Speakers

Hae-Kyoon Ahn
CFO, Korbit
HK is currently Head of Treasury and Trading at Korbit. HK has two decades of experience in derivatives trading in Korean and global capital markets. He joined LG Securities in 1995, and as their equity and listed derivative dealer, directed a majority of the open interests in the entire Korea futures market during some periods of the Asian financial crisis. For ten years from 1999, he worked at Merrill Lynch as head of the global equity linked product team in Korea. Subsequently, he set up Daewoo Securities’ DMA for program trades & listed derivatives trades, and then joined Credit Suisse to head listed derivatives in prime brokerage services. HK was also a committee member of FIA (Futures Industry Association) Korea and a member of KRX’s global market committee.
Session

December 10 | 9:45am – 10:30am
How to Play the Bitcoin Market

Kyung-Hoon Ahn
CEO, YAP Global
He started his career life at data processing department of Hyundai Motors. Afterwards, Ahn was in charge of customer service, marketing research at AC Nilson and National Information & Credit Evaluation. Ahn launched the first E-wallet service, ‘U-Membership’ in 2006 and in partnership with SK, he invented ‘Smart Wallet’, the former form of today’s ‘Syrup’ mobile service in Korea. Recently, after a few attempts since June 2014, he launched a mobile service called ‘YAP’ and this innovative service attracted 40 million US dollars from key investors abroad. YAP is widely used not only as a dining and shopping guide but also as a powerful marketing tool.
Session

December 11 | 3:10pm – 3:40pm
YAP’s O2O Commerce Platform and its Global Strategy

Nicolas Bacca
CTO, Ledger
Nicolas is CTO of Ledger. After 5 years at Oberthur and 10 years developing smartcard OS for his company Ubinity, Nicolas founded BTChip, an open standard secure element based hardware wallet that is now part of Ledger.
Session

December 10 | 4:45pm – 5:30pm
From Bitcoin Hardware Wallets to Personal Privacy Devices

Steve Beauregard
CEO & Founder, GoCoin.com
Steve is serial entrepreneur with a keen eye for emerging technologies and the business instincts to develop companies in the critical path of the trends.
In the early 90’s, Steve helped DIRECTV launch the first commercial satellite television service in the US and Latin American countries. He played a key role in the design and integration of their business systems and the in-country rollout of service. As the Internet gained steam, Steve identified email as the next “killer app” and launched a successful Enterprise Messaging and Collaboration practice for international fortune 100 companies. In 1998, Steve took that practice mobile after RIM showed him an early prototype of a two-way mobile email pager (the device was ultimately rebranded as the BlackBerry.) Recognizing the trend early, Steve positioned his company REGARD as the first west coast BlackBerry partner and at one point become the largest independent reseller of BlackBerry products in the US. Steve has been COO of a publicly traded eCommerce business, conducted due diligence and made countless angel investments into startups, acted as outside business process and technology strategist to countless “C-Level” executives of Fortune-500 and SMB Businesses. Steve was featured in Entrepreneur Magazine (9/07), is often quoted in trade rags, and speaks at southern California universities & tradeshows on entrepreneurship, mobility, social media, and NOW cryptocurrencies!
Session

December 10 | 11:45am – 12:30pm
Train Customers to Pay with Bitcoin by Leveraging Blockchain Loyalty and Incentives

Alireza Beikverdi
Founder, Bitholla and Co-Organizer, Seoul Bitcoin Meetup
Alireza is the co-founder of Bitholla a social bitcoin service, co-organizer of Seoul Bitcoin Meetup and a cyber security and cryptography researcher at Yonsei University in South Korea.
Session

December 10 | 4:00pm – 4:45pm
The Blockchain Debate

Paul Bugge
Co-Founder, Bitholla
Paul Bugge first became involved with Bitcoin in early 2013 and has been an active member and contributor of Seoul Bitcoin for over 1 year. In that time he has completed the DFIN-511 Introduction to Digital Currencies course through University of Nicosia, presented public lectures on specialized topics within cryptocurrencies, and co-founded Bitholla – a mobile payments startup that utilizes Bitcoin.
Session

