Global Blockchain Challenge

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In 2019 the Global Blockchain Challenge received over 700 applications from 79 countries.

The judging committee shortlisted 20 entries to compete in the challenge after completing the preparation and training phase with the DFA.

In the final stage, finalists gave detailed presentations showcasing the Blockchain solutions and projects they had developed.

Three entries were then selected as the winners, receiving a total of $45,000 in monetary prizes. Quantstamp from the USA won first prize, while Igrow from Indonesia, and Grayblock from Canada, won second and third, respectively.

The 4th Annual Edition of the Global Blockchain Challenge will take place at Future Blockchain Summit from 7-8 April, 2020.

For more details contact Musthafa.Ahmed@dwtc.com

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07 Apr 2020
    • Healthcare
    Onstage Interview: Interoperable Blockchain for healthcare data management
    • Healthcare
    Case-study: Leveraging Blockchain to improve continuity of care
    Discover how blockchain can seamlessly and securely capture, track and share the entire patient health experience
    • Healthcare
    Creating A Platform to share doctor’s licenses across territories
    Medical professionals no longer work in just one hospital, city or even country. Is blockchain is the solution for medical licenses to be securely and easily shared across geographies?
    • Healthcare
    Case Study: Using blockchain to fight cancer
    Globally, the number of new cancer diagnoses annually will reach 23.6 million by 2030. Discover how blockchain can be used against cancer. Learn how this technology can bring additional accuracy and s ...
    • Healthcare
    Changing medical research one block at a time
    Gain an in depth understanding of how blockchain is making medical innovation quicker through centralized results of clinical trials and records
    • Healthcare
    Panel Discussion: 5 ways blockchain is revolutionizing healthcare
    Harnessing Blockchain in the global healthcare sector by improving clinical data exchange and interoperability, claims settlement and billing management, drug supply chain management, drug discovery a ...
    • Healthcare
    Case Study: Blockchain for drug development and supply chain integrity
    Counterfeit drugs cost pharmaceutical companies over USD $200 billion in annual losses. Learn how blockchain can make records more accessible thereby making drug development and tracking easier.
    • Healthcare
    Blockchain – the miracle cure?
    The global blockchain healthcare market is expected to reach $890.5 million by 2023. This growth is primarily attributed to stringent regulations for safeguarding consumer data, increasing funding and ...
    • Education
    Onstage Interview: Utilising blockchain for recording course data and managing transcripts
    Sony Global Education is piloting a blockchain initiative to explore how the technology can be used in the management of course records and grade data. The trial will consider an initiative to evaluat ...
    • Education
    Secure student records & credentialing
    The future of education is personalized, not limited to defining a student by a degree or single certification, but rather a collection of various indicators
    • Education
    The Future of Libraries: Library 2.0 Movement
    Protecting copyrights and digital rights is key to education to ensure that students create independent, non-plaguarised material. Blockchain’s ability to manage, share, and protect digital content ma ...
    • Education
    Panel Session: Blockchain and the Classroom - How DLT is improving Education
    Educational institutions are a vital cog in the development of new technology and the industry certainly hasn’t lagged behind in terms of adoption, implementation, as well as researching and developin ...
    • Education
    Case Study: Instant Verification of Academic Credentials using Blockchain
    The University of Basel, Switzerland and Block Factory allow universities to verify academic credentials almost immediately, solving a process that traditionally takes days to complete. The universiti ...
    • Education
    Panel Discussion: Blockchain - The end of unearned education
    Verified, secure and centrally deployed education transcripts are here..; and here to stay. These provide accessible information to all concerned and is easily verifiable. Each modification is recorde ...
    • Education
    Imagining a Blockchain University: what do students have in store a decade from now?
    Imagine that there was no way to cheat in examinations, no way to manipulate records and no way to misrepresent your identity. But in the same world, imagine that your academic & career prospects woul ...
    • Finance
    Panel Discussion: Decentralized Finance (DeFi) Powering Fintech with Blockchain
    Blockchain Decentralized Finance (DeFi) holds the potential to delegate business operations to trustless and transparent protocols to run without intermediaries. What will the impact of securely autom ...
    • Finance
    Presentation and Onstage Interview: Pioneering Blockchain Integration in Payment Infrastructure
    In this presentation Ted shares the story of how Paycoin used blockchain to reduce intermediary costs through direct validation of payments to offer greater security and its potential to disrupt the p ...
    • Finance
    Panel Discussion: Tapping into the Power of Simplification for Financial Regulation and Supervision
    Hear how financial regulators and banking consortiums can work together to take advantage of Blockchain technology to address industry-wide problems related to trust, transparency and efficiency. This ...
    • Finance
    From Days to Hours: Rebooting Trade Finance with Blockchain-powered platforms
    The first commercial trade finance transaction via blockchain happened in 2019 and took less than 24 hours to complete. This is compared to up to ten days with extensive paper work. This presentation ...
