The biggest Blockchain Forum in Central and Eastern Europe brings together high-level policy-makers and global brands.

25 & 26 October, 2018

Under the patronage of M. Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

ABOUT THE FORUM

Highest policy-makers from the European Commission and European Union member states, led by the Digital Commissioner will meet with global brands’ top managers to draft the decentralized agenda of Europe, to discuss regulatory, legal and tax framework and to witness best examples of blockchain for enterprise implementations.

 

1,000+ attendees will dive into world-class content delivered through key-note presentations, interactive panels and start-up pitches. Expo area will showcase working applications in already disrupted industries– logistics, music, social media, travel, advertising, manufacturing, financial services, legal, healthcare, insurance, energy, government and more.

MAIN FORUM

Policy makers from EC and member states will meet with top management from large multinationals, blockchain community, regional tech eco-system, start-ups, academia, consultants, investors and financial institutions, creating a platform for policy-making at the highest European level and networking among leading global brands and various blockchain stakeholders.

Main forum will feature world-class content in a 2-day series of keynote presentations and interactive panels on working applications in disrupted industries – logistics, energy, social media, travel, advertising, manufacturing, financial services, legal, healthcare, insurance, energy, government.

EXHIBITION

Our spacious exhibitor floor is where you will have the opportunity to exhibit, meet and interact with movers and shakers in the largely growing blockchain world. If you are based in Central and Eastern Europe or this is your target market, CEE BLOCK is the place to be.

Showcase your products and services to industry leaders and investors. We offer the perfect platform to launch new initiatives and associate your brand with leading investors and influencers.

You will be able to interact and network with leading multinational tech companies, hyper ledger community members, influential policy-makers and upcoming start-ups changing the business through blockchain technologies.

START-UP PITCHES

The HACK-A-CHAIN stream at CEE Block Sofia is a unique opportunity for our attendees to hear from the founders about the newest and hottest upcoming start-ups.

Start-ups looking for acceleration, funding or interaction with the blockchain community and investors will each have a 15-min slot on the main stage to present their projects, and answer questions.

Partnering with two of the biggest VC funds investing in blockchain start-up in Central and Eastern Europe, we will highlight companies selected by our respected jury (to be announced soon).

The participants in the Hack-a-chain will also be set up on the Exhibitor Floor for further exposure.

WHY SOFIA?

THE NEW HOT-SPOT IN EUROPE

PRELIMINARY AGENDA

The agenda is draft and subject to changes!

DAY 1 – 25 OCT, 2018

07:30 - 09:30

REGISTRATION


09:00 - 09:30
Keynote

Keynote addresses from the Bulgarian Government

Speakers: Lilyana Pavlova

09:30 - 09:45
Talk

Keynote by Ms. Marina Niforos, CEO of Logos Global Advisors - overview on global blockchain applications development and key findings from the IFC report Blockchain: Opportunities for Private Enterprises in Emerging Markets

Speakers: Marina Niforos

09:45 - 10:45
Panel

EU cooperation in setting a shared blockchain regulatory framework; strategy to encourage adoption of blockchain technologies, taxation for cryptocurrency exchanges, validity of blockchain IDs. Panel moderated by Guenther Dobrauz, Partner at PwC Switzerland

Speakers: Dr. Guenther Dobrauz-Saldapenna, Daniël Du Seuil, Karina Angelieva, Manuel Machado, Omourtag Petkov

10:45 - 11:00
Keynote

IBM Expert Keynote on Blockchain

Speakers: Miroslav Iwachow

11:00 - 11:30

COFFEE BREAK


11:30 - 12:30
Talk

IBM Panel discussion - Best cases of blockchain for enterprise and blockchain for government applications

Speakers: Peter Geršak, Anna Shugol, George Ganev, Ivaylo Alexandrov, Laszlo Boa

12:30 - 14:00

LUNCH


14:00 - 14:15
Talk

Blockchain for non-technical decision makers - Presentation by Ivo Russev and Ognyan Yuskeseliev, Telelink

Speakers: Ognyan Yuskeseliev, Ivo Rusev

14:30 - 14:45
Keynote

Building on blockchain

Speakers: Kalin Dimtchev

14:45 - 15:45
Panel

Blockchain Regulation and Governance Challenges - moderated by Marina Niforos

Speakers: Marina Niforos, Richard Clegg, David Suomalainen, Bozhidar Bozhanov, Dobromir Ivanov, Silvan Mifsud

15:45 - 16:15

Coffee break


16:15 - 16:30
Talk

Best practices and use cases from the public/admin sector in EU member states and example of Alastria project in Spain / Manuel Machado, Global Head of Blockchain Solutions at Worldline (an ATOS company) & EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum

Speakers: Manuel Machado

16:30 - 17:00
Talk

The State of the European Tech: trends, movers & shakers - fireside chat

Speakers: Nicolas Brien, Ivan Vasilev

17:00 - 18:00
Panel

FinTech Panel - what could the future of financial services look like with the global implementation of blockchain technology?