December 11 | 3:00pm – 3:45pm
Startup Competition

Ki-Ho Byun
Team Leader, KB Kookmin Card Convergence Team
Byun is a financial veteran who has been in credit card business for 20 or more years and currently, he works at Convergence Team, KB Kookmin Card. Byun devoted himself on FinTech industry and newly launched payments products and services such as USIM mobile card, Appplication card, called, KMotion, etc. He also signed MOU with global conglomerates, ICT mega companies. Recentely, he saw the potential of bitcoin and blockchain technology and made a partnership with Korean startup, Coinplug, and launched POINTREE service which converts card mileage points into bitcoin.
Session

December 11 | 4:00pm – 5:30pm
The Globalization of Korean FinTech Industry

Jerry Chan
Founder, Bittoku Inc.
Jerry holds a BASc of Electrical and Computer Engineering from Waterloo, Canada, and has worked on trading technology systems for over 14 years, at both Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase. Hired to work on implementing cutting edge distributed dependancy graph pricing and risk modelling systems, Jerry has worked on the trading desk of currency and commodity departments for most of his tenure at Wall Street. His interests being in dynamic programming and economics, Jerry also helped developed a reinforcement learning, policy-based execution engine for the equity algorithmic trading desk while at GS. Jerry has been active in the crypto scene since 2011, in his blogs and writings on economics and technology and Bitcoin. In 2014 he founded Bittoku in order to work on implementing crypto-based distributed ledger solutions for the application of point reward networks.
Session

December 10 | 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Asia and Beyond: Emerging Issues in Regulatory Compliance

Jae-Yoo Choi
Vice Minister, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning
For the past 30 years, Jae-Yoo Choi has held a series of government posts in various institutions including the Ministry of Information and Communication, Korea Communications Commission and the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning. Since this February, Choi has served as Vice Minister of the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning. He graduated from Yonsei University and earned his master’s degree in Information, Communications and Media Policy Studies at Michigan State University.
Session

December 11 | 1:25pm – 1:30pm
Remarks

Jung-Il Choi
CEO, King Holdings
Jung-Il Choi established King Holdings with the goal to create a new consumer lifestyle by improving the inconvenience and complexity of previous payment structure. Recognizing the potential of cryptocurrencies as a payment method, Choi decided to establish an infrastructure in which everyone can enjoy online shopping, leisure activities, accommodations, medical treatments, education and even more. These services will be available on/offline and even through mobiles. Jung-Il Choi sponsors many CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) activities and cultural events with the conviction that this will be a win-win management in the long run.
Session

December 10 | 1:30pm – 1:35pm
Remarks

Mino Choi
Co-Founder, KoreanBuddy
4th year @University of Toronto; Double major in Computer Science & Philosophy; Manager of Information Security Division at III Corps Headquarter of Korean Army.
Impressive achievement: Mino planned and managed to release digital survey & CRM analysis service which is now being used by major hotels in Korea. Also he achieved second place at Korean Army Hacking Defense Contest competing against all other information security specialists in the entire Korean Army.
Session

December 11 | 3:00pm – 3:45pm
Startup Competition

Simon Dixon
CEO and Co-Founder, BnkToTheFuture.com
Simon Dixon is the CEO & co-founder of BnkToTheFuture.com & author of the book ‘Bank to the Future’. An active banking reformer and ex-director of the UK Digital Currency Association and UK CrowdFunding Association, who regularly speaks on the future of finance to governments, businesses, investors and financial institutions. An ex-investment banker that left corporate in 2006 to launch his first business, angel funded by billionaire Peter Hargreaves and advocate of CrowdFunding since raising finance for BnkToTheFuture.com through Equity CrowdFunding on it’s own platform. You will find Simon regularly quoted & appearing in much of the major press & media including BBC, FT, Reuters, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal to mention a few.
Sessions

December 11 | 9:00am – 9:45am
Keynote: How FinTech and the Blockchain are Disrupting Capital Markets

