CoinAgenda Middle East & Africa Bring Top Thought Leaders in Blockchain to Dubai Oct 8-10

Speakers include H.E Gabriel Abed, the Ambassador of Barbados to the UAE; Saeed Hareb Al Darmaki, Managing Director – MENA for CasperLabs; David Johnston, COO at DLTx; Sandeep Nailwal, Co-founder at Polygon; Joel Dietz, MetaMask founding contributor and ArtWallet founder; and Tone Vays, Analyst and Derivatives Trader

CoinAgenda Middle East & Africa Bring Top Thought Leaders in Blockchain to Dubai Oct 8-10


CoinAgenda (, the premier global conference series connecting blockchain investors with startups since 2014, today announced speakers for its second event in 2021, CoinAgenda Middle East & Africa, to be held on Oct 8-10, 2021 at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai kicking off Gulf Blockchain Week. CoinAgenda Middle East & Africa will gather thought leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, and blockchain enthusiasts to examine the new and upcoming trends, changes and advances in the industry. Tickets are only available until Oct 7 on the event page.

Confirmed Speakers include:

· E. Gabriel Abed, Ambassador of Barbados to the United Arab Emirates, Barbados Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Co-Founder and CEO of Bitt Inc.

· David Johnston, COO at DLTx

· Saeed Hareb Al Darmaki, Managing Director of the MENA Regions for CasperLabs, Founder of Sheesha Finance, and Co-Founder of Alphabit Digital Currency Fund

· Marwan Al Zarouni, CEO of Dubai Blockchain Center

· Nick Spanos, Founder of Bitcoin Center NYC

· Harry Yeh, Managing Director at Binary Fintech Group

· Kyle Chasse, President and CEO of Master Ventures

· Enzo Villani, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of AirWire

· Logan Ryan Golema, Founding Partner at IPFM

· Ed Prado, CEO and Co-founder of Rair Technologies Inc.

· Tone Vays, A Derivatives Trader, Analyst and YouTube influencer

· Sandeep Nailwal, Co-founder of Polygon

· Nikola Stojanow, GP at Meta Change Capital

· David Orban, Managing Advisor at Beyond Enterprizes

· Eloisa Marchesoni, European N.1 Tokenomics expert, Blockchain and AI Business Angel Investor

· Jonathan Caras, Founder of Levana Protocol

· Jacques Voorhees, Founder and CEO of Icecap, LLC

· Joel Dietz, Founding Member of Metamask

· Gordon Einstein, Founding Partner of Crypto Law Partners

· Anish Mohammed, Co Founder & CTO at Panther Protocol

· Ashley Trick, Venture Capitalist at Capital6 Eagle

· Michael Gord, Co-founder and CEO of GDA Group

· Andrey Yanyuk, Founder and CEO of Tempo Storm

· Grigory Rybalchenko, Founder of EmiSwap

· Alex Nascimento, Co-founder of Blockchain at UCLA

· Jason Cooner, Founder and CEO of SDG Exchange

· David Gan, Founder and General Partner of OP Crypto

· Sam Kazemian, Founder and CEO of Frax

· Pedro Riviera, Organizer of Crypto Mondays San Juan

To commemorate its first event in Dubai, the CoinAgenda team has launched a special NFT created by artist, @chissweetart (variations by @Nitramdesign) made specifically for CoinAgenda Middle East & Africa attendees. The NFTs will unlock the replays of the recorded conference content, and all participants, speakers, sponsors and media will receive one.

CoinAgenda Middle East & Africa will discuss topics such as the future of CeFi and DeFi, investing in fintech, blockchain based solutions, startup launches, legal and regulatory challenges, and NFTs.

Confirmed sponsors include:

· AirWire – AirWire is a groundbreaking consumer platform powered by blockchain technology that enhances every day life transactions with next generation mechanisms and incentivization. The current trends of ownership of identity and content are not going away. In addition, users want multifaceted opportunities to monetize their identity and content at the price of their choosing in the marketplace. Our economy is being disrupted by the branding and corporation type structure of the individual. AirWire is capturing this

trend by developing a suite of applications that will evolve the individual into a powerhouse of ingenuity and prosperity.

· DLTx – DLTx is a public company listed on the Norwegian Olso Børs Stock Exchange and is the enterprise vendor for DAOs and blockchain protocols that offers unique access to the public blockchain markets & well-priced access to funding. DLTx has developed a novel way for investors to access compelling and predictable economic returns based on the changes created by the decentralization & disruption of major global industries.

· Transform Group – Transform Group is the world’s leading blockchain public relations, advisory, events, and social media company, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Toronto, and global headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Transform Group is dedicated to creating and sustaining industry leadership positions for its clients through superior strategy, relationships, market intelligence and consistent execution.

· Rair Tech – RAIR is a blockchain-based digital rights management platform that uses NFTs to get access to streaming content. The CoinAgenda NFTs are sponsored by Rair.

· Benson Oak Ventures – Benson Oak Ventures supports entrepreneurs to build transformative, global businesses by funding deals as a lead investor and providing significant value-add.

· P2PB2B Exchange – P2PB2B‌ is an advanced cryptocurrency exchange that works for the benefit of its users. In order to make your trading even more convenient and safe, the platform has all the necessary features and tools.

· Blockchain Wire – Blockchain Wire is the industry’s first blockchain press release distribution service focused exclusively on news about blockchain, distributed ledger technology companies, ICOs, STOs and other blockchain and cryptocurrency-related announcements. Our global reach includes broadcast and online media outlets, social media sites, industry trade publications, leading blogs and blockchain industry influencers.

· Visionary – Visionary seeks to provide a utility and currency for the efficient exchange of human capital, relationship capital, and financial capital across a network of networks built on trust.

Following the event, the CoinAgenda series will continue with CoinAgenda Global in Las Vegas, October 25-27, 2021 as part of Las Vegas Blockchain Week followed by CoinAgenda Caribbean in Puerto Rico December 7-9, 2021 as part of Puerto Rico Blockchain Week.

