Conference | May 8-10 2017 | New Zealand

2 DAY CONFERENCE + 
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We're planning an amazing 3 days of presentations, panel discussions, workshops and networking events

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It will be taking place at the ANZ Viaduct Event Centre in the heart of Auckland in New Zealand (one of the most beautiful countries in the world)

20 TOP SPEAKERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

We are working hard to bring the very best speakers to present, run workshops and meet as many of you as possible.

GREAT NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

We will be using creative techniques to ensure that the speakers, business entrepreneurs and technologists meet and build personal connections.

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KEY SPEAKERS 

We are bringing over 20 of the best speakers from around the world to New Zealand. 

VITALIK BUTERIN

Creator of Ethereum

Vitalik is the creator of Ethereum and 2016 Fortune Magazine "40 under 40" . He first discovered blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies through Bitcoin in 2011, and was immediately excited by the technology and its potential. He cofounded Bitcoin Magazine in September 2011, and after two and a half years looking at what the existing blockchain technology and applications had to offer, wrote the Ethereum white paper in November 2013. He is now the Ethereum Foundation Council President and leads Ethereum's research team, working on future versions of the Ethereum protocol. 

Vitalik will be presenting on "Ethereum and the Cryptoeconomic Way". This will include delving into the philosophical implications of public blockchains.


Andreas is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and well-respected figures in bitcoin. He is the author of two books: “Mastering Bitcoin” and “The Internet of Money”. As an engaging public speaker, teacher and writer, Andreas makes complex subjects accessible and easy to understand. As an advisor, he helps startups recognize, evaluate, and navigate security and business risks. Andreas was also one of the first to use the phrase “The Internet of Money”, as early as 2013, to describe bitcoin as part of his speaking business. As a bitcoin entrepreneur, Andreas has founded a number of bitcoin businesses and launched several community open-source projects.  He also offers expert witness testimony as an expert in the security, technical details and use of crypto-currencies, worldwide. Andreas will present his thoughts and vision for the future of Money, addressing the historical, political, philosophical and technical impacts of the amazing innovation unleashed by bitcoin.  Antonopoulos.com

Pamela Morgan is a Chicago based attorney, educator, entrepreneur and public speaker. She is a widely respected authority on multi-signature governance and legal innovation using digital currencies. In addition to her law practice, Pamela is the CEO of Third Key Solutions LLC. Third Key is the culmination of her work advising bitcoin startups in multi-signature governance processes, key management, and disaster recovery. She is also a board member of the CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium (C4) a non-profit industry standards organization, where she serves as the Director of Education.

Pamela will be presenting  "TL;DR session for lawyers on bitcoin, blockchain, and smart contracts" and "Protect yourself like a multinational company, on a startup budget". She will also be running a workshop "What lawyers need to know about bitcoin, blockchain, and smart contracts"

New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and an ideal place to incubate transformative ideas, ventures and technologies. The government ranks as one of the most transparent in the world with a friendly regulatory environment toward the rule of law and entrepreneurship. Its high integrity political and economic environments are robust, stable, globally connected, open and accessible. It provides ideal test markets and a well-educated population that embraces humility, resourcefulness, and creative problem-solving. Kiwis value individual responsibility, collective stewardship, and tolerance. Beyond its unmatchable quality of life, New Zealand places great importance on intergenerational well-being, making it a great place to establish deep roots as an individual or family.

ANDREAS. M ANTONOPOULOS

Public Speaker | Author | Coder | Entrepreneur | Commentator

PAMELA MORGAN

Founder Third Key Solutions

MAKSIM IZMAYLOV


Founder Travel Tech Con

EMMA WESTON

AgriDigital, CEO & Co founder

Emma is an experienced business professional, lawyer, agribusiness executive, entrepreneur, start up mentor, and executive coach. Emma is CEO of AgriDigital which is bringing transparency, efficiency and trust to agricultural supply chains around the world. Emma will be speaking on: "Is there a business in the provenance of food?".
 As the demand for supply chain transparency is increasing, the push for provenance is generally seen as consumer driven. However, taking a broader view, there are a variety of actors engaged in provenance, often with differing interests. Understanding these interests and where blockchain technology not only solves problems but also delivers tangible value, requires a deeper dive into what we really mean by provenance when it comes to our food and fibre. Who are the existing players? Are there different or competing models and what are their costs as well as the underlying business models for their implementation? Will the early use case of provenance live up to its promise?

