Sydney – May 1


08.30 – 09.25 Registration and Coffee
09.25 – 09.30 Opening of Conference
Deryck Graham
Chairman First Digital Capital (Australia)
Chairman of First Digital Capital Deryck Graham is a serial technology entrepreneur with 30 years of building and listing companies on the Australian Securities Exchange and 19 years experience as a public company director. He cofounded QHL, Australia’s largest composite aerospace defence contractor with $800m in contracts, launched, JV’ed and sold Eagle Aircraft which now forms Malaysia’s billion dollar aviation industry and developed one of the world’s first social media platforms. He is a Blockchain evangelist and an active investor.
09.30 – 09.50 Keynote: New Blockchain Economy
Alan Kohler
Alan Kohler has been a financial journalist for 46 years, starting as a cadet on The Australian. He was editor of the Australian Financial Review between 1985 and 1988 and editor of The Age between 1992 and 1995. He was the Chanticleer columnist for the Financial Review twice, and in 1995 joined the ABC, first as a reporter on the 7.30 Report and then as host of Inside Business and finance presenter on ABC news, which he still does. In 2005 he launched Eureka Report, a newsletter for self-directed investors, and in 2007 he was the largest shareholder and CEO of Business Spectator, a 24 hour a day online business publication. In 2012 those businesses were sold to News Corporation. Currently Alan is publisher and editor of his new 100%-owned publication, The Constant Investor; business editor at large of The Australian; finance presenter on ABC news; presenter of the Talking Business
09.50 – 10.10 Keynote: The Creation of Blockchain 1991 and onwards
Dr W. Scott Stornetta
While working at Bell Communications Research (Bellcore), Dr. Stornetta co-invented, along with Stuart Haber, the blockchain technique. This helped lay the foundation for Bitcoin and other digital currencies (for example, of the eight citations in the original Bitcoin paper, three reference his and Dr. Haber’s work). Along with Dr. Haber, he co-founded Surety, a Bellcore spinoff. Surety’s offering constituted the first commercial deployment of a blockchain. Dr. Stornetta finished at Bellcore as Assistant General Manager of the 125-person Mathematical and Computer Sciences Laboratory. Dr. Stornetta consulted for many years, evaluating the commercial potential of emerging technologies on behalf of universities, commercial research labs, and venture capital interests. Dr. Stornetta received his Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University, after attending MIT, Harvard, and Brigham Young University.
10.10 – 10.30 Presentation: Blockchain 2.0
Marc Fisher
Marc Fisher has 27 years of experience building entrepreneurial businesses in the financial and technology sectors. Marc chairs an ASX-listed fund that he floated in 2015 and co-founded a market-leading fintech business that has seen assets grow to A$34bn in under 3 years. Marc has been a Managing Director at two of the world’s leading institutional hedge fund investors, as well as at Citigroup in London where he was responsible for A$16bn of hedge fund portfolios.
10.30 – 11.00 Panel: Regulatory Discussion
Simon Owen
Learn about the latest legal developments around Blockchain technology.
11.00 – 11.45 Real-World Blockchain Application and Token Models
Nils Veenstra
Managing Partner, BECON (Ireland)
Andy Zondervan
CEO and Co-Founder, RightShare (Netherlands)
With global revenues of more than 7 billion US$ in 2016, Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is the soundtrack of the digital revolution. The aim of the ICO is to build  a platform to introduce and accelerate a seamless rights licensing and settlement procedure with EDM as the launching party.
Pascal Haider
Co-Founder, GarfieldEATS (UAE)
Garfield, the funny, hungry, mischievous and most popular cat walking into people’s lives for over 40 years. The Gareld strip has now more than 243 million global readers daily and has built an active twenty million friends and followers on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram. GarfieldEATS is the World 1st Garfield Quick Mobile Restaurant (QMR). This sustainable, fun and delivery future franchise formula has launched in Dubai, as the first out of many more cities to follow. It delivers some of Gareld’s favourite, delicious and craving recipes – pizza, lasagna, coffee and popcake desserts.
Presenter to be announced
With the deployment of their Container Streams system in a supply chain environment, MTI (based in the UK and the USA) demonstrates that the logistics industry will see improved connectivity, efficiency and security thanks to blockchain. The ICO connects supplier, shipper, load point, customs and terminal on a shared blockchain ledger, with far reaching consequences for the logistics industry as it seeks new ways to improve security and profi tability. The project also comprises Port of Rotterdam, Port of Hull, TransdocLink, Samskip, BlockLab (Rotterdam) and various universities.
Presenter to be announced
Kind of an AIRBNB solution for the luxury yacht market. Besailor is an existing Luxury Charter platform offering full platform services (based on IoT and Blockchain) to boat owners to maximise the return on their investment.
More than 500 luxury yachts are available in harbours such as Barcelona, Marbella, Mallorca, Ibiza and Valencia.
11.45 – 12.00 Changing the face of crowdfunding
Ed Lobbet
COO, Acorn Collective (UK)
The Acorn Collective is using blockchain to help founders and startups access funding. We provide crowdfunding that is accessible, transparent and more likely to succeed.
Crowdfunding is a huge and growing market in the West and a largely untapped market in most developing countries. We are changing this by creating an innovative platform which promotes access for backers and founders globally.
Our integrated token-based Acorn ecosystem encourages engagement throughout the crowdfunding journey from the initial raise to project delivery. We use targeted data that guides founders to make the right campaign decisions and match projects with backers that want to support them.
