The largest blockchain event in the CEE region

As Nextrope, a software house at the forefront of the blockchain revolution, we believe that a strong community forms the foundation of what we do. Operating by this philosophy, we launched Blockchain NeXt, a series of conferences focusing on the vast range of implementations of blockchain technology across a variety of sectors and industries. We would like to advocate the idea that blockchain can be applied not only to fintech, but also in unexpected places such as retail, administration, or health care.

Blockchain NeXt is a platform for the exchange of thoughts, business ideas and forming partnerships. The first edition took place in June 2018 in Warsaw and It attracted:









VIP Cocktail

The night before the conference officially began, representatives of top public and private institutions, startups, and investors got together at the VIP Cocktail held at the prestigious Ivy Poland Foundation.

This was an excellent opportunity for startups to present their projects before the cocktail to some of the largest names in the blockchain industry, such as Miko Matsumura, Alexander Shulgin, Marloes Pomp, or Dr Sohail Munir.


An all-day event filled with speeches and discussion panels by top figures in the blockchain industry. The agenda covered applications of blockchain technology in public administration, laws, smart cities, finance, and corporations, as well as the tech’s influence on the economy as a whole.

Blockchain NeXt Crypto Night Afterparty

All the participants gathered together after the conference to celebrate the success of Blockchain NeXt and to grow their networks with likeminded blockchain visionaries. Sophisticated drinks were accompanied by music from one of Poland's top DJs, DJ Kebs, to create an unforgettable night.

Featured Speakers

Munir PhD
Smart Dubai Government

Sohail Munir is the Adviser for Emerging Technologies and Smart City Transformation at Smart Dubai Government. He is a seasoned industry professional with over 25 years of Entrepreneurial and Program Management experience in the areas of Smart City, Safe City, Digital Transformation, Digital ID, e-Government, C4I Systems and FinTech. He specializes in Enterprise Architecture for large and complex ICT Systems. He is a key contributor to the Blockchain and Paperless city initatives at Smart Dubai Government.

Program Officer Blockchain
Dutch Goverment

Marloes Pomp is the Initiator and Program Officer for the blockchain projects within the Dutch Government and she is responsible for the international strategy of the Dutch Blockchain Coalition.
In order to establish the exact opportunities and threats of blockchain technology, Marloes started 35 pilot projects within the Dutch Government. Some of them are in the prototype phase, others are implemented. She has also built an international network within Governments working together on several topics, sharing prototypes and knowledge. In 2017 Marloes was the Mission Leader of the first official blockchain trade mission in Singapore. Now she is working on a three-year collaboration between Singapore and the Netherlands on blockchain projects and research.
Marloes professional interests focus on tech-innovation within the government. Prior to the blockchain projects, Marloes Pomp worked in several roles like project leader and researcher at governmental organisations, including Ministry of Internal Affairs, City of Amsterdam, the Dutch Court and the Ministry of Foreign affairs.
In addition, she also serves as an advisory member for the SIDN Fund, the Dutch Court and several ICO's.

Forbes 30 Under 30

Founder and CEO of OPUS, the world’s first music streaming platform built on Ethereum and IPFS. Co-Founder and CEO of Nextrope - a blockchain-oriented software house delivering scalable blockchain platforms to startups, enterprises, and governments. His diverse ventures have gained Mateusz international recognition in the technology sector; among others, he is a Forbes 30 Under 30 winner.