For more information regarding CoinAgenda, please visit Ticket information and registration for CoinAgenda Middle East + Africa can be found at:

About CoinAgenda

Now in its eighth year, CoinAgenda is the leading global conference series connecting professional investors, traders, family offices and funds with top entrepreneurs in the blockchain sector. CoinAgenda Global focuses on international blockchain investing trends, with world-class speakers from around the globe, plus a special focus on blockchain economic development, friendly jurisdictions, enterprise applications, and changes in funding vehicles and exchanges. CoinAgenda is an experience that allows all attendees to meet, mingle, and get to know the leading thought leaders, entrepreneurs and investors in the sector, including memorable parties at unique locations.

e-Estonia Launches Digital Testbed Framework, A New Digital Government Innovation Model

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The Estonian government today announces that it is globally launching its Digital Testbed Framework, inviting anyone around the world to come and build or try out their groundbreaking new ideas, prototypes, products or whole new digital services, in a world-leading digital government setting. The deadline for applications is 10th October 2021.

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Estonia is one the pioneering countries in implementing digital transformation

The Digital Testbed Framework is a new and innovative collaboration model looking to attract partners globally. It gives start-ups, scale-ups and all govtech innovators, access to the technologies and experience of world-leading digital government of Estonia – in return for free use of the resulting novel solution.

The initiative has been designed with simplicity and efficiency in mind. Users can produce government-level IT solutions safely and quickly, via live-market testing and approval in a nation-wide digital government testbed, without having to navigate any red tape or lengthy sales or approval processes.

Through this cooperation model, users will have access to the government tech stack, know-how (and in some cases data) to help develop their own emerging commercial solutions. It also allows them to partner with one of the most digitally developed countries in the world to “rubber stamp” their ideas and obtain proof of concept.

Named ‘the most advanced digital society in the world’ by Wired magazine, Estonia is renowned for its modern, online government ecosystem that handles 99% of the country’s public services. The domestically tried-and-tested Digital Testbed Framework is integral to the government’s digital success, making this one of the most enticing government-as-a-platform collaborations to date.

For example, the Digital Testbed Framework has been used by the Estonian parliament and the Ministry of Education and Research to collaborate on reusable AI components, and the Estonian Health Board to create HOIA – the official COVID-19 exposure notification app for Estonia.

It’s also been deployed across applications such as the TEXTA Toolkit (which uses AI functionality to predict whether comments should or shouldn’t be published in public forums) as well as being hugely successful in helping the Police and Border Guard Board detect domestic violence cases.

Estonian minister of entrepreneurship and IT Andres Sutt said:

“In order to continue innovating and building our digital government, we believe in open partnerships and cooperation with the private sector. That’s why the Digital Testbed Framework was born. It is yet further proof how Estonia is not waiting for the future, but actively building it, we’re ready to be a pathfinder in digital government.”

Siim Sikkut, CIO of Estonia added:

“The problem many start-ups face today is that the environment for cooperation the public sector is built on is old, outdated and inflexible and this makes integration and collaboration difficult. As the saying goes, ‘there’s no need to reinvent the wheel,’ and that’s why we’re inviting anyone and everyone to use the same tech stack we use to run and build our own digital government, for free.

We want to partner with innovative people from all over the world and in a variety of sectors. Whether you’re a coder wanting help improve the digital services of Estonia, or an entrepreneur looking to test your solution with one of the most digitally advanced nations in the world – we’d love to connect with you.”     

The release of the Digital Testbed Framework is further evidence of Estonia’s status as one of the most digitally advanced societies in the world. The first country to adopt online voting, almost all Estonian government services are now online. In 2002, a high-tech national ID system was launched, pairing physical ID cards with digital signatures that Estonians use to pay taxes, vote, do online banking and access their health care records.

Other key features of Estonia’s digital society are e-Residency, an initiative that allows individuals to start businesses in the country without living there and the digital nomad visa for employees that work remotely from any location worldwide.

For more information or to propose a collaboration project via the Digital Testbed Framework please click here.

Masterclass Live Event: Growth Hacking, Gamification, Blockchain, AI and NFTs On Dinis Guarda YouTube Channel

Masterclass Live Event: Growth Hacking, Gamification, Blockchain, AI and NFTs On Dinis Guarda YouTube Channel

On Thursday, 15, Parham Ramezani, Charlie Hu, Noah Kalson, Giacomo Arcaro, Ized Uanikhedhi and Pelumi Oyetimehin will present a masterclass Live Event on growth hacking, gamification, blockchain, AI and NFTs on Dinis Guarda YouTube channel. A series part of openbusinesscouncil Summit & Awards.

As Tyler Winklevoss said about Facebook: “The idea of a centralized social network is just not going to exist five or ten years in the future (…) “There’s a chasm between the old world and this new crypto-native universe.”

We are in a time of fast growing 4IR digital disruption. The many possibilities with the fostering of digital technologies and special Growth Hacking, aligned with new Gamification, the advent of Blockchain, AI, and the increasing possibilities of NFTs are the main ways to reinforce our digital IDs and businesses.

That is what this Masterclass Live Event: Growth Hacking, Gamification, Blockchain, AI and NFTs On Dinis Guarda YouTube Channel aims to bring about.

Moderated by openbusinesscouncil and citiesabc CEO Dinis Guarda it will gather top industry leaders and experts in innovative companies, including Parham Ramezani – Group CEO at Parham & Co Holdings; Charlie Hu –  Founder and managing partner of Candaq Fintech Group; Noah Kalson – Head of Growth Marketing and CRO of DP Online Group; Giacomo Arcaro – Crypto Entrepreneur | Bitcoin Evangelist and Ized Uanikhedhi, co-founder of Loose Media with 15 years experience and Pelumi Oyetimehin – President of DigiClan Africa. They will discuss all the opportunities, challenges and benefits companies can get from growth hacking, gamification, blockchain, AI and NFTs.

