Over 300 global blockchain innovators and professionals including a diverse group of regulators, entrepreneurs, investors and financial industry executives will participate in BlockOn 2018 - Redefining Finance, taking place next month, in Bahrain.
Bahrain FinTech Bay has announced the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) as the ‘Strategic Partner’ for its global blockchain conference, BlockOn, which taking place on November 22, at the Wyndham Grand, Bahrain Bay.
Held under the patronage of Khalid Al-Rumaihi, chief executive, EDB and chairman of the Executive Board of Bahrain FinTech Bay, attending experts will convene to explore the rising opportunities and challenges presented by the industry, said a statement.
EDB has played a strong role in establishing Bahrain as a regional FinTech hub and in the attraction of leading FinTech companies of all sizes to the kingdom.
BlockOn will address the impact of blockchain on finance and other industries and its many applications ranging from trading and payments to security and legal ownership. The conference will examine related regulation, collaboration and other issues impacting blockchain innovation.
Seminars, panels, keynotes and fireside chats will be accompanied by roundtables and demos to and from the blockchain community. The conference will also see Bahrain FinTech Bay present the results of it BlockOn Survey currently in progress. Industry professionals are invited to take part by visiting : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YT6SBYP.
The survey aims to gather views and predictions on Blockchain and its future evolution with results to be shared at the event.
The conference agenda will feature an important range of topics including: Block Chain 101: Unlocking Blockchain, National E-KYC Benefit, Regulatory Sandbox, National Block Chain Strategy: How Monaco is aiming to become a trusted ICO location, Regulation/Transiting Adoption of Blockchain and The Future of Blockchain Tech.
Discussions will be followed by dedicated breakout sessions divided into business and technical tracks to train C-level innovation leaders on blockchain and at least 30 developers by conference end in the writing of blockchain smart contracts for financial services.
Khalid Al-Rumaihi said: “We are delighted to partner with Bahrain FinTech Bay for the global BlockOn conference in November. FinTech is one of the most exciting sectors in the kingdom, benefitting from our strengths as a regional leader in finance and ICT.”
“Bahrain is therefore a natural home for BlockOn - an event which embraces both the challenges and opportunities of innovative technologies, as well as the regulations that underpin it,” he said.
Khalid Saad, chief executive officer of Bahrain FinTech Bay, said: “We are delighted to announce the Economic Development Board as the Strategic Partner for the event.”
“With dedicated FinTech focused teams, the EDB has played an instrumental role in fostering the growth and development of Bahrain’s FinTech ecosystem and is active player on the global FinTech scene. With their support, we are assembling a world-class roster of speakers and an agenda that can help attendees more fully grasp and leverage the transformative nature of blockchain and its impact on not only on the financial services industry, but also other industries that it can revolutionise,” he added.
Also partnering with BlockOn are Corporate Partners: Roland Berger and GBM, Supporting Partners: Cambridge Blockchain,