BMI Conference: Blockchain - the New Architecture of the World

Numerous international experts, scholars and public figures and decision-makers joined together to focus on Blockchain technology at a BMI conference held in Montenegro. The increasingly popular technology enables secure online activity and verification of transactions between parties, without requiring a central or trusted management entity. The conference discussed the possible applications of the Bliockchain technology by social and governmental institutions for various social purposes.

A highlight of the conference was a meeting with President of Montenegro, Hon. Milo Djukanovic, who said: "Along the path towards our final goal of making Montenegrin society truly European while reaching credible and sustainable development, we are aware of the challenges ahead of us, primarily regarding the deficit in knowledge. Hence the partnership with institutions like the Boris Mints Institute is of great value, particularly having in mind the Institute's fields of work related to water, renewable energy, food safety, reduction of poverty and inequality and conflict solving.”

We believe that the conference will be merely the beginning of international cooperation in research and policy making between BMI and prominent figures in the field of Blockchain.


Wednesday, 3.10.18

15:00 BMI Board Meeting

16:15 BMI Steering committee - Business Meeting

17:00 Key Note Speaker: Prof. Katarina Adam,

Department of Business Administration and Engineering, University of Applies Sciences, Berlin Blockchain Technology - the official invitation of being and staying curious! View Presentation

Thursday, 4.10.18

09:00 Symposium: Blockchain – Present and Future:

Convener: Dr. Boris Mints, President of BMI Read

09:10 Opening Notes: Prof. Itai Sened,

Head, BMI; Founding Head, School of Social and Policy Studies, TAU

Old Poverty, New Poverty; Old Wealth, New Wealth: The Need for New Institutional Mechanisms View Presentation

09:40 Opening Lecture: Mr. Georg Eder,

Founder, The Vienna International Development Network

Application of Blockchain technologies for the UN SDGs View Presentation

10:00 Skype Session: Dr. Joshua Ellul, Department of Computer Science, University of Malta View Presentation

11:00 Panel #1: Implementations of Blockchain technology in Social Institutions

Introductory Remarks: Ms. Eve Guterman, BMI Fellow, Tel-Aviv University View Presentation

Moderator: Mr. Igor Luksic, Former Prime Minister, Montenegro; BMI Board Member

Dr. Milica Vukotic, Dean of the Information Systems Faculty, UDG

Ms. Yael Rozencwajg, CEO, Blockchain Israel View Presentation

12:00 Discussion

16:00 Meeting with the President of Montenegro, Hon. Milo Djukanovic

18:00 Visit to Cetinje and Podgorica and a meeting at UDG

Friday, 5.10.18

09:00 Hon. Vaclav Klaus,

Co- Founder of the Václav Klaus Institute, former President of the Czech Republic

Notes for Montenegro: State-building vs. EU Membership Read

09:30 Panel #2: Challenges of Blockchain and E governance Application

Keynote Remarks: Mrs. Dragica Sekulic, Minister of Economy, Montenegro

Prof. Tomo Popovic, Faculty of Engineering, UDG

TagItWine pilot project based on H2020 TagItSmart technology: a blockchain enabled solution for counterfeit-prevention in wine industry View Presentation

Mr. Dejan Abazovic, tate Secretary in charge of E-GOV, Public Administration Ministry, Montenegro

Prof. Milorad Katnic, Chairman of Societe Generale, Montenegro

10:30 Discussion