Changpeng Zhao (CZ), Founder and CEO of Binance, announced as headline speaker for leading emerging technology event in France  

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Feb 18, 2020

Paris Blockchain Week Summit (PBWS), the first international conference held in France dedicated to professionals in the blockchain and crypto-assets space, has announced its 2020 agenda, including headline speakers and topics for its upcoming event on March 31st - April 1st, 2020.

Following a successful first edition in 2019 that brought together prominent global figures in technology, politics, business, and finance, PBWS 2020 will take place at Station F, the world’s largest start-up campus and incubator. The agenda for the event will focus on four primary tracks: Technology, Open Finance, Enterprise Blockchain, and Public Policy.

Set to deliver the headline keynote at this year’s event are renowned blockchain luminary and founder of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by volume, Changpeng Zhao (CZ), Founder and CEO of Binance. CZ will deliver a headline keynote at the event on how blockchain is transforming business operations, and organizations are becoming increasingly focused on decentralization and open collaboration. 

Additional speakersannounced today include Emin Gün Sirer, CEO of AVA Labs; Ben Livshits, Chief Scientist at Brave; Denelle Dixon, CEO & Executive Director at Stellar Development Foundation; Eric Demuth, CEO of Bitpanda, Charlie Meraud, CEO of Woorton; Marta Piekarska-Geater, Director of Ecosystem at Hyperledger; Bartek Kiepuszewski, Head of Oasis at Maker Foundation; David Wachsman, CEO of Wachsman; Edward Moncada, CEO of Blockfolio; Pauline Adam-Kalfon, Partner Blockchain & Financial Services at PwC, and Frédéric Fiore, CEO of Logical Pictures.

This announcement comes following the first unveiling of PBWS’ primary speaker lineup, including prominent figures Bruno Le Maire, Minister for the Economy and Finance; Cédric O, Secretary of State for Digital Affairs; Dr. Jutta Steiner, Founder & CEO of Parity Technologies; Ryan Selkis, Co-Founder and CEO of Messari and Bertrand Perez, COO and Interim Managing Director of the Libra Association.

Karim Sabba, Co-Founder and Co-Host of PBWS, commented: “This year’s conference will focus on trends that are pertinent to the industry - with a particular focus on open finance, technology, and real enterprise use cases which will play a crucial role in the development of the industry. The blockchain space as a whole has made major strides within the last year, especially in regards to enterprise adoption and tangible use cases. With leaders across verticals slated to take center stage, PBWS is going to be an unmissable event.” 

Speaking slots at the event will center around the following topics and more will be announced soon:

  1. 2019 Technology Update: What has been built?

  2. Stablecoins: managing global financial stability

  3. Are crypto lenders slowly killing banks?

  4. The return of the DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization)

  5. Blockchain-based gaming

  6. How to secure smart contracts

  7. DeFi: creating an alternative financial system

Pauline Adam-Kalfon, Partner Blockchain & Financial Services at PwC, concluded: “As the first major blockchain event in France, PBWS is paving the way for the future of emerging technology and digital assets in Europe and beyond. 2020 will undoubtedly be a big year for the ecosystem, particularly in regards to enterprise adoption, and PwC is thrilled to be a part of this event.”

About Paris Blockchain Week Summit

The second annual Paris Blockchain Week Summit (PBWS) will be held at Station F in the French capital on March 31 - April 1st, 2020. First launched in April 2019, PBWS was the first international conference held in France dedicated to professionals in the blockchain and crypto-assets space. The event is organized by leading emerging technology companies and organizations, including Chain Accelerator, Woorton, and Datalents. Supported by some of the leading figures in tech and politics, PBWS will accelerate the growth of blockchain and digital assets in France and beyond. Headline sponsors for the event include La French Tech, Tezos, Cognizant, Algorand, BitCherry, PwC, Nomadic Labs, The Blockchain Chamber of Commerce, KPMG and Bitpanda.

Articles authored by Martin Signer

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