This Live Masterclass is part of a series of events ahead of the long awaited openbusinesscouncil summit and awards. The openbusinesscouncil summit reflects solutions and ways for businesses and governments to foster sales and growth amid the challenges and changes that organisations and cities are facing with COVID-19.The summit aims to provide a unique platform for both businesses and governments to promote themselves, highlight their organisations and their cities, grow their visibility with a global outreach through our openbusinesscouncil citiesabc awards and openbusinesscouncil digital certification.

The way we behave digitally and with our identities is shifting and accelerated growth is part of our bio hacking and multiple growth hacking dimensions of life and economics.

With the world moving towards the new full AI ML driven Web 3.0, and internet of trust blockchain anyone and special businesses and organisations need continuous innovation, growth hacking, gamification, rewarding systems and continuous optimization have become the core pillars of global mass adoption.

At the center of the future of ID is the future of our own data and assets – money. There is a fast accelerating new digital creative influencer driven centralised and decentralised economy and new increasingly DeFi tech decentralised finance operating models that will change the ways the highly monopolies of social media and digital Tech itself behave.

Gamification and growth hacking are the most impressives combinations of digital strategies that can be used to increase the existence of any brand or business.

What: Masterclass Live Event: Growth Hacking, Gamification, Blockchain, AI and NFTs

Speakers: Parham Ramezani – Group CEO at Parham & Co Holdings; Charlie Hu –  Founder and managing partner of Candaq Fintech Group; Noah Kalson – Head of Growth Marketing and CRO of DP Online Group; Giacomo Arcaro – Crypto Entrepreneur | Bitcoin Evangelist and Ized Uanikhedhi, co-founder of Loose Media with 15 years experience and Pelumi Oyetimehin – President of DigiClan Africa

Where: Dinis Guarda YouTube channel

When: Thursday 15th at 1pm EDT / 5pm GMT

The Speakers

openbusinesscouncil and citiesabc CEO Dinis Guarda will be joined by top experts and leaders in the blockchain and growth hacking space, including:

Parham Ramezani, Group CEO at Parham & Co Holdings

Parham Ramezani is the Chair Person and Group CEO of Parham & Co Holdings. As CEO he oversees the holding operations. This Holding Company strives to work in collaboration with their customers to be able to build high-performance teams necessary for creating and maintaining world-class business solutions. They have qualifications in the areas of Information Technology, Creative Designand Marketing with an emphasis on Industry-Specific Business Analysis and the use of latest technologies for the development and implementations of leading business solutions that work in an enterprise area globally.

Charlie Hu –  Founder and managing partner of Candaq Fintech Group 

Yechuan Charlie Hu is a blockchain ecosystem and community builder specialized in Web 3.0, decentralized technology platforms and applications. Charlie is currently the founder and managing partner of Candaq Fintech Group, an incubator providing support to start-ups in the areas of fintech, blockchain, big data, artificial intelligence, internet of things and new energies. Candaq offers venture investments at early stages and provides professional tokenized initial offering advisory services. Prior to that, Yechuan Hu has led investment and business development in more than 15 projects and cross-border international technology partnerships.

Noah Kalson – Head of Growth Marketing and CRO of DP Online Group

Noah is an open-minded marketing professional with over ten years’ experience in digital marketing for both local and global organizations. Noah has strong technical skills, as well as excellent interpersonal skills. He has experience managing campaigns across multiple channeles sucha as affiliate, media buying, search (SEO + PPC) and social media.

Giacomo Arcaro – Crypto Entrepreneur | Bitcoin Evangelist

Giacomo Arcaro is one of the most important European Growth Hackers featured on the Financial Times, Forbes, Wired and Los Angeles Times.

Giacomo has now been involved in the world of cryptocurrencies and ICOs for quite some time, establishing himself as a veteran of the industry and a pioneer of its processes. Currently also working as an advisor on ICObench Top #20 and N.1 on ICOBazaar, Giacomo has extensive experience in understanding the specific requirements of a business regarding the models through which it can generate capital that allows it to thrive in competitive environments. He collected 18.4M€ for ICO he advise so far.

Ized Uanikhedhi – co-founder of Loose Media with 15 years experience

Ized Uanikhehi is co-founder, MD/CMO of Loose Media, an experiential and digital marketing and tech solutions company. With 15 years post-college experience in Technology, Marketing and Digital media, Ized has spent the last 7 years changing the digital marketing landscape of Africa.

Pelumi Oyetimehin – President of DigiClan Africa

An IT specialist, Pelumi Oyetimehin is the president of DigiClan Africa. DigiClan is a tribe of Digital Marketers spanning all aspects of digital marketing that are interested in having one community all across Africa where they can share latest trends and insight, connect with fellow digital marketers and leverage massive opportunities together.

Watch the live masterclass on Dinis Guarda YouTube channel on Thursday, 15 at at 1pm EDT / 5pm GMT

The Future Of The Global Economy: A Conversation Around NFTs, DeFi And Digital Assets

citiesabc and openbusinesscouncil CEO Dinis Guarda’s recent webinar showed the important role that digital assets, NFTs and DeFi will play in the future of the global economy and exchanges. In conversation with fintech pioneers in Europe and the US, Guarda fuelled debates over cryptocurrency and how to bridge the gap between traditional banking and modern finance. The article below outlines important points made (and conclusions drawn) from the webinar.

Crypto, blockchain, bitcoin, DeFi; these are words heard of by many and understood by few. A top priority for Guarda and the other panellists was to democratise the language surrounding modern (and future) finance, and stress its newfound (and continually increasing) accessibility.

True, crypto holds a diminutive place in the global financial landscape at present – evidence of its relative exclusivity. The digital crypto landscape currently stands at $1.7 trillion: a meagre sum next to the world economy in collected GDPs (excluding assets), which currently stands at $83 trillion; or next to the FX market, worth $7 trillion; or the equities market, worth $85 trillion; or the fixed income market, worth over $100 trillion.

