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About the event

Blockworks // New Zealand’s Premier Blockchain Event

Blockchain is an emerging general technology with practical applications transforming Business, Government and Society. And the New Zealand Blockchain industry is growing fast. In order to escalate awareness and adoption, major conferences like Blockworks on October 12th play an important role in developing community and public awareness.

Blockworks will showcase the practical applications of blockchain technology transforming Business, Government and Society. From Supply Chain to Smart Cities, Digital Identity and Token Economics, this full-day major event brings international experts, Industry Experts and local trailblazers together with leaders from all industries to learn, meet and create new partnerships.

Savannah Peterson, Blockworks MC and workshop host says, “Blockchain technology is fundamentally about increasing speed while decreasing fraud. New Zealand, a tight-knit nation with an incredible sense of community and trust, already has the cultural foundation to be a hotbed for blockchain.

Small nations similar in size are already seeing success in the space. I look forward to learning more about the Kiwi projects in the space and empowering businesses here to achieve the global visibility they deserve on the Blockworks stage.”

The Blockworks programme includes a 2-day Hackfest on October 6th and 7th and 5 practical workshops on October 11th, concluding with the major conference on October 12th. 

 Keynote speakers include Michael Williams from Microsoft Australia, Natasha Blycha - Blockchain and Smart Legal Contract Lead from Herbert Smith Freehills, Blockchain, Smart Cities and Mobility expert Boyd Cohen from Barcelona, Dene Green from NZPOST, Alex Sims from the University of Auckland and Centrality CEO Aaron McDonald, winner of the Technology and Emerging Industries’ category for the 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award. All speakers are on the website.

Blockworks is supported by Microsoft, Centrality, IBM, Cryptopia, NZTE, ATEED, NZ Blockchain Association, AUT, Idealog, Storicom and more.

 Blockworks.co.nz, New Zealand’s Premier Blockchain event is on October 12th at the ASB Waterfront Theatre in Auckland

Blockworks will run a 2 day Hackfest on October 6th and 7th, a series of workshops on October 11th and the Blockworks conference on October 12th

Event details, speakers and tickets are all available from Blockworks.co.nz

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Hi there

You're invited to attend Blockworks, New Zealand’s Premier Blockchain Event on October 12th at the ASB Waterfront Theatre in Auckland.

Blockworks will showcase the practical applications of Blockchain Technology transforming Business Government and Society. From Supply-Chain to Smart-Cities, Digital Identity, Finance, Transport and Services.

Blockworks brings together leaders from Business, Government and community organisations to learn about Blockchain technology from International experts and Kiwi trailblazers.

The 2018 Blockworks program includes an Open Hackfest, Workshops and full day conference closing with the networking After Party. 

Your ticket provides you with all-day catering and in-theatre access for all talks and panel discussions. 

Blockworks talks will not be published online after the event. Your attendance is the only way to guarantee access to speaker presentations.  

Make sure you're following @BlockworksNZ on Twitter and Facebook to see and share the latest updates.

Blockworks is proudly presented by Microsoft, Centrality, IBM, Cryptopia, NZ Blockchain Association, AUT, ATEED, NZTE, Storicom and Idealog.

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Press Release

Six international blockchain experts to speak in Auckland

Blockworks has lined up six of the best from the world of blockchain for its conference on Friday 12th October speaking on topics ranging from how blockchain can power smart cities to supporting digital identity, and the finance, transport and services sectors.  

Billed as New Zealand’s premier blockchain event showcasing the practical application of blockchain to business, it has also confirmed IBM and Air New Zealand as major name sponsors.

Another confirmed sponsor is ClearFoundation, a Kiwi company with a growing global footprint focused on open standards and open source that enables Blockchain technologies.

