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06 Jun 2018

Blockchain for Kazakhstan: Let’s Weigh the Chances of Success

Only one week is left before Blockchain Conference Astana, the main fintech event of Central Asia. On June 14, 2018, the Mariott Hotel Astana will bring together blockchain experts from the UK, the USA, Canada, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan to present their innovative blockchain projects, discuss the most trending topics and develop ways to deliver technologies that will help Kazakhstan modernize its economy and gain the upper hand in the region.

The event program has already been finalized and is available on the website. The conference will feature a full conference day, discussion panels, ICO pitches and expo area.

Key conference directions include:

  • Blockchain technology for Kazakhstan: scope of application and new ways of the country’s development
  • Blockchain capabilities in the financial world – creating secure payment solutions
  • e-gov: principles of transparent government development through technology application
  • Legislative regulation of cryptocurrencies and blockchain throughout the globe and in Kazakhstan

We are glad to introduce our last but not least conference speakers. Mr. Dastan Kozhabekov, an executive director of the Kazakhstan Association of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies, will speak during the first panel entitled Blockchain Technology for Kazakhstan. Mr. Kozhabekov has entrepreneurial experience taking the position of a manager in large private and national companies operating in the sphere of machine building, engineering and innovation management in the oil, gas and power industries. He has a higher technical education and a MBA degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, Cambridge, USA).

Mr. Erik Iglikov, a leading blockchain developer & expert working for Aion Foundation, will speak about protocols of the future. Previously, he was involved in the development of several blockchain solutions for some of the largest companies in their industries. Today, Eric is an Aion Ecosystem Lead Developer. He is engaged in the development of tools for decentralized applications and the company’s partners. He also coordinates and advises large companies and Aion partners on the architecture and development of decentralized solutions based on smart contracts.

Mr. Vsevolod Cheremnykh will talk about ways of improvement of the efficiency of resource management using blockchain. Mr. Cheremnykh has over twelve years of managerial experience in various business areas, such as financial sector, oil and gas production, logistics, service business, system integration and advertising. He also does advisory work on personnel management, financial & administrative management and business systems development. Before taking the position of an operational director at Serviceplan International Agency, Vsevolod worked as a project manager for such companies as Exito Group and AEN Group. Being an expert in system integration, strategic & international management, and comprehensive project management, Mr. Vsevolod Cheremnyh was engaged in auditing and restructuring medium and large businesses, building complex business systems and business processes. He has successfully launched several his own projects. Today, Vsevolod is working on the Blockchain.ru project.

Blockchain.ru has joint Blockchain Conference Astana as a Silver Sponsor. Key activities of this technology platform and information & analytical portal include a Russian-language media portal and an international technology platform for creating and scaling small and medium businesses.

Please register for Blockchain Conference Astana via this link:  https://bconference.kz/ru/biletyi/. See you on June 14 at the Marriott Astana Hotel.

01 Jun 2018

Blockchain Conference Astana to Discuss Features of Cryptocurrency Legal Regulation in Kazakhstan and in the World

Issues of legal regulation of cryptocurrencies, ICO and tokenization, peculiarities of blockchain legislation throughout the world and developments of Kazakhstan in these spheres will be discussed on June 14 during the legal panel of Blockchain Conference Astana.

Deloitte Legal’s lawyer Ms. Caroline Armitage, Senior Manager in the Legal for Tech group at Deloitte CIS Mr. Alexander Tyulkanov and SBH Law Office (Belarus) partner Mr. Alexander Bondar will participate in the discussion of legal topics. The panel will be moderated by Kuna Bitcoin Agency & Blockchain Hub Kyiv founder Mr. Mikhail Chobanyan (Ukraine).

