Cardano in Davos

Cardano at World Economic Forum 2020

For the second year in a row, the Cardano Foundation attended and spoke at various events in Davos during the World Economic Forum (WEF2020). During 20–24 January 2020, the Cardano Foundation spoke about the benefits of adoption of Cardano – the first blockchain platform developed for smart contracts based on a scientific philosophy, and contributed to the global conversation about the wider social good that blockchain can bring to the sustainable socio-economic development of the planet.

Thinking about challenges ahead, a delegation of bright minds of the Cardano Foundation, IOHK and EMURGO were in Davos during WEF2020:

  • Nathan Kaiser.
  • Hinrich Pfeifer.
  • Bakyt Azimkanov.
  • Domino Burki.
  • Charles Hoskinson.
  • Tamara Haasen.
  • Rod Alexander.
  • Jerry Fragiskatos.
  • Manmeet Singh.

Our objectives at Davos during WEF2020 were to identify opportunities for:

  • Drive adoption.
  • Shape legislation and commercial standards.
  • Grow Cardano’s community.
  • Facilitate partnerships.

Our teams joined CVVC and other Digital Economy events in Davos during WEF2020 to discuss industry trends, shape the evolution of financial markets, and light the fire to start the 4th industrial revolution.


Davos Diaries

Besides promoting the benefits of adoption of Cardano among the planet’s most influential individuals, the Foundation is forging new partnerships, educational initiatives and innovative ways of ADA integration.

20 January 2020

The Foundation Council has just approved a research grant request from the Berkman Klein Center to study blockchain governance. Their research will benefit Cardano, as well as the whole crypto ecosystem.

21 January 2020

We accepted an offer to implement a Proof-of-Concept integration with ScanTrust, a smart packaging services company, to co-develop Cardano Connector, a blockchain-enabled product provenance and authenticity tool.

22 January 2020

The Cardano Foundation’s Council has approved to sign an initial letter of intent with LO3energy a US-based provider of local energy solutions platform. More information to follow.

23 January 2020

We made a first step towards bringing an ada-denominated structured finance product. Early talks with GENTWO on a potential securitization structure led to an initial commitment to set up a foundational infrastructure.

24 January 2020

The Cardano Foundation has signed a letter of intent with Finka. Under the guidance of the Foundation, we will evaluate the Switzerland-based Finka as a potential Goguen launch partner.

25 January 2020

Cardano Foundation and DUST Identity are both committed to strengthening the blockchain ecosystem. The two entities hope collaboration will lead to greater transparency and accountability for global organizations.


Davos Special

As part of the Cardano delegation at Davos, led by Cardano Foundation, Cardano representatives took part in various panels and delivering keynote talks, while promoting the benefits of adoption of Cardano among the planet’s most influential individuals.

Charles Hoskinson Keynote: Global fintech ecosystem and industry trends

Charles Hoskinson, CEO of our ecosystem parter IOHK, delivers a keynote address about the latest industry trends and global fintech ecosystem at the Emerging Technologies Investor Meeting. The recording was made on 21 January 2020 in Davos, Graubünden.

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Fireside Chat: Why Switzerland rocks the crypto world

Charles Hoskinson, CEO of our ecosystem parter Input Output HK, joined David Johnston of Yeoman’s Capital for a fireside chat moderated by Tracy Trachsler. The recording was made on 21 January 2020 in Davos, Graubünden.

Nathan Kaiser Keynote: Interoperability - Current state and future prospects

Nathan Kaiser, our Chairperson, delivered a keynote address about interoperability’s current state and future prospects at the CV Lab’s Security Token and Exchange Forum. In his speech, Nathan called for a wider discussion of interoperability and include philosophers, economists and regulators in the conversation in addition to coders, bankers and lawyers. The recording was made on 22 January 2020 in Davos, Graubünden.

Fireside Chat: Battle of the blockchains

Charles Hoskinson, CEO of our ecosystem parter IOHK, joined Yanislav Malahov, Founder of Aeternity for a fireside chat. The recording was made on 22 January 2020 in Davos, Graubünden.

Panel Discussion: Is privacy in the crypto world mandatory or a threat?

