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Blockchain2Business


5-6 February 2018 /// Amsterdam

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Blockchain2Business


5-6 February 2018 /// Amsterdam

Making blockchain work right now in the renewable energy field by connecting the right players.

Blockchain is regarded as a revolutionary and transformative technology potentially disrupting the energy field.  What are the current and future applications of blockchain in the renewable energy field? How will it impact current business models? Is it revolutionary or speculative hype? This conference will bring together developers, utilities, startups, consultants, technology leaders, investors and regulators exploring the present and future of blockchain in renewable energy.

On 5 and 6 February 2018, Solarplaza will host the Blockchain2Business conference, a high-level B2B platform aimed at unraveling the hype, addressing the core of blockchain potential, and highlighting the present-day & near-future business cases for blockchain applications in the energy field.

Key Characteristics
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10+ use cases and 30+ speakers to inspire your business

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200+ key stakeholders from investors to developers

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Connecting capital with startups

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Taking place in the world’s capital of innovation: Amsterdam

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Speakers


Speakers


DAVID ORBAN /// FOUNDER - NETWORK SOCIETY VENTURES
David is the Founder and Managing Partner of Network Society Ventures, a seed stage global investment firm focused on innovative startups at the intersection of exponential technologies and decentralized networks.
He is an investor, entrepreneur, author, blogger, keynote speaker, and thought leader of the global technology landscape. His entrepreneurial accomplishments span several companies founded and grown over more than twenty years.
An early adopter of blockchain technologies and an active Bitcoin investor since 2010, he was the first to own Ether during the Ethereum launch in 2014. He also led the adoption of Bitcoin and blockchain in start-ups and is an advisor and investor in numerous blockchain companies and funds, such as Bitnation, Sun Exchange, Wealth Migrate, Blockchain Capital, Bancor, Swarm Fund, and others. David was the keynote speaker at the first Ethereal Summit in May 2017 in New York with an inspiring vision of how blockchain technologies will catalyze a phase change in the socio-economic organization of our societies.
DAVID ORBAN
FOUNDER /// NETWORK SOCIETY VENTURES
SCOTT KESSLER /// DIRECTOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - LO3 ENERGY
Scott Kessler is the current Director of Business Development at LO3 Energy, which is an energy technology company developing a community microgrid in Brooklyn, NY. Scott’s background includes the administration of energy efficiency programs at NYSERDA and CT Light and Power as well as time spent at a consulting firm assisting utilities in improving their existing programs, promoting renewables and assessing their impacts across the grid. Throughout his nearly ten years of experience in the energy industry in New York and California, Scott has combined an engineering background with experience in business and project management to achieve success and energy savings amidst difficult regulatory environments.
SCOTT KESSLER
DIRECTOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT /// LO3 ENERGY
JO-JO HUBBARD /// COO - ELECTRON
Jo-Jo Hubbard is the COO and co-founder of Electron: a digital energy start-up, building blockchain platforms and ecosystems for and with the energy industry. Before Electron she spent four years in renewable energy investment banking, worked in a cleantech VC and consulted on digital transformation at McKinsey. She also coordinates the energy community for Singularity University in the UK.
JO-JO HUBBARD
COO /// ELECTRON
ABRAHAM CAMBRIDGE /// FOUNDER & CEO - THE SUN EXCHANGE
In 2008 I completed an MSc in the Science of Climate Change at the University of East Anglia, UK. It became to clear to me that solar energy is a crucial part of the ‘save the world’ tool-kit. Since then I have established several businesses that use solar energy as a means for creating positive changes in society. In 2010 I pioneered utility-scale solar in Britain and in 2012 a business I co-founded, The Renewable Energy Co-operative, was nominated 'International Co-operative of The Year' in the United Nations Year of Co-operatives. In 2014 my wife and I moved to South Africa to identify opportunities in the emerging African solar energy industry, I appreciate the sunshine!
ABRAHAM CAMBRIDGE
FOUNDER & CEO /// THE SUN EXCHANGE
ISABELLE EDWARDS /// ANALYST - BNEF
Isabelle is an analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), the energy research division of Bloomberg LP focused on helping energy professionals generate opportunities. Isabelle has been leading BNEF's coverage of blockchain technologies and potential disruption to energy markets since 2016, more recently in the Emerging Technologies team. She also covers renewable power systems in emerging markets, with expertise on Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining BNEF, Isabelle worked as a research analyst covering extractive markets, global commodity trade and climate change.
ISABELLE EDWARDS
ANALYST /// BNEF
RENÉ KERKMEESTER /// DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION LEAD - TENNET
Rene Kerkmeester is currently designing and implementing the corporate Digital Transformation Programme for TenneT in Germany and the Netherlands. He is positioning TenneT in a new emerging electricity market landscape characterised by a more volatile and decentral ecosystem whilst delivering business improvements by advancing the use of data and analytics.
