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18 Oct 2017

B Conference is pleased to present Katya Dorozhkina and Henri Bergstrom speakers at the event

We are proud to announce two great new speakers in the run up to our Abu Dhabi Сonference in December, 2017, they are, Co-founder/Head of Accelerator ‘Starta Accelerator’ Katya Dorozhkina and Advisor in Business Development at Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange Henri Bergstrom.

Katya Dorozhkina is an entrepreneur, economist, and investor in startups. She is a published author of books and articles on business, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Starting her marketing career at Neilsen she later improved her product and business development skills in different industries, such as pharmaceutical, IT and FinTech, working for some notable Wall Street companies.

Katya will discuss how ICO’s are affecting the Blockchain industry as well as sharing thoughts on why and how the Startup Funding Pipeline got disrupted.

Henri Bergstrom started his capital market career by drafting the design of Finnish Clearing and CSD systems while working in the Finnish consulting company TT-Innovation. Prior to this Henri worked in IT development as an IT management consultant. Henri has contributed by writing articles in industry papers such as ISS Magazine, MondoVisione and Banking Technology as well as writing his own CSD related blog as part of Nasdaq’s public communication.

At the Conference Henri will speak about various technologies affecting ADX and global capital markets. He will describe why ADX approaches to new technologies and DLT. He will explain how ADX potential DLT enabled business opportunities.

Join us at the Blockchain Conference in Abu Dhabi on December 7, 2017 and help build our future today!

10 Oct 2017

Please welcome ‘Komodo Platform’ – the B Conference Gold Sponsor

This year’s Blockchain Conference in Abu Dhabi is set to be one of the largest industry conferences in the Middle East. On December 7, 2017, our event stage will feature amazing speakers from around the world, who will share their experiences and present to a lucky audience all about the growing industry that is Blockchain. This fantastic event is a must visit, a special day packed with the unique perspectives of thought leaders and visionaries sharing insights and wisdom in a beautiful setting.

We are pleased to present the ‘Komodo Platform’ as our Gold Sponsor. The ‘Komodo’ team is focused on providing anonymity through zero knowledge proofs and the security through a novel Delayed Proof of Work (dPoW) protocol. The project’s primary goal is to decentralize token issuance, exchange & distribution. They also provide a framework for dapps (decentralized apps) and corporate Blockchain-based solutions. They have accomplished this by introducing one of the most complete and trustless ecosystems in cryptocurrency.

‘Komodo Platform’ is the first cryptocurrency project to provide full atomic swaps with automatic order matching. It is the first project to create a private ICO participation and distribution mechanism by leveraging Jumblr and BarterDEX technology (dICO). Recently, the project has realized the first Atomic Swaps on SPV (electrum) clients. It allows users to swap atomically without having to download the entire Blockchain.

‘Komodo Platfrom’ is one of the first cryptocurrencies to partner with the Fintech e-banking platform (Monaize). The same fintech company will launch the first-ever dICO using Komodo Platform’s technology.

‘Komodo Platform’ will be represented at the Blockchain Conference by their Chief Security Officer Karim D. J. Stadelmann. At the age of 21, Karim launched his first startup, which was successfully sold three years later. Following that, he joined several cryptographic and open source projects concentrated on IT related security and intrusion detection systems. In 2016, Karim started to cooperate with the Komodo core developers. Since that time, he has proofed his ITSEC skills and has been announced as their Chief Security Officer.

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03 Oct 2017

B Conference is pleased to present ‘DreamTeam’ as the General Sponsor of the event

On December 7, 2017, Abu Dhabi will host a one-day Blockchain Conference that brings together the top speakers from around the globe, who will lead the event attendees to rediscover the World of Blockchain.

Last year this event went down in the history of the modern Middle Eastern world as a new quality platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, and success stories in the sphere of Blockchain technology.

This time during the Blockchain Conference companies will showcase their unique projects and the ways to improve the business world with the help of their effective solutions.

