Special Introduction - Port Houston
Maritime Trade Panel & End-to-end Supply Chain Collaboration
Investing & Blockchain Startups Panel
Petrochemicals & Blockchain Panel
Blockchain & Energy Trading Panel
*Agenda from May 2018 Conference
Monday, May 21, 2018
8:00 AM – 8:25 AM
Registration & Breakfast
8:25 AM – 8:30 AM
Master of Ceremonies Introduction
8:30 AM – 8:35 AM
Brief Welcome Remarks
Amanda EdwardsCity Council MemberCity of Houston
8:35 AM – 8:50 AM
Peter TirschwellSenior Content OfficerIHS Maritime & Trade
8:50 AM – 9:50 AM
Session 1: Keynote Address ‐ Digitalization and Blockchain: Foundation for a Port of the FutureThe unique combination at the Port of Antwerp of cargo handling, intermodal connections, logistics services and industrial activities is the ideal supply chain ecosystem to implement Blockchain solutions. Digitalization strategies are an integral part of the Port’s vision on how to strengthen the competitiveness and efficiency of the Port. The recent appointment of a Chief Digital and Information Officer reflects that commitment to all the stakeholders at the Port and all players in the supply chain. The goal of the presentation is to position blockchain by means of several real use-cases, which demonstrate the opportunities, as well as the challenges, to improve transparency and a “verifiable trust” driven supply chain. In addition, the testimonials will emphasize the Port’s commitment to make blockchain an integrated building block of the Port’s architecture built on connectivity, collaboration and innovation.
9:50 AM – 10:15 AM
Session 2 Part 1: Solving Pain Points of Freight and Trucking Industry with BlockchainToday, freight industry is facing many challenges such as cash flow, efficiency, risk control, and shortage of drivers (trucking). Blockchain and distributed ledger may hold keys to solve some of these challenges and persistent pain points. In this session, speakers will cover, use case and pilot experience of blockchain and open standard for managing truck drivers as well as cash flow; application of blockchain for freight billing. The speakers are pioneers venturing into new frontiers across industry boundaries.
10:15 AM – 10:35 AM
Networking Coffee Break
10:35 AM – 11:00 AM
Session 2 Part 2: Solving Pain Points of Freight and Trucking Industry with BlockchainToday, freight industry is facing many challenges such as cash flow, efficiency, risk control, and shortage of drivers (trucking). Blockchain and distributed ledger may hold keys to solve some of these challenges and persistent pain points. In this session, speakers will cover, use case and pilot experience of blockchain and open standard for managing truck drivers as well as cash flow; application of blockchain for freight billing. The speakers are pioneers venturing into new frontiers across industry boundaries.
Blockchain-Powered Trucking: Using Irrefutable Records to Drive Cash Flow and LiquidityMax WardChief Executive OfficerOpenPortOpenPort is using blockchain technology to accelerate the cash flow in supply chains. Micro-rewards incentivise compliance and data sharing, with shipment events recorded on a decentralised ledger, proving exactly what was delivered, when, and by whom. With an instant and irrefutable proof of delivery, the speed and reliability of payments between parties is greatly enhanced.
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Session 3: End-to-end Supply Chain Collaboration Critical for Shippers/BCO’sIn 2017, the global supply chain and shipping industries have seen a number of blockchain pilot projects and consortiums involving shipping lines, banks, freight forwarders, insurance companies, and customs brokers to digitalize supply chains and eliminate paperwork. These include the joint venture between Maersk and IBM; shipping pilot across multiple jurisdictions by a consortium comprising AB InBev, Accenture, APL, Kuehne + Nagel and a European customs organization. Nexledger shipping pilot led by Samsung SDS along with South Korea players including shipping logistics companies, the Korean Customs, and major ocean liners; A pilot of agriculture commodity trading and shipping transaction over blockchain (Easy Trade Connect platform) comprising Louis Dreyfus, one of the world's largest commodities traders, financial institutions ING, Societe Generale, ABN Amro, Russel Marine Group, and Blue Water Shipping.All these blockchain projects worldwide are covering all the various aspects of the supply chain. All the stakeholders trials/test applications are essential for eventually coming to an end-to-end transparent and efficient supply chain. In order to move forward from pilots to widespread adoption, speakers in this session will share their insights on how global supply chain stakeholders can work together to gain benefits from this emerging technology, in particular, in the context of international shipping. Key questions include interoperability, standardization, and stakeholder participation. Terminal operators and Ports are like all stakeholders and are an essential part in that strategy.