However, Douglas Borthwick, Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer of INX Services, anticipates these figures will “change at a speed which no one is really ready for”. He argues that while only 0.5% of Americans have an electronic wallet at present, there is a chance that, within the next year alone, as many as 60% will. Indeed, the OCC (Office of the Comptroller of the Currency) seems keen to discard ACH and swift wire transfers, and encourage the American citizen to use USDC stablecoins instead. Drawing an analogy, Borthwick reminded his audience that cell phones were shunned by the average citizen in the first ten years of their existence as they were deemed dangerous and unnecessary; current statistics estimate that there are now 1.4 mobile phones for every American citizen. In other words, it is not unprecedented for an innovation to flatline before it surges.

The panellists agreed this surge starts now. Already, blockchain is being adopted outside the realm of pure finance, with retailers and auction houses such as Christie’s employing NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) as an alternative form of commercial transaction. While the first wave of cryptocurrency users and advocates were “anarchists” coming out of the 2008 financial crisis disillusioned with the economic establishment – in the words of panellist Guenther Dobrauz, Partner at PwC Zurich – the second wave is sure to be a larger group of people following a more global movement away from traditional finance.

What does blockchain offer which traditional finance does not? The primary selling point is the removal of middlemen – or, as Borthwick puts it, “friction in the marketplace”: “assets, especially on the equity side, are going to move to blockchain for pure AML (anti-money laundering) and KYC (know your client) reasons”. Borthwick resorted to another analogy to further illustrate these advantages:

Remember in the old days when you wanted to raise funds, whatever your target, 1 million, 5 million, 100 million, you always had to give 5-6% to the underwriter: the person helping you raise that money. You don’t have to do that anymore with the type of security token that we designed and put together with the SEC.

What is the next step in Borthwick’s game plan? To passport digital securities that have come out in foreign jurisdictions for use in the US, so they can be traded on American exchange platforms. Two essential challenges remain: first, that the technology developed for blockchain was not intended to bridge any gaps between modern and traditional banking; second, that European countries are largely divided when it comes to blockchain rules. This poses real, legal problems; but Borthwick is confident that the impending surge in blockchain adoption will be naturally accompanied by new regulatory and compliance laws: supply follows demand. Indeed, Borthwick anticipates that “every single company specialised in equity – in the US, Switzerland, Germany and elsewhere – is going to move to the blockchain. Every five-year note, every ten-year note, every treasury bill, will move onto the blockchain.” The regulation of coins and tokens will thus be institutionalised.

Hirander Misra, Chairman & CEO of GMEX Group & SECDEX, further expanded on the jurisdictional challenges touched upon by Borthwick:

Let’s say there’s custody and issuance in the UK but that particular entity doesn’t want to issue tokens; how do we overlay that with tokens? Let’s say the Seychelles offer those out to a wider audience, but then how do you align the corporate actions or proxy-based actions or any other elements by way of smart contracts with those jurisdictions? […] Everyone talks about blockchain being a magic wand formula, but a liquid bond – whether it’s on a blockchain or not – is still a liquid bond.

While the digital exchanges set up in the blockchain landscape act like walled gardens on security, Misra argues, this is a problem which can be solved from a technical perspective. Indeed, he sees “a lot of opportunity around structuring products and packaging them in portfolio-based plays.” There is a gap in the market for the distributed transfer agencies and registries specialised in token transfer, which Misra identifies as a crucial playing point.“The focus has got to be on quality rather than quantity,” he argues. “Quality will lead to trust and scale accordingly.”

Peter Kristensen, Co-CEO at JP Fund Services, also stressed the importance of quality and transparency: “you can run from regulations, but you can’t hide from them,” he said, reflecting on his own professional experience. Derek Mayne, co-Founder of Cresco, championed similar ethics, arguing that his enterprise is built on three pillars: regulation, insurance, and blockchain. It’s this “three-way balance” that makes Cresco FX products desirable, according to Mayne. But transparency is not easily reached. Borthwick spoke of the challenges of DeFi work in the US; DeFi is based on anonymity, yet “you cannot move an INEX token to another wallet unless that wallet is whitelisted” – that is, unless it has gone through AML and KYC checks. This restricts the DeFi audience as institutional players are highly sceptical. The landscape is more positive when it comes to individual customers, however, whose number is increasing rapidly. Indeed, digital assets are now being held by an unprecedented amount of digital custodians, sketching out a greater need for interoperability in a young, fresh financial space with no pre-existing standards.

On this topic, Misra advocated for a hybrid approach, drawing on both centralised and decentralised financial models; while blockchain purists are likely to argue in favour of everything being decentralised, says Misra, “legacy stacks – not just in the exchanges but in the banks – that are decades old aren’t going away anytime soon.” Moreover, the traditional ‘big players’ were “set up to be b2b”. The transition from b2b to b2c, as advocated by Guarda and Borthwick, was tempered by Misra, who suggested an approach closer to convergence than conversion.

Closing the discussion, Guarda was more optimistic about blockchain and crypto’s revolutionary capacities, returning to Borthwick’s point about DeFi’s velocity: where the financial demand exists, the regulatory and technological supply will follow. Although crypto exchange structures (centralised or decentralised) were not built on regulation, the move to blockchain driven by more established players in the field (NASDAQ, New York Stock Exchange) changes standard regulatory practice while creating space for new financial services such as security token trading. Therefore, we can expect to see greater cooperation between blockchain and regulatory services – cooperation driven by necessity and mass-scale fintech democratisation.

White Paper: Expert Prognosis For The Planet – We’re On Track For A Ghastly Future

An international group of 17 leading scientists have produced a comprehensive yet concise assessment of the state of civilization, warning that the outlook is more dire and dangerous than is generally understood.

A loss of biodiversity and accelerating climate change in the coming decades coupled with ignorance and inaction is threatening the survival of all species, including our very own, according to the experts from institutions including Stanford University, UCLA, and Flinders University.

The researchers state that world leaders need a ‘cold shower’ regarding the state of our environment, both to plan and act to avoid a ghastly future.

