One of Business Review’s flagship events of 2019, MindChain is the biggest Blockchain-focused event ever held in Romania.
Over two days, between 21-22 February, in Cluj-Napoca, dubbed Romania’s Silicon Valley due to the unique mix of tech companies and strong student community, the event will explore the interaction between Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
The key proposition, reflected across the entire agenda, is that AI powers and enhances one of the most revolutionary technologies to have emerged in recent years.
With a 30-strong panel agenda featuring international speakers and key figures on the Blockchain scene, MindChain will bring forward the latest use cases for Blockchain and AI across a comprehensive mix of industries, such as retail, finance and banking, real estate, transportation, as well as emerging areas such as art, entertainment and media.
Through its architecture, MindChain is designed to attract a varied audience, from blockchain investors and professionals to startups, students and the general public interested to discover how these new technologies will shape everyday life.
Max Borders is author of The Social Singularity: A Decentralist Manifesto. Max is founder of Social Evolution, Inc. a company dedicated to solving social problems through innovation (like mutual aid technology). Max is also founder of the non-profit sibling, Social Evolution Foundation. A widely published writer and co-founder of the event experience Voice & Exit, Max lives in Austin, TX with his two boys.
Susan founded MKR AI, a company that uses AI to flag disinformation. They use blockchain, offering token rewards to users who are invited to verify, annotate, and curate stories that have value. It is their hypothesis that the spread of disinformation is a problem of shareability, technology, and ideology, a great way to promote confirmation bias. Susan is a governing member of Blockchain For Impact at UN General Assembly. SusaN is a recovering journalist, conscious rebel, and idealist without illusions. She is an autodidact civic technologist in AI and blockchain. Formerly a journalist, she speaks around the world on the importance of data sovereignty, blockchain and tokenomics, and for responsible development of human-centric AI.
Ed Dowding is the founder of Represent.me — modernizing democracy with the world’s first online peer-to-peer governance platform. Ed is a technologist and entrepreneur, specialized in social collaboration systems. His work has included building risk analysis services for the insurance industry, and from 2005 to 2010 he developed an SMS alert system which quickly grew into a full emergency management service for London local authorities and blue-lights.
Founder of SHEQ+, Qrypto Queens,, Krypto 4 Kids, and Women INVESTING in Women DIGITAL, the world's largest digital media platform focused on Women & Investing with a special focus on Blockchain. Launched in December 2014, WIIW Digital includes over 1,000,000+ followers on FaceBook across 120 countries; the “Women INVESTING in Women and Girls” Radio show on Voice America Kids/Podcast Series on Apple ITUNES, The State of Women Radio Network in partnership with Star Worldwide Network, and the WIIW Global Summit & Women in Private Equity Roundtable Series, which took place in New York City, Stockholm, Johannesburg, San Diego, Scottsdale, Muscat, Singapore, Phoenix, Vienna, Los Angeles, & Ankara.
Cornel Amariei is a Romanian Inventor, Author and Entrepreneur, recognized by JCI as one of the 10 Outstanding Young Persons of the World and as one of the most influential 10 people under 30 in Europe by Forbes USA. Currently, Cornel is operating as Head of Innovation at Continental Automotive. There, he leads Research projects aimed to create the products which enhance the mobility of tomorrow. Ranging from electric mobility, smart sensors, autonomous driving and connectivity. Besides Continental, Cornel is the inventor of .lumen, a system aimed to restore spatial awareness to the blind.
Being a Technology Futurist, Salman is empowering the next wave of Blockchain & AI innovators through evangelizing, training & speaking at global forums. He’s a results-driven professional with over 17 years in corporate & entrepreneurial roles aligning People, Performance and Profit. Efficacious author and public speaker, Salman has been featured as success story in “Soul Beats @ UAE” the book published by Dubai Government.