Mr. Caroline Armitage (the UK) has over 12 years of experience working as a lawyer in the UK and more recently in Kazakhstan. She advises on a wide range of corporate and commercial issues in Kazakhstan bringing a unique international perspective to each case. Ms. Armitage worked for many years on Competition Act investigations in the UK working first in the EU & Competition department at Simmons & Simmons in London and then at Ofgem, the gas and electricity regulator. At Ofgem she advised on a major anti-trust investigation against National Grid, which Ofgem successfully appealed up to the Court of Appeal.

Mr. Alexander Tyulkanov (Russia) is a Senior Manager in the Legal for Tech group at Deloitte CIS. He has over 13 years of experience as a corporate lawyer in multinationals and as an attorney in law firms with a focus on the legal support of high-profile projects for electric, power and transport engineering and telecommunications companies. He advises clients in the Digital Economy and Technology Sector on legal matters related to the use of technology, such as distributed ledgers (blockchain), smart contracts, the internet of things, virtual autonomous systems, robotics, and big data.

Mr. Alexander Bondar (Belarus) is a SBH Law Office Partner. Alexander has been working as a practicing lawyer for over 17 years. Alexander took an active part in M&A transactions, refinancing projects, fund raising, corporate restructuring and legal expertise (LDD) of companies operating in construction and development, retail, manufacturing and extracting, restaurant and hotel business as well as IT companies, banks and insurance companies. He has an extensive experience in the formation and coordination of a team of lawyers in the course of complex projects for foreign, international and Belarusian clients. Alexander’s portfolio includes implemented projects in the field of ICO and crypto consulting in Singapore, Europe, Canada, Israel, Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

Blockchain Hub Kyiv and KUNA Exchange founder Mr. Mikhail Chobanyan will tell about the current situation in Ukraine in the sphere of legal regulation and related bills that are being discussed in the country today.

Given the novelty of the market, the complexity of the direction and the lack of both professional staff and ready-made precedents in the world legal practice, the legal panel promises to be the hottest discussion panel of the Conference. Join us to identify together with the speakers and all participants the right way of Kazakhstan to the digital economy.

May we remind you that the registration for Blockchain Conference Astana is available via https://bconference.kz/pricing/. See you on June 14 at the marvellous Marriott Astana Hotel.

17 May 2018

MOST Business Incubator Becomes Blockchain Conference Astana’s Partner

For the second year in a row, MOST Business Incubator will become an official partner of Blockchain Conference Astana to be held on June 14, 2018 in the capital of Kazakhstan. The cooperation of two teams is aimed at building an effective dialogue between the Conference participants.

MOST Business Incubator representative Alim Khamitov will speak at Blockchain Conference Astana about the Development and Prospects of Start-up Projects in Kazakhstan. Mr. Khamitov has entrepreneurial experience, is a lecturer & co-founder of High School: Intro to IT through games, CEO & founder of GlucoWays and City Router. He graduated from STEP Acceleration (USA).

MOST Business Incubator is a platform for the business creation and development. The mission of the company is to produce a new generation of outstanding entrepreneurs for the prosperity of the world community. MOST works in three directions. They are an accelerating program (in three years, it trained six groups involving over 1,000 participants, 23 of whom attracted investments), a business-mentoring program in partnership with Youth Business International (the company is an official representative of YBI in Kazakhstan. They produced three programs and formed 30 mentor & mentored couples), and a program of corporate innovations development (it held a number of events with such companies as Microsoft, Beeline, Saber, Centras, UNICEF, Astana Innovations, MFM KMF, Akimat of Astana city and others).

Blockchain Conference Astana

  • is the largest blockchain event in Kazakhstan
  • features over 25 speakers from around the world and 10 hours of unique knowledge and networking
  • presents trendy blockchain projects in fintech, e-gov and energy sectors
  • offers practice of using blockchain technologies by IBM, KPMG and others
  • attracts representatives of state bodies of Kazakhstan, who are responsible for the development and implementation of digital & information technologies

Hurry up to register on the website. We offer a promo price of KZT 26,200 for those buying tickets before May 19th. The number of promo tickets is limited.