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Maksim Izmaylov is an entrepreneur and hacker. Maksim founded Roomstorm, Travel Tech Con and most recently Winding Tree, a blockchain-enabled B2B travel marketplace that aims to demonopolize the market and spur innovation in the industry that's 10 years behind. 

Maksim will talk about "Inequality and Innovation in the Blockchain Era". One of the defining issues of our century is inequality, and not just social inequality, but also the discrepancy between corporate profits. In the winner-take-it-all economy, where top firms purposefully prevent competition and innovation, it's extremely hard to have an equal society. According to economist and political scientist Joseph Schumpeter, big corporations are the main driver for technological progress, the view that he expressed back in the forties of the last century. But relatively recent research shows that there is no significant evidence to this correlation. In many industries, there is no correlation between firm size and pace of innovation, especially in oligopolistic markets, where the incumbents lack an incentive to innovate, but have all the reasons to prevent competition and therefore innovation. The blockchain technology is the promise of a new era in commerce, with no middlemen, no rent extraction, and low entry barriers. Maksim will talk about how blockchain will change the rules of the game in many industries, focusing on the travel industry, where he has extensive experience.

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The event is organised by BlockchainLabs.NZ (a collaboration between 3months.com and Brave New Coin) and the Blockchain Association of New Zealand. BlockchainLabs.NZ empowers organisations to collaborate, undertake R&D, and commercialise new disruptive blockchain business models 

This conference is run as part of New Zealand Techweek (in association with NZTech, ATEED, MBIE, NZTE and WREDA) will be a major international event, drawing audiences from all over Australasia. 

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The recently released Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) is a 3-year fellowship that brings together a community of visionary entrepreneurs, investors and startup teams to create positive global impact from New Zealand.

Smart Contracts and the global trust protocol

GEORGE SAMMAN

Blockchain Consultant and Advisor

George is a blockchain and cryptocurrency consultant and advisor to global financial institutions, startups and law firms. He recently co-authored a seminal report on blockchain architecture with KPMG and Gilbert & Tobin as well as working with Brian Kelly Capital Management, a NYC hedge fund to re-architect Nautiluscoin into NSYS. George is Entrepreneur in Residence for Blockchain & Cryptocurrency at Tyro Fintech Hub and Startupbootcamp NYC. He also writes a blog on blockchain technology and use cases at sammantics.com. George also co-founded BTC.sx, now magnr, a bitcoin trading platform in 2013. He is also a former Wall Street Senior Portfolio Manager and Market Strategist as well as a technical analyst. George holds the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation. 

George will be talking about how consortia and shared ledgers enable global supply chains through IoT and smart contracts. 


JOHN HALAMKA

International Healthcare Innovation Professor, Harvard Medical School

John D. Halamka, MD, MS, is the International Healthcare Innovation Professor at Harvard Medical School, Chief Information Officer of the Beth Israel Deaconess System, and a practicing emergency physician. He strives to improve healthcare quality, safety, and efficiency for patients, providers, and payers throughout the world using information technology. He has written 5 books, several hundred articles, and the popular Geekdoctor blog. For the past decade, Halamka has been responsible for health care data standards in the US, first under the Bush and then the Obama administration. He sees a blockchain-underwritten future in which a patient’s every health care interaction goes into a ledger every provider can see. John is an independent director at Orion Health. 

John will be video conferencing in to talk about his recent report in the Harvard Business Review "The Potential for Blockchain to Transform Electronic Health Records".

