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CityChain 17
4th April 2017 | IBM Southbank | London

What is CityChain17?
Blockchain is a hot topic, fast gaining column inches as an enabler of business and customer transformation alike. Blockchain represents tremendous business opportunities, but how do you cut through the hype?
CityChain17 brings together Blockchain and Distributed Ledger thought leaders and entrepreneurs from across the globe.  The aim?  To provide the best and latest informed thinking and hype-free exploration of ideas, use cases, challenges, and concerns.  The event is targeted at businesses, technologists, students, and academics with a need or desire to know more and to hear of the very best thinking in this important sector.

Why Attend?
Over the course of the last eighteen months, we have seen many events held to help people fast-track their knowledge of Blockchain. To date, the results have been mixed and we believe there are still too many gaps in the explanations provided and as a result, the hype remains high. 
This event will deliver deep insight grounded in what is possible and what is up next for Blockchain. Based on our experience of running similar events, it will answer key questions, facilitate learning and provide an open forum for networking with people experienced in coal face implementation of distributed ledger solutions.,

The topics of discussion will include:
- What is distributed ledger technology (Blockchain) and what does it mean, for business?
- How are people starting to use it, and what’s next?  In particular, what do the use cases really look like?
- Blockchain is hot in Financial Services, but where else is it being tried, and how?  What next outside of the financial services sector
- Can Blockchain really cure the common cold? – the reality of the real issues and answers rather than the much-flaunted hype.
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MBN are proud to support
The Institute of Direct & Digital Marketing’s Creative Data Academy!

We are delighted to announce MBN Academy’s involvement with The Institute of Direct & Digital Marketing’s Creative Data Academy programme in April of this year.

As part of our #mbnskills initiative, Robin Huggins will present and facilitate a series of Workshops to participating students covering areas such as CV Writing, Interview Research & Preparation and Social Media and Networking skills.

Robin will present at two sessions, in Edinburgh and London, following on from his successful road-trip around Scottish Universities earlier this year as part of The Data Lab’s MSc. Data Science Placement Project.

MBN Solutions are delighted to partner with The IDM to increase employability skills amongst the UK’s student population. Rob said, “MBN Solutions are honoured to be asked to collaborate with this year’s IDM Creative Data Academy programme. As a UK based, Data focussed company with an extensive International network we see, first hand, the benefit of initiatives of this kind. We are currently delivering similar skills workshops to MSc. Data Science students throughout Scotland, and wholeheartedly believe that collaborations of this type are key to addressing the often mentioned skills shortages throughout the UK in the data, digital and analytics sectors”.

Information about The Creative Data Academy can be found here.

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Director or the Year Awards-
Michael Young from MBN shortlisted!


Congratulations to our CEO; Michael Young, who has been shortlisted for Director of the Year awards – Institute of Directors (Scotland).

There are thirty eight finalists across nine main categories, Michael has been nominated under the Medium Size Business Category.

David Watt, Executive Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, commented: “With a 25% boost in the number of entries this year, it’s pleasing to see so many businesses recognising good leadership, and thriving across a diverse range of industries and sectors.”

The winners for the categories will be revealed on Thursday 23rd March at the Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner at the Crowne Plaza Glasgow.

We wish everyone the best of luck!

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Scottish Blockchain Meetup!

Great night last night at the Scottish Blockchain Meetup in Edinburgh.

"Blockchain 101 & Shared Experiences from Global Blockchain Events."


Thanks to our speakers Greig Paul, Peter Ferry, Stuart Fraser & Alan Keir. 

Greig Paul; Research Engineer, University Of Strathclyde spoke about Blockchain 101; an introduction to blockchain for beginners, in which he discussed use cases and the limitations of the technology.

Peter, Stuart & Alan from Wallet Services just returned from the London BlockChain Expo and CoinDesk Construct 2017 in San Francisco and discussed their experience, talking about the latest thinking and what interesting startups are doing in the industry. 

Another great turnout and we hope everyone enjoyed the presentations.

Looking forward to the next one.

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Truth in Data in foodtech & How data is shaping smart cities – February’s Meetup

Another great night and a full house at the February Meetup in the Data Lab, Edinburgh.

Special thanks to all of our speakers.

The first presentation discussed how data in foodtech will revolutionize how we view, consume and relate to food.

The second was split into two parts. The first explored the raid urbanisation of the world and why we need smart cities and how businesses, government and citizens can work together to create more livable cities and drive change from the bottom up. The second part focused on the roles of data in cities and what the future holds in terms of real-time data, integration, sharing and monetisation.

All presentations were very interesting and got great response and interaction from the audience.

We look forward to March’s Meetup.

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At MBN, we’re more than just another recruitment business. We are a full service People Solutions business specialising in finding and securing the very best staff and talent for our clients. This requires us to have an in depth knowledge and appreciation for the sectors and skill areas in which we operate.

Our thought leadership can be seen on our website, but it is the compilation of such commentary that allows us to share our unique insight. MBN decided in 2012 to launch a series of regular events where we invite industry leaders, clients and interested parties to share an evening of networking, presentations and general insight into the areas of our subject matter expertise, namely, Technology, Data Science & Analytics and Digital Initiatives.

Have a look here
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Looking for a new job?

We have fantastic roles across the Data Science, Analytics and Technology Positions.

Register your C.V. at


Visit our follow our new twitter page for the latest vacancies!

Roles across:
Scotland, Rest of UK, Europe (Belgium, Germany, Holland, Malta, Spain, Portugal)  and Beyond (New York, Hong Kong)



Blockchain and non financial services use cases

Written by Paul Forrest
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Lead Technical Architect

£80-£100k plus benefits inc. flexi working
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