• CityChain17

    4th April 2017 | IBM Southbank | London

  • What is CityChain17​?

    Blockchain is a hot topic, fast gaining column inches as an enabler of business and customer transformation alike. Blockchain represents tremendous business opportunities, but how do you cut through the hype?


    CityChain17 brings together Blockchain and Distributed Ledger thought leaders and entrepreneurs from across the globe. The aim? To provide the best and latest informed thinking and hype-free exploration of ideas, use cases, challenges, and concerns. The event is targeted at businesses, technologists, students, and academics with a need or desire to know more and to hear of the very best thinking in this important sector.

    Why Attend?

    Over the course of the last eighteen months, we have seen many events held to help people fast-track their knowledge of Blockchain. To date, the results have been mixed and we believe there are still too many gaps in the explanations provided and as a result, the hype remains high.

    This event will deliver deep insight grounded in what is possible and what is up next for Blockchain. Based on our experience of running similar events, it will answer key questions, facilitate learning and provide an open forum for networking with people experienced in coal face implementation of distributed ledger solutions.

    The topics of discussion will include:

    • What is distributed ledger technology (Blockchain) and what does it mean, for business?
    • How are people starting to use it, and what’s next?  In particular, what do the use cases really look like?
    • Blockchain is hot in Financial Services, but where else is it being tried, and how?  What next outside of the financial services sector?
    • Can Blockchain really cure the common cold? – the reality of the real issues and answers rather than the much-flaunted hype.

    What to Expect?

    Feedback from previous events tells us that our participants can expect to achieve a step change in their appreciation for both business and technical issues for Blockchain success.


    To enhance this, participants will also realise the opportunity to enhance their appreciation for the art of the possible. Finally, attendees will leave the event with an in-depth appreciation of what others in the market are doing to push the Blockchain boundaries. Specifically, participants will experience:

    • Presentations exploring the most pressing issues in Blockchain today (and how to tackle them)
    • Panel discussions with industry insiders, explaining their approaches and use cases across a range of sectors.

    Networking opportunities with start-up companies, Blockchain pathfinders and trailblazers, deep thinkers, and like-minded people.

  • Speakers

    Dave Birch

    Director of Innovation, Consult Hyperion​

    David G.W Birch Director of Innovation at Consult Hyperion, the secure electronic transactions consultancy. He is an internationally-recognised thought leader in digital identity and digital money; named one of the global top 15 favourite sources of business information (Wired magazine) and one of the top ten most influential voices in banking (Financial Brand); listed in the top ten Twitter accounts followed by innovators, along with Bill Gates and Richard Branson (PR Daily); ranked in the top three most influential people in London’s FinTech community (City A.M.), voted one of the European “Power 50” people in digital financial services (FinTech Awards) and ranked Europe’s most influential commentator on emerging payments (Total Payments)..

    Isabel Cooke

    Blockchain R&D Delivery Manager, Barclays

    Isabel Cooke works in Barclays’ Blockchain R&D Team, identifying opportunities to experiment with distributed ledger technology, and other emerging tech. She is a delivery manager, and focuses on running experiments with business units within Barclays, often collaborating with startups, consortia and other companies in this space. She also helps to educate colleagues across the bank on the opportunities, and threats, of this nascent technology. Her previous role was Operations Lead at Rise London, one of Barclays open innovation labs, connecting the bank to startups, to co-create the future of financial services.

    John McLean ​

    VP Global Blockchain Labs Engagement, Industry Platform, IBM​

    John has over 30 years experience in emerging technology product innovation and development across a broad range of industries. John currently leads the client engagement and Lab Services for Blockchain technologies worldwide including technical innovation centers in NY, Singapore, London and Toyko. The role is to help clients understand and learn the potential of Blockchain to innovate, change and disrupt different industries and to help these client move successfully towards production environments. Prior to this current role John was VP WebSphere Connectivity and Integration Development.

    Dr Gideon Greenspan

    CEO and Founder, Coin Sciences Ltd

    Dr Gideon Greenspan is the founder and CEO of Coin Sciences Ltd, the company behind MultiChain, the popular platform for private blockchains. MultiChain includes features such as permissions management, native assets, data streams and simple configuration and deployment, and has been used successfully for blockchain projects in many of the world's largest banks, consulting firms, financial technology and IT companies.

    Dr Greenspan is also a well-known writer on private blockchains, with a reputation for going beyond the hype to focus on genuine and practical applications of this technology. He has written extensively on the trade-offs between blockchains and regular centralized databases, the challenges of implementing smart contracts, and the criteria one should assess in determining whether to use a blockchain at all.

    Gideon has a BA and PhD in Computer Science (Cambridge and Technion) and an MA in Philosophy (London). As a hobby he teaches software entrepreneurship at the IDC in Herzliya, Israel.

    Simon Taylor​

    Co-Founder / Director of Blockchain, 11:FS​

    Simon is Co-Founder and Blockchain Lead at 11:FS. Previously at Barclays, he established the bank as one of the leaders in blockchain thought and action. Simon also serves as an advisor to central banks and governments, in addition to consulting the top 20 banks on blockchain. He's helped a variety of startups flourish through the Barclays Accelerator. @SyTaylor

    Ross Laurie

    Consultant - Blockchain Lab, Deloitte UK

    Ross has been working with distributed ledger technologies since 2013, since then his interests in Ethereum and AI have led him to join Deloitte and work on the development of Firm’s blockchain solutions. His work includes the development of SmartID, an identity platform based leveraging blockchain capability to redefine the way in which identity is managed and shared.