    • Finance
    Accelerating the FinTech sector and the Role of Blockchain
    Overview of the legal framework and importance of financial sector and associated risk management.
  1. Networking Lunch and Exhibition Tour
    • Keynotes
    ETFs, Big tech backed digital currencies, exchanges and stablecoins – do digital assets qualify as securities or not?
    With the world waiting with baited breath on what the future awaits, companies like Bakkt and Facebook are making waves. In this session, these companies explain what’s next in the crypto world
    • Keynotes
    The future of the Finance & Banking sector – does it really need Blockchain to stay relevant?
    70% of financial service leaders say that the speed of technological change concerns them. The finance sector is seeing the greatest adoption in Blockchain technology. Leaders feel it coming. Some are ...
    • Keynotes
    Appealing to the masses through gamifiying Blockchain, the biggest thing since Cryptokitties
    How companies have collaborated to create a VR & Blockchain powered token collection game taking London by storm
    • Keynotes
    Money, Privacy and Blockchain: preventing a dystopian future
    What does the future look like in a Blockchain powered world? How will transactions take place? Is Blockchain actually useful and will it truly help secure privacy?
    • Keynotes
    The Rise of the BRICS’s in Blockchain
    Unbeknownst to the rest of the world, the BRICS nations are aggressively on the pursuit of excellence in Blockchain. Having recently signed an MoU - five banking institutions from these economic power ...
    • Keynotes
    From digital feudalism to digital democracy: how Blockchain will save the ‘digital you’
    We’re living in an era of digital feudalism with large corporations controlling our data. Here’s how to take your digital identity back.
    • Keynotes
    Opening Keynote
    Proposed session: Update on Global Blockchain Regulation and the role of Central Banks in Cryptocurrency Adoption.
    • Keynotes
    Welcome Remarks and an update on the Dubai Blockchain Strategy
    • Keynotes
    Opening Remarks By Chairperson
    • Blockchain Application Masterclasses
    Life at the intersection of hyperconnectivity, IoT and Blockchain
    Understanding how the integration of emerging tech like IOT and AI with blockchain can help achieve a fully digital economy
    • Blockchain Application Masterclasses
    Trust and Accountability for the Digital World - DID Alliance.
    Creation of an interoperable trust framework for decentralized identity systems. New developments in user-centric identity technology empower the individual user to control his or her own identity inf ...
    • Blockchain Application Masterclasses
    Tokenisation: The future of capital and investment
    •Exploration of the problem space: decline of public listings, cost inefficiencies of cross-border investment, growth of PE leading to wealth concentration and rising income inequality, etc •Emergence ...
08 Apr 2020
    • Energy
    Blockchain - The Islamic Finance Ally
    Blockchain offers an ideal solution for Islamic bankers because it reduces costs involved in transactions and processes
    • Finance
    The $10 billion opportunity: Settlement & Clearing through blockchain
    Today the buying and selling of securities happens in nanoseconds thanks to modern trading platforms. Faster, in some cases. But the actual clearing and settlement of those trades - where buyers take ...
    • Finance
    Panel: The role of Blockchain in insurance and cross border payments
    Cost-efficiency, speed, security, transparency and innovation – these are just few ways that Blockchain will revolutionize insurance and cross-border payments.
    • Finance
    Swiss Real Estate Ledger on the Blockchain Powering Insurance and Property Management
    Land registries are increasingly going on the blockchain from the UK, Sweden, Ukraine, Dubai and Georgia. Hear how the Swiss Real Estate Ledger has the potential to dramatically boost efficiency and e ...
    • Finance
    AML and KYC – Blockchain serving as trusted repositories of identity based information for the banking system
    Is Blockchain the magic bullet for complying with KYC and AML regulations in this world of digital identity?
    • Finance
    Case Study: Privacy Preserving Blockchains
    Privacy is a major hurdle for many blockchain initiatives as they grapple with the paradox of how do you gain consensus on transactions that you don’t want other parties to see?  It is critical that a ...
    • Finance
    The Future of Money - Cash to Crypto and Digital Currencies
    Understanding the implications and competitive landscape to get ahead of the curve of CBDC vs Wholesale/Retail vs Social/Crypto (Libra) and East vs West´.
    • Transport x Supply Chain
    Workshop: Advanced Blockchain Implementation Strategies and Operation in Supply Chain and Logistics.
    What opportunities could blockchain deliver to your logistics operations? Join the discussion to go in-depth on how transparency, traceability and overall efficiency and security can be enhanced in th ...
    • Transport x Supply Chain
    Onstage Discussion: Inclusive Deployment of Blockchain for Supply Chains on the path to towards 4IR
    • Transport x Supply Chain
    Connecting roads via blockchain – a Case study on a pilot project with DHL and BMW
    This session provides an overview of use-cases being tested by leading automotive manufacturers and transport experts.
    • Transport x Supply Chain
    Blockchain in the Volvo Group’s Innovation Pipeline
    Mobility is increasingly marketed and sold like a service where vehicle technologies such as electric vehicles and autonomous driving is converging with financial innovation enabling car sharing, moni ...
    • Transport x Supply Chain
    Onstage Conversation: Implementing a process for Asset Digitization and it’s impact on Global Markets and Trade Logistics
    Establishing standards and interoperability between stakeholders for a shared network of trusted transactions and agreements.
