Solarpunk and Web3: Envisioning a Sustainable, Collaborative Future

Solarpunk and Web3

Solarpunk is a movement in speculative fiction, art, fashion and activism that seeks to answer and embody the question “what does a sustainable civilization look like, and how can we get there?”

Jay Springett, Co-administrator of solarpunks.net

What is Solarpunk?

Solarpunk is a visionary movement that emerged as an antidote to the dystopian themes of Cyberpunk and the nostalgia and aesthetics of Steampunk. It offers an optimistic outlook on the future amidst the climate crisis, envisioning a society in perfect harmony with nature and equally shared with everyone on the planet. A Solarpunk future is one that is sustainable at a not-just-for-rich-people level but a human-friendly future that can scale.

In the Solarpunk world, technology is developed in tandem with nature, and clean energy sources like solar and wind power entirely sustain cities. There are no existential threats like the climate crisis looming over society. The focus is on regenerative and sustainable practices, with a circular economy at its core

Olivia Louise shared her aesthetic vision of Solarpunk on Tumblr in 2014.

The Solarpunk Manifesto

“Solarpunk” was coined in 2008 in a blog post from the Republic of the Bees. Over the years, Solarpunk has evolved from a small online community to a promising speculative subgenre. In 2014, Adam Flynn penned down his notes toward the Solarpunk manifesto, while an ultimate Solarpunk reference guide was created by Jay Springett in 2017. The Solarpunk movement has evolved with its distinct aesthetic and an emerging manifesto.

Solarpunk is about finding ways to make life more wonderful for us right now, and more importantly for the generations that follow us… Our futurism is not nihilistic like cyberpunk and it avoids steampunk’s potentially quasi-reactionary tendencies: it is about ingenuity, generativity, independence, and community.

Adam Flynn, “Solarpunk: Notes toward a manifesto

To grasp some main ideas of Solarpunk, you can read this interesting Tumblr post explaining why solarpunk is the most important speculative fiction movement in the last 20 years.

Solarpunk artwork Sun City created by Nusa Stiglitz.

Essential Elements of Solarpunk

Decentralization

Decentralization is a fundamental element of the Solarpunk movement. Unlike Cyberpunks who envision a world controlled by oppressive corporations, Solarpunks envision a future where power is distributed among individuals and communities, fostering a sense of autonomy and empowerment. Instead of centralizing authority in the hands of a few, decisions are made collectively, with a focus on sustainability and environmental harmony. By embracing open-source technologies, information is freely accessible to all, driving innovation and progress for the betterment of society.

Lush Nature

The core idea of Solarpunk is to create a world where lush natural landscapes abound, as we see in the Studio Ghibli films, and human activities coexist peacefully with the environment.

Lush nature is an essential feature in the films from the Gibili Studio. Source: Howl’s Moving Castle from Intofilm.org.

Renewable and Sustainable Technologies

Renewable energy, especially solar power and its representation are the foundation of the Solarpunk ideology, which characterizes “gentle, non-centralized, and non-mediated”, the Solarpunks envision a world with collaboration and communities, in which no one is left behind. 

Solarpunk emphasizes the use of green energy, such as wind, water, and solar power. Source: The Future Is Bright by Jessica Woulfe.

Solarpunk Aesthetics and Art

Solarpunk’s visual aesthetics embrace an ever-changing fusion of influences. It weaves together the charm of 1800s age-of-sail/frontier living, now enhanced by the eco-friendly elements of nature and the modern touch of technology. The landscapes showcase the creative reuse of existing infrastructure, offering glimpses of both post-apocalyptic and present-weird worlds.

In 2014, Olivia Louise’s Tumblr post went viral. She integrated the art nouveau elements and gave the concept of Solarpunk a visual language. The work of Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan’s greatest animation directors, is also considered a representation of the Solarpunk art style.

For more Solarpunk art, check out the Solarpunk Magazine, concept artist Jessica Woulfe (Solarpunk Art Contest Winner in 2019), graphic designer Nusa Stiglitz (who did the Solarpunk city design for Fuzzy Binary Games), Elijah Johnson (Solarpunk Art Contest winner in 2021).

