Malta's Leading Blockchain Summit

Malta Blockchain Summit

1-2 November 2018, InterContinental Malta

Welcome to the Malta Blockchain Summit, a melting pot for global influencers in technology, civil society, democracy promotion and innovation. Expect riveting discussion about the world-changing potential applications of the Blockchain across multiple verticals, including, but not limited to Health, Entertainment, Government, Banking, Payments and Fintech, and more.


31st October

  • 09:00 - 22:00 Delegates Fly to Malta
  • 21:00 ‑ 22:00 Pre-Registration & Drinks
  • 22:00 ‑ 00:00 Networking Poker Tournament

    • InterContinental Casino, Malta

1st November

  • Blockchain for Regulatory

  • 09:00 - 12:00 Conference 1 of 4
  • Topics


    Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta

    How to build a regulatory framework for blockchain (Fishbowl)
    Regulating blockchain is among the most complex questions of our time. It is the distributed nature of blockchain which is the pillar for its technological potential. How can a regulatory framework be created with decent checks and balances to ensure that the technology can still harness its full potential, and what is the alternative? Participants are encouraged to pitch their best idea to a panel of regulatory experts.


    Malta Blockchain Summit Eva Kaili

    Eva Kaili, MEP, Chair of STOA

    Malta Blockchain Summit Joseph Cuschieri

    Joseph Cuschieri, Executive Chairman, MGA

    Challenges: transparency vs the debate on the right to be forgotten (Seminar)
    Blockchain has the potential to solve many of the transparency issues of current data storing solutions and the recording of transactions due to its immutability. Given the transparency it has the potential to give rise to, how does it relate to the ongoing debate within the European Union regarding integrity issues and the right to be forgotten?

    e-Residency and the role of DLT in solving the issue of authentication (Seminar)
    A study commissioned by the World Bank has suggested that distributed ledger technology (DLT) can partially or entirely replace government as the authority of identity authentication, issuing certificates, land titles, storing health records, disseminating social benefits, and the management of votes. What is the extent to how much blockchain can revolutionize these fields and what does it mean for the future role of the state?

    Crypto asset taxation (Seminar)
    Tax authorities are yet to catch up when it comes to classifying and taxing capital gains made from cryptocurrencies. What are the general trends to look out for when it comes to taxation?

    Centralized digital currencies (CDC) – what happens as governments follow the trend? (Seminar)
    Following the rise of the cryptocurrencies, a number of governments, including the US, China, Japan, Canada, Venezuela, Estonia, Sweden and Uruguay, are now looking at establishing their own centralized digital currencies (CDCs). What does this mean for the future of decentralized cryptocurrencies and what are the pros and cons of issuing CDCs?

    Will blockchain replace the top-down approach of contemporary government? (Panel debate)
    Blockchain is envisaged to give rise to a number of possibilities in changing the modes of governance. These include co-created policies/services, integrated services and self-governed services. What does this mean for the current form of governance and what are the potential changes for future forms of government?

    Malta Blockchain Summit Eva Kaili
    Eva Kaili, Member of European Parliament

  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

    • Free lunch will be served at the expo

  • ICO Pitch

  • 12:00 - 15:00
  • Blockchain for Affiliates & Marketing

  • 15:00 - 18:00 Conference 2 of 4
  • Topics

    Marketing your ICO
    Google and Facebook have both banned ads for cryptocurrency-related content. Does this open up the landscape for affiliates? How can you get your ICO message out there?

    White paper 101
    Writing a white paper is the most important marketing tool in your marketing kit for a successful ICO, with regulators stipulating the importance around strongly written whitepapers the focus on quality is more important than ever. What are the key factors when putting together a white paper?

    The evolution of marketing when the customer holds their data
    The growth of online users has provided marketers with substantial efficiency gains in marketing campaigns through user data analytics. Blockchain has the potential to flip the table by empowering the customer with rights over their own data, what does this mean for the future of marketing?

    Marketing to the Generation Z
    Defining your audience for marketing couldn't be more relevant when it comes to the crypto space. Who is the consumer? What defines them? What appeals to them and how do they differ from other consumers? 


