Blockchain in Practice

Blockchain in Practice

What is currently possible with blockchain technology, and how easy is it to build smart contracts ?

14 December 2017 (14-21h)
Location: Parker Hotel (Diegem)
Presented in English by Sam Wouters, Thomas Marckx, Kevin Leyssens and Ronnie Dibbaut
Price: 720 EUR (excl. 21% VAT)
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Full Programme:
13.30h - 14.00h
Registration and Coffee/Tea
Introduction to Blockchain (Sam Wouters, Duval Union Consulting)

Sam will give you a broad introduction to Bitcoin and the blockchain, to help you understand why there are millions of people around the world that believe in it, despite the skepticism and misconceptions.

  • Why do Bitcoin and blockchain exist ?
  • How do they work ?
  • Debunking the skepticism and misconceptions
  • What can be done with blockchain technology ?
  • Some business use cases
How to Start a Blockchain Project? (Thomas Marckx and Kevin Leyssens, TheLedger)

We'll dive further into the different characteristics of a blockchain network. The 4 types of existing blockchains – public/private and permissioned/permissionless – will be discussed.

  • A decentralised network needs concensus mechanisms, which ones are currently used ?
  • When can a blockchain improve your business? How to differentiate a good use-case from a bad ?
  • Where does a blockchain fit in your current - or future - technology stack ?
  • What are the different competences needed in the team to start a project ?
Evolution of Blockchain technologies (Thomas Marckx and Kevin Leyssens, TheLedger)

Bitcoin is old blockchain technology. Currently there are much more capable technologies under development. We'll discuss the differences between Ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric in detail, both so-called blockchain 2.0 technologies.

  • What is a smart contract and how can it benefit cross-industries ?
  • What you need to know about HyperLedger, Ethereum, BigchainDB and other solutions
  • How do big companies like Microsoft and IBM see the evolution and what are they investing in ?
Coffee/Tea Break and Networking
Finding a Business Case for Blockchains (Sam Wouters, Duval Union Consulting)

Let's think and discuss about what your company can do with this technology. This managed brainstorming session is mainly aimed at business managers, but we'll make it useful for all.

Case Study: P2P Energy Trading using a Private Blockchain (Ronnie Dibbaut, Ferranti Computer Systems)

MECOMS™ is Ferranti's flagship product that helps energy and utility companies serve their customers better. Their prospect-to-cash Meter Data Management (MDM) and Customer information system (CRM) is actually Microsoft's recommended solution for energy and utility companies across the globe.

This Belgian company now supports smart contracts using private blockchain technology (Ethereum) to allow peer-to-peer energy trading. By the way, their Mecoms product is also using Microsoft's latest cognitive solutions to revolutionise customer service via the MIA (Mecoms Interactive Agent) chatbot.

Dinner Buffet
Prototyping a Blockchain Network (Thomas Marckx, TheLedger)

We show you how to build a blockchain from scratch. We'll guide you through the different steps needed to set up a private ethereum blockchain network. This demonstration and presentation focuses on technology, tools and skills, and contains some technical details, do's and don'ts, and coding examples.

  • How to start with Ethereum ?
  • Schematic overview of the toolbox and setup
  • Beyond the prototype: how does it fit in my architecture ?
  • Where and how do you deploy it ?
  • Blockchain-ops
  • How does a blockchain team look like ?
Future of Blockchain Technology (Thomas Marckx and Kevin Leyssens, TheLedger)

Blockchain will undoubtedly have an enormous impact on our society. But how will the technology further evolve and what are the different visions ? How it will integrate on different levels of our daily lives? Will the Internet-of-Everything (IoT/IoE), smart cities and sharing economy be built on top of blockchains ?

We'll discuss how the blockchain in combination with other technologies can bring science fiction closer to reality.

Conclusions and Summary
End of this Seminar

This is a very brief overview of the programme of this unique seminar:

  • 13.30h - 14.00h: Registration and welcome of the participants with coffee/tea and croissants + Networking opportunity
  • 14.00h: Introduction to Blockchain
  • 15.00h: How to Start a Blockchain Project
  • 15.30h: Evolution of Blockchain technologies
  • 16.00h: Coffee/Tea, Refreshments and Networking
  • 16.15h: Finding a Business Case for Blockchains - Managed Brainstorming Session
  • 17.00h: Blockchain Case Study: Peer 2 Peer Energy Trading (MECOMS, Ferranti Computer Systems)
  • 17.50h: Dinner Buffet
  • 18.45h: Prototyping a Blockchain Network
  • 19.45h: Future of Blockchain Technology
  • 20.45h: Conclusions and Summary
  • 21.00h: End of this Seminar

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