27 May 2019

Blockchain Symposium in Basel

Yara Ainsworth

Yara Ainsworth

Head of Marketing and Communications at Crypto Finance AG

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As part of the second Blockchain Symposium under the leadership of Professor Dr. Fabian Schär, Crypto Finance CEO and founder Jan Brzezek participated in the panel discussion.

Source: University of Basel – Faculty of Business and Economics

On May 23, the University of Basel hosted the second Blockchain Symposium, which this year focused primarily on the topics of professionalisation and decentralisation and also dealt with legal issues and challenges in the blockchain sector.

More than 400 participants listened when representatives of the Swiss and Liechtenstein governments spoke on the subject of “Regulation of the Blockchain Industry”, and presented the audience with the very different approaches of both countries with regard to legislation.

The presentation by Lukas Hess and Ozan Polat represented a certain ease after the regulatory topics. With their very lively presentation, the two partners of the Think Tank Dezentrum moved the focus away from the purely monetary aspect. Instead, when describing their research projects, they drew attention to the social, legal, and ethical issues that automatically arise when DLT-based functional objects are able to manage and organise themselves autonomously and even communicate with the environment.

In the concluding panel discussion “Blockchain – Disruption of the Banking Sector?” moderator Semih Kaçan together with CEOs of leading financial intermediaries in the DLT sector discussed and shed light on the current development of various blockchain projects in the financial sector as well as the potential and risks of the technology for asset management.

See additional impressions from the event here.

Professor Dr. Fabian Schär at the University of Basel Blockchain Symposium (Image: University of Basel)


Panel discussion participants (Image: University of Basel)
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