Ursula has worked in the media industry for more than 17 years. She began her career as a journalist at the Reuters news agency, the El País newspaper and Localia TV channel in Spain, and until recently did media outreach for El País . Currently Ursula is the Regional Lead for Latin America and Europe, building news partnerships and expanding Civil's community of journalists. Previously Ursula served as director of communications of Casa Sefarad, a cultural institution tied to the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. While there, she organized journalist encounters and co-produced a documentary with Sony Music Spain about Israeli and Palestinian youth in Israel.
Adina Popescu is a philosopher, futurist and entrepreneur, creating platforms that integrate nascent technology in order to generate impact and to empower bottom-up movements. Currently, she is building a platform called ÆRTH- is a real time, photorealistic simulation of our planet, powered by an distributed, unprecedented dataset.
Yael Tamar is a blockchain strategist, storyteller, speaker, advisor and mentor. In 2017, After a decade-long tenure as a marketing executive and an entrepreneur, Yael founded TopofBlockchain making sense of blockchain and crypto technologies, helping enterprises integrate blockchain as well as blockchain and crypto ventures educate the market, build the right business and economic models, as well as execute their go-to-market strategy.
Jurgita is Senior Partner in Marquis Media Partners consultancy with 20 years’ experience in B2B, B2C, broadcasting, media, news, technology, digital, consulting and international corporate sectors. She has extensive experience in innovation and FinTech and Media and blockchain based environments, sitting on advisory boards across major flagship cooperates such as for BBC and Bloomberg, as well as multiple startups . Award-winning success, won Gold Award for graphics at the 2016 International TV and Film Awards.
Luba Elliott is a curator and researcher specialising in artificial intelligence in the creative industries. She is currently working to educate and engage the broader public about the latest developments in creative AI through monthly meetups, talks, workshops and exhibitions at venues including The Photographers’ Gallery (UK), Victoria & Albert Museum (UK), Seoul MediaCity Biennale (South Korea), MIT Technology Review (US), NeurIPS Conference and Impakt Festival (Netherlands). Her Creative AI London community includes 2,000+ members. She has advised organisations including The World Economic Forum, Google and City University on the topic. She is a member of the AI council at the British Interactive Media Association.
Peter Gersak offers more than 20 years of accomplishment led experience in IT technologies and solutions, IT Architectures, managing teams and business development, driving achievement of the highest priority growth, solutions creation & deployments, clients satisfaction, participative leadership, and operations efficiency. Peter brings valuable insight and knowledge regarding the leadership and management challenges faced by disruptions and transformations in IT and other industries. Currently, as Chief Technology Officer for South East Europe Peter is leading the efforts of bringing and fostering the innovation to clients in South East Europe thru collaborating with IBM ecosystem.
John Lilic is dedicated to delivering solutions that enable companies across industries and geographies to benefit from simplified technology landscapes, integrated processes, streamlined operations and improved agility and performance the Ethereum blockchain ecosystem delivers. Lilic is also currently serving as director for business technology development, strategy and operations at ConsenSys, the leading Ethereum blockchain software development group in the world where Lilic and his team focus on enterprise services and interactions with many Fortune 500 organizations as they embark on their Ethereum discovery process.
Thomas Kulnigg is a partner with Schoenherr, where he specializes in M&A and venture capital transactions, start-ups and Austrian corporate law, with an industry focus on technology & digitalization. Thomas also leads Schoenherr's venture capital and start-up practice and heads Schoenherr's technology & digitalization industry-group. Thomas Kulnigg is founding member of the think tank "thinkBLOCK tank" and member of the advisory board of the Digital Asset Association Austria.
As a specialist for commercial, constitutional and European Law and a tech enthusiast, I have been interested the blockchain concept since its early days. The biggest challenge here is to create a legal framework which gives this innovative technology the opportunity to develop its potential. To enhance that process I created an interdiciplinary cooperation platform (http://smartblockchain.at) which aims at creating smart solutions that will work not only in Austria, but on a European Level.
