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AI & Blockchain Regulation

Malta led the blockchain regulatory front in 2018. This time around, the Blockchain Island is also looking to be a top 10 leader in procuring ethical A.I. legal frameworks. What developments are on the horizon for these exciting tech sectors in the grand scheme of things? Let's find out.

09:00-09:20

A European approach to A.I.

What does a European delves into technological, ethical and socio-economic implications of A.I. development. Time to dig in.

Ludovic Bodin

09:20-09:40

Fintech, Securities & Regulation

The financial services industy is pushing the envelope with regards to blockchain solutions, ETFs and regulating an emerging digital financial infrastructure. Let's hear what the experts have to say.

Dr. Christian Ellul

Jon Matonis

Kenneth Farrugia

09:40-10:00

Inauguration & Welcoming Remarks

Eman Pulis

Max Studennikoff

Eric Van Der Kleij

Carla Vella

10:00-10:10

Keynote by Hon. Prime Minister Dr Joseph Muscat

Hon. Joseph Muscat

10:10-10:20

Keynote By Hon. Silvio Schembri

Hon. Silvio Schembri

10:20-10:40

A World First - Giving a DAO its Legal Personality

After setting up a coherent regulatory framework for DLT in 2018, Malta is now working on a fourth bill that will give DAO its own legal personality. Watch this space.

Steve Tendon

Dr. Christina Scicluna

10:40-11:00

Malta's Role in the World of Digital Economy

Malta has positioned itself as a focal point for trade and business in the a digital era. How does regulation work as a means of attracting foreign direct investment?

Joseph Borg

WH Partners

Stephen McCarthy

Ian Gauci

Caledo

Ramona Azzopardi

11:00-11:15

Innovating for Tech Opportunities across the Commonwealth

Lord J. Marland

11:15-11:35

Towards a common Sandbox Environment

An esteemed panel of Commonwealth representatives discuss wide-ranging implications of a regulatory sandbox environment.

Lord J. Marland

Minister Carmelo Abela

Dr Amanda J Sharkey

11:35-12:00

AI Framework Initiatives: How Should We Regulate AI?

A.I. developement poses significant opportunities in a digitalised business environment - but what of the risks?

Alexiei Dingli

Olga Finkel

Dinis Guarda

Eric Van Der Kleij

12:00-12:10

The Current Status of the DLT Regulatory Framework

What's happened since Malta launched its world renowned DLT regulatory Framework? Let's find out.

Jonathan Galea

AI Startup Pitch

10 AI Startups with innovative projects will pitch on stage in front of established entrepreneurs and savvy investors. Set your sights on the moon and battle it out in a shark-tank environment with some tough love from a select panel of stern judges.

12:30-14:00

AI Startup Pitch

World Changing Applications of Blockchain & AI

Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence pose life changing possibilities as well as fresh 21st century verticals. As data continues to accumulate on public blockchains, merging readily available data on the blockchain and artificial intelligence systems seems not only inevitable, but eminently desirable. It’s time to navigate this uncharted territory and beyond!

14:00-14:15

Blockchain and the Future of Humanity

Vinay Gupta

14:15-14:40

How does Blockchain bring social benefits to Emerging Economies?

H.E. Khurram Shroff

Vinay Gupta

14:40-14:55

Tokenisation of Real Estate

Max Studennikoff

14:55-15:15

Is a Global Decentralised Financial System a Possibility or a Utopia?

Bobby Lee

Eric Van Der Kleij

15:15-15:25

Bitcoin: a 21st century Currency Renaissance?

Tim Draper

15:25-15:40

Hacking the DNA of Humanity by Blockchain & AI

Dinis Guarda

15:40-16:00

An AI singularity: Is Machine learning on the cusp?

Angelo Dalli

UMNAI

Jorge Sebastiao

Thomas Power

Ben Goertzel

16:00-16:25

Data mining: Your online identity

A.I., big data, blockchain and online identity have met in an inevitable intersection. Let's dig in.

Michael Mainelli

John Calian

T Labs
16:25-16:40

What is Web 3.0 and why does it matter?

