What are the economic and political drivers that lay behind the use of blockchain technologies? Is this about more sustainable or competitive economic and business models or are there other societal goals at play? What will be the impact on broader ESG goals? Expect lively debates and discussions of the key issues of the day.
Focus on the how and the why of the DeFi infrastructure. Ethereum, Avalanche, Solana and Cardano and beyond – come away with an understanding of the provider universe. Will the architecture of the future be built on blockchains and, if so, when will the shift happen?
Crytocurrencies/ assets have moved well beyond the ‘simpler’ times of bitcoin. Get to grips with the fast pace of change in the crypto ecosystem. Are digital currencies the necessary means of exchange for a world built on distributed ledgers? CDBCs, stablecoins, NFTs and other digital assets – are consumers and businesses ready to rely on and transact with new stores of value?
With great power, comes great responsibility. We will explore how consumers are protected, access to financial services is impacted, and regulatory frameworks adapted to keep pace with a changing world.
How will this new world of decentralised technology impact the ways in which we transact, save, borrow and invest for the future? What are the exciting use cases emerging and already in play? How will this effect both incumbent providers and innovative players and how should the industry players strategically respond to change?
Beyond the confines of the financial services industry, are we witnessing the creation of the internet the world deserves? What does web3 mean and, just as important, how might it better serve the needs of people, businesses, and society? Will financial services be embedded in a multitude of self-regulating metaverses? Big topics, with lofty goals that merit deep dives and meaningful discussion.
Discover new ways in which financial products and services are built and delivered. Understand how those new foundations can challenge established business models and relationships. Debate and discuss the need to re-think how stakeholders engage in the industry and how those activities are managed and regulated to drive better outcomes across the economy.
Whether you are an expert looking for thought-provoking conversations or on a mission to bring yourself up to speed on the latest innovations, FTT DeFi will cover the broad spectrum of knowledge, interests and issues that need to be addressed. Go fearless and informed into the future of the industry.
In this session, we learn the basic principles of blockchain, the major protocols and their uses, layer 1 and layer 2 chains, and how blockchain can be implemented to optimise banking products and services for the customer’s benefit.
This panel session explores how institutions and financial service providers embed crypto solutions into existing platforms to add revenue streams & win and retain customers in a Web 3.0 world.
The convergence of smart contracts and AI presents the opportunity to overcome a number of data challenges and seamlessly connect workflows, whilst ensuring confidentiality. This panel explores how to implement smart contracts into financial services infrastructure, the opportunities and the challenges.
As technology matures and regulation develops, we are seeing an acceleration in the infrastructure being built around digital assets. This panel will explore new forms of financing through the tokenisation of assets, stablecoins and the blockchain infrastructure to support digital asset adoption.
Given their open and permissionless nature, decentralised exchanges have been one of the main drivers of DeFi. In this session, we explore how they work, both the key differences between, and convergence of traditional and decentralised exchanges, advantages and disadvantages, and the impact on wider market structures.
Stellar Development Foundation’s recent study found that 45% of respondents from the UK, U.S., Singapore and Mexico have sent cryptocurrency across national borders. Cross-border payments represent a significant cryptocurrency use case for banks. In this panel we explore what the infrastructure looks like and what collaborations are being developed to reshape the future of payments.
This session will explore how blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies can be leveraged to build self-sovereign identity (SSI). We will consider the technical and design differences between a blockchain and other traditional electronic identifiers.
Increased involvement of institutions in DeFi has enabled more integration between banks and the crypto world. One of the biggest boundaries to further integration revolves around technology – this panel will address the technical boundaries currently preventing institutions from entering Web3 and the metaverse, whilst also hearing from the institutions that have led the way into these new locations.
Explores some of the best DeFi propositions that are being brought to life through a network of partners who are enabling institutions to better serve their next generation of customers.
DeFi is gaining the most traction in countries with greater unbanked populations. This infrastructure has become the front-runner in providing easily accessible credit and borrowing options to communities in emerging markets. We will consider the economic incentives to change existing infrastructure, why DeFi has been more successful in emerging markets, and the potential for DeFi to open accessibility to financial services and accelerate the growth.
In theory, the metaverse offers a new way for the creator economy to blossom through crypto integrations and decentralised platforms. This panel explores the real-world impact of Web3 and NFTs on the digital community and what financial services they will need.
DeFi attributes have presented a variety of positive indications when combined for creating innovative solutions for investors. This panel explores the foundations for DeFi asset management and some of the key use cases, synthetic assets, fractionalisation, tokenised derivatives and more.
As demand increases, the number of institutions undertaking cryptocurrency projects to improve payments has accelerated. This panel explores the key use cases for DeFi in payments, serving the unbanked, barriers to wider adoption, and how institutions can add digital wallets to their offerings.
Peer-to-peer lending is one of the key use cases for DeFi. But what could both the technology and cryptocurrencies mean for institutional lending? We will discover some of the key use cases of DeFi in lending, its potential to improve accessibility to lending products, and where the sector is headed.
What should fall within the regulatory perimeter and what should the industry deliver in terms of best practices, codes of conduct, and standards to de-risk DeFi in the key areas of product growth?
Meeting fast-evolving regulatory obligations and de-risking products to gain a competitive advantage.
Olivier Relandeau, Chief Information Officer, Zodia
Jamie Allsop, CEO, Clearpool.io
Kam Dylan, K Dylan and Company (moderator)
What is the role of the financial services ecosystem in ensuring mass adoption of crypto whilst protecting customers? This panel explores the importance of banks and fintech’s to enforce security standards as we move into the next era of financial services.
Lavan Thasarathakumar, Government and Regulatory Affairs Director, EMEA, Global Digital Finance (moderator)
Bernhard Kuffer, Financial Affairs Attache, UK Swiss Embassy
Adriana Ennab, Director of Public Policy, Credit Suisse
Simon Horner, Advisory Board Member, GBBC, Digital Finance
Brian Gray, CEO, Financial Markets Law Committee
Although DeFi has stormed into both traditional and new financial markets, some argue that this is only a scratch on the surface of innovation to come. This opening session will set the scene by exploring the key differences between centralised and decentralised structures, the benefits of each, and whether there is room for both in the future financial system.
The evolution of fintech has broken through traditional barriers for entry into a variety of financial services. This panel explores DeFi as a next step in ensuring that more communities are able to access the financial support necessary for overall wellbeing and developing emerging markets.
This lively debate will explore the macro and micro opportunities of decentralised finance and where exactly the value creation lies.
In its 2021 survey of the world’s central banks, the BIS found that 9 out of 10 are actively exploring DeFi markets and regulated digital currencies. As banks ramp up the activity, we explore the progress of CBDCs and how money is changing, lessons learned from CBDC experimentation and design, the key risks involved, and what’s next for digital assets.
As the vision for a blockchain-based Web 3.0 takes shape, with crypto, NFTs, DAOs, and DeFi taking centre stage, the future of digital identity is called into question. How do we establish trust online and protect users from financial crime and fraud, while enabling privacy and anonymity? Will an identity layer be a key feature of the future internet?
This session will explore the ongoing debate surrounding the environmental impact of crypto mining. Does the damage caused from crypto mining outweigh the potential positive impact of blockchain? Do the warnings carry merit or are they an attempt to slow down mass adoption?
To close the day, we will explore what will drive the economy in the metaverse and beyond. The session will consider future possibilities, overcoming barriers to entry, and how virtual realities will impact the real-world.