Get ready to interact with 4 top-notch speakers in 37 weeks

During this event, Prof. Bart Preneel will give an overview of the principles and technology behind blockchain, highlighting it's strengths and weaknesses. David Smits from IBM will then, based on his expertise as senior architect on leading blockchain projects, discuss implications for the telecom sector from his point of view. Tim Paridaens will broaden the scope to the media industry, and zoom in on advantages, risks and challenges of blockchain in the media industry. He will also presentation a digital ID solution Finally, Nico Wauters will explain how this Antwerp blockchain pilot pioneers with secure and efficient document workflow.

We end the presentations with a Q&A session, to trigger a discussion that can be continued during a networking drink.

Event schedule

17:30   Registration

18:00   Introduction to Blockchain - by Prof. Bart Preneel (KU Leuven)

18:30   Blockchain Point of View for the Telco Industry by David Smits (IBM)

18:50   Blockchain and its (potential) impacts on the media industry by Tim Paridaens (Deloitte)

19:10   Blockchain Opportunities for the Logistics Sector by Nico Wauters (T-Mining)

19:30   Q&A

20:00   Reception with networking possibilities, including the speakers
Price: € 100 (excl. VAT) - Members: € 50 (excl. VAT) - Students: € 0 (VAT incl.)

Bart Preneel 

Prof. Bart Preneel is a full professor at the KU Leuven and heads the imec-COSIC group focusing on cryptography, information security and privacy. He has been invited speaker at more than 120 conferences in 50 countries. He has served as president of the IACR (International Association for Cryptologic Research) and is co-founder and chairman of the Board of LSEC.

Nico Wauters 
Nico Wauters is CEO & co-founder and in charge of Strategy and Business Development. He has over 20 years of international experience in managing teams and building businesses, founder, and former-CEO of NetworkMining NV. He had several senior management positions at KPNQwest, Alcatel, and Tellium and holds a Ph.D. & MSc Applied Science in network planning and optimization.

Tim Paridaens 
Tim Paridaens is Director within Deloitte Consulting and has specialized in I4.0, (Industrial) Internet of Things and Digital Supply Chains. Currently, Tim serves multiple clients with a specific focus on Digital Ports, Connected Logistics, Connected Manufacturing, Predictive Maintenance and Connected Healthcare.

David Smits 
David Smits is Senior Architect within IBM Global Business Services with the focus on leading blockchain projects. He is passionate about innovation and new technology and how to best leverage these to get most benefit for the enterprise. His latest interest goes to Cognitive, IoT, Blockchain and Operations Analytics.

Practical info

Date & time
  Thursday 21 Nov 2019
   17:30 - 22:00

  Orange Belgium  
Bourgetlaan 3
1140 Brussel (Evere)

How to get here by public transport


Price: € 100 (excl. VAT)
Members: € 50 (excl. VAT)
Students: € 0 (VAT incl.)


Cancellation policy
Cancellation will be allowed without penalty until two weeks before the event. After this date a charge of 25% of the attendance fee will be made regardless the reason of the cancellation. Notice of cancellation must be done by e-mail to

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