About the event

After five highly successful editions, the 6th edition of the largest Blockchain conference in the Benelux took place on June the 7th 2019 and was hosted by ABN AMRO at their Head Quarters and CIRCL (energy efficient building) in Amsterdam!

The event brought together hundreds of (inter)national pioneers representing startups, scale-ups, policy makers, corporates and academia to discuss the latest trends, developments and breakthroughs in the field of Blockchain technology. The Blockchain Innovation Conference is known for combining tangible case studies, pilots and near-live projects, with high level discussions, and a vision on the future of the industry.

Beyond The Hype

The backbone of our society is formed by big organisations like government, banks & insurance companies, education, health, retail, production, energy & mobility! It is more important than ever that these organizations reinvent themselves, that they innovate on every level. Not only adapt themselves to changes but to play an active role in defining the new rules.

Our first editions focused on possible use-cases and proof of concepts. The 2018 edition focused on production blockchain solutions which are currently created. During the Blockchain Innovation Conference 2019 we went one step beyond, and explored how these production blockchain initiatives are working.. Do they make processes smarter? More effective? Which industries are changing? How are they combined with tech like big data, artificial intelligence and internet of things?

Theme and Topics

Blockchain technology has been the topic of passionate discussion over the past few years, seen as a technology that can both transform and create industries. From dreams, tests and pilots we have now shifted to meaningful and enduring applications and practical use of this fascinating technology.

The 6th edition of the Blockchain Innovation Conference looked at the use of Blockchain beyond use-cases and theoretical ideas. “Beyond The Hype” was the main theme for this year’s edition.


Blockchain projects that are beyond the pilot stage and experimentation will be presented by those that founded them. You will learn from initiatives across different industries, all reshaping and transforming their sectors, from the energy sector to international shipping, from food transparency to new ways to control money flows.


We took a closer look at ecosystem formation and alliance building. Questions addressed include where to start, how to set-up a broadly accepted governance structure, and most importantly: how to improve the customer journey and service delivery through inclusive collaborations. Examples include Maersk, VAKT.io, Komgo, Cello and the Energy Web Foundation. There was also a cross-industry perspective by discussing initiatives like the HyperLedger Foundation and the Global Battery Alliance.


More and more governments, companies and citizens realize that cooperation is vital for a sustainable future. How is Blockchain contributing to the Climate Agreement? What are examples of initiatives that are currently up and running? For example, the UN’s World Food Programme in Jordan. How can public utility networks play a social role in this? And what steps should be taken, by whom?


We took a close look at the application of Blockchain in combination with other technologies. How will Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence work together? What are the requirements for success in order to converge Blockchain and the Internet of Things? We looked at the aspects that arise in different sectors when Blockchain is being combined with other new tech.

Breakout Sessions

We value the interaction among participants. That’s why we are big fans of Sqiffer, an audience engagement tool. The tool enabled us to do polls, asking delegates to send in their questions, run a quiz on the mainstage and involve everyone in the discussion.

Additionally, there were four breakout sessions to spark off debates and conversations within a particular area. All tracks will be hosted in the CIRCL building (see Venue Details), an energy efficient building developed by ABN AMRO.


The Business track discussed Blockchain from a strategic and business perspective. Topics in this track include of how Blockchain is shaping the business and corporate strategies of organizations, how potential risks should be taken care off and how Blockchain helps improve operations.


The Technology track addressed the challenges and breakthroughs from a technological point of view.  Several projects that are beyond the Proof of Concept stage will be discussed, for example from a architectural point of view. Also, the latest developments and updates on prominent Blockchains and Distributed Ledgers initiatives like HyperLedger and Ethereum will be given.


The Government track covered the use of Blockchain technology to deliver better public services to citizens. Several national and local governments, including the Netherlands, have projects that are up and running. A selection was made, and discussed further in detail.


The Sustainability track featured the use and implementation of emerging technologies, in particular Blockchain, for a better world. This track included Blockchain in combination with renewable energies, identity solutions to fight poverty and platforms for sustainable food supply chains.



8.00-9.00 Breakfast-and-Learn session: Blockchain for Dummies

Badreddine Tazrouti (Blockchain specialist): Introduction to Blockchain

9:15-11:00 Beyond the hype – Blockchain and business

9.15 Vincent Everts (Organizer BIC19): Looking back, looking forward [Presentation]
9.30 Edwin van Bommel (CIO ABN AMRO): Platforms changing industries [Presentation]

9.45 Cases

Aljosja Beije (BlockLab Rotterdam): Frictionless trade [Presentation]
Etienne Amic (CEO Vakt.io): Streamlining physical energy post-trade processes
Chanmeet Kaur (Komgo): Catalysing the world’s commodity trade network [Presentation]

