How will blockchain affect you? The Unlocking Blockchain Summit will help you answer that question

Malta has, in the past couple of years, become known as the “Blockchain Island” after the country was one of the first to embrace this technological development with a regulatory framework.

Unlocking Blockchain – The Students’ Summit is a campaign organised by Pulse and University of Malta Futsal, in collaboration with the Parliamentary Secretariat for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, which will seek to target each and every student with the sole aim of educating them with new emerging technologies, particularly Blockchain.

Unlocking Blockchain will be a three-day event, commencing on Wednesday 27th March, where various companies shall be allocated significant space to promote emerging technologies and the numerous employment such progress is guaranteeing for the near future. Moreover, various well-renowned speakers shall be giving their opinion on the subject, relating to the vast variety of courses offered on Campus.

“The future of blockchain is going to revolutionise a lot of industries and companies”, UoM Futsal’s Kurt Rizzo told The Yuppie, Insite Malta and The Third Eye as he cited various recent reforms and technological developments which have embraced the technology of blockchain.

“Students studying or reading for different degrees will be affected in different ways, meaning that law students, health students, engineering students and others studying in different fields will get more knowledgeable about the subject which they will definitely need as blockchain is something which is being implemented in all sectors”, Pulse President Owen Grech said.

The first day of the programme will tackle the FinTech sector, the second day will tackle the legal aspect of blockchain and the third day will tackle various sectors such as the IT and Gaming industries. The full programme of expert-led talks can be found below.

Wednesday 27 March SpeakerSpeaker
10:30Introduction to event by Owen Grech and Kurt Rizzo
10:40Introducing DLT and Blockhain TechnologyDr. Joshua EllulDavid Galea
11:00Malta and AI: What the Future holdsWayne Grixti
11:15Integrating Blockchain and the Fintech IndustryDavid GaleaMark Scicluna Bartoli
11:30Revolut: Breaking the bankDarius Litsikakis
11:45Running a Blockchain company in MaltaJames Catania

Thursday 28 March SpeakerSpeaker
12:00DLT and beyond; from Virtual Financial Assets Act to Fintech StrategyDr. Christopher Buttigieg
12:15Intoducing the DLT LegislationBernice SalibaGabriel Fenech
12:35A law perspective into ICO's and STO'sTanja Dimitrijevic
12:55The legal implications of BlockchainJonathan GaleaMark Scicluna Bartoli
13:10Introducing the MDIA - A perspective into the Maltese marketDr. Joshua EllulStephen McCarthy
13:25Enforcing smart contracts in our courtsTBC
13:40If a blockchain fails, is anyone liable?Paul Caruana Turner

Friday 29 March SpeakerSpeakerSpeaker
12:00The Virtual Financial Assets FrameworkChristos Efthymiopoulos
12:15Supercharging security protocolsEfrem BorgJean Michel Azzopardi
12:35Blockchain and the Future of the Gaming Industry Carl BrincatSophie CrouzetBekki D'Agata
12:50AI and IoT - Introducing Disruptive Technologies Ing. Joseph MicallefAndrew NaudiDaniel Grech
13:10Sustainable Cities Powered by Disruptive TechnologiesIng. Ronald Attard Pullicino
13:25Blockchain and Business Start upsAnthony David GattWesley EllulAlex Gatt
13:40Disruptive Technologies and the Future of HealthcareHon. Dr. Chris FearneDr. Miriam Dalli MEP
13:55Blockchain as a tool for Performing Due Diligence & ComplianceRoderick Cutajar

The event will also see a number of companies and entities man an exhibition stand, allowing students to speak to their possible future employers first-hand. Those exhibiting and indeed supporting this event are: Projects Malta; Transport Malta; Ascent Software; the Malta Digital Innovation Authority (MDIA); Computime; BEAT Limited; Finance Malta; the Parliamentary Secreteriat for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation; Revolut; The Centre for Distributed Ledger Technologies at the Faculty of ICT – University of Malta; and MITA.

Furthermore, a number of student organisations have collaborated in the run up to the event with Pulse and UoM Futsal, these being: MHSA, ASCS, ICTSA, MPSA, GħSL, JCA, Wolves RFC, The Yuppie, Insite Malta and The Third Eye.

For more information and the latest updates, head over to the summit’s official website or Facebook event.