“We are now living on Internet time. It’s a new territory, and the cyber equivalent of the Oklahoma land rush is on.” 

                                  — Andy Grove

Extraordinary Minds. Extraordinary Meetings.

CyberSecurity, Fintech and Blockchain


Already widely considered to potentially be the most significant development in the evolution of the global economic system in history, the concept, creation and implementation of the blockchain, coupled with rapid innovations in financial technology and the exponential increase in the potential for catastrophic security shortfalls in cloud based systems, all combine to present a future fraught with risk while brimming with possibilities.

Our ability to embrace new technologies and adapt them to seemingly disparate verticals is underscored, dissected, evaluated and explored in this one day Salon, where participating experts from the US and Europe meet to discuss the promise and peril of this new age in fintech, cybersecurity and blockchain, along with the developing applications that result from the collisions of those verticals.

Why participate with BRINK?

BRINK Institute and our community defines extraordinary. We are a global community of leaders, representing some of the most renowned companies, universities, associations and research institutions in the world.

Along with some of the brightest and most innovative start-up organisations in a wide variety of verticals, we invite those who are pioneering groundbreaking work, students who are preparing to lead the way into new avenues of technology and science, business professionals, teachers, researchers and those whose interests lie in the philosophy of impact and ethics, to join the conversations that take place within the BRINK community.

Make the choice to have a voice in the future and share yours with us in London.


What do you know for sure?


In today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape, what we know for sure is that the old rules no longer apply. Business cyber risk is a serious problem—new threats emerge every day. New threats that require new solutions. What are the latest disruptive technologies, and how do we adapt and apply innovative exponential tech to secure and protect the future of business?

We’re hosting the BRINK Insiders’ Series to explore the answers to these questions and more on Monday, March 6, 2017 at the state-of-the-art Cinema One at the inimitable Barbican Centre, followed by a very special VIP Dinner and networking evening at the historic Churchill War Rooms in London, and we cordially invite you to attend.

It’s not just about blockchain or fintech… It’s about the intersection of essential verticals and the resulting sparks… the inter-disciplinary convergences and potential collaborations.

What do you know about cyber security, blockchain, IoT, and fintech—and what more can you discover? How will they combine to affect your business, your industry, your entire world? Take a seat at the table and add your unique voice to the conversation.

Through the BRINK Insiders’ Series we dive deep into the newest technologies, applications and issues surrounding the convergence of technology, economy, finance and security, not just as standalone technologies, but in light of the effects of their interactions as they evolve.



BRINK Institute’s London Salon, Monday, March 6, 2017, at the Barbican Centre’s Cinema One, followed by a Cocktail Reception for all attendees, and a VIP DInner at the inimitable Churchill War Rooms, dives deep into the newest technologies, applications and issues surrounding the convergence of technology, economy, finance and security.

Featuring experts including Bill Ott, former Chairman of ETrade,  Rohit Talwar, CEO of Fast Futures Publishing and more, the BRINK Insiders Salon focuses on potential future scenarios, ethics and democratisation issues, applications for blockchain and the changing face of commerce and banking.

Rather than shuffle through a long list of speakers who you hear for a brief presentation and never see again, join us for a full day of sessions, panels and deep-dive discussions with a select few of the most well-respected and connected people in the industry, and take advantage not just of networking opportunities but of the chance to initiate real relationships, as we enjoy multiple integrative opportunities throughout the day.

Refreshments, lunch, afternoon tea and a cocktail reception in the early evening are all included in the Premium Badge. In addition, VIP Badge holders will join the speakers for dinner and drinks after the Reception with opportunities to meet one on one and continue the discussions.

Extraordinary People. Extraordinary Places.


Celia Black, Navigator
BRINK Institute | CBPR 

Celia Black is a veteran marketing and PR professional working at the confluence of technology and entertainment for more than 20 years. As Sr. Vice President of Business Development at Kurzweil Technologies, the technology incubator of inventor, futurist, Ray Kurzweil, Celia was instrumental in the creation Kurzweil’s seminal work, The Singularity is Near, as well as publications, Fantastic Voyage, Transcend, and How to Create a Mind. Celia is co-founder of KurzweilAI.net, the award-winning technology news site, and was instrumental in the foundation of Singularity University, a collaboration between Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis, founder of the XPrize Foundation.

Today, Celia is co-founder of BRINK Institute, a global think-tank and media organization that is dedicated to fostering and facilitating curated conversations with the makers, doers & disrupters who are shaping our future. By harnessing the power of collective human intelligence and cross-industry collaboration, BRINK creates a powerful vanguard of global leaders at the confluence of knowledge, technology and innovation to successfully navigate the disruptive decade ahead.