17 May 2018

Blockchain Conference Astana Reveals How to Choose the Best ICO Platform

We are a little over a month out from Blockchain Conference Astana. This major Blockchain event of Kazakhstan will take place on June 14, 2018. Representatives of Astana International Financial Centre, MOST Business Incubator, BlockchainKZ Association of Blockchain Developers and Users, KPMG, IBM, Remme, Emercoin, Cashaa, Ambisafe and many others will attend the Conference.

The Conference program will have five key streams:

  • Blockchain capabilities in the financial world: creating secure payment solutions
  • E-Gov: principles of transparent government development through technology application
  • Blockchain effectiveness for the energy independence
  • Legislative regulation of cryptocurrencies and Blockchain throughout the globe and in Kazakhstan
  • ICO arrangement and implementation

The crypto community contributor, 482.solutions CEO & REMME CTO Roman Kravchenko will tell how to choose the best platform for the ICO. A sphere of his professional interests involves tools and methods for building business processes, crypto economics projects, Blockchain, and Internet of Things. In his speech, Mr. Kravchenko will particularly talk about his personal experience of choosing a platform using the example of the ICO for REMME project (http://remme.io/). It’s a protocol and a platform for managing PKI (d) (a decentralized public key infrastructure) based on SSL / TLS-certificates. In total, the project raised about $ 20 million investments during the presale at the end of 2017 and the ICO in early 2018.

CoinIndex.agency CEO & Co-founder Yulia Sporysh will moderate Blockchain Conference Astana. Today, she is engaged in the development of derivative instruments (indices, futures) on the crypto market. She has a degree of the candidate of sociological sciences. Before blockchain and crypto currency, she worked in the Fintech sphere.

Representatives of banking and financial sector, owners and founders of companies in the field of money transfers and exchange operations, IT professionals, lawyers, start-ups, as well as representatives of government agencies at all levels will surely have an interest in this Conference.

The full Conference program is available on the conference website.

Hurry up to register on the website. We offer a promo price of KZT 26,200 for those buying tickets before May 19th. The number of promo tickets is limited.

03 May 2018

Blockchain Conference Astana to Discuss Features of Blockchain Implementation in the Kazakhstan Economy

Blockchain Conference Astana to be held in Kazakhstan on June 14, 2018 will feature over 25 world-renowned experts who will share their experience of using and implementing the technology in the government, financial and energy environment as well as disclose the specifics of legislative regulation, arrangement & implementation of ICO.

At the Conference, the Director of SDBS Aida Meirman will speak about ways to prepare the business for the implementation of Blockchain innovations. Ms. Meirman will share her personal experience in using the technology in industries where Blockchain is the most useful. She will also speak about the features of business models that form the basis for the technology introduction and business opportunities when transferring business processes into Blockchain in Kazakhstan.

Aida Meirman has experience of industry expertise in FMCG, postal industry and government projects. She is engaged in issues of financial management and management accounting, evaluation of investment potential of projects. She is a Master of Science in International Business, Bachelor of Science in Banking and Finance. She graduated from Kazakh-British Technical University and London School of Economics.

The President of BlockchainKZ (Association of Blockchain Developers and Users) Batyrbek Umarov will speak about the features of Blockchain and crypto currency markets in Kazakhstan. Mr. Batyrbek has been advising state bodies on issues of Blockchain and security in the field of crypto currency for several years. He organizes coaching on crypto currencies in the CIS and is engaged in the popularization of Blockchain in Kazakhstan.

The Conference program will have the following five key streams:

– Blockchain capabilities in the financial world: creating secure payment solutions

– E-Gov: principles of transparent government development through technology application

– Blockchain for the best business results

– Legislative regulation of cryptocurrency and Blockchain throughout the globe and in Kazakhstan

– ICO arrangement and implementation

The most topical FinTeh conference of this summer will take place in Kazakhstan very soon now. We would like to remind you that there is a promotional offer in case of early bird registration before May 18: up to 60% discount. Registration is open and available on the website. Hurry up and let`s blockchain this world together as soon as on June 14 in Astana!

