Blockchain has already created several massive new markets and trends. Hear the CEO's of Audius and Braintrust explain why decentralised marketplaces will be one of the next big things. Are they right that the future belongs to the participants or will value always have to flow to the market makers?
13:55 - 14:15
Understanding web3 - how and why It's Changing the World
A renaissance is happening in real-time. People are reorganising society via the internet, they are decimating centralised power structures and decision-making via decentralisation, and people are allowing humans to live in a trustless environment where we do not need to be told the truth but can verify it ourselves. This revolution is called web3 and it is truly changing the world. What does web3 mean, why is it important, and how is it changing almost everything we know for the better?
14:15 - 14:50
Riding the crypto rollercoaster - the journey to ETFs and the institutional adoption of crypto
With many nations consulting and some starting to deploy CBDCs, they are quickly becoming a reality. Will CBDCs really be an economic enabler and should we reconcile giving up privacy for the benefits?
16:50 - 17:00
The importance of crypto and its correlation with cyber risks
As a member of the Swiss parliament, president of the Swiss Cyber Security Days, and co-founder of the parliamentarian groups “Innovations in the financial market / Cryptocurrencies / Digital assets” and “Cyber”, Doris Fiala talks about the importance of those new technologies for swiss politics, as well as the cyber risks for the economy connected to these topics.
17:00 - 17:30
Take the last break of the day
Session 3 - Challenges and opportunities of the industry
The Web3 revolution is powered by crypto assets. While creating massive opportunities, this also comes with massive security challenges. How can access to DeFi, to NFT's and more be secured to both individuals and enterprises?
17:55 - 18:25
Challenges of liquidity providers enabling certainty for investors - demand and volatilty results in both opportunities and risks
Several trends are converging within crypto finance. Combined with the increased adoption of bitcoin and decentralised ecosystems, the world is fundamentally changing. What data and investments are driving the underlying trends of transformation?
09:25 - 09:55
The critical role and potential disruption of traditional finance - exploring the importance to society and the need to adapt to a new playing field
Gavin Wood is the CTO and Co-Founder of two of the blockchain’s biggest successes: Ethereum and Polkadot. Every interview with Gavin is about technology and the future of the blockchain. The best investors in the blockchain don’t just invest in companies, they invest in the people building companies. The interview is about getting to know Gavin the person and what it is about Gavin that has led to his vision.
10:20 - 10:55
Take a break, grab a coffee
Session 2 - Investing in the industry
10:55 - 11:05
Announcement: The first Crypto Valley company on Nasdaq
The NFT revolution is here, we’re already experiencing NFT era 1.0 and 2.0. Together we will explore how consumers will experience NFTs in the next 2 - 5 years by looking at the origins of the NFT industry. From its roots in the 90’s video game secondary market to the adventent of blockchain, and now the flourishing of NFTs in the Metaverse, what new experiences will we discover in the near future?
15:15 - 15:45
NFTs: Connecting Communities, Connecting the World
This discussion will explore the role of art and NFTs in driving global investments, particularly in emerging markets. A panel with expertise from investment to product to data science and art will share the first UN and multi-government collaboration in the NFT space. How can new communities, build around NFT creation and ownership, unlock massive potential for digital infrastructure investments, and digital public goods?
15:45 - 16:15
Play to earn - how connected societies can drive prosperity and investment opportunities through play to earn and gaming
NFTs have created certainty of digital ownership in markets where it was previously uncertain. Is their decentralised character going to create stability and a catalyst for serious economic transformation or is it just another bubble?
16:45 - 17:10
Last coffee break of the day
Session 5 - DeFi
17:10 - 17:35
Why DeFi needs to stay true to its cypherpunk roots
To understand the future of DeFi, we must first understand its origins; crypto originated with cypherpunks, those who believed that open-source software and strong cryptography could be used to ensure electronic privacy and usher in a new era of socioeconomic liberty. The remarkable growth of unstoppable money and decentralised smart contracts has brought a new wave of innovation known as DeFi, but the cypherpunk ideologies core to this technology are being challenged by the traditional financial system and its gatekeepers. Will the forces that stand in opposition to a decentralised, censorship-resistant financial system be doomed to fail, similarly to those who opposed the internet before it?
17:35 - 18:10
The Regulators' (Unjustified) fear of decentralised finance - discussion on how to de-demonise the industry
In a modern world where technology connects us at a global level, we have seen innovation in blockchain growing at an exponential pace. As investment in digital assets becomes more mainstream, there is an increasing spotlight on bitcoin's energy usage and its impact on society. Questions include bitcoin mining’s effect on the local power grid, reliance on fossil fuels, or the potential of converting local waste into global value in a new era of renewable power generation. Join this roundtable for a brief presentation and an open discussion on why energy companies, and in particular renewable energy producers, are turning to bitcoin mining operators to help optimise their power assets, fund the development of new renewable energy projects, and improve the stability of the grid.
09:45 - 10:45
WORKSHOP: The evolution of digital asset custody solutions
Digital Asset Custody solutions have evolved significantly over the past decade and are starting to play an ever-increasing role in acting as gatekeepers for digital asset market exposure. This workshop will review the evolution of digital asset custody solutions to date, discuss recent regulatory and technological developments, and explore the role digital asset custody solutions will play over the coming decade for retail and institutional market participants.
09:45 - 10:45
Workshop: A Composable Interchain: An introduction to Polkadot multichain composability with examples
Introduction to multichain composability: 1. What is the multichain / 2. What is multichain fungibility / 3. What is multichain comoposability /
4. Examples of multichain composability / 5. What are the consequences of these new features and the impact on regulation.
10:45 - 11:05
Take a break, grab a coffee
Session 2 - Workshops & Roundtables
11:05 - 12:05
WORKSHOP: Crypto adoption in EMEA – has the sleeping giant awakened?
Global crypto adoption is at a tipping point – and EMEA markets are driving the next wave. Join this interactive workshop to learn more about the drivers of digital asset growth and how to seize the opportunity set.
11:05 - 12:05
Roundtable: Crypto Policy-making Roundtable for business, society and governments
Often, cryptocurrencies claim to be a new asset class, and "currencies", which deflects the need to analyse their value using traditional financial thinking. However, if stable currencies eventually predominate in DeFi, then "digital gold" thinking might not hold for the native tokens of general-purpose blockchains. Here we present a way to think about the potential value of a general-purpose blockchain's native token, without claiming it is a currency, or digital gold.
11:05 - 12:05
Workshop: To DAO, or not to DAO - Considering Decentralised Autonomous Organisations from an investment perspective in 2022 and beyond
An exploration of the role of the DAO in the current investment landscape. What are the practical considerations that investors should consider before engaging in DAOs? How might DAO’s influence investment practices, fund management, capital distribution in the immediate future as they become increasingly common?
Just because ‘high yield’ in traditional finance (TradFi) isn’t what it used to be, that doesn’t necessarily mean higher risks for higher rewards when investing in decentralised finance (DeFi). Join us for a discussion of the risk spectrum when investing in crypto, and with negative real returns from traditional ‘high yield’ fixed income, learn about market neutral strategies to generate higher yield in DeFi.
12:25 - 13:25
Workshop: Leveling up - Understanding the Market for Decentralized Derivatives (Hosted by Barney Mannerings & David Siska)
The arrival of derivatives in DeFi will be one of the most important developments in crypto, in line with the significance of smart contract platforms, tokens, and spot dexes. In this workshop, we will discuss the state of decentralized derivatives, how to understand the features of derivatives protocols, and share frameworks for evaluating this new category of crypto assets.
Night-Skiing and Fondue @Corvatsch (Limited Access - First come, first serve)