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Blockchain Ireland Week – Schedule

Please see the Blockchain Ireland Week schedule below. Click each tab to see the schedule for that day.

Click here to register to attend or for the stream links.

Monday’s proceedings begin at 9am.


Venue: The Alex Hotel Dublin

09:00 - 09:15

Opening Remarks - Progress and Process

Presenting a year of progress for Blockchain Ireland, with key highlights, and insights from the from working paper process, and broad view of the ecosystem in Ireland.

Moderator: Paul Hearns
Speaker(s): Dave Feenan, Chair of Blockchain Ireland

09:15 - 09:45

Keynote - Ireland's Stand

The Minister for Finance opens the event week once again, with a unique perspective from Irish and European positions.

Moderator: Paul Hearns
Speaker(s): Paschal Donohoe TD - Irish Minister of Finance, and President of Eurogroup of Finance Ministers

09:50 - 10:30

Panel 1 - Blockchain as Infrastructure

Blockchain As Infrastructure of the New Economy
With blockchain maturing as a technology, where does it stand today and where does it go next?

Moderator: David Cunningham - Coinmama
Speaker(s): Alejandro Gutierrez-Defactor, Andrew Howell-Blockdaemon, Barry Lowry, CIO for the Irish Government, Daniela Barbosa, Hyperledger Executive Director at The Linux Foundation, Professor Donal O'Mahony at Trinity College Dublin

10:30 - 10:50


Tea, coffee and snacks will be provided

10:50 - 11:30

Panel 2 - NFTs

Why Should Ireland Care About NFTs?
Is there more to NFTs than 2D images of apes?

Moderator: Lory Kehoe - Coinbase
Speaker(s): Peter Coonan-Actor, Mick Flannery-Musician, Maser-Artist, Joyce Moloney NFT Artist, Tommy Danvers-Token||Traxx

11:35 - 12:15

Panel 3 - Education & Skills

The Crypto-Sector Skills Gap
Is there a skills gap? If so, how wide is the gap? What do we need to do to address it?

Moderator: Charlie Taylor - Business Post
Speaker(s): Donal Travers-IDA Ireland, Dr Irina Tal-Dublin City University, Una Fitzpatrick-Ibec, Paula Marie Kilgarriff-Technological University Dublin, Michael Tuohy-Mazars

12:20 - 13:00

Panel 4 - Crypto in Ireland

Is Crypto Now Mainstream?

What next for crypto in Ireland?

Moderator: Rosanna Cooney - The Currency
Speaker(s): Brian Gahan-Coinbase, Mai Santamaria-Department of Finance, Rory O'Keeffe-Matheson, Cormac, Sean Mullaney-Stripe

13:00 - 14:00


Food will be provided

14:00 - 14:40

Keynote - INATBA

INATBA – (International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications) Update

Insights into INATBA’s activities in Europe and around the globe

Moderator: Paul Hearns
Speaker(s): Marc Taverner-INATBA

14:45 - 15:25

Panel 5 - Future of Digital Assets

Are Institutional Investors and Institutions Ready for Digital Assets?


Moderator: Eve Finn - Legal & General Investment Management
Speaker(s): Ben Duve-BNY Mellon, Jason Ward-Fidelity, Dan Bolland -Sia Partners, Deborah Hutton-Eversheds Sutherland, John Cronin-Zodia

15:30 - 16:10

Panel 6 - Web3


What is it? How is it different to Web2? Is Ireland ready to embrace Web3?

Moderator: Jillian Godsil - Blockleaders
Speaker(s): Mark Sugden-NEAR Foundation, Amit Chaudhary-Polygon, Brian Elders-SORS Digital Assets, Pete Townsend-Techstars, Alejandro Gutierrez-Defactor, Maggie Love-SheFi

16:15 - 17:00

Keynote - Ireland's Opportunity

Ireland’s Blockchain, Crypto & Web3 Opportunity

Can Ireland becoming a global blockchain, crypto and Web3 hub?

Moderator: Paul Hearns
Speaker(s): John Whelan-Santander

17:00 - 17:30

Keynote - W3BCloud-Digital Asset Management

Essi has been engaged within the digital asset space since 2013, helping companies structure, diversify and manage their treasuries of digital assets to achieve the best risk adjusted returns based on their personal risk profile. By conducting research, applying game theory, risk assessments and stress testing protocol designs. He consults crypto projects and DAOs on how to structure and improve their tokenomic model.

Moderator: Paul Hearns
Speaker(s): W3BCloud-Essi Lagevardi

17:00 - 18:00

Drinks - Social

Refreshments will be provided

18:00 - 20:00

Web3 Ireland - Polygon, NEAR Foundation, SwissBorg Ventures, 0x & Deltafund

Polygon, NEAR Foundation, SwissBorg Ventures, 0x & Deltafund
An exploration of the protocols and platforms making waves

Moderator: Lory Kehoe
Speaker(s): Amit Chaudhary-Polygon, Mark Sugden-NEAR Foundation, Shane Kehoe-SwissBorg Ventures, Theo Gonella-0x, Kavita Gupta

Venue: O'Donoghue's

20:00 - 00:00

Day 1 Wrap Party

SwissBorg Ventures Sponsored Drinks

Registration is required, please register here.