Michael Huertas is a partner in Dentons’ Frankfurt office and a member of the Firm’s Financial Regulation and Funds practice as well as the Banking and Finance practice. Michael leads the Eurozone Hub and the wider Eurozone Group of multi-disciplinary, multi-jurisdictionally qualified and multi-lingual professionals who help our clients navigate and realize the opportunities in the EU—and specifically the Eurozone’s regulatory, supervisory and monetary policy framework. Michael specifically advises on the Eurozone's Banking Union, the European Central Bank’s monetary policy activity and the EU’s Capital Markets Union workstreams, along with the regulatory and supervisory priorities of the European Supervisory Authorities.
Aviya is passionately focused on crypto and blockchain legal practice. Aviya possesses a broad knowledge of financial and securities laws and regulations in a wide range of jurisdictions (across EU, Israel, GCC) and is therefore well equipped to help entrepreneurs and investors understand crypto constellations from a legal perspective. Aviya is highly active in the Israeli blockchain and fintech startups space by familiarising worldwide investors and startegic partners with the space's chosen projects, entrepreneurs and institutions in Israel.
Emi Lorincz is a driven economist who has worked in Financial Services and Trading in Budapest, Dusseldorf, London, and Rome. Currently, she is heading Business Development in Europe for a prominent crypto exchange. As an active contributor and member of the Crypto Valley Association, she is passionate about bringing more people into the ecosystem, not only in the Crypto Valley, but on a global scale. Emi encourages everyone to start learning about cryptocurrencies and the technology that powers this expanding field. She believes that bridging the gap between the non-blockchain world and the blockchain world will lead to adoption.
Thierry ARYS RUIZ is the Founder of AgAu.io and TARCO International. Two commodity trading and technology focused companies in Switzerland. Thierry is a MENSA member and has dealt with topics ranging from education to finance and Blockchain.
Ella Cullen is Chief Marketing Officer of Minespider, a blockchain protocol for responsible mineral sourcing. Previous to that, she lead the marketing efforts for CodeControl, The Remote Trip, RecMix, and IconPeak. She’s passionate about branding, UI/UX design, new systems of governance, and marketing fast-paced startups.
Evgeniia Filippova is a senior scientist at the Interdisciplinary Research Institute for Cryptoeconomics at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. In her role, she coordinates research activities in the field of cryptoeconomics, delivers interdisciplinary lecture “FinTech & Blockchain Lab” and is active in research regarding Blockchain-based business models. Prior to that, Evgeniia Filippova was a researcher within Marie-Curie Project STREAM, Smart Sensor Technologies and Training for Radiation Enhanced Applications and Measurements.
On Yavin is the founder and CEO at Cointelligence, a company that conducts data research and analysis for the crypto economy. On has extensive experience as a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, as well as more than 20 years of experience in the tech industry. On uses his deep, hands-on experience and knowledge of online marketing to create winning strategies for ICOs/STOs, crypto, and blockchain companies. Having earned the reputation of “crypto expert”, On continues to contribute to this industry in ways that advance cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies. On has a law degree (LLB) and is also a certified Advocate by the Israeli Bar Association."
Ido Shacham a leading Israeli lawyer in the field of real estate, digital (crypto) asset and taxation, with over ten years of real estate taxation experience, including seven years with the Israel Tax Authority in a number of roles, He has a deep and thorough understanding of tax law and finances, including international investments and financial instruments. Much of this experience was gained during a period working as an attorney and tax advisor for an international accounting firm, during which time He executed numerous very large-scale and complex investment transactions.
Yannick Zehnder is a marketing and sales adept with a long-standing interest for bleeding edge and emerging technologies. He works as an independent advisor on a series of startup and growth financing projects including ICOs and Security Token Offerings. Moreover, he is a writer, blogger, speaker, teacher, a man of many hats.
Inti is a venture capital and corporate finance professional. Active Investor since more than 10 years, Inti holds various Board and Advisory roles in a number of Start-up and advanced stage ventures. Before joining GapMinder, Inti has designed the investment strategy for the VC branch of Eighty-Eight Capital & Investments Ltd, an international Family Office based in Dubai. Inti is an International Investment Advisor with extensive experience in Deal origination, M&A transactions, business turnaround and ventures acceleration in Europe, Middle East and South-East Asia. With 10+ years of leadership roles in the corporate world in ITC and management consulting, Inti has been actively involved in business operations across 40+ countries, developing an outstanding capacity to generate and manage business opportunities across different geography and cultures.
