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Women on the Block: An evening with influential women in Blockchain

  • SapientRazorfish Eden House, 8 Spital Square London, England, E1 6DU United Kingdom (map)

This month's edition of Blockchain Beginners will feature a lineup comprised of some of the most influential women in this space - all women, all evening!

50% of all ticket proceeds will be donated to Project Girl Code*, a non-profit organisation teaching digital literacy skills and providing IT training to girls and young women who are vulnerable to trafficking, slavery or forced marriage.

Once again Blockchain Beginners are being hosted by SapientRazorfish in their stunning London office with support from eToro and Zebra People. We will have a panel of 3 speakers followed by a Q&A session and then networking before moving on to the pub. Pizzas and refreshments (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be provided.

Our MC for the evening will be Maria McKavanagh, whom some of you may know from our last meetup. Maria is the COO of Verv, the home energy assistant utilising AI and Blockchain technology to share energy among communities in real time.

Our first speaker to be confirmed is Aga Gajownik, a business strategist specialising in tech for good. She recently started working with Wrisx, a startup that uses blockchain to minimise risk around investing in emerging markets ( In the past, Aga helped to launch who won 2 hackathons around using tech for good.

Our second speaker to be confirmed is Jess Houlgrave, who recently completed a Masters’ dissertation assessing the use of technology in the art ecosystem. She explored how the blockchain can be leveraged within the art world to reduce inefficiencies and revolutionise entrenched and antiquated existing market practices. She a senior consultant at Chainstarter, an ethical blockchain fundraising platform. Jess is also a Trustee for a Lewisham Education Arts Network and a member of the ExCom-Y committee at Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. Previously, Jess spent six years in finance first as an investment banking analyst and later as a portfolio manager for a pension fund.

Our third and final speaker to be confirmed is Sarvi Eastell, who is a Health-Tech founder ( and startup advisor. Sarvi is currently researching Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) for the healthcare space, as well as the environmental impact of mining for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.


6:30 - 7pm: Welcome drinks and networking
7:00 - 7:15pm: Maria McKavanagh - Introduction to the evening
7:15 - 7:35pm: Aga Gajownik - Using Blockchain for Good
7:35 - 7:55pm: Jess Houlgrave - Blockchain in the arts industry
7:55 - 8:15pm: Sarvi Eastell - DLT for Healthcare
8:15 - 9:00pm: Panel discussion and Q&A session
9:00 - 9:30pm: Networking and drinks
9:30pm: The Water Poet Pub to continue the discussion


*We do not have a formal partnership with Project Girl Code at present. The money will be donated once funds are released from Eventbrite. This is within 8 days of the event being completed.