Tuesday’s proceedings begin at 9:30am.

Venue: The Alex Hotel Dublin

09:30 - 10:15


The Central Bank of Ireland’s views on blockchain, crypto and Web3

Moderator: Paul Hearns
Speaker(s): Gerry Cross-Director of Financial Regulation - Policy and Risk with The Central Bank of Ireland

10:20 -11:00

Panel 1 - Crypto Exchange

Discussing the new exchanges, how they work and what we can do with them.

Moderator: Derek Lawlor - Simmons & Simmons
Speaker(s): Arcangelo Giannatassio-, Oded Levanon-Coinmama, James Nagle-Bitcove

11:00 -11:20


11:20 -11:40

Research - Tokenisation

A look at the global toekinsation ecosystem map.

Moderator: Paul Hearns
Speaker(s): Moritz Schuh, Austrian Blockchain Centre

11:45 -12:15

Education - DeFi

Understanding decentralised finance to better teach it.

Moderator: Daniel Alfa
Speaker(s): William Meara-The DeFi Coach, Stephen Browne, SORS Digital Assets

12:20 - 12:50

Sia Partners - Update

Moderator: Paul Hearns
Speaker(s): David Cass-Sia Partners

13:00 - 13:45


13:45 -14:15

Career - How to Get a Job in Crypto

Sponsored by Morgan McKinley

Entering and navigating the talent pipeline.

Moderator: Claiza Oliveira - Coinbase
Speaker(s): Eoin Connolly-Morgan McKinley, Ciaran Bergin-Parker Stewart, Paul Smyth-Top Tier Recruitment

14:20 - 15:00

Panel 2 - Metaverse

What it is, where it is, and why you need to know.

Moderator: Lisa Gibbons - Blockleaders
Speaker(s): Juarez Junior-Microsoft, Aileen Carville-SKMMP, Sabrina Anjara-Accenture, Jack O'Connor, Algorand

15:05 -15:40

Keynote - European Commission

A view from Europe’s digital innovation and blockchain expert.

Moderator: Paul Hearns
Speaker(s): Helen Köpman, Acting Head of Unit, Digital Innovation & Blockchain, European Commission

15:45 - 16:15

Blockdaemon - Update

Moderator: Paul Hearns
Speaker(s): Luke Dorney, EMEA Head of Business Development, Blockdaemon

16:20 - 1700

Panel 3 - ID

Identity in a Web3 world

Moderator: Andrea Cosentino
Speaker(s): Nev Flynn-pfpid, Niall Dennehy-Aid:Tech,Seema Khinda Johnson- Nuggets

17:00 - 18:00


18:00 - 20:00

Start Up Pitches - Entrepreneurial

Hot, fast and furious – the pitches and ideas from the bleeding edge

  • Unbanx
  • Algovera
  • Stalker
  • Coum
  • Kaff
  • Ulysses Whiskey

Speaker(s): Algorand, ACT-Conor Mills, Deltafund-Kavita Gupta, Elkstone-Barry Brennan, Michael Dwyer, SwissBorg Ventures-Shane Kehoe

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Venue: Doheny & Nesbitt

20:00 - 00:00

Day 2 Wrap Party Sponsored by OKX

OKX Sponsored Drinks

Wednesday’s proceedings begin at 09:00

Venue: The Gibson Hotel, Dublin


Welcome - Introduction

Introducing the programme for the day of keynotes and panel sessions.

Moderator: Paul Hearns

09:05 - 09:30

Keynote - State of the Nation - Blockchain, Crypto and Web3

State of the Nation Address on Blockchain, Crypto and Web3: Opportunities and Challenges

Speaker(s): Professor Brian Lucey, Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin

09:30 – 10:10

Panel - CBDCs and Stablecoins

A panel of experts discuss the current scene for central bank digital currencies and stablecoins, with a view on the recent instabilities.

Moderator: Paul Hearns
Speaker(s): Louis Curran - Gigabyte Investments , Lisa Simpson - Deloitte, Tony Moroney - UCC & Irish Management Institute, Jonathan Camilleri Bowman-Sekuritance

10:10 – 10:30


10:30 – 10:50

Keynote - Outlook

Mastercard’s view on crypto, blockchain and the the general outlook

Moderator: Paul Hearns
Speaker(s): Martin Etheridge-MasterCard

10:50 – 11:30

Panel - Blockchain & Sustainability

Addressing the questions around blockchain and crypto and energy consumption, from various expert views.

Moderator: Paul Hearns
Speaker(s): Dr Cathal Wilson, Nexalus Co-founder & COO, Rachel Maher, Manager, Blockchain, EY.

11:30 – 11:50

Keynote - Outlook

The outlook from crypto and derivatives exchange OKX.