Cristian is a Business Developer / Innovation Consultant & Entrepreneur. Cristian is the founder of ClujHUB, part of Transilvania Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, organization that developed the first incubation program in the region and the entrepreneurial platform www.StartupTransilvania.ro. From 2016 he is member of the Romanian National Council on Entrepreneurship & Innovation and member of the board at the www.TETAPOLIS.com Science & Technology Park in Cluj-Napoca. At European level, he is co-founder of the Internet Innovation Hubs Network, with the HQ in Brussels.
Mihai Ivascu, Modex Founder and CEO, is a serial social-impact entrepreneur based in Monaco with over 10 years of experience in project management, FinTech, software development and start-up consulting. Also founder of the fintech startup Moneymailme, based in London. Enrolled in the Doctorate of Business Administration with a thesis on Disruptive Technologies for the Financial industry, Mihai Ivascu is also an alumni of various executive programs from Harvard University, MIT and Silicon Valley Innovation Centre.
Sebastian is a tech entrepreneur with extended experience in the media industry and the CEO and founder of SupplyBlockchain, Inc..
He has more than 20 years of business executive-level experience working with Hubert Burda Media, Apple, Avandor, Liftago and CyberSwarm and in 2018 he was awarded the Honor Emblem of the Romanian Army High Command.
He is also a Ph.D. candidate in Blockchain Studies and an Associate Professor at the University of Bucharest, graduating the Executive Blockchain Academy at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 2017.
Alexandru is the Manager of Blockchain Solutions Development Department with strong technical background in programming, IT security and applied cryptography. He has previously worked at Advanced Cyber Security Technologies CoE from Military Technical Academy of Bucharest as a research engineer. His academic research activity include various designs of security modules and smart card architectures. He is actively involved in EU Blockchain initiatives, in developing identity related services compliant with the eIDAS technical framework and taking part in cyber security exercises at both NATO and National level.
Alin is the Chief Technology Officer of Modex, the world’s first App Store for blockchain. A fully skilled programmer, he is the driving force behind the technological breakthrough platform designed for developers and enterprises engaged in the blockchain world. Passionate about artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, Alin is currently one of the guys who is working to adopt the blockchain revolution in the real life with real results. With almost 20 years work experience in big tech companies, he sees the future as a close relation between AI and blockchain.
Laura Manescu is Head of Moneymailme at M3 Holdings. With extensive experience in payments and fintech, as a former developer, former business analyst and former lead of development teams, she now leads the entire Moneymailme business line as she has the right amount of functional and technical knowledge to ensure the success of any software product.
Elena Ovreiu is a MedTech entrepreneur and holds a PhD in Medical Engineering (France). She is the presenter of a weekly radio broadcast on MedTech (Trust me, I’am an engineer! -Radio Guerrilla). Her main goals are: to improve healthcare through technology, and to stimulate innovation in this field in Romania. She has been involved in training a new generation of MedTech innovators by founding the first internationally accredited MedTech event in Romania -the highest-level of its kind in the Eastern Europe. She is currently working on developing an accelerator program, focused on start-ups in the healthcare sector.
Stefan Gergely is the founder of Aurus.io, a company that’s building a 100% gold backed cryptocurrency. He was a partner in Under Development Office, one of the first software companies in Europe to develop blockchain technology solutions as a service. Stefan was involved in multiple blockchain projects as a partner or as a consultant where he applies his knowledge and experience in game theory. Stefan also co-founded the Romanian “ATA” - Association of Advanced Technologies, a group that supports blockchain growth in Romania from an educational and legal perspective.
