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MBN prides itself with being at the forefront of recruitment services for Data Science, Insight and Analytics and related Technology skills. Key to our success and growth in this important sector has been the development of world class thought leadership and creation of events to allow skilled practitioners and business leaders to hear from leading global professionals and to network with likeminded people.  Over time, these events have grown in stature and significance and for us, it was only a matter of time before we extended our reach.

ScotChain16 last year saw Edinburgh host a hugely successful event attended by over 200 leading global Blockchain experts and business leaders debating and challenging the hype, the reality and ultimately, the best use cases.

12months on, the conversation around Blockchain has rapidly changed. We’re only now starting to understand this technology’s real, practical and full potential, and this means that there is still much to discover and explore.

The buzz we experienced surrounding Blockchain technology has started to take a different tone and it is this different tone that ScotChain17 explored.

Last year, the conversation mainly revolved around financial services. This year we saw subject matter and topics of discussion going far beyond the traditional or well-known use cases.

Staged once again at RBS Conference Centre; Edinburgh, we had a fantastic day ahead of us filled with exciting topics, case studies and great speakers from different areas of the world.

We wish to extend a huge thank you to all of the amazing speakers who presented/participated at ScotChain17.

Paul Wheelhouse (MSP), Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy

Angela Walch, Associate Professor of Law and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Blockchain Technologies

David Birch, Global Ambassador for Consult Hyperion

Susan Ramonat, Chief Executive Officer – Spiritus Partners

Kent Mackenzie, Director at Deloitte UK

Professor William Buchanan​, Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University​

Peter Ferry, Founder & Commercial Director at Wallet.Services

Ross Laurie, Consultant – Blockchain Lab, Deloitte UK​

Alexander Holt, Head of CivTech® at The Scottish Government

Mark Simpson, Distinguished Engineer at Royal Bank of Scotland​

Paweł Kuskowski, Co-Founder and CEO of Coinfirm

Philippe Meyer, Managing Director, Avaloq ​

Lucy Fang & Andrea Cuneo, HackChain17

A special thank you to all of our sponsors and exhibitors:


This year Scothain17 focused on how blockchain technology is evolving and a global panel of experts discussed areas including data privacy, collaboration and ethical issues.

Following topics were discussed:

– Driving Blockchain Innovation in Government Services

– Blockchain: An immutable truth

– Towards Truly Smart Cities and Communities: Building A Citizen-focused World Through Trust

– Escaping from Plato’s cave – The Philosophical Questions we should be asking about Blockchain

– Thinking Critically About Blockchain Technology

– The Blockchain isn’t magic – understand what a Blockchain is and where it may be useful

– Blockchain in Healthcare: Opportunities and Challenges

Professor William Buchanan, Ross Laurie, Angela Walch, David Birch, Pawel Kuskowski and Philippe Meyer all came together to form an expert panel Question & Answer session around “Beyond the Hype, Blockchain People, Promise & Practice.” This discussion focused on the Panel’s perspective on the growth of Blockchain skills over the course of the last year and what this means for the next few years, the Promise of great use cases and the real state of play in respect of use cases of real value, and finally the tips, mistakes and lessons learned in the Practice of building Blockchain solutions for building Blockchain ventures.

Following the Question & Answer session, our speakers then joined the audience for a networking session and a few drinks to celebrate the success of the day, with the conversations around Blockchain continuing into the early evening.

Presentations will be available on our YouTube Channel.

At the conference we announced the results of the 2017 ‘Blockchain Survey’. Read all about it here.

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