Paris, France, January 30th, 2024, Chainwire — In a preview of what promises to be a landmark event, Paris Blockchain Week hosted a press event in London on January 24th, 2024, titled “Paris Blockchain Week presents: a Taste of 2024 with our Press Community.” The event offered a glimpse into the cutting-edge discussions, industry leaders, and innovative projects that will be front and center at the upcoming Paris Blockchain Week, set to take place from April 9th to 11th, 2024, at the Carrousel du Louvre.
Three high-powered panels fueled the conversation, tackling crucial themes in the ever-evolving blockchain and Web3 landscape. The first panel, moderated by Anna Shakola, Head of Business Development at Cointelegraph Accelerator, featured Oliver Tonkin, CEO of BCB Group, and Jonathan Dakin, VP of Sales, Head of EMEA at Fireblocks, for a thought-provoking discussion on the state of the industry and its growth potential.
Following this, attendees were treated to an exclusive AMA session with Robby Yung, CEO of Animoca Brands, a leading force in the burgeoning metaverse and NFT space. Yung’s insights into the future of these transformative technologies captivated the audience, leaving them eager to explore further at the main event in Paris.
The final panel, moderated by Helen Disney, Events and PR for the Digital Pound Foundation and CEO of Unblocked, brought together Alice Li, Head of Research at CoinMarketCap, and Eric van Miltenburg, SVP at Ripple, for a dynamic exchange on the ever-shifting regulatory landscape surrounding blockchain and Web3. Their expertise provided valuable perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
When asked, what’s the most significant change in 2024 that will impact mass adoption of cryptocurrency, Alice Li, said:
“Confidence, you can already feel it a month in. During the bull run in 2021 the infrastructure wasn’t ready, like with Web3 wallets for example, now those are ready. We now also have so many great Layer 1s and Layer 2s, and we’re even talking Layer 3s. Finally, we have the Bitcoin spot ETF, going mainstream into the financial markets and getting more recognition around the world.”
Eric van Miltenburg answered:
“The last year and a half we talked about finance having its challenges, but we’re coming out of it. I think acknowledging compliance and working with regulators isn’t optional, it’s not a box you check.”
“You have to have a kind of compliance first mindset, I think that we’ll grow confidence that will attract more of the traditional players into the market, which will broaden the playing field. I think we have momentum towards real critical mass and broader adoption.”
“The London press event was a resounding success,” said Michael Amar, co-founder of Paris Blockchain Week. “The enthusiasm in the room was palpable, and we’re thrilled to have offered a taste of what’s to come”.
New for Paris Blockchain 2024, Amar highlighted:
“After a successful launch in 2023, with over 900 start-up applications, Investors Day will scale up with a prize fund already at $5 million prize. Tim Draper will continue as part of the judging panel and a second episode of ‘Meet the Drapers’ will be filmed during the event. Networking is a major focus for 2024, we want all attendees to make those critical connections that support their business goals.”
8,500 people attended Paris Blockchain Week last year with 300+ sponsors and 400+ speakers and 300+ media. 10,000 visitors are expected to attend this April.
About Paris Blockchain Week
Paris Blockchain Week is a leading organization in the blockchain/web3, dedicated to fostering innovation, collaboration, and knowledge sharing. As the premier event platform, we bring together thought leaders, industry experts, developers, entrepreneurs, investors, regulators, and enthusiasts from around the globe to explore the potential of blockchain technology and its transformative impact on various sectors.
The 4th edition of Paris Blockchain Week 2023 was held at the Carrousel du Louvre in March 2023, becoming the biggest blockchain event in Europe.
Please visit www.parisblockchainweek.com for more information.
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