Why Blockchain Matters

The Technology

Blockchain is about the transfer of value. It enables individuals and companies to exchange assets without relying on a third party to verify and manage the transactions. Business models and processes are subject to redefinition within and among companies.

Blockchain, therefore, shouldn’t be viewed as a goal in itself. It is a tool that can ensure trust, transparency among diverse stakeholders, promote decentralization and optimize products and services. 

The Business Rationale

Blockchain is a business as well as a technological solution; it is used to solve real problems for the organization. If implemented correctly and in the right context, the technology could create more efficient and frictionless products and services.

For that reason, it is important to have skills to make sound decisions regarding blockchain solutions to ensure successful innovation.

 

The Future

It is difficult to imagine the global industry in 2050, the Nordics are not an exception. The future is uncertain. Reimagining business models and processes is essential to help us transition into the new digital era. Join us on 16th November to reevaluate the present state of affairs. 

 

Why attend

Business

  • Gain unique insights from visionary speakers about the latest developments in the blockchain space across various industries
  • Network and meet with innovators and frontrunners
  • Explore the exhibition stands, showcasing their products, services and solutions
  • Get exposure and direct contact with clients and businesses

Public Sector

  • Explore use cases and implementations, such as current prototype developments in the public sector by KL and Kombit.
  • Get an understanding of what governance may look like in the future, and how public infrastructure will change
  • Learn about the state of the industry, politics and regulation

Professionals

  • Learn about the newest blockchain developments in programming and business 
  • Deep dive into the tech on our technical stage
  • Explore the exhibition stands showcasing their products, services and solutions
  • Network and book meetings with potential investors and clients

Speakers


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PROFESSOR JAN DAMSGAARD is Head of The Department of Digitalization, Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Denmark. Jan´s personal research focuses on the business aspects of digitalization and disruption including platform economics, IoT and Big Data. From a research point of view, there can be no substitute to Professor Damsgaard, giving an scientific view on implementing Blockchain technology in business. Jan Damsgaard will speak on the main stage on ‘How to adjust your business model’, at 10.55.

ADAM LEBECH is Deputy Director General in the Agency for Digitization. He has worked at senior management positions at various ministries and agencies, in the fields of e-government, IT, and Telecoms policy since 2001. Adam Lebech will treat the early birds and speak at the Nordic Blockchain conference main stage, at 08.50.

DEANNA MACDONALD is the co-founder and CEO of BLOC, Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration, a digital solutions provider the energy and maritime sectors with a focus on decarbonisation. She is also an Associate Partner at Dare Disrupt, a global speaker and a digital Course Leader for courses offered at MIT Sloan, Columbia Business School and Wharton. Deanna will be speaking on the Main Stage at 16.10.

NIKLAS NIKOLAJSEN holds a degree in computer science from the Copenhagen Business School. He is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of the crypto-financial sector, having founded the first Swiss company in this space. Niklas has a background of more than 15 years as a professional software architect & software developer, primarily in the financial, manufacturing and public sectors. Niklas Nikolajsen will be speaking on how he first discovered Bitcoin eight years ago and later founded one of the world's leading crypto financial service providers.

LARS SEIER CHRISTENSEN co-founded Saxo Bank, a pioneer in FX and derivatives trading. SaxoTrader, the bank’s flagship online trading offering was first launched in 1998 as one of the first online FX trading platforms ever. Mr. Christensen experience is incredibly valuable for understanding the regulatory roadmap ahead for cryptocurrencies and financial blockchain applications. That’s why Mr. Christensen will introduce the audience to ‘How is Blockchain used in banking and finance today’ at 13.30.

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Program


Innovation Stage

Nikolai Søndergaard - Nordic Blockchain Association

Christian Hannibal - Dansk Industri

Adam Lebech - Agency for Digitization

Rune Christensen - MakerDAO

For many, 'Bitcoin' and 'crypto' are terms that have been used increasingly frequently in daily encounters, but still remain ambiguous. However, these hyped conversations have brought to light the importance of the underlying technology - blockchain, and how it will impact the world moving forward. Blockchain technology has the potential to significantly lower costs, enable transparency of all transactions and ensure trust among stakeholders. Rune Christensen, CEO of MakerDAO, will present why blockchain is important and how it is going to shape our world. MakerDAO issues Dai, the world’s first stablecoin on the Ethereum blockchain.

