International Keynotes - Industry Experts - Local Trailblazers

Attend Blockworks on October 12th to learn how Blockchain Technology is Transforming Business, Government and Society

Schedule is subject to change.


7.30 am

Doors open - Registration and Coffee

Theatre doors open at 8.30am for a 8.45am start.




Savannah Peterson

Blockworks Welcome

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Industry Expert

Mark Pascall - New Zealand Blockchain Association



Opening Keynote

Aaron Macdonald -

Co-Founder and CEO of Centrality and winner of the Technology and Emerging Industries’ category for the 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award.



Industry Expert

Dene Green - NZPOST

General Manager International Strategy and Partnerships at New Zealand Post, leading a Blockchain program called (iTrust).



Local Trailblazer

Semanie Cato - Trackback

Semanie Cato is the Heads of Sales at TrackBack, using her extensive supply chain and logistics experience to build partnerships focussed on creating blockchained supply chain ecosystems for NZ Inc.

TrackBack is using blockchain to create that Sunday market feeling of creating a trusted connection between buyer and seller, and exporting this to the world – at massive scale.

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Morning Break

10.30 - 11.15am


Industry Expert

Alex Sims - University of Auckland

There is still a perception by some that blockchain is limited to cryptocurrencies.

Blockchain, however, is a foundation technology that can be applied to every industry including the provision of government services.

Uses of blockchain include: asset registries; insurance, the financial sector, identity, healthcare and so on.

In particular with supply chains blockchain is touted as not only saving billions of dollars, but also radically improving food safety.

Crucially, blockchain can not only be used as a tamper proof record of events that occurred, it can be used to prevent people and organisations from breaking rules and laws in the first place.


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International Keynote

Michael Williams - Microsoft

The impact of Blockchain on Enterprise 

“The global blockchain market is set to grow to just over $8.68 billion by the end of 2024, from $212.12 million in 2016. Microsoft believes 2018 will be the year blockchain finally goes mainstream.

We are quickly building a catalogue of enterprise customers moving blockchain into production including Wall Street giants Bank of America (BAC), JPMorgan Chase (JPM) even Australia's Webjet with a first-of-a-kind travel industry blockchain solution.

Just about every enterprise sector will be using it in one way or another in years to come. Let's look at how blockchain will affect your business and how Microsoft can help benefit from Azure's catalogue of Blockchain solutions."



Industry Expert

ADAM Lyness - Cryptopia

The future of Blockchain in financial services - Why real-world Blockchain usage is so low and what needs to happen to change this.

The low cost of capital and speculative hype cycle around ICOs and Crypto-currencies has distorted the normal growth cycle for a new technology like Blockchain while at the same time creating a huge pool of investment in de-centralised token economies. Growth in Blockchain based Financial Services is constrained as accountability, compliance and trace-ability are often vital in this sector and these are fundamentally incompatible with fully de-centralised models. When value is created in Financial services, it it likely to leverage centralised, consortium based Blockchain infrastructure.

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Adam Lyness helps Cryptopia with Business Development and has varied interests in the Blockchain space. He likes to share his personal musings (which don't necessarily represent policy for Cryptopia or other organisations). Adam has been a tech entrepreneur for most of his working life and part of the founding teams for several successful products. His current focus is creating growth opportunities and partnerships at the business level, although he still enjoys geeking out with new tech when he gets the chance. He sees huge potential in Blockchain technology while recognising there's a need for cool business heads and the right kind of investment for its value to be realised.



Lunch, Networking, Music

12.45 - 1.45pm

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International Keynote

Natasha Blycha, Blockchain and Smart Legal Contract Lead  – Herbert Smith Freehills.

Paul Hutchison, Vice President, Cognitive Process Transformation at IBM A/NZ

Law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), IBM and Australian innovation agency Data 61 recently announced the formation of a consortium to build the Australian National Blockchain. It will be Australia’s first cross-industry, large-scale, digital platform to enable businesses to collaborate using the IBM Blockchain Platform and blockchain-based smart legal contracts. HSF's Natasha Blycha and IBM's Paul Hutchison will share how ANB will enable companies to use digitised contracts, exchange data and confirm the authenticity and status of legal contracts, and why it will represent a significant new piece of infrastructure in Australia’s digital economy.



International Keynote

Boyd Cohen -  Executive Director of the Blockchain Cities Alliance.  

Blockchain Cities & Smart Mobility

Reflecting on his 12 years in the smart cities space, Dr. Cohen will first provide an overview of the emerging use cases for decentralised technologies in smart cities. He will then do a deeper dive into smart mobility via iomob which seeks to support the “internet of mobility” by enabling open and decentralised urban mobility marketplaces.


The Smart Cities Panel


Afternoon break

3.15 - 4.00pm


Local Trailblazer

Samantha Ray Jones - Origins

SupplyChain & Social Enterprise

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Industry Expert

Joshua Vial - Co-Founder of Enspiral Dev Academy

Joshua is an entrepreneur, programmer and educator with a passion for business, technology and social change.

He has been running technology businesses since 2004 and launched Enspiral in 2010. In 2013 he co-founded Enspiral Dev Academy and has been focused on teaching and accelerated education.

Joshua splits his time between supporting companies to implement self-organising systems and designing open source curriculum while exploring ideas around distributed manufacturing.
In 2018 he produced a report for Callaghan Innovation and MBIE on the opportunities blockchains an distributed ledgers provide for New Zealand which is currently under embargo and expected for release shortly.


The Digital Identity Panel


Industry Expert

Michael Proper - Chairman - ClearFoundation

Michael Proper, Chairman of ClearFoundation, a New Zealand Company with a global footprint focused on open standards and open source which helps enable Blockchain technologies is confirmed as the final International Expert to join the speaker line up on October 12th.

During the past 23 years, Michael has started and grown numerous successful companies in the IT sector. Prior to founding ClearFoundation (a New Zealand company), he started ClearCenter and DirectPointe (acquired by Hewlett Packard).


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Networking - After Party