The Blockchain Conference organizers are highly selective in their choice of speakers, partners, and sponsors, thus ensuring the quality and uniqueness of both the conference content and the event in general. In this regard, the organizers are pleased to present ‘DreamTeam’ as the General Sponsor of the Conference.

DreamTeam – the world’s first Esports recruitment and management platform for amateur, novice, and professional players. The new platform provides an all-in-one solution for gamers who want to build, manage and monetize their teams. It was created by Alexander ‘ZeroGravity’ Kokhanovskyy, the Founder of Na’Vi, one of the World’s biggest Esports organizations, and Co-Owner of ESForce.

‘DreamTeam’ is based on Blockchain thus fostering trust and transparency, particularly through the application of smart contracts. By using blockchain and smart contracts technology, DreamTeam’s vision is to build a multi-billion-dollar ecosystem on one single platform that includes media right sales, sponsorships, players’ salaries, and prize money payouts, all of which is paid out in ‘DreamTeam’ Token. The tokens ensure the highest possible security, on-time payments, automated obligations control and utilize a state-of-the-art anti-fraud system.

At the Blockchain Conference, the DreamTeam will be represented by Alexander ‘ZeroGravity’ Kokhanovskyy who will speak on “Blockchain and Smart contracts as part of the Esports and Gaming ecosystems.” Throughout the day he will also be available for a chat in a dedicated Expo area reserved for the General Sponsor.

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27 Sep 2017

Risk Management speakers at Blockchain Conference in Abu Dhabi to reveal ways of addressing risks in the cryptocurrency market

In the world of Blockchain, most experts talk about the ICO and crowdfunding but usually skirt contentious issues on high risks that are specific to an ICO process.

The organizers of the B Conference , which will take place in Abu Dhabi on December 7, 2017, have selected professionals from different parts of the world. During their speeches, they will share unique information to be applied for the safety ICO, as well as reveal their experience of anti-crisis solutions that have already saved more than one project.

Our speaker Alexander Larsen, President of Baldwin Global Risk Services Ltd., will tell in detail about the risks that may occur during the ICO and ways of their management.

Our speaker holds a degree in Risk Management from Glasgow Caledonian University and is a Certified Fellow of the institute of Risk Management. He has 15 years of experience within risk management across a wide range of sectors, including oil & gas, construction, utilities, finance and the public sector, and has considerable expertise in training and working with organizations to develop, enhance and embed their Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Business Continuity Management (BCM), and Project Risk Management (PRM) processes in countries such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Qatar.

Alexander spent the first half of his career in the UK working in senior risk consultancy roles in the UK with Marsh and Zurich before leaving to join Det Norske Veritas (DNV) in Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates with responsibility of developing their risk management services for the energy sector in Middle East & Asia. Since leaving DNV he has worked in the Middle East in a variety of roles. Prior to working with Lukoil, as Risk Manager for major projects and operations in Iraq, Alexander was at Saudi Aramco developing their ERM framework and also spent a few years developing and implementing Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Business Continuity Management (BCM) within Qatar Foundation.

The next keynote speaker of the Blockchain Conference in Abu Dhabi to be held on December 7, 2017 will be Yoram Golandsky, Сhief Executive Officer CISO/CIRO, security Professional Services leader. Having over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity and risk management, our speaker will talk about how to apply his experience in the blockchain technology and how it all works in practice.

A seasoned executive and veteran entrepreneur with proven experience in technology, management, and sales. A Technology senior executive with nearly 25 years of proven experience in the security field, twenty of them in the Cyber Security and Risk Management domains. In recent years Yoram is also involved with Blockchain and Smart Contract technologies, Yoram is a member and an individual contributor to the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, and on the advisory board of Wowllet an Ethereum application development startup. Named to the National Law Journal’s inaugural list of Trailblazers in Cybersecurity and Data Protection for 2015. Mentor at the Barclays Accelerator Powered by Techstars in Tel Aviv – March 2016. Member of the Ethereum Enterprise Alliance.

Yoram will deliver the following report: The difference between DLT and Blockchain.