Artwork Solar Ascension created by Astral-Requin for the Atomhawk Solarpunk art contest.

Solarpunk Movies, Fictions, and Architectures

The animated commercial by the Yogurt company Chobani in 2021 made Solarpunk concepts and aesthetics reach a greater audience. Solarpunk futurist Stephen Magee also posted the video to Twitter, claiming that the lifestyle in the video is the Solarpunk future that he’s fighting for.

The animated Yogurt commercial released in 2021 aligns with the Solarpunk ideology.

Books

  • Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation (2017)
  • Wings of Renewal: A Solarpunk Dragon Anthology (2015)
  • Chameleon Moon (RoAnna Sylver, 2014)
  • Solarpunk: Ecological and Fantastic Stories in a Sustainable World (2013)
  • Parable of the Sower (Octavia E. Butler, 1993)
  • Mars trilogy (Kim Stanley Robinson, 1992)
  • The Dispossessed (Ursula K LeGuin’s, 1974)
  • Looking Backwards (Edward Bellamy, 1888)
Books that align with the Solarpunk values. Source: FreedomNews.org.

Movies

  • Black Panther (2018)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
  • Princess Mononoke (1997)
  • Castle In The Sky (1989)
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1987)
Hayao Miyazaki’s films often explore the themes of humanity and nature. Source: Princess Mononoke, Queensland Art Gallery.

Architecture

Architecturally, Solarpunk is characterized by buildings adorned with vegetation, including rooftop gardens and vertical forests. The aim is to integrate nature into urban spaces and create a more harmonious coexistence between humanity and the natural world.

  • Architect Vincent Callebaut (Belgium)
  • Architect Francis Kere (Burkina Faso)
  • Gardens by the Bay (Singapore)
  • Jewel Changi Airport Waterfall (Singapore)
  • Golden Bridge (Vietnam) 
  • Bosco Verticale (Italy)
Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. Source: Official Site.

Solarpunk and Web3

In a world with constant tensions between different groups and the environment, Solarpunk is our alternative for doomerism in a world of rising coordination failure. With Web3, the transparent, immutable, programmable, and global structure that can unlock better coordination, we can leverage collective intelligence to make the world better.

Solarpunk in Web3 highlights cooperativism, coordination, cooperation, communities, and collective benefits. Scott Moore, Co-Founder of Gitcoin, highlighted how Web3 reimagines public goods, emphasizing the positive externalities on society.

Kevin Owocki, CEO of Gitcoin, also tweeted that Web3 builders are creating economic systems with various mechanisms like NFTs, Quadratic Funding, and Retro Public Goods Funding, aiming to generate a positive impact. 

Unlike Web2, Web3 developers are incentivized to construct transparent infrastructure for public goods. Examples like open-source software and Decentralized Science, as highlighted by Kevin Owocki, demonstrate their commitment to providing public access to a decentralized and transparent financial system. Their ultimate goal is to foster a world with increased fairness and justice. 

Web3 is Solarpunk reimagining public goods – Scott Moore (at ETH Barcelona 2023).

Sustainability is a vital element in Web3, aligning closely with Solarpunk principles. Increasing discussions arise around mining crypto with a green footprint, leveraging blockchain to improve the circular economy, or building projects for human rights and social equality. The emergence of Regenerative Finance (ReFi) protocols in the Web3 space further demonstrates the commitment to effectively address sustainability challenges.

Web3 is not just some sort of a speculative game. It’s actually building new kinds of regenerative ecosystems, and ReGen is fundamentally Solarpunk.

Scott Moore, Co-Founder of Gitcoin

Lunarpunk and Privacy

Lunarpunk originated as a subset of Solarpunk, sharing the values of decentralization, diversity, and inclusivity. However, it has diverged from Solarpunk’s optimistic outlook. While Solarpunk focuses on transparency and openness, Lunarpunk emphasizes sovereignty and privacy. 

Lunarpunks argue that optimism leaves Solarpunks unprepared for potential challenges, giving rise to what they call “Solarpunk Fragility.” In response, Lunarpunks advocate for robust defense and the use of cryptography to safeguard user identities. They believe in the inherent conflict between cryptocurrencies and existing institutions, fearing that regulators will ban cryptocurrencies while using anonymity as an excuse to extend control.

