Blockchain Ireland Week 2023 Schedule

Monday’s proceedings begin at 9am.

09:00 - 09:15

Opening Remarks - Progress and Process

After an eventful year, the Blockchain Ireland Chair, Dave Feenan, will give an update on progress and the outlook for the rest of the year.Moderator: Paul Hearns, Blockchain Ireland
Speaker(s): Dave Feenan, Chair of Blockchain Ireland

09:15 - 09:45

Keynote - Legal & Regulatory

An update from the Legal and Regulatory Working Group that has produced important reports in the field.Moderator: Paul Hearns, Blockchain Ireland
Speaker(s): Deborah Hutton and Christopher Martin, Legal and Regulatory Working Group, Blockchain Ireland

09:45 - 10:00

Keynote - Government

An opening address from the Minister for Finance Moderator: Paul Hearns, Blockchain Ireland
Speaker(s): Minister for Finance, Michael McGrath TD

10:00 - 10:45

Panel - Regulation - Regulation and the Future of Digital Assets

Exploring the need for and potential scope of regulation in blockchain, crypto, and digital assets.Moderator: Brian McGleenon, Yahoo Finance
Speaker(s): David Cunningham, Citi; Mai Santamaria, Dept of Finance; Paul C Dwyer, Cyber Risk Intl; Richard Teng, Binance; Pamela Clegg, Cipher Trace

10:45 - 11:00

Break - Light refreshments sponsored by CleverCards

11:00 - 11:40

Fireside Chat - Regulation & Policy - Gibraltar’s DLT Regulatory Framework

With its first regulation in 2018, Gibraltar has contined to be at the forefront of policy and regulation in blockchain, DLT and cryptoModerator: Paul Hearns, Blockchain Ireland
Speaker(s): Paul Astengo, senior executive, HM Goverment Gibraltar

11:40 - 12:20

Panel - Irish Ecosystem - Ireland As A Global Blockchain Hub

Discussing Ireland’s potential to be a global hub for blockchain, with a unique indigenous ecosystem, a welcoming landscape and broad governmental, enterprise and educaitonal supports.Moderator: Charlie Taylor - Business Post
Speaker(s): Brian Ruane, BNY Mellon; Shalom Osiadi, Esca; Eoin Fitzgerald, Enterprise Ireland; Tim Willoughby, An Garda Síochana; Amor Sexton, Blockdaemon

12:20 - 13:00

Keynote - Crypto in Ireland - Ireland’s Blockchain, Crypto, and Web3 Ecosystem

Documenting and analysing the growing indgenous ecosystem of companies inbpolved in these technologies.Moderator: Paul Hearns, Blockchain Ireland
Speaker(s): Lory Kehoe, Coinbase and Trinity College Dublin

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch - Lunch

1400 - 14:15

Keynote - Web3 - What is Web3?

Exploring this still emerging realm, and asking what is its value in the future.Moderator: Paul Hearns, Blockchain Ireland
Speaker(s): Prof David Shrier, Imperial College London, Business School

14:15 - 14:40

Panel - Funding - The State of Web3 Funding in Ireland

Exploring the funding sources, models and mechanisms for Web3 ventures in Ireland.Moderator: Jillian Godsil,
Speaker(s): Patrick Walsh, Dogpatch Labs; Pete Townsend, TechStars; Bary Downes, Sure Valley Ventures; Connor Cantwell, Cosimo Ventures; Filippo Chisari, Agile GTM

14:40 - 15:20

Panel - Women in Blockchain - Female Blockchain Leaders: What Are You Working On?

Exploring the experience and insights women in blockchain and Web3, and asking what must be done to encourage greater inclusion.Moderator: Ciara O'Brien, Irish Times
Speaker(s): Sorcha Mulligan, SME Chain; Paula Guilfoyle, A Block of Crypto; Jessalyn Dean, Ledgible Crypto; Kelly Moffatt, Citi

15:20 - 15:40

Afternoon break - Light refreshments, sponsored by CleverCards.

15:40 - 16:20

Panel - Tokenisation - Is Tokenisation the Digital Asset Gamechanger?

