Wednesday 06, December 2017 by Jessica Combes

UNLOCK Blockchain Forum offers global blockchain start-ups space to showcase their solutions

 

The UNLOCK Blockchain Forum, set to take place between 14 and 15 January 2018 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Dubai, is opening its doors to global and regional start-ups to showcase their blockchain solutions for free.

In an attempt to help build the blockchain ecosystem in Dubai, the UNLOCK Forum is offering blockchain start-ups in UAE, the region, and globally the chance to showcase their solutions at the start-up area of the UNLOCK Blockchain forum at no cost.

“We are proud to be working with Dubai government entity Smart Dubai to build the future of blockchain and its related ecosystem as such we felt it was imperative to support blockchain start-ups by giving them the opportunity to showcase their solutions at UNLOCK. We hope that this will encourage start-ups from around the world to come to Dubai and see how they can participate in building the blockchain momentum here,” said Walid Abou Zaki, Executive Director of Al-Iktissad-Wal-Aamal.

UNLOCK has gathered prominent international and regional speakers to talk about blockchain implementation across different sectors such as finance, health, government, and Smart Cities. It will also be a stage to discuss the opportunities and challenges being faced today, and delve into which platforms will outperform others, as well as the regulatory and legal concerns pertaining to blockchain.

Speakers include Dr.  Aisha Bin Bishr Director General of Smart Dubai; Wesam Lootah CEO of Dubai Smart Government; Oliver Bussman, Founder of Bussmann Advisory,  President of Swiss Crypto Valley Association, and Strategic Advisor to IOTA;  Ismael Malik, Founder CEO of Blockchain Labs;  Sam Chadwick, Director of Strategy Innovation and Blockchain, Thomson Reuters; Vincent Y Wang, Chief Innovation Officer, China Wanxiang Holdings;  Julio Faura, Head of Research and Development, Santandar Innovation Division, and Chairman of Enterprise Ethereum Alliance; Andrea Tinianow, Director of Delaware Blockchain Initiative; Leanne Kemp, Founder CEO of Everledger;  Khalifa Ahmed Alzeraim AlSuwaidi, CEO of Emirates Real Estate Solutions, a Dubai Land Department entity; Sam Lee, Founder and CEO of Blockchain Global; and Yasmeen Al Sharaf Superintendent Fintech Unit Central Bank of Bahrain, and others.

Workshops on topics such as cryptocurrencies and Initial Crowd Funding (ICO) will also take place at UNLOCK.

In a recent survey carried out by UNLOCK online media publication, 67 per cent of those surveyed in the region do not fully understand blockchain. Given that 40 per cent of those surveyed will be implementing it in the near future it is now time to see how blockchain can be used to the best of its capability. The UNLOCK Blockchain Forum is calling on all interested to learn more about the implications of blockchain in today’s world to join the discussion in Dubai in January.

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