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Blockchain-ging the world: How this new technology might, can, and should affect our future

Professor Robert Zimmer, Head of Computing at Goldsmiths, delivered the inaugural University of London-SIM Lecture 2019 at SIM Headquarters.

Written by Favell Ang and Malcolm Yiong |

The inaugural University of London-SIM Lecture 2019
Meet the panellists and moderator. From left to right: Professor Robert Zimmer, Mr Khoong Hock Yun, Mr Liang Yansui, and Dr Lillian Koh.

On 4 April 2019, the University of London and SIM GE organised the inaugural University of London-SIM lecture, held at SIM’s campus. The event was graced by Professor Peter Kopelman, Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, and Professor Mary Stiasny, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) of the University of London.

The keynote speaker was Professor Robert Zimmer, Head of the Computing Department at Goldsmiths, University of London, who gave an overview of blockchain technology. Professor Zimmer shared his insights on its application across industries and its importance behind digital technologies in the Industrial Revolution 4.0. 

The talk provided much food for thought for the audience, who came from industries ranging from finance to real estate, healthcare, engineering, legal and the public sector. 

The lecture was followed by a panel discussion with industry practitioners Mr Khoong Hock Yun, Senior Advisor at Tembusu Partners and Mr Liang Yansui, Chief Technology Officer at OneConnect Singapore. Dr Lilian Koh, CEO of Fintech Academy, moderated the discussion with wit and candour that kept the audience engaged, while an audience interaction app provided a live feed of questions to the panellists and moderator. Questions ranged from cryptocurrencies and tangible applications of blockchain technology, to security and precautionary measures in specific industries.

The lecture was held in conjunction with the launch of the new MSc in Data Science to be delivered with teaching support at SIM GE, with specialisations in Artificial Intelligence and Financial Technology. The new programme, with academic direction by Goldsmiths, University of London, provides a unique opportunity to receive two globally recognised credentials with certification through the Microsoft Professional Program (MPP) and a master’s degree from the University of London. The inclusion of MPP helps students to gain technical expertise and professional experience.

  • Favell Ang is Senior Programme Executive, SIM Global Education; Malcolm Yiong is Market Development Manager (South East Asia), University of London.
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Watch highlights of the inaugural University of London-SIM lecture