10 Thought Leaders You Need to Meet at XBlockchain Summit Bali 2018

10 Thought Leaders You Need to Meet at XBlockchain Summit Bali 2018

Get up close and personal with XBlockchain 2018’s conference speakers as they grace the grounds of Inaya Putri Bali and bring the freshest ideas in the realm of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. From government ministers to startup founders and fintech pioneers, get ready to learn from only the best that the industry can offer. XBlockchain will bring them closer to you.

1. Jed McCaleb, Founder of Ripple and Stellar Co-founder

Born in Little Rock Arkansas, Jed McCaleb is a leading American programmer and entrepreneur. He is currently the CTO of Stellar.org, which he also founded. Prior to being at the helm of Stellar, McCaleb was known for being the leader and CTO of Ripple, a real-time gross settlement system, currency exchange, and remittance network. Due to McCaleb’s Ripple token ownership worth $20b, he was put at 40th place in Forbes’ list of the world’s richest people.

McCaleb is also known for creating the bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox. If you’ve been wondering how cryptocurrencies may be made accessible to the general public, his presentation will be a must-see for you.

2. Vilius Šapoka, Minister of Finance, Republic of Lithuania

Mr.  Vilius Šapoka was appointed in 2016 as the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania. He brings with him an extensive career in government and finance, having held various positions in the Ministry of Finance and Lithuanian Securities Commission from 2012 to 2016. Prior to being the country’s finance head, Mr.  Šapoka was the Director of the Market Department of the Central Bank of the Republic of Lithuania.

Mr.  Šapoka holds a Master of Economic in Banking from the Vilnius University and an International Executive Master of Business Administration from the Baltic Management Institute. He will deliver a keynote address at the conference.

3. Hon. Dharmendar Sesungkur, Minister of Financial Services and Good Governance, Republic of Mauritius

Instrumental in bringing world-influential accounting names to Mauritius, Hon. Dharmendar Sesungkur has worked his way up from an assurance and business advisory career at top firms to being the head honcho for the Republic of Mauritius’ Minister of Financial Services and Good Governance.
During his stints in private practice, Hon. Sesungkur led key assignments for multinational groups and projects across his region of Africa, financed by international funding institutions such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, USAID, UNDP, and the Global Fund.

4. Jason Hsu, Congressman At-Large, Taiwan Parliamentary Coalition for Blockchain

From a budding technology entrepreneur, Jason Hsu is now a renowned legislator in Taiwan, focusing on technology developments and innovation. Mr. Hsu, also known in the country as Crypto Congressman, has authored and enacted such important legislations as the Fintech Sandbox Act, Angel Investment Law, Cybersecurity Management Act, and Virtual Currency Guidelines. He is the lead for the Asian Blockchain Alliance (ABA) and the Parliamentary Coalition for Blockchain and Industry Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO).

Mr. Hsu graduated from Singularity University with a degree in exponential technology. He is currently a Draper Hills Fellow at Stanford University – Center for Democracy Development and Rule of Law. Catch him at the conference as he speaks on The State of the Digital Economy, Blockchain, and Regulations.

5. Prof. Jason Potts, Director of Blockchain Innovation Hub, RMIT University

With five books and over 80 articles spanning topics such as growth theory, innovation commons, economics of cities, and crypt-economics and blockchain, Prof. Jason Potts is a powerhouse when it comes to the academic side of things. A Professor of Economics at RMIT University in Australia and the Director of the Blockchain Innovation Hub at the same university, Prof. Potts specializes in the economics of innovation and new technologies, among many others.

Prof. Potts, a Board Member of the Australian Digital Commerce Association, will tackle the Blockchain Economy and the New Technology of Trade at the conference.

From a budding technology entrepreneur, Jason Hsu is now a renowned legislator in Taiwan, focusing on technology developments and innovation. Mr. Hsu, also known in the country as Crypto Congressman, has authored and enacted such important legislations as the Fintech Sandbox Act, Angel Investment Law, Cybersecurity Management Act, and Virtual Currency Guidelines. He is the lead for the Asian Blockchain Alliance (ABA) and the Parliamentary Coalition for Blockchain and Industry Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO).

Mr. Hsu graduated from Singularity University with a degree in exponential technology. He is currently a Draper Hills Fellow at Stanford University – Center for Democracy Development and Rule of Law. Catch him at the conference as he speaks on The State of the Digital Economy, Blockchain, and Regulations.

6. Susan Oh, Co-chair of AI, Blockchain for Impact, United Nations

Ms. Susan Oh is a well-known speaker on the importance of benevolence in the development and use of technology. She is a frequent speaker on the crucial role of data sovereignty, blockchain and tokenomics and the development of human-centric artificial intelligence (AI).

Based in New York City, Ms. Oh founded MKR AI, a company that flags disinformation through the use of blockchain by offering token rewards to users who verify, annotate, and curate valuable stories. Ms. Oh is also a governing member of Blockchain for Impact at the United Nations General Assembly.