Lead author Professor Corey Bradshaw of Flinders University in Australia says he and his colleagues have summarised the state of the natural world in stark form to help clarify the gravity of the human predicament.

“Humanity is causing a rapid loss of biodiversity and, with it, Earth’s ability to support complex life. But the mainstream is having difficulty grasping the magnitude of this loss, despite the steady erosion of the fabric of human civilization,” Professor Bradshaw says.

“In fact, the scale of the threats to the biosphere and all its lifeforms is so great that it is difficult to grasp for even well-informed experts.

“The problem is compounded by ignorance and short-term self-interest, with the pursuit of wealth and political interests stymying the action that is crucial for survival,” he says.

Professor Paul Ehrlich of Stanford University says that no political or economic system, or leadership, is prepared to handle the predicted disasters, or even capable of such action.

“Stopping biodiversity loss is nowhere close to the top of any country’s priorities, trailing far behind other concerns such as employment, healthcare, economic growth, or currency stability.

“While it is positive news that President-elect Biden intends to reengage the US in Paris Climate accord within his first 100 days of office, it is a minuscule gesture given the scale of the challenge.

“Humanity is running an ecological Ponzi scheme in which society robs nature and future generations to pay for short-term economic enhancement today”.

“Most economies operate on the basis that counteraction now is too costly to be politically palatable. Combined with disinformation campaigns to protect short-term profits it is doubtful that the scale of changes we need will be made in time,” Professor Ehrlich says.

Professor Dan Blumstein from UCLA says the scientists are choosing to speak boldly and fearlessly because life literally depends on it.

“What we are saying might not be popular, and indeed is frightening. But we need to be candid, accurate, and honest if humanity is to understand the enormity of the challenges we face in creating a sustainable future.

“Without political will backed by tangible action that scales to the enormity of the problems facing us, the added stresses to human health, wealth, and well-being will perversely diminish our political capacity to mitigate the erosion of the Earth’s life-support system upon which we all depend.

“Human population growth and consumption continues to escalate, and we’re still more focused on expanding human enterprise than we are on devising and implementing solutions to critical issues such as biodiversity loss. By the time we fully comprehend the impact of ecological deterioration, it will be too

“Without fully appreciating and broadcasting the scale of the problems and the enormity of the solutions required, society will fail to achieve even modest sustainability goals, and catastrophe will surely follow,” Professor Blumstein concludes.

The experts say their ‘perspective’ paper, which cites more than 150 studies, seeks to outline clearly and unambiguously the likely future trends in biodiversity decline, mass extinction, climate disruption, planetary toxification, all tied to human consumption and population growth to demonstrate the near
certainty that these problems will worsen over the coming decades, with negative impacts for centuries to come. It also explains the impact of political impotence and the ineffectiveness of current and planned actions to address the ominous scale of environmental erosion.

Women Empowerment, Fintech Innovation And The Biggest Digital Trends At Digital Week Online

Women Empowerment, Fintech Innovation: The Biggest Digital Trends Must-Haves for 2021 At Digital Week Online

In times of uncertainty, building trust and coming together with ideas and best strategies is more important than ever. There are many challenges to overcome, from the widespread adoption of Fintech services to further empowering Women’s role in society. All these main topics will be discussed in the Women In Tech Day and Fintech Day at the upcoming Digital Week Online.

Covid-19 has triggered a global acceleration to digital solutions. But this unprecedented technological revolution needs to be properly addressed so no one is left behind, while all these trends are properly understood. The financial industry is at the forefront of that digital revolution, with trends ranging from integrating cryptocurrencies into the monetary system to Fintech new innovative solutions. All those topics will be discussed on Fintech Day, co-hosted by CryptoLaw Partners, Fintech4Good and MaGESpire. This will be one of the hottest days finalizing the Digital Week Online event– there we will discuss global Fintech trends, CBDC, DeFi and many other important topics.

Likewise, this year we need to see the realization of women empowerment across all layers of society. And we need to give voice to those women leading the change. On  8th March, Women Leadership Day is opening Digital Week Online with the insights of the world’s brightest women in business, tech, politics and sports and will ensure that every woman will be represented in the event.

Digital Week Online aims to achieve, gathering the greatest minds and tech leaders all over the world to build the Global Tech Transformation in 2021’. The expectations are higher than ever: In 2020 we were proud to have 200+ top level speakers, 100+ professional investors and 5000 attendees –  innovators, government representatives, accelerators, mentors, tech gurus.

Digital Week Online is an online Summit that unites tech entrepreneurs, authors, investors, innovators, leading corporates, and key governments.

Digital Week Online offers a global cutting edge Digital Transformation programme that highlights the latest trends and issues regarding Society 5.0AI, Blockchain, COVID19 Impact, Smart Cities, FinTech, Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity, Corporate Innovation, Gaming & Entertainment, and more.

The Agenda

On  8th of March – Women Leadership Day is opening Digital Week Online with the insights of the world’s brightest women in business, tech, politics and sports.

March 9th –  the DeepTech Day co-hosted by Fido and Sanctum. A great panel with tech experts discussing hot topics such as Artificial intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics, Blockchain Technology and Quantum Computing.

March 10th, the Digital Transformation Day, devoted to the Global Digital Transformation, will be co-hosted By Ztudium and Dinis Guarda. The and founder will host a whole one-day event around major topics: the 4th industrial revolution, Smart Cities, the impact of Covid 19 and a special focus on a positive note for the future in the shape of building a better society, the Society 5.0.

“In this time of unprecedented disruption due to the global pandemic, we must base the future of society on the strong foundations of the 4th Industrial Revolution and Society 5.0. Trust and coming together with ideas and best strategies is more important than ever.” Dinis Guarda, partner, curator, founder, CEO openbusinesscouncil and citiesabc.

March 11th  – Innovation Tech Day co-hosted by Pal Capital. The major focus of the day will be distributed between the following topics:

Investment and VC

– Corporate Innovation


– Corporate Innovation

– Gaming & Entertainment

This day Digital Week Online will also host a start-up competition and pitch sessions, where the teams of innovators will be able to have a global exposure and get feedback from top investors and mentors. Free of charge.

