Societal implications of the blockchain

Saturday 24.02.2018




  • Cambridge Students & Staff | £25
  • Regular Conference Ticket | £35


Blockchain has been framed as a piece of technology with the potential to fundamentally reshape our world over the course of the coming decades. Most important of all, blockchain technology could challenge the way that we act and govern ourselves as a society.

This conference aims to explore the relationship between blockchain and governance, offering a space not only for the consideration of how governmental processes may be altered by blockchain technology, but also how governments may in turn shape this technology.










Eva Kaili

Member of

European Parliament

Eva Kaili is a Member of the European Parliament, elected in 2014. In her capacity as the Chair of the European Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment body (STOA) she has, been working intensively on promoting innovation as a driving force of the establishment of the European Digital Single Market. She has been particularly active in the fields of blockchain technology, m/eHealth, big data, fintech and cybersecurity.

Since her election she has also been very active in the field of taxation, where she has been the Rapporteur of the ECON committee's annual tax report. As a member of the ECON committee she has been focusing on EU's financial integration and the management of the financial crisis in the Eurozone.

Prior to her position in the European Parliament, she has been elected two times in the Greek Parliament (serving between 2007-2012), with the PanHellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK). She holds a Bachelor degree in Architecture and Civil Engineering, and Postgraduate degree in European Politics. Currently, she is conducting her PhD in International Political Economy.

Sally Eaves

CTO, Founder, and Forbes Technology Council Member

As CTO, Practising Professor of FinTech, Founder, and Global Strategic Advisor, Sally Eaves has extensive experience consulting on the application of disruptive technologies for the benefit of business and society at large. She is an award-winning thought leader in the fields of innovation, digital transformation and emergent technologies, with a special focus on blockchain and artificial intelligence.

Sally is a member of the Forbes Technology Council, and an accomplished author with regular contributions to leading publications in business, technology, and academia. She is an international keynote speaker and respected online influencer with more than 50,000 followers on Twitter alone.

Sally strongly believes that technology is an enabler for social good, as reflected in her recent shortlisting for the UK IT Woman of the Year Business Role Model Award. She has also co-founded Aspirational Futures, which seeks to help guide and support the next generation of technology talents.

Vinay Gupta

Founder of Hexayurt.Capital

Rob Knight

Co-founder of Mattereum

Vinay Gupta is known for managing the release of the Ethereum blockchain platform, and for inventing the hexayurt, a public domain disaster relief shelter. He is a technologist and policy analyst, with a particular interest in how technologies can close or create new avenues for decision makers. In the past, this interest has taken him through the arenas of cryptography, energy policy, defence, security, resilience and disaster management. Most recently, Vinay founded Hexayurt Capital, a fund which invests in creating the Internet of Agreements™.

Rob Knight is an entrepreneur and innovator, and the co-founder of Mattereum. Mattereum is the first Internet of Agreements infrastructure project, aiming to provide legally enforceable smart contracts, and to enable the sale, lease, and transfer of physical property and legal rights. Throughout 2017, Rob and Vinay published multiple articles with the Harvard Business Review.


Paul Ellis

CEO of Electron

Paul Ellis is the CEO of Electron, a company focused on the application of blockchains in the energy market. Paul's background includes 13 years investment banking working in London and New York for Barclays Capital.

He founded a fintech incubator and software development business and subsequently established and ran CreditTrade which became a leading trading platform for credit derivatives.

He went on to run the European and Asian offices of a major institutional electronic trading platform before taking up his current position.

Stella Pachidi


Cambridge Judge Business School

Dr. Stella Pachidi is a Lecturer in Information Systems at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Her research interests lie in the intersection of technology, work and organizing.

Her current research projects investigate the introduction of analytics and big data technologies into organizations, how digitization can help solve workplace challenges, and practices of knowledge collaboration across boundaries.

She holds a PhD in Business Administration from VU University Amsterdam, a MSc in Business Informatics from Utrecht University, and a MSc in Electrical and and Computer Engineering from National Technical University of Athens.

Garrick Hileman

Research Fellow

Cambridge Judge Business School

Dr Garrick Hileman is a Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School, and a researcher at the Centre for Macroeconomics at the London School of Economics. Garrick is best known for his research on cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technology (blockchain).

His teaching at the University of Cambridge includes developing the UK's first university taught class on blockchain technology.

He is regularly invited to share his perspective with the media, including the FT, BBC, NPR, and CNBC, and he was recently ranked as one of the 100 most influential economists in the UK and Ireland. Garrick's technology experience includes co-founding a San Francisco-based tech incubator, IT strategy consulting for multinationals, and founding MacroDigest and Ensembl. He is also part of the team that recently released a new stablecoin design called ARC.