December 11 | 3:00pm – 3:45pm
Startup Competition

Andrew “Flip” Filipowski
Chicago Technology Icon and Visionary
Flip is one of the most prolific technology entrepreneurs and philanthropists in Chicago. Flip founded and built Platinum Technology into the 8th largest software company in the world, before being acquired by CA for $4 billion in cash in 1999 – the largest software transaction in history at that time. Mr. Filipowski is and founding partner of Tally Capital and chairman of SilkRoad Equity. Mr. Filipowski also serves as chairman of Fuel50. Mr. Filipowski was the former COO of Cullinet, one of the largest software company of the 1980’s. Upside Magazine named Mr. Filipowski one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Information Technology. A recipient of Entrepreneur of the Year Awards from both Ernst & Young and Merrill Lynch, Mr. Filipowski has also been awarded the Young President’s Organization Legacy Award and the Anti-Defamation League’s Torch of Liberty award for his work fighting hate on the Internet.
Sessions

December 10 | 11:00am – 11:45am
You Gotta REALLY Comprehend Currency to Understand Bitcoin
December 11 | 3:00pm – 3:45pm
Startup Competition

Jeremy Gardner
Entrepreneur in Residence/Venture Associate, Blockchain Capital LLC
Jeremy currently resides in his San Francisco “Crypto Castle” as Blockchain Capital’s entrepreneur-in-residence and venture associate. Before joining the venture capital firm, Jeremy first founded the College Cryptocurrency Network while at the University of Michigan. After dropping out of school to focus on CCN and crypto, Gardner then founded Augur, the world’s first decentralized prediction market platform, for which he helped raise $5.4 million in one of the top twenty crowdfunding campaigns of all time. In his spare time, Jeremy writes haikus and blogs about philosophy and online dating.
Sessions

December 10 | 2:15pm – 3:00pm
Creating the Killer Blockchain App
December 10 | 4:00pm – 4:45pm
The Blockchain Debate

Daniel Harrison
Editor-in-Chief, CoinSpeaker and Author of Butterflies
Daniel M. Harrison is the award-winning editor-in-chief of Coinspeaker and bestselling author of Butterflies, a book about millennial approaches to finance, social situations and spiritual worship. Harrison has been consistently widely quoted in mainstream media and journalism texts throughout the 2000s on many issues, including online media, finance and cross-cultural issues, and was highlighted in 2006 as one of the first professional champions of internet journalism in Dr. David Berry’s seminal classic “Journalism, Ethics and Society.” Before that, Harrison was Asia correspondent for TheStreet.com. He has also written breaking stories for among others The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and The Washington Post. Having built Coinspeaker up from last place to second place in the Bitcoin media industry over the past 14 months, he is today considered one of the leading voices in the financial arena of the virtual currency.
Sessions

December 10 | 11:00am – 11:45am
Factory Banking: Bitcoin Beyond Disruption
December 10 | 4:00pm – 4:45pm
The Blockchain Debate

Jay Hong
Co-Founder, Coinplug
Jay Hong earned his B.A. and M.A degree in electrical engineering at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. He worked at the Software R&D Center of Hyundai Electronics (now Hynix), and was also dispatched to Boston R & D Center for a year. He participated in the development of the Windows version of ‘Hangul word processor’ and ‘Shinbiro Internet Service’. After that, he joined a Silicon Valley startup called ‘ExiO’, which was acquired by Cisco Systems after a year it started, and worked on cellular networks and wireless data network technologies. Later he worked on cloud-based network management and security technologies when he joined Power Cloud Systems, which is a spin-off of Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) and ‘Seamicro Division’ of AMD. Currently he serves for Coinplug as a co-founder in order to participate in Bitcoins technology that will eventually change the world.
Session

