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Blockchain Horizons — Exploring the Future of Blockchain Innovation and Application

Darmstadt, Germany – May 27, 2024 – Today, we stand at the crossroads of a digital revolution. The International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA), in partnership with its Academic Advisory Board and co-organiser ZEVEDI Centre Responsible Digitality, proudly announces the successful inaugural edition of Blockchain Horizons: INATBA’s Academic and R&D Forum.

Held on May 22, 2024, at the prestigious Darmstadtium in Darmstadt, Germany, this event brought together the brightest minds in academia, research, and industry. Together, they charted the future of blockchain technology through a day filled with inspired presentations, dynamic panel discussions, and an innovative “speed dating” session for researchers, sparking new collaborations and ideas.

Among the event’s highlights was the Blockchain Skills for Europe Alliance (CHAISE) final event, underscoring the critical importance of blockchain education and skill development for the future workforce.

Key partners included BlockStand, CHAISE, EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum, Hareva Business Ideas (HBI), and Ledger Journal.

With 31 distinguished speakers from around the globe, the forum featured insights from experts such as:

  • Prof. Dr. Kristina Sinemus, Minister, Hessian Ministry for Digitalisation and Innovation, Germany
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katarina Adam, HTW Berlin, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. iur. Heribert Anzinger, Universität Ulm, Germany
  • Prof. Muhammad Ashfaq, IU International University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Justina Bieliauskaite, European Digital SME Alliance, Belgium
  • Dyma Budorin, Hacken, Portugal
  • Tonia Damvakeraki, EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum, Greece
  • Nena Dokuzov, Government of Slovenia
  • Parisa Ghodous, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France
  • Bara Greplova, INATBA, Czech Republic
  • Dr. David Arroyo Guardeño, Spanish National Research Council, Spain
  • Dr. Tan Gürpinar, Quinnipiac University, USA
  • Björn Hanneke, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
  • Eike Haß, IOTA, Germany
  • Dr.-Ing. Jonathan Heiß, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Dr. Jiaying Jiang, University of Florida, USA
  • Dimitris Kiriakos, Public Institute of Vocational Education of Aigaleo, Greece
  • Jan Klesla, Blockchain Republic, Czech Republic
  • Stéphane Kündig, Konnecta Systems, Greece
  • Prof. Dr. Salvatore Moccia, EIT Digital, Spain
  • Lina Nardone, European DIGITAL SME Alliance, Belgium
  • Ioannis Revolidis, PhD, University of Malta, Malta
  • Prof. Florian Möslein, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany
  • Dr. Joachim Schwerin, European Commission, Belgium
  • Ali Shoker, PhD, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
  • Elisabet Ström, anotherblock, Sweden
  • Dr. Carola Westermeier, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany
  • Sujata Wirsching, Deutsche Börse, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Filippo Zatti, University of Florence, Italy
  • William Zhang, PhD, Bank for International Settlements, Norway

 

Supported by 15 academic and research institutions, including Batman University, Blockchain Intelligence, Blockchain Law Institute, HAW Hamburg, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin, Institute for Law and Regulation of Digitalisation, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Quinnipiac School of Business, Technische Universität Berlin, KU Leuven, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Università di Pavia, University of Glasgow, and University of West Attica, the event was a beacon of collaborative innovation.

In a series of dynamic panels, attendees explored the intersection of technology and regulation, the convergence of AI and blockchain, and the transformative potential of tokenization and blockchain in various sectors.

Highlights from each panel included:

  • Money in the Wallet: The panel explored the intersection of technology, regulation, and financial education in the context of digital currencies. Discussions emphasised interdisciplinary perspectives and the imperative for financial literacy to demystify digital currencies like the digital euro.
  • Blockchain & AI: Deciphering the Genesis: This panel delved into the convergence of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence. Experts highlighted the vast research potential in combining these technologies to enhance data security, monetise personal data, and support cybersecurity.
  • Tokenisation of Rights: This panel explored the legal and practical implications of tokenising various assets, emphasising the need for clear legal definitions and regulatory standards to shape the future of digital assets.
  • Blockchain’s Role in Space, Defense & Security: This panel explored blockchain’s transformative potential across critical sectors, including space, defence, and security. Discussions centred on blockchain’s foundational role in creating decentralised trust mechanisms and managing security challenges.
  • Shaping Policy in a Digital Era: This panel delved into the intersection of regulation, innovation, and academic research in financial technology and blockchain. Experts emphasised the necessity of smart regulation, sandboxes for testing innovative practices, and the role of academia in educating the public about emerging technologies.
  • Handling Private Data: Experts underscored the importance of transparency, fairness, and accountability in institutions, advocating for the use of blockchain technology to promote these values. Discussions also touched on privacy concerns and the significance of digital literacy and privacy hygiene in the digital age.

 

Blockchain Horizons marks a pivotal moment, reflecting our commitment to harnessing the transformative power of blockchain and AI. As we navigate this digital era, INATBA remains at the forefront, fostering collaboration, innovation, and the ethical deployment of cutting-edge technologies.

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About INATBA:
Launched in 2019 by the European Commission, the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) is a highly influential advocate for Blockchain and DLT adoption in Europe and globally. Renowned for its credibility with regulatory authorities and policymakers, INATBA contributes significantly to various projects and initiatives. To learn more, visit www.inatba.org.