IBM, EU Commission among companies added to Crypto Valley Association conference

The Crypto Valley Association has announced the speakers for this year’s Crypto Valley Conference, taking place June 24-26, in association with the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Representatives from IBM,Dfinity, University College London, LiquidityNetwork, and ConsenSys will join speakers from NEO, R3, the EU Commission, Swiss National Bank, the World Trade Organization (WTO), PwC and the Swiss Bankers Association at the conference.

Daniel Haudenschild, President of the Crypto Valley Association, said, “This is the second annual Crypto Valley Conference and we are delighted with the calibre of speakers, industry leaders, and developers attending. With the event growing significantly in size and stature, this conference is an important moment for the Swiss blockchain ecosystem, allowing us to showcase our position in the global blockchain industry, and encourage discussions and exchanges of ideas in this rapidly developing sphere.”

Speakers announced today, who will be part of discussions on the use cases and applications of blockchain technology, are: Ulrich Schimpel, CTO for IBM Switzerland; Peter Todd, Bitcoin Core developer; Dr. Hubert Ritzdorf, CTO of ChainSecurity; Dr Harald Stieber, EU Commission; Emmanuelle Ganne, WTO and Dr Phillip Mayrl, director digital strategy, Deloitte. 

The conference will bring together leading scholars, researchers, developers, CEOs, CTO’s, lawyers and government officials to discuss the latest advances within the blockchain and crypto landscape. More than 100 speakers will examine a variety of topics including cryptoeconomics, regulation and governance, supply chain, IoT and shared data, smart contract security, micropayments, identity management, and consensus protocols.

The conference agenda will also include the second Swiss Blockchain Investor Day organized by the Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC). The Investor Day event will allow innovative blockchain startups to apply and compete for one of eight places in the final pitching session on stage during the Crypto Valley Conference. On June 26 the eight selected startups will pitch for funding in front of investors and will be judged by a panel of leading investors, blockchain experts, lawyers, and entrepreneurs. During the jury deliberations the best projects for each of the seven industry challenges of the Swiss Blockchain Hackathon #SBHACK19 will be presented to the audience. The winners from each category of the Swiss Blockchain Investor Day will receive the CVA Award presented by the Crypto Valley Association. 

The Crypto Valley Conference, the Swiss Blockchain Hackathon and the SICTIC Swiss Blockchain Investor Day will figure into the wider set of events during  Crypto Valley Week from June 21-26 along with a special Bitcoin Association Meetup and CVLabs Incubator and Community Party planned as well as range of other happenings in the area.

“This year’s Crypto Valley Conference is bound to result in great insights and conversations,” Mr. Haudenschild said. “Our recent report, in conjunction with PwC, showed movement across the blockchain ecosystem in areas such as regulation, the popularity of Security Token Offerings, and growth of asset tokenization. Collectively these trends will make for thought-provoking insights from both attendees and speakers.”

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