Larry Sanger

16:40-17:05

How Will Blockchain, AI and IoT Converge in the Next Decade?

Larry Sanger

Tone Vays

Christopher Obereder

Fernando Martinho

Max Studennikoff

17:15-17:35

Decentralised AI: an Existential Risk or an Auspicious future?

David Orban

David Hanson Ph.D.

17:30-17:50

How Will Digital Currencies Change the World

Roger Ver

17:50-18:00

Ethical Implications of AI for Humanity

Thomas Power

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Room 2 - AI Thought leaders expand icon

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09:00-09:20

Introductory Keynote

Ben Goertzel

09:20-10:10

Regulations, Rights and Responsibilities for AI

An A.I. regulatory framework is clearly needed to address legal and ethical reservations. What should be the guiding principles for this movement?

Gina Smith

Massimiliano Caruso

Ben Goertzel

Amy Ter Haar

David J. Gunkel

10:10-11:00

Towards Legally and Politically Savvy AIs

How might we build AIs that can understand law and policy? How might we meaningfully define AI rights and responsibilities? Is there an interplay between legally binding smart contracts and prospective AI auditors?

James Hughes

Vitaly Gumirov

Ani Sachdev

Ben Goertzel

David J. Gunkel

11:00-11:15

From Robotics and A.I. towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Dr. Nikolaos Mavridis

11:15-11:50

Advanced General Intelligence and the job market

How can advanced A.I. be used to empower people rather than disenfranchise them? Let's find out.

David Orban

David Hanson Ph.D.

Gina Smith

James Hughes

Ani Sachdev

11:50-12:40

AI in Malta

What collection of mechanisms would best incentivise AI startups, early-stage companies and needed talent to locate in Malta?

David Orban

David Hanson Ph.D.

Massimiliano Caruso

Vitaly Gumirov

Amy Ter Haar

12:40-13:00

Conclusion and Next Steps

Room 2 - AI & BC for Payments, Banking & Finance expand icon

Whether it's standard fiat, cryptocurrencies or 1:1 stablecoins, the time for electronic cash has come. Let's get into the disruptions, challenges and opportunities on the horizon.

14:00-14:10

The future of money

Parth Detroja

Aditya Agashe

14:10-14:25

Financial Disruption: Opportunities and Challenges

Whether it's payment applications with a low barrier to entry or Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, the established financial order is in for a shake-up. It's time to push the envelope.

Max Kantelia

Jeremy Musighi

14:25-14:35

How can we reconcile blockchain security with rampant hacks?

Over 980,000 BTC ($15 billion) have been stolen from exchanges. Why has this happened within an industry that prides itself on security, and how does this play into crypto adoption rates in the broader financial sector? Let's find out.

Pascal Gauthier

14:35-14:55

21st century risks: Banking and Cybersecurity

With the advent of mobile and third-party banking, maintaining security standards is of utmost importance. Cryptocurrency exchanges that share many banking functions are all too familiar with this phenomenon. What's to be done to mitigate risks in this new landscape?

Sean Salloux

Paul Warren

Dr. Stefan Beyer

Jean-Michel Azzopardi

14:55-15:15

Payment Processors and the Need to Adapt

Paypal, WePay, Patreon and other payment processors have been around for a while. How do these middlemen adapt to the looming emergence of networked mediums of exchange?

Jovan Gavrilovic

Dotun Rominiyi

David Gold

Calvin NG

Yanki Önen

15:15-15:35

Traditional Currency Vs Cryptocurrency

The Bitcoin halving is projected to occur in Q2 of 2020. By that time Bitcoin's inflation will be 1.8% versus the Central Bank's usual 2%. Let's discuss the effects this will have on competing currencies.

Arnaud Salomon

15:35-15:45

Bridging the gap: crypto and Fiat currency

Oliver Prock

15:45-16:00

Addressing vulnerabilities for next generation cryptocurrency wallets

What are the vulnerabilities in the most popular software wallets on the market today? Is private key data leaking an issue? Let's dive into the vulnerabilities and prospective solutions for safely storing cryptocurrencies.