In recognition of her efforts and as one of the Top Ten Frontier Women in Digital, Ms. Oh was awarded The Quantum Impact Award #DecadeofWomen in partnership with GA. She will discuss how AI and blockchain both play a collaborative role in financial inclusion.

7. Chia Hock Lai, President, Singapore FinTech Association

Two decades of experience in finance and technology have definitely paved the way for Mr. Chia Hock Lai to get to where he is now. As the President of the Singapore FinTech Association, Mr. Chia works passionately to ensure that the financial system grows to be more efficient and inclusive. He has worked for organizations like the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) and NTUC Income. He is also a Fellow of the Singapore University of Social Science, member of the Banking & Finance and Fund Industry Panel of Nanyang Polytechnic University, and an advisor to many start-ups.

Engage with him as he discusses The New Decentralization: Paving the Future of Blockchain for Enterprises.

8. Ahmed Syed, Principal Innovation Architect, SAP

Ahmed Syed takes the lead role for SAP Application & Technology Services, driving emerging technology adoption in the Australia and New Zealand markets. Through the use of the Leonardo Innovation Platform, Mr. Syed’s team drives key innovations to its customers with machine learning, IoT, blockchain, and data intelligence, among others.

Prior to his role as Principal Innovation Architect, Ahmed was in a digital transformation strategic advisory role for SAP APJ organization. At present, his focus is to enable customers to develop an appropriate and effective digital strategy to launch their businesses into full swing. Together with Mr. Chia, he will also talk about the future of blockchain for enterprises.

9. Nye, Content Creator & Influencer

Receiving over 10,000,000 monthly impressions across his social channels, Nye is considered one of the most popular content creators and influencers in the blockchain space. From written content to audio and video, Nye engages his audience about the cryptocurrency market and the future of various digital technologies. Formerly a mobile app entrepreneur, Nye is now a full time crypto guy-trading, building a brand, and influencing others to do the same.

10. Partner, Deloitte China and Deloitte’s Asia Pacific Blockchain Lab – Paul Sin, Ph.D.

Bringing with him 20 years of IT management and consulting experience focused on the financial services sector, Dr. Paul Sin is definitely one of the stalwarts in the digital technologies space in the region. Dr. Sin is currently a consulting partner with Deloitte China and Deloitte’s Asia Pacific Blockchain Lab Leader, based in Hong Kong.

Prior to joining Deloitte, Dr. Sin was the CEO of Fintech. He has also worked for EY, PwC, and IBM, specialising in emerging technologies.

Bali to host XBlockchain Summit in the lead-up to IMF-World Bank annual meeting

Bali to host XBlockchain Summit in the lead-up to IMF-World Bank annual meeting

Gathering of global, regional blockchain leaders to showcase technology’s real-world implementation and forthcoming developments

A gathering of world leaders in blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies is assembling this October 09-10 in one of the world’s most popular destinations – Bali. Expected to be Asia’s flagship blockchain event, the XBlockchain Summit will be held in the lead up to the annual summits of the Board of Governors of the IMF and World Bank in Nusa Dua, placing participants on equal footing with the world’s top firms and investors. The summit will cover the latest in blockchain implementation and how it is being and can be used to transform organisations across sectors, including government, financial services, insurance, healthcare, the Internet of things and supply-chain management.

(Left-right) Steven Suhadi, Chairman of Association Blockchain Indonesia, Constantin Papadimitriou, co-founder of XBlockchain and President of Pundi X, Triawan Munaf, Head of The Indonesian Agency of Creative Economy (BEKRAF) and Yos Ginting, Chairman of Permanent Committee on International Trade, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The summit will see the biggest names in the industry, with confirmed speakers and attendees include a mix of regional and international leaders and innovators in blockchain technology, such as:

  • Founder of Ripple (US$25-billion market capitalisation) and Stellar (US$5-billion market capitalisation) cofounder Jed McCaleb
  • Former Microsoft China and Ethereum Foundation veteran David Ben Kay, now Chief Legal Counsel of Pundi X
  • Former President of the NEM.io foundation and ProximaX co-founder Lon Wong

More speakers from Indonesia, America, Europe and North Asia will be announced closer to the event.

Over the past few years, global financial technology investment in Asia has exponentially grown from US$ 880 million in 2014 to an average of US$ 8.5 billion from 2016-2017, with plenty of attention going to blockchain technology. In fact, Indonesia’s public and private sectors have begun looking at blockchain to help to build trust and facilitate greater productivity and efficiency out of Southeast Asia’s largest economy.

The launch of the XBlockchain Summit this year is more than timely, coming as the Indonesian government dedicates a team to explore how blockchain can disrupt and develop the country’s financial industry and private sector organisations also looking to boost their productivity through adoption. Organized by XBlockchain,  a group committed to building Asia’s most influential blockchain platform and co-founded by leading Indonesian fintech and blockchain expert, Constantin Papadimitriou, the Summit is inspired by the concept of open innovation and promote the implementation of blockchain technology. It boasts of a wide network of connections, spanning local and international blockchain landscapes, from individuals to developers, businesses, startups, investors, and government organisations.