Robert Bo Jensen - PwC

Rasmus WintherDeloitte

Rolf BjerreThe Alternative Party

Lars Arne Christensen - Conservative Peoples Party

Jan Damsgaard - Copenhagen Business School

Currently, the dominant organizational structure in many companies is centralized, making it difficult to accommodate increasing demand for local decision-making. Decentralization could help executives to make better decisions. Blockchain enables new organizational structures to emerge: the decentralized autonomous organization (DAO). Unlike traditional companies, DAOs consist of groups of people who work in swarms according to fully transparent rules, which are incentivized by tokens and consensus mechanisms. Our panelists will debate how decentralization will challenge existing organizational structures.

Jan Damsgaard - Copenhagen Business School

To many it may seem that to gain a competitive advantage through implementing blockchain in your business requires a technological solution. While this is true, it is also important to identify where and how in your business model blockchain could bring most value. Jan Damsgaard, Head of The Department of Digitalization at Copenhagen Business School, will discuss how businesses should adjust their business model to reap the benefits of blockchain technology.

Christian Lassen IBM

Amidst the hype that has surrounded blockchain technology over the past year, solid use cases have begun to emerge. Christian Lassen, Nordic Leader of IBM Blockchain, will showcase how IBM have moved into the space and have become frontrunners in developing and implementing the technology.

Stephan Nilsson - Unisot.io

Kristoffer Just - My Food Trust

Henrik Hvid Jensen - TrustWorks A/S

Deanna Macdonald - BLOC

Blockchain is taking the mainstage of the supply chain industry. Companies are joining forces to reimagine how to distribute goods efficiently and cost-effectively. A need for increased transparency, security and decentralized decision-making is attracting interest in how blockchain could transform and enhance the supply chain industry. Our expert panel will shed light on how to leverage the technology to help to reduce delays from paperwork, improve inventory management, minimize courier costs, reduce waste and identity issues in near real time.

Lars Seier Christensen Concordium Foundation

Explore how your business could reap the benefits of blockchain: Blockchain is set to transform the banking and finance industries - 33% of banks are expecting commercial adoption of blockchain this year. Implementing blockchain could save the banking and finance industry between 52M - 79M DKK annually. Over his career as co-founder of Saxo Bank, Lars Seier Christensen experienced first-hand the major regulatory changes transforming derivative trading services to private clients and smaller institutions, and this practical experience is incredibly valuable for understanding the regulatory roadmap ahead for cryptocurrencies and financial blockchain applications.

Rolf Bjerre - The Alternative Party

Omri Ross - Firmo Network

Per Lind - Aryze

Bent Dalager - KPMG

Ian Choo - Ekofolio

The perceptions of money are changing fast. The current monetary system is comprised of issues such as counterfeiting, illicit economy and inflation. These issues materialise in stock market crashes, unequal distribution of wealth and a rising global debt. Evidently, there is a growing demand for reimagining the financial system by introducing new forms of money, new payment systems and new financial technologies. Our panelists will debate what the future of money could be and what are the challenges facing the banking and finance industry today.

Bo Hemvæk Svensson - EU Blockchain Observatory

A new regulatory paradigm shift is emerging worldwide. European countries are setting an example by signing the European Partnership on Blockchain earlier this year. Already 596M DKK has been invested by the EU in blockchain projects to speed up their development and implementation. The aim is to promote blockchain initiatives in full compliance with EU laws. Bo Hembæk Svensson, appointed member of the EU Blockchain Observatory and DI Fintech, will discuss the current political state of blockchain in the EU.

Payam Samarghandi - Horten.dk

Jeanette Carlsson - Tech Nordic Advocates

Jacek Czarnecki - MakerDAO

Kirsten Marie Petersen - Kammeradvokaten

Camilla Kampmann - AIG

Blockchain adoption is still in infancy, although significant advantages of the technology are being explored through emerging use cases. However, the only way these advantages could become tangible is if blockchain is legitimate. Today, regulation and governance are two of the main barriers to implementing blockchain solutions. The values and principles behind blockchain technology enable a new way of rethinking the frameworks of society. But how do we navigate in a regulatory system which has not yet adapted to this new technology, what problems do we face and how can we solve them?