The international speakers from the worlds of business, academia and technology are:

  • Prof. Boyd Cohen (Spain) of the Blockchain Cities Alliance

  • Michael Williams from Microsoft Australia

  • Paul Hutchison from IBM ANZ

  • Natasha Blycha from the Sydney office of law firm Herbert Smith Freehills

  • Michael Proper (US) of the ClearFoundation

  • Savannah Peterson (US) founder of Savvy Millennial  

Justin Flitter, founder of Blockworks, says the week long showcase event is an absolute must for anyone interested in learning about and being at the forefront of emerging blockchain technology and what it will mean for New Zealand:

“Blockworks is all about showing people the here and now of blockchain - this isn’t something that’s going to happen, it’s already here and the New Zealand based blockchain industry is growing rapidly,” he says.

“The reason for this is Blockchain’s wide ranging practical applications well-beyond where it started as the technology powering bitcoin.  It is set to transform business, Government and society so people mustn’t miss this opportunity to learn about what’s happening from some of the best minds in the world.”

One project that is leading the way and demonstrating the value of blockchain is the Australian National Blockchain or ANB.   

IBM New Zealand Blockchain Leader Shahid Saiyad says Blockworks is the best place to show New Zealanders how blockchain has the power to transform all business contracts: 

“IBM is a member of a consortium along with law firm Herbert Smith Freehills and CSIRO’s Data61, building Australia’s first cross-industry, large-scale, digital platform that will enable companies to use digitised contracts, exchange data and confirm the authenticity and status of legal contracts. 

“This will be a significant new piece of infrastructure in the digital economy, allowing organisations to digitally manage the lifecycle of a contract over the term of the agreement, with transparency and permissioned-based access among parties in the network.  

“It will give organisations of all sizes the ability to use blockchain-based smart contracts to trigger business processes and events.

“It is a great example of how blockchain technology will streamline and automate paper-based processes, that in turn will support more efficient and cost-effective business,” Shahid Saiyad says.

Blockchain’s attraction as a technology is its ability to deliver trust and security, because each block in a blockchain is a digital, tamper-proof record of information.  

It’s built using cryptography, a way of storing and transmitting data so it can only be read and processed by the recipient, making it very effective in managing identity, financial information, social and medical records, transport and supply chain, and much more.

Blockworks will include a hackfest on 6th and 7th October at AUT, workshops on 11th and a full-day conference on Friday 12th at the ASB Waterfront Theatre in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter - it will give people a practical insight on the potential for blockchain to benefit Kiwis, bring prosperity and support New Zealand.  

The three new sponsors join existing sponsors Microsoft, Centrality.ai, Cryptopia, AUT, NZTE, ATEED, NZ Blockchain Association, Storicom and Idealog. 

Tickets for Blockworks are available at blockworks.co.nz  

ENDS

For further information, please contact:

Jonathan Tudor

Storicom 

021 790 475

Blockchain to flex muscles at Blockworks conference

A week long blockchain conference is set to put the power of the technology front and centre this October featuring an international line of speakers presenting how the technology will transform New Zealand business, Government and society.

Blockworks will be New Zealand's premier blockchain event and include a hackfest on 6th and 7th October, workshops on 11th and a full-day conference on Friday 12th - it's aim is to give people a practical insight on the potential for blockchain to benefit Kiwis, bring prosperity and support New Zealand.  

Headline speakers include international Smart Cities expert Prof. Boyd Cohen, an urban strategist focused on smart cities and the Internet of Mobility - he will present on creating innovative and entrepreneurial urban environments, of great relevance to New Zealand’s rapidly evolving cities. 

Assoc. Prof. Alex Sims from the University of Auckland Business School, will focus on the practical applications of blockchain to transform business and society. 

Aaron McDonald, CEO of Centrality.ai and winner of the Technology and Emerging Industries Category at the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, 2018, will provide insight on New Zealand’s economic potential as we take back ownership and control of information. 

Founder of Blockworks, Justin Flitter, says New Zealand has a huge opportunity to build new prosperity based on local control of data and information: 

“Often associated with bitcoin, Blockchain technology is going mainstream and we need to take note as it stakes a claim to impact every aspect of life, for the better. 

“It will streamline the way organisations run by unclogging systems and it will change the way we do business and live by giving people control and ownership of their data, instead of giving it away to a third party corporate.  It will create opportunities and new ways for Kiwis to prosper.

