North America AGENDA

Stage 1 | 5-6 June 2024

09:30 AM - 09:45 AM

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

  • Chairpersons welcome and opening remarks

09:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Keynote Presentation – The Path Ahead for Crypto as an Asset Class

This session will provide strategic insights into the evolving landscape of cryptocurrencies, offering a forward-looking perspective on the role of crypto. Explore current market trends and dynamics that are shaping cryptocurrencies as viable investment instruments, providing the you with a comprehensive understanding of the asset class’s trajectory. 

Key takeaways: 

  • Strategic insights into crypto’s evolution and future role as an asset class.
  • Analysis of current market trends shaping crypto’s viability as an investment.
  • Comprehensive understanding of crypto’s trajectory as an investment instrument.

10:15 AM - 10:55 AM

Panel – The Future of Crypto - Regulatory Uncertainty and the Way Forward

A deep dive into the current challenges posed by regulatory uncertainty in the crypto space, exploring how it impacts the industry and discussing potential strategies for navigating this evolving landscape.

Engage in a forward-looking discussion with industry experts as they share insights on shaping the future of crypto amidst regulatory uncertainties. 

Key takeaways:

  • Examination of regulatory uncertainty’s impact on the crypto industry.
  • Strategies for navigating the evolving regulatory landscape in crypto.
  • Forward-looking insights from industry experts on shaping crypto’s future amidst regulatory challenges.

10:55 AM - 11:25 AM

Presentation – Identifying the Next Wave of Generational Crypto Projects

This presentation will shed light on emerging trends in the crypto space, focusing on identifying the next wave of crypto projects that have the potential to shape the industry’s future.

Explore the investment landscape within the crypto sector, discussing potential opportunities and strategies for investors to identify and engage with the most promising projects. 

Key takeaways:

  • Spotlight on emerging trends in crypto, with a focus on future-shaping projects.
  • Discussion on investment opportunities within the crypto sector.
  • Strategies for identifying and engaging with promising crypto projects.

11:25 AM - 11:45 AM

Presentation – Web3 Harmony: The Interconnected Future

Explore leaving behind the maximalism mindset and instead discover the future of Web3 with interoperable chains, each carrying distinct advantages and disadvantages for specific use cases. 

Key takeaways: 

  • Transitioning away from maximalism towards an interconnected Web3 future.
  • Embracing interoperable chains with unique strengths and weaknesses for specific purposes.
  • Exploring the harmony and potential of a diverse ecosystem in Web3.

11:45 AM - 12:10 PM

Networking Break

12:10 PM - 12:55 PM

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12:55 PM - 1:15 PM

Presentation – Scaling Blockchains - Layer 2 Solutions

This presentation will offer a comprehensive overview of Layer 2 scaling solutions in the blockchain space, exploring how these technologies aim to address challenges and enhance transaction throughput on existing blockchain networks.

Delve into Layer 2 solutions and assess their impact on scalability, efficiency, and user experience within blockchain ecosystems. Highlight real-world examples to illustrate the effectiveness of these solutions in optimizing blockchain performance.

Key takeaways: 

  • Comprehensive overview of Layer 2 scaling solutions for blockchain networks.
  • Examination of how these technologies address scalability challenges and enhance transaction throughput.
  • Assessment of the impact on scalability, efficiency, and user experience, with real-world examples showcasing effectiveness.

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Lunch Networking Break

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Presentation: Institutional Crypto Adoption - Infrastructure for the Future

This presentation will conduct a thorough analysis of the current institutional landscape in cryptocurrency, examining the trends, challenges, and opportunities shaping the adoption of digital assets within traditional financial institutions.

Explore the strategies and initiatives being undertaken to build a robust infrastructure for institutional crypto adoption, covering areas such as secure custody solutions, regulatory compliance frameworks, and institutional-grade trading platforms.

Key takeaways:

  • In-depth analysis of institutional crypto adoption trends, challenges, and opportunities.
  • Exploration of strategies and initiatives to develop robust infrastructure for institutional adoption.
  • Coverage of secure custody, regulatory compliance, and institutional-grade trading platforms as key components of the infrastructure.

2:45 PM - 3:35 PM

Panel – CBDC's, the Devil's Spawn or the Future of Money

Engage in a lively discussion as the panel explores diverse viewpoints on Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs), framing the debate around whether they are considered the “Devil’s Spawn” or herald the “Future of Money.”

Delve into the potential societal impacts of CBDCs, considering how they may influence financial inclusion, privacy concerns, and the overall dynamics of the traditional banking system.

Key takeaways:

  • Exploration of societal impacts including financial inclusion, privacy, and effects on traditional banking.
  • Diverse viewpoints from the panel to offer a comprehensive understanding of the CBDC debate.

Jason Halloway Director of Blockchain and Crypto at The Florida Office of Financial Regulation

3:35 PM - 3:55 PM

Presentation – Innovation Showcase: Next-gen Distribution Ledgers

Highlight cutting-edge technologies beyond traditional blockchains, showcasing innovations that could refine the future of distributed ledger systems such as DAGs.