Moderator: Paul Hearns
Speaker(s): Frederica Tompkins - OKX

11:50 - 12:00

Closing - Wrap up

Closing remarks, acknowledgements, thanks and a view of the evening events.

Moderator: Paul Hearns

Venue: Online

10:00 - 12:00

Education - ESRI/EU CHAISE - Skills

The focus of this conference will be to analyse the demand and supply of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) skills. We will provide an examination of the current blockchain labour market within Ireland, the UK and the EU-27.

Registration link: here

Further info: here

Moderator: Joyce O'Connor
Speaker(s): Dionysios Solomos (EXELIA), Dr Adele Whelan (Senior Research Officer, ESRI), Dr Klavs Ciprikis (Post-Doctoral Researcher, ESRI), Prof J O'Connor (Chair of the Education, Skills and Innovation Working Group, Blockchain Ireland)

Venue: Café en Seine


Opening Remarks - Welcome, and event recap.

Moderator: Lory Kehoe
Speaker(s): Lory Kehoe

18:00 - 22:00

Awards - Introduction

Media personality Baz Ashmawy hosts the Blockchain Ireland inaugural industry awards.

Moderator: Baz Ashmawy

18:00 - 22:00

Award 1 - Start-up WG - Presented by Jack O'Connor, Algorand

18:00 - 22:00

Award 2 - Legal & Reg WG - Presented by Marzena Golinska, W3BCloud

18:00 - 22:00

Award 3 - Education WG - Presented by David Cass, Sia Partners

18:00 - 22:00

Award 4 - Developer WG - Presented by Frank Friel, Fidelity Investments

18:00 - 22:00

Award 6 - Enterprise WG - Presented by Luke Dorney, Blockdaemon

18:00 - 22:00

Award 7 - Exchange - Presented by Cormac Dinan,

18:00 - 22:00

Award 8 - NFT Aesthetic - Presented by Niall Fagan, Meta

18:00 - 22:00

Award 9 - NFT Functional - Presented by Lory Kehoe, Coinbase

18:00 - 22:00

Award 10 - Unsung Hero - Presented by Lory Kehoe

Community events to coincide with Blockchain Ireland Week 2022


EY External Events

Event: Sustainability and Blockchain

Description: Exploring the role of Blockchain in supporting verifiable and transparent sustainability reporting


  • Sustainability challenge for organisations
  • What are the critical enablers?
  • How can organisations start to use blockchain within a sustainability?
  • Panel discussion


  • Stephen Prendiville
  • Samuel Davies
  • Rachel Maher (Chair)

Event type: Virtual

Date and Time: Monday 30th May 15:15 – 16:00

Register here: Blockchain Ireland Week 2022 – Sustainability and Blockchain (

Event: The Metaverse

Description:  Exploring the role of identify and digital assets to bring the Metaverse to life


  • What is the meta verse
  • What are the critical enablers?
  • What do organisations need to do to embrace the metaverse?
  • Panel discussion


  • Edwina Fitzmaurice (TBD)
  • John Ward
  • Frank O’Dea (Chair)

Duration: 45 mins

Event type: Virtual

Date and Time: Tuesday 31st May 14:45 – 15:30

Register here: Blockchain Ireland Week 2022 – Into the Metaverse (


Start-ups Working Group Event

Event: IP strategies for #Web3 and #convergence technology

Description: Decentralisation in innovation leads to partnering, crowdsourcing and co-creation as the means to accelerate into the market emerging, convergence-based enterprises.

New thinking about many aspects including IP management within an ecosystem innovation framework is required.

In Web3, a context where fractional and tokenised assets/processes and ownership are common, how do we conceptualise intellectual property rights and the fruits they may bear?

Speakers: Fiona Delaney, Connor Cantwell, Alejandro Gutierrez, Barry O’Connor, Joe Doyle, Andrew Tzialli

Day and Date: Wed 1 June

Venue: Citibank, North Quay, Dublin

Time: 14:00

Registration: Registration is essential


Accenture External Event

Event: Accenture – Making The Metaverse Work

Description: The race to build the metaverse is on, but tech, business and society have competing visions for what it should be. Can we make a metaverse that works for everyone?

Panel of speakers

  • Eddie Mackle – Managing Director, Accenture The Dock
    Anna Keller – Phd Researcher, Dublin City University
    Andrew Jenkinson – Director & Co-founder, vStream and vSteam Health

Date: Thursday 2 June 2022

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: Accenture The Dock, 7 Hanover Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin, D02 YN32

Registration: Registration is required.


A Block of Crypto External Event

Event: A Block of Crypto NFT Minting Party

Descriptions: A Block of Crypto is hosting a sponsored evening event that you will not forget! With a special guest from the film and music industry, Jason P Rotherberg, and a Xavatar avatar appearance from Irish actor Colin O’Donoghue, the evening will be all about NFTs

Event Type: In person

Venue: Trinity College Dublin Bar

Time and Date: 6:00 PM, SAT, 4 June

Register here:  see the MeetUp page.




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