The video from Rekt clearly explains the concepts of Lunarpunk and its distinctions from Solarpunk.

The development of zero-knowledge technology, self-sovereign identities, and decentralized IDs reflects the LunarPunk value of privacy preservation in the Web3 space. Privacy will be the future of Web3 and how to balance privacy and surveillance will be an important question to consider.

Read more about privacy and trust in Web3:

Metaverse 2.0: AI, Interoperability, and the Path Ahead

Metaverse 2.0: AI, Interoperability, and the Path Ahead

The panel is moderated by David Palmer, Blockchain Lead at Vodafone. Leon Lanen, COO of Bit Hotel – Blockchain Game, Lukasz Plewa, Head of Blockchain and Economy at DRKVRS, and Nicolas Benhamou Lacalle, Founder & CCO of Algoritcom provide insights from their experiences working on metaverse in gaming and business retail.

What Is the Metaverse?

Both Nicolas and Leon mention that the metaverse is a virtual space where people can work, socialize, interact, and basically do anything that we normally do in our daily lives. It’s important to point out that people are able to participate in the metaverse from different mediums, such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), or even mobile phones. Lukasz concludes by saying that people often portray the metaverse as the movie “Ready Player One,” but he thinks the metaverse is simply another medium that allows people to interact with one another.

What Impact Will Metaverse Have?

David shares that McKinsey’s report, released in January 2023, stated that the Metaverse has the potential to become an over $5 trillion economy by 2030. Leon believes that the gaming industry will be the main driver that attracts users to socialize in the virtual worlds, while Lukasz envisions an interoperable digital world in which people can exchange assets and play different games seamlessly. 

From the retail perspective, Nicolas shares that the metaverse will give businesses new opportunities to build communities around their brands, and they can even integrate gaming into their business to create an innovative experience.

Participants tried out the VR device at the Algoritcom stand at EBC23.

What Needs To Be Improved?

Lukasz thinks that it’s important for users to be able to access the metaverse from different devices despite the slightly different user experiences. Leon agrees with that, saying that the VR or AR devices on the market now are expensive, and thus are not really helping with mass adoption. He believes that there will be new gadgets, such as Neuralink chips, coming out and making the immersive experience more accessible. 

Apart from improving access to the metaverse, Nicolas also acknowledges the importance of education. He thinks people nowadays are intimidated by the word “Metaverse,” and thus helping people understand the virtual world is essential.

What is the Future of Metaverse?

Leon and Lukasz both believe that artificial intelligence (AI) will play a significant role in the metaverse, particularly in creating generative art, storylines for the games, or non-player characters (NPCs) that can engage with users, and provide compelling instructions or conversations. They predict that AI will be used to create more natural and dynamic responses than the current decision-tree-based answers used in existing games.

We will have different interoperable metaverses. Lukasz states that users should be able to participate in the metaverse that they are interested in, no matter whether it’s a virtual shopping center, a game, or a fantasy world, and they should be able to seamlessly jump from one to another. Leon believes that having interoperable decentralized digital identities will thus be critical.

Panelists Lukasz and Nicolas shared their insights on metaverse adoption and education.

Leon and Lukasz both believe that artificial intelligence (AI) will play a significant role in the metaverse, particularly in creating generative art, storylines for the games, or non-player characters (NPCs) that can engage with users, and provide compelling instructions or conversations. They predict that AI will be used to create more natural and dynamic responses than the current decision-tree-based answers used in existing games.

In the coming months, Lukasz expects that companies working on metaverses will learn from their previous projects and create better products with different approaches. Leon thinks that there will be many new releases of metaverse worlds, games, and upgrades in technology. While he doesn’t expect a fully-fledged metaverse reality, he does believe that we will be inching closer to it, and the exact expression of it will become clearer over the next two years.

We are on an evolutionary journey, not a revolutionary journey, in my view. I’m just excited to see each aspect of that evolution!

David Palmer, Blockchain Lead at Vodafone

Watch the full panel to learn about the future of metaverse!

