22 Feb 2017
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Blockchain: Distributed Trust

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Wednesday 22 February 2017

Organized by Leuven MindGate in cooperation with imec.

135 euro (excl. VAT): members of Leuven.Inc / Leuven MindGate
175 euro (excl. VAT): all others
Special fee available for Master and PhD students affiliated to and billable by KU Leuven or other universities. Please contact us by e-mail.

Registrations before Wednesday 15 February 2017, preferably via the online registration form or by email to admin@leuvenmindgate.be (including all contact and invoice details).

After registration you will receive a confirmation and route description. The registration fee is payable after receipt of invoice. Cancellation after subscription is not possible. However, replacement by a colleague is allowed.

imec auditorium
Kapeldreef 75
3000 Leuven
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At a class re-union I asked my friend who became a banker what he was doing in life. “We are conducting legal customer fraud,” was his answer, funny among friends. But yet it was symptomatic for the time around the - not so funny - late-2000s world financial crisis. Incredible amounts of money were gambled away, and maybe more importantly, trust.

The financial crisis has led to the development of a virtual money technology that has shown to be fraud proof, and can therefore bring the trust back. The core concept is based on blockchains, which can be generalized to record any kind of transactions, and information exchange that is fraud proof, easily verifiable by anyone, thus eliminating need for the roles of intermediaries and central authorities, and saving on delay and costs of these transactions.

It is clear that this technology has high impact potential beyond the financial industry. This technology may turn out to be as important as the invention of the book or of the internet.

In this seminar we shed light on the future of this technology by learning from world class experts and visionaries about the technology, current and future applications, and also the legal and technological implications of blockchains.



Welcome coffee


Welcome by Paul Zuber, Chairman of the programme

Senior Researcher, imec


Blockchain: the missing layer of the internet, until now

Matthew Van Niekerk, CEO SettleMint


Blockchain: under the hood

Bart Preneel, Prof. KU Leuven


Legal aspects of blockchain implementation

Niels Vandezande, legal researcher KU Leuven CITIP – imec


Coffee break


Mobile Wallets: from Paper to Hardware Implementations

Alexander Vasylchenko, CEO Sofitto


Non-financial use cases for blockchain technology

Dimitri De Jonghe, lead developer BigchainDB


Blockchain & Self-Sovereign Identity : Promises & Challenges

Roeland Gielen, CEO Kunstmaan




Networking with drinks and snacks

The interventions will be held in English.

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