Blockchain Valley Conference

13 June 2017

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 08.30 – 17.30

08.30 Welcome Coffee
09.00 Opening Panel Discussion
David Bosshart, CEO, Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute
Alessandro Curioni, Vice President Europe and Director IBM Research Zurich
Guido Fürer, Group Chief Investment Officer, Member of the Group Executive Board, Swiss Re

Alex Tapscott, Co-Author "Blockchain Revolution" and CEO, Northwest Passage Ventures
Understanding the Revolution: How Blockchain Is Changing Money, Business, and the World
10.15 Break
10.45 Brian Hoffman, CEO, OpenBazaar
Challenging Amazon: Why We Need a Peer to Peer Market Place

Richard Olsen, Founder, Lykke Corp
Blockchain-Trading: Building a Stock Market for Everyone

Conversation on the Future of Market Places with Brian Hoffman and Richard Olsen

Jesse Grushack, Co-Founder, Ujo Music
Fixing the Music Industry: How to Create a Fair Ecosystem

Guido Baroncini Turricchia, Founder, helperbit
Next-Level Donations: Adding Efficiency, Trust and Transparency

Primavera De Filippi, Researcher, CNRS, and Faculty Associate, Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard
Plantoid: The Birth of a Blockchain-Based Lifeform

Conversation on Fairness in Peer-to-Peer Markets with Jesse Grushak, Guido Baroncini Turricchia and Primavera De Filippi
12.30 Networking Lunch
14.00 GDI
Blockchain for Society and Consumer (session in German and English)
Over the past years feasible blockchain ideas were able to raise millions. In this breakout session we are going to answer questions, such as: What are today's challenges for SMEs getting started with blockchain? Which business cases do not make sense? What is the state of blockchain education in Switzerland? We need new mechanisms of building trust in a world that is more and more controlled by algorithms, in which we increasingly interact with machines and in which it is hard to tell the difference between a machine and a human. What are new concepts of trust, who is endorsing them, and who are we going to trust at all in an algocracy?

Karin Frick, Head Think Tank, Member of the Executive Board, GDI
Algocracy: In Tech We Trust?

André Wolke, Co-founder at Validity Labs and Founder of the Blockchain &
Internet of Things School
Blockchain Ecosystem Switzerland: Challenges and Opportunities for SMEs

Moderated by Florian Inhauser
Swiss Re
Blockchain in Insurance (session in English)
In this breakout session we will explore how blockchain creates business value. Among the questions we will explore are: (i) What is the financial and business sense behind applying blockchain technology? (ii) How does its use impact the balance sheet? (iii) How does one assess the business value? (iv) How can one build "differentiation" while at the same time foster cross-industry collaboration? (v) How can the use of unified contracting language become the foundation for "smart" contract execution? The session will also address the economic feasibility of blockchains, and what it takes for market participants – both regulating and regulated entities – to come together and make it happen.

Jags Rao, Blockchain Workstream Lead, Reinsurance Technology Initiative, Swiss Re
Business Cases and Strategic Applications of Blockchain Competencies

Rory Unsworth, Head Contracts Centre, Swiss Re
Smart Contract That!

Kamesh Raghavendra, Vice President, The Hive
Economic Feasibility of Blockchain

Moderated by Brian Rogers, Senior Business Development Manager, Swiss Re Institute
IBM Research
Blockchain for Enterprises (session in English)

Blockchain is currently one of the fundamental innovations because it enables trusted business transactions in the global digital economy. That is why IBM is building a complete blockchain platform for business.

Blockchain brings together the concept of a shared distributed ledger with smart contracts to allow the secure transfer of any asset – whether a physical asset like a shipping container, a financial asset like a bond or a digital asset like music – across any business network.

IBM works with 400 clients to pioneer blockchain. During the breakout session we illustrate IBM’s point-of-view on Blockchain for Business, discuss our research agenda and some exciting use cases.

Andreas Kind, Manager Industry Platforms & Blockchain, IBM Research Zurich
Blockchain for Business

Björn Tackmann, Post Doc, Security Researcher, Industry Platforms & Blockchain, IBM Research Zurich
Blockchain Industry Use Case: Concert Tickets without a Risk on Blockchain

Daniel Thyssen,
Director / L&H IT Business Partner & Information Architect, Swiss Re
Alessandro Sorniotti,
Research Staff Member, Cloud Storage and Security, IBM Research Zurich
Blockchain Industry Use Case: Swiss Re

Jens Jelitto, Senior Researcher, Cognitive Computing and Industry Solutions (IoT), IBM Research Zurich
Blockchain Industry Use Case: Aircraft maintenance

Urs Karrer, Associate Partner & Digital Consulting Practice Lead, Global Business Services, IBM Switzerland
IBM Blockchain Adoption Studies

Moderated by Urs Karrer
Break – Join the speakers of all breakout sessions for further discussion in the coffee break area.
15.45 Aet Rahe, Founder, ART IT Consulting and former Head of State Information Systems Department, Estonia
A Pioneer in E-Government: How Estonia Redesigned Public Services

Joshua Cooper Ramo, Best-Selling Author ("The Seventh Sense"), Co-CEO of Kissinger Associates
Beyond Blockchain: Understanding Our New Age of Networks
17.20 Conclusion
David Bosshart, CEO, Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute
17.30  Apéritif


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