Brussels Blockchain Week: The largest Web 3.0 conference in Belgium
From June 5 to June 11, 2023, the 2nd edition of Brussels Blockchain Week will take place. The organizers aim to highlight the importance of Web 3.0 and the need for European decision-makers and institutions to engage in dialogue with innovators in the sector, and to adopt a clear vision of what “tokenization” is.
The week-long event will include training sessions, demonstrations, hackathons with the entire Belgian economic and digital ecosystem, and two days of conferences on June 7 and 8 at TheMerode business club on Place Poelaert, Brussels, with more than 70 speakers and 1,000 attendees expected.
Blockchain is a new technology that will disrupt all industries and especially the financial sector with crypto assets. Large investment funds and banks abroad are already adopting these digital assets, and Europe cannot be left behind. If Brussels wants to maintain its role as the capital of Europe, it must be the driving force behind this, and this is the ambition of Brussels Blockchain Week.
« After last year’s success and the excitement generated by the event, our goal is to establish Brussels Blockchain Week in the long term. I am convinced that alongside the centralized financial world – which has its advantages and must continue to exist – there must also be a decentralized financial world, based on crypto-assets. It will make finance more accessible, transparent and democratic. Just as there is power and counter-power in politics, there must be power and counter-power in finance. Not to eliminate or crush existing power, but to balance it, to cure it of its own ills. This is also the champion of this event,” said Christophe De Beukelaer, Brussels MEP and co-founder of Brussels Blockchain Week.
A meeting between two worlds for fair dialogue and regulation.
In the context of successive banking and financial crises, including the recent ones with Silicon Valley Bank and Credit Suisse, it is necessary to rethink the traditional model and to be able to discuss regulation peacefully. This is what Brussels Blockchain Week 2023 aims to achieve by launching the debate and inviting actors from the political, legal, consulting and “traditional” financial worlds to discuss and listen to Web 3.0 and crypto actors.
During the two-day conference on June 7 and 8, the European regulation of digital assets, tokenization (converting a real asset into a digital asset via blockchain) and European monetary policy will be discussed. The recent adoption of MiCA, the regulation on markets for crypto-assets, adds another important point to the discussions and debates that will take place.
« Brussels Blockchain Week aims to be the place for debates on these important questions. I would like to use the words of Larry Fink, CEO of Blackrock, who recently stated that “tokenization is the next generation of markets”, in other words the future. This is our goal in organizing this 2nd edition in Brussels: to get on board this moving train and put the European capital on the Web 3.0 map,” said Raoul Ullens, Web 3.0 entrepreneur and co-founder of Brussels Blockchain Week.
Speakers from the world of Web 3.0 entrepreneurship and European regulation.
The ambition is to have a rich debate with exchange, which is why the organizers have gathered so many personalities from European institutions, such as Joachim Schwerin, “Principal Economist” at the European Commission’s DG GROW, responsible for MiCa regulation and development. of the political approach to the “token economy”, among others; Peter Kerstens, adviser at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, considered the Commission’s main adviser on Fintech; Ondrej Kovarik, Member of the European Parliament, sits on the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) as a representative of the liberal political group Renew Europe.
He was rapporteur for the European Parliament resolution on “Digital Finance: Emerging Risks in Crypto-assets – Regulatory and Supervisory Challenges in Financial Services, Institutions, and Markets”; and from the entrepreneurial world of Web 3.0 such as Kevin de Patoul, CEO and founder of Keyrock, Pierre Noizat, CEO of Paymium, Emilie Raffo, CEO of ChainSecurity, Arnaud Caudoux: Deputy CEO of BPI France, Salman Banaei, Head of Regulatory Affairs at Uniswap and many others such as representatives from Binance, Kraken, Polygon.
“The quality of the speakers is our top priority for Brussels Blockchain Week. Our desire is to have an almost perfect balance between the entrepreneurial world of Web 3.0 and politics and regulation,” Raoul Ullens, Web 3.0 entrepreneur and co-founder of Brussels Blockchain Week.
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