Evercoin Exchange

Miko Matsumura founded crypto exchange Evercoin, is a Venture Partner with BitBull Capital, a cryptocurrency fund-of-funds. He is a token holder in FileCoin, Brave, CIVIC, Propy, Polymath and an investor in Lyft. As chief Evangelist for the Java Language and Platform he participated in the first wave of the Internet, and is now fully engaged in Internet of value. As a 25 year operating exec in Silicon Valley, he has raised over $50 million in venture capital for Open Source startups and over $200M in ICO capital. He currently advises cryptocurrency startups like Naga Group ($50M ICO Stock Trading), SwissBorg ($50M ICO Swiss Banking), Playkey ($10.5M Streaming Gaming), Bee Token (Decentralized AirBnB), Celsius (Ether Lending), Wala (African Cryptobanking), (Online Lottery), Millenium Esports (Esport Gaming), Refereum (Gamer Affiliate Marketing), Pundi X (Payments), WiFiCoin, Guardian Circle (Decentralized Global 911 Emergency Services), Blockchain Terminal (Bloomberg for Crypto) and Hub (Decentralizing Professional Social Networking). He is also an LP with Focus Ventures, a firm with over $800M under management, 9 IPOs and 44 exits. He holds an Master’s degree in Neuroscience from Yale University where he worked on abstract computational neural networks. He’s leads the Crypto Underground meetup in San Francisco and is a well known speaker at many cryptocurrency and blockchain events.

Hui PhD
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Kai-Lung Hui’s research focuses on the impact of information technologies and the analysis of policies related to information technology use and development. His research has variously addressed topics such as the impact of law enforcement on crime deterrence on the Internet, digital divide, how piracy affected sales of legitimate items, and the impact of copyright law on the supply of creative works. His research has been published in scholarly journals including The American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings, Information Systems Research, Management Science, MIS Quarterly, and Journal of MIS, among others.
Dr. Hui has provided consulting services to the Ministry of Law of Singapore, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Intellectual Property Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government, the Communications Association of Hong Kong, and various private organisations. He is currently serving as an advisor of, UC.Now, and Swiss Innovation Valley.

L. Seretakis PhD
Trinity College Dublin

Alexandros Seretakis studied law in Greece (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), London (UCL) and New York (NYU) and Luxembourg (University of Luxembourg). During 2011-2012 he was a research fellow at the Pollack Center for Law and Business, a joint venture of NYU School of Law and the Stern School of Business. He has completed his PhD at the University of Luxembourg where he taught courses in European Company Law, Hedge Funds and Private Equity. He is currently an assistant professor in law at Trinity College Dublin. His research interests include Corporate Governance, Hedge Funds and Private Equity. His articles have appeared in the Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law, NYU Journal of Law and Business, Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal, Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial and Commercial Law.
He previously practiced law in Greece and is admitted to the Bar in Greece and the State of New York.

Founder at Gruppa Kompaniy Familia

Alexander, as a visionary, has more than 15 years of investment and venture capital experience. He is unique Russian composer who successfully combines creative work with business. He effectively manages GRUPPA KOMPANIY FAMILIA , which specializes in investment and venture capital in blockchain, media, new media, publishing, and entertainment sectors. He is one of the founders of the 5 Continent Consulting Group specializing in IT-sector, biotechnologies, digital healthcare and financial management. Partner of the iTech Capital Fund, which is major stakeholder of such leading companies as BitFury, Clickky, Ticketland, AviaSales, QIWI post, SeoPult Group, Garpun, MFM Solution and others. He found and running Rasia Capital – investment boutique with focusing on Asia. His personal investments are in sectors: Blockchain infrastructure, aSport, Mixed Reality. Alexander successfully established - networking platform. He is one of the main world experts in such topics as Transformation of Global Economy, Decentralization of Everything, Blockchain technology and MES (Media, Entertainment and Sport) sector. He makes foresights speeches at different leading world forums and conferences such as MIPTV, MIPCOM, MIDEM (France), World Knowledge Forum (Korea), All That Matters (Singapore), Open Innovations (Moscow) and many others. Alexander gives lectures at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HSE France, Potsdam University in Berlin, Tokyo University and many others. Alexander is Member of Expert Council under the Prime Minister of Russian Federation (area responsibility are IT and digital economy) - In addition, he is an accomplished publicist and author. His articles and reports regularly appear in major Russian media. In 2008, he was awarded the order of medal For Professionalism and Business Reputation.


