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GOP vs DNC Convention, Trump vs Hillary, fear vs progressive thinking

Last week I discussed the GOP Convention where fear and terror was the main topic. A big contrast with the convention of the Democrats. Great speakers like Michelle and Barack Obama delivered an optimistic progressive message and they clarified how much they distrust and fear Trump. Michelle Obama made clear that you can’t trust a man with the nuclear launch codes that’s so tempered and full of anger like Donald Trump. And Obama showed how much faith he has in the very experienced and passionate Hillary Clinton, who started this convention with a pretty big image problem.

Stephen Colbert at the Democratic National Convention

Last week Stephen Colbert visited the GOP Convention in his ‘Hungry for Power Games’, now it was time for the Democrats.

In his show a Hillary cartoon answered questions from the Republicans.

Watch the full speech of president Barack Obama

Watch the full speech of Michelle Obama

Own and transfer digital art in the blockchain

Ascribe is a wonderful example of how to use the blockchain. It is a project that started in 2014 and is now a rapidly expanding startup in Berlin. Ascribe is the outcome of a vision to help to change the art world, to make it not only possible but also easy to manage and collect digital art by leveraging the blockchain technology. Ascribe built functionality for artists and creators to lock in authorship, create authentic limited digital editions, securely share and easily transfer the rights of their work.

Over 5,000 creators have declared 10,000 digital works and 40,000 unique editions. Furthermore, a dozen marketplaces and platforms have signed-on to work with ascribe via their API

Masha McConaghy at the Dutch Blockchain Conference

Masha McConaghy is the CCO of Ascribe and she tells how she came up with the idea to built a blockchain platform for buying and selling digital art, just like you trade bitcoins. Watch her presentation at the Dutch Blockchain Conference here:

Interview with Masha McConaghy by Roelof Hemmen

David Birch: 'Identitiy is the new money'

According to David Birch identity is the new money. Both identity and money are changing profoundly. Money will be easy to store, it won’t be the primary role of the bank anymore. The identity topic is more complex, you have many virtual identities and for every reason you need a different mechanism. David Birch has a complex but intriguing story at the Dutch Blochchain Conference. He delivers it in a provocative way with a lot of humor.

Identity Is the New Money

David Birch is the author of a fresh, original and fascinatingly wide-ranging short book about developments in the field, Identity Is the New Money. This is the best book on general issues around new forms of money, and new possibilities generated by blockchain technology.

David Birch keynote at Dutch Blockchain Conference

Interview with David Birch by Carlien Roodink

Mangrove Talent management experience

Mangrove is one of the interesting creative web agencies in The Netherlands, based in Rotterdam but also in New York. Mike Brady is the managing director and I talk to him about how he is using talentmanagement to get the most out of his team. The method that is used by Mangrove is excellent to determine whether staff members fit in the overall system. How do they use it and what are the outcomes?

Gavin Wood on how $60M hack of DAO happened and what to do next

At the Dutch Blockchain Conference Ethereum founder Gavin Wood gave a presentation on the hack of the DAO smart contract which happened last week. He describes how the hack of the smart contract, unrelated to Ethereum, happend and what the options are of the community in the next 30 days.

On June 18th an attacker began exploiting a vulnerability in the code of The DAO to siphon off invested funds using a bug that went unnoticed because smart contract coding is such a new discipline, which was even missed by a professional security audit performed prior to launch. Luckily the design of The DAO has resulted in these funds being temporarily stuck in child replicas. Nonetheless, without action the attacker will eventually secure a very large amount of ETH.ETH stands for ether, the ‘fuel’ of the Ethereum network.

Gavin Wood interview at the Dutch Blockchain Conference

After his presentation Dutch journalist Roelof Hemmen interviewed Gavin Wood about the hack and the practical use of a DAO smart contract system.

