Department of Information Technology & Electronics

Government of West Bengal

Global Blockchain Congress

18 & 19 December, 2018 - Kolkata, India

Global Blockchain Congress

18 & 19 December, 2018 - Kolkata, India

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Consensus 2018

18 & 19 December 2018
Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, New Town, Kolkata
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About Global Blockchain Congress

Department of Information Technology & Electronics has taken focused approach towards leveraging Blockchain technology to establish West Bengal as a front-runner in becoming an emerging Technology Hub. Blockchain is a vast distributed ledger or database running on millions of devices, where not just information but anything of value - money, titles, deeds, music, art, intellectual property etc. can be stored securely and privately. The world is looking at Blockchain as the next biggest disruptive technology after internet. Among the financial institutions, almost 50% of the banks are expected to use this technology by 2020 and there is a huge transformation expected to take place in the non-financial sector as well, within next few years. Blockchain is expected to create a significant impact in the job market as knowledge of this disruptive technology is in high demand in numerous sectors of the industry.

The aim of the event is to build a holistic ecosystem on Blockchain technology in West Bengal through knowledge sharing, workshops, awareness generation and providing a single platform for all stake holders - Industry, Academia, Startups, Corporates, Governments and Investors to understand, collaborate & explore the potential of Blockchain technology.

The event will be hosting international acclaimed speakers on blockchain and 2000 enthusiast participants from Industry, Academia, Corporates, startups, Governments and Investors.

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Eminent Speakers

Programme Schedule

08:00 - 10:00

Registration & Tea

10:00 - 10:10

Playing of National Anthem

The Master of Ceremony welcomes the dignitaries on stage

Felicitation of guests

Lighting of the lamp by dignitaries on the dais

10:10 - 10:15

Welcome Address by Mr. Debashis Sen, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, DIT&E, Government of West Bengal

10:15 - 10:25

Special Address by Mr. Ambarish Dasgupta, Principal Advisor, DIT&E, Government of West Bengal

10:25 - 10:35

Address by Russia Country representative – Mr. Mikhail Stronchinskiy

Key Note Session

10:35 - 10:55

'An Architecture for Blockchain' by Padmashri Dr. Bimal Roy, ISI Kolkata

10:55 - 11:35

'Blockchain - origins and current status, and general view on LATAM situation' by Ms. Rosine Kadamani, Co-Founder, Blockchain Academy, Brazil

11:35 - 12:15

'Blockchain : New Opportunities and Novel Tradeoffs' by Prof. Bart Preneel, University of Leuven, Belgium

12:15 - 12:55

'Making Blockchain Real' by Mr. Sreeram Ananthasayanam, Partner - Blockchain, PwC India

12:55 - 13:35

'How to Market Blockchain and Position Trust?' by Ms. Mani Dasgupta, CMO, IBM Global Business Services, USA

13:35 - 14:35

Networking Lunch

14:35 - 15:00

Blockchain QUIZ

15:00 - 16:00

"Call for Projects" Demonstrations

16:00 - 17:00

Panel Discussion

Topic: 'Transforming India using Blockchain'

Moderator: Mr. Thampy Koshy, Partner, Ernst & Young India


  1. Prof. Dhiren Patel – Director, VJTI
  2. Mr. Ram Kiran Dhulipala – Strategy and Operations Officer, Director General’s Office at ICRISAT
  3. Mr. Subbu Jois – Founder, Aurigraph.IO
  4. Mr. Prasanna Lohar – Head Innovation and Architecture, DCB Bank
  5. Mr. Pavan Adipuram – Founder and CEO, ChitMonks
  6. Mr. Dilip Krishnaswamy – VP New Tech Initiatives, Reliance Jio Infocomm
17:00 - 18:00

Networking High Tea

08:00 - 09:30

Registration with Tea

Key Note Session

09:30 - 10:10

'Security, Privacy and Trust of Blockchain' by Prof. Kouichi Sakurai, Kyushu University, Japan

10:10 - 10:50

'Towards the economic utopia of a waste-less world' by Mr. Rajesh Nambiar, General Manager, IBM Corporation, Singapore

10:50 - 11:30

'Quantifying social capital with blockchain' & 'Blockchain in energy sector'Mr. Junya Yoshizaki, COO, Chaintope, Malaysia & Mr. Saurav Kumar Tomar, Chaintope, Malaysia

11:30 - 12:10

'Insuring the future with Blockchain' by Mr. Gary Nuttall, Blockchain Expert & Managing Director, Distlytics, United Kingdom

12:10 - 12:30

'Story of my life' by Mr. Chandrashekhar Ghosh, Founder, MD and CEO – Bandhan Bank

12:30 - 12:45

Looking Back: An audio visual on "Global Blockchain Congress – Consensus 2018"

Release of PwC and Webel co-branded thought leadership paper & E&Y and Webel booklet on Blockchain by Dr. Amit Mitra, Hon'ble Minister in Charge, Finance, Information Technology and Electronics, Industry Commerce & Enterprises, Micro Small and Medium Enterprises and Textiles, Government of West Bengal

"Twitter Ambassador" - Awarding the Highest Twitter & Best Tweet in the congress

"Call for Projects" - Award Ceremony

12:45 - 13:00

Special speech by Dr. Amit Mitra, Hon'ble Minister in Charge, Finance, Information Technology and Electronics, Industry Commerce & Enterprises, Micro Small and Medium Enterprises and Textiles, Government of West Bengal followed by playing of National Anthem

13:00 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

14:00 - 16:00

Walk the Stalls & Networking

Stay Ahead

Be a part of the emerging technology revolution in West Bengal.

Experience the leading blockchain event in India.


Like minded beauracrates, academicians & progressive professionals all under one roof providing a excellent platform for networing.

Network with 2000+ attendees from government, academia, industry & corporates.

New Thinking

Listen to the renowned international speakers as they demystify their experience.

Get a clarity on prospects & future roadmap in the field of blockchain.

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