December 10 | 9:45am – 10:30am
Brave New Blockchain: Trust as a Service

Ki-Hoon Hong
Professor, Hong-ik University
Ki-Hoon Hong is an assistant professor of management and finance at Hong-ik University. He also serves as an advisory committee member of Coinpia, a bitcoin exchange in South Korea. Dr. Hong built up his finance career by working at university asset management companies, various investment banks and central banks. He obtained his doctoral degree in economics at Cambridge University, UK and worked for Capital Market Institute and the College of business administration in University of Technology, Sydney for years. His major fields are asset management, risk management, alternative investment and digital currencies. Currently, he studies under support at SWIFT Institute about whether digital currencies can function as real currencies. He also studies the possibility of digital currencies as alternative investment assets and the utility of asset management.
Session

December 9 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Tutorial 3: Bitcoin as an Alternative Investment Vehicle

Phil Hong
Professor, Sungshin Women’s University
A specialist in information systems security, Seng-Phil has worked for LG-CNS Systems Inc. as a business and R&D Center leader. He is a faculty member of Sungshin Womens University and has been participating in various projects and government activities. He is currently leading a project funded by the Korea Intenet Security Agency to develop Privacy Act guidelines on IoT Environments. Seng-Phil is the Vice President of Korean Society for Internet Information. He has a BS in Computer Science from Indiana State University and earned an MS and PhD in Computer Science from Ball State University and KAIST respectively.
Session

December 11 | 2:40pm – 3:10pm
How to Build up the Secure FinTech Architecture in Digital Currency Environment

Franky Hu
Founder, WageCan
Franky is a series entrepreneur. He started to use bitcoin in 2013. He founded WageCan in 2014, the goal is to provide a easy way to get paid in bitcoin.
Session

December 11 | 3:00pm – 3:45pm
Startup Competition

Richard Hwang
CEO, HANKOOK NFC Inc.
Richard is regarded as one of the most influential representatives in Korean FinTech industry. He has numerous startup experiences including activities as co-founding 3R Soft, serving K-Bench as CEO, etc. In 2006, Richard worked for Pandora TV, the first ever (video) file-share website prior to Youtube, as managing director. Richard also worked for Clunet, the internet infrastructure service company for three and a half years and for Sejong Telecom as managing director in contents business division. In 2014, he found Hankook NFC which offers NFC Pay, a unique, simple and speedy payment experience, to mobile shoppers with no concerns on the potential risk of security breach of personal credentials.
Session

December 11 | 11:30am – 12:00pm
Managing in the age of Post Authentication Certificates

Hoh Peter In
Professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Informatics, Korea University
Hoh Peter In is the Director of CAAS (Center for Adaptive and Autonomous Software) and the Department Head of Graduate School in Computer Science. He invented a bitcoin-enabled bending machine as a Internet-of-Things payment system. He was a speaker at several Bitcoin conferences. He is also a member of Global FinTech Institute and FinTech ITRC. He received his Ph.D. degree from University of Southern California (USC) in Computer Science. He was an assistant professor at Texas A&M University.
Sessions

December 11 | 11:00am – 11:30am
Bitcoin as IoT Payment
December 11 | 1:30pm – 1:40pm
Introduction to Digital Currency

December 11 | 4:00pm – 5:30pm
The Globalization of Korean FinTech Industry

Zennon Kapron
Managing Director, Kapronasia
Zennon is the founder and Managing Director of Kapronasia and has been involved in the financial technology industry for over 15 years. Kapronasia is one of Asia’s leading providers of independent research, custom consulting, and advisory services focusing on the financial industry and financial technology. Clients of Kapronasia include some of the world’s largest financial institutions and technology companies. Kapronasia helps clients understand and navigate the challenges they face from a challenging region with a rapidly changing business, operational and technological environment. Zennon has been published and mentioned in numerous online and offline industry publications including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Financial Times and Bloomberg, and is a regular participant in industry events both in Asia and globally. Zennon is the author of “Bitcoin in China” a book published by Penguin looking at the evolution of bitcoin in China. Before Kapronasia, Zennon was the Global Banking Industry Manager for Intel based out of Shanghai, China and, prior to Intel, was the CIO for Citigroup Portugal. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from Syracuse University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Session

December 11 | 2:10pm – 2:40pm
Finance Disrupted: How the Rise of FinTech is Changing the Way the World Banks