    • Energy
    Applying blockchain as a trust layer in Veracruz port community system proof of concept
    The first port in the Americas to implement blockchain applications for security and efficiency
    • Transport x Supply Chain
    Sustainability, Traceability and Blockchain’s ability to deliver
    Potential benefits and current challenges, to both producers and consumers, of using blockchain technology to provide trusted and traceable supply chains and their impact on delivering on the trade an ...
    • Energy
    Advanced Blockchain Implementation Strategies and Operation in Oil & Gas Presentations and Panel Discussions by NOCs and IOCs.
    • Energy
    Digital Transformation of utilities through electricity, data management and wholesale electricity distribution
    Increasing interconnection and digitalization in the energy market, blockchain is seen as the solution to enhance process efficiency, flexibility, and lead time reduction. As power and utilities compa ...
    • Energy
    Blockchain fueling peer to peer energy trading, helping climate change issues and reducing cost
    Cutting out the middle man and connecting end users to the grid, and then directly selling to an end user using cryptocurrency - the true decentralisation of energy trading
    • Energy
    The Business Opportunities of Electrical Vehicle Charging with Blockchain
    By introducing blockchain technology, individual home owners and car owners use credits to charge their EVs. Homeowners can install, own and earn revenue by letting other EV owners charge using their ...
    • Energy
    Linking up Crude trading in the North Sea: Blockchain and the Future of Energy Trading
    Societe Generale particaipated in the launch of the crude trading platform VAKT in 2019 alongside stakeholders Shell and BP. The system digitizes and centralizes the logistics of the deal documentatio ...
    • Energy
    The Internet of Energy takes Flight
    The opening of an IoE development hub in The Netherlands with AI- and DLT solutions across coalitions to operate tomorrow’s energy system. 
    • Energy
    Opening remarks by chairperson
    • Blockchain Application Masterclasses
    Combining Blockchain and Big Data
    According to Forbes, Big Data is an incredibly profitable business, with revenues expected to grow to $203 billion by 2020. By 2030 the data contained in the blockchain ledger might be worth up to 20% ...
    • Blockchain Application Masterclasses
    Interoperability – is this the challenge lying between Blockchain and mass adoption?
    Blockchain based networks often operate in silos and offer specific capabilities - payments, data storage, trading etc. Networks need to talk to each other - the integration of multiple blockchain net ...
    • Government & Big Tech
    Panel Discussion: How will GenZ’s use blockchain to make cities sustainable
    Building sustainable, blockchain-powered Smart City destinations for Millennials, Gen Z, and digital natives. Discovering Genz’s contribution to creating smart cities through blockchain
    • Government & Big Tech
    Digital Government Transformation
    Learn how Blockchain is transforming e-governance and digitalization of Gov. Processes across multiple citizens and residents journeys there-by shaping paperless and efficient governance models of the ...
    • Government & Big Tech
    Is Asia taking over the world with blockchain?
    The Asian market is on its way to become one of the largest in blockchain adoption. Their governments have become the latest organizations to explore how blockchain can re-invent existing processes.
    • Government & Big Tech
    Powering the new world order through blockchain?
    Discussion on how the digital transformation needs to be accelerated to empower people and businesses. Case studies from those who are moving from Proof of Concept (PoC) to a Minimal Viable Product (M ...
  1. Networking Lunch
    • Government & Big Tech
    On-Stage Interview: Integration of blockchain with other emerging technologies to create truly smart cities
    • Government & Big Tech
    Keynote panel: The technology of trust
    • Blockchain Application Masterclasses
    Blockchain and Cybersecurity
    As per Forbes, Cybersecurity is the #1 concern for CEOs and board members. About 75% of the CEOs and board members surveyed named it as top priority. Blockchain based solutions are commonly considered ...
    • Government & Big Tech
    Panel Discussion: Regulatory challenges facing Blockchain and its mass adoption
    • Government & Big Tech
    Case Study: Blockchain in Sweden – asking the difficult question
    Discussing the challenges in Swedish public sector blockchain projects. Answering questions on matters of governance, legal and policy
    • Government & Big Tech
    Case Study: IdentiCAT: a new model of digital identity
    Based on blockchain and DLT tecnologies, the Government of Catalonia has designed a new decentralised and self-sovereign model of digital identity for its citizens, with absolute juridical safety and ...
    • Government & Big Tech
    Case Study: Food & Blockchain : Appetite for disruption
    Showcasing how the convergence of data science innovations, notably blockchains, with other life science innovations such as DNA sequencing, Microbiome and Stables isotopes will enable the requested t ...
    • Government & Big Tech
    IOTA: Creating the standard for smart cities
    Enabling local governance through transparent distributed systems. Breaking data silos using DLT as a platform for sharing and digital trust. Mitigating security concerns through reduction of single p ...
    • Government & Big Tech
    Potential of blockchain technology to contribute to enhanced climate action and sustainability
    The United Nations is increasing its efforts to promote applications of blockchain technology to further action on climate change. Discover how DLTs can be applied to facilitate climate action

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