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 13.20 The Truth Machine
Michael Casey
Michael Casey is a Senior Advisor at MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative, where he heads research into blockchain applications that advance financial inclusion and energy efficiency, and a senior lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Formerly a journalist at The Wall Street Journal, Casey is also Chairman of the Advisory Board at CoinDesk, the leading media outlet and events coordinator within the digital currency and blockchain industry. He is the author of five books, including the recently published The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything, which he co-wrote with Paul Vigna. Casey is a native of Perth, where he graduate from the University of Western Australia. He also holds higher degrees from Curtin and Cornell universities.
13.20 – 14.00 Panel: Investment Portfolios
Marc Fisher
How to Build a Diversified Cryptocurrency Portfolio that Balances Risk.
14.00 – 14.30 Blockchain 101
Nick Addison
Nick is an IT professional specialising in blockchain/distributed ledger technologies and financial services. Member of Fintech Australia and co-lead its Blockchain subcommittee which is engaged in policy and standards setting for emerging Blockchain technologies. Nick frequently speaks at Blockchain events and universities as well as help run the Sydney Ethereum meetup. His passion is working with different stakeholders to design technology solutions that add real value to organisations.
14.30 – 15.00 Coffee and Tea Break
15.00 – 15.15 Making Shopping Smarter
Gennady Volchek
CEO, Shping (Australia)
Shping has created a shopper marketing platform that brands can deploy to reward consumers directly for their choices, attention and actions with cryptocurrency instead of paying fiat to advertising middlemen for the privilege of marketing to customers in store. Learn about Shping Coin, the reward token at the heart of the platform that aims to disrupt the $USD28 trillion global shopping industry, and hear why you should be among the first to purchase Shping Coin during its first and only Token Sale.Entrepreneur, Gennady Volchek was born in the USSR and moved to Australia as a child with his parents.  An innovator at heart, he has successfully built and sold a number of businesses throughout his career. At 18 years old he became a publisher of ethnic newspapers in Australia. Gennady also started a telecommunications company – a pioneer of VOIP technology at the time, as well as a Satellite Pay TV business in Australia and New Zealand.  Since 2012, Gennady has been the founder and CEO of Authenticateit (trading as Shping) – a first of it’s kind, blockchain-based, product-traceability, shopper marketing and rewards ecosystem.
15.15 – 16.00 Meet the ICOs
Throughout the conference we will give the stage to some pioneering blockchain projects from all over the world. The common thread is that all the presenting companies and persons have decided to raise working capital by launching a token crowd sale (also known as an ICO or TGE). The aim of this session is to gain a deeper understanding of what type of applications are coming on the market, as well as give investors more information about crypto investment opportunities.
Maxim Morozov
Business development expert
System Bit Consulting is an automated platform for ICO preparation developed specifically for the needs of startups and SMEs. SBC aims at assisting businesses to launch an ICO of the highest standard and cut the unnecessary expences
Rick Burnett
Founding President, Budbo
“LaneAxis is an established SaaS freight management tool that provides real-time tracking and shipment data for trucking and logistics. With numerous patents approved and pending, the LaneAxis software serves as the connective tissue for the application of blockchain technology to logistic supply chains. Currently, 2 million truckloads operate daily in America , with most still relying on archaic technologies to manage and track shipments.  LaneAxis fixes this by implementing the latest technological novelty that promises to cut costs and increase efficiency across all supply chain channels.
Simon Pearson
Founder & CEO, B21
B21 is a personal wealth management platform for cryptoassets that enables the mass market to create their own portfolio of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, EOS and others. The B21 app has a user friendly portfolio dashboard and supports recurring investments. Historically managing a portfolio of cryptocurrencies would require a user to open several accounts, manage multiple passwords and have a strong technical knowledge. With B21 you only need a single account to manage all your cryptoassets.
Tim Bos
Founder, ShareRing
The world’s first trusted token for sharing services.
One way to pay for sharing everything, no matter what it is or where you are. The sharing economy has changed how we work, travel, collaborate, go on holiday, lend and borrow money. So why are we still relying on cash and credit cards to navigate it?
ShareToken is the world’s first system designed specifically for you to share things with others. There’s no fuss and no currency exchange fees, no matter where you are or what you’re sharing.
Maria Neuvazhaeva


Michiel Frackers
Founder, Bluenote
Bluenote is the leading blockchain solution to build a zero emission world, which is both the greatest environmental challenge and the greatest financial opportunity of our generation. Buildings are the largest single contributor to climate change because of the energy they consume, emitting about 33% of the world’s climate change greenhouse gasses. Bluenote is launching an open blockchain based protocol to capture this opportunity. Together we can create a more valuable zero emission world through blockchain.Find out more at
16.00 – 16.30 The Rolde and Impact of Blockchain
Justin Dombrowski
How much will blockchains/DLT *really* disrupt? How long will it take, how much will it cost, and why?
16.30 – 17.00 Closing Keynote
17.00 – 19.00 Network Reception

program is subject to change