The first IBREA European Summit will bring the innovators in construction & real estate together.

With experts around the globe we’re on a journey to discover the business opportunities and potential of blockchain technology for our industry.

It is a full day event, where top professionals from both the real estate and blockchain technology industries will gather together in masterclasses, panel discussions and working groups. Selected blockchain projects in this space will have the opportunity to showcase their companies. The IBREA European Summit is an excellent opportunity to meet investors, entrepreneurs, real estate professionals, blockchain specialists, and enthusiasts.

Koninklijke Industrieele Groote Club

Dam 27, 1012 JS Amsterdam     020 - 6242220


Registration & Coffee Reception 

8:00 - 9:00          Registration

8:30 - 9:00          Coffee Reception

Serving coffee, tea and breakfast pastries.

9:00 - 9:10      Opening Remarks

Sabine Schoorl will open the summit with the state of blockchain real estate around the world. She will provide an overview of IBREA's current and future efforts to transform the real estate for the 21st Century.

Speaker: Sabine Schoorl (Founder of PropTech Academy)

9:15 - 10:00      Chairman's Address

Ragnar Lifthrasir is passionate about rebooting the real estate industry with Bitcoin and blockchain. He is the founder of IBREA and the tech startup velox.RE. Ragnar will discuss the most pressing topics in blockchain real estate and how the International Blockchain Real Estate Association is solving and leading those topics.

Speaker: Ragnar Lifthrasir (Founder of IBREA and velox.RE)

10:15 - 10:50      ICO's and raising capital through crowdfunding

Speaker: Justin Smith (CTO of Elea Labs AG)

10:55 - 11:30      The role of blockchain in decentralizing Property data

Speaker: Lutz Thelen (Founder of Elea Labs AG)


Companies: Elea Labs AG, House Hodl, and Squarex


12:25 - 13:55      Lunch & Networking

Serving sandwiches, salad bowl, fresh fruit and sweets.



14:00 - 14:20      How Will Titles Become Tokens: Law vs Technology

Speaker: Oleksii Konashevych (PHD Fellow of LAST-JD)

14:25 - 15:10      Panel Discussion: Tokenization of Real Estate Assets

Tokenization is the process whereby assets are digitally and peer-to-peer tradable on a blockchain. Financial institutions, banks and trading platforms worldwide are looking for how digital assets such as Bitcoin, as well as real assets such as real estate can be traded. Initial Coin Offerings, ICOs, have become a very popular way to raise money. What is the role of ICOs? What do investors think of this new form of financing? 

Speakers: Kirill Kotilevsky (CEO of Squarex), Denis Petrovcic (Co-Founder of Blocksquare), Henry Elder (Co-Founder of Digital Asset Advisor), and Tomica Cesar (CEO of CesCo Cor) 

Moderator: Ragnar Lifthrasir (Founder of IBREA and velox.RE)

15:15 - 15:40     The Dynamics of Innovation and what Regulation has to do with it

Speaker: Guenther Dobrauz (Partner & Leader PwC Legal Switzerland)

15:45 - 16:10     Using bitcoin as currency and escrow for Real estate purchases  

Speaker: Max Keidun (CEO of HouseHodl)

16:15 - 17:00     Blockchain For Conveyance and title

This panel will discuss how blockchain can be used to transfer ownership of a property and also tracking ownership. Panelists will discuss pilot programs, technology, and advantages of blockchain for this application.

Speakers: Ragnar Lifthrasir (Founder of IBREA and velox.RE), Bas Bergmans (BrickEX), Gonzalo Sanchez (BrickBlock) and Jacques Vos (Registrar at Kadaster)

Moderator: Chloe Ipert (Business Builder at Deutsche Ventures)

17:00 - 19:00     Networking Reception

After a day full of inspiration and information about blockchain, projects and possibilities, we chat comfortably with networking drinks. Meet the speakers, industry members and other innovators in blockchain real estate.

Blockchain Projects



More speakers to be announced soon. If you would like to be a speaker, please contact us.

