The leading Blockchain Expo World Series has announced dates for its 2020 world series. Hosting our triannual Global expo on the 17-18th March, Europe 1-2 July and North America 4-5th November. Our conferences are constantly evolving to meet the demands of the blockchain ecosystem. Bringing together content from industry leaders, top-level sponsors, and hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the very latest use of Blockchain technology. Further information on our world series and to register for your ticket see here: https://blockchain-expo.com
The event will bring together 9000+ attendees from 70+ countries to explore the entire enterprise technology ecosystem across now, a co-located event covering Blockchain, IoT, AI & Big data, Cyber Security & Cloud and the newest addition 5G. Over the two days there will be multiple networking events, parties, 1-1 connection opportunities, and a wide variety of exhibitors to engage with.
If 2017 was the year of blockchain hype, and 2018 was the year of naval-gazing and disappointment, 2019 was one of consolidation and understanding of the technology’s capability in an enterprise context.
Expect this trend to continue this year and beyond. Writing in November, Martha Bennett, VP and principal analyst at Forrester predicted that, alongside the public versus private debate reaching the executive table, interoperability and collaboration will be the key topic of discussion in 2020.
“We’ve already witnessed the emergence of multiple networks addressing the same use case… and there are also processes that span multiple chains,” wrote Bennett. “Participants in these permissioned networks are keen to understand whether, and how, these various chains will interact. We’ll also see a much greater focus on integration with existing systems; providers of existing automation and business process management solutions will seek to enhance their offerings with DLT capabilities.”
The consensus – to pardon the expression – now is that the technology is here, and it is decision time for many enterprises. Hyperledger executive director Brian Behlendorf, who spoke at Blockchain Expo Europe in June, says that enterprise adoption has ‘blossomed’. He agrees that it will not be a winner-take-all scenario.
“People have projected this image that there will be one winner or only one technology that becomes the VHS to everyone else’s Betamax – and I don’t think it’ll play out that way at all,” he says. “I think we’re at a moment now where organisations of any reasonable size should have a centre of competence, tracking new technology developments, and doing experiments in multiple technologies to understand them at a deeper level.”
Evidence suggests that for other emerging technologies, taking the next step reaps its reward. Research from McKinsey has found that more than half (58%) of companies who had gone into production with their IoT initiatives had seen at least a 5% increase in revenue, with 46% saying they had seen at least a 5% decrease in cost.
A wide variety of industries started taking those steps as 2020 came into view. Some were more obvious than others. Courier giant FedEx, with its focus on delivery, understandably has various blockchain bets. Again, the theme is cooperation. Dale Chrystie, business fellow and blockchain strategist at FedEx, and who spoke at Blockchain Expo North America, explains that blockchain is ‘not only a technology discussion’ for the almost 50-year-old company.
“We don’t believe we can put a FedEx logo on blockchain and the world will come to us,” says Chrystie. “It’s not about where we compete, but rather in blockchain, it’s about where we can agree in non-competitive areas that benefit all.”
Like many other technologies, it is not so much the technical hurdles which need to be overcome, but the cultural ones. Pramod Achanta, IBM VP and blockchain services leader for North America and another speaker at Blockchain Expo North America in November, led his team in writing a playbook for consortia to make the right decisions and eventually sponsor a production network. As he explains, blockchain is a ‘team sport’, but it does not tell the full story.
“It’s sometimes difficult to put those teams together,” says Achanta. “A lot of times the network needs to come together for the common good, but at the same time the value that each of these participants get out of that network may not be uniform.”
Getting all the stakeholders in the same room together – from project managers to vendors, to developers, to end-users – is therefore vital. In a mission to connect the blockchain ecosystem our next conference will take place at the Olympia London 17-18th March 2020. We have an audience of enterprise decision-makers who are responsible for innovating new technology within supply-chain, transport, legal sectors, financial services, retail, insurance, energy, music, gaming, government, real estate, luxury goods and more.
- NEW: Crypto & Digital Asset Investment
- NEW: Convergent Technology Solutions
- Blockchain Enterprise Platforms
- Blockchain for Enterprise
- Blockchain for Business
- Fintech & Regulation
The Blockchain Expo Global 2020 has attracted our finest speakers yet. Experts and leading organisations are joining us to explore the entire Blockchain ecosystem. From areas in fintech, regulation, transportation industry, energy, supply chain, telecoms, and governance. Blockchain Expo will divulge into how this technology is disrupting these areas plus many more. Explore the Global 2020 agenda here.
Event attendees can expect to meet with over 9,000 + like-minded individuals, 350+ exhibitors such as IBM, Samsung Semiconductor, SAP and Hyperledger in a series of networking opportunities. The Blockchain Expo will also allow you to ask questions to the events 100+ thought leading speakers in Q&A sessions. These speakers include:
- Sara Tavacoli, Head of Innovation & Finance Transformation, Vodafone
- Manuela Godeck, Global Innovation Project Manager | Blockchain, Vodafone
- Nicole Sandler, Innovation Policy Global Lead, Barclays
- Marta Piekarska-Geater, Director of Ecosystem, Hyperledger
- Thomas Lee-Warren, Group Digital CTO, Rolls-Royce
- Johan Toll, Head of Digital Assets, Nasdaq
- William Lovell, Head of Future Technology, Bank of England
- John Henry Clippenger, Board Member | Advisor | Research Scientist | CIO, MIT Research Lab | Swytch
- Essam El-Okda, Digital Supply Chain Transformation Manager, Unilever
- Mariana Gómez de la Villa, Program Director Distributed Ledger Technology, ING
- John Calian, Head of T-Labs, T Mobile
- Leanne Kemp, CEO, Everledger
- Garrick Hileman, Head of Research, Blockchain
- Nkiru Uwaje, Global Innovation Manager, SWIFT
- Yann van Ewijk, Information Risk Analyst, Shell
- Yann van Ewijk, Information Risk Analyst, Shell
- Dale Chrystie, Business Fellow, Blockchain Strategist | Chairman, FedEx | BiTA
- Julian Fifield, Blockchain Programme & Delivery, NSF
- Eva Kaili, Member of European Parliament
As the leading enterprise event across IoT, 5G, Blockchain, AI, Big Data, Cyber Security and Cloud we offer different ticket types to cater for every delegate experience, you can join us with a Free Expo Pass which gives access to the co-located exhibition floor and the sessions taking place on the expo floor stages, Gold Pass which gives exclusive access to the entire Blockchain conference and networking opportunities and our Ultimate Pass which provides full access to all 5 expos! To find out more and register follow this link.
We hope to see you at the Blockchain Expo Global event and make sure not to miss out Blockchain Expo Europe taking place at RAI, Amsterdam on 1-2 July 2020 and the Blockchain Expo North America will take place on the 4-5 November 2020.
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