Join the 4th ECN CrowdCamp: Exploring Blockchain for Alternative Finance
13 June 2019
Blockchain promises to offer the potential to achieve considerable cost savings, efficiencies and resilience.
This edition of the ECN CrowdCamp focuses on how to best leverage the potential of blockchain technologies in the alternative finance sector by analysing the state of the art, understanding challenges and opportunities and providing recommendations for enabling and supporting blockchain empowered use cases for different target groups of the sector, namely crowdfunding platforms, investors, start-ups and SMEs and policymakers.
1. Status, trends and best practices on blockchain technologies in the alternative finance sector
2. Challenges when implementing blockchain
3. New opportunities for implementing distributed ledger technologies
4. Examples from successfully implemented solutions
5. How are EU institutions viewing blockchain technologies?
1. The alternative finance and crowdfunding sector
2. Blockchain professionals and developers
3. Academics and researchers focusing on distributed ledger technologies
4. Policy makers and EU representatives working on technology disruption
5. SME and startup entrepreneurs working with or implementing blockchain
1. To the disruption of the financial services sector
2. To improving understanding for drivers and barriers of innovation of alternative finance
3. To building the foundation for the EU being the main blockchain hub in the world
4. To ensuring relevant knowledge exchange and technology education
5. To shaping a sustainable and inclusive finance sector
THURSDAY, 13TH OF JUNE
09:00 REGISTRATION & COFFEE
09:30 WELCOME – Oliver Gajda, ECN
09.35 SETTING THE CONTEXT – Exploring Blockchain for Alternative Finance – Conny Weber, ECN & Christin Friedrich, Innovestment
09:45 KEYNOTE – Joachim Schwerin, European Commission
10:00 PANEL 1 – Disrupting Alternative Finance with Blockchain
The usage of blockchain technology offers the potential to achieve considerable cost savings, efficiencies and resilience. We embrace these developments as a key innovation potential for the European crowdfunding and alternative finance industry. This session will analyse the current state of the art and outline the visions and motivations of the alternative finance industry using blockchain technology.
Philipp Sandner, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Blockchain Centre
Florian Glatz, German Blockchain Association
Dalibor Cerny, attorney and co-founder of Visions Network
Nele Wollert, Fractal Launchpad
10:45 COFFEE BREAK
11:15 KEYNOTE – Dimitrios Psarrakis, European Parliament
11:30 PANEL 2 – Blockchain and the Alternative Finance Industry: SMEs needs and challenges
The further development and uptake of blockchain may enable the European industry – from start-ups to large corporates, administrations and citizens to provide innovative and disruptive services. Europe strives to be at the forefront of this development. This discussion aims at summarizing suggestions, how the EU and its member states can enable startups and SMEs to profit from blockchain technology and support further use cases in the field of alternative finance.
Christin Friedrich, Innovestment
Jens Glaso, Blockbonds
Gianluca Di Pasquale, EY
Artiona Bogo, SAP
Diana Rees, ZkSystems
12:15 LUNCH & Networking
13:30 KEYNOTE – Heike Hölzner, HTW Berlin University of Applied Science
13:45 SPOTLIGHT ON: BLOCKCHAIN STARTUPS
A quick walkthrough of blockchain use cases. Only when understanding what services and applications blockchain startups and SMEs provide, we can identify interesting application scenarios for crowdfunding platforms and design legal frameworks.
Conny Weber, European Crowdfunding Network
Lennart Ante, Stokr
Dusan Gajic, RealMarket
Jens Glaso, Blockbonds
Paul Hülsmann, Finexity
Matija Milekić, Blinking
14:45 KEYNOTE – Tilman Lüder, European Commission
15:00 PANEL 3 – Legal, policy and regulatory aspects for uptake
Disruptive innovation increasingly challenges policy makers and regulators. In this context, legal experts and representatives from regulatory authorities will exchange the thoughts on how to facilitate the application of DLT in the financial sector, whilst safeguarding market integrity, investor protection and financial stability.
Tilman Lüder, European Commission
Hagen Weiß, BaFin
Thomas Dünser, Liechtenstein Government, Financial Market Innovation
Graham Dick, Aquis Exchange Europe
Lennart Ante, Stokr
Robert Michels, Dentons
16:00 COFFEE BREAK
16:30 KEYNOTE – Julie Maupin, IOTA Foundation
16:45 PANEL 4 – Tackling technological challenges
Blockchain is a new information technology that allows anonymous partners to operate safely without the intermediation of a third party or the need for a central authority. Virtually instantaneous transactions and the absence of third parties have real disruptive implications for the alternative finance industry. However, the technology is relatively new, untested, and lacks the maturity that the finance industry normally demands. Issues such as interoperability, performance, security, and assurance of reliable execution which conforms to user wishes loom over the distributed ledger landscape.
Sanja Ugrcic, USAID
Pavel Kravchenko, Distributed Lab
Veljko Petrovic, RealMarket
Alexis Hamel, solarisBank
Meinhard Benn, SatoshiPay
17:30 CLOSING KEYNOTE – Matthias Klaes, University of Buckingham
17:45 EPILOGUE – Oliver Gajda, ECN
18:00 NETWORKING DRINKS
All ECN CrowdCamp participants are invited to attend the network reception of Dentons, GP Bullhound and TCV traditionally held within the framework of Berlin-based NOAH conference. The network reception takes places at the rooftop of Dentons, Markgrafenstrasse 33, 10117 Berlin – a short walk from the ECN CrowdCamp location.
The European Crowdfunding Network AISBL (ECN), founded in 2011 as an interest group and formally established in 2013, is a professional network promoting adequate transparency, (self) regulation and governance while offering a combined voice in policy discussion and public opinion building.
ECN executes initiatives aimed at innovating, representing, promoting and protecting the European crowdfunding industry as a key aspect of innovation within alternative finance and financial technology.
CrowdCamp is an annual event created by the ECN to promote crowdfunding as an innovative finance source, educate entrepreneurs on how to use it, raise awareness among investors on its potential.
Every year CrowdCamp focuses on a different application of crowdfunding, inviting crowdfunding platforms and relevant stakeholder in the selected field, this year the renewable energy sector.