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The Fourth Internet Of Agreements Conference: Space

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Digital Catapult Centre

101 Euston Road

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Our fourth conference will take on a distinctly celestial hue: blockchain and business in space. From commercial satellite launches through to space tourism, asteroid mining, and even Mars exploration and eventual human settlement, the space industry has an almost limitless appetite for risk capital and technological innovation.

IoA 4 will bring together leading thinkers in the space industry and the blockchain industry to meet, discuss ideas, and co-present a variety of proposals for cooperation between the up and coming providers of technical infrastructure and risk capital to support innovation, on what many of us believe to be the most important human endeavour there is.

Public presentations on 21st June 2018 at Digital Catapult, 101 Euston Rd, London NW1 2RA. Doors 09:00. The talks should finish at five and there will be a reception afterwards. Booking a ticket from this page will gain you access to this this day's events.

We will also be holding workshops for selected participants on 22nd June at The British Interplanetary Society, 27-29 South Lambeth Rd, London SW8 1SZ. Doors 09:30. Spaces are limited so we ask that, if you are interested in attending this second day, you fill out this very short form here.

Full details are at http://internetofagreements.com/space

Speakers

  • Vinay Gupta is a leading figure in the blockchain industry. He is Director of Corporate Strategy at Mattereum, a collaboration between lawyers and technologists connecting digital assets on the blockchain with goods and services in the material world. He co-created the Internet of Agreements conferences, was strategic architect for ConsenSys Systems and architect of the National Blockchain Strategy for Dubai. He will be speaking about the blockchain, it's relevance to business in space, and the importance of a manned mission to Mars.

  • Anushka Sharma is active in the tech ecosystems of UK, Europe and USA having worked across politics, the Olympics and innovation strategy. She curated the Disruption Summit Europe, delivered the CogX 18 AI festival, set up TechHub Shoreditch, produced the UK’s first audio-led VR experience with SubPac, and is an Ambassador for Google’s Campus London to champion Diversity in Technology. Her space startup Naaut focuses on innovation and frontier technology for our multi-planetary future. She will speak about Blockchain for space supply chain.

  • James Bruegger has been Managing Partner and Investment Director for Seraphim Capital since Oct 2016, and is a co-founder of Space Camp Accelerator. Seraphim are the world’s first venture fund dedicated to financing the Space ecosystem, investing in over 180 early and growth stage businesses. He will be speaking about the fund and what they look for when investing.

  • Pavlo Tanasyuk is a co-founder of Spacebit, a ground-breaking way to fund international space projects making space exploration available to everyone. He is also CEO of BlockVerify and was the co-founding CEO of Monexy payment system. He holds MPhil in Technology Policy from the University of Cambridge, and was Editor-In-Chief of Information Systems Journal at the London School of Economics. He will speak about democratising space exploration with Blockchain technology.

  • Christopher Newman is Professor of Space Law at Northumbria University. He has been teaching and researching Space Law for a number of years and worked on a publication about the ethical underpinnings of Space Governance. He will speak about law, policy and the British Space Industries Act.

  • Benoit Chamot is AOCS engineer & Business development at Innovative Solutions In Space, one of the leading companies in the small satellite market providing turn-key cubesat & nanosat solutions including launch services. He has been an Technology Engineer at the Swiss Space Centre, and did his Masters Thesis at MIT on active removal of orbital debris. He will be giving an engineers perspective on small satellites at their uses

  • Dean Masley and Ahsan Fazal are the co-founders of Moonshot Express. Dean is co-founder of NestEgg Infrastructure with pension provider APG, and was Director of Blockchain Education Network. Ahsan is studying aerospace engineering at Delft University of Technology. They will speak about their project to put Bitcoin on the moon as a 21st Century ‘X Prize’.

  • Tobias Disse (CEO), Haischel Dabian (CTO) and Dan Acristinii (Head R&D) are the co-founders of Kryha. Kryha won the machine to machine economy track at the Blockchaingers Hackathon in 2018 with the Grex project. They created a decentralized hive mind by launching a blockchain powered swarm of drones. The project has evolved since then into a low earth orbit satellite communication solution which is the subject of their talk.

  • Jerry Stone of Spaceflight UK is a fellow of the British Interplanetary Society where he founded The Sir Arthur Clarke Awards, President of The Mars Society UK, and has lectured on space exploration for over forty years. He will speak on the hows and whys of getting humans to Mars.

  • Anja Blaj is community manager for Blockchain Think Tank Slovenia. She has a master degree in global law, focused her studies on space law at the University of Ljubljana and CUPL in Beijing. She has numerous experiences with blockchain legal framework and counselling. She will be speaking about legal jurisdiction & property rights in space

Themes

  • ​​Space Migration - the only way humans can expand beyond the sustainability limits of Earth. A manned mission to Mars is the next logical stage in becoming that space faring species. Designing, building, launching and controlling a manned mission is very capital intensive. To succeed we will need to pool global money - to crowdfund on an unimaginable scale - and the cryptocurrency ICO model could just be the way to do this

  • Investing in Space - space business is worth £170bn annually and is predicted to grow to £400bn by 2030. The rise of cheap nano satellites and reusable launchers have opened space to a new class of entrepreneur, and they need a new class of investor. There is a lot of private money in the tech and cryptocurrency sectors looking for investment opportunities - space is a high-risk venture and most of this money was earned through high-risk ventures. There are also new routes to money through crowdfunding and ICO.​

  • ​​Blockchains for Space - blockchain is already used within the space sector: from nascent ICO funding and token-based usage, to supply chain, to debris tracking and spacecraft navigation, to satellite-based blockchain processors and bitcoin broadcasting. These range from small startups to large enterprises like NASA, ESA, and Airbus. Most are at evaluation or pilot stage and not widely known about within either the space or blockchain industry. IofA4 aims to educate and cross fertilise the sectors for maximum early benefit.


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