Blockchain Connected

The new dedicated network for the blockchain community in Wales.

What is Blockchain Connected?
Blockchain Connected is the new dedicated network for the blockchain community in Wales. It has been created by and sits within the Technology Connected organisation to represent and unite the blockchain community.

About us

What We Do

Blockchain Connected will aim, to build and promote the profile and adoption of Blockchain technologies and organisations in Wales and beyond.
Through our work we are:

Connecting

Enabling

Developing

Innovating

Influencing

Championing

We connect people, technologies and industry to Blockchain

Enable industries to adopt this new technology

Develop the next generation of talent required

Innovate by bringing together the best minds in academia and industry

Influence stakeholders on the significance of blockchain and its potential for the economy

Champion its interests, putting our capabilities on the global stage

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Blockchain Connected Council

The Blockchain Connected Council consists of esteemed panellists and is Chaired by Dr Cerian Jones

 

All members of Blockchain Connected council are unpaid, and no individuals derive financial gain from anything that they do in respect of BC. While organisations are welcomed as sponsors, that doesn’t mean that any particular company, individual or organisation has more say, influence or significance than another within blockchain connected. We do not hold an official view or persuasion relating to one protocol or cryptocurrency versus another, and are agnostic to such matters.  We welcome constructive input, participation and debate involving all parties within the blockchain/crypto communities, regardless of their perspectives on the inventorship of Bitcoin, protocol differences and other blockchain-related topics.  What we won’t accommodate, however, are unfounded and defamatory comments aimed at individuals or blockchain connected.

 

Dr. Cerian Jones

Arnold Beckmann

Nicola McNeely

Jack Davies

Dr. Yingli Wang

David Blake

Sharon Henley

Thane Hall

Avril Lewis

Stephen Draycott

Dr. Cerian Jones

Founder Cerian Jones IP Consultancy

After gaining a PhD in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) and lecturing in Computer Science for many years, Cerian took a career change and became a patent attorney, specialising in the protection of software-implemented inventions.

As the owner of Cerian Jones IP consultancy, she works with entrepreneurs and innovators from across Wales, the UK and the world to ring fence and defend their intellectual property. Areas of particular specialisation include FinTech and cyber security (she was a co-founder of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster), and is one of few patent attorneys with in-depth technical and legal experience of blockchain, Bitcoin and cryptocurrency technologies

Arnold Beckmann

Professor of Computer Science, and Head of Department of Computer Science, at Swansea University.

Arnold Beckmann received his PhD and ‘Habilitation’ in Mathematics from University of Münster in Germany. He gained post-doctoral experiences at University of Oxford, University of California in San Diego, and Vienna University of  Technology. He is currently Professor of Computer Science, and Head of Department of Computer Science, at Swansea University. Arnold conducts research in fundamentals of Computer Science, based on Mathematical Logic and Theoretical Computer Science.

He is member of Council of the Association Computability in Europe (ACiE), and chair of The Proof Society (TPS). He is Editorial Board member of scientific journals Annals for Pure and Applied Logic, Archive for Mathematical Logic, Computability, and  Managing Editor of the scientific book series Perspectives in Logic. He has edited 11 journal special issues and 5 proceedings volumes, and served as co-chair of the scientific advisory committee of 3 major conferences. Arnold has developed a profile for transferring his expertise to applications. He is founding member of the Swansea Blockchain Lab, and involved in several projects that explore the application of blockchain technology to real world problems. He has published a book chapter and a research paper, and has given several talks on blockchain. He is teaching a module on blockchain, and has given a lecture at a PhD summer school on that topic.

Nicola McNeely

Partner, Head of Technology Sector, Harrison Clark Rickerbys Solicitors

Whilst working with entrepreneurial and innovative people in Wales and across the UK, especially in advanced manufacturing and technology businesses, Nicola’s focus is on working closely with clients to solve their problems and really understand how
their businesses work.

Nicola has worked on secondment to the Royal Mint at Llantrisant, focusing on new business and intellectual property, but also for clients in a range of sectors on software outsourcing agreements, blockchain solutions and EMI schemes. Giving businesses the right legal infrastructure to enable them to develop and grow is important to Nicola and therefore Nicola has found her non-executive director role with Business in Focus, supporting Welsh businesses, fascinating.

Jack Davies

Blockchain Researcher at nChain

Jack Davies is a blockchain researcher at nChain, specialising in cryptographic applications, network theory and data protocols for Bitcoin-based systems. Jack has been working in the field for nearly two years immediately after completing an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences (Physical) at Cambridge University. In his research, Jack has helped develop a number concepts relating to novel usage of the blockchain. A notable example of his work is the Metanet, a framework for a value-based internet, which Jack has contributed to in his role at nChain, and which he publicly detailed at the 2019 CoinGeek Toronto conference. Other significant contributions include his work on simplified payment verification (SPV) and in examining the layered-network structure of Bitcoin.