In his report, the speaker will touch on important topics: which model would answer your needs: Centralized VS Partial VS Decentralized, the Pros and Cons of the different Consensus model, what are Smart Contracts, how to build a Smart Contract application.

We remind you that on December 7 you will enjoy exclusive reports and discussions to be presented at the Blockchain Conference in Abu Dhabi. Moreover, having purchased a ticket, you will have the opportunity not only to listen to the speakers but also to visit the expo and chat with its teams personally.

Do not miss your chance to join the Blockchain Conference in Abu Dhabi and build our future today!

22 Sep 2017

How can one raise $ 250 million in 30 minutes? Our speakers will tell you everything they know!

Only one day. Only exclusive reports and discussions. Exhibition & demonstration of products. All this is about the Blockchain Conference to be held in Abu Dhabi on December 7, 2017.

The last year’s event is best remembered in the modern Middle East world for having contributed to the emergence of a qualitative platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience and successes in the field of blockchain.

The blockchain technology develops rapidly, similar to the speed of light. It has already been applied in the financial and banking spheres. Moreover, it has already begun to strike its roots in the spheres of everyday life, including medicine and insurance, sectors of industry & production, circulation of documents and investment activities.

It was investing or ICO that became the most hotly debated issue at the event in 2016. How can one raise $ 250 million in 30 minutes? What is the main component of a successful ICO? Is it an idea, a team, an implementation process or just a luck?

Issues to be discussed at the Blockchain Conference do not end there. Please meet our new speakers:

Justas Pikelis, Co-Founder & Business Lead at Monetha (Switzerland), will deliver a speech devoted to marketing details of successful ICO.

Justas Pikelis is an entrepreneur who has founded successful companies in IT and robotics. With a previous experience in building and consulting startups, Justas Pikelis has co-founded “Monetha”.

“Monetha” is a decentralized trust and reputation system that works together with a mobile payments processor on the Ethereum blockchain. In simpler words, “Monetha” is a new generation “PayPal” with a trust layer on top of it. On August 31st, 2017, “Monetha” raised 37 million US dollars in 18 minutes during their successful ICO and is one of the most promising payment technologies on the Ethereum network.

Further, the Director at Diacle (Hong Kong) Adam Vaziri will take part in the panel discussion devoted to ICO legalization as the important and most pressing direction of the Blockchain technology.

Adam Vaziri is a blockchain lawyer who set up Diacle assist blockchain & fintech projects with compliance. Diacle is based in London and Hong Kong. He is a tireless blockchain entrepreneur who is labelled a ‘bitcoin pioneer’ by Bitcoin Magazine. It is now his third term as director of UKDCA, which has lobbied and achieved the most favorable regulatory environment for cryptocurrency in the world. Adam runs, a global tracker for blockchain law since 2014, featured by CNN and Washington Post, and ran first suite of blockchain hackathons across the world: UK, India, HK and Malaysia under HackCoin. Our speaker is a member of Chain-Finance that provides dedicated news/events for the blockchain financial services industry.

May we remind you that on December 7, 2017, in Abu Dhabi you will have only one day to attend the Blockchain Conference to participate in discussion panels and visit our expo area.

Don’t miss a chance to buy your ticket!

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10 May 2017

IBM World Blockchain Experience to be shared at Blockchain Conference Astana

The IBM representative will speak at the global blockchain summit Blockchain Conference Astana in Kazakhstan on June 14, 2017. The conference program will also feature performances by representatives of Microsoft, Deloitte, KPMG, Humaniq, Juscutum Attorneys Association, Sofitto and many other companies. The conference will involve over 20 speakers and 150 guests from around the world.

The speech of the IBM Kazakhstan’s leading developer Mikhail Korotko will be devoted to the company’s approach to the blockchain as well as participation in the world-famous HyperLedger project and its business application. Let us recall that the alternative blockchain system HyperLedger is a product that allows companies to build solutions based on the distributed ledger technology of its own design.

