IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
14-17 May 2019 // Seoul, South Korea

Panel 1. Blockchain Beyond Cryptocurrencies: Opportunities and Challenges

Theme: Blockchain Beyond Cryptocurrencies: Opportunities and Challenges

Time: 14:45 – 16:15, Wednesday, May 15, 2019



Salil Kanhere, UNSW Sydney, Australia



  • Bhaskar Krishnamachari, Unviersity of Southern California, USA
  • Moody Alam, IOTA Foundation, Germany
  • Kang-Won Lee, SK Telecom, Korea
  • Burkhard Stiller, University of Zurich, Switzerland



A blockchain is a distributed database that maintains a growing list of blocks which are chained to each other. Blockchsin was first proposed by Satoshi Nakamoto as the underlying technology behind Bitcoin, the first cryptocurrency. There are now over 1600 cryptocurrencies available over the Internet. In recent years, blockchain technology has attracted tremendous attention in other domains due to its salient features including auditability, immutability, security, and anonymity. This panel will examine the applications of blockchain technologies beyond cryptocurrencies and discuss the associated challenges, pitfalls and research questions. The following questions will be answered and discussed by the panelists.

  1. What applications can best benefit from blockhains?
  2. What are the key research challenges in adopting blockhain in these application scenarios?
  3. When can we expect to see wider adoption of enterprise grade blockchain solutions? What is holding this back?
  4. How do you envision blockchain technology maturing 10 years down the road?