Blockchain peptalk keynote by Neelie Kroes

Neelie Kroes is the Dutch special envoy for startups till June 30. She gave a real good pep talk keynote during the Dutch Blockchain Conference in Amsterdam. Her passion, humor but also the urge to move forward with all the involved parties (banks, healthcare, energy, goverment etc) to create a blockchain coalition, to strengthen the Dutch eco system and move forward with practical applications into the European scene made everybody sit up and pay close attention. Tackling a wide number of issues, like the need for European politicians to create enthusiasm at the citizen level (like killing roaming fees) to what the startups need to do in co-operation with the enterprises made everyone sit on the edge of their seats.

Neelie Kroes interview at the Dutch Blockchain Conference

In her interview with Carlien Roodink, Neelie Kroes spoke at length about the last 18 months as a startup ambassador. As a European Commissioner she already took note of the disruptive effect of startups.

Join the Dutch Blockchain Conference online in HD

We are very excited that next Monday the Dutch Blockchain Conference will kick off at KPMG Headquarters in Amstelveen. For everyone who can’t make it to the event we set up a livestream.

HQ Livestream

Thanks to our digital host ING we can offer you a high quality livestream of the event including interviews with speakers and participants during the day. Interviews will be held by Roelof Lemmen (BNR) and Carlien Roodink (former DNB, KPMG, Rabobank and Holland FinTech). Join the conference live, online, in HD quality.

Unfortunately Minister of Finance and Eurogroup chairman Mr Jeroen Dijsselbloem can’t make it to the conference. But we are very pleased that Neelie Kroes, Dutch Special Envoy for Startups, could replace him on such a short notice.

Check out the full lineup of speakers below and on our website: dutchblockchainconference.com

Rutger van Zuidam and Vincent Everts look forward to the Dutch Blockchain Conference



9.00 Doors open
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome by Conference Moderator Vincent Everts introducing our host KPMG by Albert Röell, Chairman Board of Management and Rutger van Zuidam, conference director Dutch Blockchain Conference
10:15 – 10:35 Neelie Kroes – Special Envoy, StartupDelta
10:35 – 11:05 David Birch – Director, Consult Hyperion
11:05 – 11:35 Mark Buitenhek – Global head of transaction services, ING
11:35 – 12:00 Panel discussion ABN AMRO with:

  • Karin Kersten – Managing Director Transaction Banking, ABN AMRO
  • Tim de Knegt – Strategic Finance & Treasury, Port of Rotterdam
12:00 – 12:25 Ron Berndsen – Head of Market Infrastructures Policy Department, De Nederlandsche Bank
12:25 – 13:15 Lunch
13:25 – 13:55 Gavin Wood – Co-founder Ethereum & CTO, Ethcore Ltd.
13:55 – 14:20 John McLean – VP Global Blockchain Labs Engagement, IBM
14:20 – 14:40 Investors panel with:

  • Dave Dirks – Venture Partner, Keadyn
  • Corne Jansen – Director, INKEF Capital
  • Frank Schuil – Co-founder & CEO, Safello
14:40 – 14:50 Interview Paolo Tasca – Director, Centre for Blockchain Technologies at University College London
14:50 – 15:00 Bas Eenhoorn – National Commissioner for Digital Government
15:00 – 15:35 Afternoon break
15:40 – 16:00 Dutch Pioneers Panel with:

  • Bas de Vries – CEO, Florin
  • Arno Laeven – Head of Blockchain Lab, Philips
  • Jouke Hofman – General Manager, Bitonic
16:00 – 16:05 Start of the feed-in-the-mud track:
16:05 – 16:15 Masha McConaghy – CEO, Ascribe.io
16:15 – 16:25 Trent McConaghy – Founder & CTO, Bigchain DB
16:25 – 16:45 Leanne Kemp – Founder & CEO, Everledger
16:45 – 17:00 John Lilic – ConsenSys & TransactiveGrid
17:00 – 17:15 Collin Vine – Co-founder, Colony
17:15 – 17:20 Q&A
17:20 – 17:25 Wrap up Blockchain Conference
17:25 – 18:45 Drinks

Finland copies the Estonian e-ID system

Everyone knows how excited I am about the Estonian e-ID system. I’m a digital citizen of Estonia and maybe… someday of Finland as well?! The Fins are going to copy the Estonia system with X-Road.