A discussion on tokenisation in digital assets with individual insights and analyses from panellists.Moderator: Maria Flannery, KPMG
Speaker(s): John Whelan, Santander; Ian Keane, Digital Asset; Aileen Carville, Asset Haus; Michael Burke, Fireblocks; Karl Long, Binance; Opeyemi Olomo, Citi

16:20 - 17:00

Panel - NFTs - NFTs: A Digital Renaissance or the Ultimate Capitalist Exploitation?

Non-fungible tokens have something of a rough ride in recent times, but as more use cases emerge for real world applications, this panel explores where real value lies now and in the future.Moderator: Paula Marie Kilgarriff
Speaker(s): Joe Farren, Web3 Media Labs; Gavin Anderson, Syky; Ben Mayor White, FrensCo

17:00 - 17:05

Day 1 wrap - Blockchain Ireland - Wrap up of day one, and intro to day two

Moderator: Paul Hearns, Blockchain Ireland


Post event social - Networking - Join the party at the Lemon and Duke, Royal Hibernian Way, for a drink and a chat.

Tuesday’s proceedings begin at 9:30am.

09:30 - 10:00

Keynote - Regulation - An Opening Address with the View from the Central Bank of Ireland

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

10:00 - 10:40

Panel 1 - AML and KYC - The Role of AML-KYC in Crypto, Blockchain and Web3

Moderator: James Tunnacliffe, Valentia Partners
Speaker(s): Kealan Lennon, CleverCards; Steve Vallas, Blockchain APAC

10:40 - 11:00

Break - Refreshments Sponsored by Ripple

11:00 - 11:20

Keynote - Platforms - Making blockchain sustainable, equitable and accessible for all.

An update from VeChain.Moderator: Paul Hearns, Blockchain Ireland
Speaker(s): Antonio Senatore, VeChain

11:20 - 11:45

Keynote - Tokenisation - Tokenisation and the Future of Money and Trade

Moderator: Paul Hearns, Blockchain Ireland
Speaker(s): Ronit Ghose, Citi

11:45 - 12:25

Panel - Stablecoins and CBDC - Discussing the future of stablecoins and Centranl Bank Digital Currencies

Moderator: Dáire Lawlor, Intervoven
Speaker(s): Teana Baker-Taylor, Circle; Mark O'Byrne, Tara Coins; Andrew Whitworth, Ripple.

12:25 - 13:00

Panel - Gaming - Will Gaming Level Up Blockchain Adoption?

Moderator: Jamie McCormick, Bitcoin Marketing Team
Speaker(s): Owen O'Donoghue, InfiniGods; Jason Waters, Meta; Rob O'Shaughnessy, Switch Dimension

13:00 - 14:00

Keynote - International - A global market view from an internationally renowed figure.

Moderator: Sean Keyes, The Currency
Speaker(s): Anthony Scaramucci, SkyBridge Capital

14:00 - 14:40

Lunch - Lunch served

14:40 - 15:30

Panel - Education and Skills - Do We Have the Skills to Succeed in Blockchain, Crypto and Web3?

Moderator: Elise Reiter, Sia Partners
Speaker(s): Adele Whelan, ESRI; Trevor Clohessy, Atlantic Technological University; Prof Donal O'Mahony, Trinity College Dublin; Irina Tal, Dublin City University

15:30 - 16:10

Panel - On-chain Data - What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

Moderator: Fiona Delaney, Origin Chain Networks
Speaker(s): Conor Ryder, Kaiko; Antoine Le Calvez, Coin Metrics

16:10 - 16:30

Keynote - Regulation - The view from the United State’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Moderator: Adrian Weckler, Irish and Sunday Independent
Speaker(s): Hester Peirce, SEC

16:30 - 17:00

Panel - Decentralised Finance - A look at the world of DeFi

Moderator: Ross O'Leary, Beachhut PR
Speaker(s): Rajiv Sainani, Maker; Alex De Lorraine, Archblock; Alejandro Gutierrez, Defactor; Eva Wong, Parity Technologies

17:00 - 17:30

Keynote - Government - An address from the Minister of State at the Department of Finance

Moderator: Paul Hearns, Blockchain Ireland
Speaker(s): Minister Jennifer Caroll MacNeill TD

17:30 - 17:35

Day 2 Close - Wrap on Day 2

Moderator: Paul Hearns, Blockchain Ireland


Post event Social and Awards - Networking - Join us for a drink and a chat in Cafe en Seine, Dawson Street, from 18:00, with a short awards ceremony at 19:00.