Special Introduction ByJohn MoseleySenior Director of Trade DevelopmentPort HoustonModeratorPeter TirschwellSenior Content OfficerIHS Maritime & TradePanelistsErwin VerstraelenChief Digital and Information OfficerPort of AntwerpCharles ThompsonChief Information OfficerPort HoustonMichael ShaffnerDirector of Operations Planning and TechnologyPort HoustonNico WautersChief Executive OfficerT-miningAlexander VarvarenkoChief Executive OfficerVeles Bulk and ShipNEXT
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
1:00 PM – 1:20 PM
Session 4: Powering Blockchain Innovation through Academic – Industry PartnershipsBlockchain Technology and Ecosystem Design (B-TED) is a network of Universities comprising Georgetown University, University of Houston, and other higher education partners. B-TED’s activities focus on providing academic research results to industry members to facilitate future innovation and design in a blockchain-based ecosystem. B-TED is similar in basis to maturing blockchain technology and its ecosystem as academic precursor for the Internet, and will provide independent academic and a vendor neutral knowledge base for blockchain technology from a wide range of academic backgrounds targeting industry applications and sectors at the regional, national, and global level.In the context of industrial and academic collaboration, B-TED is the place to conduct joint research to provide industrial members academic support for future sophisticated innovation. The results of B-TED are the foundation of future standardization for technology, economics and regulations. In this session, speakers will present partnering and collaboration models between academia and industry, as well as share success stories from those collaborations.
1:20 PM – 1:45 PM
Session 5: Blockchain for O&G Exploration & Production: Pilots and Future OpportunitiesThis is a presentation and discussion of savings identified from implementing blockchain solutions in the supply chain. These findings are from a case study with a major oil company. Other ancillary examples will also be included.
Andrew BruceChief Executive OfficerData Gumbo
1:45 PM – 2:10 PM
Session 6: Automating and Securing the Enterprise Blockchain Network and Machine EconomySmart contracts enable a machine-to-machine economy, automated transactions, and business processing. The technology holds tremendous potential for many industries such as insurance, smart manufacture, transportation, supply chain management, to name just few. However, in order to unleash its full potential and deliver the promised economic benefits, industry applications rely on authenticity, auditability, and correctness of data feeding into smart contracts. Filament is developing a transformative technology to fill this capability gap for achieving the benefits of blockchain and smart contracts in the machine economy while enabling business process automation. It will amplify the efficiency and benefits that we are already witnessing now in the pilot studies and take it to the next level.
Securing the Machine EconomyAllison Clift-JenningsChief Executive OfficerFilament!The promise of blockchain technology is strong, and has important potential to optimize many business processes across industries. However, there are some fundamental requirements in the security underlying this promising innovation. In this presentation, speaker will walk through the "non-negotiables" when it comes to deploying production enterprise blockchain networks.
2:10 PM – 3:00 PM
Session 7: Smart Contracts in the Insurance Industry: Disruption or A Better Form of Risk Management?The Insurance Industry is in the midst of a technical renaissance. Smart contracts and blockchain can streamline and simplify insurance transactions by connecting all stakeholders in the insurance value chain with shared, current, accurate, and secure risk information. The results will be automation of invoicing for settlement between contracting parties, improved assessment of risk and losses, and a faster and cheaper fulfillment process. A recent blockchain pilot involving insurer MS Amlin, Re/insurance company XL Catlin, Willis Towers Watson, and ACORD show significant benefits of blockchain in achieving greater transparency, eliminating low-value tasks, and reducing administrative costs. This session aims to enlighten the audience how this emerging technology could deliver high velocity impact and profoundly transform the insurance industry.
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Networking Coffee Break
3:15 PM – 3:55 PM
Session 8: Investing in Blockchain Startups: Perspective from VCs and Corporate VenturesFor early stage investors and corporate ventures, blockchain is a new and emerging space. Blockchain entrepreneurs, startups, and angel networks are looking for insights, sharing experiences, and learning how corporate ventures and early stage accelerator programs can take advantage of this technology trend. Panelists in this session will address questions from angel investors, blockchain entrepreneurs, corporate investors, blockchain evangelists, and industry stakeholders on how to cultivate an ecosystem for blockchain startups in order to bring its benefits to industry stakeholders and promote economic growth.
