Following the resounding success of its first edition, the 2020 Geneva Blockchain Congress will again examine the theme of ‘from laboratory to market via ethics, regulation and governance‘. If blockchain-based applications have any chance of becoming mainstream, these three challenges will all require much more attention and serious development.
The core aim of the Congress is to promote a constructive and healthy exchange of views between international standard-setting bodies, national governments that create the legal frameworks, and the private sector, whose role is to develop authentic and profitable products.
This event is brought to you by Palexpo SA.
It is no coincidence that the Congress is being held in Geneva.
Dedicated as it is to advancing the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the city of Geneva promotes high-quality education, decent work conditions, economic growth, responsible consumption and healthy and robust institutions.
Not only are all these elements of society continuously evolving, but each one of them is deeply affected by innovative technological developments.
ABOUT GENEVA, HOME OF GLOBAL GOVERNANCE
Geneva lies at the nexus of several separate strands of world affairs. Home to numerous financial houses, the United Nations and CERN – not to mention countless international companies and world-class schools – the city boasts a reputation as great as any in Europe, if not the world.
Geneva’s institutions are at the forefront of discussions on ethics, regulation and governance, especially when it comes to innovative technologies and their impact on the economy and society at large. Indeed, Switzerland as a whole ranks as one of the most innovative countries in the world. At the 2020 Congress, you will not only have the chance to meet decision makers and key influencers, but also help them set the standards of tomorrow.
A high performance ecosystem underpinned by political support
There is no doubt that the city of Geneva punches well above its weight.
Its success derives from a small but cohesive group of stakeholders that includes academic hubs, the local financial centre and an unrivalled support for start-up incubation and acceleration.
But these factors are all underpinned by an intense political will that simply wants the city to succeed and to enable the emerging ‘distributed ledger economy’ to grow and flourish here.
PALEXPO: GENEVA'S EXHIBITION AND CONVENTION CENTRE
It couldn’t be any easier to get to Palexpo. It is situated just next door to Geneva International Airport, with first-class transport links – including a seven-minute train ride – from the airport to the city centre. There are over 700 hotel rooms within walking distance from Palexpo.
About steering committee
Lamine Brahimi | Taurus group – Co-Founder & Managing partner
Directorate General for Economic Development, Research and Innovation (DG DERI), Department for Economic Development | State of Geneva
Olivier Depierre | DLT Law Co-founder & Partner
Antonio Gambardella | Fongit – Director
Pierre Kauffmann | IBM blockchain leader Switzerland
Dourgam Kummer – OISTE Foundation
Claude Membrez | Palexpo SA – Managing Director
Carlos Moreira | Wisekey SA – CEO
Jean-Henry Morin | Université de Genève – Centre Universitaire Informatique Professor, University of Geneva – University Computer Centre
Vincent Subilia | Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Genève