Venue: The Gibson Hotel, Dublin

Venue: Online

Venue: Café en Seine

Community events to coincide with Blockchain Ireland Week 2023

26th – 28th May 2023 | Dogpatch Labs, The CHQ Building, Dublin 1

ETH Ireland is hosting ETHDublin to engineer Ireland’s tech culture at Dogpatch Labs – Ireland’s number 1 startup hub. As the first of its kind on the emerald isle, this hackathon brings an international pool of Web3 developers together with Ireland’s domestic technical talent.

This is your sign to join us in Dublin. Mingle with like minded inventors, builders, and designers from all over the world. Solve problems together. Harness the power of Web3. Challenge yourself. Whether you’re a seasoned Web3 expert or just getting started in the field, this is a fantastic opportunity to learn, network, and showcase your skillset.

Learn more about this event.



Date and time: Wednesday, May 31 · 9:30am – 2pm IST

Location: Online

Register for your place here.

Event duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

This interactive online workshop will comprise two sessions.

Session 1 (9.30 am- 11am): will provide attendees with an overview of blockchain technologies, sustainability and design thinking. This session is open to all attendees.

Session 2 (11am – 2pm): is open to the first 25 attendees that register for this session. Attendees will be placed in groups of 5 based on their background expertise and each group will work on a blockchain, and sustainability wicked challenge. Each group will attempt to provide a solution to this wicked problem using a design thinking framework methodology. Each group will present an elevator pitch of their solution.

Please register your interest for Session 2 here: 

Workshop Speakers/Mentors Bios:

Dr Trevor Clohessy

Trevor holds a Ph.D. in Digital Transformation and Business Modeling from the University of Galway, as well as an M.A. in Teaching and Learning and a Higher Education Diploma in Lego Serious Play from INHRFACE in Denmark. He is an excellent communicator, demonstrated through the publication of research articles in top-tier journals, presentations at international conferences, and invited guest speaking sessions. Dr Clohessy’s teaching experience is extensive, having taught at Atlantic Technological University Galway, Charted Accountants Ireland, City Colleges Dublin, Blockdaemon, and the University of Galway. He is the Chair of the Blockchain Ireland Education, Skills, and Innovation Working Group and a member of the Centre for Evidence Based Blockchain (CEBB) which is a British Blockchain Association initiative. He founded the Blockchain Expert Insights Podcast and the Novoverse Undergraduate Research Journal.

Crona O’Donoghue

As a graphic designer, curator, community engagement specialist and educator, problem solving, communication and user-centered design have been central to Cróna’s career. These skills and her comprehensive experience have helped in devising, with her colleague Dr Tena Patten, a bespoke Design Thinking process called UNIQUE – Understand, Needs, Ideas, Quick prototyping, User testing and Evaluate. They have also developed a workbook and educational programme DICE Academy (a strand of DICE Labs) that encourages creativity and entrepreneurship with 100+ secondary school students each year.

Cróna taught on the BA (Hons) Interior and Spatial Design at Chelsea School of Art & Design (UAL) and the MA in Narrative Environments, Central Saint Martins (UAL) before returning to her native Donegal to commence her roles at ATU and design firm OD Design. She is a member of the IDI education committee and in 2020 she began a PhD at CSM exploring the role of the studio space in creative tertiary education.

Padraic Lynch

Padraic leads the Masters in UX Design & Applied Innovation at ATU. He teaches on modules in UX Design, Emerging Technologies and User Interface Design. He believes that industry should inform academia and vice versa.

As a practicing designer he works closely with new and existing businesses on innovative processes for new product and service development. He has recently studied Design Thinking at MIT and is currently experimenting and facilitating innovation teams in the Metaverse. If you need to find him, he will most likely be coaching Newbridge U15s, playing 5 a side DanderBall with the lads or trying (still) to improve his snooker game!