   Ragnar Lifthrasir   - Founder of IBREA, CEO of velox.RE

Ragnar Lifthrasir - Founder of IBREA, CEO of velox.RE

Ragnar is an entrepreneur, advisor, consultant, and passionate advocate for bitcoin and blockchain adoption in real estate. In 2013 he founded the International Blockchain Real Estate Association (IBREA), a trade organization focused on education, events, professional networking, and supporting startups. In 2016 Ragnar founded velox.RE, a startup that uses the Bitcoin blockchain as a vertical platform for fundamental real estate applications. Ragnar holds a Masters in Real Estate Development from Columbia University. He earned his first bitcoins in 2011 from a bitcoin faucet.

  Henry Elder  - Co-Founder of Digital Asset Advisors

Henry Elder - Co-Founder of Digital Asset Advisors

Henry is the Co-Founder of Digital Asset Advisors, he works with startups who are pursuing distributed ledger technology (DLT) use cases within finance, real estate, and other traditional assets. Digital Asset Advisors provides consultation services to established companies who are exploring uses for DLT within their own industries, and to help them understand the potential impacts of DLT on their industry in the future.

   Justin Smith  -  CEO of XMR Systems LLC

Justin Smith - CEO of XMR Systems LLC

Justin Smith is the CEO and founder of XMR Systems LLC, which started and maintains the X Wallet project. The X Wallet is an iOS wallet interface for the privacy-focused cryptocurrency Monero. He is also the CTO of Elea Labs AG in Switzerland, where he is responsible for the architecture of the Cryptoasset Issuance System (CAIS) and the research and development of cryptofinance systems in the context of the real estate industry.  Justin first started working with Bitcoin more than five years ago, when he added it as a payment method for his e-commerce startup. He has over a decade of professional experience, working for firms which include John Deere, Caterpillar, and Wolfram Research.

 Kirill Kotilevskiy - CEO of Squarex

Kirill Kotilevskiy - CEO of Squarex

Kirill is the Founder of SQUAREX project (, a platform for placing square meters of construction projects during the Initial Square Offering  and decentralized smart construction. He is the author of decentralized real estate development business logic and an expert in the tokenization of real estate and construction. He acted as a consultant to attract financing through placement of bonds convertible into square meters of the largest real estate development companies, such as LSR Group, GK-MIC.

    Oleksii Konashevych   - PHD Fellow of LAST-JD

Oleksii Konashevych - PHD Fellow of LAST-JD

Oleksii is a researcher at the University of Bologna, PhD Fellow of LAST-JD program. His focus is to develop tokenization of real estate. He has two master's degree in law and economics. He has 10 years of legal practice in the Ukraine and 2 years of legislative advocacy work as a manager of eDemocracy Group. He is the co-author of the law on e-petitions in Ukraine.  

   Bas Bergmans   - Founder of BrickEX

Bas Bergmans - Founder of BrickEX

Bas is a serial entrepreneur, investor and Founder of BrickEX (, the first global real estate property exchange. He is a blockchain enthusiast, regards Real Estate as the most interesting use case for blockchain and believes in the future opportunities of crypto currency. Bas spent 10 years in Corporate Finance, Transaction Services & PMI with Deloitte and PwC in London and Shanghai. In this capacity he has advised across 15 industries with companies like British Airways, DSM, St. Gobain, Barclays, Roche and ICBC. As an entrepreneur, Bas successfully grew his last venture from $0 to $80m in 7 years and became a co-founder and earlier investor in Brickfund ( 

   Gonzalo Sanchez   - Head of Investor Relations at Brickblock

Gonzalo Sanchez - Head of Investor Relations at Brickblock

Gonzalo is the Head of Investor Relations at Brickblock (, a Berlin-based blockchain startup tokenizing real estate and other assets. He builds global partnerships with international clients' markets interested in utilizing Brickblock’s platform to tokenize their portfolios. He has worked for various startups and firms in China, the United States, and Germany with a passion for growing teams and international networks. He is drawn to cryptocurrency and the blockchain due the technology’s potential to change markets.

  Jacques Vos  - Registrar of Kadaster

Jacques Vos - Registrar of Kadaster

Jacques is a legal practitioner with a special interest for IT and international developments. He holds a law degree (Notarial Law) from the University of Groningen (2001) and studied Law and IT at that same university (2010). He has been a Civil-Law Notary for five years and continued his professional carreer as Land Registrar in december 2005. Jacques is a member of the European Land Registry Association, has been a member of ELRA`s Crobeco-project team (2010-2015) and has been a Member of the Board of Directors of ELRA (2013-2015).