Mikhail Korotko is a highly qualified and certified IT architect with over 14 years of experience in the IT sphere. He has over 35 international certificates in the field of IT (Open CA – a master certified IT architect, certified architect of IBM, CCEE, CCAA, CCA, MCSE, MCITP, MCSA, VCP) and two international awards (VMware vExpert). Mikhail has an extensive expertise in planning, managing, designing and implementing of medium and large IT projects (Cloud Computing, IT Infrastructure, Big Data, industry solutions, etc.) including pre-sale / sales, architecture development and implementation, system integration and services. Mikhail has a great experience of work in the team as a technical manager with distributed international and multicultural teams.

BConference Astana promises to become one of the most significant events in Kazakhstan. The conference will be devoted to the blockchain technology capabilities for the financial environment, solutions for banks, payment systems, money transfers, exchange operations, etc.; composition of public services with the help of blockchain; energy trading and renewable energy; data tracking and analysis using the blockchain.

On the second day of the conference, June 15, 2017, BConference attendees will have a tour to the unique complex of Expo 2017 Future Energy demonstrating the exhibits from over 200 countries around the world.

Participation in the conference is open to everyone interested. To attend the conference, please register on the site.

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10 May 2017

KPMG Representative to Speak About the Future of Blockchain in the Notary at Blockchain Conference Astana

Blockchain Conference Astana to be held on June 14 – 15, 2017 in the capital of Kazakhstan promises to be one of the greatest blockchain events in the country. The program of the conference already includes performances by representatives of Microsoft, IBM, Deloitte, Humaniq, Juscutum Attorneys Association, Sofitto and many other companies. The conference will involve over 20 speakers and 150 guests from around the world.

The senior consultant of the management consulting department at the IT consulting group in KPMG Kazakhstan and Central Asia Zarina Kuzhmaganbetova will share practical application of the blockchain technology in the notary. In particular, the KPMG representative will explain why the distributed network technology is ideal for checking signatures and documents in legal transactions.

Zarina has over 10 years of experience in the IT sphere. In 2013, Zarina received a degree of Master of Science from the Imperial College London. Today, she is a student of PhD Computer Science at the L.N.Gumilyov Eurasian National University. Zarina’s expertise includes projects on architecture development, technical writing (ERP choice), IT infrastructure audit, and system inspection for compliance with information security requirements. The industry experience includes public sector, telecommunications, banking, transport, and logistics.

BConference Astana creates the largest platform for discussing the role of blockchain in the modernization of priority sectors of Kazakhstan’s economy. Proceeding from this mission, the conference organizers make the event program to be as useful as possible for state bodies, the banking & financial sector as well as the energy sector.

Participation in the conference is open to everyone interested. To attend the conference, please register on the site.

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11 Mar 2017

The Future of the Energy Sector to Be Discussed in Kazakhstan

In 2017, Astana will host the World’s Fair Expo 2017 being recognized as one of the most important international forums. This time, the Expo is not accidentally devoted to the theme of Future Energy. The problem of energy consumption has been relevant for the entire planet as never before. According to its organizers, the Expo aims to draw attention of states and governments to the issue of responsibility to future generations, planning and monitoring of the energy consumption on the planet and reducing the damage to the environment.

Supporting the key topic of the Expo 2017 and being for the introduction of revolutionary solutions for the energy sector development as well as cleanliness and safety of the planet, Blockchain Conference (BConference) will take place this June in Astana. The conference will bring together representatives of the blockchain industry from around the world to talk about their successful experience of using the technology that has already proved itself to be the main innovation in the financial and energy environment.

The BConference Astana program covers the following topics:

  • Blockchain technology capabilities for the financial environment: solutions for banks, payment systems, money transfers, exchange operations, etc.
  • Energy trading and renewable energy
  • Smart grids
  • Data tracking and analysis using the blockchain

In addition, during the second day of the conference, its organizers will hold a tour to the unique complex of Expo 2017 Future Energy demonstrating the exhibits from over 200 countries around the world.

