Blockchain Economy Perth 2018 will be an extraordinary opportunity for professionals, investors and the inquisitive to engage
with this rapidly emerging industry, alongside highly respected speakers, fellow professionals and potential future clients.

The evening looks beyond the hype at the real impacts and potential of blockchain technologies in Australia and around the world.


21 August 2018 | 5.30pm – 9.00pm

Royal Perth Yacht Club
6 Australia II Drive, Crawley

  • Conference Day | Perth | Aug 21

Networking and nibbles

Justyna Sniady | CCO at Beyond

Opening: Welcome and Schedule Overview

Deryck Graham | Founder of First Digital Capital

Why Blockchain Economy?

Chairman of First Digital Capital Deryck Graham is a serial technology entrepreneur with 30 years of building and listing companies on the Australian Securities Exchange and 19 years experience as a public company director. He cofounded QHL, Australia’s largest composite aerospace defence contractor with $800m in contracts, launched, JV’ed and sold Eagle Aircraft which now forms Malaysia’s billion dollar aviation industry and developed one of the world’s first social media platforms. He is a Blockchain evangelist and an active investor.
Professor David Yermack | NYU Business School | USA

Bockchain - How will it change commerce as we know it?

David Yermack is a professor of finance at the NYU Stern School of Business, New York University, and also Adjunct Professor of Law at NYU Law School. Professor Yermack also teaches for the Master of Science in Global Finance (MSGF), which is a joint program between Stern and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His areas of research are corporate governance and law and economics. He has a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard as well as four further degrees in business and law from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Basel, Free University of Berlin, University of Freiburg, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Swedish Institute for Financial Research, London Business School, Mannheim Business School, University of St. Gallen, The University of Western Australia and the University of Zurich. Yermack is the author of over 17 peer-reviewed papers in finance and economics journals, and the Associate Editor of the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Corporate Finance, and Financial Markets and Portfolio Management.
Justin Dombrowski | CEO at Soho

How Blockchains are Transforming Capital Formation

How much will blockchains/DLT *really* disrupt? How long will it take, how much will it cost, and why?

Nibbles and Networking

Dr W. Scott Stornetta, Ph.D | Co-Inventor of Blockchain - LIVE FROM THE USA

An insight into the creation of blockchain along with views on where it may be heading

While working at Bell Communications Research (Bellcore), Dr. Stornetta co-invented, along with Stuart Haber, the blockchain technique. This helped lay the foundation for Bitcoin and other digital currencies (for example, of the eight citations in the original Bitcoin paper, three reference his and Dr. Haber’s work). Along with Dr. Haber, he co-founded Surety, a Bellcore spinoff. Surety’s offering constituted the first commercial deployment of a blockchain. Dr. Stornetta finished at Bellcore as Assistant General Manager of the 125-person Mathematical and Computer Sciences Laboratory. Dr. Stornetta consulted for many years, evaluating the commercial potential of emerging technologies on behalf of universities, commercial research labs, and venture capital interests. Dr. Stornetta received his Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University, after attending MIT, Harvard, and Brigham Young University.
Open Forum - Topics of the day - Ask an expert anything

Dr W. Scott Stornetta, Professor David Yermack, Simonne Hurse

Topics of the day discussed and questions time. Featuring: Dr Scott Stornetta (USA), Professor David Yermack (USA), Simon Owen (Australia) and Simonne Hurse (USA)
First Digital Capital

Closing Reception and Networking