Previously, Rene was CEO at APX, Europe’s premier provider of power exchange and clearing services for the wholesale market, operating transparent platforms in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Belgium. Rene served at the Board of Directors of Powernext, a regulated investment firm based in Paris which designs and operates state-of-the-art electronic trading platforms for spot and derivatives markets in the European energy sector.
Also, he was Director at BritNed Development Ltd, a joint Venture between National Grid and TenneT. Also, he was Senior Manager of Customers and Markets with TenneT TSO in the Netherlands, where he was responsible for TenneTs customer development both throughout the Netherlands and abroad.
RENÉ KERKMEESTER
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION LEAD /// TENNET
MIHAIL MIHAYLOV /// SR. RESEARCH ENGINEER - ENERVALIS
I am a Senior Research Engineer at Enervalis, Belgium and a voluntary post-doctoral researcher at the AI lab of Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. I am continuing the development and realization of a concept I introduced in my earlier research: NRGcoin - a decentralized mechanism for rewarding renewable energy, based on blockchain technology.
I am actively involved in the Bitcoin ecosystem. I was the organizer of the Barcelona Bitcoin Community for 2 years and I am currently the organizer of P2P.Gent bitcoin meetup.
Previously, I was a senior research scientist at Sensing & Control Systems in Barcelona, Spain, working on smart grids and the internet of things. Prior to that I was a post-doctoral researcher at the Combinatorial Optimisation and Decision Support (CODeS) Research Group, University of Leuven in Gent, Belgium. I applied data mining techniques on real-world nurse rostering data from Belgian hospitals to improve the quality of the automatic generation of personnel schedules.
I collaborated with an independent research institute and developed techniques for distributed timetabling and geographical exam scheduling to facilitate course providers in planning their courses and exams.
During my Ph.D. I developed intelligent reinforcement learning algorithms for emergent coordination and self-organization of decentralized systems, such as wireless sensor networks.
MIHAIL MIHAYLOV
SR. RESEARCH ENGINEER /// ENERVALIS
STEPHEN DONNELLY /// CIO - SPECTRAL
Stephen Donnelly is the CIO with Spectral, a system integration and smart energy services company based in Amsterdam. He recently joined Spectral from the European Commission’s Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators. Stephen has more than 20 years' experience of technology deployments across multiple roles from software development to process consultancy and project management. He holds a Masters in Engineering and Computer Science from Oxford University.
STEPHEN DONNELLY
CIO /// SPECTRAL
ALAN TILLEY /// DIRECTOR POWER OPERATIONS - DRIFT
Alan started his career in technology in the late 70s after going off grid in 1975. From this experience, he developed a lifetime respect for energy (in)dependence. In 1997, he founded Questar Microsystems and designed and manufactured over 40 products including industrial automation hardware, software, distributed hydro-generation, professional digital audio equipment, and consumer electronic products. In the 1990s Questar was involved in the internet as an infrastructure and software developer to fortune 500 companies. In 2009 Questar was renamed Questar Energy Systems to focus on solar and wind opportunities and participated in a number of projects including the designed and manufacturing of commercial solar tracking systems. In 2014 Drift Marketplace was formed to take advantage of the knowledge gained in autonomous nodal networking, machine learning, cryptography, and wholesale energy markets. Drift was granted two patents in 2017 on this work and currently has an additional three patents pending. Alan's chief responsibilities are; business management, systems design, supply chain creation, and energy market operations. Drift is a FERC licensed virtual utility, focused on distributed aggregation of supply/demand and delivering ‘Energy as a Service’ to end consumers.
ALAN TILLEY
DIRECTOR POWER OPERATIONS /// DRIFT
COLLEEN METELITSA /// GRID EDGE ANALYST - GTM RESEARCH
Colleen Metelitsa is a Grid Edge Analyst with GTM Research specializing in microgrids and blockchain. Prior to GTM, Colleen earned her MPA in Energy Finance and Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. During her Master's program, she worked with the NY Green Bank, GE Ventures, and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) on topics ranging from applications of blockchain in energy to the commercial deployment of energy storage technologies. She was previously a Consultant in DNV GL's energy practice, where she worked with utilities and the U.S. Department of Energy on impact evaluations of demand response, energy efficiency, and renewable energy programs. Colleen holds an AB in Environmental Policy from Princeton University.
COLLEEN METELITSA
GRID EDGE ANALYST /// GTM RESEARCH
JACOB BOERSMA /// BLOCKCHAIN TEAM MANAGER - DELOITTE NL
Jacob Boersma is Manager of the blockchain team within Managed Risk Services at Deloitte NL. He has been involved in Bitcoin advisory since 2010 and has worked on blockchain projects in healthcare, financial services and real estate. Jacob has a background in electronic payments and digital identity.
JACOB BOERSMA
BLOCKCHAIN TEAM MANAGER /// DELOITTE NL
JOS BLOM /// INNOVATION & STRATEGY CONSULTANT - ALLIANDER
Jos has more than 30 years history in the world of energy.
The last 3 years as a Strategy & Innovation Consultant at Alliander with a focus on energy storage. Alliander is a electricity and gas grid company completely separated from production and supply (NUON) serving 40% of the customers in the Netherlands.