The world is looking at Asia as a major driver for innovation and growth within the digital landscape, particularly in the blockchain,” said Constantin Papadimitriou, the co-founder of XBlockchain and President of Pundi X. “A lot of the talents and new technology applications come from countries within this region and we are excited to be able to bring to the world all the fresh ideas, real world implementations and the best people in one big gathering”.

The first ever XBlockchain Summit will host more than 40 sessions, 70 speakers, and an estimated 1,000 attendees from 30 countries.

A large archipelago like Indonesia will definitely benefit from the exchange of ideas and showcase of initiatives during the XBlockchain Summit. Various sector and industries, especially the creative industry will find benefit in the opportunities that digital disruptions, particularly blockchain solutions, bring,” said Triawan Munaf, Head of The Indonesian Agency of Creative Economy (BEKRAF). “We at Bekraf are always open to explore new ways to facilitate the function of coordination within the creative industry and coordination among government agencies to be more efficient and effective. With the potential of adopting blockchain technology, it will open more opportunities in the future,” add Triawan Munaf

Not only will the summit provide attendees with the latest information on fintech and blockchain, it will also highlight regional achievement through the first-annual XBlockchain Awards. From showcasing the best brands to top-of-the-line technology providers, consultancies, strategists, developers, and individuals, the Awards will definitely encourage digital players to keep capturing opportunities in the world’s fastest growing region in terms of digital innovation.

Opportunities for blockchain are vast as the technology is rapidly adopted across various industries,” said Steven Suhadi, Chairman of Asosiasi Blockchain Indonesia. “From transforming transaction management across financial services to healthcare record, tax collection, supply chain financing and digital identity management, the XBlockchain summit will keep participants up to speed on the state of blockchain industry, technology development and regulatory frameworks.”

Interactivity will be at the core of the summit and networking among participants will be facilitated. To make the most of their participation, attendees are encouraged to purchase their tickets until 01 August for the early-bird discount. For only $150 each, participants will get an all-access Platinum Pass to the XBlockchain Party, XBlockchain Lounge, XBlockchain Awards, and and Exclusive Access to the XBlockchain Leader’s Dinner.

2018 iWeb Summit to launch XBlockchain Dapps in Beijing, China

2018 iWeb Summit to launch XBlockchain Dapps in Beijing, China

Aims to build up the largest open-source blockchain developer community 

Over 3,000 domestic web developers gathered for the 2018 iWeb Summit in Beijing, China, on August 12, 2018.

The summit’s organizer, HTML5 DreamWorks, has announced it will now kick off ‘XBlockchain Dapps’ a new summit dedicated to the education and professional development of blockchain developers with the ultimate goal of creating the largest professional community in the blockchain world.

Blockchain has transformed organizations across various sectors—spanning from government, financial services, insurance, healthcare, the Internet of Things and supply-chain management— prompting developers to ensure they deliver innovation in an ever expanding range of fields and applications.

And with global financial technology investment at almost 1,000 percent, from only US $880 million in 2014 to an average of US $8.5 billion in 2016-2017, it’s clear that demand for blockchain technology is soaring. Various governments and private sector organisations have been developing initiatives to boost their financial industries and improve productivity.

“XBlockchain is a collaboration between many partners to develop open source blockchain standards, while also opening opportunities for app development to many more developers worldwide,” says Aina Tien, Co-founder of XBlockchain Dapp and HTML5 DreamWorks.

The ‘XBlockchain Dapp’ Conference has been established to address the rapid growth of blockchain technology in recent years and promote future talent and collaboration within the international developer community. A followup series of XBlockchain Dapp workshops will also be held in a number of cities in China.

In Beijing, developers may further study and collaborate on the future of blockchain technology, its financial applications and even potentially reinvent the code underpinning blockchain itself.

At this weekend’s summit, the director of international partnerships at Pundi X, Stephen DeMeulenaere, presented on real-world blockchain use cases and emphasized the need for further development to fuel the wider adoption of blockchain technology, including through app development.

“In the same way that we are making blockchain-based transactions as easy as buying bottled water in a convenience store, now we will be making app development on the blockchain the easiest ever,” Stephen said.

“Every piece of disruptive technology has to present a total shift in paradigm, and while blockchain has shown the doors of that paradigm, everyday people will need to see a true benefit to alter their deep-rooted behavior,” Stephen concluded. “We are not there yet, but we hope to be part of the revolution.”

As an open and decentralised platform, and decentralized, blockchain should be supported by needed infrastructure to serve all the public chains. An example is where Examples include developers submitting their wallet app or payment app for inclusion on an open platform.

The iWeb Summit aligns with what is expected to be Asia’s flagship blockchain event, dubbed the “XBlockchain Summit” in Bali, Indonesia, on October 2018, to gather blockchain and cryptocurrency leaders in the lead up to the annual summits of the Board of Governors of the IMF and World Bank in Nusa Dua.

Interactivity will be at the core of both summits, and networking among developers will be facilitated. For more information, interested parties may visit www.xblockchain.tech