Jin Hwa Kim
Partner, Korbit
Louis is the author of the first bitcoin manual in Korea, ‘Next Money Bitcoin’ (2013) and the co-founder of Korbit. He is also working as an evangelist, introducing bitcoins and blockchain technology to the Korean society. In the early 2000s, Louis took part in business and media strategies when he worked for Daum Communications. In 2009, he was awarded the Minister Prize as a Social Entrepreneur from the Ministry of Labor and participated in the UN Conference on Environment and Development as Korean delegate in 2012. Currently, Louis strives hard to evangelize Korean people about how innovative blockchain technologies are and what it will bring about in the near future through numerous lectures and writings.
Session

December 10 | 3:00pm – 3:45pm
Eight Territories to be ventured by Blockchain Technology

Peter Kim
Managing Director, Finotek
Peter majored in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Michigan State University. Later, he had worked for Infinity Capital management Sdn. BHD., and Pangaea21 as overseas business and corporate investment expert for years. Currently, Peter is in charge of overseas marketing division at Finotek, which prepares non-face-to-face real name checking platform and online mortgate without a visit.
Session

December 11 | 9:45am – 10:30am
FinTech Tsunami: The Evolution and Revolution of Financial Services in the near Future

Xander Kim
Chief Operating Officer, Epsilon Technologies
Xander Kim is the chief operating officer of Epsilon Technologies, responsible for our operations in China, ranging from manufacturing and operating miners to supply chain management. He studied law at Beijing University and is also a director at Unirobotics, an IoT company developing chips for robots. He has hands-on experiences in doing businesses in China and well aware of its culture and its market, also working as an Airbnb host for Chinese tourists in Korea. With strong vision in bitcoin as a global financial platform, Xander brings lots of energy and willingness to the team to get things done with great attention to details.
Session

December 11 | 3:00pm – 3:45pm
Startup Competition

Brian Klein
Partner, Baker Marquart LLP
Brian Klein is partner at the boutique litigation firm Baker Marquart LLP. There, his practice focuses on high-stakes criminal and regulatory defense and civil litigation matters in state and federal court. He has extensive experience representing clients involved with Bitcoin, including many prominent early adopters and well-known start-ups. He formerly volunteered as the outside general counsel of the Bitcoin Foundation, the industry’s leading trade group. He has spoken about Bitcoin around the world at, among other places, global law firms, major payments and technology companies, and conferences for Bitcoin industry members and legal professionals. He also teaches a federal criminal practice seminar at USC’s law school.

Before joining Baker Marquart, Brian was a federal prosecutor at the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles for five years (2007-2012). As a federal prosecutor, he handled significant white-collar criminal cases, including cases involving money laundering, corporate fraud, and tax violations.

Session

December 10 | 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Asia and Beyond: Emerging Issues in Regulatory Compliance

Seon-Joo Kwon
President, Industrial Bank of Korea
Kwon is one of the most influential finance gurus in Korea. She started her career at IBK (Industrial Bank of Korea) in 1978. In 1998, Kwon was a branch manager in Bangi Station in Seoul and she had been the general director of foreign exchange support center, customer service center and risk management division in IBK. She currently serves as the 24th president of IBK since 2013.
Session

December 11 | 1:20pm – 1:25pm
Remarks

Andrew Lee
CEO, Purse
Andrew is a payments geek and entrepreneur who previously founded SPS, a payment processor acquired by Sage Payments. Most recently, he covered emerging payments at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Previously, he was an engineering manager at LG. He holds an MBA from Georgia Tech and a B.Sc. in Biochemical Engineering from the University of Florida. You can follow him on Twitter at @2drewlee.
Session

December 10 | 2:15pm – 3:00pm
Identifying Markets: Why Bitcoin Commerce is Broken