Pascal Gauthier

Brad Bulent Yasar

Robert Rhodin

16:00-16:10

Game theory: how do we incentivise good behaviour?

Cryptocurrencies each have their own protocols and incentive mechanisms that keep their respective networks functioning. How does one of the world's leading digital assets utilise game theory to make good behaviour the norm?

Dr. Lars Brünjes

16:10-16:20

Change and exchange: is a crypto market recovery in sight?

With reports of fake crypto exchange volume getting mainstream media attention, the question of cryptocurrency market health becomes ever more important. How will this affect the broader market recovery?

Pawel Kuskowski

Room 2 - Understanding DAO expand icon

There are many paths towards a sustainable future with blockchain technology, but while still in the ‘work in progress stage’, DAOs have the potential to be game changers. From intellectual property to actual governance, DAOs give power to individuals by allowing for a true democracy - enhancing a struggling social layer, engendering business collaborations and creating accountability.

16:30-16:45

State of the DAOs

Beth McCarthy

16:45-17:05

Collective organisation and production in the DAO era

Daniel Shavit

17:05-17:25

TokenSpace: A visual approach to understanding properties of cryptoassets

Wassim Alsindi

17:25-17:45

Kelsen: Tackling corruption with Ethereum software

Louis Margot-Duclot

17:45-18:00

Open DAO: Prototyping DAO solutions

Beth McCarthy

Daniel Shavit

Room 3 - Driving Legislation in Technology expand icon

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The Blockchain Advisory Workshop

09:00-09:10

Opening Keynote

Hon. Silvio Schembri

09:10-09:40

Running an exchange in a regulated environment

Hirander Misra

09:40-10:10

Stake your bets: the crypto-gaming sandbox

10:10-10:40

Blockchain, DLT and Innovative Technology Assurances

Dr. Joshua Ellul

10:40-11:10

Delving into learning & technology: the importance of educative initiatives

Dr. Lars Brünjes

11:25-11:45

Tax or no tax: how cryptos are taxed in Malta

Antoinette Scerri

11:45-12:15

The use of smart tokens in securities field

12:15-12:45

Know your blockchain: compliance in DLT

12:45-13:00

Closing address

Jonathan Galea

Room 3 - The Brokerage Event expand icon

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14:00-18:00

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Applicants will participate in a one-to-one marketplace to:
  • Identify technology partners to develop new services & products in A.I. & Blockchain technology.
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  • Exchange knowledge and expertise by networking with public and private experts on the latest disruptive technologies.
Developers as well as entrepreneurs and businesses will have the opportunity to open their horizons to various sectors such as retail, healthcare, creative industries, the financial services, information and communication technology as well as manufacturing and Blockchain. Join the pre-arranged face-to-face 25 minute meetings and explore the ocean of business potential and collaborative efforts! Register here

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AI, IOT & Big Data

It is estimated that nearly 2.9 billion people will own a smart phone by 2020. Over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are generated each day, with ninety percent of world data being generated in the last two years. The scale and magnitude of A.I., IOT and Big Data is both unprecedented and a testament to the human desire to overcome the impossible. The question is: what’s next on the investment horizon?

09:00-09:15

Investment in AI, IoT & Big Data

09:10-09:20

AI Driving the Digital Transformation

Angelo Dalli

UMNAI
09:35-09:45

Blockchain: The Building Blocks for AI integrity

Earle G. Hall

09:45-10:05

AI: Lessons Learned and Prospects Ahead

Dinis Guarda

Toufi Saliba

Yagub Rahimov

10:05-10:15

Enough is Enough: The Power of Blockchain to End the Era of Big Data Breaches

Alain Falys

10:15-10:40

Institutional and Private Investment in AI

Alex Fayette

Tugce Ergul

Vivek Ramaswami

Sunil Chhaya

10:40-10:55

Has Silicon Valley changed the face of tech for generations?

Ben Parr

10:55-11:05

Reimagining big data in light of blockchain

Adam Back

11:05-11:30

Malta Quantum Initiatives

STO Battle

15 STO's with the most promising crypto and/or blockchain projects will pitch on stage in front of established entrepreneurs and savvy investors . Set your sights on the moon and battle it out in a shark-tank environment with some tough love from a select panel of stern judges.

