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Bangkok Workshop: Blockchain Technology in Humanitarian Work

(Child & forced labour and other related areas)

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Date: Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Venue: Freeland, Bangkok (see address below)
Time: 10am-4pm
Attendance: By invitation only

Address: FREELAND, 92 Phahon Yothin 5, Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Khet Phaya Thai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand.

Enduring Net (EN), in collaboration with Diginex, Mekong Club and Freeland, is launching a series of workshops in Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and Thailand, to support NGO/ humanitarian organisations.

Workshop structure

  • Introduction to blockchain distributed ledger technology
  • Blockchain within the context of combatting child & forced labour
  • Introduction to existing projects: E.g. permission chain for sharing modern slavery intelligence; and a blockchain based project to enhance migrant worker documentation storage
  • How can blockchain enhance your work as an organisation? Discussion on key challenges and possible applications
  • Setting up a blockchain. Live demo & technical guidance

Who should attend and takeaway

This workshop is open to all organisations looking to learn about applying blockchain technology within the context of NGO/ humanitarian work. While the demo case studies focus on the application of blockchain in combating forced & child labour, any humanitarian applications are within our scope and all NGOs/ humanitarian organisations are welcome.

  • Organisation decision makers will learn to use blockchain in addressing their organisational challenges as well as enhancing work combatting forced & child labour.
  • IT and technology advisers will learn practical skills to set up functioning blockchain nodes and networks.

Please contact enduringnet@gmail.com to join the workshop. Places available are limited and, subject to selection criteria, will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Yours sincerely,
Ser-Huang Poon (Founder and Trustee, Enduring Net)
Mark Blick Diginex (Head of Government Solutions, Diginex)
Phoebe Ewen (Project Manager, Mekong Club)

Speakers:

Dr Ser-Huang Poon is a Professor at the University of Manchester, a Turing Fellow at the Turing Institute for Data Science & Artificial Intelligence, and the founder and trustee of the charity, EnduringNet (https://enduringnet.org/), a consortium of academia, researchers, blockchain developers, IT and business professionals, and passionate advocates – to leverage distributed ledger technologies (DLT) and artificial intelligence (AI) in humanitarian work. Her work was cited on the Nobel website as a reference reading in volatility. Dr Poon received two best paper awards, and she has co-authored a commissioned report for the Her Majesty Treasury Foresight Program on the impact of high frequency trading. In 2018, she submitted evidence for the Independent Review of the MSA, Section 54 -Transparency in Supply Chains. Her current research interests evolve around Blockchain, FinTech, AI, BigData and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Mark Blick is Head of Government at Diginex, a global blockchain solutions and financial services company headquartered in Hong Kong. Along with digital asset management and infrastructure support for blockchain transactions, Diginex partners with the public and private sectors globally to help design and implement complex blockchain solutions across a wide range of applications. Mark focuses on regulatory and policy frameworks and how blockchain then enables private sector implementation particularly in pre-competitive collaboration around corporate and social governance. Most recently, Mark has been heavily involved in projects focused on combating modern slavery & unfair working practices via distributed ledger technology.

Phoebe Ewen is a project manager at The Mekong Club, a Hong Kong based organisation that works with private sector organisations to equip them in becoming industry leaders in the fight against modern slavery. Phoebe has a background working in financial services, specialising in financial crime compliance and anti-money laundering, with a strong belief in the role of the financial service sector in combatting this 150 billion dollar crime. She has experience training law enforcement, public, and private sector professionals in the issue and helping them to understand how they may contribute to combatting modern slavery in their daily roles. She is involved in the eMin project, a partnership with Diginex, which uses blockchain technology to create transparency and security in labour supply chains.

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