Participation in the conference may be of interest to representatives of banking and financial sectors, managers and owners of companies in the field of money transfers and exchange operations, energy companies, oil & gas sector representatives, save-energy companies, blockchain start-ups as well as representatives of public authorities at all levels.

In the near future, we will announce the conference program with more detailed information. To register, please visit the conference website.


AroundB is an organizer of the world-wide series of conferences under the brand name Blockchain Conference. AroundB is among the world’s first companies focusing on events and marketing services exclusively for projects in the sphere of cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies. The Agency’s core areas of activity involve organization and holding of specialized events, development of communication strategies and implementation of PR campaigns of any complexity for projects dealing with blockchain technologies and operating on the Ethereum platform. The portfolio of the AroundB team includes over 10 conferences organized in five countries and 8 cities

12 Dec 2016

Blockchain Conference Abu Dhabi 2016 Results


The Future magazine has been a media partner of Blockchain Conference Abu Dhabi. The conference has become a consolidation of visionary and strategic views on prospects for the segment development, expert presentations in the context of the infrastructural management of the blockchain ecosystem (regulation, legislation) and practical experience using real international cases.

Strategic View

If you google ‘blockchain’, you will get about 21 million hits in total, while IoT (Internet of Things) gives you about 90 million hits, VR (Virtual Reality) – 115 million hits, and a search query for ‘Donald Trump’ – over 400 million hits. A blockchain evangelist and IBM | Middle East representative Saqr Ereiqat has begun his presentation with this short demonstration of the blockchain penetration into the real world. During the introduction of the emerging industry, he has however noted that the modest statistics is not surprising, because the increased public interest in the topic of blockchain appeared only at the end of last year and at the beginning of this one. So, the awareness of this technology has not been significant yet even in the professional financial world.

According to various sources, however, today 80% of banks are exploring possibilities of the blockchain technology, and 78% of them believe that blockchain will acquire widespread use in five or six years. The greatest transformations in the next five or six years will occur in such segments as the consumer banking, payments & fund investments, wealth management, according to the PwC Global FinTech Survey 2016. As Gianfrancesco Martinico from PwC | Middle East has noted, 219 fintech companies related to blockchain have been registered as of today; 30 industries have become aware of valuable benefits from financial services based on blockchain; an amount of investments in the blockchain-fintech sector has been about $ 900 million.

Thus, even today we can observe an increased interest of leading financial players in the blockchain technology. For example, the French AXA Group has invested $ 55 million in the Canadian startup Blockstream located in Montreal. A Goldman Sachs has received the license for its own cryptocurrency SETLcoin. In parallel with the private investment projects, there is a trend of creating consortiums and associations like R3, Hyperledger and others.

“Companies are going to achieve more being together,” the speaker from PwC has noted.

Nuances of Government Regulation

At a time when a lot of hype surrounding the blockchain technology enters into a real business, a theme of the emerging industry regulation is becoming more actualized as well as the theme of fintech in general. One of the most interesting panels at Blockchain Conference Abu Dhabi has been devoted to this issue, which is cared deeply about by the most developed fintech markets of the world and their financial regulators. Two presentations have been given within this panel – PwC | Middle East and Zayed University Abu Dhabi (please follow the link to watch a video about the university).

The first presentation delivered by Madhukar Shenoy from PwC | Middle East has demonstrated real cases from the experience of the UK, Singapore, Australia and Switzerland being systematized in a framework format. The key idea of the performance is as follows: a successful supervision involves an availability of a responsible regulatory institution with a clear strategy aimed at establishing transparent rules for business and security for the consumer; a creation of the regulatory practices on the basis of a mutual dialogue between the regulator and business (‘sandbox’ formats,  etc., which provide an opportunity to test business processes and find appropriate regulatory solutions); as well as technologically neutral position of the regulator, which is essential for building an effective regulatory practice.