12:30-14:00

STO Battle

Blockchain Investment & The Future of Digital Money

Payments and investments are on an evolutionary fast track. From user-friendly value-transfer applications and innovation in outdated exchanges, to the massive boom in data verification protocols, a digital renaissance is undoubtedly inching towards the masses. How will traditional structures face up to this impending technological leap?

14:00-14:15

The Future of Money

Bobby Lee

14:15-14:30

Overview of the global state of Crypto

Guenther Dobrauz-Saldapenna

14:30-14:50

Is it Time to Dive into the Crypto Rollercoaster?

Let's take a look at the Lessons learned and the horizons ahead in the $140 billion cryptocurrency market.

Steve Kelso

David Drake

Dennis O’Neill

Dr. Evan Luthra

Patrick Lowry

Alex Batlin

14:50-15:00

Investment: crypto equity and security tokens

Simon Dixon

15:00-15:30

Will cryptocurrencies Fail or Succeed?

Fasten your seatbelts as industry thought leaders go head to head in a fiery 'real-talk' debate.

Roger Ver

Bitcoin.com

Tone Vays

Adam Back

15:35-15:55

Global Banking in the Digital Age

The relentless forces of progress are set to reinvent today's financial fabric from the ground up. It's time to turn up the heat in this fast-changing fintech landscape.

Pascal Gauthier

Patrick Chang

Simon Dixon

15:55-16:10

Blockchain Investment: Has the Industry Matured for Institutional Investors?

Dennis O’Neill

16:15-16:40

All you need to know: STO's - IPO's - IEO's

The fintech industry is awash with acronyms and buzzwords. Let's delve into the differences and similarities from both a legal and technical perspective.

Giacomo Arcaro

Gordon Einstein

Ruslan Gavrilyuk

Max Kops

Thomas Power

16:30-16:45

Keynote

Bobby Lee

16:45-18:00

What will the Future of the Fintech Industry Look Like?

Cliff Go

Workshop Room

Room 2 - AI & BC for Retail & Property expand icon

The dependance on third-party verifiers in property markets may be at an end.
As its intended use, the blockchain could act as an innovative, trustless safety-net that ensures both parties keep their end of the deal - reducing the risk of fraud in the process. By using a distributed database to prove authenticity, home owners could transfer ownership through a DLT-network, reducing costs as a consequence. The rental space could also be affected, as agents and buyers will be able to make use of an incorruptible resource that secures data by ensuring digital ownership.
This transformation wouldn't happen over night, but one can see how families and individuals would benefit as property innovations came to fruition. Let's discuss.

09:00-09:10

Land ownership in India: who owns what?

Adam Lemmon

09:10-09:30

Machine learning in real estate marketplaces

The Broker vs. Bot publication brought the worlds of artificial intelligence and customer service in close contact. Chat bots currently augment customer experience, but is A.I. set to replace agents entirely? Let's dig in.

Gabriel Zanko

09:40-09:50

When Blockchain meets retail

Originally used solely for financial transactions within the crypto-currency market, the potential of the blockchain technology has grown to offer retailers horizontal applications across areas such as payments, customer relationship management, real-time data and analytics. It's time to address how this tech is poised to reinvent the retail sector while underlining the regulatory challenges that lie ahead.

Thibault Verbiest

09:50-10:10

Real Estate and Blockchain: Best use case or all hype?

While blockchain technology may offer many solutions to challenges of liquidity, inefficiencies and high costs in the real estate industry, is it all hype or is there something significant going on here?

Alexandra Levin Kramer

Thibault Verbiest

10:10-10:30

Streamlining B2B payments and cross border transactions

Twenty-eight banks from around the world are currently participating in a SWIFT-driven blockchain proof of concept to determine if they can use it to settle cross border transactions.

Brad Bulent Yasar

Uldis Teraudkalns

Room 2 - AI & BC for Entertainment & Marketing expand icon

Tech and media giants like Youtube and Twitch took the entertainment and marketing industries by storm. As the onset of blockchain and increased automation bring about the next disruptive phase in this landscape, how can entrepreneurs and visionaries orient themselves to capitalise on these exciting new trends?