  • 18:00 - 19:00 Networking Drinks

    • At the end of each summit day, sponsored
      networking drinks will be held at Tapaz

2nd November

  • Blockchain for Developers

  • 09:00 - 12:00 Conference 3 of 4
  • Topics

    The use of non-Turing complete smart contracts
    After the DAO incident in 2016, critics of Turing-complete smart contracts on permissionless public blockchains became vocal. Despite the greatly restricted nature of non-Turing complete smart contracts, projects such as Waves and BOScoin are implementing them onto their systems. This panel will table a comparison between Turing-complete and non-Turing complete smart contracts.

    Zk-snarks in private data verification
    The utilisation of zero-proof knowledge in projects such as Z-cash presents a possible paradigm shift in the transfer of data and knowledge. zk-SNARK technology can potentially allow the seamless verification of off-chain data, a breakthrough for public blockchains which are currently facing a sizable threat in the form of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), specifically the right to be forgotten which is incompatible with the immutability of public blockchains.

    Consensus: what lies beyond Proof of Stake
    Proof-of-work has been with us for decades, but despite its mathematically-proven level of security enabling decentralised consensus, its high level of energy consumption as well as relatively slow network confirmation times present challenges for long-term sustainability. Proof of Stake, although far more efficient, suffers from certain security concerns when compared to Proof of Stake. Now may be the right time to explore other consensus mechanisms, such as variations of Proof of Stake, Proof of Burn, and others.

    Directed Acyclic Graphs vs. Blockchain
    The advent of Bitcoin has ushered in the blockchain technology, which to date remains the greatest and perhaps the sole technology enabling true distributed ledger technologies to flourish. IOTA, Byteball and other DAG-based (Directed Acyclic Graphs) ledgers might potentially pose a threat to blockchain technology. Others insist that DAG is just vaporware and that blockchain technology still has to mature and develop further. Is this a potential clash of the titans?

    GoLang blockchain development
    Languages are seen by some developers as the key to a well-structured and sustainable blockchain-based platform. Solidity, while being the tool used for the largest smart-contract platform in existence to date, is criticised due to the fact that it is not a “strict” language. GoLang, which is a relatively new language, promises flexibility along with tight constraints, and is being used in the development of SkyLedger. GoLang therefore merits a closer look and analysis.

    Smart contract platform comparisons
    Ethereum, to date, is by far the largest smart-contract platform, eclipsing the likes of Neo and Qtum. However, new smart contract platforms such as Stratis, Waves, and Cardano are emerging. This session will serve as a comparison between some of the most prominent smart contract platforms around.

    dApp development in Ethereum
    Decentralised applications are one of the fortes of Ethereum, and allow for more complex structures such as decentralised casinos. The development of dApps is an important aspect of a strong and healthy DLT-based platform, and dApps on Ethereum have become increasingly popular. This session will delve into dApp development and how to make the most out of dApps.

    Code auditing: do’s and don’t’s
    The deployment of code onto a network which generally stores immutable data calls for code which is more stringent than ever. Proper auditing needs to be conducted to avoid another infamous incident of deployment of defected code. Experts will discuss various standards and levels of auditing which are applicable, include peer-reviewed code.

    Marrying AI to the blockchain
    Some say that the true potential of both the blockchain technology and artificial intelligence will be unleashed once a successful marriage of the two is implemented. Both technologies are in their early phases, and the best of both worlds can be achieved in a few years’ time.

    Blockchain bridging
    So far different blockchains have been treated separately in their own right, but the idea of a network of blockchains is one which is being explored and could potentially unleash far greater potential. Projects such as ARK and BlockNet are exploring this concept, and atomic swaps are still in their infancy.

    Implementing oracles in blockchains
    Both human-based and machine-based oracles can be used as external data verifiers in blockchain-based systems, with a shift towards the later form of oracles rather than the former. In a system based on decentralised trust, oracles may potentially need to follow the same path in order to be seamlessly integrated. A look at oracle systems will be taken at in this session.

  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

    • Free lunch will be served at the expo

  • Blockchain Hackathon

  • 12:00 - 15:00
  • Blockchain for Tokenomics and Cryptocurrencies

  • 15:00 - 18:00 Conference 4 of 4
  • Topics

    The rise in CryptoTrading
    With trading platforms seeing over 50% YoY growth, the global interest and curiosity around Cryptotrading are unquestionable. What has brought on this interest and how are trading platforms evolving to facilitate non-professional traders and educate them around crypto?

