IEEE Blockchain Summit


Blockchain is at a fever pitch starting to permeate many industries beyond Wall Street. This one-day Summit will provide a multi-discipline discussion around the progress of blockchain adoption into select industries, while addressing critical challenges and opportunities ahead for corporates to take into consideration as they make blockchain a top priority in 2017.

Innovative tech giants, cutting-edge start-ups, and researchers from the leading academic and advocacy institutions will share insight on the status of current usage studies, where new opportunities are surfacing, and critical questions and challenges that need to be addressed to move from proof of concept to real-world implementation.

THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING The first IEEE Blockchain SIG Industry Summit welcome approximately 50 attendees who are eager to learn of current usage studies and technical developments in enterprise blockchain adoption. Speaking faculty presented a well-balanced view on the current state of blockchain adoption and what to look for in the future.

If you are interested in participating in future IEEE Blockchain events please contact Maria Palombini.


Session Time Session Title
7:30AM – 8:25AM Welcome Check-in & Breakfast
8:25AM – 8:40AM

Welcome Remarks

Greg Adamson
Chair, IEEE Blockchain

8:40AM – 9:20AM

Building a Government on Blockchain: Lessons Learned from Estonia

Adoption of blockchain technology by governments and the military presents special challenges and opportunities, which also arise in the context of healthcare. The “e-government” of Estonia exemplifies and points the way to successful implementation.

Jeff Pearce. Director, Intellectual Property, Guardtime

9:20AM – 10:00AM

Securing the Drug Supply Chain: Using Blockchain to Fight Fake Medicines

The international criminal trade in fake medicines is a multibillion dollar industry threatening patients globally. Blockchain has potential to revolutionize the drug supply chain by enhancing track and trace technologies/e-pedigree, increasing transparency and enabling detection of fake drugs, and serving as framework for information sharing across stakeholders and data sources.

Tim Mackey
Director of the Global Health Policy Institute; Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology & Global Public Health, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

10:00AM – 10:30AM Networking Break – Knowledge Sharing Over Coffee & Tea
10:30AM – 11:10AM

“SmartData”: Leveraging Blockchain to Securely Capture & Verify Scientific Provenance Data

The impact of data provenance is gaining more significance day by day particularly in the scientific community. As the data used for scientific research increases exponentially, ensuring information quality and preventing data manipulation has emerged as an important factor in validating the research results. To this end, data provenance facilitates the integration of scientific data from diverse sources as well as providing transparency and verifiability of the sources. Furthermore, data provenance provides a yardstick for measuring the objectives and results of research experiments. Recent research highlights the increase in transparency and trustworthiness of research results due data provenance tracking.

Dr. Murat Kantarcioglu,
Professor, Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Texas at Dallas

11:10AM – 12:10PM

Panel Discussion
Opportunities for Development of Standards for Effective Blockchain Adoption
Walid Al-Saqaf, Blockchain SME, Internet Society (ISOC), Sri Chandrasekan, Director of Standards & Technology, IEEE-Standards Association

Dr. Greg Adamson, Chair, IEEE Blockchain; Member of Board of Governors, Internet Society of Australia

Maria Palombini, Director of Opportunities Development, Global Business Strategic Initiatives, IEEE-Standards Association

1:10PM – 1:50PM

Decentralized Identity: The One Global Problem for Which Blockchain Technology Really Is the Ideal Solution

As exciting as cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) and smart contracts (Ethereum) are, the biggest breakthrough with blockchain technology may be decentralized identity. This talk will introduce the DID (decentralized identifier) specification, DPKI (decentralized public key infrastructure), and Sovrin, the first global public utility for decentralized identity.

Drummond Reed
Chief Trust Officer, Evernym Inc

1:50PM - 2:30PM

Healthcare Data on the Blockchain– the Health/Life Currency that will Open New Doors of Opportunity

Leonard Kish, COO, YouBase

Group discussion over coffee & tea
3:00PM – 3:40PM

Innovation in the Financial Services Industry: An Empirical Investigation of the Fintech Ecosystem and Implications for Company Strategies

The objective of this presentation will be to review and discuss our ongoing study regarding the progress of fintech, including Blockchain, in the banking, insurance, and financial services industries. We will discuss how the ecosystem has been changing from one dominated by new ventures to where incumbents in strategic moves are placing their bets in fintech to maintain and grow their competitive positions. For example, approximately thirty different companies, including many major financial services companies like JPMorgan Chase recently announced the creation of a computing system based on Ethereum, a potential competitor to IBM’s Hyperledger activities. These strategic investments promise to reduce back-office investments and ongoing expenses while further enhancing customer value.

We will also discuss our research findings related to roboadvisors, Fix, mobile banking, and SMB lending among other topics. Our analysis will document changes and strategic technological and business moves by incumbents and, more recently, government agencies.

Steven R. Kursh, Ph.D., CSDP, CLP
Executive Professor, Northeastern University

3:40PM – 4:40PM

Panel Discussion
Outside of the Blocks: Ethics and Governance in Grassroots Blockchain Communities
The amazing and rapid strides being made in blockchain technology have captivating use cases across multiple industries and sectors. However, true scalability and sustainability of these innovations relies upon the inherently human elements of communities from small to large. This panel will be comprised of members who are deeply involved in Vancouver’s blockchain community development sphere, spanning from the city’s growing merchant adoption and bitcoin ATMs to the collaborative construction of decentralized self-governing collectives. Involving community stakeholders in developing standards and expectations will ensure the future of blockchain fulfills its ideal execution of trustless trust, and to give systems engineers the necessary context to design effective user interface structures.

  • Scott Nelson, Human Data Commons Foundation
  • Nicholas Perrin, Ceptr
  • Cameron Gray, dctrl hackerspace
  • Mari Eagar, Digital Futures
  • Gary Lachance, Decentralized Dance Party

Chelsea Palmer, Acting Executive Director, Human Data Commons Foundation

4:40PM - 5:20PM

Enabling Data Provenance in the Cognitive Computing Age

This is made possible by the massive strides in big data and analytics research led by the software industry. As the private and public sector continue to invest in these technologies, it becomes easier for newer players to enter the market, thus, applications are becoming smarter, and cognitive computing is making it into our everyday life, where we can get personalized movie recommendations, appointment reminders from email crawling, as well as personalized cancer treatments. The whole premise of cognitive solutions relies on a wide portfolio of analytics tools, which ingest vast amounts of data to build accurate models and provide useful insights.

Thus, in a world where data is king, the value and correctness of data will have great impact on the type of good or bad insights these cognitive services yield. We propose a holistic solution that enables end-to-end provenance of cognitive services. This means that we will be able to not only provide provenance of data with respect to where it comes from, what has touched it, but also the how it was touched and how it was transformed.

Luis Bathen, Almaden Research Center, IBM

5:30PM – 7:00PM Reception & Poster Presentations

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Six of the eight presentations are now available for on-demand viewing. The video recorded sessions included the accompanying power point presentation (ie. where applicable).

Pay-Per-View Fees

IEEE Member: $59
Non-Member: $99

This special offer price is only valid through 31 May 2017. After this date the price will increase.



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