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Bahrain to host Blockchain inaugural event

Manama, BlockOn 2018, the global blockchain conference, is gearing up to welcome more than 300 global Blockchain innovators and professionals to its inaugural event focusing on "Redefining Finance" on November 22 at Bahrain Bay.

Launched by Bahrain Fintech Bay under the patronage of Khalid Al-Rumaihi, Chief Executive, Economic Development Board (EDB) and Chairman of the Executive Board of Bahrain FinTech Bay, the conference will bring together a high level group of regulators, entrepreneurs, investors and financial industry executives to explore the rising opportunities and challenges presented by Blockchain for financial services and other industries and its many applications ranging from trading and payments to security and legal ownership.

The event will feature a series of seminars, panels, keynotes, fireside chats as well as breakout sessions and will cover a broad range of areas including Blockchain basics, regulation, collaboration, E-KYC and future trends.

BlockOn offers practical, hands-on learning for participants through Business and Technical Track workshops developed to help executives and innovation leaders gain sufficient knowledge and better understand Blockchain in addition to training developers by conference end in the writing of Blockchain smart contracts for financial services. The workshops are being delivered in cooperation with Blockchain Academy Global, a leading FinTech education and training provider.

Upon registering for the Technical Track (developers) the participant will get a chance to win enrollment into the Oxford Blockchain programme while those registering for the Business Track (c level) will get a chance to win entry into the Oxford FinTech programme. These world-class courses are run by SaA�d Business School in collaboration with GetSmarter. Bahrain FinTech Bay will further present the findings of a survey it has undertaken in the run up to the event where Blockchain and other related industry professionals have provided views and predictions on the evolution and future for Blockchain and its adoption.

Having helped develop and taking part in the programme are numerous supporting and partner organisations. These include Strategic Partners � EDB and Tamkeen, Principal Partner - Benefit, Corporate Partners - Roland Berger, GBM and 01 systems, Supporting Partners - Cambridge Blockchain, Careem, Pikcio, Rain, Bit Oasis, Arabian Chain Technology and Belfrics, Knowledge Partners � GetSmarter, Blockchain Academy Global and University of Oxford, Said Business School. The event's Media Partners are Business Chief, NexChange, Gigabit, Fintech Middle East, AMB CRYPTO, B Entrepreneur, Credits, FinMark Communications and IFN Fintech.

Khalid Saad, CEO of Bahrain FinTech Bay, said, "We are excited to kick off BlockOn 2018 and look forward to welcoming hundreds of global Blockchain leaders and FinTech innovators to the Kingdom of Bahrain, where the ecosystem is rapidly developing with new and existing players in financial services and other industries looking to harness the power of new technologies and digital platforms including Blockchain. In addition to a strong line up of regional and international speakers and experts, we are especially pleased to be offering participants a unique opportunity to get hands on training to better grasp what Blockchain technology is all about and even learn how to conceptualize and build smart contracts for practical use and application."

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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