and operational opportunities. Topics to be discussed will include:
- Types of assets available and how to invest in them
- Weighing up the options between traditional venture capital and crowdfunding with ICOs and token sales
- Regulations to be aware of
- What will happen to the value of ethereum as ICOs become regulated?
- ICO tokens - are they a commodity or security?
- Should you invest in coins (liquidity) or companies (equity)?
- Cryptoassets’ position in portfolios now and in the future

11:00am – 11:45am
The Blockchain and Digital Currency Regulatory and Enforcement Landscape
The blockchain and digital currency regulatory and enforcement landscape are constantly evolving. Governments worldwide have started to take a closer look at blockchain from a regulatory perspective, especially when it comes to raising capital in the form of tokenized ICOs. This session will discuss the latest news and emerging trends; recent law enforcement and regulatory actions, and insight into how those laws are being applied; and thoughts and predictions on the future direction of enforcement actions. Topics to be discussed will include:
- Regulatory compliance
- How can firms considering an ICO ensure that they stay compliant and minimize their risk?

11:45am – 1:00pm
Lunch

1:00pm – 1:45pm
Achieving Greater Talent in Blockchain Technology: Human Capital Considerations for Implementation
As more and more organizations go beyond proof of concept and begin to pilot and roll out blockchain projects, there will be a need for highly skilled blockchain practitioners, from developers to architects and in-house experts. Topics to be discussed will include:
- Human capital requirements including training and education
- Staffing and recruitment
- Culture management and change
- How to engage more leaders in blockchain technology
- How can we leverage areas of success, strengthen areas that are working well, and craft a plan to fix what’s not working as well as it should?

1:45pm – 2:30pm
Meeting Security and Compliance Requirements
Blockchain can be used to add another layer of security to businesses, while on the flip side, events such as token launches are prone to potential threats such as phishing attacks. This session will examine at blockchain and security, what can it solve, and what needs to be done. Topics to be discussed will include:
- An overview of blockchain and enterprise security
- Security risks facing companies and investors in the ICO space
- How can blockchain be used to minimize security risks
- Enhancing blockchain platforms to decrease risk and strengthen compliance across networks
- Goals, challenges and opportunities for blockchain technology as a tool for financial inclusion and opportunity
- Security issues and how distributed ledger technology is addressing this issue

2:30pm – 3:00pm
Networking Break

3:00pm – 4:15pm
Panel: The Future of Digital Currency
Bitcoin has ascended from the ranks of an obscure idea to a $20 billion asset in just 8 short years. This panel will feature perspectives from investors who will share their visions for the future of blockchain technology. They will discuss what types of future innovations and opportunities will and may be on the horizon and how they may shape the future of global finance.

4:15pm – 5:00pm
Engaging with Central Banks on Digital Currencies
Central banks are the gatekeepers of the traditional financial world. As Bitcoin and other digital currencies were birthed completely outside the existing banking and regulatory frameworks, central banks are starting to take notice as they now face new opportunities and threats. Will central banks and use the underlying blockchain technology to their advantage, and if so how?

5:00pm
Cocktail Reception

Day Three – Friday, October 5, 2018

7:15am – 8:00am
Networking Breakfast

8:00am – 8:15am
Chair’s Recap

8:15am – 9:00am
Strategies on How to Build a Business Case for Blockchain
This session will help you build a business case for blockchain. Gain an understanding of concepts, pilots, and production. Learn how to deal with vendors, what questions to ask when comparing solutions, decide on what problems in your organization that blockchain can solve, business and political risks, legal issues, compliance and more.

9:00am – 9:45am
How to Develop an ICO/Token Launch Strategy
In this session, you will learn about practical issues facing organizations including compliance, marketing, and public relations, attracting investors, strategy and more.
- Identify your goals. What are you trying to achieve?
- Deliverables
- Raising capital
- Marketing
- Ensuring regulatory compliance
- Professional services
- Developing your team
- Banking, recruitment, scaling for growth and governance

9:45am – 10:15am
Networking Break

10:15am – 11:00am
Blockchain Standards & Interoperability
There is a wide variety of blockchains and blockchain platforms. This session will explore standards that can help to ensure widespread, cross-industry adoption, as well as protect existing IT infrastructure and data can be integrated with new blockchain based projects. Topics to be discussed will include:
- The importance of standards and interoperability matter for wide-scale adoption of blockchain projects
- The role of consortia in defining standards
- Integrating legacy data and infrastructure with blockchain projects
- Connecting and communicating between different blockchains

11:00am – 11:45am
How Blockchain Technology Could Bridge the Unbanked Gap
Two billion of our global population is unbanked. This results in huge inefficiencies in the market, excessive fees and a lack of liquidity in many emerging economies, and leads to the economic disenfranchisement of many on the lower rungs of our economy. Access to financial and banking services opens up businesses to a new range of customers and potential opportunities. This session will discuss how blockchain fits into this, as well as:
- Why should businesses and government care about the unbanked?
- The role of identity and remittances in providing services for the unbanked
- Legal and regulatory issues

11:45am – 12:30pm
Research, Education and Industry Partnerships
Blockchain is continually facing new challenges. New technologies require coordinated basic and applied research, as does the incorporation of disruptive innovation in commercial applications. At the same time, the widespread adoption of blockchains creates the need for new sets of skills, combining knowledge from fields as diverse as business, technology, economics, finance, regulation and public policy. In this session, you will learn about challenges currently facing the field and the future development of the blockchain ecosystem.

12:30pm
Conference Concludes

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FAQ

Are there group discounts available?

  • Yes – Register a group of 3 or more at the same time and receive an additional 10% off the registration fee

Are there discounts for Non-Profit/Government Organizations?

  • Yes – please call us at 800-743-8490 for special pricing

What is the cancellation policy?

  • Cancellations received 3 weeks prior to the event will receive a refund minus the administration fee of $185. Cancellation received less than 3 weeks prior to the event will receive a credit to a future event valid for one year.

Can the registration be transferred to a colleague?

  • Yes – please email us in writing at info@brinetwork.com with the colleague’s name and title

Where can I find information on the venue/accommodations?

  • Along with your registration receipt you will receive information on how to make your hotel reservations. You can also visit individual event page for specific hotel information. The conference fee does not include the cost of accommodations.

What is the suggested dress code?

  • Business casual. Meeting rooms can sometimes be cold so we recommend a sweater or light jacket

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