Blockchain Session

7th - 8th, February 2017. Stand N8 260 ExCeL London

“What will be the impact of blockchain on the gambling industry?” Sponsored by Quanta.

7th & 8th February Pitch ICE stand.
Times will be 7th  3pm to 4.30pm /  8th at 12.30pm to 2pm
WHERE: GamCrowd Stand, N8-260 (Pitch ICE) ExCeL London
COST: FREE to Attend - Register Today

We’ve heard a lot lately about bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, but it’s blockchain, the underlying technology, what is tipped to be the biggest game changer in the industry. How will that happen? What is the revolutionary significance and how can the industry start preparing?

This blockchain session is aimed at providing an overview and genuine insight first, into what blockchain actually is and what it represents in terms of the opportunities and disruption across many sectors, and second, gives ideas of how it might affect the gambling sector.

In partnership with GamCrowd – our global tech partner an advocate in innovation in technology – there is potentially no more exciting area than blockchain. Bitcoin and everything it promises in terms of cheaper and frictionless payments is only the start of the disruption.

As this session will point out, the removal of intermediaries, and its properties in relation to validation and authentication, blockchain promises opportunities across the sector that will do nothing less than changing the way the gambling business operates.

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15.00 – 15.05

Tuesday 7th February 2017

Welcome from Chris North, CEO, GamCrowd.

15.05 – 15.25

Introduction to Blockchain 101.

Matthew Warner. Journalist, Chain-Finance.

  • Defining the Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technology -  Key Features
  • Evolution of Blockchain Technology: From Bitcoin to Smart Contracts & DApps
  • Why Blockchain is as a Potential Disruptor of Gaming.
15.25 - 15.45

Blockchain case studies.

  • Hans Lombardo advisor to Quanta will give a presentation of Quanta’s revolutionary lottery platform which has been built on the blockchain.
  • Marco Cuesta, Co-Founder of FirstBlood with present his esports platform that usese the trustless and provably fair properties of the blockchain.
15.45 – 16.15

What will be the impact of Blockchain on the Gambling Industry?

Moderator:

  • Chris North, CEO GamCrowd.

Panellists:

  • Hans Lombardo, Advisor to Quanta
  • Adam Vaziri, Director, Diacle
  • Eddy Travia, Pioneer blockchain investor, CEO at Coinsilium
  • Patricia Lalanda Blockchain Lawyer, LOYRA Abogados
  • Marco Cuesta, Co-Founder, Alt-Options & FirstBlood
16.15 – 16.30

Questions will be taken from the Audience

12.30 - 12.35

Tuesday 8th February 2017

Welcome from Chris North, CEO, GamCrowd.

12.35 - 12.55

Introduction to Blockchain 101.

Matthew Warner. Journalist, Chain-Finance.

  • Defining the Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technology -  Key Features
  • Evolution of Blockchain Technology: From Bitcoin to Smart Contracts & DApps
  • Why Blockchain is as a Potential Disruptor of Gaming.
12.55 - 13.15

Blockchain case studies.

  • Hans Lombardo advisor to Quanta will give a presentation of Quanta’s revolutionary lottery platform which has been built on the blockchain.
  • Marco Cuesta, Co-Founder of FirstBlood with present his esports platform that usese the trustless and provably fair properties of the blockchain.
13.15 - 13.55

What will be the impact of Blockchain on the Gambling Industry?

Moderator:

  • Chris North, CEO GamCrowd.

Panellists:

  • Hans Lombardo, Advisor to Quanta
  • Adam Vaziri, Director, Diacle
  • Eddy Travia, Pioneer blockchain investor, CEO at Coinsilium
  • Patricia Lalanda Blockchain Lawyer, LOYRA Abogados
  • Marco Cuesta, Co-Founder, Alt-Options & FirstBlood
13.55 - 14.00

Questions will be taken from the Audience

Patricia Lalanda, Senior Associate , LOYRA Abogados y Asesores
Patricia Lalanda

Patricia is a senior associate at LOYRA Abogados y Asesores since 2010.

LOYRA was the first and continues to be the most specialized boutique law and advisory firm dedicated to gaming and leisure in Latin America and Spain, retaining clients ever since its establishment in 1981. The firm has paved the way for governments and gaming companies for over three decades in navigating the transition from traditional brick-and-mortar casinos to the internet and technologically progressive gaming formats of today. Patricia leads the intellectual property, new technologies and data protection department.

Lalanda is a lecturer on subjects such as blockchain , cryptocurrencies, eSports, land based and online gaming in various educational centers such as the Autonomous University of Madrid, IE Business School, FIDE (Foundation for Investigation for Law and the Company) and participates in specialized gaming conferences. She has also written articles for gaming specialized media on diverse themes such as “Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology are here to stay” (March, 2016) usually adding an angle on how such innovation may evolve within gaming platforms.
She collaborates as researcher for the Fundación Codere, a non-profit organization which develops analytics, studies and research to help develop gaming regulations and standards and responsible gaming.

In 2015 Patrcia was awarded as 40under40 Emerging Leaders by the American Gaming Association (Global Gaming Business Magazine. November 2015 Issue Emerging Leaders.)Patricia studied law in Carlos II University in Madrid and obtained LL.M degree in IP, IT and NNTT in the Autonomous University of Madrid. Lived for six years in New York.