Junhaeng Lee
Founder & CEO, Streami Inc.
Junhaeng Lee is the founder and CEO of Streami Inc., a Seoul-based blockchain remittance middleware startup with the mission to “streamline the internet of money.” Streami, the winner of Shinhan Future’s Lab 2015, is scheduled to launch its first blockchain remittance service, StreamWire, on Shinhan’s mobile app and ATMs by the first half of 2016. Junhaeng is a fervent believer of blockchain technology in its potential to reduce the regressive components of the current financial system. Prior to founding Streami, Junhaeng was a consultant at McKinsey and Headland Capital Partners. Junhaeng holds B.A. in History from Harvard University.
Session

December 10 | 11:45am – 12:30pm
Blockchain: Fair and Open Payment Rail for All & its Implications for the Finance in Asia

Hans Lombardo
Co-Founder, allcoinsnews.com
Hans has 16 years of executive management experience in disruptive technology. Currently he runs allcoinsnews.com, a publication providing intelligence on crypto-currencies and other blockchain technology applications. From 2003, Hans developed a boutique research firm focused on new and high tech industries in China and secured its sale in 2013. During the Internet boom, he gained tech journalist credentials at internet.com, Internet World and Mecklermedia, interviewing Jack Ma, Jerry Yang, Vint Cerf & various other Internet luminaries. In the year of the 1997 handover, Hans earned a Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong. Hans is also a partner in Merkletree.io, a provider of information and consultancy services on bitcoin and cryptocurrency regulation around the globe.
Sessions

December 10 | 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Asia and Beyond: Emerging Issues in Regulatory Compliance
December 11 | 3:00pm – 3:45pm
Startup Competition

Ben McDonald
Developer, SmartLottery and Organizer, Seoul Bitcoin Meetup
Ben is a developer for two bitcoin startups based here in Seoul. Bitholla is a social payment app that lets users send money to others users in their location and SmartLottery is a provably fair lottery for the Republic of the Marshall Islands. He is also an organiser for the Seoul bitcoin meetup. He completed his M.Sc. in Computer Science at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Session

December 10 | 4:00pm – 4:45pm
The Blockchain Debate

Jonathan Mohan
Founder, BitcoinNYC
A diehard Bitcoin believer, Jonathan Mahon, knows the digital currency will change the world by disrupting the legacy payments systems in place today. Jonathan is the founder of Bitcoin NYC, a professional association of Bitcoin enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. Under him, Bitcoin NYC has expanded, growing to be the largest community of Bitcoin aficionados in the world. In addition, Jonathan is also developing a micro-donation payment processing platform to facilitate small denomination donations to online content creators in Bitcoin. By using the analytics based on the donations, the startup can inform advertising decisions across online content more effectively.
Session

December 9 | 9:00am – 10:30am
Tutorial 1: Bitcoin for Beginners: Basics and Beyond
December 10 | 4:00pm – 4:45pm
The Blockchain Debate

Justin Newton
Founder and CEO, Netki
Justin is an early Internet pioneer and startup veteran. As CEO of NetKi, Justin has been building Netki’s Wallet Name Service, which allows users to link multiple wallet addresses via an easy to share Wallet Name. Justin is focused on creating solutions to foster the mass market adoption of digital currency through the Netki platform.
Prior to founding Netki, Justin created over $2 billion in new revenue and savings at various start-ups, including AboveNet, NetZero, Demand Media and Blackline. Justin currently serves on the Board of Directors for ADRA Match Software and Vision Fleet’s Advisory Board.
Session

December 10 | 1:35pm – 2:15pm
Keynote: Internet to Bitcoin: Introducing Transformational Technologies to the Mass Market, Lessons from the Trenches

Joon-Hyeok Park
Investment Director, SBI Investment Co. Ltd.
Park is an active Venture Capitalist focusing on TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) industry based on his various investment experiences in hardware, software, mobile/internet services. Park worked as a field engineer at Cisco Systems and promoted new telecommunications technology and products in Asia Pacific regions for 6 and a half years. Park acquired his MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Management and is a CFA Charterholder. His career as an investor started from CVC team, LG Electronics and he, currently, is a team leader in VC division, SBI Investment.
Session