FTX and Crypto Bubbles: Will Self-Regulation Be the Savior?

FTX and Crypto Bubbles: Will Self-Regulation Be the Savior?

In the aftermath of the FTX crash, the crypto market experienced significant shifts, with developments like the Ripple v.s. SEC lawsuits and BlackRock’s Bitcoin bonds injecting energy and optimism into the community. Despite the distance from that troubling period in 2022, the panel discussion on FTX, regulations, and self-regulation remains insightful.

Led by Sebastian Becciu from Sygnum Bank, the panel includes experts like Robert Le from Pitchbook, Kevin Murcko of Coinmetro, James Ryan from GammaX, and Michael Jackson from Fabric Ventures. As the crypto industry rebuilds trust and aligns with regulations worldwide, it paves the way for institutional players to enter the space.

Could the FTX Collapse Have Been Prevented With More Regulations?

The FTX collapse sparked a debate on the role of regulations in preventing such incidents. Michael attributes the FTX bubble to FOMO and the abundance of free cash during the Covid-19 pandemic.

On the other hand, Robert emphasizes the cyclical nature of financial markets and argues that the lack of regulations allowed FTX’s founder to present the exchange as legitimate while evading legal oversight. 

While Michael and Kevin believe that regulations may have lessened the damage, they acknowledged that bad actors will persist in any industry, making complete prevention challenging. Michael points out that the crash might have been caused more by internal governance and management issues within the company rather than a regulatory failure. He thinks that maybe with proper regulations, the damage of the FTX crash would have been lessened, but it wouldn’t have been stopped.

“Regulations move slower than innovation, everybody knows that saying, right? At the same time, if you’ve ever run a business, you’ll know that criminals outpace whatever you do to stop them. At the end of the day, you can try, you can lessen, but you’re not going to stop it.”
– Kevin Murcko, Founder & CEO of Coinmetro

What Are the Impact of Regulations?

James thinks that it’s inevitable that companies are going off-shore. If customers are demanding less friction, companies will move to countries where they can set up an exchange with less friction, which is basically going off-shore. 

Robert responds to this by saying that in the U.S. a lot of the federal regulators are taking steps to cut off crypto from the banking system, and he believes this is going to push crypto companies off-shore.

Kevin agrees with them, stating that the current cycle of regulation hasn’t worked to prevent fraud and has failed to establish a better ecosystem. Apart from pushing companies off-shore, there might also be potential regulatory risks that come along. He states that regulations often leave the biggest companies in the world to do whatever they want while smaller entities have to follow rules, making them less competitive.

Michael complements this conversation by looking at the finance and VC perspective. He thinks nowadays VCs won’t permit their money to be invested in companies that are in shady jurisdictions, but only in reputable companies that don’t focus merely on arbitrage. He believes that this, rather than regulations, will be what brings companies on-shore.


More EBC insights on crypto regulations:


The conference room is full of the audience listening to the FTX panel at EBC23.

What Are Your Take on Self-regulation?

Robert foresees a combination of regulations and self-regulatory organizations (SROs) in the industry while Michael also thinks that the regulations will be framework regulations. 

On the other hand, Kevin emphasizes the importance of self-regulation. He thinks a self-regulating system is like having a person in your neighborhood that is always complaining about everything, but after the complaint, the annoying things just stop happening, benefiting the whole community. 

Similarly, he points out that it was Twitter that first disclosed the scandal of FTX. Kevin thinks that what differentiates SROs from regulators is that SROs are formed by insiders, which can also be corrupt, for sure, but they can be more powerful as well.

How Do We Get Rid of Bad Actors in the Industry?

Michael states that enforcement needs to be stronger against scammers in crypto, who often hide their identity. Self-sovereign identity systems are being developed to link real-world identities to online activities and prevent scamming by illuminating the shadows. Meanwhile, the development of insurance policies in DeFi may also improve the problem.

Kevin argues that bad actors exist in all industries, there will always be people that outsmart the system, and it’s impossible for us to ever get rid of them. In crypto, scammers exist, but they represent a small percentage of transaction volume. The problem is the media focuses on sensational numbers without comparing them to other industries. The solution is to establish norms and standards as the industry grows

Watch the full panel to learn about the expert’s opinions on the FTX crash and self-regulation!