25 Apr 2018

Practical Cases at Blockchain Conference Astana: Blockchain in Procurement Process, Tax Accounting and Education

Blockchain Conference Astana will take place on June 14, 2018. This event will be devoted to the Blockchain capabilities in the financial world, e-gov, and education, the legislative regulation of crypto currencies, the implementation of Blockchain technology, the ICO arrangement and implementation.

The Conference for the second year in a row will feature the best world practical cases that deal with the implementation of Blockchain technology. The Managing Director & Member of the Board of AIFC Yernurn Rysmagambetov will speak about the need for the implementation of educational programs in the field of finance in general and Blockchain in particular.

Mr. Yernurn previously headed the Bureau of Continuous Professional Development at AIFC. Since March 2016, he has been holding the position of an adviser to the AIFC Manager and a Deputy Chairman of the Board of the National Investment Corporation of the National Bank. His major areas of specialization include finance and investment, education and coaching, strategies and microeconomics, start-ups and management.

Blockchain Conference Astana establishes the largest platform for discussing the role of Blockchain technology in the economy modernization. In the view of this mission, the Conference organizers make the event program to be extremely useful for state agencies, banking & financial sector, energy sector, start-ups and crypto traders.

The Management Consulting Senior Consultant at KPMG in Kazakhstan and Central Asia Zarina Kazhmaganbetova will speak about the Blockchain technology in procurement processes on the example of the implemented project, the project development through the expansion of sets of services for STBs, as well as the use of Blockchain in the tax accounting (VAT).

Zarina has more than 10 years of experience in the IT sector. In 2013, she received a Master of Science degree at Imperial College London. Today, she is a student of PhD Computer Science at the Eurasian National University named after L.N.Gumilev. Her experience covers projects for the development of architecture, technical writing (choice of systems), IT infrastructure audit, system inspection for compliance with information security requirements. Her industry experience involves the public sector, telecommunications, banking, transport and logistics.

In total, over 25 experts from all over the world will speak at the Conference 2018. Some of them are already known as of today. The Blockchain Conference Astana program features the Managing Director & Member of the Board of AIFC Yernur Rysmagambetov, the Managing Director of AIFC Kairat Kaliev, the Manager of AIFC Kairat Kelimbetov, the Co-Founder & CEO of Creditor Platform Viktor Ignatyuk, the Founder & CEO of Cashaa Kumar Guarov, the Member of the Emercoin team Mikhail Voevodsky, the IBM, IT Architect & Technical Manager Mikhail Korotko, the independent crypto trader Kir Kelevra, the Business Development Director at Ambisafe Farrukh Shukurov,  the President of the BlockhainKZ Association of Blockchain Developers and Users Batyrbek Umarov. In the near future, the organizers will announce the complete list of the event speakers.

The extended program and schedule of the event will be available in the near future. Follow the Conference announcements on the website https://bconference.kz.

To participate in the Conference, please register on the website.

20 Apr 2018

Special Guest Speakers from Astana International Financial Center to Appear at Blockchain Conference Astana

Astana International Financial Center (AIFC) delegates its honorary speakers to participate in Blockchain Conference Astana, which will be held on June 14, 2018 in the Marriott Hotel Astana. For the second year in a row, Blockchain Conference Astana becomes an effective platform for experts’ interaction and realization of state programs aimed at Kazakhstan’s economy modernization.

AIFC is a unique financial center located in the CIS territory. It is a kind of hub for Central Asia, the Caucasus, EAEU, the Middle East, West China, Mongolia and Europe. Its key activities include the capital market development, asset management, HNWI’s wealth management, Islamic finance, and new financial technologies. For the first time ever in the post-Soviet space, the Center has introduced a special jurisdiction with its own right, based on the principles of English commercial law. A similar situation occurs in the world’s leading financial centers in London, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Dubai.