    Brian McNulty

    COO Europe, R3 CEV

    Brian is COO Europe for R3 with responsibility for aligning and streamlining activities across member engagements, projects, lab and working groups. Prior to R3, Brian founded the PTDL (Post Trade Distributed Ledger) Group whilst working as CEO of DBFS Consultants, a FinTech Consultancy he co-founded in the late 1990's.


    Brian has held executive roles in an advisory and programme management capacity over the last 10 years. His previous positions include Senior Trader in Commodities and Equity Derivatives at Rand Merchant Bank; Technical Analyst at both Scottish Amicable Investment Managers and AMP Asset Management.


    Brian holds an Honours Mathematics Degree from the University of Glasgow, a Masters in Information Technology from Strathclyde University, is a Certified Financial Technician (IFTA/CFT level II) and sits on the CISI FinTech and European Regulatory Impact Boards.

    Paul Forrest

    Chairman, MBN Solutions

    Paul has some twenty-five years experience of helping businesses to solve complex business problems, deliver their transformation goals and to achieve tangible strategic outcomes.


    Hands on and deep thinking, he has worked with many FTSE 100 clients, Global 500 businesses and major Government entities around the world including Ford Motor Company, VAG Group, BAE Systems, GSK, AkzoNobel, RBS, HBOS, Diageo, Bacardi, Wal-Mart, British Airways, Virgin Galactic, Etisalat, British Telecom, Vodafone and Allen & Overy.


    Paul also sits on the board of a number of agile, disruptive and challenger businesses whilst supporting value creation programmes for Private Equity backed businesses.

    Peter Bidewell

    Chief Marketing Officer, Applied Blockchain

    Peter Bidewell is the Chief Marketing Officer of Applied Blockchain and leads client relationships, partnerships and marketing for Applied Blockchain; consulting on the strategic implementation of blockchain solutions that are platform agnostic, scalable and enterprise ready. He has worked with clients across many different industries to explain the principles of blockchain and consult on the most suitable application of the technology for their specific business needs. Peter regularly presents on blockchain at international events, such as the Blockchain Conference, Colombia in December 2016 and the Blockchain Week, London in January 2017.


    Prior to joining Applied Blockchain, Peter has worked in high growth startups across Fintech, FMCG, leisure and Edtech sectors in the UK, Australia and Sweden.

    Peter Ferry

    Commercial Director, Wallet.Services

    Peter built Microsoft's business in Scotland as co-founder of its Scottish operation. He's established successful partner business programs and led influential tech communities. Now as co-founder of Wallet.Services he’s building a global business to enable economic and social upside with BlockChain technology.

    Parrish Pryce-Williams

    Director, Strategy & Design

    Banking consultant focused on strategy, banking regulation, post-merger integration and structural reform. Clients include Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, RBS and UBS. Previous experience includes co-founding a travel tech start-up and PwC Consulting’s Banking & Capital Markets practice. Recently studied Fintech Innovation at MIT and wrote a paper titled ‘Fintech Strategic Roadmap for the UK’s Largest Banks’.

    Tomasz Mloduchowski

    CTO & Co-Founder, Zerado

    Tomasz is Zerado's CTO and Co-Founder. He’s been involved in the Bitcoin and Blockchain space since late 2009. Tomasz studied physics at MIT where he focused on computational physics and supercomputing. At Harvard, he audited a number of lectures at the Berkmann Centre. He is an alumnus of the Clinton Global Initiative University programme, and founder of the Warsaw Hackerspace, where he explored the NGO and local governance segment.

  • Tickets

  • Agenda

    Please note the below times are subject to change


    09:30 – 10.10

    Registration and Refreshments

    10:10 – 10:20

    Welcoming Remarks and Agenda
    Paul Forrest (MBN Solutions)

    10:20 – 10:50

    What is the difference between a blockchain and a database.

    Gideon Greenspan (Coin Sciences Ltd)

    10:50 – 11:20

    Making Blockchain Real for Business

    John McLean ​(IBM)

    11:20 – 11:50

    Making it real

    Simon Taylor (11:FS​)

    11:50 – 12:50


    12:50 – 13:20

    From conceptualisation to implementation: real world, cross-industry Blockchain solutions.

    Peter Bidewell (Applied Blockchain)

    13:20 – 13:50

    Distributed Ledger – Path to Mainstream Adoption.

    Brian McNulty (R3CEV)

    13:50 – 14:30

    Panel Discussion

    What are the Blockchain implementation main challenges and how do we overcome them?

    Isabel Cooke

    Ross Laurie

    Peter Ferry

    Tomasz Mloduchowski ​

    Parrish Pryce-Williams

    14:30 – 14:50


    14:50 – 15:20

    Putting Identity on the Blockchain.

    Dave Birch (Consult Hyperion)

    15:20 – 15:40

    How can we simplify Blockchain Technology to enable broad industry adoption?

    15:40 – 15:50

    Closing Remarks

    Paul Forrest (MBN Solutions)

    15:50 – 16:50


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