All-Member Summit – Fall 2017

The Blockchain Research Institute held our first All-Member Summit (one of our key membership deliverables) on November 8th and 9th, 2017, in Toronto, Canada. Members from around the world gathered for this exclusive opportunity to meet with our leading researchers.

The Summit kicked off at the historic Steam Whistle Roundhouse, with a keynote address by Don Tapscott on the “State of Blockchain.” This was followed by a panel discussion on the applications of blockchain for enterprises, moderated MIT’s Irving Wladasky-Berger, and featuring Iliana Oris-Valiente of Accenture, Marley Gray of Microsoft, Kevin Humphries of FedEx, and Jerry Cuomo of IBM. The event was followed by an exclusive members-only dinner, with a guest appearance by Toronto Mayor John Tory.

The following day’s event at the Evergreen Brick Works featured keynote speakers Michael Casey, co-author of “The Age of Crypto-Currency,” and Tom Serres and Bettina Warburg, of Animal Ventures. Members also participated in smaller breakout sessions led by BRI faculty members:

  • Tom Baumann, Collaborase
  • Dom Guinard, EVRYTHNG
  • Michele Mosca, evolutionQ
  • Iliana Oris-Valiente, Accenture
  • Laurence Orsini, LO3 Energy
  • Dr. Axel Schumacher, Project Shivom
  • Usman Sheikh, Gowling WLG

The day wrapped up with a panel led by Don Tapscott on the role of government in the blockchain revolution, featuring Maryantonett Flumian of the Institute on Governance, and Tony Scott, former CIO of the US federal government.

Participation at the BRI’s All-Member Summit is exclusive to our member organizations. To find out more about becoming a member and attending our next summit in May 2018 in New York City, contact us.