BDA’s Tech Summit Begins Wednesday  

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BDA’s Tech Summit Begins Wednesday  

The fourth annual Bermuda Tech Summit, presented by the Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA), in partnership with government’s Economic Development Department (EDD) and FinTech industry association, NEXT Bermuda, will kick off in-person this Wednesday, 26 October, with a keynote fireside chat between Bermuda’s Premier and Minister of Finance, the Hon. David Burt, JP, MP and Michael Casey, CoinDesk’s Chief Content Officer.  

We are looking forward to welcoming a full room at the Hamilton Princess Hotel and Beach Club from October 26-28; just a handful of spaces are still available!  

BDA CEO David Hart said, “The team and our partners have worked hard to bring some of the world’s leading tech luminaries, both from overseas and Bermuda, to our event to discuss cutting-edge tech innovations. Whether you are already working in technology or financial services, are a tech enthusiast from the general public, or one of the Bermuda College students who received a complimentary ticket to attend, we will have content that is of interest to you.” 

The BDA thanks all its sponsors including Hub Culture, RELM, Appleby, SailGP, Carey Olsen, Jewel, Walkers, and Bittrex Global; as well as Apex, Blockchain Triangle, Bloktime, Clarien, Chainproof, Coinzoom, Global Policy House, Hive, and 24 Exchange. Our spirits parter is Goslings. Without the generous support of our sponsors, we could not put on this in-person event. 

Following day one’s Keynote Fireside Chat, Michelle Chivunga, Founder and CEO, Global Policy House will moderate a Regulatory Panel with Moad Fahmi, Senior Advisor, FinTech, Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA), Jeff Baron, Chief Compliance Officer, Bittrex Global, Cal Evans, Managing Associate, Gresham International, and Steven Rees Davies, Partner, Carey Olsen; Natalie Neto, Partner, Walkers, will moderate a Crypto Lending and Yield Products panel with Rachel Meyer, VP of Product Management, Circle, Yuri Mushkin, Chief Risk Officer, BlockFi and Karim Dandashy, Portfolio Manager, Stablehouse; Stafford Lowe, Founding Committee, NEXT Bermuda, will moderate a NEXT Bermuda Case Study featuring Sebastian Banescu, CEO, Chainproof; Jerome Wilson, Parter, Appleby, will moderate Digital Banking panel featuring Chance Barnett, Founder, Jewel Bank, George Mylonakis, Founder & CEO, BlockWRK and Ian Truran, CEO, Clarien Bank; Sarah Demerling, Partner, Walkers, Chair, AIMA Bermuda, will moderate a Funds Panel with Tim Calveley, Co-Founder, AltFi Capital Management, Lawrence Newhook, President & CEO, Alpha Innovations, Bruce Jackson, Director, Chief of Digital Asset Funds and Business, Apex Fund Management and Kevin Richards, Managing Director, Bermuda Asset Management. Day one will be rounded off with a SailGP welcome reception on the Regency Terrace.  

Day two will start with a Conversation with SailGP featuring Andrew Thompson, Chief Commercial & Financial Officer, SailGP, Warren Jones, Chief Technology Officer,  SailGP, athlete Dylan Fletcher and BDA independent director, Fiona Beck; Chris Brown, Director, AML/ATF, BMA will moderate a Digital Identity panel featuring ChaVon Clarke-Joell, Assistant Commissioner and Head of Policy & Engagement, Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Denis Pitcher, Chief Fintech Advisor, Government of Bermuda, Justin Newton, CEO, Netki and Drummond Reed, Director, Trust Services, Avast; Sandra Ro, CEO of the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC), will moderate a Capital Formation in a Bear Market panel with Jill Richmond, Managing Partner, Full Stack VC; Michael Branco, Founder & Chair, Celeste Ventures and Kasia Kostun, Investment Manager, XBTO Humla Ventures; Simone Smith-Bean, Managing Director, Smith Bean Co. will discuss Non-Fungible Tokens with Chris Christmas, Founder, BlockTime and Karee Luna, Founder, Hai Tyde; James Knox, Managing Director, Technology & Blockchain Industry-Regional Practice Leader, Aon Risk Solutions, will moderate a (Re)Insurance Reimagined panel with Adam Hofmann. Founder and CEO, Nimble, Sandra DeSilva, CEO, Nova Limited, Dan Roberts, CEO, NAYMS and Joseph Ziolkowski, CEO, RELM Insurance; Tim Reed, NEXT Bermuda, will moderate a panel entitled Is the Price Right for Trust and Liquidity featuring Jason Woerz, President, and COO, 24 Exchange; Kapil Rathi, Co-Founder and CEO, CrossTower and Karim Dandashy, CEO, XBTO Group. 

The final day will begin with an ESG and DABs panel moderated by Charissa Ball, Council, Carey Olsen featuring Darren Wolfberg, CEO and Board Member, Blockchain Triangle, Silvio Pupo-Casco, Founder & CEO, Logos Capital, Todd White,  Managing Director, Architect Partners and Peter Adriaens, Director, Center for Digital Asset Finance, University of Michigan College of Engineering; Fiona Beck will discuss space, satellites and sub-sea cables in an Out of this World Infrastructure panel with Joel Ogren, Assured Communications, Robert Brumley, CEO, Laser Light Companies, Comm Star, Sam Tabbara, CEO, Paradise Mobile, and Deon Doyle, Eastlink Bermuda; Erica Smith, Executive Director, Bermuda Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) will moderate a Building and Nurturing a Sustainable Tech Ecosystem panel with Kerem Kolcuoglu, Managing Partner, Penrose Partners, Sean Reel, Executive Director, Ignite Bermuda, and Aqsa Zubair, Assistant Director, FinTech, BMA; John Narraway, Founding Committee, NEXT Bermuda will discuss Cyber Security with Joe Addison, CIO, Salt Technology Group and Marelize le Roux, CFO, Gnosis; and Stan Stalnaker, Chief Strategy Officer & Founding Director, Hub Culture, will discuss the Future of Technology with Sandro Ro, Michael Casey, Denis Pitcher and Sheila Warren, CEO, Crypto Council for Innovation. The Summit will end at picturesque Fort Hamilton at a wrap party presented by Relm Insurance featuring live music and signature cocktails. 

The Bermuda Tech Summit is the signature event of Bermuda Tech Week which starts today! The PGA Tour’s Butterfield Bermuda Championship is also taking place this week from Oct 27-30 and we are pleased to offer Bermuda Tech Summit attendees discounts to attend the golf. 

Bermuda Tech Week includes several ancillary events which are listed on our website, such as tonight’s vertical farming roundtable; a blue economy roundtable, health care roundtable and Bermuda Innovation & Technology Association (BITA) cocktail reception on October 25; the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce’s virtual fireside chat with Sinead Bovell, and ‘WHAT THE NFT? at Bermuda Society of Arts on October 27; BEDC’s ‘Power Up With Web’ in-person event on October 28 with Sean Stapley, Partner, Penrose Partners and Stephanie Smellie, VP, Content + Entertainment Partnerships, Dapper Labs, and EDD’s Tech Education Day and TechAwards on October 31. 

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