Alastair Band, Community Manager at Sweetbridge

Alastair Band is Manager of the Global Community & Events Management Program at Sweetbridge, ​a blockchain-based economic framework that transforms supply chain and logistics collaboration through a fast, fair and flexible value exchange that unleashes working capital for the benefit of all participants.

Alastair was an early(ish) adopter of cryptocurrency and has been heavily involved in the space for the past year and a half.

He set up one of the fastest growing Meetup groups globally, London Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Beginners, in August 2017 and it was through that he met Sweetbridge founder Scott Nelson and was hooked on Scott’s vision and the far reaching potential of Sweetbridge.

Alastair joined full time in January of this year to help them build their communities and assist in the running of their events program globally.

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Supply Chain / Blockchain Friday Wrap — Week ending 15 June 2018

In this era of globalization, the use of blockchain technology is creating a lot of noise. Many huge companies, even conservative ones are jumping on the blockchain train. Companies are preparing for change, not just for fear of being left out but really for actual business improvement which makes this technology become more & more legit. Sharing with you more exciting news about supply chain on the blockchain this past week!

Blockchain for Supply Chains — more hype than reality?

With all the hype around Blockchain transforming supply chains, where are we on the roadmap towards making this all a reality? Some say years… and question whether we really need cryptocurrency and token economics in this mix?

Supply Chain / Blockchain Friday Wrap — Week ending 8 June 2018

To quote FedEx CEO, Frederick Smith — “Blockchain is the next frontier that’s going to completely change worldwide supply chains.” We are sharing with you some juicy tidbits happening surrounding supply chain on the blockchain this past week!

ICOs are welcome here!

A quick look at some of the most ICO friendly nations in 2018

In the News: Advising OEL (Open Enterprise Logistics) Foundation

Sweetbridge Alliance President Mac McGary to join the non-profit group’s Advisory Board to promote supply chain collaboration and practical learning efforts across distributed technologies

SweetNews: Community Newsletter #2 for Sweetbridge’s Economy of Possible — June ‘18

Crowdsale commences, partnerships launched, first Sweetcoin distributed and more…

Design for Manufacturing Summit #25

June 21, 2018 | Hackney, London

3.00 pm

Doors open

4.00 - 4.40 pm - Panel 1

Manufacturing startups in London

Eneko Igartua is manufacturing and operations engineer and manager of Kapitalise, the first management platform for R&D tax credits, catering to innovators in the manufacturing sector.

Lorenz Kilga is founder of Design Network, an online marketplace where product designers and distributors come together and collaborate.

Jean Billant is Senior Business Advisor at Advance London, delivering circular economy focused business support and advice to SMEs within London.

4.40 - 5.20 pm - Panel 2

Product design

Assa Ashuach is founder of Assa Studio, a product design, digital manufacturing and social R&D practice in London, and co-founder of Digital Forming, harnessing the power of mass customisation through 3D printing.

Dejan Orlac is a Slovenian-born industrial designer working in London, under his own brand Orlach design.

Thomas Keen is founder and Partner at Sabotage Design, a dynamic creative collective based in London.

5.20 - 5.40 pm - Networking break

Demos, drinks + networking

5.40 - 6.20 pm - Keynote

Ralph Taylor-Smith, GE Ventures

Ralph Taylor-Smith is Managing Director at GE Ventures and has a background in engineering, technology development, finance and business management.

6.20 - 7.10 pm - Panel 3

Design software

Andrew Armstrong is the CTO and co-founder of Cadonix, the world's first fully browser based cloud CAD solution.

Neil Cooke is Director of Technical Marketing at Onshape, a cloud CAD system used by thousands of companies worldwide.

Niketh Shetty is Director at PLM Central, a PTC reseller helping discrete manufacturers succeed by meeting their globalization, time-to-market and operational efficiency objectives in product development.

7.10 - 8.00 pm - Panel 4

Decentralised manufacturing

Sadiq Quasim is the CEO of Loyakk, a company that provides a blockchain-enabled platform for decentralized business networks.

Adam Votava is a Data Scientist and founder of aLook Analytics, providing data science services to increase performance of clients across industries.

Alastair Band is Manager of the Global Community & Events Management Program at Sweetbridge, a blockchain-based economic framework that transforms supply chain and logistics collaboration through a fast, fair and flexible value exchange that unleashes working capital for the benefit of all participants.

Jonathan Millett is the CEO of block3, a Venture Studio and Solutions Provider who help organisations demystify what blockchain technology is and isn't.

8.00 - 9.00 pm - Networking continues

Demos, drinks + networking

Registration opens soon

What are Design for Manufacturing Summits?

80 percent of manufacturing costs are determined in the first 20 percent of the product design process. Design has the key to take cost and waste out of manufacturing.

Design for Manufacturing Summits bring together product developers, industrial designers, engineers, makers and manufacturers for a more decentralized, leaner manufacturing ecosystem.

Who attends DFM Summits?

Industrial designers, product developers, makers, engineers, manufacturers. Representatives of the following organizations have participated in our semi-annual summits:

Material ConneXion
Tangent Ventures
Macro Sea
Cornell University
Langoliers Jewelry
New York Investment Fund
Tactonic Technologies
Columbia University
McLaren Engineering Group
Pratt Center
NY Designs
Fallon Community Health
Charles River Ventures
Brooklyn Custom Metal Fabrication
Brookyn Wharf
CBS Interactive
Wiley Publishers
Parsons School of Design
Kimber Mfg
Sparkfun Electronics
New York Life
Zahn Center
Hutzler Home Products
Peripteral Design
Maine Fablab
Panoptic Online Marketing
Design Compendium
Gordon Randall Perry Design
Shisa Labs
New Balance
ShopBot Tools
Francis Bitonti Studio
ECCO Design
Breadbox Studio
Firstmark Capital
MCE Consultants
Terrapin Bright Green
Reshoring Initiative
Dassault Systemes
Adafruit Industries
Dynamo Development Lab
Meridian Design Associates
Maker Faire Africa
Architectural Grille
Deutsche Bank
Syracuse University

Pricing and refund policy

We try to keep prices fair and affordable for different groups within the design and manufacturing communities. Ticket sales cover our costs. Design for Manufacturing Forum is a bootstrapped project.

There are discount codes out there for students and startups. You are welcome to take advantage of them if you come across them, but we can not apply discounts on already bought tickets.

We will refund tickets if an event is cancelled or moved - which should never happen. Otherwise tickets are non-refundable.

Privacy policy

We will never share your contact details with third parties, not even with sponsors.