Jaya Klara Brekke

PhD Candidate at Durham University

and Artist-in-Residence at RIAT

Jaya Klara Brekke is a researcher, creative producer, and speaker on the political economy of blockchain and consensus protocols, focusing on questions of agency, politics and power in distributed systems.

She is the author of the B9Lab ethical training module for blockchain developers, and has been working as designer and curator on projects related to the political economies of infrastructures for the past ten years. These projects include Crisis-scapes, on the impact of the financial crisis on public space in Athens; D-CENT, a European-wide project for the development of open citizen engagement technologies; and Flesh & Concrete, a research project and series of installations on the effects of the construction of the Supervia Poniente highway in Mexico city.

Jaya is based between London, Vienna (as collaborator of the Institute for Future Cryptoeconomics), and Durham University, UK, where she is currently conducting PhD research titled 'Distributing Chains, Three Strategies for Thinking Blockchain Politically'.

Martin Köppelmann

Co-Founder, CEO


Martin Köppelmann has been an entrepreneur and thought leader in the blockchain space for more than 3 years. He is the founder of the biggest Bitcoin prediction market, Fairlay, but has shifted his focus to Ethereum and co-founded the decentralized Gnosis prediction market – the first bigger DAPP that went live on Ethereum.

Closely related to prediction markets is his work on decentralized market driven governance mechanisms: Futarchy.Beyond the entrepreneurial activity Martin has done research on the economic incentive structure of different consensus mechanisms and scalability solutions via state channels.

Martin co-hosts the Ethereum meetup groups in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Finally, Martin is well known for his work and research on “basic income on the blockchain: Circles” – a new currency built on top of Ethereum that aims to implement a basic income as monetary policy.

Stefan George

Co-Founder, CTO


Stefan is an entrepreneur and developer who became interested in Bitcoin in 2013. He started his own Bitcoin startup Fairlay, one of the leading prediction markets using Bitcoin today.

Previously Stefan worked at tech companies in Silicon Valley and at Berlin-based startups. After finishing his Master’s in Computer Science, he decided to travel Asia for a year in 2014 and started Gnosis afterwards working from Berlin. The first alpha version of Gnosis was released just one week after the launch of Ethereum.

Stefan leads the development at Gnosis and implemented the smart contracts behind the prediction market platform. In addition, Stefan wrote the multisig-wallet which became a standard for ICOs today.

Catherine Mulligan

Research Fellow

Imperial College London

Dr Catherine Mulligan is a Research Fellow in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship group with a joint appointment to the Department of Computing where she is Co-Director of the Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research. She is a Fellow and an Expert of the World Economic Forum for Blockchain Technologies. She is standardisation lead for the Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) Task Force and Vice Chairman of the ETSI ISG on Context Information Management.

Her research interests lie in the area of new economic structures enabled by the digital economy, in particular the role of cybersecurity and Distributed Ledger Technologies in the creation of trust in digitally-enabled industries, governments and in the creation of citizen-centric smart/sustainable cities.Dr Mulligan regularly advises a variety of governments on the role of digital technologies including the UK, EU and Australasia. She is an advisor to blockchain company Everledger.

Danny Goh


Nexus Frontier Tech

Danny is a serial entrepreneur and an early stage investor. He is the co-founder of Nexus Frontier Tech and Innovatube which focus on deep tech investment and development.

Danny currently serves as an Entrepreneurship Expert with the Entrepreneurship centre at the Said Business School and he is a keynote speaker and an adviser to several accelerator programs and start-ups in Europe and Asia.


9:00 - 9:30


9:30 - 11:00


The conference commences with an overview of the technology and trends followed by the keynote address

Speakers: Conference Committee | Sally Eaves

11:00 - 11:30


Refreshments would be served in business school lobby.

11:30 - 12:30


"The Economics of Blockchain: Governing Markets and Businesses"

Panelists: Dr. Stella Pachidi | Paul Ellis | Dr. Garrick Hileman | Stefan George | Danny Goh

12:30 - 13:30


After the panel session, we would have our second keynote address.

Speakers: Vinay Gupta | Rob Knight

13:30 - 14:30


Lunch would be served at the business school lobby - Everyone will be hungry so let's just grab a bite.

14:30 - 15:30


Post-lunch, we would have our third keynote address.

Speaker: Eva Kaili

15:30 - 16:30


"The Politics of Blockchain: Knowledge and Power"

Panelists: Dr. Catherine Mulligan | Martin Köppelmann | Jaya Klara Brekke

16:30 - 17:00


Refreshments would be served in business school lobby.

17:00 - 18:30


Concluding talk for the conference.


The conference is a flagship volunteer event as part of the Technology Policy course in Judge Business School to challenge the boundaries of policy as technology evolves.

Joshua Cheong

Commonwealth Scholar in Innovation 2017

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University of Cambridge

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Saturday 24.02.2018