One of Jack’s key interests is furthering education in blockchain, both in corporate and academic circles. In the past 6 months, Jack has given guest lectures at the University of Swansea, and several London-based institutions on the economic theory of Bitcoin. In addition, Jack is one of the co-founders of the BSV Wales blockchain meetup group, where he has helped run educational events, seeking to improve the quality of information disseminated throughout Wales’ technology industries.

Dr. Yingli Wang

Reader in logistics and operations management at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University.

Yingli specialises and researches in digital transformation and technological innovations in supply chains. One of her research priorities is blockchain/distributed ledger technology and its integrative use with other digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, internet of things and cloud computing. She is currently involved in a number of blockchain initiatives internationally, for instance she sits as a blockchain supply chain expert for World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, shaping the trajectory of blockchain deployment in supply chains towards interoperability, integrity and inclusivity.

In the UK, she’s been working with a few organisations from the construction and fintech sectors exploring the deployment of blockchain for value creation. She is keen in raising awareness and sharing knowledge about blockchain in supply chain and has delivered in collaboration with industrial partners a master class on blockchain at RICS Digital Built Environment Conference 2019 (London) and a webinar on blockchain’s role in the circular economy for the World Built Environment Forum. She is also one of the core contributors to the Blockchain Deployment Toolkit recently launched by World Economic Forum, which can
be accessed here. Dr. Wang is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).  Before embarking on her academic career, she worked for about 8.5 years at Nestlé China in various senior managerial roles.

David Blake

Assistant Investment Executive at Development Bank of Wales

On a daily basis David works with start-up business owners that are looking for investment into their new technology business ideas through the Wales Technology Seed Fund. As a MSc Computing graduate from Cardiff University, David has an affinity with those businesses that are developing proprietary software or are typically involved with fintech, big data and of course those that are utilizing the strengths of blockchain. As a result of having previously developed blockchain based applications David is the investment team’s blockchain specialist.

Additionally, as a fully qualified member and fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants David has a strong financial background. Before joining the Development Bank of Wales he worked in the power generation, ad-tech, medical device
and defence industries where I was able to witness first hand the opportunity for siesmic change that blockchain technologies would undoubtedly have on enterprises.

Sharon Henley

CPO for Coincover

Sharon Henley has been in the blockchain space for over six years now and is well known in the space.

Sharon got her start in blockchain and crypto while Head of Marketing at the Royal Mint, where she was responsible for launching The Royal Mint’s blockchain venture- Royal Mint Gold (RMG); a tradable, digital, direct ownership of gold. More recently she serves as CPO for Coincover, the #1 brand in crypto security delivering FCIS like Deposit Protection and insurance back theft cover for crypto assets. She is a non-executive director for Trustworks.io and was co-founder of The British Blockchain and Frontier Technologies Association. Sharon has more than 20 years of international experience at top brands, including Canon, Microsoft, Xerox, DuPont and Nikon where she delivered innovative programs requiring complex strategy focused on growth and revenue, and has worked extensively in both Silicon Valley and London. She holds 8 technology patents.

Thane Hall

Digital Trust Solution Architect and Product Line Manager at Thales

Thane has been with Thales for 14 years mainly working on projects around Defence and Security and over the last three years has been looking at Blockchain applications associated with supply chains and asset tracking. Thane has explored the benefits and challenges to Blockchain adoption in this application space for both internal use cases and for customer requirements alike. Thane setup and ran the Bristol Blockchain Meetup Group for 18 months which also brought him into close contact with teams working in other Blockchain application spaces.

Avril Lewis

Managing Director, Technology Connected

Avril was appointed Managing Director of Technology Connected, formerly the ESTnet, in May 2012.

Her background is in the semiconductor industry, and she was awarded the MBE for services to the technology industry in Wales in 2018. Avril is an influential and energetic leader with highly developed communication and interpersonal skills, and thrives as a catalyst for change.

Stephen Draycott

Founder member of Bitcoin Wales

The Founder member of bitcoin Wales in 2013. Working in UX UI design of crypto Fintech products and speaker at crypto related events since 2014.

Members of Blockchain Connected council are unpaid and do not receive financial reward for activities conducted on behalf of Blockchain Connected.  We welcome sponsorship from all organisations that are interested in supporting our efforts for the advancement of blockchain related technology in Wales.  Blockchain Connected does not hold an official view or persuasion relating to one blockchain protocol or cryptocurrency versus another and as an organisation we are agnostic to such matters.  We encourage and actively seek constructive input, participation and discussion from all parties, regardless of their perspectives on issues of debate within the blockchain/cryptocurrency community.  Unfounded, divisive or defamatory comments are not acceptable and will not be tolerated, but we hope that people will join us in the spirit of unity, progress and collaboration that motivates our efforts.

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