Energy: Unblocked

March 27, 2018 / 9.30 - 4.45pm / techUK, 10 St Bride's St London EC4A 4AD


Standard Ticket 350
Early Bird Ended 15 Feb 250

Blockchain applications in the energy sector – Making Energy Smarter. How is blockchain changing the energy markets? From peer-to-peer energy trading to tokenising the hardware, is a new wave of blockchain energy start ups leading us to a more sustainable, lower carbon economy? This event showcases leading innovators in the field and explains to newcomers how to harness these technologies for the good of their business, and maybe even of the planet.


Welcome, Registration & Coffee

9.15 - 9.30am

Arrival and registration

Introduction to Blockchain & the Energy Sector

9.30 - 9.45am

Innovators and business leaders are now becoming alert to Blockchain and distributed ledger technology and trying to understand the changes, risks and competitive advantages it may bring to the energy sector. This opening session explains what blockchain is and why is it set to transform the industry by providing an opportunity for both producers and consumers.

Real-world implementation - are we ready?

9.45 - 11.15

Theory is one thing; real-world implementation of blockchain and distributed ledger technology projects is another. What are the hurdles to taking blockchain projects forward from education to funding, from technical challenges to meeting resistance from vested interests, we take a look at the experiences of those who have tried and learn the lessons from their successes and failures.

Moderator: Rodger Oates, Chair, techUK DLT working group


Alpesh Doshi – Founder, Fintricity

Jo-Jo Hubbard – COO, Electron

Sunil Kumar – IBM



Coffee Break/Exhibition

11.15 - 11.30am

Coffee break, networking and exhibits

Legal and Regulatory hurdles to Blockchain in the energy sector

11.30 - 12.30

Energy markets are complex and heavily regulated, involving laws on both data protection and consumer protection. How will the adoption of blockchain and DLT projects be affected by the current legal and regulatory framework including the introduction of GDPR? And if peer-to-peer marketplaces are to emerge what impact will financial regulation also have on new entrants to the marketplace? Is policymaking keeping pace with the speed of innovation and, if not, what needs to change to make Europe a more attractive place for blockchain technology to be implemented?

Moderator – Helen Disney – CEO, Unblocked


Imogen Bunyard – Co-Founder, Qadre

Sue McLean – Technology & Fintech Partner, Baker Mckenzie

Aleks Nowak – CIO, BlockEx



12.30 - 1.30pm

A Buffet Lunch and Refreshments will be provided

Start Up Showcase

1.30 - 2.30pm

Showcasing up-and-coming new Blockchain-based use cases and applications in energy from the leading startups.

Moderator – Genevieve Leveille, OTenTic8.


Peter Davies – CEO & Founder, Verv

Other speakers to be announced.

Global Champions of Blockchain

2.30 - 3.30pm

Blockchain projects are already becoming a reality around the world from using solar-powered drones in remote part of Papua New Guinea to developing a proof-of-concept system for nation-state scale tokenization of energy consumption in Estonia. Hear presentations from cutting-edge blockchain energy champions from around the world and find out the latest on the innovations they are bringing to market.


Emmanuel Marchal – Managing Director, Europe,  oversees Global Solutions for ConsenSys

Julien Bouteloup – Flying Carpet (TBC)

Blockchain's environmental impact - harming or saving the planet?

3.30 - 4.30pm

Critics say the energy consumption required to power the Bitcoin network through mining is environmentally unsustainable. According to the Bitcoin energy consumption index, the digital currency already consumes 0.15% of the world’s energy, far exceeding the electricity consumption of Ireland or of most African nations. But could the race to find cheaper energy to mine bitcoin turn the process of using up excess capacity from energy plants into a form of investment, which ends up paying for and accelerating the development of more sustainable forms of energy? And what about blockchain applications which incentivise the use of green energy through tokens? It’s time to ask whether blockchains are really helping or harming the planet.

Steven Campbell – Lead Developer & CTO, ElectriCChain

Alastair Marke – Blockchain Climate Institute

Moderator – Helen Disney, Founder, Unblocked

More speakers to be announced soon

Closing remarks from the Chair


Wrap up and closing remarks from the chair.


