We conclude series one with a panel — four innovators discuss the incredible innovations flowing from Satoshi Nakamoto’s first white paper on Bitcoin, published ten years ago.

Our fantastic panelists:

Bridie Ohlsson, Blockchain Lead at AgriDigital.

Phil Shelper, CEO of Loyalty & Reward Company

Max Kenny, CEO of CryptoFlip (also featured on episode 5)

Dr. Philippa Ryan, UTS Faculty of Law

Plus our wonderful ‘drop-in guests’: Joe Lubin, Ron Tucker, Sheffield Clark, Mark Jeffrey, Hugo O’Connor and Chami Akmeemana.

And here’s the original Bitcoin white paper, from 31 October 2008:

Bitcoin – A Peer to Peer Electronic Cash System

After a great conversation, we lit candles on a birthday cake — for Bitcoin!

Phil, Mark, Max, Bridie & Pip ready to blow out the candles!

This amazing event wouldn’t have been possible without heaps of assistance from Stone and Chalk (Laura Rowan, Olga Link & Annie Le Cavalier) and the Spark Festival – many thanks for their support.

This brings series one of CRYPTONOMICS to a close, and I won’t say producer Alex Mitchell and I are celebrating the successful conclusion of the production, but…


Agricultural settlements are a long-term problem for agribusiness.


The farmer is always taking on all of the ‘counterparty risk‘ – the chance that the buyer won’t or can’t pay.

AgriDigital created a blockchain for agricultural settlements – ensuring farmers get paid for their crop as soon as it get sold – and not six months later.

Emma Weston of AgriDigital joins us in studio

Land title registries will be using blockchain – once the various bureaucratic difficulties get sorted out. It might work something like this:

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Arianee is creating an asset registry for luxury items – very similar to the blockchain application described in the middle of the episode. Here’s a short video about what they’re up to:

In 2015, IBM and Samsung jointly announced their ADEPT initiative – to bring blockchain security to all of the connected devices in our world.

Here’s IBM’s whitepaper describing their goals for ADEPT – which could bring blockchain to almost all connected devices, numbering in the tens of billions:

IBM ADEPT Practictioner Perspective – Pre Publication Draft – 7 Jan 2015

The University of Melbourne has tested a blockchain-based solution to provide access to verifiable academic credentials.  Graduates can expect a system like this to be in common use within the next few years.