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SPARK '22

Sessions

2.5 days of keynotes, panels, and workshops to help you gain mastery of Fireblocks

The crypto markets have been through an extremely volatile and difficult period over the last 6 months. The question is are the markets we are currently seeing – participants, levels of liquidity, pace of innovation, counterparty risk and what’s going to change – is the new normal or is this just a pause in a greater up (or down) swing. Hear from QCP, B2C2 and GSR to discuss the current market conditions and what the future holds.
 

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Designing Innovative Crypto Products for Retail Investors

Customer experience is the battleground for retail users in the digital asset space which means building new and innovative products and services is what is needed to keep retention high and users happy. In this session, we will discuss what the landscape for retail crypto adoption currently looks like, what users are looking for when it comes to their crypto products, what some of the main challenges are and what is coming next.

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Crypto Payments: Reality vs. Hype

Crypto payments has come a long way from the Bitcoin pizza and there has certainly been a ton of innovation and excitement but the question is – where are we really? In this session, Fireblocks VP of Payments will lead a discussion with WorldPay / Checkout, PayU and Metal Pay talking about where we are currently with crypto payments, what is coming and why the hype can turn into reality faster than you think.

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The 2023 DeFi Ecosystem: Thriving or Surviving?

While crypto markets have seen extreme volatility, DeFi has seen even more although proponents point out that DeFi actually functioned exactly how it was supposed to and it now appears smart contracts are the new top of the DeFi seniority stack. With leverage and yields contracting substantially, what is the state of DeFi markets - participants, liquidity, leverage and yields - and where is it going over the next 6 to 12 months, especially when it comes to new innovation? 

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Bringing Tokenization to Life in a Highly Regulated Environment

Tokenization is one of the most exciting use cases within digital assets given the possibilities for what it can mean across existing financial markets instruments as well as opening the doors to new ways of transacting and ownership. Because of this, traditional financial services companies are amongst those most keen to drive innovation here and in this session, we will hear from ANZ, BNP Paribas and ABN Amro as they share how they have approached their tokenization use cases, what the major considerations are for institutions going down this path and what the future holds.

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Digital Assets: The Risk & Reward of TradFi Adoption

TradFi was long thought as a sector to be a leader in embracing digital assets given their disruptive potential to their existing businesses and ability to offer new products and services to customers. However, adoption has been relatively slow given a multitude of factors but it appears more and more TradFi firms are joining the space. In this session, we will explore if TradFi has hit a tipping point in adoption of digital assets, the risk & reward for doing so and what the outlook is for the next 6 to 12 months.

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The Missing Link: Crypto Prime Brokerage

Many institutions cite the lack of enterprise quality services, such as prime brokerage, as a reason for not adopting digital assets. However, many of the service providers in the space offer sophisticated offerings and have been able to scale successfully. In this session, we will explore the current state of crypto prime brokerage, what it takes to build and scale an enterprise prime brokerage business and what has been learned from the recent macro events.

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The Productization of Digital Asset Custody: What Does Success Look Like in 2023?

Many institutions cite the lack of enterprise quality services, such as prime brokerage, as a reason for not adopting digital assets. However, many of the service providers in the space offer sophisticated offerings and have been able to scale successfully. In this session, we will explore the current state of crypto prime brokerage, what it takes to build and scale an enterprise prime brokerage business and what has been learned from the recent macro events.

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The Role of Treasury Management for Launching Web3 Projects

Web3 is the hottest buzzword in crypto and it has many thinking this is the future for how individuals, corporations and countries will interact and transact with each other. Despite all the hype, some of the most basic functions such as treasury management are what can separate highly successful projects from those that fail. In this session, we will discuss the role treasury management plays within Web3 projects, what are the best practices and how will the role of treasury management evolve over time.

Emerging Markets and Crypto in 2023

Crypto is still an nascent asset class but it is seeing a lot of interest within emerging markets as users look for cheaper alternatives for money transfer and payments, access to the financial markets and new ways of transacting. In this session, we will explore where crypto adoption is within the emerging markets, what is on the horizon and where we go next.

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