Leuven MindGate Events Visionary seminar 'Blockchain: distributed trust'

Blockchain: distributed trust

Organised in cooperation with imec.

Some background information

At a class re-union I asked my friend who became a banker what he was doing in life. “We are conducting legal customer fraud,” was his answer, funny among friends. But yet it was symptomatic for the time around the - not so funny - late-2000s world financial crisis. Incredible amounts of money were gambled away, and maybe more importantly, trust.

The financial crisis has led to the development of a virtual money technology that has shown to be fraud proof, and can therefore bring the trust back. The core concept is based on blockchains, which can be generalized to record any kind of transactions, and information exchange that is fraud proof, easily verifiable by anyone, thus eliminating need for the roles of intermediaries and central authorities, and saving on delay and costs of these transactions.

It is clear that this technology has high impact potential beyond the financial industry. This technology may turn out to be as important as the invention of the book or of the internet.

In this seminar we shed light on the future of this technology by learning from world class experts and visionaries about the technology, current and future applications, and also the legal and technological implications of blockchains.

The interventions will be held in English.

Practical aspects

Date: Wednesday 22 February 2017
Location: imec Auditorium, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Heverlee
Parking is possible near the venue.
[download a route description to the location]


16h00: Welcome coffee
16h30: Welcome by Paul Zuber, Chairman of the programme
Senior Researcher, imec
16h45: Blockchain: the missing layer of the internet, until now
Matthew Van Niekerk, CEO SettleMint
17h15: Blockchain: under the hood
Bart Preneel, Prof. KU Leuven
17h45: Legal aspects of blockchain implementation
Niels Vandezande, legal researcher KU Leuven CITIP – imec
18h15: Coffee break
18h45: Mobile Wallets: from Paper to Hardware Implementations
Alexander Vasylchenko, CEO Sofitto
19h15: Non-financial use cases for blockchain technology
Dimitri De Jonghe, lead developer BigchainDB
19h35: Blockchain & Self-Sovereign Identity: Promises & Challenges
  Roeland Gielen, CEO Kunstmaan
19h55: Q&A
20h20: Networking with drinks and snacks

Participation fee

135 euro (excl. VAT): members of Leuven.Inc / Leuven MindGate - 175 euro (excl. VAT): all others
Special fee available for Master and PhD students affiliated to and billable by KU Leuven or other universities.  Please contact us by e-mail.
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Registrations before Wednesday 15 February 2017, preferably via the online registration form (use the 'Register' button) or by email to admin@leuvenmindgate.be (including all contact and invoice details).

After registration you will receive a confirmation and route description. The registration fee is payable after receipt of invoice. Cancellation after subscription is not possible. However, replacement by a colleague is allowed.


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