   Lutz Thelen   - Founder of Elea Labs AG

Lutz Thelen - Founder of Elea Labs AG

Lutz is an experienced real estate professional and serial entrepreneur, he is one of Crypto Valley’s foremost PropTech pioneers with over 20 years in the industry, extensive knowledge of the asset and portfolio management space and sales of over 1 billion in real estate assets. As co-founder of reamis AG, he has helped develop powerful data management solutions for property owners and managers - experience which he has leveraged in pushing the boundaries of real estate innovation forward with blockchain technology as co-founder of Elea Labs and the Crypto Property Hub in Baar, Switzerland.

   Guenther Dobrauz-Saldapenna   - Partner & Leader at PwC Legal Switzerland

Guenther Dobrauz-Saldapenna - Partner & Leader at PwC Legal Switzerland

Guenther is a Lawyer, VC investor and Tech-evangelist. He is considered one of the leading European Banking and Investment Law specialists. As a Partner at PwC Zurich and Leader of PwC Legal Switzerland, he and his team are building the law firm of the future. Guenther is the author of 10 books mostly on investment law and regulation but also of "Making Money out of Technology" (2003), "Uptake Revisited: How Innovative Products succeed in International Markets" (2007) and the upcoming "Appetite for Disruption" (2018). He is privately invested and actively involved in numerous ventures, lectures at various universities and serves as Vice-President of the International Obstacle Sports Federation.

   Chloe Ipert   - Business Builder at Deutsche Ventures

Chloe Ipert - Business Builder at Deutsche Ventures

Chloé is a deep tech enthusiast working for Deutsche Ventures, a Berlin-based organization empowering corporates, investors and entrepreneurs to innovate. She fell in love with blockchain in 2015, while she was doing an internship at Societe Generale lobbying department. In early 2016, she did research and development on blockchain technology potential impacts for a real estate consulting company. She has a Master in management from ESCP Business school with specializations in innovation & entrepreneurship. 

   Max Keidun  -  CEO of HouseHodl

Max Keidun - CEO of HouseHodl

Max  is the CEO and co-founder of real estate platform Househodl (, CEO and co-founder of P2P cryptocurrency exchange Hodl Hodl (, editor-in-chief Hodl Hodl News ( and Baltic Honeybadger 2017 ( He is the chief organizer, public speaker, member of the board and co-founder of Latvian Blockchain Development Association ( Max spent 10+ years business development, 5+ years within cryptocurrency & blockchain industry. 

   Denis Petrovcic  -  Co-Founder of Blocksquare

Denis Petrovcic - Co-Founder of Blocksquare

Denis is a forward-thinking, open-minded entrepreneur with a passion for the unknown. Being an investor in real estate, cryptocurrency, and ICOs, Denis co-founded Blocksquare, leveraging blockchain technology to enable established real estate businesses worldwide to create and offer tokenized real estate investment deals directly on their website, opening the world of real estate investments to anyone with an internet connection.

   Sabine Schoorl   - Commercial Director of Van Wijnen

Sabine Schoorl - Commercial Director of Van Wijnen

Sabine has been advising management in construction and real estate on new technology for over 15 years. She is the Commercial Director of Van Wijnen, a very innovative and tech-driven Dutch construction company and the co-organizer of the IBREA European Blockchain Summit. Sabine has organized IBREA Blockchain Masterclasses and she has successfully launched several startup businesses: RockstarsOnly, Sinq and Holland ConTech and PropTech. With her great network of startups, knowledge of the sector and innovative vision Sabine excels in connecting parties in the construction and real estate industry.

   Tomica Cesar  -  CEO of CesCo Cor

Tomica Cesar - CEO of CesCo Cor

Tomica has 12+ years of experience in real estate, from real estate developer TriGranit to real estate consulting, Colliers. He believes blockchain technology can bring disruptive possibilities to the real estate market. As the CEO of CesCo Cor, Tomica's mission is to bridge the gap between real estate and blockchain.  He is also developing the in-house blockchain department as CSO of a SaaS company, Mobendo. In addition, Tomica is the Retail Development Director of Hangar18, a former IBREA chapter chair, a UBIK member, and a contributor of EU Blockchain Observatory & Forum.


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