XRP Lawsuit: Key Insights and Future Impacts You Should Know

XRP Lawsuit

Ripple Labs achieved a partial victory in the XRP lawsuit against the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the Southern District of New York on July 13th. Judge Analisa Torres ruled that XRP is not a security for programmatic sales but is classified as one for institutional investors

As the SEC aimed to impose regulatory measures on several crypto companies, the recent triumph of Ripple and its XRP currency has encouraged investors, and the prices of XRP and other cryptocurrencies catapulted last week following the news. 

However, both Ripple and the SEC could perceive this outcome as a potential victory, as it lends support to their respective arguments in the ongoing security classification debate. Future trials are also anticipated by various industry experts.

Latest Summary Judgment: SEC v.s. Ripple

This XRP lawsuit has been going on since December 2020 as the SEC filed a lawsuit against Ripple, its CEO Brad Garlinghouse, and its co-founder Chris Larsen, accusing the company of offering an unregistered security. The regulator alleged that Ripple had deliberately created an “information vacuum” (p.2) and selectively disclosed only the information it deemed essential.

From the latest summary judgment, the judge decided that XRP is NOT considered a security when Ripple puts XRP on exchanges for trading and when the company pays its employees with XRP. 

However, while Ripple celebrates its partial victory, some ruling favors the SEC. The court upheld the SEC’s position regarding “Ripple’s Institutional Sales of XRP to sophisticated individuals and entities.” The judge ruled that Ripple’s $728.9 million worth of XRP sales to hedge funds and sophisticated buyers WERE unregistered sales of securities.

Bill Hughes, a lawyer from ConsenSys, tweeted the summary of the SEC v.s. Ripple ruling on July 13th. https://twitter.com/BillHughesDC/status/1679525517068759040?s=20.

The SEC imposes stricter regulations compared to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). When a cryptocurrency is considered a security, failure to register the token with the SEC before listing it violates U.S. laws. The SEC has achieved significant wins in civil lawsuits against Block.one and Kik for conducting initial coin offerings (ICOs) to fundraise, resulting in alleged violations of securities laws in 2019 and 2020.

The classification of a financial asset as a security or commodity hinges on the Howey Test, which refers to the U.S. Supreme Court case (SEC v. Howey). The Test determines if a transaction qualifies as an “investment contract” under securities laws. According to the SEC, an “investment contract” exists when “an investment contract exists if there is an “investment of money in a common enterprise with a reasonable expectation of profits to be derived from the efforts of others.”

In the Ripple v.s. SEC case, the judge thinks that the institutional investments in XRP should be considered a security as there is “a reasonable expectation of profits to be derived from the entrepreneurial or managerial efforts of others” (p.18). Ripple and its executives entice investors with the promise of improving the crypto ecosystem, thereby creating anticipation of returns through the purchase of XRP tokens.

Image source: U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. “SEC vs. Ripple Labs,” p.19.

Why Is the XRP Lawsuit Important for the Crypto Industry?

The case outcome may impact future crypto lawsuits

The outcome of the Ripple v.s. SEC case may set a precedent for similar lawsuits involving other crypto companies and the SEC.  In a recent lawsuit involving Coinbase, the SEC categorized Polygon (MATIC), Solana (SOL), Cardano (ADA), and Stellar Lumens (XLM) as securities.

The SEC also launched investigations on Binance’s BNB token and the ApeCoin token of Bored Apes Yacht Club. Therefore, the court’s determination on whether XRP tokens are securities and fall under SEC oversight holds significant implications for companies, investors, and the entire industry.

Stellar, for example, provides technology for various prominent crypto entities, including Circle, Coinme, Abra, Anchorage, and Binance. If the SEC triumphs over Ripple in this case, it’s likely that the regulator would file a separate lawsuit against Stellar and its creators, which will have a market-wide impact on the entire crypto market.

Watch the full panel for insights into Stellar and other companies pioneering Web3 infrastructure development!

