Necker Blockchain Summit

I wrote recently about our latest investment in Blockchain, a company we’re really excited about in a sector full of potential.

Richard Branson Blockchain Summit 2016

I’m sure there will be plenty more fascinating discussion about the space at the upcoming annual Necker Blockchain Summit. Three few years ago, before many people really knew about the sector, The Bitfury Group and Bill Tai started the summit to bring together like-minded thinkers and see if there were opportunities to collaborate.

I was excited by the idea, as I’ve always seen the BVI as a great place to bring people together to debate new innovations.


Fast-forward to 2017 and projects making a real difference are coming to life, including two in areas I am particularly passionate about: music and ocean conservation. The Ocean Data Alliance is making the Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration possible, with 50 major fishing companies, retailers and associated businesses pledging to stamp out illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Meanwhile, musician Imogen Heap has created a Blockchain-based rights management system for the music industry. 

Here’s hoping more projects come out of this year’s discussions with experts from the likes of MIT, Conservation International, the US and Kenyan governments, the European Parliament, Samsung, the Rockefeller Foundation, EY and our own Beth Moses from Virgin Galactic all present.

Blockchain Summit 2016

Crucially, the summit is focused on harnessing Blockchain technology for global good, and this year will discuss key topics including conservation, financial inclusion and e-governance, as well as democracy promotion, cyber security, and land titling.

Like many others, I’m excited to see what comes next in the space, for companies like Blockchain, and for the industry as a whole. 

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