This event is designed to give you a grounding in the revolutionary ledger technology known as blockchain, and bring you up to speed with its history and essential features. Created to manage digital currency bitcoin, blockchain allows for a ledger to be shared across many parties, each with their own copy but all kept perfectly synchronised. With wide-ranging proposed uses in finance, supply management, land registry, provenance, banking, and more, blockchain is a potentially landscape-altering technical innovation. But there are challenges to implementing blockchain, and the final place of the technology is, as yet, uncertain.
This event is brought to you by the IT Faculty, the ICAEW's technical group focused on all aspects of technology and how it impacts the profession. It will:
No prior knowledge is assumed and the presentation will will leave you with a comprehensive view of the strengths, challenges, and applications of this technology.
The event will end with a Q&A with our presenters followed by a drinks and networking reception.
IP owners and collection agencies have good reason to take an interest, auditors will definitely need to understand what's on the way and anyone operating in a digital market will want to get an insight.
What is blockchain? Overview and introduction by David Lyford-Smith
The IT Faculty’s David Lyford-Smith opens with an essential guide to the workings and implications of blockchain. He will cover the history, essential qualities, and challenges facing blockchain. No prior knowledge of blockchain or bitcoin is necessary as David will cover the essential information that any accountant should have to prep them for considering a blockchain project, or just having a conversation with a client.
Calogero Scibetta, Business Development Manager, Everledger
Along with bitcoin, Everledger is the poster child implementation of the blockchain, recording diamonds and other assets of high value. Calogero will run through the history of the company and why the blockchain is uniquely suited to this industry.
Patrick Spens, Transformation & Assurance Director, PwC
Patrick looks at the future of blockchain, where it's headed and what possibilities are on offer.
Patrick Spens,Transformation & Assurance Director, PwC
Patrick Spens was appointed by PwC in February 2016 to explore the transformational potential of blockchain, distributed ledger technology and encryption across all industries, sectors, Government and wider society. Patrick sits on the steering group of the Whitechapel Think Tank, an independent body set up to co-ordinate the UK's response to distributed ledger technology. The tank comprises of Government, Regulators, Industry, technology providers and FinTech companies. Sir Mark Walport's report into distributed ledger makes clear the need, in recommendation 2, for collaboration between bodies such as the Whitechapel Think Tank and the Alan Turing Institute. Patrick has been a member for 18 months and was an early advocate for close co-ordination between the various interests across varied sectors. Previously Patrick was Head of Market Monitoring at the Financial Conduct Authority (previously FSA) from 2009 - 2016 and was responsible for monitoring compliance with market conduct regulations, market surveillance and investigations into market abuse. Patrick has spent 30 years in the financial services industry and has a history of technological innovation both from his time at the Regulator and at Citigroup. Before joining the FCA he was one of the founding partners of Copenhagen Capital LLP Hedge Fund. Prior to this Patrick worked for Citigroup Global Markets as Managing Director, Head of European and Emerging European Cash Trading and Alternative Execution where he was responsible for c100 Traders, Analysts and Relationship Managers. Before this he was Director and Head of European and Emerging European Programme Trading at Salomon Brothers and Director of Pan-European Programme Trading at Merrill Lynch International. Patrick is an Honory adjunct Professor of Macquarie University, NSW, Australia and sits on the advisory board of UCL's Financial computing faculty.
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