Speakers: Petko Karamotchev, Daniel Tomov, Dimitris Litsikakis, Kalin Radev, Radoslav Tsonov

18:00 - 19:30

Networking cocktail


11:30 - 11:45
Talk

Industria – blockchain for enterprise use cases

Speakers: Petko Karamotchev

11:45 - 12:00
Talk

Presentation and live demonstration of ReCheck Documents - public and open service to register, transfer, sign and track documents on blockchain.

Speakers: Emiliyan Enev

12:00 - 12:15
Talk

Local blochkain community presents: VarnaChain (Permissioned Public Private Blockchain Partnership)

Speakers: Galin Dinkov

12:15 - 12:30
Keynote

Identity, Authenticity & Privacy for 4 billion people - Vereign

Speakers: Georg C. F. Greve

12:30 - 12:45
Talk

Local blockchain community presents: Paw Friend (Mobile app & web portal for tracking and helping homeless animals)

Speakers: Georgi Christov

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch


14:00 - 14:15
Talk

Decentralized Autonomous Organizations

Speakers: Todor Kolev

14:15 - 14:30
Talk

Security and privacy-compliance on the blockchain. Challenges involved in creating secure and privacy-compliant blockchain smart contracts.

Speakers: Dr. Petar Tsankov

14:30 - 15:00
Talk

Revolut. Beyond Banking.

Speakers: Dimitris Litsikakis

15:00 - 15:15
Talk

SECURE AND TRUSTED PARADIGMS OF BLOCKCHAIN FOR INTEROPERABLE EHEALTH SERVICES AND HEALTHCARE DATA SHARING

Speakers: Dr. Konstantinos Votis

15:15 - 15:25
Talk

Start-up pitch 1: Centroida.ai


15:25 - 15:35
Keynote

Start-up pitch 2: Depository Network


15:35 - 15:45
Keynote

Start-up pitch 3: FitnessBody Systems GmbH


15:45 - 16:15

Coffee break


16:15 - 16:25
Talk

Start-up pitch 4: ICO Creative Lab


16:25 - 16:35
Talk

Start-up pitch 5: Jarvis


16:35 - 16:45
Talk

Start-up pitch 6: Comrade Cooperative


16:45 - 16:55
Talk

Start-up pitch 7: Start It Smart


16:55 - 17:05
Talk

Start-up pitch 8: weiDex


17:05 - 17:15
Talk

Start-up pitch 9: Wholesale your energy


DAY 2 – 26 OCT, 2018

09:00 - 10:00
Panel

President's Panel on cyber security and blockchain Moderated by President Plevneliev (2011-2016)

Speakers: Rossen Plevneliev, Alex Behar, George Ganev, Dr. Petar Tsankov, Dr. Krasimir Simonski, Visnja Rados

10:00 - 11:00
Panel

Academia & blockchain from recognized European Universities' perspective

Speakers: Denitsa Sacheva, Evgeniia Filippova, Hristian Daskalov, Todor Yalamov

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break


11:30 - 12:00
Keynote

Keynote address by Mariya Gabriel, EU Digital Commissioner

Speakers: Mariya Gabriel

12:00 - 12:15
Keynote

EU BLOCKCHAIN OBSERVATORY AND FORUM – BLOCKCHAIN INNOVATION IN EUROPE REPORT

Speakers: Tom Lyons

12:15 - 12:25
Talk

Successful public blockchain use case presented by Daniël Du Seuil, Program Manager & Blockchain architect, Vlaamse Overheid, Agency Information Flander

Speakers: Daniël Du Seuil

12:25 - 12:35
Talk

Successful Swedish Land Registry blockchain case presented by David Suomalainen, Lantmäteriet (Sweden’s Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authority). David is one of Europe’s most experienced lawyers on blockchain, a member of the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum

Speakers: David Suomalainen

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch


14:00 - 15:00
Panel

Healthcare and Pharma digitalization for Patient’s Empowerment

Speakers: Dr. Rosen Dimitrov, Dr. Konstantinos Votis, Miroslav Ivanov, Prof. Dr. Vladimir Stantchev, Venelin Dimitrov

15:00 - 15:45
Panel

Digital transformation and evolution into blockchain, AI, virtual reality, robotics

Speakers: Rosanna Nazir, Ekaterina Marinova, Momchil Alexiev, Prof. Ivan Dimov, Tadej Slapnik, Todor Kolev, Tom Lyons

15:45 - 16:15

COFFEE BREAK


16:15 - 17:15
Panel

Understanding new funding dynamics: crowdfunding, venture capital or ICO – opportunities and challenges. Panel moderated by Elvin Guri, founder of Empower Capital Fund

Speakers: Elvin Guri, Irina Encheva, Rossen Ivanov, Leeor Groen, Maria Angelova

17:15 - 17:30
Talk

Wrap up anouncing the Start u pitch winner


HIGH OCTANE ATMOSPHERE

TICKETS INCLUDE

Two Day Conference Ticket

Coffee Breaks and Catering

Networking Cocktail

Access to Speaker Hall / Start-up Presentations / Exhibitor Hall

Access to Conference Documents

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