As the World Economic Forum brings global leaders together to tackle global issues, a number of cryptocurrency and blockchain events will create a vibrant sideshow in the snowy ski destination in the Swiss Alps.
Cointelegraph will be on the ground to cover the World Economic Forum (WEF) as well as a host of blockchain-focused events taking place. Key members from global governments, businesses and civil society converge on the town annually for the WEF conference, but cryptocurrency and blockchain events are beginning to make their mark during the exclusive event.
The official WEF agenda for 2023 has made provision for cryptocurrency and blockchain as talking points featuring during the week-long conference. A session titled ‘Finding the Right Balance for Crypto’ on 19 January (15:00 CET) will explore the ‘boom and bust’ in crypto markets in 2022, and is set to consider the creation of ‘robust regulation’ of cryptocurrencies while ensuring ‘positive macroeconomic and societal outcomes.’
Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse features in the session alongside the Netherlands central bank president Klaas Knot, the European Commission’s Mairead McGuinness, and Omar Sultan Al Olama, the UAE’s Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications.
Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire will head up a session on Tokenized Economies on 17 January (16:15 CET), delving into which industries could see the biggest influence from tokenization.
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The Metaverse is another topic that is set to be covered during WEF. A session titled ‘Deployment in the Industrial Metaverse’ is scheduled for 19 January (09:00 CET). Meanwhile, Meta’s chief product officer Chris Cox headlines a panel discussion, ‘A New Reality: Building the Metaverse’, which will unpack an estimated $180 billion in investment into the sector and its potential development driven by research, innovation, investment, and policy. This session is scheduled for 18 January (15:00 CET).
WEF is also tapping into the metaverse through its own 3D offering, allowing delegates to create avatars to explore different immersive environments.
Cointelegraph’s editor-in-chief Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr will attend WEF for the publication and is scheduled to moderate a number of panels at events during the week.
This includes a session during GBBC’s #BlockchainCentral Davos 2023 titled Interoperability and Climate Change on 17 January (13:40 CET). Cornèr will also lead a panel on Liquidity in Climate Markets & Discovering a Global Carbon Price at Hedera Haus on 16 January (15:35 CET).
A panel at Greek House on 17 January (09:30 CET) will see Cornèr drive a conversation around ‘The emergence of Breakthrough Technologies: new ways to mobilize finance for Sustainable Investments’.
Cointelegraph journalist Gareth Jenkinson will be covering GBBC’s #BlockchainCentral Davos 2023 and CV Labs’ Blockchain Hub Davos. Jenkinson is also set to moderate a session titled ‘Reports of Decentralized Finance Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated… DeFi 2.0 is Coming!’ at Blockchain Hub on 17 January (15:30 CET) as well as a panel on ‘The Future of the Metaverse’ at GBBC on 18 January (17:20 CET).
A host of influential industry participants from the cryptocurrency and blockchain space are set to feature prominently at different events including the likes of AVA Labs CEO & co-founder Emin Gün Sirer, SkyBridge Capital founder Anthony Scaramucci, and Cambridge Analytica whistleblower and data protection advocate Brittany Kaiser.