John Henry Clippinger
ID3 | MIT Media Lab | World Economic Forum

From John:

Throughout my career I have always been interested in complex – self organizing systems and new approaches to organizational and institutional design to address fundamental civic, economic and ecological issues. I have held senior positions in government, large enterprises and founded 4 software companies. I been engaged with non profit organizations and institutes – Santa Fe Institute, Aspen Institute, World Economic Forum, Kauffman Foundation and I have started new programs and institutes at Harvard and Harvard Law School, Brandeis Florence Heller School, MIT Media Lab, and more recently , co-founded ID3 with Sandy Pentland of MIT Media Lab. I am especially interested in the disruptive opportunities enabled through decentralized technologies such as crypto-currencies, smart contracts and ledgers. Recently I organized a series of retreats and workshops to develop principles for new forms of emergent self organization and autonomous communities. I also recently edited my new book, From Bitcoin to Burning Man and Beyond- The Quest for Identity and Autonomy in Digital Society.

BIO: John Henry Clippinger was Co-Director of  The Law Lab at Harvard University, a multi-disciplinary project founded to research the role of social, neurological, and economic mechanisms on the role of law in facilitating cooperation and entrepreneurial innovation. The goal of The Law Lab is to conduct controlled and open experiments on the Web and to develop open source software to facilitate the growth of a wide range of “digital institutions” to enable innovation and cooperation. The Law Lab is designed to be a global collaborative network of university, non profit and industry partners and is supported by a grant from the Kauffman Foundation.

Previously, Dr. Clippinger directed Social Physics project at the Berkman Center that supported the development of an open source, interoperability identity framework called Higgins to give people control over their personal information.  Dr. Clippinger also directed multi-disciplinary research and workshops to explore the impact of trust, reciprocity, reputation, social signaling on the formation of digital institutions. He is the author of A Crowd of One: The Future of Individual Identity (Perseus, Public Affairs, 2007).

He is founder and a board member of Azigo Inc. (formerly Parity Communications) and consults with Equifax, The Rendon Group, and other companies, foundations, and government agencies on technology, policy and business strategy.

John was CEO of Context Media LLC, a knowledge management software and services company and Director, Intellectual Capital, at Coopers & Lybrand (now Price Waterhouse Coopers).

Prior to joining Coopers & Lybrand, he was founder and CEO of Brattle Research Corporation, which developed artificial intelligence, language processing and search software. He is  author/editor of the book, The Biology of Business: Decoding the Natural Laws of

Enterprise (Jossey-Bass, 1999) and the author of Meaning and Discourse: AComputational Model of Psychoanalytic Discourse (Johns Hopkins, 1977).

 Dr. Clippinger is a graduate of Yale University and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.  He is a frequent participant at The Highlands Forum, The Aspen Institute, the CEO Leadership Institute of Yale School of Management, Creative Leadership Summit, Aspen Institute Italy, Fortune Brainstorm, Arab Thought Leadership Conference, World Economic Forum, Supernova, Diamond Exchange, TII/Vanguard, and The Santa Fe Institute Business Network.

William Ott
PEAC Ventures | E*Trade | VISA USA

President and Founder of PEAC Ventures and former Chairman and current Director of E*Trade Bank. Mr. Ott served as an Interim Chief Executive Officer and Interim President of Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta at Federal Home Loan Banks and as the Chief Operating Officer of Visa U.S.A. Inc. He serves as a Member of Advisory Board at Deep Mile Networks, LLC. He served as a Director of Green Dot Corporation and as director of CashCard Australia. He serves as an Advisor to the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association. Mr. Ott holds a BA in English from San Jose State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.



Alex Mashinsky
RTX RouteTrader | Governing Dynamics | Arbinet

Born into Communism, reared under Socialism, and now thriving under Capitalism, Alex Mashinsky has become one of the most recognized figures in the New York entrepreneurial scene. As the Managing Partner of Governing Dynamics, an early stage venture capital firm, Alex founded several companies including GroundLink in 2005, Transit Wireless in 2004, Elematics in 2000, and Arbinet in 1996. Combining the unique talents of business strategist and technological innovator Alex is continuing to invent new web & communications technologies. A featured speaker at over 120 international communications conferences and TV interviews, and the author of over 50 patents relating to exchanges, VOIP, messaging and communication.

Alex has received numerous awards for innovation including being nominated twice by E&Y as entrepreneur of the year in 2002 & 2011, Crain’s 2010 Top Entrepreneur and the prestigious 2000 Albert Einstein Technology medal and the Technology Foresight Award for Innovation (presented in Geneva at Telecom 99).

Alex is considered to be one of the pioneers of VOIP, with foundational patents dating back to 1994 many of today’s hardware and software designs originated from these early ideas. As the leading evangelist of web based exchanges alex authored patents that cover aspects of the Smart Grid , Ad exchanges,  Groupon, Twitter, Skype, App Store, Netflix streaming concept and many other top performing web companies.