Ripple is expected to bring TradFi into Web3

The XRP court case has garnered significant attention in crypto communities due to Ripple and XRP’s potential to facilitate the entry of traditional finance (TradFi) players into the crypto space. With a market cap of 33.87 billion euros, Ripple’s XRP is one of the world’s most valuable cryptocurrencies.

The company developed RippleNet, which utilizes blockchain technology to create a global payment network, aiming to provide faster, cheaper, and more efficient cross-border payments. Transactions that would last a few days before can now be settled within seconds. 

With backing from notable entities like SBI Holdings, Banco Santander, and prominent venture capital firms such as Andreessen Horowitz, Ripple has reached a private valuation of $10 billion. The company and its XRP tokens play a vital role in bridging the gap between cryptocurrencies and TradFi.

Antony Welfare, Senior Advisor CBDC and Global Payments at Ripple, shares his viewpoints on CBDCs and how they can improve people’s lives worldwide.

Is It A True Win For Crypto?

The crypto industry is celebrating its victory against the SEC as the prices of various cryptocurrencies surge. Three major US crypto exchanges, Coinbase, Kraken, and Gemini decided to give XRP listing a second chance after the court ruling.

The market displays a bullish sentiment towards the XRP ruling, with industry professionals expressing optimism for the future. The distinction between securities and commodities gains clarity with the decision. Optimists believe that this decision is likely to prompt the SEC to reevaluate its approach in other ongoing cases, potentially categorizing additional tokens as non-securities. According to Bloomberg, many people believe that platforms like Coinbase may now face fewer concerns regarding public purchases.

However, as crypto market investors rejoiced following the ruling, some crypto experts have taken the contrarian stance. Antonio Juliano, the founder of dYdX, tweeted to advise investors to remain cautious of fraudulent “pump and dump” schemes prevalent in the market. 

Christian Schultz, a former official at the SEC division of enforcement, stated that as the institutional sales of XRP were considered investment contracts by the judge, virtually all ICO might be classified as securities in the future. 

What Will Happen Next?

Even though the New York Times states that the ruling of Thursday might complicate SEC’s case with Binance and Coinbase and “provide fodder for the crypto industry to defend itself in court,” the judges of those cases still “have to make separate determinations about whether the sale of those digital assets broke the law.”

Several experts also cautioned that the order on Thursday was just a partial summary judgment from a single district court judge. The conclusions and rationale of this decision are somewhat confined to the particular dispute at hand. It is important to note that judges within the same court, and even federal judges nationwide, disagree with or ignore this decision.

Palley and Preston Byrne, partners at Brown Rudnick, stated that the summary judgment is not the end of this lawsuit. The case can still be appealed or even reversed, and they expected a trial soon. It is thus crucial not to “yolo into anything based on that decision.” ConsenSys lawyer Bill Hughes also expected SEC to appeal immediately. 

Consequently, the outcome of the XRP lawsuit has the potential to impact the regulatory landscape of the entire crypto industry, as an appeal opportunity exists that could lead to a revision of the decision.

EBC Insights on the XRP Lawsuit

It’s important to remember that this Ripple v.s. SEC lawsuit pertains specifically to the US. Regulations in different regions do not follow a global-encompassing, one-size-fits-all approach, as highlighted by Alex Strzesniewski, Founder & CEO of AngelBlock. Understanding compliance nuances is essential

In Europe, the most important regulations are the Markets in Crypto Assets Regulation (MiCA) and the Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA). EBC panelists have discussed its impact on the stablecoin industry. The European Union’s approach, as explained by Joachim Schewin from the European Commission, focuses on empowering decentralized initiatives from individuals, reflecting a distinct perspective from the US.

Panelists discussed the impact of crypto regulations at the 8th European Blockchain Convention.

Several speakers at EBC expressed their desire to address the regulatory fragmentation across countries. Ernest Lima from XReg Consulting highlighted that MiCA can serve as a benchmark for other jurisdictions. 

Michael Fasanello, Crypto Compliance Officer at AnChain.AI, stressed the significance of collaborative efforts to educate governments about blockchain technology’s benefits, preventing overreactions and hasty bans. Coty de Monteverde, Blockchain Center of Excellence Director at Banco Santander, also suggested that banks and service providers should collaborate in adapting to forthcoming regulations.


