About the event
Global FinTech & Blockchain Forum 2019
Global FinTech & Blockchain Forum 2019 – FinTech is another name for staying ahead through rapid development and innovation.
In today’s world, it is impossible to discuss Fintech without the mention of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. The advent of Blockchain and ICOs, have paved new paths for disruptive and innovative businesses.
This new tech is rapidly increasing its forte in the Fintech space and is giving birth to new opportunities; but not without its own cost and regulatory challenges.
With so much happening in today’s fintech environment, it becomes increasingly important to stay abreast with the latest happenings.
This conference presents the latest up-to-date topics; by lining up bitcoin, crypotcurrency and fintech experts; who would will share their vision, knowledge and key insights. The forum will discuss the opportunities and challenges spurring this new innovation.
From payments to open banking From AI technology to lending, credit and DLT; the forum will be a center of the experts power discussing the future of fintech and private banking with blockchain, the role of cryptocurriencies in the fintech space and why blockchain and cryptocurren
Our aim is to educate and involve the ecosystem and create collaboration opportunities around the latest trends. With the lineup of industry experts, we bring together perspectives across different industries, delve on the latest happenings, and discuss use cases.
We have created an ideal platform for practitioners and industry experts to meet, exchange ideas and collaborate.
08:45 – 09:00
09:00 – 09:10
09:10 – 09:50
Innovations in Blockchain and Fintech
Speaker – Chris Linton, Consultant, Duncan Cotterill
Bio – Chris is a corporate/commercial and tech. law specialist, who is actively involved in the blockchain, fintech and crypto space.
She’s on the Committee of Blockchain NZ, a member of Fintech NZ, and on the Fintech regulatory roundtable (focussing on the legal and regulatory implications of crypto and ICOs/TGEs). She frequently speaks on law and regulation, and has excellent working relationships with the regulators. Chris acts for a growing number of blockchain, fintech and crypto clients, in New Zealand and offshore. As a lawyer who’s worked in the technology (and corporate) space for many years, she finds the transformative potential of fintech, blockchain and crypto hugely exciting.
09:50 – 10:30
The Splendors and Miseries of Security Token Offerings
Speaker – Donn Krassiyenko, Investment Research Manager, Blockchain & ICO at Techemy Capital
Topic Abstract – “The Digital Revolution has brought us to a threshold of a whole new world called “the Internet of Value”. Enabled by blockchain, it allows both businesses and individuals to digitally capture, democratise, securely transfer, and rightfully own the value they possess, whether it is personal data, real estate, company shares, fine art, gold, or goodwill.
For one, blockchain allows start-ups to get easier access to capital. By tokenising business value and opting for ICO crowd-funding models, companies have raised nearly US$30 billion in funds in 2018. This presentation will take you through the latest blockchain investment trends, shed the light on winning practices, and navigate you through turmoil ahead of the rise of security token offering (STOs)”
Bio – “Coming from a marketing and ICT background, Donn has first-hand experience working with disruptive technologies such as cybersecurity, cloud, mobility, AI, and IoT. As a FinTech strategist, Donn is placed on the forefront of digital transformation, using his analytical skills and industry knowledge to help businesses to navigate through the impenetrable mists of blockchain landscape, and make strategy and investment decisions. By bridging the legacy world with the realities of the Internet of Value, Donn makes it easier for businesses to embrace the technological change and stay relevant by renovating business models. Working for the Techemy group, Donn acts as a trusted and expert advisor to corporate leadership and is responsible for driving high impact strategic and business development initiatives. Donn oversees investment prioritisation, business mix assessment, as well as private equity and M&A strategies. He is challenged with deploying Techemy’s capital into digital cryptographic assets, investing in early-stage ICO start-ups across blockchain infrastructure and crypto protocols.”
10:30 – 10:50
Networking and Refreshment Break
10:50 – 11:00
Easy Crypto presents “Constructive disruption”
Speaker – MCed by Janine Grainger, Founder of Easy Crypto
Topic Abstract – This session will explore the ways in which blockchain and fintech enterprises are helping improve the world we live in. Featured speakers in this session are: Leeanna Kohn-Hardy, Ossie Amir and Emily Fry
Bio – Janine is a strategist with a background that spans banking, finance, government and technology. She founded Easy Crypto in late 2017 with her brother Alan, with the mission to make cryptocurrencies easily accessible to everyday New Zealanders. Janine is a firm believer in the potential of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies to transform the way our world connects and transacts, once the internal and external constraints are overcome.