“Blockchain is so much more than just bitcoin - that’s where it started but we want to change the conversation and get people to understand its potential.  In a way, Blockworks will be this technology’s coming out party when it reveals its true identity,” he says.

Blockworks conference partners include: Centrality.ai, Microsoft, IBM, Cryptopia, the Blockchain Association of New Zealand, NZTE and ATEED.  The full-day conference will be at the 680-seat ASB Waterfront Theatre in Wynyard Quarter, Auckland.  

Blockchain’s attraction as a technology is its ability to deliver trust and security, because each block in a blockchain is a digital, tamper-proof record of information.  It’s built using cryptography, a way of storing and transmitting data so it can only be read and processed by the recipient, making it very effective in managing identity, financial information, social and medical records, transport and supply chain, and much more.

Centrality.ai GM Strategic Partnerships Andy Higgs says it’s a critical time to capture the potential and value of blockchain. 

“This emerging industry has grown exponentially, thanks to interest from both private and public sectors.  We see the importance of momentum and maximising opportunities enabled by blockchain, for the broader tech ecosystem. 

“Blockworks, from Centrality’s point of view, is a timely opportunity to showcase the exciting business and govtech applications of blockchain for New Zealand Inc.”

The Blockworks hackfest on the weekend of the 6th and 7th October is sponsored and hosted by Microsoft, and is an open invitation event for developers and industry experts to collaborate and solve significant global problems using blockchain.  The workshops on 11th October are for anyone from beginner to expert to learn about blockchain and discover its value.   

“Many NZ companies are developing concepts using blockchain - it’s a growing sector that is creating jobs.   Blockchain has the potential to bring about prosperity built on fairness and trust,” Justin Flitter says.    

“Blockworks will be an event where people will learn the benefits of blockchain technology for themselves, organisations, Government, communities and the country as a whole - it will be really hands on - anyone with an eye on the future needs to come and be part of it.”

Tickets for Blockworks are available at blockworks.co.nz  

ENDS

For further information, please contact:

Jonathan Tudor

Storicom 

021 790 475


Over $100k in prizes up for grabs at Auckland Blockchain hackfest

A hackfest will reveal the versatility of blockchain technology on the weekend of 6-7th October as part of the week-long Blockworks conference, New Zealand’s premier blockchain event.

The free hackfest will be held at Auckland University of Technology and hosted by leading blockchain venture studio Centrality, with support from web development school Enspiral Dev Academy and business accelerator Lightning Labs.  

The big prize is a wild card entry to the Centrality Accelerator, worth over $100,000. The Centrality Accelerator provides a physical space where developers, businesses and entrepreneurs can work in close collaboration with Centrality. In it they enter an intensive programme and receive support to scale their idea within a blockchain ecosystem to become commercially successful.

There are also $2,000 of Centrality (CENNZ) tokens up for grabs and spot prizes on the day.

Entries are open to individuals, entrepreneurs, businesses, and teams from universities and schools.

General Manager of Strategic Partnerships at Centrality, Andy Higgs says the hackfest is the ideal opportunity for people to test and develop in the blockchain environment and demonstrate the potential of their ideas.

“We’re looking for ideas that harness the power of blockchain technology. Hackfests are a proven means to bring great minds together to get the most out of emerging tech like decentralised ledgers.

“We’re keen to see what the Kiwi IT community can create – and we want to reward that creativity with prizes beyond monetary value.  We’re want to provide the support, the encouragement and the help bright minds need make successful blockchain technologies.”

The hackfest will have two streams of activity.  

The first is an “open hack” where a team brings an existing project for the onsite Centrality team to enhance with blockchain technology. The winner of the open hack will be eligible for the Centrality Accelerator $100,000 prize.

There is also the “take the challenge” stream where a blockchain task is set for small teams to work together to solve a current business problem. People can either come as a team or join one on the day. This will empower individuals or businesses to achieve more from an idea using blockchain. Prizes in this section include Centrality tokens worth $2,000 as well as spot prizes.

Justin Flitter, founder of Blockworks says the hackfest will suit a wide range of people, from those who have worked with blockchain for a while to those keen to learn.

