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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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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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Speakers


Speakers


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
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
MAREK SOBIENIECKI /// FOUNDER - NORDPEAK CONSULTING
Ever since I experienced the magic of converting sunlight into electricity and giving everyday people a chance to produce their own energy, I loved the concept and the possibilities it unlocked for us.
Since 2001 my professional focus has been in the field of decentralised energy generation. I spent the first years working with innovative Swedish start-up, PV-Enterprise, putting together the first building blocks of a young European photovoltaic industry. Serving there in different management positions, I finally joined the Board of Directors to prepare the company for the first-ever Solar Energy IPO in Sweden. The IPO, launched in Dec 2006, was a big success and accompanied by intensive press coverage raised general public awareness about potential of solar energy in Scandinavia.
In 2007 I decided to leave PVE and a year later I started Nordpeak Consulting. It turned out to be even more of a “solar-roller-coaster” experience. In the next years, our consulting team worked with multiple international projects positioned across the whole PV value chain and located in India, China, North America and Europe. Our scope of services gradually expanded from the areas of R&D and industrial manufacturing into development of investment projects, EPC and financing as well as marketing, sales and strategy consulting.
In the last 10 years we've had a privilege to work with some of the most influential individuals and brands in the industry, most recently building innovative and game-changing solutions with such valuable clients as Meyer Burger and IKEA Group.
Currently, at Nordpeak we are focused on the next big wave of energy (r)evolution, helping our customers to move from renewable energy generation towards energy storage and new distribution models, embracing into our consulting portfolio other new technologies such as Blockchain and Ai.
MAREK SOBIENIECKI
FOUNDER /// NORDPEAK CONSULTING
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
PHILIP GLADEK /// CEO - SPECTRAL
Philip is a self-taught engineer with a background in business strategy. Originally from New York City, Philip came to the Netherlands in 2012 to pursue an entrepreneurial expedition focused on sustainable development. Philip is one of the co-founders and a board member of Metabolic, an organization which works with governments, NGOs, and corporations to tackle complex sustainability challenges. While working with Metabolic, Philip was responsible for the realization of projects like De Ceuvel - an office community which has become a globally visible showcase for the circular economy. In 2015, Philip founded Metabolic’s first commercial spin-off: Spectral, a system integration and smart energy services company based in Amsterdam. After two years of rapid development, Spectral is now preparing to scale up and to take the next steps on its mission to accelerate the transition towards 100% renewable, clean energy supply.
PHILIP GLADEK
CEO /// SPECTRAL
RENE PLUIS /// LEAD COUNTRY CYBER SECURITY - CISCO
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RENE PLUIS
LEAD COUNTRY CYBER SECURITY /// CISCO
JOS BLOM /// INNOVATION & STRATEGY CONSULTANT - ALLIANDER
A short bio will follow soon...
JOS BLOM
INNOVATION & STRATEGY CONSULTANT /// ALLIANDER
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
REX KEMPCKE /// BUSINESS DEVELOPER BLOCKCHAIN - PONTON
A short bio will follow soon...
REX KEMPCKE
BUSINESS DEVELOPER BLOCKCHAIN /// PONTON
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Program


Program


DAY 1

Breakfast Session: Basics of Blockchain
Opening keynote: 
Beyond the blockchain buzz

1 /// USE-CASE:
Peer-to-Peer
  • Enabling the ‘Uber’ for energy business?
  • Utilities and large-scale trading
  • Community energy networks
2 /// USE-CASE: Empowering RE certificates
  • Expert panel: Regulating the new kid on the block(chain)
  • Expert panel: Can you break the chain
3 /// Creating legitimacy: regulation & security
  • Blockchain cutting all the bureaucracy
  • Market for certificates
  • Emissions allowance
4 ///
Dragon's Den
  • Startup pitch competition
DAY 2

Opening debate: Two perspectives on blockchain

5 /// USE-CASE: Innovations in financing
  • Coins for kWh: How does that work?
  • Using Bitcoins and the blockchain to finance RE projects
6 ///
Networking 2.0
  • Roundtables: Representing the complete ecosystem per table
     
7 /// USE-CASE: Flexibility for the smart grid
  • Grid balancing
  • Grid stability
8 /// Blockchain: Bubble or Disruptor?
  • Expert panel: Blockchain in energy: bubble or the business disruptor
  • Dragon's Den award ceremony
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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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Webinar


Webinar


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Webinar #1 /// ICOs and tokens in the energy field /// RECORDINGS AVAILABLE

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
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Why?

Blockchain is finding its way to mainstream adoption. Being on top of the hype cycle at the current moment, its applications are scrutinized in various industries, of which the energy sector is no exception. 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 scams, bans and bubbles. This webinar will provide you a full understanding of the concept, discussing it from various perspectives.

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News & Updates


News & Updates


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Track Record


Track Record


Track Record Globe

Our track record comprises a portfolio of nearly 100 events around the globe, spanning 5 continents, 30+ countries, 42 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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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

Partners

MEDIA PARTNER /// CEX.IO
CEX.IO is a leading Bitcoin exchange since 2013, developing and delivering innovative products to the market using blockchain technologies. At CEX.IO you can easily buy, sell and trade Bitcoins - no matter if you're beginner or an experienced trader.
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Register Now


Register Now


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!

Very Early Bird Prices
Until 1 Dec 2017
Early Bird Prices
Until 29 Dec 2017
Regular Prices
Until 4 Feb 2018
At-the-Door Prices
5-6 Feb 2018
2-day ticket995€1145€1295€1395€
Networking dinner70€

*the prices above exclude VAT

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About Solarplaza


About Solarplaza


About Solarplaza

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"To positively impact the world by accelerating the sustainable energy transition"

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  • Established in 2004

  • + More than 90 events

  • + More than 25 countries

    From CHILE to CHINA

  • + Over 50.000

    Of RE professionals in our network

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