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Málaga acogerá el Congreso Mundial de Blockchain de 11 a 13 de noviembre

The organisers of Blockchain Convergence – the Global Blockchain Congress – have announced the agenda and a first set of speakers for the inaugural event. The conference will bring together over 1,500 participants from the worldwide blockchain community for an intense dialog with regulators, policymakers, industry influencers and members of the social impact community. Convergence will be held at the Trade Fair and Congress Center in Málaga from November 11 to November 13, 2019.

Initial speaker and participant list includes a broad set of organisations, governments, geographies and specialties.

The first set of speakers being announced includes:

  • Roberto Viola, Director General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT), European Commission
  • Egil Levits, President of Latvia, former Judge of the European Court of Justice
  • Eva Kaili, Member of the European Parliament
  • Denis Robitaille, World Bank Group Vice President, Information and Technology Solutions, and WBG Chief Information Officer
  • Enrique Factor Santoveña, Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD)

●  Haroldo Jayme Martins Froés Cruz, CTO, Banco Central do Brasil

  • Masanori Kusunoki, CTO, Head of Technology and Design Division, Japan Digital Design, Inc., Executive Advisor to Government CIO of Japan
  • Dr. Bitange Ndemo, Chair of the Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence Taskforce, Government of Kenya
  • Sheila Warren, Head of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum
  • Jekaterina Govina, Bank of Lithuania
  • Núria Ávalos, Director of Blockchain, RPA and Digital Experimentation, Repsol
  • Christoph Steck, Director Public Policy and Internet, Telefónica
  • Ken Timsit, ConsenSys
  • Stefan Junestrand, CEO, Grupo Tecma Red

A wide range of global organisations, companies, governments, blockchain startups and universities have confirmed their participation at Convergence. Among those being announced today are:

●  Central Banks: European Central Bank, Spanish Central Bank, Bank of Lithuania, Central Bank of Brazil

  • Regulators: European Data Protection Board, Autorité des Marchés Financiers France, Japanese Financial Services Authority, Spanish Data Protection Agency
  • Key European Organisations: European Commission, European Parliament, European Economic and Social Committee, the EU Blockchain Partnership (EBP), which includes representatives working on blockchain from all EU Member States as well as Norway and Liechtenstein
  • Governments: All EU Member States, Norway and Liechtenstein will be represented through the EBP; as well as individual representatives of the governments of Brazil and Kenya
  • Blockchain Companies and Organisations: ConsenSys, IOTA, IBM, uPort, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance
  • Corporations: Telefónica, Repsol, Everis/NTT
  • International Organisations: World Bank, World Economic Forum
  • International Standards Bodies: IEEE, ISO (TC 307), ITU
  • Associations: IoT Congress, IASP (International Association of Science Parks)
  • Academia: University of Málaga, University of South Korea, Frankfurt School Blockchain Center

“Blockchain is a transformational technology that is impacting business already. However, many issues around regulatory compliance, interoperability and new business models need fresh thinking from public authorities, policymakers and companies alike. In Málaga, we will have the best occasion to engage with all relevant stakeholders to create solutions and bring the use of blockchain to the next level,” comments Christoph Steck, Director Public Policy and Internet for Telefónica.

“Blockchain for Smart Cities offers disruptive functionalities for social change, with the capacity to revolutionise governance, citizens’ participation, and public services. These are the main subjects and opportunities that I look forward to communicate during my talk, and also to meet and discuss with all the industry key players that will be present at the congress,” comments Stefan Junestrand, PhD Architect, CEO Grupo Tecma Red, member of the “EU Blockchain Observatory” and a main contributor to the forthcoming “Blockchain 4 Cities” report by U4SSC (United Nations / ITU).

Complete with information on the latest industry trends, as well as future challenges that are top of mind, the agenda features a broad program of presentations, panels, workshops, cultural events and roundtable discussions over three days. Convergence will explore cross-cutting issues of direct importance to the industry:

  • A World Ledger: DLT Five Years from Now
  • Technological Convergence (IoT, Big Data, Quantum Computing, and Blockchain)
  • Blockchain for Sustainability
  • Stablecoins and Central Bank Digital Currencies
  • Distributed Ledgers versus Data Silos
  • Interoperability of Blockchains
  • Blockchain, Data Protection and Privacy

Moreover, workshops and deep dives will connect start-ups and users across these verticals:

  • Finance
  • Energy
  • Mobility
  • Supply Chains
  • Healthcare
  • Smart Cities
  • RegTech


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