BACKGROUND

Blockchain (or Distributed Ledger Technology – DLT) has captured the attention of many in the financial sector and recently more of those active in payment, clearing and settlement, mainly because of its promise of efficiency and resilience.

Central banks and other authorities are reviewing and analysing the use of this technology for payment, clearing and settlement. Practitioners and thought leaders at this conference help to understand the uses of DLT and, in doing so, identify both the opportunities and challenges associated with this technology in the context of many B2B, B2C, C2C and C2B settlements.

Although DLT bears promise, there is still a long way to go before that promise is fully realised. Much work is needed to ensure that the legal underpinnings of DLT arrangements are sound.

Benefits: Speed of end-to-end processing; Cost of processing; Speed and transparency in transactions; Efficiency gains from automated instant and paperless contract tools.

Uncertainties still to be refined and resolved: Operational and security risk; Settlement issues; Legal risk; Governance; Data management and protection; Potential broader financial market implications.

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Call for Participation

We are inviting speakers – thought leaders, subject experts and start up entrepreneurs – to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about their work and their vision in the field of Blockchain Technology. Please let us know too if you would like to participate in the panel sessions only.

We understand that successful projects are written up as “White Papers”. Please share these with us. But projects that did not achieve their targets – “Black Papers” – are of interest to us too. They can be a very important topics of discussion / panels that you can present. Talk to us about both, we welcome your input.

We are also planning short “how to do” sessions or full day workshops to run simultaneously as pre or post conference events.

Please complete the speaker’s response form and submit a proposal to present at this event.

Code of Conduct & Diversity

UNICOM’s Code of Conduct & Views on Diversity

We at UNICOM strive to be a leading provider of knowledge to the business community and to engage the global business community as a specialised provider of knowledge. We strive to do this maintaining a culture of co-operation, commitment and trust. We want every UNICOM conference and training day to be a safe and productive environment for everyone – a place to share research and innovation and to build professional networks. To that end, we will enforce a code of conduct throughout all our events. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

Our approach is that our events are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity or religion. We do not tolerate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of sessions or events, and unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, Twitter and other online media. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers. Please bring your concerns to the immediate attention of the event staff.

Diversity: In our endeavour to be the provider of knowledge to the business community, we understand that this depends on hearing from and listening to a variety of perspectives that come from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, sexual orientation, and military service. We welcome diverse speakers for all our events, we do not always fully achieve this goal, but it is an ongoing process.

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PROGRAMME

BLOCKCHAIN & PAYMENTS – HOW CAN BLOCKCHAIN REVOLUTIONISE PAYMENTS AND TRANSACTIONS FOR BUSINESSES, GOVERNMENTS AND INDIVIDUALS?

Aaron Greatbanks , Investment Actuary and UK Blockchain Community of Interest Leader, PwC
Blockchain based payment structures combined with various forms of digital currencies can cut costs, improve transparency and increase the speed of transactions. This has implications for businesses, individuals and governments, whilst presenting an opportunity to optimise key industries and encourage financial inclusion. In my presentation I will explore how.

THE FUTURE OF FINANCIAL CONTRACTS

Peter Oakes, Board Director / Founder, Regulated Fintech / Fintech Ireland
How financial instruments are moving towards utilising smart contracts. Key challenges associated with smart contracts such as platform interoperability and standardisation, the emerging tech which should have the greatest impact to help financial services streamlining payments and settlements while ensuring security and respecting privacy

ECONOMICS OF CRYPTOCURRENCIES AND THE MONETARY IMPLICATIONS OF CENTRAL BANK OR PRIVATE ISSUED DIGITAL CURRENCIES FOR STATES, INVESTORS, INDIVIDUALS, AND BUSINESSES

Athanasios T. Ladopoulos, CIO of LAPO BLOCKCHAIN (Lapo.io) and founder of MOOCTORS (mooctors.com)
For people, enterprises, and IOT who want to complete their daily financial transactions fast, effortlessly, and at a fraction of current cost, LAPO provides the Universal Currency. Unlike other Cryptocurrencies LAPO’s Universal Currency aims to be a true digital currency. It is backed by gold with a mechanism that absorbs and converts volatility into gold and equate its price to its Book Value. LAPO is committed to innovation by making a positive impact to people’s lives and considers the impact the Universal Currency will have in the world.

PANEL: BENEFITS AND UNCERTAINTIES:

Moderator: Peter Oakes, Board Director / Founder, Regulated Fintech / Fintech Ireland
Panellists: Athanasios T. Ladopoulos; Aaron Greatbanks; Marjan Delatinne.

LEVERAGING BLOCKCHAIN AND DIGITAL ASSETS TO TRANSFORM GLOBAL PAYMENTS:

Marjan Delatinne, Global Head of Banking, Ripple
Just recently, blockchain has moved from sandboxes to real use cases. Blockchain is more than just buzzword; the technology is changing the foundation of cross-border payments and our global economic systems. As Global Head of Banking at Ripple, Marjan can discuss what blockchain and digital assets are doing to solve fundamental issues with liquidity management for business and payments—today and in years to come.

PRESENTATION FROM REAL SECURITY – BLOCKCHAIN – VAULT. MEMBER OF BAE

 

SPEAKERS

Marjan Delatinne

Global Head of Banking, Ripple

Aaron Greatbanks

Investment Actuary and UK Blockchain Community of Interest Leader, PwC

Peter Oakes

Board Director / Founder, Regulated Fintech / Fintech Ireland

Athanasios T. Ladopoulos

CIO of LAPO BLOCKCHAIN (Lapo.io) and founder of MOOCTORS (mooctors.com)

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