- Meetup #12 @ T2-Campus Genk
We are delighted to invite you to our first 2019 meetup on February 5th! We are all welcome in the buildings of T2 Campus in Genk for what will already be our 12th Blockchain Vlaanderen meetup. This meetup will be focused on "Key challenges & difficulties when starting blockchain PoC and moving into Production Environment" Despite the fact that Blockchain is regarded by many as the future, it appears that it is difficult to get started with blockchain today. The reasons for this include the fact that the contemporary lack of regulation creates a risky environment. Alongside legislation, there are more primary challenges such as privacy, uncertainty and cost. And no, the world won’t run on the blockchain anytime soon. The fact that the technology is still too complex for many, makes it also still too difficult to appreciate the benefits of it. This time, we offer you four presentations that will try to help you to figure out how you can solve difficulties when starting blockchain PoC. The lectures will also discuss some important challenges that will be addressed when setting up a blockchain project, such as Business Architecture; Users Management; Governance; Data privacy, Regulatory & Compliance requirements, … ▼ ▼ Agenda ▼ ▼ ► 18:30 - 19:00 | Welcome ► 19:00 - 19:30 | "Why Blockchain needs Product Managers" - Gianni Brisson - www.investereum.com As is the case with many (new) technologies that are used to develop applications, the first key to a successful product launch often lies in the preparation. Many new tech products often look promising, especially through the eyes of the creators, but often sales expectations aren’t met after the launch of the product. In the past couple of years, Blockchain projects had their fair share of failed product launches. Many products didn’t even make it through the development stage, despite having raised millions of euros by means of an ICO. ► 19:30 - 20:00 | "I want to ride my bicycle, tokens are coming my way" Koen Vingerhoets - Belfius It probably requires bankers to link kids on bicycles with GDPR & eMoney, but… yes, we can! The city Bonheiden came up with the idea to incentivize kids to use the bike to go to school, Belfius’ The Studio & IntellectEU brought it to life on a blockchain, in collaboration with FlowPilots. It wasn’t an entirely smooth ride and that had nothing to do with the state of the Belgian infrastructure. Join the Blockchain Vlaanderen meetup to learn about the challenges we met on our path to "eternal glory" production. ► 20:00 - 20:30 | Break ► 20:30 - 21:00 | "How “defined.id” project tackles GDPR issues on NEM Catapult blockchain and Geens" - Jef Vanbockryck - https://geens.com In practice, blockchain technology has turned out to be a mixed blessing for personal identity data. On one hand, it enables self-sovereign identity, on the other hand it brings potential privacy risks. The “defined.id” project shows how the NEM blockchain - in collaboration with Geens.com - finds a balance by using public and private chains, off-chain cryptography, W3C standards (DID, Verifiable Claim) and document encryption. ► 21:00 21:30 | "Key challenges & Difficulties implementing KYC-AML procedures into a blockchain development" - Sacha Vandamme - www.bit4you.io During this presentation, Sacha will introduce you some of their 30 rules implemented to prevent fraud and ID theft and the challenges around AML. ► 21:30 – 22:30 | Catering offered by Accenture - www.accenture.com Hope to see you there! Space is limited so please only RSVP if you will attend
- Meetup #11 @ RTL House
Our next meetup on 23th May @ RTLHouse is coming up. This meetup focuses on Blockchain and the content & advertising sector. Join us if you want to know how Blockchain could impact this sector! 18.00 - Doors open 18.30 - Welcome 19.00 - "Why is the advertising ecosystem interested in Blockchain? An overview of opinions" Wout Dockx – Media & Management consultant 19.30 - "Impact of Blockchain on advertising" Christopher Sparks – Head of Entrepreneurial Development at Brightlands SSC 20.00 - Break 20.30 - Startup: Hey https://get-hey.com/ Hey is an app that upgrades communication over the internet by helping users to share and find tips, warnings or general knowledge on any website they visit in a faster, friendlier and more contextual way than forums or social networks currently allow. Thanks to its token system, most advertising revenues are redistributed to users - those who create valuable content and help the platform grow. Marc Jacobs – Co-founder & CEO 21.00 - Startup: Basic Attention Token https://basicattentiontoken.org/ Basic Attention Token radically improves the efficiency of digital advertising by creating a new token that can be exchanged between publishers, advertisers, and users. It all happens on the Ethereum blockchain. The token can be used to obtain a variety of advertising and attention-based services on the Brave platform Video call with Brian Brown – Go-to-market 21.30 - 22.30 - Drinks offered by CommPass Please be aware that subscription on EventBride is mandatory due to security reasons. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-vlaanderen-meetup-11-rtl-house-tickets-45244839533 Looking forward to meet you! Roeland
- Meetup #10 @ Kunstmaan | Accenture Interactive
A new year, a fresh start for new insights in Blockchain. We invite you for the first meetup of 2018 and the 10th edition of the Blockchain.Vlaanderen meetup in the auditorium of Kunstmaan | Accenture Interactive We present you a 'Crypto-edition', with 4 different views on cryptocurrencies. Speakers: Reinout Temmerman (Nationale Bank van België), Juan David Mendieta (Keyrock), Guillaume Veldekens & Quentin Degroux (HIVE), Thomas Spaas (Belgian Bitcoin Association). Doors open 18h00 18.30 - Welcome 19.00 - “5 legal pitfalls every blockchain professional should know about” by Thomas Spaas – Belgian Bitcoin Association/Law office Consista 19.30 - "Are we in a crypto bubble?" by Guillaume Veldekens & Quentin Degroux - HIVE 20.00 - Break 20.30 - "Crypto financial infrastructure" by Juan David Mendieta - Keyrock 21.00 - “Dangers and shortfalls of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency in general” by Reinout Temmerman – Nationale Bank van België 21.30 - 22.30 - Networking Hope to welcome you all! - space is limited to 170, so please only RSVP if you will attend -
- Meetup #9 @ Cegeka
We go to the right side of the country for meetup #9. Cegeka in Hasselt is your host on Wednesday 20th of September for a new series of Blockchain-talks. Note we start 6:30 PM. Please be aware that space is more limited than other editions (70 attendees) and subscription (full name + e-mail) is mandatory due to security reasons. The subscriptions will be closed on 10th of September! Hope to see you there!