3:55 PM – 4:30 PM
Session 9: Digital Petrochemical Distribution and Supply Management over BlockchainAdvanced digital technologies drive new business opportunities to integrate along the business value chain, and improve competiveness of chemical companies. The total expected benefits from digital transformation amount to US$14.4 trillion by 2022, of which US$2.7 trillion are attributed to supply chain-related savings. Smart contracts and blockchain are key technology ingredients for unleashing the power of digital supply chain. It facilitates supply chain collaboration and allows suppliers, producers, logistics providers, customers, and other partners in the value chain to exchange information. Companies need to get started now to develop a blockchain strategy for digital supply chain.
4:30 PM – 4:55 PM
Session 10: Supply Chain Transparency and TraceabilityBlockchain provides an ideal solution for supply chain traceability and transparency. Many of the world’s largest food companies and retail giants are investigating how blockchain technology can solve some long lasting challenges in supply chain transparency. With the promise of real-time, secure, tamper resistant, end-to-end traceability, blockchain promises the capability to track a product from retail shelf back through every stage of the supply chain, right to the producer, with speed and accuracy as previously never imagined.In this session, blockchain experts and pioneers will share their insights and experiences of this game changing technology to enable trustworthy transparency, visibility, and traceability in global supply chains and logistics.
Global Food Supply Chain and LogisticsPeter HarrisCo-Founder and Research PrincipalChain Business InsightsGlobal population growth forecasts require food production to increase by 60% by 2050. Consumers increasingly demand fresh produce that can be proven to have been produced safely according to ethical and sustainable methods. Producers, manufacturers, distributors, carriers, logistics providers and retailers need to boost efficiency and improve supply chain traceability - especially in light of recent safety scares and recalls. This presentation draws on recent research by Chain Business Insights and will set the food supply chain scene, highlight the complex and unique challenges of food logistics, and drill down on recent blockchain pilots that are addressing current shortcomings and challenges of the global food supply chain ecosystem.
4:55 PM – 5:50 PM
Session 11: Transforming Supply Chains with BlockchainIn this session you will learn about the value of blockchain technology combined with other innovations and how they are delivering increased liquidity, freeing working capital and easing settlements in today’s global supply chains that will benefit world economies, and the people working within them. This session will also cover solutions to producer exploitation and produce counterfeiting.
Supply Chains and Blockchains - Driving Economic Impact and Fairer TradeJason EnglishVice President of Protocol MarketingSweetbridgeThe true economic impact of blockchain and IoT will be driven through supply chain. While the evolution of Fintech is important, the $54T global supply chain and logistics market, which encompasses two-thirds of the world’s economy, offers even greater opportunities to make a positive impact on global GDP and produce better outcomes for companies and individuals throughout the value chain. Blockchain use cases for supply chain will support all aspects of the design, production and delivery of goods to meet customer needs. Even more interestingly, supply chains have operated as decentralized economic organizations for centuries, often with their own forms of shared ledgers. The value of blockchain technology combined with other innovations now offers us a means for increasing liquidity, freeing working capital and easing settlements in today’s global supply chains that will benefit world economies, and the people working within them.From Lineage to Safety: Chewing on Blockchain’s Application to the Food IndustryMatthew DiBonaSenior DirectorSmartbridgeBlockchain use cases abound in all industries, and the recent food safety recalls underscore the promise of blockchain to the food industry value chain. During this session, Matthew DiBona will review several of the noteworthy opportunities for blockchain in the food industry, then will demonstrate a Smartbridge mobile application built to facilitate the physical and digital handoff of goods along food value chain participants, including integrating the Ethereum blockchain to backend enterprise applications.Using Smart Contracts to Connect Producers and BuyersDaniel MartinChief Operation OfficerProducers MarketToday, larger industry players cause producers to get only a fraction of the retail value of their produce. Imagine using smart contracts where an online marketplace can cut out the intermediaries so producers can go direct to market, even though those markets 1000's of miles away. The speaker will cover the financial market aspects of using smart contracts to facilitate trade with agriculture producers and the benefits of blockchain.
