“Blockchain changes the world again”. Over the last 25 years, the Internet has changed the world. Blockchain will transform the world again, but only over 10 years. Welcome to Year 1. Internet enabled the sharing of information. Blockchain enables the sharing of value, based on distributed ledger technology. While the accessibility remains the same, the reliability of the data increases, resulting in more transparency and better security.

“Blockchain causes massive change”. 
Not only the financial services industry and governments will have to deal with massive changes; also industries such as healthcare, logistics, energy, legal services, music and entertainment are impacted. At the moment, a score of pilot projects is taking place across various industries in both the public and private sectors. The sheer number of affected business processes and services is a testament to the wide scope of blockchain applications and their relevancy in everyday life. 

Learn more @ the Blockchain Conference Brussels, March 8th, 2017

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09.15 - 10.15

Registration & welcome coffee

10.15 - 10.30


Joachim gives a short general presentation of Living Tomorrow and TomorrowLab and how these companies, in partnership with Becon, will try to accelerate the application and implementation of Blockchain in all private and public sectors in Belgium.

Mr. Joachim De Vos, CEO Living Tomorrow & Founder TomorrowLab

10.30 - 11.00

Introduction to the Five Levels of Blockchain

Richard leads into the event with a short introduction to Blockchain and his five states of Blockchain awareness. From the rock ledgers of the Sumerians to the Stone Coins of Yap Islanders and their island consensus mechanism, he will kick off the programme with some funky narrative and storytelling

Richard Kastelein, Founder, Blockchain News (Canada)

11.00 - 11.30

The Next Great Internet Disruption: Authority and Governance

The power to govern is often asserted, but it may or may not be based on authentic social consent. This is an important issue because open networks are changing the nature of legitimate authority and the consent of the governed. User communities are increasingly asserting their own authority, assigning identities to people, and allocating rights and privileges in the manner of any conventional institution. A distributed database has a lot of advantages, not only in terms of scalability but also for other key functionality such as a permissioning system. John will take a very good look at managing identity in a distributed network.

John Clippinger, CEO, ID3 / MIT Media Lab (USA)

11.30 - 11.45

Coffee Break

11.45 - 12.00

Manage Disruption

There are still challenges to overcome, but Blockchain technology stands poised to rewrite how business is conducted if its potential is achieved. Are you ready? Marc works with businesses to prevent them losing their competitive advantage to disruptors large and small. Marc used to be the principal at Forrester’s Executive Program.

Marc Dowd, Founder and CEO, Manage Disruption Limited (UK)

12.00 - 12.30

Blockchain as a Service

Michael used to be global EVP Development for SAP, and CEO of Infosys’ Finacle business in India (the market leader in banking software). He will share his ideas on using blockchain as a service, how to implement on existing infrastructures, and the underlying methodologies behind blockchain which create completely new business models.

Michael Reh, CEO, Tymlez (Germany)

12.30 - 13.00

Local project Spotlight

Introduction of and panel discussion with three local Blockchain pioneers

Moderated by Alex Bausch, Co-Chair, BECON (Netherlands)

13.00 - 14.00


14.00 - 14.20

Blockchain and Music

Panos co-founded the non-profit Open Music Initiative, in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab, and its mission is to promote and advance the development of open source standards and innovation related to music to help assure proper compensation for all creators, performers and rights holders of music. The initiative launched with more than 60 companies involved including: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, BMG, Spotify, YouTube, Pandora, SoundCloud, Netflix, SiriusXM as well as a number of rights related Blockchain startups. In November 2016, Open Music Initiative announced a further 80 partners, including Dubset, Napster, Red Bull, The Orchard, Sonos, SoundExchange, Viacom, GMR Marketing, 7 Digital and performing rights societies SOCAN (Canada) and BUMA (Netherlands).

Panos Panay, Managing Director, Open Music Initiative (USA)

14.20 - 14.40

Blockchain and Logistics

Martijn has identified logistic parties with interest for the Blockchain like ports, financial institutions, and an international auction company. This initiative has led to a broad consortium of logistic, supply chain and financial parties that are going to do research how the Blockchain could work for them. The end goal will be to have several working Blockchain applications for logistics and finance in optimizing the whole supply chain. There is a number of use cases identified around finance which will be presented. The research is done with knowledge institutes with in-depth knowledge of blockchain (TU Delft) and Supply Chain Finance (Windesheim).

Martijn Siebrand, Program Manager Supply Chain Finance, TKI Dinalog | Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics (Netherlands)

14.40 - 15.00

Blockchain and Charities

When you think about blockchain applications for charities, the first thing that pops into your mind is probably finding quicker and cheaper ways to raise money and accept donations.
Karl is going to share a different story, however. By using Blockchain technology, Save the Children is able to create transparent and secure digital passports for their relief workers, which enables them to quickly deploy help in disaster-struck locations across the world. They can bypass vetting and screening procedures that tend to takes weeks to complete, which is crucial in managing emergency relief.

Karl Hoods, CIO, Save the Children (UK)

15.00 - 15.30

Blockchain and Government – panel

In this session we will go deeper into some of the Blockchain projects currently being undertaken in cities and government. We will also go into detail in how cities, municipalities and governments are brought into these projects.

Moderated by Dr. Leen Peters, Director, Think E (Belgium)
John Clippinger, CEO, ID3 / MIT Media Lab (USA)
Lluīsa Marsal Llacuna, Smart sustainable cities advisor, incl. innovation on standards, urban policies, planning & regulations (Spain)

15.30 - 16.00

The Future of Blockchain within Belgium’s Digital Agenda

A short exploration how new technology as Blockchain can be used for developing smarter and more sustainable processes, and for creating a better world.

Mr. Alexander de Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation of Belgium (Belgium)

16.00 - 17.00

Networking Reception

Programme is subject to change.