His studies, on master level, have a wide range of Biology, IT and Energy.
He started in the Utility world in the field of IT, leading my company through a rough road of merging and splitting. Early this century he worked as an information manager and developed free market processes. Later on (2006) he worked on the basics idea’s around Smart Grids.
The combination of all my studies and experiences are coming together in the fast developments around energy storage where he did lead the storage program at Alliander.
Now he works as a strategist at Alliander working on the main subject: develop the future energy system. Main themes are now heat/cold, blockchain and social innovation.
JOS BLOM
INNOVATION & STRATEGY CONSULTANT /// ALLIANDER
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Attendees


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Program


Program


DAY 1
  • Breakfast Session: Blockchain 101
  • Opening keynote
  • State of the Market
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SESSION #1
Peer-to-Peer
  • Enabling the energy ‘Uber’ for utilities
  • Wholesale energy trading using blockchain
  • Community energy networks powered by blockchain
SESSION #2
Using the blockchain for flexibility
  • Energy flexibility & collaborative trading
  • A new blockchain-based currency to stimulate investment in zero-emission cities
  • A layered energy system
  • Unlocking distributed flexibility via blockchain
SESSION #3
Certificates and regulation
  • Panel on regulation
  • Energy Web Foundation’s Origin application
SESSION #4
Dragon's Den Pitches
DAY 2
SESSION #5
Tokenization of energy
  • Jouliette
  • NRG Coin
  • Solarcoin
  • Exergy
  • SunEx token
  • Token Q&A
SESSION #6
Roundtable Sessions
SESSION #7
Investing in assets over the blockchain
  • Presented by : Hyperion Fund

Dragon's Den Award Ceremony

SESSION #8
Closing Session
  • Visionary Expert Panel
  • Closing Keynote
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Blockchain Company Guide


Blockchain Company Guide


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Comprehensive Guide of Companies involved in Blockchain & Energy

In order to provide an overview of the current landscape, we have collected information on over 60 companies and pilot projects working with blockchain and energy, describing the focus of their businesses and the different use cases they have for blockchain technologies and bundled this information in the complimentary 44-page report “A Comprehensive Guide for Companies involved in Blockchain and Energy”.


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Webinars


Webinars


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Future Grid webinars

Webinar #1 ///  ICOs and tokens in the blockchain & energy field
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Blockchain is finding its way to mainstream adoption. Many of these explored applications include the tokenization of energy or related certificates and their corresponding initial coin offerings (ICOs) or token sales. These ICOs recently attracted a great deal of media coverage, often with a negative connotation due to (fear of) scams, bans and bubbles. This webinar (recordings available) discussed this concept from various perspectives.


