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Blockchain Expo World Series announces dates for its 2020 world series

Rakshitha Narasimhan

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Source: Blockchain Expo 2020

The leading Blockchain Expo World Series has announced dates for its 2020 world series. It is hosting its triannual Global expo on the 17-18 th March, Europe 1-2 July and North America 4-5th November. The 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. To avail further information on the world series and to register for the tickets, visit here.

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.

Bennet further stated,

“We’ve already witnessed the emergence of multiple networks addressing the same use case… and there are also processes that span multiple chains(….)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, said that enterprise adoption has ‘blossomed’. He agreed that it will not be a winner-take-all scenario.

He stated,

“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. I think we’re at a moment now where organizations of any reasonable size should have a center 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.

Chrystie further stated,

“We don’t believe we can put a FedEx logo on blockchain and the world will come to us. 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 that 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.

Achanta stated,

“It’s sometimes difficult to put those teams together. 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 Blockchain Expo Global in Olympia London 17-18 th 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 conference agenda:

  1. NEW: Crypto & Digital Asset Investment
  2. NEW: Convergent Technology Solutions
  3. Blockchain Enterprise Platforms
  4. Blockchain for Enterprise
  5. Blockchain for Business

Fintech and Regulation

The Blockchain Expo Global 2020 has attracted our finest speakers yet. Experts and leading organizations 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:

  1. John Calian | Senior Vice President | Head of T-Labs & The Blockchain Group | Deutsche Telekom AG
  2. Sara Tavacoli, Head of Innovation & Finance Transformation, Vodafone
  3. Manuela Godeck, Global Innovation Project Manager | Blockchain, Vodafone
  4. Nicole Sandler, Innovation Policy Global Lead, Barclays
  5. Marta Piekarska-Geater, Director of Ecosystem, Hyperledger
  6. Thomas Lee-Warren, Group Digital CTO, Rolls-Royce
  7. Johan Toll, Head of Digital Assets, Nasdaq
  8. William Lovell, Head of Future Technology, Bank of England
  9. Marta Piekarska-Geater, Director of Ecosystem, Hyperledger
  10. John Henry Clippenger, Board Member | Advisor | Research Scientist | CIO, MIT Research Lab | Swytch
  11. Essam El-Okda, Digital Supply Chain Transformation Manager, Unilever
  12. Thomas Lee-Warren, Group Digital CTO, Rolls-Royce
  13. Mariana Gómez de la Villa, Program Director Distributed Ledger Technology, ING
  14. Sara Tavacoli, Head of Innovation & Finance Transformation, Vodafone
  15. Manuela Godeck, Global Innovation Project Manager | Blockchain, Vodafone
  16. John Calian, Head of T-Labs, T Mobile
  17. Leanne Kemp, CEO, Everledger
  18. Garrick Hileman, Head of Research, Blockchain
  19. Nkiru Uwaje, Global Innovation Manager, SWIFT
  20. Nicole Sandler, Innovation Policy Global Lead, Barclays
  21. Yann van Ewijk, Information Risk Analyst, Shell

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.

Make sure not to miss out on Blockchain Expo Europe taking place at RAI, Amsterdam on 1-2 July 2020 and the Blockchain Expo North America will take place on 4-5 November 2020.

For further information contact:
Blockchain Expo
Rebecca Clinton-Floyed
Marketing Manager – email ,call +44 (0)117 980 9023 or visit their website.

A Psychology and Journalism graduate, Rakshitha focuses on UK and Indian markets. As a crypto-journalist, her interests lie in blockchain technology adoption across emerging economies.

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