KAIDI RUUSALEPP

Former CEO Nasdaq | Tallinn Stock Exchange

Kaidi is former CEO of Nasdaq Tallinn Stock Exchange and of the Central Securities Depository. Co-Founder of Estonian Service Industry Association. Member of Startup Europe Advisory Board at European Commission. A lawyer by training, she co-authored the Estonian Digital Signatures Act of 2000 -- landmark legislation that enables secure digital identities and, in turn, the country’s booming electronic economy. She is founder of the blockchain based global stock exchange Funderbeam. Kaidi will be presenting on the Funderbeam story and also giving a workshop on "e-governance based on the example of Estonia" 

PETER BORAH


Lead Ethereum Developer, Ownage

As soon as Peter read the Ethereum whitepaper, he knew how he would be spending the next few decades. He's dedicated the past few years to exploring the frontier of the blockchain, with a particular focus on smart contract development practices and security. He is currently the lead Ethereum developer at Ownage, a startup creating an Ethereum-based platform to distribute, collect, and trade digital game content. Previously, he worked with ConsenSys as an Ethereum developer on projects such as the Dapp Store and a educational game called DAO Wars. 

Peter will be presenting "A Tourist's Guide to the Future", a preview of developments that will be coming to the blockchain space over the next five to ten years. Blockchain technology moves at a pace that can feel bewildering, but this talk will give attendees a glimpse into where this is all headed. Topics covered will include privacy technologies, tools for blockchain scaling and off-chain processing, and cross-chain interoperability. Peter will also be giving a workshop on "Blockchains for Content Creators"

NZ is the least corrupt nation in the world (tied with Denmark), according to the Corruptions Perception Index.

No part of the country is more than 128km (79 miles) from the sea.

In a recent World Bank report, New Zealand had supplanted Singapore as the best country in the world to do business.

Xero.com and Weta are based here. Films shot/made here include: Lord of the Rings, Hobbit, King Kong and Avatar

In 2008, TripAdvisor named Milford Sound the world’s top travel destination, based on an international survey.

The super-rich are all coming to New Zealand (perhaps for the wrong reasons)

MARGAUX AVEDISIAN


Publicist | entrepreneur | advisor

New York based Margaux Avedisian is a publicist, entrepreneur, and advisor in the Bitcoin and Blockchain industry. Margaux is currently a VP at Transform PR, the leading blockchain public relations firm which has represented more than 100 blockchain companies and 30 ICOs including Ethereum, Augur, Maidsafe, and Golem. Prior to joining Transform PR, Margaux cofounded MonetaGo (a blockchain value transfer company) and Tradehill (the first Bitcoin exchange in America). She was featured in the documentary “The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin” and serves as an advisor to Bitcoin Shop, Chamber of Digital Commerce, and Lifeboat Foundation. 

Margaux will be presenting on "Beginners Guide to raising money via ICO's (Initial Coin Offerings)" This talk will delve into how to plan and execute a successful crowdsale. We’ll answer questions like how should you structure your ICO for maximum impact? When and where should you list your token? What legal hurdles should you be aware of when starting an ICO? How should you introduce your ICO to media and the community? Is it important to have investors lined up before the ICO even starts?. Margaux will discuss how public relations can help you effectively craft your messaging so that people understand the problem you’re solving. The underlying technology of crypto company, while important, is just one part of the puzzle. 

The Blockchain and Smart Contracts are set to transform the world. 

This event is about helping people to understand how the blockchain and smart contracts are going to change & disrupt every business sector from agriculture to finance. 

The event is aimed at anybody who wants to know what all the fuss is about including CEO's, Directors, Entrepreneurs, Project Managers, Programers in every business domain . We will take you on a journey from teaching you the basics through to exploring some of the real life ways that blockchain technology is being used to disrupt business models and transform our society. 

 We will challenge you. We will inspire you. You will get to meet many of the world's thought leaders in this space.


WHY YOU SHOULD COME

(this is not a tech conference)

Finance

Banking

Real Estate

Insurance

Media

Education

Health

Energy

Government

Law

Agriculture

Founder of Cryptodex, Managing Member at Blockchain Partners, and writer at Blockchain News, Jake Vartanian has been a cryptocurrency advocate since early 2011. After working with crypto startups including Synereo and SingularDTV, he began his work as an independent blockchain consultant, focusing on tokenization models, crowdsale marketing, and community building. 

