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Charity Technology Breakfast Briefing: Is blockchain the future for charities?

17 April 2018 London

Join us at the first in our series of breakfast briefings exploring the opportunities and challenges facing charity IT leaders. These interactive seminars provide a unique forum for open debate and an opportunity to connect with your peers. 

The first event will seek to answer the question 'Is blockchain the future for charities?'

This event is run in partnership with Charity IT Leaders.

This event is designed to provide space for charities to debate with other charities. As a result, there are no corporate spaces available and we will withdraw places booked by non-charity delegates. We will issue a refund minus an administration fee of 15%.  


17 April 2018

  • 9.00AM - 9.25AM
    Morning coffee and informal networking
    Morning coffee and informal networking
  • 9.25AM - 9.30AM
    Chair's welcome
    Dan Hall, head of information technology services, GDST
  • 9.30AM - 9.35AM
    A chance to get to know your peers.
  • 9.35AM - 10.00AM
    What is blockchain and will it build trust in charities?

    Charities are under increasing scrutiny, and while public trust is still high, it has been under pressure from scandals around fundraising practices and poor governance. With smart contracts and increased transparency could blockchain offer part of the solution? This session will offer a broad overview of what blockchain is, how it could benefit charities and consider some of the risks to be aware of. 

    Tris Lumley, director of innovation and development, Think NPC

  • 10.00AM - 10.25AM
    Bringing transparency to social funding

    Last year Alice launched as a social funding and impact management platform that incentivises charities to run projects transparently and launched a pilot with St Mungo’s to fund a project supporting rough sleepers. Raphaël Mazet and Areti Kampyli will speak about what they have learnt so far and their future plans for the platform.

    Raphaël Mazet, CEO and Areti Kampyli, COO, Alice 

  • 10.25AM - 10.50AM
    Coffee and networking break
    Coffee and networking break
  • 10.50AM - 11.15AM
    How charities can make use of blockchain

    How are charities making use of blockchain technology? In this session Karl Hoods will look at some of the practical applications of blockchain and explain what Save the Children has been doing in this area.  

    Karl Hoods, CIO, Save the Children 

  • 11.15AM - 11.30AM
    Q&A with speakers
    Q&A with speakers


  • Dan Hall

    Head of Information Technology Services , Girls’ Day School Trust

    Dan Hall is currently Head of Information Technology Services at the Girls’ Day School Trust where he leads the central IT team delivering IT services to 3,500 staff and 16,000 students. He has recently completed a restructure to ensure that IT is central to the educational outcomes of the students.

    Prior to this, he was Director of Global IT Strategy for the British Council where he worked closely with the CIO to set the organisation’s IT strategy and direction.

    In October 2017 he was elected chair of Charity IT Leaders; a charity which exists to support and advise the IT leaders of UK charities.

    Whilst most of his career has been in the voluntary sector Dan has also worked in the commercial sector where he was Head of Service Delivery for iHotdesk - an IT outsourcing company - delivering outsourced IT services across the globe.

  • Tris Lumley

    Head of development

    Tris Lumley is head of development at New Philanthropy Capital where he is leading its ongoing work to refine the way it analyses charities and has written a number of reports.

    He is a board member of the Charity Commission's SORP Committee, the ImpACT Coalition and the Alliance for Effective Social Investing.

    Before joing NPC he worked at Deloitte, Scientific Generics and FreshMinds.

    Tris is a trustee of the Social Impact Analysts Association and StudentHubs.



Early bird by 9 March

Standard fee (after 9 March)  

*All prices exc VAT  This event is designed to provide space for charities to debate with other charities. As a result, there are no corporate spaces available and we will withdraw places booked by non-charity delegates. We will issue a refund minus an administration fee of 15%


106-109 Saffron Hill

Location map and further information 


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