Future Blockchain Summit in Dubai showcases real-world blockchain projects

du hosted a walk-through ‘City of the Future’ experience allowing visitors to earn and spend tokens

Her Excellency Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr: We look forward to seeing how the UAE, and all smart cities, will be impacted by the way this technology is implemented.
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Her Excellency Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr: We look forward to seeing how the UAE, and all smart cities, will be impacted by the way this technology is implemented.

The second annual edition of Smart Dubai’s Future Blockchain Summit welcomed thousands of visitors from across the world, more than 170 speakers – 67% of whom were speaking publicly in the region for the first time – 68 blockchain startups, and businesses and governments from over 130 countries at the DWTC.

Hosted by Smart Dubai, the event sought to push blockchain forward, championing the conversation beyond theoretical use-cases and into real-life opportunities. It featured world-renowned brands including Coca-Cola, Tencent, Johnson & Johnson, Maersk, HSBC, eBay, Lufthansa and many more.

du hosted a walk-through ‘City of the Future’ experience. The feature allowed visitors to earn and spend tokens while coming to grips with the true potential of the new technology, learning how it can impact their lives.

Her Excellency Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of Smart Dubai, said: “We are building on the success of last year’s inaugural Future Blockchain Summit. While the industry continues to grow at a phenomenal speed, it has also experienced volatility and market correction in the past year. Resultantly, it is vital to bring all key stakeholders in the blockchain ecosystem together year-on-year to cooperate, learn and grow real business relationships.  We designed the Summit with this in mind, as the world’s foremost platform shaping the future of the industry. We look forward to seeing how the UAE, and all smart cities, will be impacted by the way this technology is implemented.”

International speakers included Shark Tank panelist and bitcoin enthusiast Vinny Lingham; Brent Wilton, global head of workplace rights, Coca Cola who launched a blockchain programme with the US State Department to ensure Coca Cola's vast supply chain abides by its human rights policy; and Abdel Mageed Yahia, the director of the World Food Programme, who pioneered a blockchain application to reduce world hunger.

The event also saw regional debuts from Phil Chen, the man responsible for the world’s first native Blockchain phone, Exodus 1, and currently the decentralised chief officer at HTC; Aaron Cai, general manager of China's Internet titan, Tencent; and Nolan Bushnell, co-founder of video game pioneer Atari.

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