Jake will be talking about ICO's. We are entering a new paradigm of collaboration and cooperation with digital tokens and crowdfunding models. Token launches are providing the freedom to participate in projects that we believe in and want to see succeed. Instead of relying on a financial advisor or banking institution to make decisions our accumulated energy (money), we can bypass that layer of infrastructure and invest directly into the projects and people we care about. It brings up questions related to sustainable token structures, ethical token portfolios, and "active participation vs passive investing”. This talk will discuss these dynamics as well as the current "cryptographic value" asset landscape, achieving Universal Basic Income through blockchain, and how we can use this tech for good.


CHRISTOPH JENTZSCH

Author of "The DAO", Founder SLOCK.IT

Christoph Jentzsch works on exploring the most basic fundamentals of different systems. After studying theoretical physics in Dresden, Germany, he worked on the protocol and as the lead tester for Ethereum. Building a blockchain which enables smart contracts as the fundamentals of a new decentralized economy. Using this technology he authored "The DAO", a decentralized autonomous organization which runs entirely on the blockchain. After becoming the most successful crowdfunding project in history it failed due to a software bug and eventually led to a hard fork which Christoph helped specifying. He also founded the company Slock.it working on the decentralized sharing economy through connecting IoT devices to the Blockchain and making them rentable. Slock.it has partnered with energy giant RWE to revolutionise the way electric cars are charged. Christoph will be presenting on the story of The DAO and how companies can exist with only computer code. He will also present on what Slock.it are doing.

GRAHAM ANDERSON & MITAL KAYAIYA


Webjet, Australia

Webjet identified a blockchain opportunity in their Digital Hotel Wholesale business, Webbeds. Over the past 12 months, the Webjet team have been working on a Smart Contract and Consortium solution to solve for the settlement and reconciliation issues that occur across the Hotel Distribution Chain. Webjet will be sharing their journey from how they initially tested out their ideas and progressed their experiments to come up with a Smart Contract ecosystem to build efficiencies across their business. They will talk about the challenges, opportunities and learnings that they experienced and the impact of disruption on an established set of business processes. 
Graham is the Head of IT for the Webjet Group. Graham has been working in the technology travel domain for 12 years and in IT for the past 25 years. 
Mital Kakaiya is a Solution Architect at Webjet. He is passionate about working with evolving technologies


Founder of Cryptodex

JAKE VARTANIAN


The Future of Blockchain
Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand

Accounting

Retail

MAX KAYE


Cofounder and Deputy Leader of Flux

Max is passionate about improving the world. He is a software developer and blockchain consultant. His educational background is in science, mathematics, and information systems, and has a lifelong interest in economics, political philosophy, disruptive startups, and theory of knowledge. Max sees immense scope for technology to empower ordinary people to properly participate in their democracy. He knows there's a better way of doing things. He prefers to use the oxford comma. 

Max will be talking about how blockchain will spur a 2nd renaissance in democracy, including

  • Why a blockchain is required for online voting
  • New voting protocols we can build using blockchains
  • Why democracy is being held back 
  • How new voting protocols help solve these problems
  • What democracy looks like 30 years from now

FRAN STRAJNAR


Founder Brave New Coin

Fran is a multi-disciplined entrepreneur, deeply involved in the highly disruptive and exciting Digital Currency & Blockchain Ecosystem. Masters of Entrepreneurship. Founder of several companies. Extensive travel around the globe for Blockchain, Payments and FinTech events. Fran has grown-up with the Blockchain industry globally and has a firm understanding of Enterprise Blockchain Solution Design. 

Founder: Bitcoin South (Major industry conference) 
Co-Founder: Bravenewcoin.com – Industry Data Solutions provider 
Co-Founder: Blockchain Labs 
Member of founding team: Blockchain Association of NZ (BANZ) 
Advisor to numerous Blockchain companies around the world.

