News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – The Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA) will launch its fourth annual Bermuda Tech Summit in-person two weeks today, 26 October.  

The Bermuda Tech Summit is presented by the BDA, in partnership with government’s Economic Development Department (EDD) and FinTech industry association, NEXT Bermuda.  

BDA CEO David Hart said, “We are so excited about our Bermuda Tech Summit being just a fortnight away and while tickets are selling fast, some spaces are still available. We are pleased to report, in furtherance of the BDA’s critical mission to promote sustainable and equitable economic growth, diversity and prosperity in Bermuda, the BDA has provided four complimentary passes to Bermuda College students. We hope that attending this important in-person event will serve as a springboard to rewarding and fulfilling careers in Bermuda for these young tech enthusiasts.” 

The BDA is also delighted to announce that Appleby has increased its level of support for the Tech Summit and is now a platinum level sponsor, alongside SailGP. 

Jerome Wilson, Appleby partner and head of Appleby’s Technology and Innovation practice in Bermuda, said: “It is a real pleasure to continue our support of the Bermuda Tech Summit. There is no question that Bermuda’s position as a leading global hub for blockchain and fintech is solidifying – a testament to the island’s robust regulation under DABA (Digital Assets Business Act), which supports the stages of developing, testing and launching products, and to Bermuda’s business ecosystem as a whole. The Bermuda Tech Summit is an increasingly important event for the island as we look to keep pace in this rapidly evolving sector. I look forward to participating and hearing the views of speakers and delegates around innovation, and how we here in Bermuda can be involved with moving this space forward.” 

The BDA thanks all its sponsors including: Hub Culture, RELM, Appleby, SailGP, Carey Olsen, Jewel, Walkers; as well as Apex, Blockchain Triangle, Bittrex Global, Clarien, Chainproof, Coinzoom and 24 Exchange. Without their generous support, we could not put on this event at the Hamilton Princess Hotel and Beach Club from October 26-28. If your company is interested in becoming a sponsor, click here to learn more

Day one will open with a Keynote Fireside Chat between Michael Casey, Chief Content Officer, CoinDesk and Bermuda’s Premier and Minister of Finance, the Hon. David Burt, JP, MP; Michelle Chivunga, Founder and CEO, Global Policy House will moderate a Regulatory Panel with Moad Fahmi, Senior Advisor, FinTech, Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA), Jeff Baron, Chief Compliance Officer, Bittrex Global, Cal Evans, Managing Associate, Gresham International, and Steven Rees Davies, Partner, Carey Olsen; Natalie Neto, Partner, Walkers, will moderate a Crypto Lending and Yield Products panel with Yuri Mushkin, Chief Risk Officer, BlockFi and Karim Dandashy, Portfolio Manager, Stablehouse; Stafford Lowe, Founding Committee, NEXT Bermuda, will moderate a NEXT Bermuda Case Study featuring Sebastian Banescu, CEO, Chainproof; Jerome Wilson, Parter, Appleby, will moderate Digital Banking panel featuring Chance Barnett, Founder, Jewel Bank, George Mylonakis, Founder & CEO, BlockWRK and Ian Truran, CEO, Clarien Bank; Sarah Demerling, Partner, Walkers, Chair, AIMA Bermuda, will moderate a Funds Panel with Lawrence Newhook, President & CEO, Alpha Innovations, Bruce Jackson, Director, Chief of Digital Asset Funds and Business, Apex Fund Management and Kevin Richards, Managing Director, Bermuda Asset Management.  

Day two will start with a Conversation  with SailGP featuring Warren Jones, Chief Technology Officer,  SailGP athlete Dylan Fletcher and BDA independent director, Fiona Beck; Chris Brown, Director, AML/ATF, BMA will moderate a Digital Identity panel featuring Denis Pitcher, Chief Fintech Advisor, Government of Bermuda, Justin Newton, CEO, Netki and Drummond Reed, Director, Trust Services, Avast; Sandra Ro, CEO of the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC), will moderate a Capital Formation in a Bear Market panel with Jill Richmond, Managing Partner, Full Stack VC; Michael Branco, Founder & Chair, Celeste Ventures and Greg Carson, Managing Partner, XBTO Humla Ventures; Simone Smith-Bean, Managing Director, Smith Bean Co. will discuss NFTs and Durable Assets with Chris Christmas, Founder, BlockTime; James Knox, Managing Director, Technology & Blockchain Industry-Regional Practice Leader, Aon Risk Solutions, will moderate a (Re)Insurance Reimagined panel with Adam Hofmann. Founder and CEO, Nimble, Grainne Richmond, Executive Vice President – Head of Captives, Aon – Bermuda, Dan Roberts, CEO, NAYMS and Joseph Ziolkowski, CEO, RELM Insurance; 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 will begin with an ESG and DABs panel featuring Darren Wolfberg, CEO and Board Member, Blockchain Triangle, Silvio Pupo-Casco, Founder & CEO, Logos Capital, Todd White,  Managing Director, Architect Partners and Peter Adriaens, Director, Center for Digital Asset Finance, University of Michigan College of Engineering; Fiona Beck will discuss space, satellites and sub-sea cables in an Out of this World Infrastructure panel with Joel Ogren, Assured Communications, Robert Brumley, CEO, Laser Light Companies, Comm Star, Sam Tabbara, CEO, Paradise Mobile, and Deon Doyle, Eastlink Bermuda; Jamillah Lodge, Communications and Development Director, Bermuda Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) will moderate a Building and Nurturing a Sustainable Tech Ecosystem panel with Kerem Kolcuoglu, Managing Partner, Penrose Partners, Sean Reel, Executive Director, Ignite Bermuda, and Aqsa Zubair, Assistant Director, FinTech, BMA; John Narraway, Founding Committee, NEXT Bermuda will discuss Digital Securities with Kyle Fry, CEO, DIGTL; and Stan Stalnaker, Chief Strategy Officer & Founding Director, Hub Culture, will bring our summit to a close with a Future of Technology panel featuring Sandro Ro, Michael Casey, Denis Pitcher and Sheila Warren, CEO, Crypto Council for Innovation. 

The Bermuda Tech Summit is the signature event of Bermuda Tech Week, when the Island is expected to be extremely busy with the PGA Tour’s Butterfield Bermuda Championship also taking place from October 27-30. The BDA is proud to collaborate with the Butterfield Bermuda Championship to offer Bermuda Tech Summit attendees with discounts to attendee the PGA event. 

Bermuda Tech Week includes several ancillary events, such as the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce’s virtual fireside chat with Sinead Bovell; ‘WHAT THE NFT? at Bermuda Society of Arts on October 27; BEDC’s ‘Power Up With Web’ in-person event on October 28 with Sean Stapley, Partner, Penrose Partners, Karee Luna, Founder & Creative Director, Hai Tyde’s, and Stephanie Smellie, VP, Content + Entertainment Partnerships, Dapper Labs, and EDD’s Tech Education Day and TechAwards on October 31.