10:30-10:40

The bitcoin network effect and blockchain adoption rates

Tokens brought hope of solving a classic chicken and egg problem that many networks have in enabling the distribution of benefits through scalability and consumer engagement. However, many DApps have yet to reach mass adoption. What is blockchain meant to fix in current marketing mechanisms and what lessons can be taken from Web 2.0 to help with adoption rates.

Anna Frankowska

10:40-11:00

Web 2.0 vs Web 3.0

Web 3.0 is slated to be a new paradigm  that will facilitate the decentralised and democratic spirit of the internet. How does this emerging landscape compare to Web 2.0? Let's find out.

Dr. Alexandra Mikityuk

Marco Calicchia

Alex Nascimento

11:00-11:10

Personal Branding: Growth hacking your way to prominence

Those looking to make a name for themselves need look no further. Discover the tips and tricks to get to the top of the food chain and become a respected authority in your market using growth hacking and digital marketing techniques.

Giacomo Arcaro

11:10-11:20

Assets on the block: Understanding Virtual Ownership

Caty Tedman

11:20-11:40

Consumer demands and web traffic in the crypto era

User growth, retention and emerging consumer demands are prime areas rife with challenges and opportunities. How do today's organisations cater to newer generations in a burgeoning landscape that pays consumers for their attention?

Dr. Tiffany Brown

Sébastien Borget

Vaibhav Khadikar

11:40-12:00

Gamification and engagement in affiliate marketing

Tuning into people's natural tendencies and desires is a tricky task. Which new trends are shaping user interaction and engagement in today's world?

Benjamin Boyle

Franco Bondi

Dr. Denise De Gaetano

Room 2 - AI & BC for Transport & Logistics expand icon

From conflict resolution to administrative efficiency and order tracking, blockchain holds the key to problems that have been plaguing the transport and logistics industry for decades. Let's explore some of these issues.

12:00-12:10

Uncovering blockchain use-cases: supply chain traceability

Giuseppe Perrone

12:10-12:25

Supply Chain 4.0: Redefining the relationship between Human and Machine

Gabriele Bernasconi

Room 2 - AI & BC for Healthcare expand icon

The healthcare industry is drowning in data - clinical trials, patient medical records, complex billing, research and more. Being notorious for its administrative inefficiencies, particularly when transferring patient data across private healthcare providers, can data-handling be streamlined across the industry while ensuring increased security and privacy? Now is the time to discuss.

14:00-14:10

Introductory Keynote

Legacy system in the healthcare sector make life a lot harder than it has to be. How can A.I. and Blockchain bring these systems up to standard with today's flourishing tech space?
14:10-14:35

Blockchain in Healthcare: the Ultimate case

Zain Rana

14:35-15:00

Blockchain, A.I. and medical record management

Does blockchain have the answer to creating cross-company immutable patient records?

Henry Ines

15:00-15:25

From reaction to anticipation: A.I. in Public Health

15:25-15:30

Closing remarks

Room 2 - Quantum Tech expand icon

14:00-14:30

Keynote Introduction

14:30-15:45

The Dawn of Quantum Technologies in Europe

15:45-16:45

The Industrial Adoption of Quantum Tech

16:45-18:00

The Potential of Investing Now in Quantum

Room 3 - Blockchain and Risk (BAR) Seminar expand icon

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The Blockchain and Risk Seminar creates a meaningful opportunity for people to explore these crucial topics. We know the burden of managing risk does not fall to a single area, so we have invited experts and thinkers from a wide variety of disciplines including data protection, cybersecurity, ethics, and from sectors such as finance, gaming, and law to share their insights and views on the future of risk management in blockchain.
The BAR seminar's purpose is to spark new ideas, to share practical steps, tips, and helpful methods and techniques. The aim is to assist people and their organisations in taking calculated risks and making intelligent decisions to decrease the disruptive element of blockchain and increase opportunities.