Alex has proven his ability to identify winning trends, build a powerful intellectual property portfolio and bring together winning teams to build world-class companies. He has raised over $250m in venture and private equity funds to help position his startups as leaders in their fields. Arbinet fundraising was documented in an HBS case study in 2001.



Rohit Talwar
Fast Futures Publishing

Founder and CEO of Fast Futures Publishing. Rohit is a global futurist, strategist and award winning speaker noted for his humour, inspirational style and provocative content. He advises global firms, industries and governments on how to survive, thrive, spot and manage emerging risks and develop innovative growth strategies in the decade ahead. Profiled by the Independent Newspaper as a top ten global future thinker, his interests include the evolving role of technology in business and society, emerging markets, the future of education, sustainability and embedding foresight in organisations.

Rohit helps clients understand how mega trends, emerging ideas, new business models, and disruptive developments in science and technology could impact individuals, society, business, industries and government. He currently leads studies on transformative drivers of change for the next decade, science and technology developments over the next forty years, impacts of emerging technologies on the legal sector, human enhancement and the Shadow Economy.


Ann Greenberg
Sceneplay | Gracenote | ION

Anne Greenberg is a serial entrepreneur and inventor. Ann’s new venture, Sceneplay, Inc. is developing groundbreaking, patented systems using AI to scale media creation, distribution and analysis. Previously, Ann co-founded Gracenote, the world’s largest media and entertainment metadata company whose global database and technology solutions underpin the programming guides and personalized user experience for major video, music, audio and sports content. Gracenote helps consumers to discover and engage with relevant, personalized content across platforms—from the smart TVs in their living rooms to the smartphones in their hands and the streaming music in their cars. Gracenote was recently acquired by Nielsen ($560M). Prior to founding Gracenote, Ann co-founded ION, an early digital studio who worked with David Bowie, Brian Eno, Todd Rungren, The Residents, Primus and leading technology companies. Ann also ran marketing for Edward R Pressman Film Corporation.



Melissa Mahler, Esq.
Pro Players Insider 

Melissa Mahler is a dynamic results focused attorney.  For over 15 years she has represented public and private entities, institutional investors, elected officials and C-suite executives in complex litigation matters; sophisticated financial transactions, including debt, equity and IPOs; fund formation; corporate governance and regulatory compliance; government investigations; and international licensing and joint venture transactions with Fortune 100 companies.

Melissa advises clients on litigation and transactional matters that involve substantive corporate, financial, and securities issues.  She has served as general counsel for hedge funds, private and public companies and as personal counsel to CEOs.  She frequently writes and speaks on the intersection of law, technology and culture and  has authored numerous articles that have been cited in law reviews as well as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Huffington Post and others.

Understanding the ways in which the technology and laws shape society, businesses, and individuals provides context to all of the solutions that Melissa is able to offer to her clients. Melissa is the executive editor of People Purpose Impact a digital magazine born out of a desire to tell stories about people and share ideas that spark conversations and inspire not only thought, but also action.  She is also the founder of Pro Player Insiders, a pioneer in athlete lifestyle media and partner of the NFL Players Association.

Prior to graduating from law school she was a news anchor and media consultant.  She was awarded an associated press award for spot news coverage and developed and coordinated several campaigns in the health care and political arenas. Melissa is on the advisory board of the Brink Institute, is a delegate to the United Nations Summit on Media and Social Impact, is on the Board of Directors of the Stop Abuse Campaign and is the Senior Legal Advisor to the World Education Foundation. She is a graduate of S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and Syracuse University College of Law.


“This has never happened before—trusted transactions directly between two or more parties, authenticated by mass collaboration and powered by collective self-interests, rather than by large corporations motivated by profit. It may not be the Almighty, but a trustworthy global platform for our transactions is something very big.”

                                  —  Marc Andreessen

Join Us in London and Be Part of the Conversation

To attend the BRINK London Salon and meet some of the most visionary, influential thinkers and doers in the global cybersecurity and financial tech arenas today, purchase your badge by clicking the button below.

Space is limited to 200 attendees for the day-long Salon, and attendees include global leaders in security, finance, blockchain, intellectual property, banking, venture capital, capital markets, investment banking, family offices and more.

Premium Badges include morning and afternoon sessions, breakfast refreshments, lunch in the Barbican Centre, afternoon tea and a Cocktail Reception immediately following closing remarks.

There will be a number of opportunities for interaction with our speakers and VIP guests, and Premium Badgeholders will receive early notification of future Salons.

VIP Badges are limited to a maximum of 50, and include all of the benefits of the Premium Badge, as well as priority seating and inclusion in our VIP Speakers Dinner following the Cocktail Reception.