Global Food Blockchain Leadership Forum 2018.

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Event Details: Global Food Blockchain Leadership Forum 2018

Who this event is for: Industry, academic and funding leaders. This is not a commercial networking event. It is a working leadership event to help define strategy.

Date & Time: 11th April 2018 – Time: 9.00 am – 17:00pm with optional networking until 19.00pm

Venue: Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Teaching & Learning Building (12)

Registration: Register link here.

Cost: There is no cost to this event. Lunch and refreshments will be provided by Nottingham Trent University.


The event will be action packed, challenging and designed to educate, understand the opportunities, challenges and threats and ultimately, what industry wants and needs from a global food blockchain platform.

9.00 Arrival and Registration with Coffee/Tea provided
9.30 Welcome and Introduction to Nottingham Trent University Prof. Mark Biggs
9.45 Welcome from Chair Geoff McBride
10.00 Keynote Speaker – Food chain issues Jackie Healing, NSF
10.25 Keynote Speaker – Introduction to Blockchain Functionality Tom Kirkham, STFC
10.50 Q&A Panel

‘Everything you were afraid to ask about Blockchain!’

James Flynn, Primority

Tom Kirkham, STFC

Richard Stockley, IBM

11.15 Coffee


11.30 Proof of Concept Demonstration Prof. Bob Stevens, NTU

James Flynn, Primority

12.00 Working Group Breakout Sessions
Review and discuss opportunities, threats, barriers, benefits
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Feedback from Breakout Sessions Chairs of Working Groups
14.30 Keynote Speaker – IBM Blockchain Developments Richard Stockley, IBM
14.50 GFBI Vision Rachel Ward, GFBI
15.15 Coffee


15.45 Working Group Breakout Sessions
Review and discuss feedback, GFBI vision and next steps
16.15 Feedback from Breakout Sessions Chairs of Working Groups
16.45 Summary of Proposed Next Steps Geoff McBride
17.00 Close Prof Bob Stevens

Prof Mark Biggs


 to 19.00

Networking session Coffee and cake


A copy of the latest agenda can be downloaded here.

Invitation details:

Is Your Business Blockchain Ready? Join us on 11th April 2018!

Blockchain technology is the biggest technology development since the Worldwide Web and the Internet itself. It will transform how the food supply chain operates in the coming years.

Global food businesses, such as Walmart and others, are already investing heavily in Blockchain solutions. This groundbreaking new technology has the potential to improve food safety and traceability whilst reducing supply chain costs and risks. Those who act now will gain a major competitive advantage, whilst the rest of the food and beverages industry risk being left behind and incurring higher operating costs and risks, unable to engage at expected response levels.

Nottingham Trent University would like to invite you to join us at an exclusive invitation only Global Food Blockchain Initiative Forum for Industry Leaders. Professor Mark Biggs, Head of the College of Science and Technology will host the event, which has been organised in partnership with industry leaders in food safety, blockchain and related technologies to provide an opportunity for food chain leaders to learn from Blockchain pioneers already working on the technology. Attendance is free-of-charge to invited participants and it will operate under Chatham House rules.

The Forum will take a ‘Ted Talk Workshop’ format, where short 15-20 minute presentations will illustrate the features of the emerging technologies and how their convergence will solve the problems in food supply chains. This will be followed by breakout group discussions to brainstorm how Blockchain can be usefully employed by the food industry from farm to fork, critique proposed approaches, and identify further opportunities that may exist.

The proposed agenda can be found at

This exclusive event will give you and your business a unique opportunity to gain early insights into Blockchain technology and how it may be used in your business, whilst introducing you to the types of resources which are required to successfully achieve your Blockchain goals.

After the event, Nottingham Trent University will compile a report summarising the aggregated views and suggestions from the wider forum and group discussions. This will be shared with all attendees. All opinions and views shared will remain anonymous.

We believe this will be a useful exercise in stimulating Blockchain conversation in the food sector. Spaces are limited and are by invitation only so please register on to confirm your attendance on April 11th at this unique event to help kickstart your Blockchain journey and get your organisation ‘Blockchain ready’!

Yours sincerely

Professor Yvonne Barnett BSc (Hons) DPhil CSci FIBMS FSB
Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research)

If you would like attend this exclusive event please Register here.

Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus

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Parking and Security
All delegates are asked to enter through the Main Gate and use the main car park on the right. You will be asked during registration for your vehicle registration details for security purposes. Parking is free for all registered delegates.

Registration Details:

We look forward to welcoming you to our Global Food Blockchain Leadership event on Wednesday 11th April 2018 at Nottingham Trent University.

If you require more information or would like to receive an official invitation please contact us.