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 Speaker Speaker 10:30 Introduction to event by Owen Grech and Kurt Rizzo 10:40 Introducing DLT and Blockhain Technology Dr. Joshua Ellul David Galea 11:00 Malta and AI: What the Future holds Wayne Grixti 11:15 Integrating Blockchain and the Fintech Industry David Galea Mark Scicluna Bartoli 11:30 Revolut: Breaking the bank Darius Litsikakis 11:45 Running a Blockchain company in Malta James Catania
Thursday 28 March Speaker Speaker 12:00 DLT and beyond; from Virtual Financial Assets Act to Fintech Strategy Dr. Christopher Buttigieg 12:15 Intoducing the DLT Legislation Bernice Saliba Gabriel Fenech 12:35 A law perspective into ICO's and STO's Tanja Dimitrijevic 12:55 The legal implications of Blockchain Jonathan Galea Mark Scicluna Bartoli 13:10 Introducing the MDIA - A perspective into the Maltese market Dr. Joshua Ellul Stephen McCarthy 13:25 Enforcing smart contracts in our courts TBC 13:40 If a blockchain fails, is anyone liable? Paul Caruana Turner
Friday 29 March Speaker Speaker Speaker 12:00 The Virtual Financial Assets Framework Christos Efthymiopoulos 12:15 Supercharging security protocols Efrem Borg Jean Michel Azzopardi 12:35 Blockchain and the Future of the Gaming Industry Carl Brincat Sophie Crouzet Bekki D'Agata 12:50 AI and IoT - Introducing Disruptive Technologies Ing. Joseph Micallef Andrew Naudi Daniel Grech 13:10 Sustainable Cities Powered by Disruptive Technologies Ing. Ronald Attard Pullicino 13:25 Blockchain and Business Start ups Anthony David Gatt Wesley Ellul Alex Gatt 13:40 Disruptive Technologies and the Future of Healthcare Hon. Dr. Chris Fearne Dr. Miriam Dalli MEP 13:55 Blockchain as a tool for Performing Due Diligence & Compliance Roderick 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.