Bryan Feinberg: Quantech Distributed Ledger Technology Conference Roundup

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logo-102wThanks again to entire Quantech team and all the great presenters for a truly value driven event. It was an honor to be along side some of the most innovative minds in the industry. We look forward to the future growth of this venue as an open platform for dialogue, partnership building and innovation.

Quantech events have been built in collaboration with some of the world’s leading banks, financial institutions and technology companies to ensure that the most pressing and pertinent issues are covered such as Distributed Ledgers in Financial Markets, Innovation in Capital Markets, Connecting Banking Environments to Distributed Ledgers, Smart Contracts, Decentralised Clearing Network, Decentralization in Financial Markets, Implementation Strategies, Distributed Ledger Regulations & Compliance….

For those of you that were not able to attend the event, there are links to the presentations below (PDFs). 

Day 1

09.00 – 09.45: Distributed Ledgers in Financial Markets

Topic: Distributed Ledger – Getting everyone into the same conceptual block
Presenter:  Ted Nadeau: President, Dot Line Inc.
Presentation: DLT1 Keynote (PDF)

09.45 – 10.30: Evolving Technology Untrusted Services with Performance

Topic: The New Frontier exploring Transaction Workflow Processing
Presenter: Donald Wesnofske: Consultant, Risk Officer, Inc.
Presentation: DLT1.1 (PDF)

  • Alternative Computing Technologies, Computing by a wide range of new and sometimes unusual methods
  • Centralized versus decentralized information processing
  • State of Distributed Ledger Technology Limitations of distributed ledger technology
  • Is widespread Adoption Feasible Adoption of Blockchain distributed ledgers require jumping over a number of hurdles
  • Blockchain Distributed Ledger Information Increasing Pace of adoption
  • Next Steps For the Industry

11.00 – 11.45: Transforming IoT

Topic: Transforming IoT Security and Application Development via the Blockchain
Presenter: Andre De Castro: CEO and Founder, Blockchain of Things
Presentation: DLT 1.2 (PDF)

  • Security complexities of the new landscape
  • Enablement of peer-to-peer communications across globally distributed devices 
  • Capability to control vast numbers of decentralized devices, via central administration 
  • Enabling compliance and governance for autonomous systems, sensors, and devices 
  • Providing registration and discovery of vast numbers of globally distributed devices

11.45 – 12.30: Panel: Industry Leaders / Distributed Ledger Technology

Moderator: Donald Wesnofske: Consultant, Risk Officer, Inc.

  • Exploring the key strategic implications of the technology
  • A discussion of the future of Distributed Ledger in Financial services
  • Critically evaluating its potential impact
  • Scope and timeline of implementation

Panel:

  • Brad J. Bailey: Research Director, Capital Markets, Celent
  • Jeffrey Billingham: Vice President, IHS Markit
  • Alexander Lipton: MIT Connection Science & Engineering
  • Joseph Plastina: Strategy & Business development, Broadridge

13.30 – 14.15: Decentralizing Clearing Networks

Topic: Decentralization and the Wider Impacts of Distributed Ledger Technology
Presenter: Stuart Elson: Shisa Advisors, LLC
Presentation: DLT 1.3 (PDF)

  • What are the drivers of decentralization in financial services?
  • The threat of disintermediation: Will clearing and settlement services become obsolete
  • Facilitating the sharing economy: What will be the impact on P2P financial products?
  • Decentralized autonomous organizations: will this be the future? Who will benefit?
  • Will Distributed ledger technology accelerate the move to a cashless society?

14.15 – 14.55: Panel: Four Genuine Distributed Ledger Use Cases

Moderator: Donald Wesnofske: Consultant, Risk Officer, Inc.

Panel:

  • Richard Hulit: Senior Capital Markets and Fintech Executive,
  • Igor Telyatnikov: Chief Operating Officer, AlphaPoint
  • Jacob Dienelt: Managing Director, Digital Asset Group, BKCM, and LLC
  • Will Janensch: Co-founder & COO, Concur Reference Data

14.55 – 15.40: Smart Contracts

Topic: Evaluating the Potential of Smart Contracts
Presenter: Jeffrey Billingham: Vice President, IHS Markit
Presentation: DLT1.4 (PDF)

  • Where will the first viable use cases emerge? 
  • How might smart contracts modernize financial products, such as mortgages?
  • How will personal and commercial insurance change with smart contracts?
  • Will the combination of IoT data and smart contracts revolutionize automation?
  • Coding the agreement: what shifts in culture and mentality are needed?
  • How will smart contracts be incorporated into the existing legal framework?
  • Is there a demand? Can this technology increase customer satisfaction?

