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Blockchain @ Money20/20: Everything you need to know

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In a recent study released by the Institute of Business Value of 200 financial market institutions in 16 countries, it was found that 14 percent of financial markets institutions expect to have blockchains in production and at commercial scale in 2017, and 70 percent by 2020. In fact, in the past two years, institutions in the financial markets industry have swarmed to blockchain pilots and proofs of concept. They’ve opened innovation labs, sponsored hackathons, teamed with fintechs, joined consortia and worked with regulatory bodies to pave the way for blockchains. You may be asking, “what exactly is this blockchain phenomenon and why is it moving at such a rapid pace in the financial industry?”

If you’re planning to attend Money20/20 in Las Vegas Oct. 23-27, all of your deepest questions around blockchain will be answered. With 10,000 attendees, including 1,000 CEOs and 500+ speakers from 3,000+ companies and 75 countries, we are expecting blockchain to be one of the hottest topics of interest. So where can you find IBM Blockchain in action?

IBM Blockchain at Money20/20

You’ll want to arrive early as the conference kicks off on Sunday with two can’t-miss panels focused on blockchain:

  1. Sunday, October 23, 2:00-2:50pm (Murano, Venetian Level 3): RegTech: Addressing Regulatory Challenges with Automation & Advanced Data Analytics. Featuring Grace Brasington, VP Global Leader, Risk & Compliance, Banking & Financial Markets at IBM, this panel focuses on how regulatory compliance is one of the most time and resource consuming activities for financial institutions. An emerging group of companies are helping FIs to more efficiently comply with regulatory requirements by harnessing new technologies such as cloud computing, machine learning and blockchain. In this session, learn why “RegTech” is the next big thing from the perspective of regulatory experts, financial institutions and solution providers.
  2. Sunday, October 23, 4:10-5:00pm (Murano, Venetian Level 3): Balancing Public Policy: Thoughtful Regulation Without Stifling Innovation. Featuring Jerry Cuomo, IBM Fellow & VP Blockchain Technologies at IBM, this panel highlights how, in only a few short years, a technology that began as an alternative digital currency has managed to capture the imaginations of thousands of innovators and investors around the globe. This session will explore the public policy landscape for blockchain tech, including the key question of how regulators and operators can balance the fine line between protecting consumers and stifling innovation. Read Jerry Cuomo’s blog on balancing regulation and innovation to get a preview of some of the conversation.


In case that isn’t enough to make for a Sunday Funday, we have a whole lineup of great activities through the week.

On Monday, you will want to swing by the expo hall at Booth 1033. The IBM team will be eagerly awaiting your blockchain questions. We will have a dedicated blockchain advisor there from 12pm-2:30pm and the Hyperledger team will also be available during expo hours at Booth 425.

At 4pm, Chris Ferris, IBM CTO, Open Technologies, will be presenting at the IBM booth theater on Blockchain Explained. These sessions are first-come, first-serve and can only fit 12 people in the theatre so reserve your seat today! The Expo reception begins shortly after at 5:30 so, at minimum, you can indulge in complimentary adult beverages and appetizers. Not to mention the IBM booth café will be serving individual gourmet popcorn!

IBM Blockchain will also be featured prominently across the street at World of Watson at Mandalay Bay the same week. With activities kicking off Monday, you can get your exercise in by hopping between the two. Chris certainly will be.

Speaking of Chris, he will be headlining Tuesday’s activities with sessions focused on IBM’s collaboration with the Hyperledger Project. With another booth theater session kicking off at 11am (coffee bar at the booth), he will be focusing on our collaboration with the Hyperledger Project to build the blockchain of the future. There will also be a dedicated blockchain advisor at the IBM booth from 10am-12:30pm. Read the Hyperledger blog to learn the best ways to engage with Hyperledger while at Money 20/20.

Later in the day, we have another panel featuring Chris Ferris at Lando, The Venetian Level 4, from 5:00-5:50pm: All Together Now, How Bank & Tech Partnerships are Shaping the Future of Blockchain. Blockchain tech has come a long way. By now, most of the largest banks and some notable tech giants are participating in industry-wide blockchain standard-setting activities, partnering with startups and taking different approaches to determining which use cases would improve upon existing technology. Hear some of the key participants in these cross-industry partnerships discuss how collaboration is shaping the future of blockchain technology. How will these partnerships be successful? And what are the key challenges to overcome?

In case that’s not enough excitement, you can also find additional blockchain sessions on the blockchain tech track.

How you can follow along

You can also follow our real-time updates online by reading our live from the ground Money20/20 blogs and following us on:

If you haven’t yet registered, do so today! If you have, learn more about IBM’s presence at Money20/20 and start building your agenda! We look forward to seeing you there!


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