20-21 June, 2017 | Bayview Eden, Melbourne VIC

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 20 June 2017

8:30 am - 9:00 am Coffee and Registration

9:00 am - 9:10 am Conference Opening – Remarks from the Conference Chairperson

9:10 am - 9:50 am Understanding Blockchain and its Potential to Make your Business Cost and Time Effective

Tim Lea - Chief Executive Director, Veridictum
Many of us still think of blockchain to be bitcoins. But, is that really true? Tim Lea will shed some light on what blockchain is capable of and the extent of its scalability. He will give an overview of the current state of blockchain industry and the direction in which it is heading. The session will also include:
  • Current technologies, major developments in blockchain technologies and their efficiency
  • Barriers to entry for blockchain technologies
  • Global use cases and challenges to its adoption

Tim Lea

Chief Executive Director

9:50 am - 10:30 am PANEL DISCUSSION: Leveraging Smart Contracts to Reduce Administration, Transactional and Legal costs

Paul Xuereb - Senior Manager – Business Engagement & Solution Delivery, Australian Super
Sophie Gilder - Head of Blockchain, CBA
Sonia Goumenis - Partner, Clayton UTZ
Smart contracts represent both a potential disruption and an opportunity for innovation for the legal industry. Smart contracts make the need of an intermediary authority obsolete, while carrying out a contract. This session will focus on:
  • Understanding the mechanism behind the working of smart contracts
  • Its potential affect on the current systems
  • Potential techniques to keep pace with the technology
  • Benefits if the smart contracts technology is adopted

Paul Xuereb

Senior Manager – Business Engagement & Solution Delivery
Australian Super

Sophie Gilder

Head of Blockchain

Sonia Goumenis

Clayton UTZ

10:30 am - 11:00 am Speed Networking

11:00 am - 11:30 am Morning Tea

11:30 am - 12:10 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: Which Industries will be Most Impacted by Blockchain?

Sam Lee - CEO, Blockchain Global
This discussion will feature people with different disruptive applications on blockchain and include representatives from commodity market, freight transport, bitcoins, legal industry and finance. They will discuss:
  • Different challenges their respective industries are facing and what challenges are broadly same throughout the industry
  • The key lessons they have learnt from their respective projects and how it could be helpful to other blockchain project
  • The next steps, for their respective projects and as an industry as whole

Sam Lee

Blockchain Global

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm After the Hype: How Blockchain is Transforming Financial Services

Blockchain got its start in the Financial Services sector and generated much excitement because of the promise to disrupt the incumbent banks business models - particularly across the bank’s back office functions. In this session we will hear about how a leading global financial services giant is preparing for the future with blockchain technology and will speak about:
  • Current projects such as UBS Smart Bond and Utility Settlement Coin
  • Challenges faced with development and implementation and possible solutions to the issues faced
  • The next steps and how Blockchain’s future looks from the bank’s perspective

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm Lunch Break

1:50 pm - 2:30 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: Blockchain Innovations in the Payment Industry

The Bitcoin payment system was the first and most prominent blockchain innovation. What does the regulatory and commercial history surrounding Bitcoin tell us about the prospects for other blockchain-based peer-topeer electronic payment systems? This session will include:
  • Solving the "double spending" problem without a central payment intermediary
  • Addressing identity and security issues
  • Australian anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing issues
  • Australian financial services industry regulatory issues
  • A government-issued blockchain based currency?

2:30 pm - 3:10 pm Faster, Cheaper, Better: BlockChain as an Enabler to Identity Verification

One of the most useful applications of blockchain is the concept of “Identity”. Blockchain can be used to uniquely store all this data, with a high level of security. This can empower consumers to manage their data and whom they share it with. Cindy will speak about the:
  • The changing landscape of Digital Identity Verification
  • Key advantages of Blockchain over other available tools
  • Privacy and Security
  • Disruptive changes and Consumer Experience

3:10 pm - 3:40 pm Afternoon Tea

3:40 pm - 4:20 pm CASE STUDY: Using Supply Chain Finance to Minimise Settlement Period

Emma Weston - Chief Executive Officer, Full Profile
One of the blockchain’s other applications is in the commodity market. Emma Weston, Full Profile’s CEO, Emma Weston will speak about how her firm’s commodity management solution is helping various parties involved in the industry. Her session will include:
  • Advantages of commodity management SaaS solutions to brokers and buyers and other supply chain participants
  • Developing an alternative supply chain finance solution
  • Eliminating counter party risk and credit from the farmer forward
  • Providing live transaction reporting and data rich payments

Emma Weston

Chief Executive Officer
Full Profile

4:20 pm - 5:10 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: Developing an Effective Regulatory Framework for Blockchain to Achieve its Full Potential

Nicholas Giurietto - CEO, Australian Digital Commerce
Regulation will struggle to keep pace with the technical and business model innovation driven by Blockchain. How can Australian industry and regulators best work together to facilitate Blockchain innovation while maintaining appropriate safeguards? How does Australia stack up compared to other jurisdictions around the world?

Nicholas Giurietto

Australian Digital Commerce

5:10 pm - 5:20 pm Conference Closing – Remarks from the Conference Chairperson

5:20 pm - 11:59 pm Networking Drinks