Six International Experts confirmed for NZ Blockchain Conference.

Blockworks, on October 12th, a showcase of Blockchain technology transforming Business, Government and Society aims to grow the New Zealand Blockchain Industry.

Blockchain is an emerging general technology with practical applications transforming Business, Government and Society.

“Blockchain technology is fundamentally about increasing speed while decreasing fraud. New Zealand, a tight-knit nation with an incredible sense of community and trust, already has the cultural foundation to be a hotbed for blockchain.
Small nations similar in size are already seeing success in the space. I look forward to learning more about the Kiwi projects in the space and empowering businesses here to achieve the global visibility they deserve on the Blockworks stage.” — Savannah Peterson

Emerging Technology Events Producer, Justin Flitter says “The New Zealand Blockchain industry is growing fast. In order to escalate awareness and adoption, major conferences like Blockworks on October 12th play an important role in developing community and public awareness.”

“I’m delighted to announce that IBM, Air New Zealand and ClearFoundation have joined Microsoft, Centrality.ai, Cryptopia, NZTE, ATEED, NZ Blockchain Association, Storicom and Idealog as sponsors of New Zealand’s Premier Blockchain event”

The day long conference features talks from New Zealand Industry Leaders, Local Trailblazers and six International Experts. They are;

Boyd Cohen — Barcelona

How Blockchain is transforming Mobility and Smart City development.

Boyd Cohen, Ph.D., is an urban strategist focused on the areas of urban innovation, entrepreneurship, smart cities and the Internet of Mobility.

He is a Fellow at the Singapore University of Social Sciences in their Fintech and Blockchain group. In 2017, he co-founded IoMob, a blockchain startup seeking to decentralize the mobility sector by providing an open protocol for the Internet of Mobility (IoM).

He is also the current Executive Director of the Blockchain Cities Alliance.


Michael Williams — Australia

Technology Solutions Expert Michael Williams from Microsoft Australia will showcase examples and case stories of how Blockchain Technology is being applied to solve Enterprise scale business problems.


Natasha Blycha and Paul Hutchison — Australia

Law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), IBM and Australian innovation agency Data 61 recently announced the formation of a consortium to build the Australian National Blockchain.

It will be Australia’s first cross-industry, large-scale, digital platform to enable businesses to collaborate using the IBM Blockchain Platform and blockchain-based smart legal contracts.

HSF’s Natasha Blycha and IBM’s Paul Hutchison will share how ANB will enable companies to use digitised contracts, exchange data and confirm the authenticity and status of legal contracts, and why it will represent a significant new piece of infrastructure in Australia’s digital economy.


Michael Proper — United States of America

Michael Proper, Chairman of ClearFoundation, a New Zealand Company with a global footprint developing Blockchain Technology Platforms is confirmed as the final International Expert to join the speaker line up on October 12th.

During the past 23 years, Michael has started and grown numerous successful companies in the IT sector. Prior to founding ClearFoundation (a New Zealand company), he started ClearCenter and DirectPointe (acquired by Hewlett Packard).

Michael is a creator and knows how to produce results by rounding up great teams and helping them to focus on simple yet measurable, transparent goals.

In addition, Michael has successfully acquired and integrated many great IT companies including iTOK, Center7, STI, System Works, S3, Witsbits, Minebox and Kailo Energy.


Savannah Peterson — United States of America

Savannah Peterson is the Founder and Chief Unicorn of Savvy Millennial where she helps the people, products and brands she loves grow. Savannah was named to the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Consumer Technology, and is a respected voice in innovation and community engagement.

Savvy will host the Blockchain for Beginners workshop on October 11th and MC the Blockchain Conference.

Prior to joining Speck Design, Peterson was the Director of Global Community at Shapeways, the world’s largest 3D Printing community. Peterson has also worked at Fox Sports Northwest, the Centre for Communication and Civic Engagement at the University of Washington, and founded her own social media marketing agency, Savvy Marketing Seattle. She travels the world as a public speaker, most recently at SXSW, Silicon Beach Festival, and Gasparilla Interactive. Peterson teaches digital marketing and crowdfunding at Stanford, NYU, PACE, and SUNY Oswego and has been featured by the BBC, NBC, The Wall Street Journal, Gizmodo, CNET and The Verge.