Blockchain Chronicles: Safeguarding Cultural Heritage & Tokenizing Tradition
This panel discussion invites cultural experts, technologists, and innovators to engage in a thought-provoking dialogue on how blockchain technology is reshaping the preservation and management of our shared cultural heritage. The discussion will explore key aspects such as digital provenance, intellectual property rights, cultural asset tokenization, and shed light on exemplary public sector initiatives that are harnessing blockchain’s potential. Panellists will share insights into real-world applications, highlighting use-cases where blockchain has been pivotal in safeguarding invaluable artifacts and historical narratives.
In addition the session aims to examine the challenges of protecting the rights of creators and cultural custodians in the digital realm, looking at the rise of cultural asset tokenization and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs); and how blockchain can be leveraged to unlock new avenues for ownership and engagement.
Ultimately the session aims to inspire collaborations that lead to a more inclusive, transparent, and enriched cultural landscape for generations to come; while providing concrete examples of how blockchain technology has the potential to redefine the way we perceive, protect, and share our cultural heritage.
Leanne KempFounder & CEO | Everledger
Leanne is Founder and CEO of Everledger. In her role as CEO, she inspires and steers the team of Everlegends to increase transparency and trust with technology, in close collaboration with our industry partners.
She is a prominent figure in the technology sector. Leanne co-chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Future of Manufacturing and takes part in the Global Future Council on Blockchain. She also leads workstreams at the Global Blockchain Business Council, co-chairs the World Trade Board’s Sustainable Trade Action Group, and is on the IBM Blockchain Platform Board of Advisors.
Leanne’s awards include the AIM Global Allan Gilligan Award 2019, Advance Global Australian Awards 2018 for Technology Innovation, and Innovator of the Year 2016 and 2018 at the Women in IT Awards (London). In 2018, her entrepreneurial success saw her appointed as the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur in Australia, to develop the state’s startup ecosystem, attract investment and support job creation. She was the first female entrepreneur to hold this position. Her tenure ended in December 2020.
More recently, Leanne has been appointed to the Global Blockchain Business Council as a Regional Ambassador of Australia, an Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Future Environment at the Queensland University of Technology and Blockchain Advisory Board Member of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Sam WilliamsCo-Founder | Arweave & CEO | Forward Research
Sam Williams is the inventor of Arweave – the world’s first protocol that enables permanent data storage. He is also the CEO of Forward Research, an incubator that promotes the development and adoption of Arweave globally.
Driven by his passion for empowering free speech, Sam has founded and invested in companies building a new decentralized web that guarantees users’ rights. A former PhD candidate in computer science, Sam is widely regarded as an expert in blockchain consensus mechanisms and incentive design and has delivered keynotes across the globe on these topics.