The second presentation delivered by Christian Chamorro-Courtland from Zayed University Abu Dhabi has focused on what should be a subject of regulation and how to enhance the effectiveness of regulation. His presentation has featured the regulatory practices of the Crown Dependencies of the Isle of Man, the European Union and the American city of Ontario (CA). He has announced an idea of creating a regulatory field in the format of ‘bottom-up’ based on the business practice. This effectively means the establishment of rules of the game by the business itself (including being represented in the different jurisdictions and able to bring advanced ideas) and the development of self-regulatory approaches. The creation of a transnational regulatory field (joining efforts of regulators from different countries) becomes very important. The speaker has predicted a growing demand for the regulation in the field of the Internet, DLT organizations working with the blockchain technology and the market of crypto assets in the near future. In general, the presented international experience can be called universal milestones for the creation of a successful regulatory practice in any emerging fintech market.

Blockchain in Practice

The section of practical cases has several reports that are worth mentioning. Thus, Marina Reznik from Ubitquity LLC (Canada) has spoken about the practical application of the blockchain technology in the real estate sector.

The benefits include an equal and transparent access by all the parties to the whole variety of information (this is an impressive list of transactions and procedures related to the real estate), which greatly facilitates interaction and speed of execution of all business procedures.

Dominik Schiener from IOTA (Germany) has spoken about the prospects of integration of the Internet of things (IOT) and the blockchain technology.

For a start, there is a global data: in 2020, there will be 50 billion of interconnected devices worldwide. This concerns the issue of how to create scalable data clusters on the principles of smart decentralization (on the basis of blockchain technologies and smart contracts) by combining online and offline ecosystems, which will lead to the formation of the Economy of Things and make a variety of resources more accessible and improve the quality of life.

This panel has also featured a case of the digital bank based on blockchain (Hashcoins) and a case related to the increased transparency of green investments in the solar energy (SunExchange, South Africa & SolcryptoJV, Japan).

For example, SunExchange project represents a p2p micro finance platform based on blockchain. This crowdfunding platform allows investing the minimum capital subject to high transparency of assets, enabling companies and natural persons to invest sums of $ 10 in the distributed solar energy projects around the world, according to Cambridge Abe from SunExchange. The project has been launched in South Africa, where there is a lot of solar potential and growing demand for the electric power.


Summarizing the results of the conference, we would like to share several conclusions. The first one is that the scope of blockchain technology application can be found everywhere; we just need to proceed from the specificity of a given geographical area and needs of the economy and consumers. The second conclusion follows from an exclusive interview with the blockchain evangelist from IBM | Middle East for the Future magazine (to be published in full in the December issue), which has grown from Q&A format into an interesting discussion. Thus, in five or six years our world will be a global public blockchain ecosystem consisting of a number of private blockchain ecosystems (with sectoral or functional specificity). This global ecosystem will be completely digital; however, it will be largely connected with the offline world through the Internet of Things. And if you as a business unit or an individual are not there, it will mean that you are absent on a new ‘world map’, which will be entirely digital by that time. And the key aspect in the creation of a global ‘world map’ and a global blockchain space is an issue of cross-border and cross-sectoral cooperation.

The Future magazine would like to thank the organizers of Blockchain Conference Abu Dhabi for the opportunity to give coverage to the exclusive content.

30 Nov 2016

Final coundtown – 7 days to Blockchain Conference Abu Dhabi

B Conference is coming closer and we would like to give you a small update on what, where and when you should do not to miss something interesting.

1. Tickets. You still have a chance to join our amazing event in Abu Dhabi, which will open a new opportunity with Blockchain for you.
Please register and buy a ticket here >>>>>>
Kindly note that the registration deadline is December 7, 2016.
If you wish to join our conference, please make sure to buy your ticket before this date.

2. Agenda. The conference starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. We recommend you to arrive a bit earlier to receive your badge and have a cup of morning coffee with your future partners.

3. Location. The conference venue is Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi PO Box 37421
Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street
Abu Dhabi
Please refer to the following directions >>>>>>

Don’t miss the chance to attend Blockchain Conference Abu Dhabi! We will be very pleased to meet you there.