ABRAHAM CAMBRIDGE /// FOUNDER & CEO - THE SUN EXCHANGE
In 2008 I completed an MSc in the Science of Climate Change at the University of East Anglia, UK. It became to clear to me that solar energy is a crucial part of the ‘save the world’ tool-kit. Since then I have established several businesses that use solar energy as a means for creating positive changes in society. In 2010 I pioneered utility-scale solar in Britain and in 2012 a business I co-founded, The Renewable Energy Co-operative, was nominated 'International Co-operative of The Year' in the United Nations Year of Co-operatives. In 2014 my wife and I moved to South Africa to identify opportunities in the emerging African solar energy industry, I appreciate the sunshine!
ABRAHAM CAMBRIDGE
FOUNDER & CEO /// THE SUN EXCHANGE
ARTÜRAS ASAKAVICIUS /// CO-FOUNDER & FINANCE - WEPOWER
Artüras is practicing law at one of the biggest law firms in the Baltics, where he is repsonsible for all fintech blockchain and crypto currency related businesses and regulations. He is also Lithuanian fintech association chairman and two times recognised as the Lithuanian crowdfunding patron by the EU Commission.
ARTÜRAS ASAKAVICIUS
CO-FOUNDER & FINANCE /// WEPOWER
DAVID ORBAN /// FOUNDER - NETWORK SOCIETY VENTURES
David is the Founder and Managing Partner of Network Society Ventures, a seed stage global investment firm focused on innovative startups at the intersection of exponential technologies and decentralized networks.
He is an investor, entrepreneur, author, blogger, keynote speaker, and thought leader of the global technology landscape. His entrepreneurial accomplishments span several companies founded and grown over more than twenty years.
An early adopter of blockchain technologies and an active Bitcoin investor since 2010, he was the first to own Ether during the Ethereum launch in 2014. He also led the adoption of Bitcoin and blockchain in start-ups and is an advisor and investor in numerous blockchain companies and funds, such as Bitnation, Sun Exchange, Wealth Migrate, Blockchain Capital, Bancor, Swarm Fund, and others. David was the keynote speaker at the first Ethereal Summit in May 2017 in New York with an inspiring vision of how blockchain technologies will catalyze a phase change in the socio-economic organization of our societies.
DAVID ORBAN
FOUNDER /// NETWORK SOCIETY VENTURES
Webinar #2 /// Blockchain-enabled use cases for energy utilities
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The proliferation of blockchain technology in the energy sector has seen a remarkable new breadth of applications for utilities. Utilities are facing an extremely uncertain future with the advent of disintermediated p2p energy transactions. Nonetheless, utilities can use blockchain to enhance and develop new business models. This webinar will present the opportunities that blockchain offers to utilities along with a real-world example.


DAVID GROARKE /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - INDIGO ADVISORY GROUP
David Groarke is an experienced utility technology and strategy consultant. He has worked with power companies globally to define new growth opportunities, business model evolutions and strategic technology deployments. In this capacity, David has designed large capital technology and modernization programs and provided subject matter expertise for a range of utilities in the areas of technology strategy, strategic planning, innovation management, business model evolution, customer engagement, utility automation, distributed energy resource management, blockchain and data analytics. He has published several industry leading smart grid research reports and grid modernization insight pieces. Prior to Indigo Advisory Group, David was part of Accenture’s and PA Consulting's Global Energy Practices and led innovative research at Greentech Media Research (GTM). He is a published author of several industry leading smart grid research reports and grid modernization insight pieces. David holds an Honors Degree in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and has studied European programs at Roskilde University in Denmark and Lund University in Sweden.
DAVID GROARKE
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// INDIGO ADVISORY GROUP
KILLIAN TOBIN /// CEO - OMEGA GRID
Killian is an engineer with an MS in computer science and applied knowledge of system optimization using neural networks and genetic algorithms. Killian has consulted or sold software to utilities for over 18 years. He was responsible for energy platform sales at Oracle Utilities and business development at Uptake (the fastest growing startup of 2015 according to Forbes, beating Slack and Uber).
KILLIAN TOBIN
CEO /// OMEGA GRID
Webinar #3 /// Vehicle-to-Grid: Potential & Early Experiences
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With the decentralization of power production and the prospect of millions of high-draw consumption points being added in the form of electric vehicles, there is an increasing need for flexibility in the energy system. In this webinar we will explore how and to what extent vehicles can be an effective resource for the grid. This will be done by sharing and discussing data and insights of seven pilot projects from around the world.