Viktor Romaniuk Wanli is a visionary entrepreneur and the co-creator of the modern gaming & eSports ecosystem, innovating the industry since 2003. In 2013 he pioneered the secondary market for digital games by establishing Kinguin, the first marketplace directly linking digital game sellers and consumers. This year, Kinguin is projected to surpass 100 million dollars of annual revenue.

Volker Brendel
Kodak One

Volker Brendel starts its career 30 years ago in the field of pattern recognition in the banking industry. After starting its own company business 24 years ago, he specialist in research and enterprise computing and was the development lead of the Fraunhofer project “Broken Stasi Snippets Reconstruction" and leads several Research projects for fraud content, parts, skin and object detection in real world scenarios for healthcare such as Smart Senior, Matrix and Med-I-Port and for the security industry. As senior manager of the Deloitte Analytics Institute he was responsible for many big data & AI driven analytics projects for big customers in automotive, finance, chemicals and manufacturing as lead big data architect. Volker was CTO in many different international companies and is focussing now, as CIO of the WENN Digital Inc. and CTO of the Ryde GmbH on the platform development of KODAKOne. The AI & Data insights driven worldwide rights management platform for photographers on its own blockchain KODAKOne and its own crypto economic KODAKCoin.

CMO & Co-Founder

Grant has been developing models and ventures around tech, content and branding since his teens. Through his own projects and collaboration with influential entities, Grant has been engrained within startup, creative and corporate environments. He is seen as a unique visionary and innovator in the applications of tech and media across cultural elements and has done so in European and American environments. Grant is consistently tapped for his vision and strategies while developing or assisting startups in the US and Europe.

Cloud Technology Strategist

Technological Strategy at Microsoft Poland. He deals with the promotion and implementation of cloud solutions based on Microsoft Azure products and Digital Transformation of the largest Polish enterprises. Involved in innovative projects and incubation platforms for new services - Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Electromobility. He has extensive experience in the implementation and design of backbone operator networks, optical technologies and management systems. Previously he worked as an Architect and Consultant at Cisco Systems, managing a team of engineers. Presenter at conferences: Microsoft Technology Summit, Microsoft Architect Forum, Cisco Expo, Cisco Forum, PLNOG, Azure Cloud Community, Economic Congress. Holder of CCIE and Microsoft Azure MCP industry certifications. He spends his free time running marathons, sailing, skiing off-pistes and kitesurfing.

Blockchain Technical Leader

Maciej Jędrzejczyk has been affiliated with IBM since 2011 where he holds a role of Senior IT Architect for public administration in Poland. Maciej is constantly building a critical mass of support by evangelizing enterprise adoption of innovative technologies in CEE region.
He leverages blockchain to design industry business solutions. Since 2016, Maciej represents IBM in a Stream for Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies, an initiative led by Polish Ministry of Digital Affairs. He is also a member of Fintech workgroup within the Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications.

Avanza Innovations

Waqas Mirza is the CEO of Avanza Innovations. Part of Avanza Group of Companies which has almost two decades of experience in delivering solutions to over 300 customers across 45+ countries. As the CEO of Avanza Innovations, Waqas has been passionately building the company as a technology powerhouse, that has an impressive portfolio of services and on-ground implementations across areas like: Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Robotic Process Automation, Smart City Enablement and Customer Engagement. Waqas Mirza has also been serving on the board of directors for Avanza since November 2011 and is also a member of Avanza’s Global Leadership and Innovation Committees. Waqas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Sciences from FAST-NU and Master’s in Business Administration from London Business School.

Avanza Innovations

An expert technologist with 18+ years of industry experience, in enabling banks, governments and private organizations to realize value using innovative technology solutions. Ali heads the technology wing of Avanza and is CTO of Avanza Innovations. Along with his team, Ali is passionate about building the next level solutions in the space of blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Smart Cities. Ali is working closely with organizations and governments to see how an Avanza enabled blockchain, AI and smart cities technology suite can transform and deliver true value and with the implementation experience, continuously improve and excel the solution stack in the newly emerging technology landscape. Ali has worked before in various roles including chief innovation officer, project manager, solution architect and started his career as a passionate software programmer.