March 12th  – Fintech Day co-hosted by CryptoLaw Partners, Fintech4Good and MaGESpire. This is one of the hottest days finalizing the week – there we will discuss global Fintech trends, CBDC, DeFi and many other important topics.

Check out the whole agenda on the Digital Week Online official website.

Digital Week Online starts on March 8 and run through to March 12 in 5 sessions where 200+ speakers come together and find solutions to world’s biggest challenges.

Innovative Startups: EdenBase Announces the Top 20 Semi-Finalists of Their First Investment Competition

EdenBase, the ecosystem founded by two prominent innovators and ecosystem creators Eric van der Kleij and Daniel Doll-Steinberg, launched its first investment competition at the end of 2020. In order to identify promising startups for investment from the EdenBase fund, and to join and benefit from its transformative community in London, the team looked for companies with the potential to become super-performers by implementing frontier technology such as AI, Blockchain or 5G

The Top 20 Semi-Finalists will all benefit from joining the EdenBase community and been invited to the Virtual Base Camp Week (22-26 March) for interviews, panels, and content sessions. Selected from many great applications, these 20 companies are now one step closer to benefitting from the ecosystem and receiving investment from the EdenBase fund. The Top 10 Finalists will be announced at the end of the bootcamp and offered a package of benefits, prizes, and a variety of perks. Out of these finalists, the EdenBase team will then select and announce the 2 winning companies that will receive investment (up to £145K) from the EdenBase fund plus up to £105K of desks and additional benefits.

The competition has reached a global audience, receiving submissions from teams in 28 countries, applying to be considered to join and benefit from the EdenBase ecosystem and fund. The team would like to thank all of the applicants for their interest, time, and energy they put into their submissions.

All applications have been reviewed by the EdenBase team and panel of judges; including Anish Mohammed, Barrie Heptonstall, Bill Tai, Carolina Casas Forga, Charles Seely, Dinis Guarda, Gijs Dutry van Haeften, Gokce Gizer, Hannah Leach, James Bowater, Lisa Andrews, Marta Piekarska-Geater, Michael DaCosta-Babb, Stephen Precious, and Zayed AlNehayan. The EdenBase judging panel of prominent investors, serial entrepreneurs, tech experts, and ecosystem builders, carefully evaluated the applications, assessing the team, product, and market opportunity for each submission to identify the qualifying teams to move forward in the competition.

The Top 20 Semi-Finalists of the first EdenBase Competition:

AMAST – The B2B online marketplace for construction materials (New York, US)

ApRbot – Reduce cost and increase speed in documents workflow with AI (London, UK)

BIMCRONE – Smart Solution, Realtime project management tool for the AEC Industry (Ankara, Turkey)

Breezy AI-powered Partnership Platform- Strategic partnerships platform (London, UK)

Coinpass – Buy, Sell and Trade Cryptocurrency with (London, UK)

Deeplight – We solve industry problems by combining ML/AI with domain expertise (London, UK)

ESGi – A new platform to enable ESG data to be gathered, authenticated and shared (London, UK)

Faradai (formerly Reengen) – Energy & Sustainability Intelligence solution for enterprises (London, UK)

Geodo Technology – Marking, Automatic Mapping and Reporting System (Ankara, Turkey)

Good Life Sorted – A technology-enabled platform connecting elderly people with vetted, local Helpers (London, UK)

Grandeo – A blockchain and cybersecurity startup – securing, sharing, and encrypting files (London, UK)

INHUBBER – B2B Contract Management and eSignature platform based on blockchain and AI (Berlin, Germany)

Optistructure – OptiStructure is an AI-based solution for the construction industry (Dubai, UAE)

PONS Tech – AI-driven wearable ultrasound device for pre-hospital diagnostic (New York, US)

Quin AI – The best salesperson in your online store (Istanbul, Turkey)

RafiQ – رفيق – Android virtual assistant, understands and executes Arabic voice commands (Cairo, Egypt)

Resilience Partners Limited – RPL identifies & validates critical design, construction and operation data (London, UK)

Scribe Labs – Scribe helps banks to accelerate decision-making – fully automated analysis (London, UK)

S O NAH – AI-enabled sensor platform for cities – (Aachen, Germany)

Threedium 3D – Powerful 3D/AR Viewers for everyone! (London, UK)

Live Event: Tribe Africa – How Digital, Blockchain and 4IR Can Make an Impactful Difference Debuts February 28 on Dinis Guarda YouTube Channel

Tribe Africa – How Digital, Blockchain and 4IR Can Make an Impactful Difference To Go Live On February, 28 At Dinis Guarda YouTube Channel

Tribe Africa live event will bring together experts in blockchain and digital transformation, and will take place on February 28 at 6 p.m. GMT + 1 on Dinis Guarda YouTube channel.

openbusinesscouncil, the leading digital business directory and unique integrated App, Communication and Marketplace, DigiClan, a community of Digital Marketers in Africa, and Loose Media, a values-driven Digital Marketing and Media Agency has announced the live event Tribe Africa to be aired on February, 26 at 6 p.m. GMT + 1.

Bringing together digital experts and entrepreneurs, the live conference will focus on how digital, blockchain and 4IR can make an impactful difference in Africa.

A young and diverse continent, Sub-Saharan Africa is home to more than 1 billion people, half of whom will be under 25 years old by 2050. Latest developments in blockchain and 4IR technologies can spur digital transformation in the region. Technologies can make better and a fairer use of the continent’s human and natural resources, which have the potential to yield inclusive growth and wipe out poverty in the region, enabling Africans across the continent to live healthier and more prosperous lives. With the world’s largest free trade area and a 1.2 billion-person market, the continent is creating an entirely new development path, harnessing the potential of its resources and people.