5:50 PM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Registration & Breakfast
8:00 AM – 8:05 AM
Master of Ceremonies Introduction
8:05 AM – 8:20 AM
Jason Ford, CEcDVice President of Regional Economic DevelopmentGreater Houston Partnership
8:20 AM – 9:00 AM
Session 12: Keynote Address: Blockchain – A Government PerspectiveBlockchain as a technology is capable of achieving a global view of the supply chain and visibility without using traditional centralized infrastructure, it holds many promises to improving efficiencies and ensuring compliance in commercial customs and implementation of a single window. COAC Global Supply Chain Subcommittee established an Emerging Technologies Working Group to look into the applicability of blockchain to trade processing. In Nov, 2017, the workgroup came up with 14 use cases including capturing and keeping track of partnering government agencies licenses, permits, certificate of origin reporting and free trade agreement product qualifications, carnets and bonded movement tracking. Subsequent deep-dive efforts with members of the trade community in early 2018, further resulting in three use cases of blockchain for trade: automation of paper processing tied to certification of origin to qualify for free trade agreements including NAFTA (current process is to validate post-audit, time consuming and cumbersome); automation of Carnets; Partner Government Agency (PGA) licenses, certifications, and permits with a focus on tuna form to automate an interagency paper process.
Vincent AnnunziatoDirector of Trade Transformation OfficeU.S. Customs and Border Protection
9:00 AM – 9:40 AM
Session 13: Supply Chain Trade Finance TraceabilityIn this session, you will hear and see a live demonstration and use case of blockchain within the global supply chain.
Luca SchiattiR&D Associate ManagerAccenture Labs
9:40 AM – 10:05 AM
Session 14: Mapping Out a Detailed Case for Blockchain Enabled Securities Trading
Deanna ReitmanCorporate & Securities CounselDLA Piper
10:05 AM – 10:30 AM
Session 15: Assessing the Realities and Opportunities of Blockchain Implementations in Supply ChainsBeyond the hype: A frank assessment of current blockchain capability from one of the industry's early adopters. The credible plans to use blockchain technology to enhance and protect supply chains will be balanced with an acknowledgement of the industry's current challenges. Additionally, the strengths and current limitations of the technology will be candidly discussed. In this presentation, you will find out more about a growing consortium of some of the world's largest supply chain companies.
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Networking Coffee Break
10:45 AM – 11:35 AM
Session 16: Fueling the Future of the Petrochemical IndustryThere are huge interests from the petrochemical industry concerning Blockchain. An article published on March 1st by Energy Post claims “the next oil boom will be fueled by blockchain”. A number of blockchain platforms focusing on petrochemical and energy industry have been developed and some have been tested in recent pilots. For instance, a pilot project involving BP, Eni and Wien Energie demonstrated how a blockchain platform could automate trade reconciliation processes using smart contracts. Through collaboration with Fujairah Oil Industry Zone (FOIZ), a blockchain-based platform was developed to improve transparency, efficiency, government reporting and compliance. Other efforts include Petrobloq’s PetroBLOQ blockchain platform developed exclusively for the supply chain needs of the Oil & Gas sector. A BP, Shell and Statoil-backed oil-trading consortium to modernize physical energy post-trade processes using blockchain technology also caught huge market interests. In this session, blockchain and petrochemical experts will present how blockchain may transform the future of Oil & Gas industry.
From Curiosity to Strategic Technology: The Journey of 18 Months in Blockchain Exploration at ShellArno LaevenBlockchain LeadRoyal Dutch Shell Energy and the Supply ChainTetyana ColosivschiDirector, Strategy, Business Development and PartnershipsConsenSys EnergyBlockchain revolutionizes major industries across the globe and one of the largest and most comprehensive horizontals of all – that required trust among variety of parties involved – the supply chain. Supply chain processes in Oil & Gas industry are extremely laborious and prone to human error, and can be a perfect start for a company that wants to begin implementing blockchain technology in its operations. There are multiple ways to apply supply chain tools, and I will be talking specifically about processes that have been implemented by ConsenSys and leading enterprises.
11:35 AM – 12:00 PM
Session 17: Latest Developments of Blockchain Technology in the Energy IndustryIn this session, the speaker will cover a multitude of topics from Blockchain’s promise and essential characteristics to use cases to implementation hurdles. Examples will be pulled from the maritime trade and oil and gas industries as well as energy commodities and renewables. Additionally, the presentation will cover payment reconciliation, trade finance, and recent regulatory developments.
Keith LetourneauPartner - MaritimeBlank Rome LLP
12:00 PM – 12:40 PM
Session 18: Moving Forward Blockchain Applications in Energy Trade and FinanceIn this session, speakers will discuss how to move forward with adoptions of blockchain in the energy industry from financing, trading, and regulatory compliance aspects.
12:40 PM – 12:50 PM
12:50 PM – 1:50 PM
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