10.10 How the Money flows – new initiatives

Marleen Evertsz (CEO Nxchange): Tokenized Securities Trading Platform
Radoslav Albrecht (CEO Bitbond): Germany’s first regulated security token offering [Presentation]

10.40 New tech, new rules

Moderated by Conny Dorrestijn (BankiFi)
Leonard Franken (Dutch Authority for Financial Markets)
Petra Hielkema (Dutch Central Bank)

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-13.00 Tracks: Business, Tech, Government, Sustainability


Moderated by Conny Dorrestijn (BankiFi)
Niek van Rens (ABN AMRO Clearing Bank): Blockchain developments
Jeroen Bronkhorst (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) & Marcus Collins (Addleshaw Goddard): Urban farming [Presentation]
Jan Willem Santing (Deloitte): Bringing instant clarity to real-estate information

InsurTech panel: insurance reimagined!
Michiel Berende (Etherisc): The future of Insurance [Presentation]
Vega Paithankar (HIT.Foundation): Health data on a community-owned marketplace [Presentation]
Dennis de Vries (KPMG): Blockchain & the insurance industry [Presentation]


Moderated by Monique van Dusseldorp (Blockchain Innovation Conference)
Marloes Pomp (Dutch Government): Global overview Blockchain developments: what do governments do and why?
Richard Kastelein (Blockchain entrepreneur): How to interact with regulators and policy makers and bring blockchain technology to the next stage?
Tanvi Ratna (US-India Public Interest Technology Fellow New America Foundation): What are global approaches to regulating blockchain and what is the thinking in India?
Leonard Franken (The Dutch Authority for Financial Markets)
Simon Lelieveldt (Regulatory and Compliance Consultant)


Moderated by Frans Kempen (IBM)
Cees van Wijk (ING): How to preserve privacy on the Blockchain? [Presentation]
Marnix van den Bent (Rabobank) & David Lamers (Rabobank): Coping with solution uncertainties.
Thomas Hartmann (IBM): Using blockchain technology and the Stellar protocol.


Moderated by Marjan van der Plas (ABN AMRO)

Renewables and Energy Transition
Michiel Sintenie (Vattenfall): Improving the quality of our energy system [Presentation]
Ivo de Vries (Certiq)

Blockchain and the access to clean drink water across sub-saharan Africa
Marc Taverner (Bitfury): Leading full-service Blockchain technology company [Presentation]
Rob Hygate (eWaterpay): Smart affordable water for everyone, everywhere [Presentation]

Panel Blockchain: Sustainable Development Goals
Tey el-Rjula (Tykn): The future of resilient identity
Anna Klapwijk (Deloitte): supply chain, the humanitarian sector and agrifood
Mark van Rijmenam (Datafloq): transforming our world & blockchain for good

Inside a Jordan refugee camp that runs on Blockchain!
Joe Petrowski (Parity Technologies): using Blockchain technology as a means to make cash transfers more efficient, transparent and secure [Presentation]

13.00-14.00  Lunch

14.00-15.30  Building Alliances

Juergen Kuebler (IBM): creating mutually successful Blockchain industry monetization strategies
Frans Kempen (IBM): building a blockchain-based solution for responsible mineral sourcing.
Marc Jansen (Rabobank): breaking solution silos, building alliances and creating better solutions.

The challenges of building alliances – Panel discussion

Irene Lopez de Vallejo (Ocean Protocol): Unlock data, particularly for AI and sharing/selling data in a safe, secure and transparent manner.
Jon Kuiper (CEO, Vinturas): creating a consortium for a blockchain based Supply Chain platform for the European Finished Vehicle Logistics Business.
Walter Kok (COO, Energy Web Foundation): building the largest ecosystem of blockchain and energy market participants assembled to date.
Frans van Ette (Dutch Blockchain Coalition)

15.30-16.00 Break

16.00-16.20 Dutch Blockchain Business

Rutger van Zuidam (Odyssey): co-creating new solutions to global challenges through collaborative innovation.
Linda Bos (KLM Royal Dutch Airline): building a blockchain center of excellence and driving forward conversations regarding consortium thinking.
Sabine Brink (Shell): How does Shell use Blockchain technology?

16.20-17.00 Blockchain futures: Governance, China, AI and more.

Prof. Olinga Taleed (China E-Commerce Committee): What will China do with Blockchain and how will this influence us? (live video call)
David Birch (Digital financial services advisor): Closing keynote on practical and realistic suggestions about how the blockchain can benefit from artificial intelligence. [Presentation]

17.00-19.00 Networking drinks

Blockchain Bulletin


Event Host

Founding Partners

Main Partner

Participating Partner

Community Partners


Gustav Mahlerlaan 10
1082 PP Amsterdam


Vincent Everts

Jelle van der Zanden


Sergio Soeroredjo


Monique van Dusseldorp


Badreddine Tazrouti


Remco Janssen


Diënne van der Vliet

Jan Douwe Rekers