ScotChain16 – Another successful event for MBN!

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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. This time it was a journey into the world of Blockchain.

Staged 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 on Friday.

Susan Ramonat, CEO of Spiritus Partners.

Bob Clint, Co-Founder & CTO of Spiritus Partners

Brian McNulty, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of R3 CEV.

Bruce Pon, Co-founder & CEO of BigchainDB

Christopher Allen, Principal Architect, Blockstream

Kent Mackenzie, Director at Deloitte UK

Ross Laurie, Consultant – Blockchain Lab, Deloitte UK

Philippe Meyer, Managing Director, Avaloq Innovation Ltd

Maria Khan, Innovation Engineer, RBS

Tom McCann, Innovation Scout, RBS

The range of topics which speakers explored gave us great insight into how blockstream works, the benefits, the challenges it may bring and how we can adapt to using it.


Blockchain overview.

  • What is Blockchain.
  • The Challenges of Blockchain – Scale and Data Management and Identity Management.

Blockchain Collaboration and Adaptation.

  • Why Blockchain is so important for Financial Services
  • The process of Implementing Blockchain
  • How we can adopt blockchain into mainstream
  • The use of Blockchain within Identity Verification and Management

The Panel Discussion.
Ross, Phillipe, Maria and Brian then joined Bob Clint of Spiritus Partners and Paul Forrest of MBN Solutions for an expert panel Question & Answer session around “Enterprise Readiness and Paths to Adoption”. Responding to a number of questions from the audience, the expert panel reiterated the overarching theme of the afternoon – that Blockchain requires a collaborative approach from a wide variety of organisations in order to be effectively utilised, while also expanding upon a variety of answers to questions on areas such as governance, regulatory involvement, technological advancement and the impact of Blockchain on a variety of business sectors.

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.