    Imogen Bunyard

    Imogen Bunyard is COO and Co-Founder of Qadre.

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    Steven Campbell

    Steven Campbell is CTO and Lead Developer at ElectriCChain. The ElectriCChain is an Open Solar energy generation data project with an initial focus on verifying and publishing data from the seven million solar energy generators globally on an open Blockchain.

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    Peter Davies

    Peter Davies is the CEO & Founder of Verv, machine learning experts in the energy sector. Verv have combined machine learning, IoT and blockchain to create an optimised peer-to-peer energy trading platform that will reduce energy bills and improve access to green energy.

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    Helen Disney

    Helen Disney is the CEO and Founder of Unblocked Events.

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    Alpesh Doshi

    Alpesh Doshi is Founder and CEO of Fintricity, a fintech consultancy specialising in agile digital transformation.

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    Joanna Hubbard

    Joanna Hubbard is COO and Co-Founder of Electron. Electron is a London based start-up harnessing blockchain technologies to design more efficient, resilient and flexible systems for the energy sector.

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    Sunil Kumar

    Sunil Kumar leads Blockchain consulting services at IBM for Energy clients in the UK & Europe.

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    Genevieve Leveille

    Genevieve Leveille is Founder of 0TenTic8 and Vice-Chair of techUK’s DLT Group.

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    Ismail Malik

    Ismail Malik is the Editor in Chief of ICO Crowd magazine and the Founder and CEO of Blockchain Lab.

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    Emmanuel Marchal

    Emmanuel Marchal is Managing Director, Europe, and oversees Global Solutions for ConsenSys,  the largest and fastest growing blockchain company focused on building the Ethereum ecosystem.

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    Alastair Marke

    Alastair Marke is an environmental, sustainability and climate finance policy advisor and Secretary-General of the Blockchain Climate Institute. He is also Climate Change Policy Lead for the British Blockchain Association.

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    Sue McLean

    Sue McLean is a Technology and FinTech Partner at the law firm, Baker McKenzie. She specialises in commercial technology matters including blockchain/DLT.

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    Aleks Nowak

    Aleks Nowak is CIO of BlockEx, a digital asset exchange platform and ICO Marketplace. BlockEx recently announced that We Power, a blockchain-based green energy trading platform, will be using BlockEx to facilitate its ICO.

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    Rodger Oates

    Rodger Oates is a Consulting Partner at Tata Consulting Services and Chair of the Distributed Ledger Working Group at techUK.

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    Molly Webb

    Molly Webb is the Founder of Energy Unlocked. She has 18 years of experience in technology startups, environmental and innovation policy. She launched Energy Unlocked in 2015 at COP21 to accelerate the pace of global energy system transitions.

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What You Will Learn

– User-friendly introduction to cryptocurrencies and applications of blockchain

– Discover new use cases and applications affecting the energy sector

– Understand the strategic importance of blockchain and the new business models being created that will transform the way you do business

– Keep up-to-date with the latest new developments in the field

– Meet leading startups, investors and entrepreneurs innovating for the future


"Your healthcare event was brilliant. Glad to see that London still leads the way in terms of international innovation."

Matthew Gardiner - Catch London

"I was most impressed by the quality of speakers and delegates. We are at the challenging phase of moving from theory to practice for many of the potential users of blockchain. Your events are certainly helping to bridge the gap!"

Conference delegate at Healthcare Unblocked

"One of the best conferences ever with a level of relevant and real-world examples that are not always found"

Conference Speaker, Healthcare Unblocked

"Healthcare Unblocked was the first healthtech event we’ve attended that truly covered new ground, spoke in line with the sector, and exhibited extremely well-informed speakers and audience."

Imogen Bunyard - Co-Founder, Qadre

"I had the pleasure of meeting Helen Disney last year when she organised what I would have said was the premier event in Blockchain."

Genevieve Leveille - Founder, 0tentic8

"Very interesting and a proper glimpse into the not-too-distant future. The talks felt particularly relevant to my area of work so I'll be investigating further."

MS Society

"The most succinct explanation of what Blockchain could do for our sector to date"



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