Blockchain is hailed as one of the most promising technologies around, with the potential to solve challenges relating to everything from transportation to democracy. But is that promise translating into action when it comes to smart city infrastructure management and development?
Through panel debates and three round tables curated by blockchain experts, we will explore how three major components of smart city – governance, transportation and utilities – can and are, incorporating this technology into future city development, and what benefits this affords.
This SmartCitiesWorld event, in association with Pillar, brings together decision-makers from across the spectrum to debate how blockchain can help to transform smart city infrastructure, but also the challenges which still need to be overcome.
The morning will start with a keynote and panel debate, followed by three round tables:
So join 40+ of your peers and industry leaders for practical insights and solutions to help deliver a smart infrastructure solution. Registration is free (applications will be need to be approved by the curator.)
08.30 – 09.00: Registration, Breakfast & Networking
09.00 – 09.15: SCW Chair’s opening
09.15 – 09.30: Blockchain keynote
09.30 – 10.00: Global Blockchain research reveals
10.00 – 10.40: Panel Debate
10.40 – 11.00: Coffee Break & Networking
11.00 – 12.00: Roundtables Discussions
12.00 – 12.30: Feedback and Round-Up
12.30 – 13.15: Lunch & networking
Sarah Wray, Editor of SmartCitiesWorld, will unveil the results of a worldwide survey which examines levels of understanding within local/city authorities when it comes to blockchain, along with the challenges around harnessing the technology’s potential.
This will be followed by a panel debate with blockchain experts and three roundtables.
According to recent predictions, 100% of transport organisations will adopt blockchain in some guise. This could enable Mobility-as-a-Service and help address some of cities’ toughest challenges, such as congestion and poor air quality. This roundtable will look at the benefits this offers cities and their citizens and what it could look like in practice, as well as how cities can build blockchain into their transport strategies.
Name: Sarah Wray
Sarah has many years of experience as a B2B journalist and editor, specialising in technological innovation and its impact in cities.
She has written about a wide range of topics, from healthcare and education to health and safety, and employment law. Before joining SmartCitiesWorld in early 2018, Sarah's had an in-house role as a writer and editor for TM Forum which originally gave her an interest in writing about technology such as IoT, smart cities, data analytics, virtualisation and more.
Sarah enjoys writing about how smart cities can affect so many areas of our everyday lives but also because she likes the challenge of translating complex information and technical jargon into something accessible, useful and easy to read.
Name: David Siegel
Company: Pillar Project
David Siegel is a serial entrepreneur, web pioneer, prolific author, and founder and CEO of the Pillar Project, building an open-source "smart wallet" in London. The Pillar wallet will empower individuals through decentralised technology and ownership of their personal data. David led the Pillar team to a successful ICO, raising over $20 million and making the Pillar token sale one of the most successful grassroots fundings in history.
David received a math degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a master's degree in computer science from Stanford. He was the first employee at Pixar after Steve Jobs funded the company in 1986. He has given over 150 speeches and started over 20 businesses. He is the author of The Token Handbook and is an internationally recognized thought leader in innovation, blockchain, tokenomics, business, startups, and investing.
Name: Charles Carter CEng MIET
Title: Emerging Technology, Innovation and Strategy Specialist
Company: Transport Systems Catapult
Charles is a creative ideas engine and leader in driving and delivering transformational innovation. He is a Chartered Engineer with a background in Physics, Transport Modelling, and Intelligent Transport Systems. Most recently Charles led a collaborative project exploring what blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) mean for transport today and moving forward. Project partners included the University of Sheffield, Comtrade, Dovu, Gospel, TravelSpirit and BT.