Jewel Okwechime, Lolita Ejiofor, Ized Uanikhehi, Hilton Supra and host Dinis Guarda will make up the lineup of experts and industry leaders who will shed some light on how blockchain and 4IR can effectively make an impactful difference for African people.

The Speakers

Jewel Okwechime is a global environmental leader, expert in change management strategies for Oil and Gas companies. Jewel Okwechime is a fellow & chartered engineer with over 20 years’ experience assisting businesses such as Schlumberger, Woodside Energy, BP, Shell and ExxonMobil. Jewel is the Non Executive Director & Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Investor relations for the VFD Group Plc. Jewel is also an Oil and Energy Consultant Business Development Manager for Deltic Energy Limited.

Lolita Ejiofor is the General Manager Group Head of IT & Resources at Abbey Mortgage Bank. An ISO 27001 (Information Security) Lead Implementer, with over 20 years of PRINCEII certified Project Management experience in diverse public and private industries ranging from the Government, Transport and Financial Institutions in the UK. She is also an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Banking Nigeria.

She said about the event: “My first passion is leadership and mentoring, especially as a returnee to Nigeria where colleagues are eager to learn and be inspired by progressive changes. I believe we can make a difference with live events like Tribe Africa.”

Ized Uanikhehi is co-founder, MD/CMO of Loose Media, an experiential and digital marketing​ and tech solutions company. With 15 years post-college experience in Technology, Marketing and Digital media, Ized has spent the last 7 years changing the digital marketing landscape of Africa​.

Hilton Supra is a business and financial industry veteran and thought leader. Hilton has more than 30 years of Finance, Investment, Banking and Asset Management experience in international markets namely London, Europe, Africa and Asia. This while having a passion for growing businesses, for fashion and new technologies, especially fintech and blockchain where he has been deeply involved since these technologies inception. Now, Hilton is co-leading the fashion directory fashionabc as well as technology startup Ztudium and techabc.

Host Dinis Guarda is an author, writer, artist, academic, B2B2C tech influencer, inventor and serial entrepreneur. Dinis is a world-renowned thought leader,  strategist, futurist and speaker, an International Bestselling Author, and a media personality who covers the present and future of business, technology and society. Dinis is a World Class Leader in multiple fields and has a passsion to push ideas, action and technology together to create better solutions, narratives and paths.

The Tribe Africa How Digital, Blockchain and 4IR Can Make an Impactful Difference event is due to go live on Dinis Guarda YouTube channel on February, 28 at 6 p.m. GMT + 1.

The Major Business Challenges With Covid and Digital Transformation

Covid-19 pandemic has changed and disrupted all businesses. Covid-19 is also the major digital transformation accelerator, taking the digital economy to new heights. Let’s take a look at the major business challenges with covid and digital transformation and how businesses can get better prepared for the future.

Covid-19 has disrupted the entire world economy. Most businesses have been forced shut their activity for months and while governments all around the world have tried their best to support them, the economic freeze means that many have had to re-invent themselves to the new reality or face closure.

SMEs have been especially hit by the pandemic and as the Covid-19 continues its disruption, the livelihood of many entrepreneurs and SMEs owners have been threatened.

Only in 2020, UK retailers suffered their worst annual sales performance on record, driven by slump in demand for fashion and homeware products, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC). Likewise, more than 50,000 listed companies worldwide have lost around 19.4 trillion euros in value within the first six weeks of the pandemic. This decline is historically unprecedented
for such a short time period.

Implementing Operational Resilience

The most immediate challenge for businesses is to stay afloat and become resilient by implementing operational resilience to withstand shocks and capture emerging opportunities. In this regard, the maturity of an organization’s operational resilience has the potential to dictate whether an organization will survive crisis situations. The ability to withstand operational shocks and continue to deliver core business processes in such situations
must be seamlessly integrated into the pursuit of delivery excellence, cost efficiency and operational effectiveness.

According to a KPMG report, digital transformation is key in building that resilience as disruptions in technology-driven operations are less likely. “Events like the COVID-19 pandemic can have a lasting impact on market dynamics. Beyond immediate actions, organizations can use such a disruption as an opportunity to reflect on their ability to understand and meet rapidly changing customer demand and behaviors. They can consider actions to increase responsiveness and resilience,” was stated in the report.

The report focus on a series of actions that businesses have to do to implement a resilient operational organization:

  • Reconfigure global and regional supply chain flows, incl. evaluation of near-shore/ in-house options to shorten supply chains and substitute suppliers.
  • Digitize core processes wherever possible to enable remote operations.
  • Re-evaluate strategic technology investments and accelerate programs
    which actively support resilience.
  • Enhance usage of intelligent automation and robotic process automation
  • Consider cyber security as part of the business and acquisition strategy.
  • Establish e-learnings and a collaboration platform to promote new ways of working and maintain employee engagement.
  • Defining leadership that ensures teams do not work in silos and are aligned to the new and updated agenda.
Building resilience in 3 phases. Source: KPMG

The Digital Economy Accelerates

Despite the evident medical emergency, the coronavirus pandemic has also accelerated digital transformation, providing new opportunities, especially for small businesses struggling with the adoption of digital tools.

This accelerated digital transformation is blurring the boundaries of the real and digital economy, as companies must adapt to the crisis and build resilient models for the future.

As Andy Wyckoff, Director, OECD, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation explains it in an article: “The digital economy is here, and growing every day, sometimes in surprising ways. Government leaders should be in no doubt about the key role they must play in securing the digital economy’s future as a driver of productive and inclusive progress. (…)

“The digital economy is a powerful catalyst, and a driver of inclusiveness, by linking communities to each other in a sort of “global village”, sharing information, ideas and products, and allowing countries to rise up the value chain.”

Ways to move when it comes to Covid-19 disruption:

  1. Cut the losses, take action and move forward.
  2. Accelerate Digital transformation, connect up with relevant business networks.
  3. Moving fast, get balance while fostering a healthy honest change management mindset with teams.
  4. Managing negativity and information overload with training – focus on coaching & leveraging with industry events and peers.
  5. Selecting what makes sense, training your workforce and adapting towards the right focus.