Dan is Chief Innovation Officer with End of Waste Foundation. He strongly believes that distributed ledgers and decentralised networks can help bridge a “trust gap” between parties exchanging information. He finds great joy in brainstorming and is proud that EoW envisioned a trustworthy and transparent way to trace a quantity of waste from the Hauler to the Manufacturer that uses secondary raw materials to create new products. This is what the End of Waste Foundation does: tracing waste from generation to the "end of waste” state and building a Voluntary Shared Responsibility system.
Alexandru is a Doctor in Computer Science and has more than 12 years of experience in enterprise architectures and international research projects. [Business] He is one of the 3 partners at Transylvania Labs (Business Driven Research and Development), Architect at Blockchain Society (Decentralized Society 3.0) and Research Fellow at Insolar (Distributed business networks). [Academia] He is a senior lecturer professor at University of Sibiu, founding member of INCON Research Center and board member at EduHub.
Fifteen years of experience in software development area. Strong knowledge in blockchain solutions for business, with a background in software development for banking and energy industry, specialized in software solutions for customer digital engagement, financial crime(AML, KYC, Fraud), utilities systems (electricity, gas), energy balance market, next day market, plant management systems (wind and hydro farms); Engineer’s degree in computer science at Technical University “Gh.Asachi”, Iasi, Romania, 1998-2004
Anna Mera is an early adaptor of the crypto world. Being close to the blockchain community with a background in marketing today she is the COO of an emerging project in education. Using the techmagic of blockchain and AI she started the project Life Learning Passport a business service that helps to bring a refresh the traditional education system.
Alexandra Cernian is lecturer at the Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science in Bucharest, senior consultant and trainer in digitalization and expert evaluator in digital innovation for the European Commission. She holds a PhD in Systems Engineering, she is passionate about Artificial Intelligence and aims to bring innovation and digital competitiveness close to the public and companies in Romania. As a speaker, Alexandra has already earned her place on the TEDx events stage and spends her spare time horse riding.
Foodie. Food waste fighter leading the Food Waste Combat initiastive. Sucker for sustainability projects. An activist!
In search of ways to leverage technology for social and economical impact.
Entrepreneur, generalist, idea person, AI evangelist, UX focused, coder, data scientist, social psychologist, husband, father and believer. Techstars NYC alumnus, cofounded multiple startups, launched and helped grew several innovative products (some reached millions of users and serious MRR without investment). Raul became obsessed with AI/ML when it wasn't cool and he believes AI can truly improve our lives and create unimaginable new opportunities. After researching on a number of complex pattern recognition/machine learning problems Raul decided to dedicate himself to the cause of bringing typing biometrics to the world. Typing biometrics can significantly improve everyone's security without affecting user experience and without relying on limited proprietary hardware and sensors.
Zaki is a PhD student, an anesthesiology resident and an innovative entrepreneur in healthtech. He is founder and CEO of WakeZ, a digital solution for better sleep, and a future digital therapeutic for mental health. He also has two ongoing biotech research projects in infection prevention and AMR, that will soon become start-ups.
For over 8 years, Alex has been working with leaders, marketers and professionals from the corporate and NGO sector to help them tell their stories with impact, to connect with their audiences, and to provide them with a memorable experience. He is an expert in Storytelling (mostly applied in Public Speaking, Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Leadership), in participatory methods such as World Cafe, Open Space and Appreciative Inquiry and manages to involve any audience in an interactive and emotional learning process. Alex is recognized for his personal stories, very human and expressive style, but especially for how he can explain complex notions in allegories and simple and easy to understand metaphors.
The main purpose of this workshop is to introduce users to the Modex platform and to explain how developers can use this ecosystem to create new blockchain applications and monetize their skills. We will showcase how to access the Modex platform, how to create an account along with a repository as well as how to use the Modex IDE for coding and testing smart contracts. Some documentation will be presented as a side material to improve the perspective over the Solidity language. After you have successfully finished your first smart contract, we will demonstrate how you can submit it to the marketplace to be viewed by potential buyers.
· A laptop
· The desire to learn how to develop blockchain apps
· A laptop
· The desire to learn how to develop blockchain apps