This is the second of four articles on the program and goals of Convergence – The Global Blockchain Congress. For more on the event, and to purchase a ticket, visit www.blockchainconvergence.com.
In the first article of this series, we introduced you to the motivations behind and goals for Convergence. In this article, we take a first deep dive into the program.
One of the main visions of Convergence is to examine the ‘convergent trends’ in the area of blockchain and society. Among the sessions that you can choose from addressing this broad area are:
A World of Ledgers: DLT Five Years from Now (12 November 10:00 – 11:00)
Blockchain has been widely touted as the technology of decentralisation – a way to build new, peer-to-peer networks and with it disintermediate important economic, social and political structures. But what exactly does decentralisation mean, and do we really need it? In our opening session, Valery Vavilov, the CEO of Bitfury, will be discussing if blockchain can become a “new nervous system” for the digital economy. Sheila Warren, head of blockchain at the World Economic Forum, will talk about how governments can use blockchain to serve the public. Both will then join Julie Maupin, Chair of INATBA, to lay out their collective vision of a decentralised world. This is followed by panels on blockchain and intellectual property, with among others representatives of the WTO and the EU’s Intellectual Property Office, and a practitioner’s view of building blockchain ecosystems.
Blockchain for a sustainable society and new business models (12 November 11:00 – 12:00)
Almost since its inception, blockchain has been seen by many as a force for good.