The digital economy has in fact kept the economy afloat in most parts of the world, with businesses rapidly adapting to the digitization of traditionally reluctant processes like remote working or e-commerce.

Remote Working has surged during the pandemic. The transition to working remote full-time has been a shock to the system—figuratively, and in some cases, quite literally, when user demand has exceeded system bandwidth. But the silver lining is that with such a high percentage of the working population now remote, digital collaboration is improving in leaps and bounds, both in terms of the sophistication of the tools to facilitate it and workers’ level of comfort with it.

Omnichannel Commerce has kept businesses sales alive. As many physical business locations are shut down, consumers are turning to online shopping to meet their needs, even those who had historically been reluctant to do so. like groceries. Businesses are blending the physical and the digital to provide for their customers through delivery methods such as curbside pickup and contactless delivery. Physical-digital integration is more important now than ever before.

Institutions and organizations of all types are trying out digital platforms to stay above water during the pandemic, which has promoted platformification. The fitness industry has shifted to holding virtual classes on streaming services, both live and pre-recorded. Almost every school, from elementary schools through graduate programs, have shifted to online courses. Large-scale conferences and events are being held virtually. The NYSE has moved entirely to online trading. While some businesses will revert to their traditional models when the crisis abates, others may opt for a hybrid approach as they recognize the benefits of recurring revenues.

In Conclusion

For becoming resilience and navigate the covid-19 pandemic, businesses have to do the following:

Businesses need to focus 100% on digital transformation.

Business growth with Covid-19 requires a technology focus first approach!

Collaboration and partnerships are critical and digital and offline have to co-exist!

To Adapt to the Ongoing Crisis, SMBs need to turn to Internet Tools and adapt their business models with tech digital tools.

Businesses will have to learn to Balance Running Businesses while Caring For their Households.

Businesses have to embrace change, adapt with digital transformation + tech mindset.

The Biggest Digital Trends Must-Haves for 2021 at Digital Week Online


From 8-12th March, the Digital Week Online will highlight the biggest digital must haves for 2021 and offers a global cutting-edge Digital Transformation program that highlights the latest trends and issues regarding Women Leadership, DeepTech, Digital Transformation, Blockchain, COVID19 Impact, Smart Cities, FinTech, Privacy & Cybersecurity, Corporate Innovation, Gaming & Entertainment, and more. 

We are facing times of uncertainty. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how the world works, disrupting businesses and entire industries, impacting our lifestyle, and accelerating digital transformation at a pace never seen before. In light of this, we need to build a narrative that aligns the digital revolution and the innovation and, furthermore, make sure it works for humanity. And Digital Week Online was created to build that narrative.

We are proud to announce that the event is again supported by Invest Hong Kong, the Government of the Hong Kong SAR. This time InvestHK/StartmeupHK is supporting and sponsoring a Startup Pitch Competition on 11th and 12th of March. As well as being one of the world’s most exciting cities, Hong Kong is one of Asia’s most vibrant tech hubs. StartmeupHK can help advise and guide entrepreneurs to make the city their startup home. StartmeupHK is a division of InvestHK, a HK Government Department helping overseas companies set up in the city. Launched in 2013, StartmeupHK’s mission is to promote Hong Kong as a leading startup destination for entrepreneurship and innovation.

Startup Pitch Competition is co-organized by Seedstars, a global community of over 250,000 change-makers, building the inspiring ecosystem for entrepreneurs in emerging markets, and guiding startups throughout their journey. The competition is also supported by one of the most active VCs and accelerators – SOSV/Chinaccelerator. Participation for startups is free of charge with an application deadline on March 3rd, 2021.

As Jayne Chan, Invest Hong Kong, Head of StartmeupHK, said in the last event: “We cannot remain static in today’s world. We can’t have a plan and we think it will work for the next 5 or 6 years because things are changing so fast. COVID changed everything and became a challenge even for a place like Hong Kong, a traditional trading hub. We need to build on our strengths and be able to adapt quickly.”

After two successful events in 2020, Digital Week Online continues gathering the greatest minds and tech leaders all over the world. The expectations are higher than ever: In 2020 we were proud to have 200+ top-level speakers, 100+ professional investors, and 5000 attendees – innovators, government representatives, accelerators, mentors, tech gurus.

The third edition of Digital Week Online – “Pushing off the bottom: Global Tech Transformation” welcomes you to join the expanding community of the world’s top entrepreneurs and innovators.

Ticking all the boxes, this 2021 edition promises to be bigger and better. We are expanding the online platform of Digital Week Online with a virtual AI-powered business matching tool that allows you to grow your network during the entire week. You will be able to reach out to the world’s best professionals, mentors, investors, and innovators.

Speakers list of the event includes representatives and top executives of the Government of Hong Kong SAR, the Government of Malaysia, EU Parliament, the Government of Pakistan, the Government of Ukraine, Hyundai DAC, HSBC, Digital Lending Association of India, and other top-level corporates, governments, organizations.

And proudly announcing a new feature of the 2021 event – the Q&A session. There the attendees will be able to interact with the speakers and get the answers to the most actual questions live.

We’re pleased to announce Bybit to be a Gold Sponsor of the Women Leadership Day (March 8th) and FinTech Day (March 12th). Established in March 2018, Bybit is one of the fastest-growing cryptocurrency derivatives exchanges, with more than a million registered users. Built on customer-centric values, Bybit endeavors to provide a professional, smart, intuitive, and innovative trading experience to better serve traders in a timely manner. Committed to creating a fair, transparent, and efficient trading environment, Bybit offers 24/7 multi-language support as part of its service. To learn more about Bybit, click on the following link below:

Welcome to contact Digital Week Online team if your company is looking for partners, new clients’ channels, friendly introductions, interested in global exposure and business acceleration! There are still several partnership and sponsorship opportunities.

Organizers: Uvecon.Pro , ECIDE, Invest Show

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