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Libra, Facebook’s token: Good, bad or ugly?

July 3, 2019 @ 18:00 - 21:00 CEST

Facebook announced the Libra blockchain token. Great for blockchain adoption, or an attempt at putting monetary control in corporate hands?

About this Event

A consortium of social media companies, banks, VC’s, payment providers and other large technology and financial companies have announced Libra, a blockchain token with the goal to bank the 1.7 billion unbanked. Blockchain and decentralisation enthusiasts have vastly different opinions about how good, bad or ugly this is. We have found some leading experts in and outside of the blockchain industry to share some insights with you.

BerChain e.V. and Factory Berlin invite you to join for an evening discussion about Libra, the new ‘Facebook’ blockchain token: A great initiative to bank the unbanked, or a poor attempt and pseudo decentralisation?

Prepare your questions to the panels, and download the white paper here.

AGENDA (preliminary and subject to improvement)

18:00 Doors open

18:30 Welcome and high level overview Libra

18:45 Panel 1: Libra from a technical perspective

19:30 Panel 2: Libra from an economic/financial perspective

20:15 Networking

21:00 Closing


Peter Grosskopf Stuttgart Digital Exchange

Peter Grosskopf is Managing Director and CTO of the Stuttgart Digital Exchange, a trading platform for digital assets such as crypto currencies and other tokenised financial instruments. Prior to that, he co-founded solarisBank AG and built up the banking platform as CTO. One of his focal points was also the blockchain topic. Here Peter established the business unit “Blockchain Factory” for solarisBank and headed it as Co-Managing Director. Before joining solaris, Peter was Chief Development Officer at the company builders Hitfox and Finleap and founded Zweitag GmbH, a software development company. Peter holds a Master of Science in Information Systems from the University of Münster and was a lecturer for Web Development and Web Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Münster for two years.

John Calian Deutsche Telekom AG

John Calian is Senior Vice President at Deutsche Telekom AG, and the Head of the Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs) in Berlin, a group of some 300 experts & scientists (+ entrepreneurs) from a variety of disciplines, from more than 25 nations all working together at T-Labs. Additionally, Mr. Calian co-founded and leads all product development for the T-Labs Blockchain Group, a team dedicated to decentralization research and development.

Balázs Némethi aeternity Consulting

Balazs Nemethi is an invited expert for the World Economic Forum’s Digital Identity Taskforce and has been a core contributor to the decentralized identity space. Taqanu, his former company, is focusing on advocating and creating solutions in the realm of self-sovereign identity for both in the developing and developed world. For his work around financial inclusion and digital identity for Refugees, he had the opportunity to steer the conversation and discuss frameworks that can work in the near future. He is a Principal at aeternity Consulting, a strategy blockchain consulting firm that specializes in delivering real-world solutions.

Jingqi (Jasmine) Zhang (TBC) LongHash Germany

Jasmine is CEO of LongHash Germany, an investment and incubation firm backed by two prominent crypto VCs in Asia: Fenbushi Capital and Hashkey Capital. Before joining LongHash, Jasmine has been working in international accelerator, investment banking and consulting industry.

Dr. Mervyn G. Maistry Konfid.io

Julian Leitloff Fractal

Christoph Brück Next Big Thing


July 3, 2019
18:00 - 21:00
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Rheinsberger Straße 76/77
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