News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – The Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA), is pleased to announce that SailGP, the purpose-led globally racing league, and Relm Insurance have come on board to sponsor the opening and closing receptions of the 2022 Bermuda Tech Summit

After two years of being held virtually, we are excited to be holding the fourth annual Bermuda Tech Summit in person at the Hamilton Princess Hotel and Beach Club from October 26-28. The Bermuda Tech Summit is presented by the BDA, in partnership with government’s Economic Development Department (EDD) and FinTech industry association, NEXT Bermuda.  

SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts said, “Partnering with the Bermuda Tech Summit is an obvious fit for SailGP. Not only are we excited to be coming to the island again in season 4 on May 4-5, 2023, but technology and innovation is part of our DNA. When we created SailGP our aim was to disrupt the industry and lead the way in terms of technology. We want to be at the forefront – not just what’s happening today – but looking at, and leading, what’s happening tomorrow, which aligns perfectly with the Tech Summit and this year’s theme of resilience and innovation.” 

Relm CEO Joseph Ziolkowski said, “Relm is thrilled to be collaborating with the BDA, EDD, and NEXT Bermuda, to participate in and sponsor this year’s Bermuda Tech Summit. The theme, resilience and innovation is more relevant than ever, and we look forward to a three-day brainstorm with the impressive line-up of speakers and all the attendees.” 

David Hart, BDA CEO said, “We are just so excited and appreciative that SailGP and Relm were able to come on board to sponsor our opening and closing receptions. In addition, we are thrilled that Carey Olsen, Walkers, Jewel Bank, Bittrex Global, Chainproof, Coinzoom and Apex have also come on board as Bermuda Tech Summit sponsors, joining Hub Culture, Appleby, 24 Exchange, Clarien, and Blockchain Triangle. Without the generous support of our sponsors, we could not put on this important in-person event highlighting Bermuda’s dynamic tech sector, leadership, and innovation.”  

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Bermuda Tech Week is expected to be an extremely busy period here in Bermuda, with the PGA Tour’s Butterfield Bermuda Championship also taking place from October 27-30. Friday 30 September is the final day to book your discounted hotel rooms at the Hamilton Princess and Beach Club via this link. Please book soon to avoid disappointment! 

Confirmed Bermuda Tech Summit speakers include Michael Casey, Chief Content Officer, CoinDesk, who will open day one with a Keynote Fireside Chat with Bermuda’s Premier and Minister of Finance, the Hon. David Burt, JP, MP; Moad Fahmi, Senior Advisor, FinTech, Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA), will appear on a Regulatory Panel with Michelle Chivunga, Founder and CEO, Global Policy House; Natalie Neto, Partner, Walkers, will moderate a ‘Crypto Lending and Yield Products’ panel with Yuri Mushkin, Chief Risk Officer, BlockFi; Stafford Lowe, NEXT Bermuda, will moderate a NEXT Bermuda Case Study featuring Sebastian Banescu, CEO, Chainproof; Jerome Wilson, Parter, Appleby, will moderate ‘Bank On It’ a digital banking panel featuring Chance Barnett, Founder, Jewel Bank and Jeff Baron, Chief Compliance Officer, Bittrex Global; Elizabeth Denman, Director, Conyers will moderate a Funds Panel with Lawrence Newhook, Alpha Innovations, Bruce Jackson, Director, Chief of Digital Asset Funds and Business, Apex Fund Management and Kevin Richards, Bermuda Asset Management.  

Day two of the Bermuda Tech Summit will start with a ‘Navigating Economic and Political Volatility’ conversation with Cal Evans, Managing Associate, Gresham International; followed by a Digital Identity panelmoderated by Chris Brown, Director, AML/ATF, BMA featuring Denis Pitcher, Chief Fintech Advisor, Government of Bermuda –   Premier’s Office of Fintech, and Drum Reed, Chief Trust Officer, Evernym; Sandra Ro, CEO of the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC), will moderate a ‘Capital Formation in a Bear Market panel with Kevin Withane, Founder, Diversity-X, Jill Richmond, Managing Partner, Full Stack VC and Greg Carson, Managing Partner, XBTO Humla Ventures; Simone Smith-Bean, Managing Director, Smith Bean Co. andChris Christmas, Founder, BlockTime will discuss ‘NFTs and Durable Assets’; James Knox, Managing Director, Technology & Blockchain Industry-Regional Practice Leader, Aon Risk Solutions, will moderate a ‘(Re)Insurance Reimagined’ panel with Dan Roberts, CEO, NAYMS and Joseph Ziolkowski, CEO, RELM Insurance; and Tim Reed, NEXT Bermuda, will moderate a panel entitled ‘Is the Price Right for Trust and Liquidity?’ featuring Jason Woerz, President and COO, 24 Exchange; Kapil Rathi, Co-Founder and CEO, CrossTower and Karim Dandashy, CEO, XBTO Group. 

The final day of the 2022 Tech Summit will begin with an ‘ESG and DABs panel featuring Darren Wolfberg, CEO and Board Member, Blockchain Triangleand Peter Adriaens, Director, Center for Digital Asset Finance,            University of Michigan College of Engineering; Steven Rees Davies, Partner, Carey Olsen will moderate a Building and Nurturing a Sustainable Tech Ecosystem’ panel with Kerem Kolcuoglu, Managing Partner, Penrose Partner; Fiona Beck, BDA board member, will discuss space, satellites and sub-sea cables in an ‘Out of this World Infrastructure’ panel with Joel Ogren, Assured Communications and Deon Doyle, Eastlink Bermuda; and Stan Stalnaker, Chief Strategy Officer & Founding Director, Hub Culture, will moderate a panel about the ‘Future of Technology with Sandro Ro,  Michael Casey and Denis Pitcher. 

The Bermuda Tech Summit is the signature event of Bermuda Tech Week which includes several ancillary events, such as the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce’s virtual fireside chat with Sinead Bovell on October 27, the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation’s (BEDC) ‘Power Up With Web’ in-person event on October 28, and the EDD’s Tech Education Day on October 31. 

Tech Week attendees will also have an opportunity to network with Tugce Ergul, Founder, Angel Labs; Cal Evans, Managing Associate, Gresham International; Karee Luna, Founder & Creative Director, Hai Tyde’s; John Narraway, NEXT Bermuda; Stephanie Smellie, VP, Content + Entertainment Partnerships, Dapper Labs; and Sean Stapley, Partner, Penrose Partners. 

NOTE TO EDITORS 

Launched on June 10, 2022 ‘NEXT’ is Bermuda’s first digital asset business industry association. At launch, NEXT Bermuda was comprised of 14 companies fully licensed and regulated by the Bermuda Monetary Authority, including: Apex Group, Bittrex Global, Blockfi, Blockchain Triangle, Blockwrk, Circle, CrossTower, Ensuro Re, Jewel Bank, NAYMS, Relm Insurance, Stablehouse, XBTO and 24 Exchange.