Drawing our companies, our decision-makers and our daily lives out of ignorance of a new world, this is the missionary task that the organizers of the first Blockchain Week in Brussels have given themselves.
“Everyone is curious about blockchain and its applications (Web3, NFT, bitcoin, DeFi, metaverse, etc.) but not all curious people know where to start,” Raoul Ollins, a partner at NOIA Capital that specializes in funding cryptocurrency start-ups, immediately recognizes encrypted. That is why, surrounded by other Belgian entrepreneurs who are also passionate about these disruptive technologies, he organizes a major event dedicated to them. “We wanted to provide an accessible portal so the public could better understand all of these terms and their potential.”
“Everyone is curious about blockchain and its applications (Web3, NFT, bitcoin, DeFi, metaverse, etc.) but not all curious people know where to start,” Raoul Ollins, partner at NOIA Capital that specializes in funding cryptocurrency start-ups, immediately recognizes encrypted. That is why, surrounded by other Belgian entrepreneurs who are also passionate about these disruptive technologies, he organizes a major event dedicated to them. “We wanted to provide an accessible portal so the public could better understand all of these terms and their potential.” From June 20-25, the first Blockchain Week (BBW) will be held in Brussels. A large block of cryptocurrency as we have already seen in Paris and in other major cities but in a “Belgian” format. The project’s promoters are not addressing a closed club, a shared community where only geeks, bitcoin fanatics, and big investors meet. Here, everyone is invited, from the general public to political decision-makers, because it is an initiative to raise awareness, demystify and mimic. “Far from traditional conferences, this is the week when Brussels is rocked by the sound of the blockchain thanks to the Belgian ecosystem” to receive his bitcoin paycheck, said Christophe de Bockeler, a deputy from Brussels (Les Engagés) who this year became Europe’s first parliamentarian. “With its Blockchain Week, Brussels will no longer have to be ashamed of other European capitals,” he adds. Exploring multiple issues and perspectives, this week will be centered around decentralized technologies and will bring together popular players. Among the dozens of speakers, let’s mention in particular Nicholas Bacca, co-founder of Ledger, the global leader in hardware wallets, these are “cryptocurrency wallets” that look like USB keys; Sebastian Gospelo, CEO of Big Block Green Services (BBGS), an international standard for infrastructure for bitcoin mining using surplus renewable energy; Or Maria Eisner Belch, Senior Director of the multinational Concordium, which specializes in decentralized identification solutions, and an expert in using blockchain to achieve carbon neutrality. “Belgium has a great ecosystem, it’s time to highlight it and give it a chance to grow,” adds Raoul Olins, who has a double goal in mind. On the one hand, to unite entrepreneurs Web3 (the next age of the Internet, a decentralized network that promises to refocus on the essentials of society). On the other hand, to demonstrate the transformative power of this Web3 network, the ecosystem requires events that attract a wider audience to boost its adoption. The opportunity is also perfect to highlight the Belgian pioneers in the blockchain industry. Like Keyrock, a Brussels startup that develops algorithms aimed at simplifying exchanges in the digital asset market. The company’s CEO, Kevin de Patul, will be decoding how the efficiency of these new financial markets works, along with Tim Dirksins, president of another Belgian web3 company, Venly. Over the two main days of conferences and discussions, about thirty satellite activities, ranging from a business blockchain simulation workshop to an immersion in the metaverse, will take place via the NFT exhibition at The Merode club or the Web3 aperitif at Cryptosquare in Brussels. With a program that provides inspiring speeches and networking opportunities to anyone of any level of experience, BBW promoters ensure that attendees will change because of the event: better information than ever and willingly embodies the fallacy of the crypto community that wants to understand is adoption… However, no The situation seems very favorable for the adoption of Bitcoin and its countless digital cousins. Since its collapse last month, the cryptocurrency market is naturally giving way to critics betting its future. The surrounding gloom is fueled by the influence of traditional financial markets and macro trends, such as rising interest rates. More than one in five investors in Belgium say they will invest less in cryptocurrency if interest rates continue to rise, ING Bank’s monthly gauge shows. “We’re not looking at the right indicators. We’re in a bear market of course, but technology adoption continues to grow,” said Raul Ollins, of NOIA Capital. The data already supports that the adoption of the leading bitcoin in the blockchain is happening faster than previous technical developments. At its current rate, the crypto king will reach a 10% global adoption rate by 2030, New York analytics firm Blockware Intelligence recently confirmed. The NOIA President urges: “Use cases are multiplying and all major multinational corporations are interested in blockchain technology in one way or another. It is time for Belgium to do the same.” The real economy is undoubtedly going a little bit more digital every day. And for the organizers of the first Brussels Week, one of the most decisive technologies in this transition is none other than the blockchain. Its transformative potential, aided by distributed databases and transparent and secure transactions, does not stop at finance but extends to supply chains and healthcare, and it is truly changing the way we do business or manage our data. “Until now, the Internet was based on copies. When you send a file to someone, you always have a copy on your computer. Blockchain makes sure that you no longer have that copy. This is also Web3, it allows you to keep control of your personal data” , confirms Christophe de Bockeler. So much so that regulators, all over the world, have decided to respond, often to take advantage of the technological advances that blockchain offers. Except in Europe where the tripartite negotiations (Parliament, Council and European Commission) suggest tougher tightening than necessary. “Do you want us to wake up in 10 years to find that we have become as dependent on American, Indian and Chinese companies as Gafam is today? No? So we must be aware of these issues and allow European players to develop in a favorable environment,” says the MEP in Brussels. .