“You can be a technical professional with a good understanding about blockchain, an entrepreneur with great ideas, a software developer, technologist or a student who wants more exposure to this fast growing industry.

“This is a great opportunity to validate an idea, work on your problem statement and blockchain use case, or just take part, learn, experiment and improve your skills.  

“And best of all it’s free – we’re all looking forward to a fun weekend where we all learn a lot.”

To register for the Blockworks hackfest, click here.   

Blockworks is New Zealand's premier blockchain event and includes the hackfest on 6th and 7th October, workshops on 11th and a full-day conference on Friday 12th.  It’s aim is to give people a practical insight on the potential for blockchain to benefit Kiwis, bring prosperity and support New Zealand. It features an international line of speakers presenting how the technology will transform New Zealand business, Government and society.

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Savannah Peterson

MC / Workshop Facilitator

We're delighted to be flying San Francisco based Savannah Peterson to Auckland to host a workshop and MC the conference.

Savannah Peterson is the Founder and Chief Unicorn of Savvy Millennial where she helps the people, products and brands she loves grow. Savannah was named to the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Consumer Technology, and is a respected voice in innovation and community engagement.

Prior to joining Speck Design, Peterson was the Director of Global Community at Shapeways, the world's largest 3D Printing community. Peterson has also worked at Fox Sports Northwest, the Centre for Communication and Civic Engagement at the University of Washington, and founded her own social media marketing agency, Savvy Marketing Seattle. She travels the world as a public speaker, most recently at SXSW, Silicon Beach Festival, and Gasparilla Interactive. Peterson teaches digital marketing and crowdfunding at Stanford, NYU, PACE, and SUNY Oswego and has been featured by the BBC, NBC, The Wall Street Journal, Gizmodo, CNET and The Verge.

“Blockchain technology is fundamentally about increasing speed while decreasing fraud. New Zealand, a tight-knit nation with an incredible sense of community and trust, already has the cultural foundation to be a hotbed for blockchain.
Small nations similar in size are already seeing success in the space. I look forward to learning more about the Kiwi projects in the space and empowering businesses here to achieve the global visibility they deserve on the Blockworks stage.”
— Savannah Peterson

Dene Green - NZ POST

Dene is General Manager International Strategy and Partnerships at New Zealand Post.

He leads the strategy for our global commercial services with partners that include Australia Post, Alibaba, Amazon, Yamato Group. 

Dene is leading a Blockchain program (iTrust) on behalf of NZ Post, covering risk and transparency in the supply chain to manage food fraud within international cross border eCommerce. This is in addition to partnering with AssureQuality and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise for an “in market” risk verification framework for export producers covering resource, production and supply chain and eventually Blockchain.

Dene is a logistics industry expert with over 25 years’ experience, ten years of which was based in Europe/ Middle East and Asia. He has an MBA and Postgraduate thesis (Oxford University 2015) on “Risk and transparency within the Farmgate to Plate Cross Border eCommerce Supply Chain New Zealand to China”. Dene is also a member of the Blockchain Association NZ.


Aaron McDonald

Founder and CEO of Centrality

Aaron is a 20 year tech industry veteran with leadership experience across a broad spectrum of portfolios totalling over $1b in revenue.  

Most recently Aaron founded Centrality –  Australasia's largest, and one of the world’s top, blockchain projects. Centrality is a venture studio with over 100 employees in five countries around the world.  Aaron is also the CTO of Blockhaus, a Swiss-based token investment banking advisory. Aaron is an advisor, co-founder or board member to more than 20 blockchain companies, including some of the largest in the industry, including blockchain entertainment studio SingularDTV.  

Aaron and his team are involved with regulatory, industry and enterprise Blockchain initiatives across the globe. Aaron regularly speaks on the international stage at events as a subject matter expert in the future of decentralised ecosystems. 

Advisor or Board Roles: 

Centrality, singlesource, syloprotocol, Adir, Performance Lab, SingularX, TrackBack, PayCheck, Ultraviolet Protocol, Swappy Network,  Centrapay, Causality, Qadre, PLUG, Ilumony, Mainstage, Neighbourhood, Skoot, Belong, uShare, CTIA, Jasmy.