The Big World Technology Conference Web Summit returns to Portugal with an in-person event to dive into the world of Fintech and Cryptocurrency.
The 2021 Web Summit begins in Lisbon on November 1, the first physical Web Summit since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event covers topics from cryptocurrency to geopolitics and is expected to gather 40,000 participants by November 4.
Crypto is an integral part of Web Summit
Web Summit Financial Technology Expert Shauna Kelly told Cointelegraph that the crypto industry has become one of the most discussed topics at the conference in recent years, primarily discussed at the fintech stage by Web Summit MoneyConf:
“Our events change from year to year, but the only area that remains relevant is cryptocurrency. We have seen a huge shift in the fintech world from different digital currencies and decentralized finance to the launch of non-financial tokens and the question of where sustainable cryptocurrencies are for the sake of the environment.”
In recent years, the web summit has hosted a large number of crypto and blockchain-related committees, negotiations, and events, with the participation of key industry speakers such as Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin, Revolut co-founder Nikolai Storunsky, cryptocurrency lawyer Akon and others.
In an interview at the Web Summit last year, Dan Shulman, CEO of PayPal, predicted that cryptocurrencies would one day become mainstream. A major blockchain data provider and wallet Blockchain.com pulled $100,000 on the Stellar blockchain at Web Summit 2018.
Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Web Summit 2021 Agenda
The upcoming web summit will bring together CEOs from major companies and platforms in the crypto industry, including speakers from crypto hardware wallet provider Ledger, smart contract platform Tezo, and decentralized browser Brave.
On November 2, veteran crypto investor Tim Draper will discuss investing in cryptocurrency with Kathleen Brightman, co-founder of Tezo, and Ledger CEO, Pascal Gaultier. Breitman will also look at crypto mining in the context of global environmental concerns with BitGreen CEO Adam Carver. On November 4, Brave CEO Brendan Eich will talk about the decentralized network and the capabilities of the blockchain to protect user data.
The upcoming web summit will also discuss issues related to non-funded tokens (NFT) and decentralized finance (DeFi).
On November 4, award-winning rap star and musician Tini Tempa will discuss NFT’s impact on the music industry today. Nicholas Julia, co-founder and CEO of the blockchain-based fantasy football game Sorare, will speak about NFT in the entertainment industry. Ilya Polosukhin, co-founder of the DeFi Near Protocol platform, will talk about the decentralization of the Internet using blockchain technology.
Some of the top speakers at Web Summit 2021, such as the inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, may have a say in the crypto industry. In July 2021, he sold his network source code to NFT for $5.4 million at a Sotheby’s art auction. Berners-Lee will discuss the next era of the Internet in a panel discussion on November 4th.
Cointelegraph Editor-in-Chief Christina Lucrezia Corner also attended. On November 3, she will discuss e-commerce related issues with Drift co-founder David Cancel and Red Point CEO Laura Urquizu.
COVID-19 meets the requirements
Originally held in Dublin, Ireland, the Web Summit moved to Lisbon in 2016, amid a huge jump in tech companies and remote workers choosing to relocate to Portugal. The country is now also one of the most vaccinated jurisdictions in the world, according to Our World in Data, with the second highest vaccination rate in the world after the United Arab Emirates.
The 2021 Web Summit organizers are working closely with Portuguese health authorities to ensure a safe event and comply with local COVID-19 restrictions, including mandatory event masks. Official vaccine or negative COVID-19 test certificates will be required to attend the online meeting. If official certifications cannot be given, regulators will order a negative PCR or antigen test, which will only be valid for 72 hours.
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“We are very excited to be back in person. It will be incredible to see people reconnect safely and experience the magic of personal connection. Live events will be back all over the world.” We see thousands of world-class speakers, startups, investors and media representatives who want to meet people again like never before.