With the crypto space entering a new era of regulations, EBC gathers industry leaders, TradFi experts, and legal professionals to explore the future of crypto. With growing enthusiasm from TradFi and Web3 enthusiasts, the next EBC is a must-attend event for stakeholders, entrepreneurs, and developers alike!

European Blockchain Convention 9 Press Release

European Blockchain Convention 9, set to be Europe’s largest blockchain event in 2H 2023

European Blockchain Convention 9 Press Release

Barcelona, Spain — European Blockchain Convention 9 is set to be Europe’s largest blockchain event in 2H 2023, surpassing all its previous editions since the event was launched in 2018.

Ready to welcome 5,000 attendees, EBC9 is scheduled for October 24-27, 2023 in the vibrant city of Barcelona, ahead of the highly anticipated El Clasico clash between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid over the weekend.

A roster of 300 founders, CEOs, and industry experts are scheduled to give talks at the event, including:

  • Lars Bakke Krogvig – Co-Founder at Nansen
  • Ambre Soubiran – CEO at Kaiko
  • Manuel Nordeste – VP, Fidelity Digital Assets at Fidelity
  • Alfonso Gomez – CEO at BBVA Switzerland
  • Mounir Benchemled – Founder at ParaSwap
  • John Woods – CTO at Algorand Foundation
  • Coty de Monteverde – Head of Crypto & Blockchain at Banco Santander
  • Richard Muirhead – Founding Partner at Fabric Ventures
  • Tim Grant – Head of EMEA at Galaxy Digital
  • Laurence Arnold – Head of Innovation at AXA Investment Managers
  • Christoph Hock – Managing Director at Union Investment
  • Jon Fink Isaksen – Head of Policy, EMEA at Uniswap Labs
  • Barbara Schlyter – Head of Digital Products at DWS
  • Robby Yung – CEO at Animoca Brands
  • Tim Walther – Manager Metaverse & NFT, Volkswagen
  • Niccolò Bardoscia – Head of Digital Assets at Intesa SanPaolo
  • Adam Gagol – Co-Founder & CTO at Aleph Zero
  • Guénolé de Cadoudal, Head of Digital Assets at Credit Agricole
  • Nathalie Oestmann – COO at Outlier Ventures
  • Alex Odagiu – Investment Director at Binance Labs

This year’s agenda will cover a wide range of topics, including the regulatory challenges in Europe and globally, the surge in adoption of digital assets, stablecoins, CBDCs, privacy, the institutionalization of crypto, DeFi, sustainability, tokenization, and the ascent of AI.

“We have seen a significant increase in registrations and interest from exhibitors and sponsors alike after the overwhelmingly positive feedback we got from our previous edition. Building on that momentum, we are moving EBC9 to Fira Barcelona Montjuïc, a much larger venue”, shared Victoria Gago, co-founder of the European Blockchain Convention. “Fira Barcelona Montjuïc, being the largest convention centre in Spain, offers ample space for more exhibitors, a greater variety of content, and engaging experiences”.

In addition to panel discussions and workshops hosted across 3 stages, the program includes:

  • 3.000sqm exhibition area for sponsors and exhibitors
  • ask-me-anything sessions with speakers
  • a 1-to-1 meeting area
  • 5 themed networking lounges to help people connect with each other
  • a hackathon
  • a startup competition
  • an investor meetup
  • an art gallery

We are extremely excited to bring together the worlds of TradFi, Digital Assets and Web3“, shared Daniel Salmeron, co-founder of the event. “The participation of so many traditional banks and financial institutions demonstrate their commitment and optimism about the future of crypto and digital assets”.

To learn more about the European Blockchain Convention, including sponsorship, ticketing details, and the full list of speakers, visit the official website at www.eblockchainconvention.com.


About the European Blockchain Convention

Launched in 2018, European Blockchain Convention is the most influential blockchain event in Europe, connecting industry professionals, startups, and technology leaders. The event provides a platform for sharing insights, fostering collaborations, and exploring the vast potential of blockchain, crypto, and digital assets.

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