Deanna MacDonald - BLOC

A use case from the maritime and energy sectors.

Marianne Haahr - Global Opportunity

Ian Choo - Ekofolio

Pierre-Elouan Réthoré - DTU Wind Energy

Alan Laubsch - GenBlue

Bo Hemvæk Svensson - EU Blockchain Observatory

As well as making financial products more inclusive, blockchain technology is facilitating inclusion by giving people digital identities and revolutionising personal data management. In light of the current refugee crisis and growing risks of climate change displacing even more people, blockchain could be leveraged as a tool for social impact. However, the technology still needs to be scaled to reach full force. Our expert panelists will discuss the technological and regulatory challenges that must be resolved before blockchain delivers on its potential for affirmative social impact.
Cocktails and snacks

Cutting-Edge Stage

Rasmus Vedel - KL/Kombit
Nicklas Peyk Millgaard - Nordic Blockchain Association

Together with KL and KOMBIT, Nordic Blockchain Association have been working on a Proof of Concept prototype for a use case regarding contractual agreements within municipalities.
We are proud to present this use case alongside Kombit, other blockchain trends found over the years in Nordic Blockchain Association as well as our prediction of the future of blockchain technology.

Hans Henrik Hoffmeyer - Coinify

Jack Nikogosian - Aryze

Omri Ross - Firmo Network

Simon Ousager - Chainalysis

Omri Ross - Firmo Network

Jack Nikogosian - Aryze

Simon Ousager - Chainalysis

Hans Henrik Hoffmeyer - Coinify

Christian Visti - NewBanking

The recent rise of startups seeking funding through ICOs has sparked a heated debate regarding tokenization. Tokenization has the potential to change the way we manage assets by enabling globalization of capital, leading to diversification and growth in the market. While there are many benefits of tokenizing assets, many startups who launch their ICOs issue utility tokens instead of security tokens to evade regulations governing security tokens. These actions have flagged up some serious issues regarding tokenization. Our panelists will debate the current benefits and issues and the trends going forward.

Rune Christensen - MakerDAO

Morten Nielsen - Aryze

Lars Seier - Concordium Foundation

Lasse Birk Olesen - Coinify

Troels Plenge - Ethereum Meetup Copenhagen

The blockchain promises to enable a trustless and transparent society where peer to peer transactions are carried out without a middle man. This panel debate will explore how new payments systems and architectures can facilitate the adoption of blockchain technology while ensuring financial trust among the actors.

Julian Hansen - Nordic Blockchain Association

'The blockchain' is a symphony of technologies playing together - cryptography, data replication, and peer-to-peer networks. Julian will discuss the attributes and differences between a few popular blockchain solutions to help you navigate the noise, and choose the right blockchain for your project.

Sofie Blakstad - HiveOnline

Toby Gilbert - Coinweb

There are some interesting things happening in the blockchain space, that you might not hear about in mainstream media. It is easy to get misguided by the hyped conversations surrounding blockchain. To dispel the hype a little, join us at the Cutting-Edge Stage to learn from the frontrunners in the blockchain space in Denmark and Europe who will showcase real blockchain use cases and discuss future trends.

Alan Laubsch - GenBlue

When the dire effects of climate change are materializing faster than we anticipated, sustainable development and reimagining existing ecosystems should be high on the business agenda.

Simon Ousager - Chainalysis

Björn Preuss - 2021.AI

Alexander Reay - Nordic IT Association

Claus Vesthammer - Improsec

Mystery Speaker

We are on the verge of a revolution in computation. The instant quantum computers become a reality, they have the potential of rendering many of our means for encryption - a vital tool for a wide variety of applications across the market, including blockchain - entirely obsolete. Our panelists will explore the intersection of blockchain and cybersecurity in the quantum age.

Niklas Nikolajsen - Bitcoin Suisse

Niklas Nikolajsen will be speaking on how he first discovered Bitcoin eight years ago and later founded one of the world's leading crypto financial service providers. He will speak about this company, its past, present and future services and role in the crypto eco-system, as well as make some bold predictions for the future.

Cocktails and snacks

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