The Blockchain Conference Astana opening will feature a welcoming speech delivered by the Manager of AIFC (since 2015) Kairat Kelimbetov. Previously, he held the following positions: the Chairman of the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2013-2015), the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2012-2013), the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2011-2012), the Chairman of the Board of the Samruk-Kazyna National Welfare Fund (2008-2011), the Head of the Administration of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2008), the Chairman of the Board of the Kazyna Fund for Sustainable Development JSC (2006-2008), the Minister of Economy and Budget Planning of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2002-2006), the First Vice-Minister of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2001-2002).

In addition, the Managing Director of AIFC Kairat Kaliev will speak at the Conference. Mr. Kaliev has been working in the financial sector for over 13 years. Today, he is the Managing Director of IFAC and the head of Cross Coin. During his internship in the USA, he raised $ 5 million crypto currencies for a venture accelerator. He is one of the few experts in Kazakhstan in the field of ICO.

The Conference program will have the following five key streams:

– Blockchain capabilities in the financial world: creating secure payment solutions

– E-Gov: principles of transparent government development through technology application

– Blockchain effectiveness of the energy independence

– Legislative regulation of cryptocurrency and Blockchain throughout the globe and in Kazakhstan

– ICO arrangement and implementation

In the near future, the extended program and event schedule will be available. Follow the announcements of the Conference on the website https://bconference.kz

To participate in the Conference, please register on the website.

 

11 Apr 2018

Blockchain Conference Astana to Present ICO Projects for the First Time Ever in Kazakhstan

For the second year in a row, Astana has become a place of concentration of Blockchain experts from all over the globe. On June 14, 2018, the capital of Kazakhstan will host the second annual Blockchain Conference Astana. Over 25 international experts will share their experience of using and implementing technology in the government, financial and energy environment, and discuss the issues of legislative regulation, organization and implementation of ICO.

For the first time ever, the Blockchain Conference in Kazakhstan will feature the ICO Pitch Competition, where projects will have a unique opportunity to be present to the event audience and the jury & investors.

Why is it beneficial to participate?

– Blockchain Conference Astana is the first conference in Kazakhstan that features the presentation of ICO projects.

– The Conference offers an opportunity to have a direct contact with investors and the best experts of the Blockchain industry.

– The Conference participants include investors, representatives of the largest Ukrainian, Russian and Kazakh financial companies, government officials, representatives of FinTech clusters and crypto activists.

– In addition to speaking in the main stream of the Conference, there is an opportunity to participate in the demo area on a free basis.

Why is Kazakhstan so unique for start-ups?

– Kazakhstan has a huge potential for the development of the financial industry as the country is carrying out the policy of technological modernization of the economy.

– E-Gov, online trading, mobile banking and digital services are among priorities for the development of Kazakhstan.

– Kazakhstan needs skilled developers and efficient projects. The country offers about 10 public grant schemes for financial experts.

– Kazakhstan is very interested in the ecosystem development. In January 2018, Astana International Financial Center and Waves Blockchain Platform signed a memorandum on cooperation and strategic partnership. It stipulates the creation of an advanced ecosystem based on Waves Blockchain Platform to develop modern financial technologies in Kazakhstan.

Do not miss your chance to speak at the most popular conference to be held in the most promising country for Blockchain and crypto projects, and to present your project to investors from all over the country as well as to get an assessment from the top brains of the Blockchain industry!

To participate, please send your application to: v@aroundb.com.

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06 Apr 2018

Well-Known Financial Industry Faces to Speak at Blockchain Conference Astana

Astana will host the second annual summit Blockchain Conference Astana on June 14, 2018. This year conference will feature over 25 world experts famous for their projects in the world of Blockchain and cryptocurrency.