ABIGAIL TINKER /// PROJECT MANAGER VEHICLE GRID INTEGRATION STRATEGY & PILOTS - PG&E
Abigail Tinker leads Pacific Gas & Electric’s Vehicle Grid Integration (VGI) strategy & pilots as part of the Grid Integration & Innovation team. She has been working to advance green technologies in the utility sector for over 10 years including roles in strategic and data analysis to enable increasing utility-scale renewables, distributed generation, demand response, and electric vehicles. Abigail is also passionate about the impact bike transportation can have on reducing carbon emissions, she currently serves on the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s Strategic Plan Committee. Abigail attended Wellesley College then received an MA in Climate and Society from Columbia University and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
ABIGAIL TINKER
PROJECT MANAGER VEHICLE GRID INTEGRATION STRATEGY & PILOTS /// PG&E
HUGO NIESING /// PROJECT MANAGER - SEEV4-CITY
Hugo Niesing is working as project-managemer for the SEEV4-City project. His main experience is on the initiation and management of innovative projects on sustainable city development. Experience, expertise and networks focus on clean urban energy and mobility systems, the working scope ranges from local to national and European level. Mr. Niesing speaks regularly at international forums about city-energy transition and innovation. The core of the SEEV4-City project is making a huge step forward in green city development by a smart combination of electric vehicles, renewable energy sources and ICT solutions.
HUGO NIESING
PROJECT MANAGER /// SEEV4-CITY
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News & Updates


News & Updates


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Register Now


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Registration - Blockchain2Business

5-6 February 2018 /// Amsterdam

Register Now

Click the button below to register and join over 200 other attendees at Blockchain2Business (5-6 February 2018, Amsterdam). Please feel free to get in touch with us directly at registrations@solarplaza.com, in case of any issues or questions regarding registration.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Regular Prices
Until 4 Feb 2018
At-the-Door Prices
5-6 Feb 2018
2-day ticket1295€1395€
Networking dinner70€

*the prices above exclude VAT

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Venue


Venue


Taets Art and Event Park

TAETS ART AND EVENT PARK

A unique event location located on the magnificently beautiful national heritage site at the Amsterdam North Sea Canal. With its many unique buildings on this historic terrain, this location is suited for every kind of event and the location is equipped with every comfort. These ingredients make Taets Art and Event park the ultimate location for a unique and  inspirational conference.

Taets Art and Event Park
Hemkade 18 (Hembrugterrein)
1506 PR Amsterdam – Zaandam
The Netherlands

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Sponsors & Partners


Sponsors & Partners


Sponsorship opportunities

The international 2-day event will involve 200+ high-level decision makers from around the world.

Several opportunities are available to build and promote your brand to a diverse, yet focused group of high level international and local stakeholders including investors, financiers, project developers, startups and consultancies.

Options include:

  • Tailor-made branding and networking focused packages
  • Facilitation of 1-on-1 meetings with key stakeholders
  • Visibility through both on and offline international marketing campaign
  • Possibility to have speaking involvement through presentation or panel discussion
  • Possibility to host or moderate a roundtable discussion or lunch table during conference
  • Unparalleled access to unique networking opportunities with a targeted group

For more information, please contact Tom van Dorp through t.vandorp@solarplaza.com.

 
ACCOUNT MANAGER
Tom van Dorp

Tom van Dorp
+31 10 302 7910
t.vandorp@solarplaza.com

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Track Record


Track Record


Track Record Globe

Our track record comprises a portfolio of over 100 events around the globe, spanning 5 continents, 34 countries, 50 cities. We've hosted exploratory trade missions and market-focused conferences, but have always put a large emphasis on the practicalities, challenges, opportunities and delicacies of financing. 

We've built up a line of 'Unlocking Solar Capital' events - with editions in Africa, Latin America and Asia - that focus on connecting conventional financing with project development, we host the annual 'Making Solar Bankable' event in Amsterdam together with Dutch development bank FMO, and always include a wide range of financial topics and speakers in all the events we organize. Furthermore, we've hosted a series of conference on innovative financing methods and practices, like the 'Renewable Energy Crowdfunding' conferences (hosted twice in London) and the YieldCon events (organized in New York and London). 

Expanding upon this and further aligned with our new 'Future Grid' division, we're approaching the topic of blockchain, which we had already touched upon in several of our other events. 

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About Solarplaza


About Solarplaza


About Solarplaza

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Contact Us

For program matters regarding the event and its content, get in touch with:

PROJECT MANAGER

Leoncio Montemayor
+31 10 302 7903
leoncio@solarplaza.com

Leoncio Montemayor

For program matters regarding the event and its content, get in touch with:

PROJECT MANAGER

Thomas Boersma
+31 10 302 7915
thomas@solarplaza.com

Thomas Boersma

For questions regarding exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, contact:

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Tom van Dorp
+31 10 302 7910
t.vandorp@solarplaza.com

Tom van Dorp

For inquiries on media partnerships and marketing opportunities, reach out to:

MARKETING MANAGER

Tom van der Linden
+31 10 3027912
tom@solarplaza.com

Tom van der Linden