Fran will be presenting on Blockchain as a new Asset Class 

With a decade of experience in monetary theory and traditional financial markets, Stephen dived head first into the cryptocurrency space when his precious metals company was the first in the industry to accept bitcoin as a payment method. Now he is CEO of Digital Asset Exchange, runs the Global Retail Division of Bitcoin.com, and President of the Blockchain Association of New Zealand. Stephen is also an Alumni Board Member of the Foundation for Economic Education, an organisation dedicated to the education of Austrian Economics. He has made presentations across the US on the topics of bitcoin, blockchain technology, monetary theory, and economics at places such as: Money 20/20, Freedom Fest, Denver Bitcoin Center, World Fair of Money, Liberty Forum, and the Foundation for Economic Education. 

Stephen will be talking on "Why Bitcoin Matters Is bitcoin a commodity, property, currency, settlement system, or a ponzi scheme?" It has been classified as all of the above, and more. He will review the model that bitcoin was developed after and the implications that the cryptocurrency has created for the current financial industry.

STEPHEN MACASKILL


President of the Blockchain Association of New Zealand

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 TheBlockchain.nz consists of a two day conference (Monday & Tuesday) and one day (Wednesday) of separately bookable, small (i.e. 10-20 people) specialist workshops given by some of the speakers. 

The main conference will consist of presentations, panel discussions, breakout sessions and networking running from 9-6 each day. The draft agenda and workshop details is now available. Included in the price is lunch, snacks and drinks/nibbles at the networking events/party on Monday and Tuesday evenings.  

2 day conference ticket price: NZ$ 1,200 + GST,
Note that Student and discount tickets have now sold out  (contact stefanie@3months.com for details).

Workshop price: NZ$ 400 + GST.

For updates please follow us on Twitter (@blockchainlabNZ). If you are a BANZ member please contact them for your 10% discount code. Please note that by purchasing a ticket you agree to adhere to this code of conduct.

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GRANT ANDERSON

Head of Government Relations, Xero

Grant’s career as a finance professional has covered a wide range of business sizes and activities. These range from micro-businesses to multinationals and from unknown start-ups to businesses with household names. Grant’s industry experience includes software, manufacturing, retail, tourism and primary industry.

Through his role as Head of Government Relationships at Xero, Grant is able to combine all of these threads together. In this role, Grant will provide advice and thought-leadership to Government agencies with the goal of making business easier for small businesses

Grant wrote in last years Acuity Magazine on "Why New Zealand could become a cryptocurrency leader" and will present on "The case for a NZ Government backed digital currency"

JAMES MANSELL

Insights Strategy Lead at IRD

James champions the safe use of Data Science to deliver public and economic value. He is an independent consultant who provides mentoring, courses and presentations on leadership, big data and government. Commissions include work in the areas of child protection, tax, education, health, social development, and science. In 2011 James was awarded public sector’s Leadership Development Centre (LDC) fellowship prize. This was used to study leadership at Harvard, the Wharton School, and Centre for Creative Leadership. James is also a board member of Te Pūnaha Matatini; New Zealand’s newly funded Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) dedicated to the study of how to transform complex data into knowledge. James was the lead author of the groundbreaking The Data Commons Blueprint "A high-trust, lower-cost alternative to enable data integration and reuse". He will be presenting on "Data commons. Introducing the data commons blueprint"

JONATHAN EWING

Solutions Architect

Jonathan Ewing is a Solutions Architect with a deep knowledge of data systems, disintermediation rationale, smart contract technology and future enterprise applications using the blockchain. He was a nominee for the 2016 Innovation NZ Awards, for work on strategic thinking for large scale power network diversification towards blockchain mining operations, time shift mining and side chain processing - a multi million national savings initiative to put New Zealand on the global cryptocurrency map. With 18 years ICT experience, he has focused on enterprise solutions, information design, technical analysis and knowledge management for power utility companies in NZ and the Middle East. As an early crypto-miner and investor, he understands the complexities and technical aspects of disintermediation and the truly decentralised opportunity that abounds within the blockchain protocol.

Jonathan will be leading the Energy workshop.

Day 1, Session 1: a beginners guide to the blockchain and smart contracts

Day 1, Sessions 2: Money, Finance and Bitcoin

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Day 2, Session 4: New Funding and Organisational Models

Day 2, Session 5: The Future

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