Key takeaways:

  • Showcase of cutting-edge technologies beyond traditional blockchains.
  • Highlighting innovations that could refine distributed ledger systems, including DAGs.
  • Exploration of next-gen distribution ledgers and their potential impact on the future of technology.

3:55 PM - 4:25 PM

Networking Break

4:25 PM - 5:05 PM

Panel – Fuelling the Epic Bull Market Mania

This presentation will provide an analysis of the factors fueling the current bull market, offering insights into market dynamics, investor sentiments, and key drivers contributing to the epic surge in asset prices

Explore the concept of market mania, delving into the psychology of investors, the impact of social media, and the role of speculative trading within the financial markets

  • Analysis of factors driving the current bull market, including market dynamics and investor sentiment.
  • Exploration of market mania, examining investor psychology, social media impact, and speculative trading.
  • Insights into the epic surge in asset prices and key drivers contributing to the market frenzy.

5:05 PM - 5:35 PM

Presentation – Interoperability Challenges: Overcoming the Complexities

Delve into the challenges and complexities associated with achieving true interoperability among blockchain networks, considering technical, regulatory, and practical aspects.

Key takeaways:

  • Consideration of technical, regulatory, and practical complexities.
  • Discussion on strategies for overcoming interoperability challenges.

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Chairperson's Opening Remarks

Lisa M. Lum, Founder

Friends of the Metaverse

10:05 AM - 10:35AM

Presentation: The Path Ahead for Crypto as an Asset Class

This session will provide strategic insights into the evolving landscape of cryptocurrencies offering a forward-looking perspective on the role of crypto. Explore current market trends and dynamics that are shaping crypto currencies as viable investment instruments, providing you with a comprehensive understanding of the asset class’s trajectory.

Key takeaways:

  • Strategic insights into crypto’s evolution and future role as an asset class.
  • Analysis of current market trends shaping crypto’s viability as an investment.
  • Comprehensive understanding of crypto’s trajectory as an investment instrument.

10:40 AM - 11:25 AM

Panel: Driving Blockchain for Enterprise Growth Through Innovation

Explore enterprise expansion through blockchain-enabled convergence.

Key takeaways: 

  • Demonstrating how integrating blockchain technology within enterprises streamlines operations, reduces costs, and enhances transparency, thereby fostering growth opportunities.
  • Highlighting the power of collaborative innovation in driving blockchain solutions for enterprise growth, showcasing successful partnerships and strategies for scalable implementation.
  • Discussing the importance of understanding and navigating regulatory frameworks in blockchain adoption, empowering enterprises to expand sustainably while ensuring compliance and security.

Daniel Pietrzykoski, Technical Strategy &

Product Innovation Blockchain/IoT Technology

Johnson & Johnson

Miguel Guillen

Director of Data Architecture

PepsiCo

Daniela Barbosa

Executive Director

Hyperledger Foundation

11:25 AM - 11:55 AM

Networking Break

11:55 PM - 12:25 PM

Presentation – Blockchain for Secure IoT and AI Transactions: Real-World Implementations

Dissect the synergy between blockchain and IoT and AI, emphasising the impact on secure transactions for businesses to realise the opportunities these technologies present.

Key takeaways:

  • Showcase how blockchain enhances IoT transactions’ and AI security.
  • Highlight practical applications of blockchain in securing IoT and AI transactions across industries as part of the emerging economy of things.
  • Emphasize blockchain’s role in ensuring data integrity and the potential link between IoT data and AI Large Language Models and the wider data economy.

David Palmer

Blockchain Lead

Vodafone

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Presentation – Next-gen NFTs: From Digital Art to Real-World Utility

Uncover the expanding horizons of NFTs, moving beyond art to practical applications like real estate, intellectual property protection, ticketing, and more

Key takeaways: 

  • Next-generation NFTs are expanding beyond digital art, encompassing practical applications such as real estate, intellectual property protection, ticketing, and more
  • NFTs are being leveraged to provide real-world utility, including fractional ownership of physical assets like real estate and art
  • NFTs offer innovative solutions to longstanding challenges, such as providing immutable records of ownership

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lunch Networking Break

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Panel – Tokenizing Real-World Assets

A dive into the benefits of tokenising real-world assets, including popular commondities like gold and silver.

Key takeaways:

  • Tokenizing real-world assets like gold and silver can unlock liquidity by fractionalizing ownership
  • Tokenization makes traditionally illiquid assets accessible to a wider range of investors
  • Blockchain technology ensures transparency and security in transactions
  • Tokenizing real-world assets allows investors to diversify their portfolios beyond traditional financial instruments

Bob Ejodame

VP Capital Markets

INX

Alex Nascimento

Managing Director

7CC Blockchain Investments

Kevin Soltani

Founder

GIMA Group

2:50 PM - 3:20 PM

Presentation – The Future of DeFi - Decentralisation & Regulation

Explore key regulations and their influence on crypto businesses in the DeFi space as we look to the future.

3:25 PM - 3:40 PM

Chairperson's Closing Remarks

Lisa M. Lum, Founder

Friends of the Metaverse