The Conference program will have the following five key streams:

– Blockchain technology for Kazakhstan: scope of application and new ways of the country’s development

– E-Gov: principles of transparent government development through technology application

– Blockchain for business and FinTech solutions

– Legislative regulation of cryptocurrency and Blockchain throughout the globe and in Kazakhstan

– ICO and investment climate to overtake crypto assets

 

Cashaa (USA) Founder & CEO Kumar Guarov will speak during the stream dedicated to the financial sector. In his speech, Mr. Gaurav will talk about the Next-Generation Banking Platform.

Kumar is a serial entrepreneur who is the Founder & CEO of Cashaa Holdings and Chairman of Auxesis Group. He is among the hundred most influential people in the world in blockchain technology and is one of the nominees of World’s Top 50 Innovators from the Industries of the Future. Kumar was awarded extraordinary status (O1) by the United States government for his accomplishments in blockchain technology. Before he moved into the world of financial technology, he built computer systems for Ferrari. Kumar is a popular international speaker on emerging technologies and was invited at IIT, TieCON, TechCrunch, Govt Parliament and many private and government conferences across the globe.

Emercoin team member and CompAero founder Mikhail Voevodsky will speak about the economic benefits of projects based on Blockchain.

Michael is engaged in consulting on the issues of Emercoin application and its capabilities. Earlier, he founded CompAero, a company developing web services and mobile applications, as well as projects based on blockchain technologies. Within the framework of Imaguru Blockchain School in Minsk, he regularly holds seminars to train students.

Creditor.AI co-founder Viktor Ignatyuk will give a speech on Using Blockchain Technology to Work with Personal Data. In particular, the speaker will talk about how the technology can help enterprises adapt to GDPR standards, how to work with clients’ sensitive data and how to prevent the leakage of important data in case of hacker attack.

Viktor has been working in the financial sector since 2015. At the age of 19, he founded the largest Ukrainian peer-2-peer platform, which was successfully sold. Later he worked on the development of decentralized cloud solutions, a financial platform for the provision of online loans and digital support services for brands’ marketing campaigns. In 2017, Viktor Ignatyuk co-founded Creditor.ai, an application that allows you to optimize your marketing budgets with the help of a direct contract entered by and between the customer and the provider.

In the near future, a full conference program will be available. To keep abreast of all news of BConference Astana, please subscribe to our newsletters and follow the updates on the website bconference.kz.

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21 Mar 2018

IBM to Share its World Blockchain Experience at Blockchain Conference Astana

June 14, 2018, the World Blockchain Summit Blockchain Conference Astana will feature the representatives of top companies in the field of Blockchain technology development and implementation in the business industry. With each passing day, we hear news about world banks, financial institutions and government organizations announcing projects and solutions based on Blockchain. This June, IBM representative Mikhail Korotko within the framework of Blockchain Conference Astana will talk about his unique experience of using business solutions based on this technology.

First results and nearest future plans of IBM as a global leader in the field of professional IT solutions for business is one of the focal points of the report to be delivered by Mikhail at Marriott within the framework of Blockchain Conference Astana on June 14, 2018.

Mikhail Korotko is a highly qualified and certified IT architect having over 14 years of experience in the IT sphere. He has been granted over 35 international certificates in the field of IT (Open CA – a master certified IT architect, certified architect of IBM, CCEE, CCAA, CCA, MCSE, MCITP, MCSA, VCP) and two international awards (VMware vExpert). Mikhail has an extensive expertise in planning, managing, designing and implementing medium and large IT projects (Cloud Computing, IT Infrastructure, Big Data, industry solutions, etc.) including pre-sale / sales, architecture development and integration, system integration and services. Mikhail has a great experience of work in the team as a technical manager with distributed international and multicultural teams.

BConference Astana claims to become one of the most significant events in Kazakhstan. The conference will be devoted to the blockchain technology capabilities for the financial environment, solutions for banks, payment systems, money transfers, exchange operations, etc., creation of blockchain-based public services, data tracking and analysis using the blockchain.

Participation in the conference is open to everyone interested. To attend the conference, please register on the website.

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