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ICT Skillnet Seminar - Blockchain, Transforming The Irish Landscape

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Date: 20 February 2019
Time(s): 0800-1045
Venue: Ibec, 86 Lower Baggot Street, D2
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Blockchain is described as the new revolutionary technology that will potentially change how both industry and government interact and transform day to day transactions. Whilst the hype about Bitcoin has highlighted certain challenges about the technology, Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), Ethereum, Smart Contracts and Hyperledger are gaining traction.
This breakfast seminar will provide an overview of the Blockchain landscape in Ireland with presentations from the IDA, Consensys, QPQ and Evidential Tech, two blockchain start-ups coupled with insights on the Blockchain Ireland ecosystem. In addition to this, we will provide details on the forthcoming global ISO Blockchain Standards conference in Dublin later this year and the EU Cost Action IC1406 project cHiPSet.
Whether you are a technologist, business leader or keen to understand more about this emerging technology you are welcome to register for our second breakfast seminar of 2019 hosted by the Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet and the Innovation Forum.
0800-0830 Registration, Teas/Coffees
0830-0840 Welcome – Dave Feenan Innovation Programme Manager ICT Skillnet
0840-0845 2019 ISO Global Blockchain Standards Conference – Vikas Sahni NSAI Convener
0845-0905 Blockchain in Ireland – Brendan Bonner Chief Technologist IDA
0905-0925 Blockchain 101 – Barry O'Connor Co-Founder QPQ
0925-0945 Harness the Power of Ethereum- Lory Kehoe MD Consensys
0945-1000 Simplifying Blockchain Deployment – Peter Fellows-McCully MD Evidential Tech
1000-1015 cHiPSet – Gateway to Blockchain Excellence in Research – Dr. Horacio Gonzalez-Velez NCI
1015-1045 Q&A Close
Speaker Bios:
Lory Kehoe - Managing Director - ConsenSys
Lory is a Managing Director with ConsenSys and leads ConsenSys Ireland. ConsenSys is a global technology company, building the infrastructure and applications to help corporates' and governments harness the power of blockchain technology. Prior to ConsenSys, Lory was a Director with Deloitte where he founded, set up and led Deloitte's Europe Middle East and Africa blockchain Lab. Lory is the co-founder of Blockchain Ireland and a founding member of INATBA the European Commission backed International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications initiative. He is also an adjunct associate professor with Trinity Business School. 
Brendan Bonner – Chief Technologist IDA 
Brendan is the Chief Technologist for IDA Ireland's Technology, Content and Business Services. He as part of the IDA team, provides strategic insights into global technology trends to promote Ireland as a destination for investment in technology and related services. Brendan is also the co-founder and Chair of Blockchain Ireland, the National Government industry group to establish Ireland as a global blockchain hub, bringing together industry, academia and SMEs.
Barry O'Connor – Co Founder QPQ
Barry has built a career in taking early emerging technologies and bringing them forward to the corporate realm. He has done this with the likes of IBM, Ericsson and Nokia. He has now focused on the area of blockchain and DLT. He is the first person in Ireland to achieve a Masters and has written and presented extensively on the subject. He is a co-founder on QPQ which as a company focused on democratising finance by reducing the cost of processing transactions. 
Peter Fellows-McCully – MD Evidential Tech Limited
Peter has over 35+ years in the technology industry across a range of technologies and business domains including many roles as a leader, senior manager, problem solver and hands-on developer. Evidential Tech products allow fast development of new BlockChain applications and eco-systems by ensuring the "boring stuff" is taken care of. They provide the layer of maturity that ticks the boxes for any due diligence or software audit exercise that may be required when bringing leading edge technology like Blockchain to market
Dr. Horacio Gonzalez-Velez – Associate Professor NCI and Vice-Chair of cHiPSet
A Computational Scientist with a Marketing Twist best describes Horacio. After an industry career with Silicon Graphics and Sun Microsystems, Horacio entered academia and is now responsible for directing the NCI's cloud infrastructure, postgraduate programmes, and research with a clear emphasis on innovation, education inclusion, and industrial partnerships. Currently Vice Chair of the Horizon 2020 cHiPSet: High-Performance Modelling and Simulation for Big Data Applications which is heavily immersed in the future of Blockchain.