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

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.



18:00 Doors open

18:30 Welcome and high level overview Libra, BerChain and Factory Berlin

18:45 Panel 1: Libra from a technical perspective

19:45 Break

20:00 Panel 2: Libra from an economic/financial perspective

21:00 Networking & Drinks

22:00 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

With an extensive background in digital strategy and innovation, Dr Mervyn G. Maistry provides a clear vision for the Konfidio Blockchain Venture Studio, and its role in building and accelerating decentralized enterprise solutions. After graduating medical school and working in paediatrics in South Africa, Mervyn has held numerous key positions at prestigious organisations, including COO at Deutsche Bank and Global Managing Partner at Accenture. He was also the Managing Partner: Digital Strategy & Transformation Lead at EY.

Julian Leitloff Fractal

Co-founder & CEO at Fractal, a compliance onboarding for the Web 3.0 with a focus on user experience and re-usability. For his previous company, Julian was named among Forbe’s 30 under 30 in 2016. Julian worked at Deutsche Bank and is a Zeppelin University graduate.

Christoph Brück Next Big Thing

Christoph Brück started his career as a corporate lawyer specialised in M&A and venture capital/financing. In 2015 he was Co-Founder of the Naga Group AG and served the company as Executive Director. As such he was responsible for the IPO of the company in 2016. Beyond his involvement at Naga, Christoph also was Co-Founder of the BITA Indexes, was the CEO of Switex GmbH and is an active Business Angel and Seed Investor in various companies. With his extensive experience, Christoph Brück now is a Member of the Board and holds the position of CFO at Next Big Thing AG.

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July 3, 2019

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Volta, Basement, Factory Berlin Mitte


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