To extract our companies, our decision makers and our daily life from the ignorance of a new world, this is the evangelizing mission that the organizers of the first Brussels Blockchain Week set themselves.
“Everyone is curious about the blockchain and its applications (Web3, NFT, bitcoin, DeFi, metaverse, etc.). But not all the curious know where to start ”, immediately recognizes Raoul Ullens, partner of the NOIA Capital fund, specialized in the financing of cryptocurrency start-ups. For this reason, surrounded by other Belgian entrepreneurs who are also passionate about these disruptive technologies, he is organizing a big event dedicated to them. “We wanted to provide an accessible gateway so that the public could better understand all of these terms and their potential.”
“Everyone is curious about the blockchain and its applications (Web3, NFT, bitcoin, DeFi, metaverse, etc.). But not all the curious know where to start ”, immediately recognizes Raoul Ullens, partner of the NOIA Capital fund, specialized in the financing of cryptocurrency start-ups. For this reason, surrounded by other Belgian entrepreneurs who are also passionate about these disruptive technologies, he is organizing a big event dedicated to them. “We wanted to provide an accessible gateway so that the public could better understand all of these terms and their potential.” The first Brussels Blockchain Week (BBW) will therefore take place from 20 to 25 June. A high mass of cryptocurrencies as we have already seen in Paris and other metropolises but in the “Belgian” formula. In fact, the promoters of the project do not turn to a closed club, an inter-company in which only geeks, bitcoin maximalists and large investors would meet. Here everyone is invited, from the general public to political decision-makers, because it is an initiative to raise awareness, demystify and emulate. “Beyond the traditional conferences, this is a week during which Brussels will vibrate to the sound of the blockchain thanks to the Belgian ecosystem”, assures Christophe De Beukelaer, the deputy from Brussels (Les Engagés) who became the first parliamentarian this year. of Europe to receive his salary in bitcoin. “With its Blockchain Week, Brussels will no longer have to be ashamed of other European capitals,” he adds. To explore the multiple issues and perspectives, this week that revolves around decentralized technologies will bring together famous players. Among the dozens of speakers, we point out in particular Nicolas Bacca, the co-founder of Ledger, world leader in hardware wallets, these “cryptocurrency wallets” that look like USB keys; Sébastien Gouspillou, CEO of Big Block Green Services (BBGS), an international benchmark for bitcoin mining infrastructures that use excess renewable energy; or Maria Eisner Pelch, senior manager of the multinational Concordium, specialist in decentralized identification solutions, expert in the use of the blockchain to achieve carbon neutrality. “Belgium has a magnificent ecosystem, it’s time to highlight it and give it the chance to grow,” adds Raoul Ullens, who has a double goal in mind. On the one hand, uniting the entrepreneurs of Web3 (the next era of the Internet, a decentralized web that promises a refocusing on community fundamentals). On the other hand, to demonstrate the transformative power of this Web3, the ecosystem requires events that attract a wider audience to increase its adoption. The opportunity is also ideal for putting the spotlight on the Belgian pioneers of the blockchain industry. Like Keyrock, the Brussels start-up that develops algorithms aimed at streamlining exchanges on the digital asset market. Its CEO, Kevin de Patoul, decrypts how the efficiency of these new financial markets works, along with Tim Dierckxsens, head of another Belgian Web3 nugget, Venly. Around the two main days of conferences and debates, around thirty satellite activities will be held, ranging from a business blockchain simulation workshop to immersion in the metaverse, passing through an NFT exhibition at The Merode club or a Web3 aperitif at Cryptosquare in Brussels. . With a program that provides inspirational speeches and networking opportunities for anyone of any level of experience, the promoters of the BBW ensure attendees will come out changed from the event – better informed than ever and willingly embodying the mistake of the crypto community wanting to understand. is to adopt … However, the situation does not seem so favorable to the adoption of bitcoin and its countless digital cousins. Since last month’s crash, the cryptocurrency market naturally lends itself to critics who are mortgaging its future. An environmental obscurity fueled by the impact 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 cryptocurrencies if interest rates continue to rise, ING Bank’s monthly barometer shows. “We are not looking at the right indicators. We are in a bear market, of course, but technology adoption continues to grow,” argues Raoul Ullens of NOIA Capital. In fact, the data supports that the adoption of the blockchain’s flagship bitcoin is happening faster than previous technical advances. At the current pace, the cryptocurrency king would reach a global adoption rate of 10% by 2030, New York analyst firm Blockware Intelligence recently confirmed. “The use cases are multiplying and all the big multinationals are interested in blockchain in one way or another. It is time for Belgium to do the same,” urges the head of NOIA. The real economy is digitizing a little more 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 transformation potential, with the help of distributed databases and transparent and secure transactions, does not stop in finance but extends to supply chains, healthcare and is already changing the way we do business or manage ours. data. “Until now the internet was based on copying. When you sent a file to someone, you always had a copy of it on your computer. The blockchain makes sure you don’t have that copy anymore. This is also Web3, it allows you to keep control over your data. personal “, underlines Christophe De Beukelaer. So much so that, around the world, regulators have decided to react, often to take advantage of the technological advances offered by the blockchain. With the exception of Europe where the trilogue negotiations (Parliament, Council and European Commission) aim for a harsher than necessary tightening. “Do you want us to wake up in 10 years and find that we have become dependent on American, Indian and Chinese companies as is the case today with Gafam? No? So we need to become aware of these problems and allow European players to develop in a favorable environment. “, argues the MEP from Brussels.