Malta Blockchain Summit

1-2 November 2018, InterContinental Malta

Malta, with its new regulatory framework, is at the forefront in Blockchain and DLT. The Malta Blockchain Summit in November is a reflection of this momentum. Expect a buzzing expo and riveting discussions about the world-changing potential applications of the Blockchain. The summit anticipates 4000 delegates worldwide and will also feature a Hackathon and an ICO pitch, connecting investors with ICOs. 

Malta Blockchain Summit Hon. Joseph Muscat

"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. Joseph Muscat

Prime Minister - Keynote Speaker



31st October

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

1st November

  • Blockchain for Regulatory
    Conference 1 of 4

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Registration
  • 09:00 - Expo floor opening
  • 09:00 - 19:15 Inauguration
  • Joseph Muscat - Prime Minister of Malta

    Malta Blockchain Summit Joseph Muscat

  • 09:15 - 09:45 Regulatory Panel
  • How to build a regulatory framework for blockchain 

    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.

  • 09:45 - 10:15 Panel
  • Challenges: transparency vs the right to be forgotten

    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?

  • 10:15 - 10:30 Keynote
  • Blockchain regulation - the local scenario

    Malta is at the forefront of creating a framework for blockchain regulation, which has already attracted nothing less than the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange to the island: Binance. What are the main pillars of Malta's success in building a regulatory framework for blockchain?

  • 10:30 - 10:45 Keynote
  • Crypto asset taxation

    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?

  • 10:45 - 11:15 Panel
  • Regulation gone wrong

    Some recent bad apples when it comes to ICOs have emphasised the relevance of regulation. However, the devil is in the detail. How does grey areas within regulations of the ICO and crypto space present problems in a macroeconomic environment? 

  • 11:15 - 11:30 Keynote
  • Centralized digital currencies (CDC) – what happens as governments follow the trend?

    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?

  • 11:30 - 12:00 Panel Debate
  • Will blockchain replace the top-down approach of contemporary government?

    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?

  • ICO Pitch

  • 12:00 - 14:00
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • Blockchain for Affiliates & Marketing
    Conference 2 of 4

  • 15:00 - 15:30 Marketing Panel
  • 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?

  • 15:30 - 16:00 Panel
  • Chain-reaction – the evolution of social media with blockchain

    Following Facebook’s ban of cryptocurrency and blockchain-related material, many believe that there will be a growing demand for blockchain-based social networks where affiliates can promote more freely and each social media account is in better control of his own data and is directly rewarded for selling their own data. Decentralisation will also affect such social networks, and a closer look will be taken at how blockchain technology is prime for disrupting the social media world.

  • 16:00 - 16:15 Keynote
  • Moving from ROI to #ReturnonSociety

  • 16:15 - 16:45 Panel
  • 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? 

  • 16:45 - 17:15 Panel
  • 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?

  • 17:15 - 17:30 Keynote
  • The ICO Show: The good, the bad, and the ugly

  • 17:30 - 18:00 Panel
  • 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?

  • 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

    Conference 3 of 4

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Registration
  • 09:00 - Expo floor opening
  • 09:00 - 09:15 Keynote
  • 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.

  • 09:15 - 09:30 Keynote
  • Create and deploy a full stack Ethereum application with the Truffle Framework

  • 09:30 - 09:45 Keynote
  • 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.

  • 09:45 - 10:00 Keynote
  • The blockchain of things

    The Internet of Things (IoT) can enhance our everyday lives by embedding computational devices into everyday environments and objects in aim of facilitating new services and more efficient use of our time. Blockchain and DLTs enable for automation of decentralised and trusted digital processes. The Blockchain of Things, i.e. Blockchain connected IoT devices, would allow for automation of decentralised and trusted real-world physical processes. In this talk an overview of the inherent challenges and possible solutions to realising the Blockchain of Things will be explored.

  • 10:00 - 10:15 Keynote
  • 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.

  • 10:15 - 10:30 Keynote
  • 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.

  • 10:30 - 11:00 Panel
  • 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.

  • 11:00 - 11:30 Panel
  • 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.

  • 11:30 - 12:00 Panel
  • 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.


  • Blockchain Hackathon

  • 12:00 - 14:00
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  • Blockchain for Tokenomics & Cryptocurrencies

    Conference 4 of 4

  • 14:00 - 14:15 Keynote
  • Undisclosed Speaker
  • 14:15 - 14:45 Panel
  • 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?

  • 14:45 - 15:15 Panel
  • 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.

  • 15:15 - 15:30 Keynote
  • 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.

  • 15:30 - 16:00 Panel
  • Banking on Bitcoin, can banks evolve?

    Innovation always moves faster than corporate entities, what are banks doing to catchup?

  • 16:00 - 16:30 Panel
  • Investing in Blockchain

    Tokens versus equity, the movement from SAFE to SAFT, our panel puts this into perspective.

  • 16:30 - 16:45 Keynote
  • Emerging Cryptos and why we want in…

    Should you buy bitcoin or focus on ripple? What are the top coins out there right now.

  • 16:45 - 17:15 Panel
  • The 50M 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. 

  • 17:15 - 17:45 Panel
  • Is your business blockchain-able?

    Come with questions and find out whether your company can adopt Blockchain technology. Is there scope for an ICO? You ask. We answer!

  • 17:45 - 18:00 Closing Keynote
  • Undisclosed Speaker


  • Crypto Cruise

  • 19:00 - 22:00

    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

Ian Gauci

Founder GTG Advocates

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?

Malta Blockchain Summit Hon. Joseph Muscat

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"

Strategic Partners

Malta Blockchain Summit Times of Malta
Malta Blockchain Summit IDACB
Malta Blockchain Summit MTA

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