Adam Vaziri, CEO, Diacle
Adam Vaziri

He is a blockchain lawyer and set up Diacle to assist blockchain & fintech projects with compliance. Diacle is based in London and Hong Kong.

He is a tireless blockchain entrepreneur and labelled a ‘bitcoin pioneer’ by Bitcoin Magazine. It is now his third term as director of UKDCA, which lobbied and achieved the most favourable regulatory environment for cryptocurrency in the world. Adam runs bitlegal.io a global tracker for blockchain law since 2014 and featured by CNN and Washington Post. Adam ran first suite of blockchain hackathons across the world: UK, India (read Economic Times article), HK and Malaysia under HackCoin. Adam formulated the first open-source ISDA for cryptocurrency trading: aperta.

Adam is a member of Chain-Finance which provides dedicated news/events for the blockchain financial services industry. Recently Adam has been engrossed with blockchain IoT and co-founded a global blockchain IoT lab Chain of Things to investigate the role of blockchain tech in securing IoT. Diacle means ‘compass’ - clear direction for innovative blockchain businesses.


Eddy Travia, CEO, Coinsilium
Eddy Travia

Eddy is a pioneer investor in blockchain technologies and the CEO of Coinsilium, the first blockchain investment firm to join a recognized stock exchange via an IPO.

Eddy has co-founded the world’s first global startup incubator of digital currency startups in 2013 and was recognized one year later as one of the top three Most Influential Investors in the industry.

Coinsilium has invested in a dozen of cutting-edge blockchain startups world-wide to date including Factom, RSK Labs, SatoshiPay and Fuzo. Coinsilium is a leading provider of blockchain courses and technical training in the UK.

Prior to Coinsilium, Eddy was leading private equity investment funds in China and Hong Kong. An early believer in the profound impact blockchain technologies will have on IT infrastructure, industries and the society at large, Eddy advises entrepreneurs and corporate leaders on blockchain strategy.


Dr. Hans Lombardo, Strategic Advisor , Quanta
Dr. Hans Lombardo

Hans is a strategic advisor of Quanta (www.quanta.im), an innovative blockchain-based gaming and lottery company registered in the Isle of Man. He is co-founder and head of marketing and communications for Chain of Things, a blockchain and IoT integrated hardware-as-a-service startup. Hans is a successful entrepreneur and enthusiastic proponent of blockchain technologies. In 2012, he sold his previous company, a boutique research and data analytics firm focused on Chinese high-technology industries, to a large US think tank. Hans is an Internet industry veteran with APAC regional management experience at internet.com and Internet World magazine and events. During the Internet boom, Hans provided due diligence support for the internet.com Venture Capital Fund in Asia. As a tech journalist in the late 1990's, he interviewed Jack Ma, Jerry Yang, Vinton Cerf and Richard Li.


Chris North, CEO, GamCrowd
Chris North

Chris is a proven entrepreneur and investor with 25 years’ experience of various businesses in Asia, Australia, and Europe, with the last 17 years spent based in the UK working in the gambling industry. Skilled and experienced in founding pioneering and innovative businesses from setup right through to exit, with his last exit being the sale of Fox Poker Club to Genting in 2011.

Chris is the founder and is currently MD of www.GamCrowd.com , home of ideas and innovation for the gambling industry. GamCrowd is the first dedicated channel to focus on gambling technology and the rapidly evolving wider tech landscape.


Matthew Warner, Journalist and Editor, Chain-finance and AllCoinsNews
Matthew Warner

Matthew is a journalist and editor for Chain-finance and AllCoinsNews. An enthusiast for innovative, cutting edge technologies, Matthew publishes articles on developments in the blockchain and cryptocurrency scene and has spoken at conferences on topics such as the history and working of blockchain, and case studies on the use of blockchain technology in specific fields.

Based near Windsor, England, Matthew has a B.Eng. with honours from the University of Warwick and also holds an PGCE from the University of Buckingham. Matthew is a member of Mensa.


Marco Cuesta, Co-Founder, Alt-Options & FirstBlood
Marco Cuesta

Marco is an advocate and serial entrepreneur in the blockchain space. His first startup, Alt-Options (alt-options.com), is a software development firm that offers trading solutions to individuals and institutions. Their team developed the first trading platform to support retail American style options trading on digital currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. Alt-Options has and continues to consult with banks, individuals, and private organizations.

His latest and greatest venture, FirstBlood (fb.io), is using blockchain technology to usher in the era of esports 2.0. Their firm is developing the first decentralized esports competition platform that automatically issues rewards and strengthens esports integrity. FirstBlood’s innovations are spearheading the most pressing issues in the industry, such as cheating, lack of payments, abuse and illicit behavior. Their team closed the fastest crowdfunding campaign in world history and remains on the top 20 list of the highest funded crowdfunding projects of all time.

Marco holds a BSBA with duel concentrations in finance and strategy from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. He was the first president and founder of the Boston University Bitcoin Club in association with the Blockchain Education Network (BEN). Additionally, he is an ACAMS certified anti-money laundering/ counter terrorist-financing specialist.


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