European Blockchain Summit 2018 Puts Market Regulation and Industry Collaboration in Foreground

European Blockchain Summit 2018

European Blockchain Summit, the premier event to feature governmental and blockchain officials on all things crypto, and emphasizing the need for unified market legislation, will commence on April 11 at Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia.

Featuring an all-star line-up, including Joseph Lubin (the Ethereum co-founder), the country, often described as the world`s crypto state, shows its determination to transform Europe into a global blockchain hub. 

Europe’sDecisive Steps In Becoming a Global Blockchain Destination

The one day European Blockchain Summit will connect influential industry leaders, business decision makers, tech innovators and government representatives with its unparalleled program and networking opportunities, providing a stimulating environment to deep dive into key challenges, facing the disruptive blockchain technology alongside industry leaders and market makers. This is a first of its kind event to occur in Slovenia that brings the best from both, industry and government in order to explore synergies and guide relevant legislative work to make Europe the first choice for a growing number of blockchain companies.

Besides the Government of The Republic of Slovenia and ConsenSys, the event is organized by The Blockchain Alliance Europe, an international organization that seeks to raise awareness of the importance of the blockchain technology. The members of alliance (Viberate, Spartan Solutions, Netis,, Hive Project, Sun Contract, SportyCo) work together for the benefit of the individual and collective business development of European blockchain companies and cooperate closely with the government authorities in the field of relevant legislation.

Major Opinion-Leaders To Provide Expert Insight 

The summit will kick off with a keynote from legendary blockchain pioneer Joseph Lubin, who co-founded Ethereum, the second-largest public blockchain by total value and is currently running ConsenSys, one of the largest blockchain technology startups based in Brooklyn. Technology applicability, funding opportunities and ICO regulation will be put into foreground with other notable panelists, including Ralf Glabischnig, a co-founder of Crypto Valley Labs, Zug, Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, Executive Chairman of the Malta Council for Science and Technology, Holm Keller, Executive Chairman of the kENUP Foundation, Imogen Heap, the Grammy Award-winning musician and a celebrity ambassador for the blockchain-based live-music ecosystem Viberate, and Sam Cassatt, CSO of ConsenSys, Nino Vang, Co-founder of LedgerState and Stefan Klauser from ETH Zurich among others.

Details of the event are as follows and a full slate of speakers can be found here:

10:00 – 10:20 | Welcoming Speeches

Dr. Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia

Tanja Bivic, President of Blockchain Alliance Europe

Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, Executive Chairman of the Malta Council for Science and Technology, Republic of Malta

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

10:20 – 11:00 | Keynotes

Joseph Lubin, Founder of ConsenSys & Co-founder of Ethereum

Damir Yandrich, ConsenSys, Managing Director CE Europe

11:00 – 11:30 | Blockchain Europe Initiatives

Tadej Slapnik, State Secretary, Republic of Slovenia: Initiative Blockchain Europe

Representative of Republic of Malta and Holm Keller, kENUP Foundation: European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) for Blockchain Technologies

Spyridon Pilos, Principal Manager, Information Workplace and Innovation, European Court of Auditors: Enabling EU audit using blockchain technologies

12:00 – 12:50 | Panel Discussion: Blockchain & ICO Regulation

Moderator: Jürgen Laartz


Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, Executive Chairman of the Malta Council for Science and Technology, Republic of Malta

Tilen Božič, State Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Republic of Slovenia

Ralf Glabischnig, Crypto Valley Labs, Zug, Switzerland

Nejc Novak, Blockchain Think Tank, Slovenia

Denis Avrilionis, Compellio, Luxembourg

Pierre Marro, DG Connect, Department for digital single market, EU Commission

12:50 – 13:45 | Panel Discussion: Blockchain Applicability

Holm Keller, kENUP Foundation & MusicNOW

Imogen Heap, musician and 2-time Grammy Award Winner

Sam Cassatt, CSO of ConsenSys: Ethereum Applications for Social Impact

Nino Vang, Co-founder of LedgerState: Government & Citizen Services on Blockchain

Richard Schaeffer, Chairmain of NYMEX/COMEX: Blockchain in Finance

Bobby Prasad, WEF Expert, Chief Medical Officer: Blockchain in Medicine

14:45 – 15:40 | Panel Discussion: EU Funding Opportunities for Blockchain

Moderator: Holm Keller, kENUP Foundation


Hristo Stoykov, Head of Growth Capital & Innovation Finance, European Investment Bank

Stefan Klauser, ETH Zurich

Pierre Marro, DG Connect, Department for digital single market, EU Commission

Zenel Batagelj,

15:45 – 16:00 | EU Blockchain Summit 2018 Conclusions

16:00 – 18:00 | Networking Event


Blockchain Alliance Europe

Government of the Republic of Slovenia



European Commission, The Malta Council For Science And Technology, LedgerState.