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Panel Preview: Adventures in Blockchain

We’ve all set for our best speaker line-up for our 6th birthday edition of TheTicketingBusiness Forum. And we will deliver.

Blockchain promises key improvements, efficiencies and more security in how we sell, distribute and utilise tickets. Everyone is very positive about the rise of blockchain. But, are we possibly blinkered to its current limitations and problems?

Through the latest case studies we’ll explore if these can be solved exlusively at the Forum.

Proudly introducing our expert panel:

David Franklin, Head of Ticketing Technology and Marketing, Paléo Festival Nyon, Switzerland

David Franklin is Head of Ticketing Technology and Marketing at Paléo Festival Nyon, Switzerland’s largest open-air event with an audience of over 210k each year. David has been involved in the music business for the past 10 years and is looking forward to what new technologies such as blockchain may bring in terms of consumer protection, as this is one of his main worries when it comes to ticket sales.

Steve Machin, CEO, Accent Media/Dot Tickets, UK

Steve is a pioneer of the live entertainment & ticketing sectors and has held senior roles including time at Ticketmaster Europe and Artist Nation. Throughout his career he has connected cutting edge marketing and technology with access to global live entertainment industries.

Steve co-founded Accent Media in 2012 and successfully applied for the Top Level Domain “Tickets” with a vision to create an authentic and trusted domain-space for online ticketing. Steve speaks about technology and live entertainment at conferences worldwide such as the International Live Music Conference where he chairs the New Technology Committee. Steve has recently been focused on how blockchain technology will impact on live entertainment and has started work on an Open Tickets Foundation.

Andy Grant, Chief Technology Officer, Aventus Systems, UK

Andy has experience building and designing ticketing infrastructure for over a decade, and has joined Aventus – a touting and counterfeit solution for the event ticketing industry – as Head of Product earlier this year. Former CTO of Ticketlogic – an online ticket agency operating in 6 countries and turning over more than £6m – Founder of Glue Works – a ticketing technology start-up focused on building SaaS applications for ticket vendors and promoters and Chief Operating Officer of Entertainment Intelligence – a big-data, B2B SaaS company operating in the complex world of global music sales and marketing.

Philip Shaw-Stewart, Co-Founder & COO, Citizen Ticket, UK

Philip is co-founder of Citizen Ticket an ethical tech startup that aims to eradicate the unethical ticketing practices that plague the events industry, including ticket touting, ticket counterfeiting and unfair secondary selling.

As an event organiser by trade and working in the industry for some 10 years, he and his Co-founder became increasingly aware of the unfair methods used when it came to the ticketing of high popularity events and set out to make a positive change in the industry. His team are now pioneering the Blockchain ticketing space with their ‘BitTicket’ delivery system.

Fascinated by how concepts gain mass appeal and mining data to find trends. Above all Phil loves locking unsuspecting people into political debate at any opportunity and spreading the gospel of vegetarianism.

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