Nathan Kaiser, our Chairperson, joined a panel with Nouriel Roubini, CEO of Roubini Macro Associates; Brittany Kaiser, Founder of OwnYourData; Riccardo Spagni, Project Lead at Monero, and Michael Casey, Chief Content Officer at the CV Summit Davos. The recording was made on 23 January 2020 in Davos, Graubünden.

Charles Hoskinson Keynote: Blockchain for social good

Charles Hoskinson, CEO of our ecosystem parter IOHK, delivered a keynote address about societal benefits of blockchain at the CV Summit Davos. The recording was made on 23 January 2020 in Davos, Graubünden.

Addendum from Charles Hoskinson

Charles Hoskinson, CEO of our ecosystem parter IOHK, shares his impressions from Graubünden where the top decision-makers gathered to discuss the world’s most pressing matters. The recording was made on 23 January 2020 in Davos, Graubünden.


EmTech IM

Day 1

  • Cardano Foundation and IOHK look forward to “Sustainable Investments and Social Impact of Emerging Technologies”.
  • Session 3 will cover the implementation cases of Emerging Technologies!

Day 2

  • The Beginning of Institutional Era for Digital Assets.
  • Charles to share insights into the “Global Fintech Ecosystem and Industry Trends”.
  • Disrupting the Future: Financial Markets Evolutions.

Day 3

  • What’s next? “Travel Rule and Data Privacy”.
  • Nathan Kaiser, Chairperson of the Cardano Foundation will sit on the panel to help shape the discussion on legislation and privacy rules in blockchain.


CV Summit

Day 1

  • Nathan Kaiser gives a keynote on interoperability and participates in a panel discussing Security Token exchanges.
  • Charles Hoskinson talks on KYC & AML in industry-grade Blockchain Technology.

Day 2

  • Nathan Kaiser is on a panel discussing “Privacy in the crypto world, mandatory or a threat?” and taking part in a press conference.
  • Keynote speech by Charles Hoskinson on “Blockchain for Social Good”.


Recap

The Cardano Foundation and its ecosystem partners – IOHK and EMURGO – were in Davos in late January 2020 during the World Economic Forum (WEF). We promoted Cardano at the most important gathering of the planet, exchanged ideas with the brightest minds, shared insights with both supporters and critics, and made new connections. The Cardano delegation talked about the future of blockchain and crypto as well as the potential of our protocol and its contribution to socioeconomic development of the global society.

  1. Davos 2020 WEF announced the first Digital Currency consortium during its 50th annual meeting. This is in addition to GBBC it established in 2019. Darryn Pollock, Forbes Crypto, explains the “momentous shift in the attitude towards blockchain”.

  2. Our entire delegation met with leading academics, top executives and politicians. Multiple roundtables with educational establishments such as MIT and Harvard saw the approval of a grant for the Berkman Klein Center to study blockchain governance.

  3. Cardano Foundation signed letters of intent with potential launch partner for Goguen, our Smart Contracts layer:

  • DUST Identity secure identity on any physical object.
  • Finka member Crypto Valley.
  • LO3 Energy US-based provider of local energy solutions.
  1. The Foundation also…
  • accepted an offer to co-develop a Proof-Of-Concept integration with ScanTrust for blockchain-enabled product provenance, and authenticity.
  • with GENTWO will bring an ada-denominated structured finance product to the market.


Some pictures

“In Davos”. (Charles)


Second Day EmTech IM during WEF20 in Davos (Cardano Foundation)


“Nathan Kaiser speaking here at Davos. Lots of great people here”. (Charles)


Nathan Kaiser is on a panel discussing “Privacy in the crypto world, mandatory or a threat?” and taking part in a press conference, at the CV Summit in Davos on the last day of WEF. (Cardano Foundation)


Is the privacy in the crypto world mandatory or a threat? Panelists, including Nathan Kaiser of Cardano Foundation, discussing a highly debated topic in Davos. Nathan Kaiser says “You need a ‘safety belt’ when it comes to privacy in the crypto world”. (Cardano Foundation)


Charles Hoskinson, CEO of IOHK, talking blockchain for social good at the CV Summit in Davos on the last day of WEF. The Cardano delegation led by Cardano Foundation is holding various discussions on benefits of blockchain. (Cardano Foundation)



“Got to love Davos”. (Charles)

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Nice wrap up of everything @rodrigonzalez :raised_hands:

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buena @rodrigonzalez !!! :clap:

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