On the 26th to 28th of April, Kisaco Research will host the European Blockchain Congress in London. This new event is designed to give business executives an update on the practical progress blockchain technology has made with companies including Santander, UBS and Barclays. For two days, leading technology, insurance and financial institutions will present case studies and assess the success and failures of blockchain projects. It will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Docklands Riverside in London.
Questions that the conference aims to answer include: if it can cope with the massive increase in transactions that it will need to process; how the technology can comply with existing and future regulation; how secure and stable is a decentralised ledger is. Santander has estimated that blockchain technology can save banks up $20 billion on transactions and the tamper-proof ledger can massively improve transparency and efficiency so the answers to these questions are particularly important.
Julio Faura, Head of R+D and Innovation at Santander, will be discussing the proof of concept work that the company has been developing. He will also explore the future of regulation and the common standards companies need to have in place in order to grow the industry. Simon Taylor, VP of Blockchain R+D and Experimentation, Barclays will answer questions regarding regulation, industry challenges and how to deliver efficiency savings without implementing drastic restructures. Other speakers include Fredrik Voss, Vice President, Blockchain Innovation, Nasdaq; Alex Batlin, Head of FinTech Innovation Lab, UBS and Joseph Lubin, Founder, Consensys.