Brought to you by:
Blockchain Academy in collaboration with Marbral Advisory

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09:00-09:30

Control, Alt, Delete

Privacy and the right to be forgotten: placing personal data on an immutable blockchain and the GDPR implications. Advances in privacy and confidentiality

Dr. Terence Cassar

09:30-10:00

Regulating new techology frontiers

When is too little too much? Exploring the need for innovation and disruption while meeting legal responsibilities.

Dr. Christian Ellul

10:00-10:45

iForgot

Cybersecurity risks and the blockchain including the impossibility of recovering cryptographic keys.

Howard Poston

10:45-11:00

Coffee Break

11:00-11:30

Blockchain - The Game Changer

How is blockchain changing the iGaming landscape and way players interact with the technology.

Carla Vella

11:30-12:15

Smart Contracts

How do smart contracts change risk assessments and could they be used to automate compliance and regulatory enforcement?

Fabio Hidlebrand

12:15-12:45

Ethics by design

Do privacy enhancing technologies offer opportunities to reduce risks and what is blockchains role in ethical frameworks?

Ivana Bartoletti

Room 3 - AI & BC for Social Impact expand icon

The same way poles oppose and compliment each other, so too could blockchain and artificial intelligence. As the IOT (internet of things) is setting us up for a revolution of connectivity, the advent of decentralised blockchain and centralised artificial intelligence could take societal organisation to a new level.

As demonstrated by IBM’s India Lab, food supply chain processes could be overhauled, accounting for everything from farming to the grocery store. IoT sensors on harvest fields could also provide the bedrock for innovative and efficient farming insurance that takes severe weather into account. In the pharmaceutical sector, medicine storage climates on the blockchain could optimise delivery conditions.

The social ramifications, particularly in emerging economies, are massive. Let’s discuss the social impact of these technologies together

14:00-14:10

Opening remarks

Chris Vassallo

14:10-14:25

A collaborative ecosystem to maximise social impact

Charities are often faced with heavy criticism. Blockchain provides an opportunity to create a transparent platform that provable delivers donated funds directly to the people who really need it. It's time to make a difference.

Duncan Murray

14:25-14:55

Utilising Blockchain Technology to Empower People

It's time for dramatic measures to be taken to empower people out of poverty. Blockchain allows for a whopping 80% cost cut while ensuring 100% transparency in this endeavour. Let's dig in.

Claude Ebejer

Martijn Hekman

14:55-15:10

Making Governments Compete for You

Imagine a private company offers you the basic services of a state, i.e. protection of life, liberty and property in a defined territory. You pay a fixed amount for those services per year. Your respective rights and duties are laid down in a written “citizen’s contract” between you and the provider. For everything else, you do what you want. Thus, you are a contracting party on an equal footing with a secured legal position, instead of subject to the government’s or majority’s ever changing will. And you only become a part of it if you like the offer.

Titus Gebel

15:10-15:30

Social Impact, sustainable development and financial inclusion

Severiyos Aydin

Barbara Lang

15:30-16:00

From waste to resource

Chris Vassallo

Tabata Mussone

Neal Camilleri

Francesco Vauban

Mariano Jose Diaz Villafuerte

16:00-16:15

Doing well by doing good

The intersection between Blockchain and A.I. is set to spur growth for industries that focus on technology and sustainability. Let's dig in.

Kenneth Reece

16:15-16:30

A “Sharers Initiative” for Open Governance?

Eduardo Javier Muñoz

Jan Brody

16:30-16:45

Austrian Economics and it’s convergence with DLT

Francesco Carbone

16:45-17:00

Can tech tip the scale towards change?

As energy costs skyrocket and natural resources dwindle, the question of how, where, and when we use energy has become increasingly pertinent. Through data integration with tech such as A.I. and IoT, smart analysis has helped create an accurate digital picture of the sector, bringing down labour costs, allowing us to use energy more efficiently, and motivating users to become actively involved as consumers.

Sandor Habsburg-Lothringen, Archduke of Austria

17:00-17:30

Blockchain and Tech for Food Security

Steve Cachia

17:30-18:00

Can blockchain and A.I. alleviate the migration crisis?

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