Blockchain for Good? Addressing Global Challenges with Blockchain Technologies

techUK's Distributed Ledger Technology Group is supporting B4G (blockchain for good) and the University of Surrey's Centre for the Digital Economy in hosting an afternoon's conference around Blockchain for Good. 

What is the role for Blockchain Technologies in helping address the world’s Global Challenges? How can NGOs, charities and other third sector organizations exploit and capitalise on the potential of Blockchain Technology to deliver on their social and environmental agendas? At this event, we aim to bring together Blockchain and third sector communities to identify practical ways of aligning and capitalising on the unique characteristics of this disruptive technology to address social need and environmental challenges.

To date, most of the conversation regarding blockchain has taken place within the technical and financial services communities, the purpose of this workshop is to extend the conversation into new areas of application. The premise of the workshop is that greater interaction between the Blockchain community of developers and researchers with representatives from NGOs, charities, third sector organizations and others working in the front line of social and environmental need will stimulate opportunities for collaboration for innovative solutions to enduring problems.

This interactive workshop will appeal to NGOs, charities and other third sector organizations, Blockchain developers and entrepreneurs, venture capitalists in technology for good and academic researchers across a range of interests including, but not limited to: CSR, e-Business and e-Governance, Innovation and Technology studies, Business Models, and Sustainable and Responsible Business. The workshop will explore the following themes:

  • What is the current and future role for Blockchain Technologies in addressing Global Challenges?
  • What types of problem are best suited to a Blockchain solution?
  • What are the roadblocks and facilitators to implementation and scaling?

Agenda

1. Keynote, The Case for T4G: Robert Kay, Director, DISC Holdings

2. B4G Use Cases Panel

Joseph Thompson, AID:Tech

Professor Olinga Ta’eed, Blockchain Alliance for Good and the Internet of Value

Karl Hoods, CIO Save the Children

Raphael Mazet, CEO Alice.si

Dr Maria Grazia Vigliotti, Technical and Business Partner Gradbase

Laura Bailey CEO & Co-Founder Zerado & Disberse

Dr Marcus O’Dair, convenor of the Blockchain for Creative Industries research cluster at Middlesex University

3. Break

4. The User Perspective Panel:

Mike Brookbanks, Visiting Fellow, Centre for the Digital Economy, University of Surrey

Sue Lukes, Director MigrationWork CIC

Rhodri Davies, Programme Leader, Giving Thought: Charities Aid Foundation

Dave Birch, Innovation Director Consult Hyperion

Alan Sheriff, Managing Director CBoxx Ltd

5. Wrap up, conclusion, thanks, what next - Dr Richard Adams, University of Surrey

6. Networking

 

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