The Economia and Hospodářské noviny media group is holding its 5 th annual professional
conference, under the auspices of the Vice-Governor of the Czech National Bank, Mojmír
This year’s main topic will be the rocket-powered launch of Blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies, as well as the advantages and threats they represent for the financial sector
as a whole.
08:30 - 09:00 REGISTRATION, WELCOME COFFEE
09:00 - 09:10 OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE CONFERENCE / ECONOMIA MEDIA HOUSE + CZECH NATIONAL BANK
BLOK I.: THE FUTURE OF BANKING
09:10 - 09:40 KEYNOTE SPEECH / How blockchain could change the financial history / Sainu, CEO, BlockChain Expert UK
09:40 - 11:10 KEYNOTE PANEL / The future of financial services
Mojmír Hampl, Vice-Governor, ČNB / Jörg von Minckwitz, CEO, Bitwala / Sainu, CEO, BlockChain Expert UK / tbd
11:10 - 11:30 COFFEE BREAK
BLOK II.: TRENDS IN 2018 - 2019
11:30 - 11:50 Implementation of the most significant new legislation / tbd
11:50 - 12:10 News in the field of on-line payments / tbd
12:10 - 12:30 FinTech innovations / tbd
12:30 - 13:10 Panel discussion: The future is here today / tbd
13:10 - 14:00 Lunch
BLOK III.: THE FUTURE OD INVESTING
14:00 - 14:30 KEYNOTE SPEECH / tbd
14:30 - 15:30 Panel discussion: The future of investment / tbd
15:3 - 15:35 SUMMING UP AND WRAP UP OF THE OFFICIAL PART
15:35 - 18:00 NETWORKING AND COCKTAILS
Sainu is a blockchain enthusiast and CEO of BlockchainExpert London. He is a known Blockchain consultant and assisting several organisations to develop their blockchain strategy. An ardent believer of Blockchain and its capability to change the world. Currently assisting few ICOs in their technology and design area. He is a strong believer of cryptocurrency and its necessity to the society and always stands for its penetration. He is working as part of many open source projects and contributing his ideas and works to the society. A technology geek with 10+ years of experience in problems solving, developing algorithms & architecture for many successful software. After his post graduation in computer science, he is doing research in computing and algorithms. He developed several software products and designed several business & process models for technology companies. He is part of architectural designs of software and algorithms such as Anti Money Laundering (AML) software, Security software, Enterprise applications, etc by Cybrosys Technologies.
Jörg von Minckwitz is the CEO and co-founder of Bitwala, a German FinTech building a blockchain banking solution. Jörg’s role is to envision the new possibilities that Blockchain technology offers and to utilize it by developing new services for the financial and banking sectors. Jörg brings more than 6 year of experience in Blockchain and Cryptocurrency sectors. Prior to Bitwala, he founded Europe’s first Crypto Consulting, Crypto Incubator and first Crypto E-commerce shop.
His work has been recognised and awarded by ICT Spring, Pioneers Festival and The German Innovation Prize with prizes among others. He was previously a speaker at Money 20/20, Paris Fintech Forum and Distribute Blockchain Conference.
On December 1 2006, Mojmír Hampl was appointed a member of the Czech National Bank
board and, with effect from December 1 2012, was named Vice-Governor of the CNB for a
second six-year term. He has represented the CNB in the EU’s Economic and Finance
Committee since 2008 and in the Financial Stability Board Regional Consulting Group since
2011. He is a member of the Academic Council of the Škoda Auto university in Mladá
Boleslav, a member of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Management and Economics
of Tomas Bata University in Zlín, a member of the Scientific Board of the Faculty of Socio- economics, J. E. Purkyně University in Ústí n. Labem, a member of the editorial board of the magazine “Dvacáté století - The Twentieth Century” and regularly lectures at universities. In 1999 he was awarded the title of “Young Economist of the Year” by the Czech Economic Society. He has published more than a hundred and fifty popular and academic articles and
Leoš Rousek studied at Charles University before going to Columbia University where he
completed an MA in International Relations. He then worked in New York for Voice of
America broadcasts and subsequently held various positions at Dow Jones Newswires and
The Wall Street Journal in Europe, including Russia. In 2016 he prepared the Business
Monitor24 project for Echo Media.
Miroslav Lukeš MasterCard Europe Miroslav Lukeš worked for McKinsey & Company for more than six years and was also Head of Strategy at GE Money Bank before transferring to MasterCard in November 2011, where he is currently CEO of MasterCard Europe for the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria.
Turkeys in chains
Blockchain is difficult for the general public to understand and is extremely complicated to explain. Missionaries of the blockchain revolution generally say that it is a modern on-line database, similar to an accounting ledger, which cannot be falsified. The response of the lay audience is generally, “So what?” Blockchain enthusiasts refuse to be discouraged and elaborate by saying that these are technologies that form the basis of bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies. This soon brings the debate to a conclusion and listeners, many of whom still do not know what is behind this chain of virtual information and data, quietly go on their way.
The problem lies with the missionaries. They have forgotten their basic lessons in didactics. Do not explain, just demonstrate. Instead of words, give a visual example. When even the most complicated problem can be associated with food, the pathway to a successful explanation is far easier. Try to solve a complex problem on an empty stomach. This is what we all learned last year at Cargill, the American food and agrarian concern.
Instead of an abstract explanation of the uses made of blockchain, they used a turkey as an example, on his lifelong journey from farm to table in the form of a traditional American mean. Cargill, a division of which processes and sells turkeys, timed its demonstration to coincide with the Thanksgiving holiday period. The assumption in Cargill was that if there was increased interest in turkey meat during the holidays, there might also be increased interest in understanding the basis of blockchain.
Cargill has introduced this technology to monitor turkey cocks and hens from when they are hatched at the firm to their delivery as Honeysuckle White branded meat to the supermarket shelf. The company used blockchain to prepare a log and biography of each of its gallinaceous birds. Shoppers received a unique code for each oven-ready animal.
They could use an on-line database to find information on which farm the bird originated from, what it ate, when it reached the butcher, the warehouse, the store and the shopping basket. Cargill obviously wanted to take advantage of growing interest in the crypto world and to show that it was concerned that its foodstuffs were of high quality and demonstrable origin.
However this small (and final) step for the turkeys became a giant leap for an understanding of blockchain technologies.
The Cashless Future “Age of Blockchain” conference also aims to contribute to understanding
the impacts of blockchain technologies on today’s banking and financial world.