Dr John Scahill

Dr John Scahill is a lecturer and researcher in the Galway-Mayo School of Engineering at the Atlantic Technological University. John is a chartered engineer who specialises in low energy and low impact building technologies. He teaches on a range of undergraduate and post graduate programmes on the Circular Economy, BIM and Digital Leadership, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

His research interests are focussed on sustainability in higher education (SHE), the circular economy, innovative pedagogy, micro-credentials and the potential of the SDGs in delivering transformative ESD. John has a particular interest in the role of interdisciplinary collaboration in the enhancement of SHE and the promotion of ESD in higher education.

John is currently working as an academic developer on the development of a Sustainable Curriculum Framework as part of the “NTUTORR” project. He is the ATU project manager for the HCI funded Digital Academy for a Sustainable Built Environment (DASBE) project, and he is also leading a multi-disciplinary education/research project focussed on the UN SDGs.





Blockchain Ireland is proud to partner with Dublin Tech Summit for our respective events in 2023.

What is DTS?
Dublin Tech Summit (DTS) is a two-day conference that sits at the heart of the international tech scene. As one of the world’s most active technology hubs, Dublin has become the EMEA base for some of the biggest global tech companies and over the last 6 years DTS has emerged as one of Europe’s fastest growing B2B tech events.

DTS is delighted to host its next event on 31 May-1 June 2023 and we are looking forward to delivering another world-class conference that will bring together our international community of innovators, thought-leaders, and influencers once again in Dublin’s most famous venue, the RDS.

Come and share a pint with tech leaders and the innovators of tomorrow!

See the agenda here. 

See the speakers here. 

Buy Tickets to DTS23.


The Future of Real Estate – Tokenization & Digital Ownership

We are delighted to bring together some of the world’s best minds to discuss and explore the impact of Blockchain technology on Real Estate, both digitally and physically.

Panellists: Andy Roberts, BlockSquare, Alexander Rapatz, Blackmanta Capital, and Michael Kilhourhy, Partner, Ogier BVI LLP

When: Wednesday 31 May, 2023 at 2pm IST (5pm GST/1pm GMT/9am AST)

Where: Online – sign up here to receive the link to the session: 

Duration: 30 minutes

IP in the age of generative AI


Details: BI.Startups.Web3 virtual and in-person event

Topic: IP in the age of generative AI

Time: 7-9pm (UTC+1)

Register: here.

In-person location: Dogpatch Labs, D1.

Virtual location: TBA


BI.Startups.Web3 hosts a ‘first-of’ live-stream AMA from Dublin – featuring guests from IP and open technology specialisms along with commercial content creatives in Web3. IP in the Age of Generative AI is an online and in-person event that you won’t want to miss!

On Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 7:00 PM UTC+1 (Irish Standard Time), we’ll be diving into the fascinating world of intellectual property and how it’s being impacted by the rise of generative AI.If you’re a creator, innovator, or just curious about the future of technology, this event is for you. We’ll be exploring topics like copyright law, ownership, and fair use in the context of AI-generated content. You’ll hear from experts in the field and have the opportunity to ask your own questions and join the conversation.
Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to learn and connect with others who share your interests. Register here now and mark your calendar for IP in the Age of Generative AI.

BI.Startups. Web3 events receive welcome support from Fidelity Centre for Applied Technologies (FCAT).



Investment in Web3: VC & Accelerator Partnerships

We are excited to tell you we’re collaborating with the AgileGTM Web3 Accelerator and would like to invite you to their exclusive event.

On Tuesday, May 30th, they’re hosting an investors-only roundtable breakfast to discuss The Current State of Web3 Investment and VC-Accelerator Partnerships

A conversation will be held around the following topics:

  1. Which enterprise verticals are leading the next phase of Web3 adoption
  2. Is Product/ Market Fit an overrated concept in De-Fi
  3. Should we be rethinking the investment round structure in light of the coming Crypto bull-run

The event is a collab between between ETHDublin, Ireland Blockchain Week, and Dublin Tech Summit

To RSVP follow the link:


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