Blockchain: IoT's Trust Broker?

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By 2020, Gartner anticipates there will be more than 20 billion connected things across the globe, powering a market that will be worth over $3 trillion. This explosion in devices presents many challenges around identifying, connecting, securing, and interoperability. Current infrastructure and architecture will find it difficult to support IoT ecosystems of the future preventing the full realisation of decentralised information flows.

Distributed Ledger Technologies and Blockchains can offer a solution however, establishing trust, accountability and transparency while streamlining business processes.The movement from a centralised cloud model to a decentralised network is touted to enable autonomous device communication while removing the need for the middle man, brokers or certification authorities.

Consumers and businesses have an enormous amount to gain from the wider adoption of Distributed Ledger Technologies in IoT. Processes for data collection, remote monitoring, and control of devices will become faster, more secure and more useful than previously experienced. Enhanced security, traceability and authentication enables greater inclusion of low-value devices across multiple networks and opens up cost-efficient transactional opportunities allowing users and partners to derive maximum value out of information collected. Distributed Ledger Technologies supports scalability driving a shared economy marked by increased automation and decision making without human interaction.

Join techUK and key industry thought leaders to explore the economic and societal benefits of Blockchain within IoT, kick starting a wider discussion on how we translate Distributed Ledger Technology into implementation across IoT use cases, in particular how we can enhance ‘smart’ solutions within Energy and Cities.



13:30 – 14:00 Registration  
14:00 – 14:10 Introductions techUK & Helen Disney, Unblocked
14:10 – 14:35 The Internet of Agreements Vinay Gupta, Hexayurt Capital
14:35 – 15:00 Convergence and implementing Blockchain into IoT solutions Dan Byles, Living PlanIT
15:00 – 15:25 SynchroniCity Project Michele Nati, Digital Catapult
15:25 – 15:40 Break  
15:40 – 17:00 Short presentations followed by panel discussion Moderator, Helen Disney, Unblocked
Imogen Bunyard, Zerado
Navin Ramachandran, IoTa Foundation
Dave Gorman, IBM
17:00 Networking  


Helen Disney | Founder & CEO Unblocked
Dan Byles | Vice President Head of Corporate Development, Living PlanIT
Dave Gorman, Global Blockchain Labs Enablement, CTO Europe Office | IBM
Michele Nati | Lead Technologist Personal Data & Trust, Digital Catapult 
Vinay Gupta | Hexayurt Capital & Etherium Project
Imogen Bunyard, COO & Co-founder | Zerado
Navin Ramachandran | Healthcare Specialist in distributed ledgers and IoT, Consultant Radiologist & Member of the IoTa Foundation 

For more information about our work in this area contact:

  • Ruth Milligan

    Ruth Milligan

    Head of Programme | Digital ID and Open Data
    T 020 7331 2173

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