Innovating Through Blockchain 2018

Saturday, March 02nd 2024

23:20 – 23:20 (GMT)

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Bitcoin! Ethereum! Crypto!? What is that? How is this even possible? Do you want to know the truth? Come along to our new event - "Innovating through Blockchain 2018" and learn what is BLOCKCHAIN, technology beyond crypto! Blockchain is changing the way we live, think and do business, that is why it is crucial to understand it and be able to control massive changes that are not going to stop happening!



5.30pm - 6.00pm


6.00pm - 6.10pm

Introduction to Innovation Forum

6.10pm - 6.30pm

Keynote 1 – Blockchain’s Promise – Reinventing Business by Haydn Jones

Bitcoin was a major innovation. It created a platform which combines store of value, payment and ledger. Ignoring the market hype and many criticisms of the digital currency, bitcoin works. Sitting within the bitcoin protocol is the concept of the blockchain, an equally transformational concept, extensions of which now allow untrusting entities to do business together, data to be shared securely between untrusting entities, and utility tokens to be created which trade like a currency, but have real world use. Blockchain offers much for new businesses; where the internet provides marketing platform, blockchain provides a self contained form of digital commerce. This session will explore the origins of the technology, and suggest where the technology will impact a number of sectors such as healthcare and media.

6.30pm - 6.40pm


6.40pm - 7.00pm

Keynote 2 – Healthcare in Blockchain and the ICO journey by Abdullah Albeyati

Healthcare is an industry which affects all of us in one way or another, as a patient and user of the system ourselves, to a relative or friend who is in need. Blockchain has the ability to change the way we approach our health by encouraging more autonomy and ownership of our own well-being. Medicalchain successfully completed their ICO earlier this year and their CEO, Dr Abdullah Albeyatti will be presenting their company’s vision as well as talk candidly about their ICO experience.

7.00pm - 7.20pm

Keynote 3 – The future economics of tokenisation by Dr Gavin Brown

7.20pm - 7.55pm

Panel discussion, questions, answers and fireside chat with the speakers

7.55pm - 8.00pm

Closing words

8.00pm - 9.00pm

Networking and drinks


Anastassia Bolotkova is a cell therapy professional, who specialises in research and manufacturing personalised immunotherapy for melanoma patients.

Originally from Estonia, Anastassia moved to the UK to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Molecular Biology and Translational Medicine at the University of Manchester. Being an open-minded person, has driven her to complete several international research projects in leading European institutes, specializing in cancer research.

When Anastassia came across the Business Development Associate position at the Innovation Forum, she did not hesitate to take up the role as she knew it would provide her with great development opportunities. She endeavoured to work hard in the role and achieved positive results! Her career has rapidly progressed and almost within a year she became a President of the Innovation Forum, Manchester. This move not only allowed her to support the Forum’s growth and become even more global, but also to better understand herself and do something she is passionate about!

Haydn is Founder and Managing Director of Blockchain Hub,, a specialist #blockchain and #digital-currency strategy consultancy.

He is a former General Manager of the Japanese, global technology company Fujitsu, and has held senior Sales, Operations and Technology strategy roles in the Bank of England, A.T. Kearney, Deutsche Bank and Ministry of Defence.

He is an Electronics Engineer, holding an M.Eng (First Class) from Manchester University, with Bar exams. He is an inclusive, driven, highly creative, strategist adopting a pragmatic approach to the application of technology to business problems.

Blockchain Hub was established as a vehicle for Education, Strategy and Growth, supporting business leaders at all points in the value chain.

Dr Albeyatti is the Co-Founder and CEO of Medicalchain. He graduated from Imperial College London as a doctor in 2011. He has always had a passion for innovation and problem solving and has developed solutions to inefficiencies he found whilst working in the UK National Health Service.

Dr Albeyatti believes that blockchain technology has the ability to revolutionise the healthcare system by providing a platform that empowers people with full access and control over their own personal health records.

