Blockchain For Impact (BFI) presented its second annual global summit, an invitation-only gathering of dignitaries, founders, and practitioners at the United Nations Headquarters.
Last year’s event hosted more than 350 participants from around the world, as curated technologies highlighted practical solutions for addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Amir Dossal, the co-founder and Vice-Chair of the Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development, the parent organization of the summit, states:
“According to the UN, the SDGs represent a $2.5 trillion opportunity for the private sector. We need to supercharge the SDGs by using frontier technologies, including blockchain. Innovation, entrepreneurship and public-private partnerships are key to driving progress.”
The BFI Summit showcased use cases for the UN and governments, as well as new opportunities. “This year’s agenda worked on such urgent challenges as oceans restoration; the role of data sovereignty, the role of blockchain, and AI in social impact; progress on digital infrastructure and interoperability; as well as how nation-states are using blockchain, case studies Liechtenstein vs the Marshall Islands. (See full agenda here: https://blockchainforimpact.org/events/).
Speakers included Dr. Hilda Cathy Heine, President of the Republic of Marshall Islands, and Adrian Hasler, Prime Minister of Liechtenstein (via remote); Dr. Adonia Ayebare, Ambassador of the Republic of Uganda to the UN; and Dr. Eva-Marie Muller-Stuler, Chief Data Scientist, IBM.
Attendees were curated to diversely reflect the ecosystems of technology and social impact: founders, architects, and developers of public and private chains, and open-source projects; representatives from non-profits in blockchain, AI, IoT; funders, funds, philanthropists; legal practitioners in fintech, front-line workers, activists, as well as media and service providers. “Blockchain features and philosophy lend themselves perfectly to create new and innovative methods to connect private and public sectors in order to advance capital flows to the SDGS and aid in 2030 goals being accomplished,” states Vice-Chair and co-founder Vince Molinari.
Event partners include Kinesis, Blockchain for Sustainable Development, NASGO, CGCX.io, AdLedger, EY, Hatch and Tawkers.
You can view the entire summit on un tv / http://webtv.un.org/ and search blockchain for impact