Estonia and Finland are the first two nations in Europe to develop a joint data exchange platform based on Estonia’s X-Road, which allows databases in both countries to interface, assist with cross-border services, and make e-services accessible to Estonian and Finnish citizens. It has been used in Estonia since 2001.

OP Financial Group

I was talking to Jussi Snellman of the OP Financial Group, more or less the Rabobank of Finland and he explained the old and new e-ID situation in Finland.

Cleaning innovation in Europe years ahead of the USA

I was very surprised when Bill Griffin, editor of the Cleaning Business Magazine, told me that Europe is 5 years ahead of the USA when it comes to cleaning technology. He visited the ISSA/Interclean exhibition together with 30.000 other people and 800 suppliers to see the future of cleaning in the USA.

My presentation about the Top 10 innovations

My presentation about the top 10 innovations at ISSA/Interclean was recorded. You can watch the full presentation below and view my slides at slideshare.

Cleaning innovation

A selection of innovations I saw at the exhibition including a lot of robots but also augmented reality, tracking software, apps, sensors and products we all know like new toilets and faucets.

Cleanfix navi660 got the #1 innovation award

The Cleanfix Navi 660 cleans 4000m2 on a 4 hour battery. The Cleanfix team won the ISSA/Interclean innovation award. Roland de Korte is the MD of Cleanfix, he tells me more about their invention and explains the businesscase.

Minister Dijsselbloem will deliver opening speech Dutch Blockchain Conference

In 2014 and 2015, Rutger van Zuidam and me organized the Dutch National Bitcoin Conference at the ABN AMRO Dialogues House and ING Headquarters. This year, we will be moving our scope beyond bitcoin and into the realm of blockchain. It’s our pleasure to announce that the Dutch Blockchain Conference 2016 will take place on the 20th of June at KPMG Headquarters in Amsterdam. The opening speech will be delivered by Dutch Minister of Finance and Eurogroup chairman Mr Jeroen Dijsselbloem.

Buy your early bird ticket or 2-for-1 pack here.

Focus on Blockchain: Fintech and beyond

In the last two years, we’ve discussed the (potential) impact and opportunities of Bitcoin and Blockchain technology with business and government leaders as well as start-ups. Our goal is to bridge the worlds of today and tomorrow and see how startups can work together with corporates and governments to innovate and create new solutions. We learn best by doing, so this year’s focus will be on the most practical examples and tangible projects using blockchain technology.

Our conference has its roots in FinTech, and the disruptive power of bitcoin keeps us sharp and inspired. But in 2016, with all sectors getting on board the blocktrain, ehh… chain en masse, we’ll move our scope beyond finance and welcome speakers and attendees from government agencies, healthcare, energy, logistics, water, real estate and chemical sectors. Because the network of professionals working with blockchain technology is expanding rapidly and the interest in the Dutch Ecosystem is growing internationally, this conference will be in English.

Opening speech by Minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem

The Dutch Blockchain Conference team is currently working on the full lineup of top keynote speakers, startup pitches and an incentive awards ceremony. We are honored to announce that the opening speech will be delivered by the Dutch Minister of Finance and Eurogroup chairman Mr Jeroen Dijsselbloem.

Confirmed speakers


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Early Bird tickets until May 1st. : € 349,00 ex VAT
Early Bird tickets 2-for-1 pack until May 1st. : € 495,00 ex VAT
Order your tickets here or check for more info Dutchblockchainconference.com

Startup tickets: € 249,00 ex VAT – apply at startup@dutchblockchainconference.com with motivation
Student tickets: € 49,00 inc VAT – apply at student@dutchblockchainconference.com with motivation and student enrolment number.


Watch Rutger van Zuidam and me announce the Dutch Blockchain Conference on YouTube:

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