- Meetup #8 @ Digital Festival
Our next meetup in June is one on a special venue: the Digital Festival 2017 in Brussels. The Digital Festival 2017 (http://www.digitalfestival.eu/) is a one-day celebration of tech, ideas and global innovation. Through talks, workshops, debates and performance, the Festival creates a space in the heart of Europe where people can get excited about new technology and be inspired by digital innovations. Alongside politics and law-making, Brussels is home to a vibrant tech scene. From disruptive new startups blurring the lines between reality and virtual, to Artificial Intelligence and IoT, the Festival is where independent talent, tech startups and industry leaders share their vision with policymakers, press and the world.. The Digital Festival is where people and innovation connect. Join us on 1 June 2017 at L’Arsenal, Brussels to take your seat to the future.
- Meetup #7
Our next meetup #7 is still scheduled on April 20. Doors at 6:00 PM, start at 6:30 PM @ Wetenschapspark UA incubator Darwin, Galileilaan 15, Niel Our host will be AMS/UA & Wetenschapspark UAntwerpen. The agenda is co-organized with AMS alumni of business & IT masters, resulting in two tracks in parallel. To keep things informal and easy going, you can choose on the spot. Looking forward to meet you all again. Roeland
- Meetup #6 - Line-up
Our next meetup on Feb 9 @ Accenture is coming up. Our line-up The above list of timeslots is only indicative and can be changed Attendance: We have a full house and some people on the waiting list. So anyone who had replied "Yes", but is unable to come, please change your status so others can join. Looking forward to meet you! Roeland
- Meetup #5
We are approaching the 28th of November quickly and here is the final schedule for the speaker. - 18:30 - Arrival with drinks and food - 19:00 - T-mining, smarter transport through blockchains by Nico Wauters, T-mining - 19:30 - Blockchain in the energy sector by Alexander Vasylchenko, Grid Singularity - 20:00 - Break - 20:30 - Blockchain insight from Deloitte in the FSI Industry by Cillian Leonowicz, Deloitte Blockchain Lab Ireland - 21:00 - Blockchain - key legal considerations by Heidi Waem, Hannes Abraham & Stephaan Cloet, NautaDutilh - 21:30 - Digital signing by Sander van Loosbroek, Cegeka - 22:00 - Networking See you all there!
- Meetup #4
It’s that time again, in a few days we will meet at IBM for the fourth Blockchain Vlaanderen meetup. We have a packed room, and a packed schedule. And this schedule is full of “first” for Belgium with speakers from Belgium, the US and The Netherlands. It will be quite the show! - 18:15 - Arrival with drinks and food - 18:45 - IBM’s perspective on the Blockchain technology by Louis de Bruin, Blockchain Strategy Consultant, IBM - 19:15 - What is the Bletchley project? by Kristof Rennen, Sr. Technical Evangelist, Microsoft - 19:45 - The current landscape in cryptocurrencies en Blockchain technologies by David Leben, Founding member of the Belgian Bitcoin Association - 20:15 - Break - 20:45 - Blockchain technologies and distributed ledgers: a multi-layered architecture and algorithmic challenges by Ittai Abraham, Senior Researcher, VMware - 21:15 - A technical deep dive into Hyperledger by Dina Fatkulbayanova & Eric Cattoir, IBM - 22:00 - Networking IMPORTANT: Due to specific security measures at the venue, it is required to register using your full name. There WILL be an identity check at the entrance and people who are not on the list with their full name will not be allowed! To change your name, please go to http://www.meetup.com/account/ and press edit next to your name. Tuesday night is the deadline for this! I have no control over this and cannot help if you don’t! If you can’t make it work, send me an email. The location: https://goo.gl/maps/qUACxRJjwoz There are still people on the waiting list, please adjust your RSVP if you can’t make it. https://www.meetup.com/blockchain-vlaanderen/events/232440539/ See you all there on Thursday! ps. If anyone feels like making some photo’s, please do and send them to me or upload them directly into the event on meetup.com.
- Meetup #3: Blockchain and government
It’s finally time to announce the speaker lineup for the meetup on the 22nd of June. • Sam Wouters will give the intro into blockchain talk • Dimitri De Jonghe from BigchainDB will talk about their project • Valentijn De Boe and William Van de Wiele will enlighten us on the legal aspects of blockchains • Daan Poron and Roderik van der Veer will take you on a deep dive comparison of different blockchain technologies for a specific usecase • and finally Michael, Stefaan and Ben from the A-Labs innovation teams at the city of Antwerp will demo their self organising community project. It will be an educational evening for sure. We were able to squeeze some more chairs into the venue and I was able to increase the limit. Space will remain tight, so please update your RSVP in case you can’t make it to give the people on the waiting list a chance as well. ps. we are planning more meetups (september and november), if you want to give a talk, please let me know at [masked]