UNLOCK Conference

By September 16, 2017updates

In light of both the magnitude of the Blockchain and its effect on the global landscape economic and otherwise, as well as the leading role that Dubai is taking on when it comes to implementing and building the Blockchain ecosystem, Al Iktissad Wal Aamal in partnership with Smart Dubai will be launching the UNLOCK Forum between January 14th-15th 2018 at Ritz Carlton Hotel DIFC. The forum will discuss how governments and private institutions in the MENA region can use blockchain applications to create a more efficient, competitive, smart government, smart economy and reinvent businesses. The implications of blockchain on the future of jobs, governments, as well as the governance model needed to regulate it. The event will also discuss how we can create an innovative entrepreneurial setup for encouraging startups in the blockchain domain. Finally the Forum will review the achievements of Dubai Government in implementing and piloting Blockchain solutions as well as their future plans.

The event will feature international well renowned experts and speakers on Blockchain covering different sectors, topics and strategies. It will also include home grown Blockchain companies in Dubai and elsewhere.


Press Release

UNLOCK Blockchain Forum unveils first line up of elite Panel of Speakers

UAE, October 3, 2017– The elite line up of the prestigious UNLOCK Blockchain Forum’s international and UAE blockchain speakers was officially unveiled today. The forum being organized by Al-Iktissad-Wal-Aamal Group is set to take place from January 14 to 15, 2018 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Dubai International Financial Centre, in Dubai.

The UNLOCK Blockchain Forum will be the first MENA Asia Blockchain Forum to be held in the emirate, bringing together around 400 attendees from across MENA and parts of Asia. The forum aims to gather blockchain experts and implementers to discuss where blockchain can be implemented, how it will disrupt businesses; bring forth the sharing economy; while showcasing Dubai’s achievements in spearheading blockchain implementation in the region.

The UNLOCK Blockchain Forum will gather well-renowned blockchain professionals, entrepreneurs, and experts from across the globe. Its first batch of distinguished speakers include Oliver Bussmann, Founder of Bussmann Advisory, President of Swiss Crypto Valley, and Strategic Advisor to IOTA, the blockchain company for the Internet of Things; H.E. Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General of Smart Dubai; Engineer Wesam Lootah, CEO of Dubai Smart Government; Jehan Chu, Managing Director of Kenectic Capital (formerly Jen Advisors) as well as Founder of Ethereum Hong Kong, Hyperledger Hong Kong, and Co-Founder of Bitcoin Association Hong Kong; Dr. Paulo Tasca, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Blockchain Technologies, UCL University College London; and Ismail Malik, Founder and CEO of Blockchain Labs and Editor in Chief of ICO Crowds, the first ICO Crowd Magazine in the world. More high-level speakers will be announced in the upcoming weeks.


Lara Abdul Malak, UNLOCK Project Lead, and senior editor at Al-Iktissad-Wal-Aamal Group, said: “We are pleased with the caliber of sponsors which currently include Smart Dubai, Dark Matter and our esteemed speaker panel. We also thank our public relations partner, Orient Planet, and our international and regional media partners for assisting in increasing our outreach. We aim to make UNLOCK Blockchain Forum a memorable and informative experience that lives on and grows in tandem with blockchain implementations and technology. We call on all to participate at UNLOCK Blockchain Forum, because blockchain will touch every one as it disrupts economies, governments, businesses, and individuals, just as the internet did almost two decades ago.”

For more information on the UNLOCK Blockchain Forum please visit www.unlock-bc.com

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