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As announced at the launch of Blockchain Connected during the inaugural Wales Tech Week, our mission is to promote, expand, nurture and unite the talent that already exists in Wales in relation to blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies. This collaborative community will help to ensure that blockchain expertise is a key feature of the Welsh economy as we go forward.

The blockchain revolution will not be an isolated phenomena that occurs in a vacuum. It will impact and change many sectors, professions and industries. It will permanently alter the way that we conduct business, use technology and data, enact transactions and enforce agreements. As a result, the legal and financial sectors have been highlighted as ripe candidates for disruption as a result of blockchain-based technologies.

Join Dr Cerian Jones, Patent Attorney at Cerian Jones IP for a morning in conversation with leading Blockchain experts in the legal and financial sector.

We'll hear from Nicola McNeely, Partner at HCR Law; 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.

Nicola McNeely shares her thoughts and observations as a blockchain-experienced lawyer, touching on issues such as: how does the law keep pace with such a rapidly evolving technology; the importance or otherwise of financial regulation; blockchain's potential for "banking the unbanked"; and why Wales is a great location for setting up a business in this space.

Joining Nicola, we'll hear from Alex Fauvel, Founder and General Partner at Two Hop Ventures and Dr Craig Wright, Chief Scientist for nChain, an Australian/Antiguan computer scientist, businessman, and inventor who challenges the world with visionary ideas. His vision is a world with wide-scale adoption of Bitcoin as electronic cash and commodity money, and also the Bitcoin blockchain as a transformative technology platform. Currently, Dr. Wright is Chief Scientist for nChain – the global leader in advisory, research, and development of blockchain technologies. nChain focuses on igniting massive growth and adoption of the original Bitcoin design, protocol, and vision, now living only in the form of Bitcoin SV (BSV), which stands for Satoshi Vision.

In this conversation, Craig gives his thoughts and opinions on various topics including the relevance of Bitcoin as digital cash, the importance of privacy and identity as central to blockchain technology, the use of blockchain records as evidence in legal proceedings, and whether smart contracts are, actually, "smart".

Alex Fauvel gives some insight and perspective from his experiences as an investor in cryptocurrency technologies, including thoughts on challenges to mass adoption, ownership versus control in respect of crypto, and the interaction between the law and the crypto world.

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.