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“Blockchains are not only for cryptocurrencies”. This is a many times heard mantra that every experienced practitioner will subscribe to. This is not to say that cryptocurrencies must be outcast from the blockchain community, but only to reiterate that the world of blockchain protocols—especially the enterprise world—demands solutions that surpass the pure exchange of currency values running on cryptographic algorithms.
Disaffection and suspicion against cryptocurrencies has exacerbated with the demise of the numerous initial coin offerings (ICOs) that sprouted in an almost uncontrolled manner in the past few years. The vast majority revealed to be pure scams, or—in the most benevolent way—unconsidered risky adventures with no real business substance nor background.
Each ICO launched a blockchain-based project and created a cryptocurrency that investors would have used to monetize the results of the projects’ so much touted propositions and promises. Most of these projects miserably failed, leaving unscrupulous ICO founders with the rich spoils and the careless investors with bad taste and empty (digital) pockets.
These facts must not- however- tarnish the extraordinary capabilities of decentralized distributed ledger technologies to exchange digital assets representing title of ownership.
Event Program (CET/ET)
Opening keynote: The Impact of Digital Assets On Today’s Business
Daniel Eidan, Solution Architect, R3
Panel 1- Digital Assets
Dean Demellweek, Digital Transformation Leader, BNP Paribas
Ezechiel Copic, Partner, Head of Official Sector Engagement, CLabs
keynote: Rise of the central bank digital currencies: drivers, approaches and technologies
Raphael Auer, Principal Economist, Innovation and Digital Economy, Bank for International Settlements
Panel 2- Central Bank Digital Currencies
John Ho, Head, Legal, Financial Markets, Standard Chartered Bank
John Velissarios, Global Managing Director, Blockchain Technology Lead, Accenture
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