DIGITAL SME Blockchain Summit 2021

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DIGITAL SME, together with the Task Force Blockchain & DLT, is organising the second edition of the Blockchain Summit on 20 September, 11.00 – 13.00 CEST, to  discuss how the European ecosystem can support blockchain uptake by SMEs.

Blockchain is more than just hype. Cryptocurrencies have been around for more than a decade and real-world use cases across all sectors have been deployed. The EU’s ambitious vision to be a leader in blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT), as well as a home to blockchain platforms, applications and companies[1] is coming true. But how can we make sure that European SMEs can make the most out of this technology? Is the European blockchain ecosystem innovation-friendly enough? What about SME access to R&D and investment?

Following a successful first edition of the DIGITAL SME Blockchain Summit in October 2020 and based on the strategic importance of the blockchain sector for European SMEs, DIGITAL SME is glad to continue this series and see where we stand one year after.

The event will bring together policymakers, business associations, researchers, and entrepreneurs to discuss how we can make the shift from individual successful use cases to a European blockchain success story, as well as regulatory frameworks and other instruments needed for European blockchain SMEs to thrive.

[1] https://digital-strategy.ec.europa.eu/en/policies/blockchain-strategy

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Agenda

11.00 – 11.20 Introduction

Welcome by Sebastiano Toffaletti, DIGITAL SME Secretary General

Keynote by Mr Peter Geršak, State Secretary Government Office for Digital Transformation, Slovenia

11.20 – 12.10 Panel 1: The perspective of Blockchain SMEs in Europe: What are their challenges? What do they need to thrive?

  • Almudena de la Mata, Blockchain Intelligence
  • Marc Taverner, INATBA – International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications
  • Pietro Azzara, Italia4Blockchain
  • Lukas Repa, European Commission
  • Petko Karamotchev, Industria

Moderated by Sebastiano Toffaletti

12.10 – 12.40 Panel 2: Success stories of SMEs: Blockchain solutions in Europe

Presentations of successful blockchain use cases by members of the DIGITAL SME Task Force on Blockchain & DLT and award winners of the Block.IS Acceleration Programme

  • Emiliyan Enev, Recheck.io
  • Irene Hernandez, GATACA
  • Alessandro Chelli, Trusty
  • Jean-Christophe Finidori, HODLNG 

Moderated by Margherita Leder, Co-Chair of the Task Force Blockchain & DLT

12.40 – 13.00 Conclusions

Keynote by MEP Henna Virkkunen, EPP

Wrap-up by DIGITAL SME

Join us on 20 September to be part of the discussion! There are two ways in which you can participate:

1) Register below and join the webinar to get a chance to ask your questions in person and interact with the experts!

2) Follow the live-stream via YouTubeTwitter, or Facebook.

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