Gibraltar Stock Exchange

Philip Young has over 26 years investment industry experience. Mr Young began his career in investment banking before moving to investment management where he spent 10 years with a start-up hedge fund and principal emerging market private equity firm. Philip is a founding team member of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange, which was awarded its regulatory license in 2015. The GSX launched the Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange in October 2017, as part of a global initiative to introduce best practices and regulatory higher standards to token sales, and the emerging tokenised economy. The GBX launched its token sale platform, the GBX GRID, and will be launching the Digital Asset Exchange shortly.

Executive Director
Ernst & Young

Tomasz is strategy expert and visioner. He has gained over 30 years of management experience in high technology companies, including 10 years on senior managerial position in big telecommunication companies. Author of methodologies for IoT Value Creation potential and IoT Ecosystem complexity assessment. EMEIA Advisory Center IoT/IT/OT Strategy Leader. Tomasz leads in IoT EAC Strategy team. Before he joined Ernst & Young, he had gained vast professional experience in the area of building high performance highly motivated teams, portfolio, program and project management, improvement of business processes efficiency and high availability technology infrastructure. Graduated from Warsaw Technical University, Department of Electronics and Telecommunication. Tom specializes in strategic planning, business development, and organization restructuring in telco, oil & gas and energy & utilities sectors. He has knowledge and wide practical experience regarding IT/OT/IoT strategy definition and business alignment, building service and business-oriented technology organizations, and reliable IT/OT/IoT systems including solution architecture and system planning.

Gauci, PhD
Malta Legal Services

Dr Ian Gauci is the Partner responsible for Communications, Media and Technology within GTG Advocates. He is engaged primarily in electronic communications, information society, data protection, gaming and gambling matters, whilst also focusing on consumer law, competition law, broadcasting law, cyber law, e-commerce, m-commerce, e-health, e-payment, information technology, new technologies, unfair commercial practices and misleading advertising.

Founder & CEO

Co-creator and CEO of an ecosystem of startups and changing corporations, the leader in CEE – Business Link. His vision is to create in CEE a new economy model based on lean corporations being competence hubs supported by thousands of startups and creating 3 unicorns until the year 2020. He has created: Business Links – coworking spaces encompassing more than 1000 startups and corporations working on over 30 thousand m2, located in major Polish cities. Academic Business Incubators – the biggest network of 56 business incubators in Europe. AIP Seed Capital – supports startups at the early stage. bValue Fund – investing in startups at a further stage of development.


Lee is an entrepreneur, online gambling expert, and an Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission approved director. Since 2008 he has been leading the regulated gaming space, obtaining approval for licenses across all gaming verticals and licenses for previously unseen business models, including the first ever sublicense and recently the first (and only) cryptocurrency/blockchain gambling license in the world. Now an essential advisor to blockchain gaming businesses, he has provided thought leadership editorial for the gaming industries leading print and digital publications on topics such as player protection mechanisms and blockchain gambling. Lee is especially adept at dealing with new sectors, obtaining regulatory approvals and sourcing/designing banking solutions for sectors that are considered high risk. This has led Lee to widening his scope of technology expertise to the Blockchain and FinTech sectors, where he is advising numerous Token Generation Events (TGE) on jurisdictional matters, best practices, efficient execution and post TGE business structuring and growth.


Jacek Figuła, Chief Commercial Officer of Billon, with +20 years’ experience in sales leadership and team leading in global corporations: CISCO, UPC, Nortel, DEC and Siemens. At CISCO, he has been leading transformational projects in CEE. At Nortel, Jacek was holding a position of the General Manager of Polish affiliate and multiple sales roles. Holder of MBA at POU – Thames Valley University in London and MSc at EFP – Franco-Polish School of New Technologies in Poznan.

I am very excited to be here. My program today, what I’ll speak about, is the idea of the new foundation.

Miko Matsumura
CO-FOUNDER at Evercoin Exchange & General Partner at Gumi Ventures
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