Smart Dubai's Future Blockchain Summit returns to the city next month.
The event will take place on 2nd- 3rd April at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), and it expected to attract 8,000 attendees to discuss the future of blockchain.
The event is aimed at government, technology experts and companies using blockchain, and will cover key sectors including retail and ecommerce, healthcare, transportation, education, food, hospitality and tourism, energy, fintech and banking, safety and security.
DWTC says the event will feature 140 hours of speaker sessions, with speakers from major brands including Coca-Cola, Tencent, Johnson & Johnson, Maersk, HSBC, eBay and Lufthansa.
The event will also include six live conference and seminar stages, featuring international speakers such as Shark Tank panelist and the world's first Bitcoin Oracle, Vinny Lingham; the CEO and Co-Founder of Civic and founding Director of the 6th largest cryptocurrentcy in the world LiteCoin, Franklyn Richards; rebel, explorer and tech pilgrim, Phil Chen - the man responsible for the world's first native Blockchain phone, Exodus 1, and currently the Decentralised Chief Officer at HTC; G20 expert advisor and Director of Social Impact and Public Regulatory Affairs, IOTA Foundation, Dr. Julie A. Maupin; and Abdel Mageed Yahia, the Director of the World Food Programme, who pioneered a blockchain application to reduce world hunger.
Eighty startups are also expected to participate.
"We are already seeing a multitude of ways in which blockchain can transform a community," said Her Excellency Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General, Smart Dubai Office. "Smart Dubai has been working on over 20 citywide blockchain use cases in partnership with the government and private sector, and we will see many more in the months and years to come.
"Dubai is committed to exploring the potential of this technology to support our ambitious goal of becoming the world's happiest city, and we have already come a long way since the inaugural Future Blockchain Summit. We want Dubai to be a global blockchain hub that will lead the way in developing the technology further allowing us to improve lives not only locally, but on a global scale too."
This year's event include the PwC Middle East-backed Global Leaders Exchange, a closed door, round-table discussion where senior government and business officials can discuss blockchain policy and crypto-assets.
Smart Dubai, in partnership with Dubai Future Accelerators, will use the 2019 Future Blockchain Summit to launch the third round of the Global Blockchain Challenge. The challenge will see startups from around the world pitch projects that can contribute to the goals of the Dubai Blockchain Strategy
Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events Management, Dubai World Trade Centre, said: "Last year's Future Blockchain Summit lit a spark in Dubai's technology community that has spread throughout the world. We saw launches, speakers making their regional debut and thousands of like-minded first-movers coming together to shape the future of blockchain.
"This year, Future Blockchain Summit will further solidify Dubai's position as a global leader in the early adoption of game-changing technology. We are pleased to partner with Smart Dubai once again, and are excited to bring together the blockchain innovators, visionaries and risk-takers that will be at the heart of delivering the Dubai Blockchain Strategy and central to advancing blockchain discussion on a truly global scale."
To find out more, visit www.futureblockchainsummit.com