December 11 | 4:00pm – 5:30pm
The Globalization of Korean FinTech Industry

Soo-Yong Park
Chairman, Global FinTech Research Institute
Sooyong Park is one of the most influential gurus in software industry, having had served as president of NIPA (National IT Industry Promotion Agency) for years. In 2003, Park worked as a professor in Computer Science at Carnegie Melon University and since 2007, he has worked as a professor in Computer Science, Sogang University. Park serves as technical adviser at numerous organizations like National Science & Technology Commission, President’s Council on National ICT Strategies, Korea Federation of Small and Medium Business (KBIZ), etc. Currently, he is the head of Global FinTech Research Institute (GFin) and focuses on facilitation and globalization of Korean FinTech Industry.
Sessions

December 11 | 1:00pm – 1:10pm
Welcome and Remarks
December 11 | 1:40pm – 2:10pm
The Globalization of FinTech Industry in the Age of Digital Innovation

Soyeong Park
CEO, Paygate
Soyeong Park founded the global payment service company ‘Paygate’ after working at a security company for years. Paygate launched the first mobile payment service, ‘X-pay’, in 2011, Korea. Paygate Japan was established in 2003 and the direct deposit service in Japanese commercial banks was introduced in 2006. Park also launched Alibaba’s Alipay in 2007 for the first time in South Korea. Park was awarded a medal by the prime minister for proposing the alternative technology of authentication certificates to the government. Currently, Park serves as chairman of Korea FinTech Forum, vice president of Korea Venture Business Association, chairman of IT department in Mobile Finance Forum and the member of the advisory committee in IBK (Industrial Bank of Korea).
Session

December 9 | 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Tutorial 4: Various Business Models of Blockchain Network-Based Services

Il-Suk Seo
Business Development Team, Director, Yellow Financial Group
Il-Suk Seo is in charge of business development at Yello Financial Group including strategic investmest/acquisition and B2C service development. Seo studied/developed embedded software systems and software engineering when he worked as a software engineer at Samsung Electronics. Afterwards he accumulated his investment experiences in the fields of IT, internet and mobile at Softbank Ventures, the VC arm of Softbank group. When he was the general manager at Future Play, he invested in various tech startups, e.g., big data analysis, healthcare, and IoT. Currently, he works for Yello Financial Group which provides the enhanced experience and value to customers by offering individualized, digital financial services based on big data analysis.
Session

December 11 | 4:00pm – 5:30pm
The Globalization of Korean FinTech Industry

Sang-Ki Seo
Member of the 17th, 18th, and 19th National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, Saenuri Party
He concurrently holds a position of general manager in Saenuri Party’s Special Committee of FinTech. He is also a member of the Future Planning, Science, Broadcasting and Communications Committee, and the chairman of Science Technology Innovation Forum of the National Assembly. He is well-versed in technology and always has extra interest in issues of scientific technology, broadcasting, communications and FinTech. Seo earned his bachelor’s degree in material engineering at Seoul National University and acquired his Ph. D. in engineering from Drexel University (US).
Session

December 11 | 1:10pm – 1:20pm
Remarks

Ruben Somsen
Founder, Seoul Bitcoin Meetup
Ruben is a self-taught bitcoin expert and founder of Seoul Bitcoin, the biggest bitcoin community in Korea. He loves to get into the complex technical details of cryptocurrency, but also knows how to explain it in simple terms. His personal goal is to create a strong and vibrant community, as he sees this as the best way of facilitating the growth and eventual mass adoption of bitcoin. He was born in the Netherlands and speaks Dutch, English, Japanese, and Korean. He also runs Somsen Linguistics, a small translation and consulting agency.
Session

December 10 | 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Asia and Beyond: Emerging Issues in Regulatory Compliance

Makoto Takemiya
Chief Blockchain Officer, Tech Bureau and CEO, Dragonfly Fintech
Makoto Takemiya is one of the core developers of NEM, a next-generation blockchain platform. He is also the Chief Blockchain Officer at the Japanese startup Tech Bureau, which is developing the Mijin blockchain project, based on NEM technology. Additionally, he is the CEO of Dragonfly Fintech, a company in Singapore that is working with banks to create a new global financial infrastructure based on patent-pending technology. Makoto is currently a PhD student of applied computer science at the University of Tokyo.
Session