Gavin holds both a Bachelors and MSc degree in Business Management as well as an MBA from the University of Oxford (Said Business School) where he was a Dean's List member. He qualified as an ACA (ICAEW) chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (Manchester) in 2006 and went on to work at Merrill Lynch (London) before setting up a hedge fund in 2008. He also holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and PG Cert (Education) qualifications and is currently a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level III June 2018 candidate.

Gavin is also a Fellow of the HEA and he is reading towards a PhD in Financial Economics focusing on dual listed arbitrage and price distortion caused by financial instruments with Keele University.

He joined MMU as a Senior Lecturer in 2012 where his teaching interests include corporate finance and financial economics at both UG & PG levels.

Gavin was appointed Fellow (FCA) of the ICAEW effective from 1 November 2016. This is the highest status of membership.

Gavin teaches investment banks and he is also a Director and Co-founder of a start-up cryptocurrency hedge fund.

Gavin specialises in FinTech, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain technology. He is also an educational and corporate strategist.

His specialist professional accounting papers include; ACCA P4 and F9, ICAEW FM, BS, B&F, Case Study and SBM along with CIMA F3, E3 and BA1.

He is an experienced dissertation supervisor and welcomes interest from prospective students in his fields of interest.

Gavin is happily married, has four children and an Irish Setter dog named 'Molly'. He enjoys, walking playing golf, CAMRA and sailing.

Hannah has over 9 years’ experience in the energy markets and is responsible for operations across Energi Mine. Having worked with complex clients across the UK, Europe and the US, Hannah has helped some of the largest corporates in the world optimise.

Company Profile: Energi Mine is an AI and Blockchain company based in Manchester, UK. They trade energy on behalf of large businesses throughout Europe, currently managing over $140m of energy. They are building a blockchain solution to decentralise energy markets and create a platform that rewards energy saving behaviour.

John Ainsworth is professor of health informatics at the University of Manchester where he is also Deputy Director of the Centre for Health Informatics. He is involved in numerous research projects, but with one common aim - to use computing and information technology to improve the health of the population. He is also Deputy Director of the MRC Health eResearch Centre, part of the Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research and is the Director of the Connected Health Cities Coordinating Centre.

John works at the intersection of information technology and healthcare research focusing on applying information technology to improving health care and includes:
• Harnessing computing technology to enhance data science
• Using information technology to improve health services
• Applying emerging computing technologies to create novel interventions

Richard Banach received the degree of B.Sc. in Mathematical Physics in 1976 from Birmingham University (UK). This was followed in 1977 by a Diploma in Advanced Studies in Science, and in 1979 by a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics, both from Manchester University (UK). The field of study for his doctorate was quantum field theory in topologically non-trivial spacetimes. There followed three further years as a researcher in theoretical physics, studying quantum field theory. In 1982 he joined International Computers Limited working on the development of the ICL 3980 mainframe. There, his main areas of responsibility lay at the hardware/software interface: from address translation microcode, through the design and implementation of the global synchronisation primitives for multinode systems, (the ICL 3900 series machines were probably the first commercially available machines featuring a globally cache coherent, physically distributed virtual memory model), and thence to multinode error recovery strategy.

Josh is a huge advocate of blockchain technology. Having been in crypto for years, Josh founded Easy Crypto Hunter last year. He has quickly made a name for himself in the cryptocurrency industry as the founder of a company which operates on tangibility and transparency. As one of the UK's leading cryptocurrency mining experts, he spends his time speaking about mining to educate people about this part of the crypto space.

Easy Crypto Hunter builds and sells crypto mining rigs, from individual rigs to large scale, fully mobile, crypto containers.
Crypto mining maintains the cryptocurrency network. Each time a transaction on the blockchain occurs, it is mining rigs that enable these transactions to be recorded thus, essentially, powering the network. Each time this happens, the owner of the rig is rewarded with a small amount of the coin or token it is mining for upkeeping the system. It is these mining rigs that Easy Crypto Hunter specialise in building and consulting on.


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