16.10 – 16.55: R3

Topic: Innovation Through Collaboration
Presenter: Todd McDonald: Co-Founder, R3
Presentation: DLT 1.5 (PDF)

  • Separating the hype form the reality
  • How does R3 act as a center of gravity to generate answers?
  • How does Corda fit in the DLT landscape?
  • The importance of regulating in parallel

16.55 – 17.35: Panel: Why Distributed Ledger Detractors are Missing the Point

Topic: Getting Value from Distributed ledger
Moderator: Bartt Charles Kellermann: CEO, Global Capital Acquisition

Panel:

  • Andre De Castro: CEO and Founder, Blockchain of Things
  • Tone Vays: Blockchain Researcher, LibertyLifeTrail
  • Bilal Dar: Lead Consultant, Mercer
  • Bryan Feinberg: Founder, Blockchain Partners

Day 2

09.00 – 09.45: Keynote: Blockchains, Distributed Ledgers, and P2P Transactions

Topic: The Past, Present, and Future of the DLT
Presenter: Alexander Lipton: MIT Connection Science & Engineering
Presentation: DLT 2 Keynote (PDF)

09.45 – 10.30: Implementation Strategies

Topic: Key Challenges for Blockchain Adoption; Strategies to Help Successful Implementation
Presenter: Usha Krishnan: founder & CEO, ChainGenie
Presentation: DLT 2.1 (PDF)

  • What are the biggest impediments to Blockchain adoption?
  • How to get your Blockchain POC funded?
  • What does it take to make a successful implementation?
  • Moving from POC to production – what does it take?

11.00 – 11.45: DLT Challenges

Topic: Overcoming the Challenges of Distributed Ledger Implementation
Presenter: Pramod Achanta: Partner, Financial Markets and Blockchain, IBM
Presentation: DLT 2.2 (PDF)

  • What organizations are best placed to fulfill a trust validation role?
  • What challenges will the computational power demand bring?
  • What are the realities of transferring existing databases into blocks?
  • How limiting are legacy systems in Distributed ledger implementation?

11.45 – 12.30: Panel:  Distributed Ledger Regulations & Compliance

Topic: The Future of Global Financial Infrastructure
Moderator: Bartt Charles Kellermann: CEO, Global Capital Acquisition
Presentation: DLT 2.3 (PDF)

  • How will Distributed ledger solutions fit with the existing regulatory regime? 
  • What shifts in regulation should be proposed to facilitate adoption?
  • How can collaboration with regulators be optimized?
  • How can optimal transparency be achieved?

Panel:

  • Nicole Sandler: Vice President, Regulatory Policy, Barclays
  • Ann Rutledge: Founding Principal and CEO, R&R Consulting
  • Ling W. Chang: Founder & CEO, LedgerFunding, Inc.
  • Kirill Gourov: Founder, CSquared
  • Jason Leibowitz: LeboBTC Ledger Group

12.30 – 13.00: Cryptocurrency and Blockchain

Topic: The Buyside Perspective
Presenter: Chris Burniske: Blockchain Products Lead, ARK Investment Management LLC  
Presentation: DLT 2.3 (PDF)

  • Teasing apart the technology and the assets in the Blockchain opportunity
  • Investigating the current state of the broader cryptocurrency markets
  • Deep dive into bitcoin in the context of modern portfolio theory

14.00 – 14.45: Sandboxes

Topic: Friend or Foe?
Presenter: Nicole Sandler: Vice President, Regulatory Policy, Barclays
Presentation: DLT 2.4 (PDF)

  • What is Project Innovate?
  • The FCA’s sandbox consultation
  • The Regulatory Sandbox
  • The Virtual/Industry Sandbox
  • The Umbrella Company Sandbox
  • Other jurisdictions following the FCA’s lead –including MAS and the US

14.45 – 15.30:  Regulatory Environment

Topic: What Are Regulators Thinking?
Presenter: Ann Rutledge: Founding Principal and CEO, R&R Consulting
Presentation: DLT 2.5 (PDF)

  • Distributed ledger and regulation 
  • Innovators and investors should not have to seek government’s permission
  • Develop distributed ledger technology address the increased operational complexity

15.45 – 16.30: Bitcoin:

Topic: Blockchain’s Killer App
Presenter: Jacob Dienelt: Managing Director, Digital Asset Group, BKCM, LLC
Presentation: DLT 2.6 (PDF)

While there are many exciting technical projects being built on Blockchain/DLT rails – the first use case may still remain the killer app.  Bitcoin is up 50% over the last two years as an asset, while showing no statistical correlation to any other asset class.  With bitcoin ETFs coming online, and more Wall Street coverage/price targets – This maybe a can’t miss trade!

 

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