December 10 | 4:00pm – 4:45pm
The Blockchain Debate

Joon-Sun Uh
Co-Founder, Coinplug
Joon-Sun Uh majored in electronic engineering at Korea University. He joined the first co-development process of the CDMA mobile communication system in Korea when he worked for Hyundai Electronics (currently ‘Hynix’). Then he worked as a developer and enhanced the domestic communication technology to the digital generation at a CDMA technology startup called ‘ExiO’, which was taken over by Cisco Systems afterwards. He co-founded his own corporation ‘Celizion’ later and served as CTO, having developed the determination technology based on mobile communication technology, AGPS, WiFI, sensors and BT. Uh co-founded a blockchain technology- based startup, Coinplug, regarding cryptocurrency and blockchain as the most innovative technologies in the near future. He focuses on developing various services including micropayments, remittance, certifications, financial platforms utilizing blockchain technology.
Session

December 11 | 4:00pm – 5:30pm
The Globalization of Korean FinTech Industry

Tone Vays
Head of Research, BraveNewCoin

Tone has been working on Wall Street for almost 10 years starting as a risk analyst at Bear Stearns and later becoming a VP at JP Morgan Chase in the aftermath of the financial crisis. His expertise is in Economic Trends, Trading and Risk Analysis. Ever since getting involved in Crypto Currencies in early 2013 he has been very active in spreading the relevance and importance of this technology to people looking to better understand the current financial system. Living in NYC, Tone is often found at the NYC Bitcoin Center and recently started speaks at Bitcoin Conferences globally. He is the Head of Research at BraveNewCoin where you can find his latest work after previously writing at CoinTelegraph. Tone still attempts to maintain his personal blog LibertyLifeTrail focused on sound economics, privacy, free-thinking and adventurous travel. Tone holds a Masters Degree in Financial Engineering from Florida State University along with Bachelor Degrees in mathematics and Geology.
Session

December 9 | 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Tutorial #5: Bitcoin Trading and Analysis Fundamentals
Session

December 10 | 4:45pm – 5:30pm
Bitcoin Speculation

Roger Ver
Bitcoin Evangelist/Angel Investor and Founding Member/Board Advisor, Bitcoin Foundation

After serving as CEO of Memorydealers.com for over a decade, Roger discovered Bitcoin in early 2011. He quickly realized that it was the most important invention in the history of the world since the internet itself. MemoryDealers became the first mainstream business to accept bitcoins as payment, and Roger became the first person in the world to start investing in Bitcoin related startups. He also created Bitcoinstore.com, the world’s first Bitcoin accepting website with hundreds of thousands of items available for bitcoin. It helped pave the road for main stream bitcoin adoption from traditional merchants. His current investments include Blockchain.info, Bitpay.com, Kraken.com, Luxstack.com, Shapeshift.io, Purse.io and many many more.
Sessions

December 10 | 9:00am – 9:45am
Opening Keynote: Why Bitcoin’s Rate of Adoption is Only Going to Increase
December 11 | 3:00pm – 3:45pm
Startup Competition

Leonhard Weese
President, Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong
Leo got into Bitcoin during his studies of economics and statistics in Vienna and later moved to Hong Kong, which he intends to transform into the Bitcoin center of the world.
Sessions

December 9 | 10:30am – 12:00pm
Tutorial 2: Blockchain Technology: A Technical Introduction to Non-Technical People
December 10 | 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Asia and Beyond: Emerging Issues in Regulatory Compliance

Chris Williams
Co-Founder, KoreanBuddy
University of British Columbia; Bachelor of Arts (2004); Chris has been using bitcoin for the past 3 years and has participated in the growth of the bitcoin community in South Korea.
Impressive achievement: KoreanBuddy is Chris’s 4th startup. The first was a trade company between Mexico/Canada (failed), the second was a personal training company, and the third was an English/Math academy here in Seoul which is still successfully operating today.
Session

December 11 | 3:00pm – 3:45pm
Startup Competition