Blockchain transformation from hype to reality (N-sight)

Location:Hotel Abbey, Grimbergen


"Blockchain is a foundational emerging technology of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, much like the internet was for the previous (or third) industrial revolution”, according to the World Economic Forum. In the years to come, blockchain will play a transformative role in more and more sectors.


Already, blockchain is moving beyond the hype, so let’s take a look at the emerging reality.


In this N-sight, we will hear the real-life blockchain stories of Credendo and of the Original label for food traceability, and look into the future opportunities of digital ID management for the media sector with Deloitte. Then Crowell & Moring will provide insight into potential incompatibilities between the GDPR and blockchain. Finally, we will share the highlights of Beltug’s memorandum on blockchain for the Belgian government.


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Hotel Abbey, Kerkeblokstraat 5, 1850 Grimbergen




13:00 Welcome coffee


13:30 Introduction


Ann Guinée, Communication Manager, Beltug (English)


13:45 Case: Blockchain in business: the Origin food traceability label


While the potential of blockchain has attracted the interest of many companies in different industries, blockchain is not a magic bullet. In fact, its use is only truly justified in a few cases. The Origin food traceability label is one of them. We’ll learn about the business case and steps taken to create the Origin blockchain that Worldline built in partnership with Bureau Veritas. We’ll hear about the project, from idea to go-live; when to apply blockchain and when not; and how to build a blockchain business case.


Jonathan Sauer, Innovation Manager Financial Services, equensWorldline (English)


14:15 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


14:30 Case: Trust, but verify!


What has been required to implement Blockchain ‘underneath’ Credendo's insurance products? Jon Holvoet will take us along on his own challenging journey from demystification, confusion and distrust, to reaching consensus and the birth of Credendo's ‘genesis’ block.


Jon Holvoet, CCOE Manager, Credendo (English)


15:00 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


15:15 Coffee Break


15:45 Blockchain and its (potential) impact on the media industry


What advantages, risks and challenges does blockchain offer to the media industry? Let’s find out about a digital solution for 'ID management as a service' that could let telco operators and other TMT companies (technology, media and telecom) use a blockchain-enabled platform for identity management of both people and devices. This federated identity management solution has the potential to enable new revenue streams, loyalty benefits and digital business models.


Tim Paridaens, Technology & IoT lead, & Athina Stantzos, Senior Blockchain Consultant, Deloitte Belgium (English)


16:15 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


16:30 Will GDPR kill blockchain?


Will the 'right to be forgotten' doom the chance of blockchain projects to achieve GDPR compliance? Is blockchain’s 'Distribution by Design' fundamentally incompatible with GDPR’s 'Data Protection by Design'? Or is blockchain exactly what we need to comply with data minimisation requirements? During this session, we’ll hear about the tensions between the technology and the legislation, bust some myths and legends, and gain insight on how to tackle the legal risks and challenges in the face of the most recent legislative and regulatory developments.


Maarten Stassen, Partner (privacy & cybersecurity lawyer), Crowell & Moring (English)


17:00 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


17:15 Beltug drafts a government memorandum on blockchain


For Belgium to ensure its continuing competitivity, the public powers must take an active stand: ensuring the right competencies are available, keeping legislation up to date with modern technologies, and representing the needs of Belgian users (i.e. the industries) for European initiatives and policies.  To inform our future government of the legislative hurdles to blockchain adoption, Beltug has drafted a Position Paper that has been sent to the Belgium government. We’ll dive into some of the topics covered.


Danielle Jacobs, CEO, Beltug (English)


17:30 Wrap up & Closing drink


18:30 End