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Start: 18:45
End: 21:00

Venue: Peel & Hepple Lecture Theatres, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, BS8 1SS map

Speakers: Tim Kindberg & Somil Goyal

6.45pm Refreshments
7.15pm Main Talk

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The focus of this Talk will be on Blockchain This talk will be delivered by two representatives with varied experiences. Dr Tim Kindberg is founder of digital technology company matter II media. Somil Goyal is an experienced financial services executive and COO of Adjoint, a distributed ledger and smart contract company selected as 2018 100 Most Influential Fintechs.

Tim will debate digital currency such as Bitcoin and other blockchain-based systems such as Ethereum and will explain why he is sceptical about the technologies that underlie them and look at what needs to be done. Whilst Somil will discuss distributed ledger technology how it extends the traditional database model, using smart contracts within finance as his example.

Tim KindbergTim Kindberg Founder, matter II media

Lately, as a former scholar of distributed systems, including consensus protocols, I’ve become fascinated by the debate surrounding digital currency Bitcoin and other blockchain-based systems such as Ethereum. In this talk I will explain why I'm sceptical about the technologies that underlie them, summarise the case against the hype, and look at what needs to be done

Dr. Tim Kindberg is a computer scientist and founder of digital technology company matter II media whose products include social video platforms Vorb and Nth Screen. He is based in Bristol's Pervasive Media Studio. He is co-author of the textbook Distributed Systems - Concepts and Design and has been visiting professor at the University of Bath and ITU Copenhagen. He has many years of experience of industrial R&D in distributed, mobile and pervasive computing, and was a senior researcher at HP Labs in Palo Alto and Bristol for ten years.

Somil GoyalSomil Goyal is an experienced financial services executive. He is COO of Adjoint, a distributed ledger and smart contract company selected as 2018 100 Most Influential Fintechs. He has worked for Deutsche Bank across asset classes and geographies, as well as in consulting at EY and Deloitte.

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