    Token Modeling
    Whether developing a token or evaluating one, understanding token types is critical. In this session, we will explore the different types of tokens in association with the business purpose and the underlying value of the said token.

    ICO bubble or balloon
    Completely bombarded by ICOs? How do you spot a good ICO? Not sure which coin or token will bring you lucrative returns? Learn from our experts about how to understand the value of an ICO and what to look out for in white papers.


    Malta Blockchain Summit Christopher Zenios
    Christopher Zenios, ICO Specialist/COO & Founder @ Alcaeus Labs

    Banking on Bitcoin, can banks evolve?
    Innovation always moves faster than corporate entities, what are banks doing to catchup?

    Investing in blockchain
    Tokens verses equity, the movement from SAFE to SAFT, our panel puts this into perspective.

    Emerging Cryptos and why we want in…
    Should you buy bitcoin or focus on ripple? What are the top coins out there right now.

    The 100M ICO, what next? 
    Hear from the founders who have successfully raised funding and how they are respectively managing their ICO funding and driving awesome businesses. 

  • Crypto Cruise

  • 19:00 - 22:00 Crypto Cruise

    Another first by Malta Blockchain Summit! CryptoCruise across the most beautiful natural port in the Mediterranean is coming up!

    Following a full conference on Blockchain, a cruise with late dinner and drinks is planned, the boat finishing off at Portomaso at 22:00, just in time for the Closing Party.

  • 22:00 - Closing Night

    • The Malta Blockchain Summit Closing Night
      has cemented itself as the biggest crypto party
      of the year in Malta. We're shifting to a bigger,
      more luxurious place this year.

3rd November

  • 12:00 - Champagne Brunch

    • Before delegates start heading to the airport,
      Malta Blockchain Summit organises a
      champagne brunch - no better occasion to
      recall business deals, puzzle the closing night
      together and exchange last minute business cards.
      The last  Blockchain Gathering will take place
      during Malta Blockchain's Summit fourth and last day.

  • 19:00 ‑ Rum & Cigar Night

    • Tiffany's, Portomaso

Our Speakers

Gordon Einstein

Blockchain & Crypto Partner, CKR Law

Sally Eaves

Global Strategy Advisor, FinTech Blockchain AI

Eva Kaili

MEP, Chair of STOA, EU

Jon Matonis

Founding Director, Bitcoin Foundation

Pavel Kravchenko

Founder, Distributed Lab

Alex Lightman

Advisor to 20+ Blockchain companies

Carla Maree Vella

Founder, VERFiD

Karl Schranz

Director, E&S Group

Joseph Cuschieri

Executive Chairman, MGA

Vince Vella

CTO Computime Software, BRSAnalytics

Abdalla Kablan


James Catania

CEO, Intelliblock

Gideon Gibson

Founder & CEO, KickCity

Steve Tendon

Director, ChainStrategies

Jonathan Galea

Managing Director, Blockchain Advisory Ltd.

Max Krupyshev

COO, Cubits

James Muscat Azzopardi

Partner, Muscat Azzopardi & Associates


InterContinental Malta*****

Holiday Inn Express****

The two official hotels will be the InterContinental five star as well as the Holiday Inn four star hotels, both situated in St. Julian's, next to each other.

Why Malta?

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Hon. Joseph Muscat

Prime Minister, Malta

"I understand that regulators are wary of this technology but
 the fact is that it’s coming. We must be on the frontline in embracing this crucial innovation, and we cannot just wait for others to take action and copy them. We must be the ones that others copy.”


Hon. Silvio Schembri

Member Of Parliament, Malta

"We should aim to have the world’s best environment
for the development and commercialization of fintech models and disruptive innovation.”

Malta Blockchain Summit Frank Farrugia

Frank Farrugia

President, Malta Chamber of Commerce

"Malta's growth rates have outpaced all other European and neighboring economies and the country's business environment has undergone significant development and modernisation"

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Eman Pulis


"The timing seems right for the inaugural Malta Blockchain Summit since it coincides with the launch of the government policy to provide a framework where ICOs, Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain companies can flourish"

Malta Blockchain Summit Keith Strier

Keith Strier

Global Tech Sector Digital Leader, Americas AI Leader, EY

"Malta should undertake an aggressive program to become a leader in both blockchain technology and artificial intelligence by embracing the rise of electric and autonomous vehicles"

Floor Plan