Estonia has launched the world's first e-Residency program. In this podcast, find out how e-Residency will impact on our lives, and how it connects with startups, the Blockchain, e-Government, and more.
Identit.ee has partnered with Factory Berlin to explore the potential of the Estonian Government's groundbreaking e-Residency program. We are brought together leading Blockchain, Fintech and e-Government communities and thought leaders to explore what e-Residency, e-Identity, and the Blockchain can do together. The core topic is e-residency, but the event was also about Blockchain, Fintech, Security, e-Government and how a legally recognised e-identity can integrate with all this.
The event began with short talks from a panel, sharing their insights into Blockchain and e-identities, followed by attendees breaking into groups to hack new ideas around the topic. These ideas were presented to the panelists, and fed directly into the ongoing development of Estonia's e-Residency platform.
Our panel in Berlin included:
Kaspar Korjus - Managing Director of e-Residency in the Government of Estonia
At 27, Kaspar has overseen the introduction of e-Residency across government. He will share how they were mandated by their Prime Minister to launch e-Residency as a 'startup,' and how they have gone about this. In 2015 Kaspar has been chosen by Forbes Estonia as one of the “30 under 30” people as #1 in Technology and Finance.
Trent McConaghy - AI researcher and entrepreneur
Trent is co-founder & CTO of Ascribe, which is rewiring the internet for ownership on behalf of creators, using large-scale machine learning and blockchain tech. Trent has written two books and 50 papers+patents. His award-winning PhD explored the relation between automated creativity and engineering design practice. He has given keynotes & invited talks at MIT, Columbia, Berkeley, JPL, Nvidia, Data Science Day, PyData, Design Automation Conference, and more.
Yanislav Malahov - Blockchain Entrepreneur and Consultant
Yanislav is currently working on BitAlias.info, a fully decentralized naming and identity system on top of the Bitcoin blockchain. He has multiple years of blockchain software development experience - for example he has build custom Multi-Signature and ColoredCoins wallet backends. In the past he also was a cofounder of the famous DarkWallet, he has created his own currency, as well as he calls himself the "Godfather of Ethereum", the first decentralized smart contract platform.
Greg McMullen - Lawyer: privacy, blockchain and copyright Greg is a lawyer and Chief Policy Officer at ascribe.io. He has presented at numerous international conferences on blockchain, privacy, and civil liberties. As a litigator, Greg was counsel on privacy class actions against Facebook and the Government of Canada, price fixing class actions against Visa and MasterCard. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the BC Civil Liberties Association and authored their handbook on privacy for electronic devices when crossing the Canadian border. Twitter: @gmcmullen
Big thanks to our event partner Factory Berlin for providing a venue and support for this event.
Factory is an innovation community providing office space, services and partnerships to both startups and corporations as well as hidden champions. It operates the first and largest startup campus in Germany. With currently over 16,000 square meters of office space, Factory brings best-in-class technology businesses together with early stage startups and talents by providing an outstanding work environment, a curated community of founders and quality events.