11:00 – 11:30
The State of Cash in a FinTech World
Speaker – Ossie Amir, Co-Founder and Blockchain Lead, Choice
Topic Abstract – Choice is a new contactless payments platform, connecting banking APIs with New Zealand’s physical terminal fleet, letting users pay with their phone by scanning a ChoiceQR code on a terminal. Choice is a net positive payments ecosystem, reducing transaction fees for merchants, and taking 50% of that reduced fee to donate to a New Zealand charity of the consumer’s choice. The impact generated through the ecosystem is tracked through blockchain, and the infrastructure is open making it globally scalable, while allowing anyone to participate in creating an equitable domestic payments system for Aotearoa.
Bio – Ossie has founded organisations which span across artificial intelligence, renewable nanocarbon technology, industrial hemp cultivation, and third-world labour equality, on his mission to inspire and empower people across the world to live without fear. He is now taking on the inequalities of the payments industry with Choice.
11:30 – 12:00
The world of socially responsible cryptocurrencies
Speaker – Leeanna Kohn-Hardy, Founder at finappster
Topic Abstract – Take a deep dive into the new wave of socially responsible cryptocurrencies.
Bio – A wealth of experience in digital marketing and finance and passion for sustainability has contributed to Leeanna founding “finappster”, which gives retail investors more transparency around the environmental, social and governing impact of their cryptocurrencies.
12:00 – 12:30
Self Sovereign Identity
Speaker: Emily Fry, CX & UX | Strategy | Digital Identity
Topic abstract – Emily will discuss advancements in digital identity in the New Zealand context. Spark recently announced that it has joined as a Founding Steward of the Sovrin Network, which hopes to construct the first truly self-sovereign identity (SSI) network. This will enable individuals to have true control and visibility over their data and privacy.
Bio: Emily is part of Spark’s new business entity which is focusing on long-term, large-scale new business opportunities from a range of emerging technologies. Emily’s particular focus is the rapidly evolving space of self-sovereign identity.
12:30 – 13:30
13:30 – 14:30
Panel Discussion – FinTech – A Friend or Foe?
Speaker: Sean Bennett, Stronghold Co-founder and CTO
Bio: Stronghold CTO Sean Bennett co-founded Stellar’s very first anchor, Coinex, in 2014. In early 2015 he and his team partnered with Stellar for their first fundraising auction, raising more than $1.5 million to fund ongoing Stellar operations.
A native of New Zealand, Sean heads Stronghold’s office in Christchurch where he manages the company’s development team. Alongside Sean’s primary role at Stronghold, he holds advisory positions across multiple industries including financial services and aged care where
he focuses on: 1) emerging technologies such as blockchain, smart contracts and machine learning, 2) business and systems analysis; readiness for scale, 3) solution architecture, API strategy, and product execution, and 4) startups and business models.
14:30 – 15:10
Regulatory requirements for business considering Cryptocurrency & Blockchain
Speaker – Bryan Ventura, Associate at Anderson Creagh Lai Limited
Bio – ‘Commercial lawyer at Anderson Creagh Lai, with a passion for and professional background in, blockchain technology, as an advisor and transaction lawyer. Other experiences include corporate and securities law, financial regulation and entrepreneurship (in my personal capacity).’
15:10 – 15:30
Networking & Refreshment break
15:30 – 16:10
Impact of Blockchain on Digital Marketing
Speaker – Andrey Arestov, Digital Marketing Delivery Manager at AMP
Bio – Digital marketing expert with more than 15 years of multinational experience across financial, manufacturing, automotive and chemical industries.
16:10 – 16:50
Emergence of Blockchain IoT
Speaker: Chayse Gorton, IDC – Market Analyst, IT Services and Blockchain
Topic abstract : IoT investment is forecasted to bring NZD$2.2 billion of benefit to the New Zealand economy over the next ten years, some of which will be directly linked to blockchain technologies. The value of IoT is related to not only the amount of data being captured but also the quality of that data being captured across a vast range of connected devices. Stakeholders use the data to make informed decisions about actions to take, or in some cases, these are done automatically. Therefore, there is a concern about the potential security issues with this data as it moves from sensor to sensor. This is where blockchain comes in as it provides a means to ensure that the data is trustworthy. In addition, blockchain creates efficiencies in the form of increasing the speed of processing data, reducing the need for expensive centralised IT structures and enabling stakeholders to set up contracts without third parties.
Bio : Chayse Gorton is a market analyst at IDC; IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets. Chayse is responsible for the primary analysis and report writing on research produced within the regional research group. Chayse has expertise in a range of areas including security, cloud, mobility, managed services, blockchain, and leads the New Zealand Heatmap series that provides strategic analysis on these topics.
Chayse has a strong interest in distributed ledger technology, is a Certified Bitcoin Professional, and is a member of the blockchain association of New Zealand.
17:10 – 17:30
Closing ceremony with note of Thanks & Felicitation
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