Last week, iov42 CEO Dominic von Trotha Taylor had the exciting opportunity to represent iov42 at the 2nd annual Wales Tech Week.
The fully virtual, week-long event covered a wide range of topics, from decarbonisation to agritech to non-fungible tokens (NFTs). And though the conference was inspired by the unique position Wales occupies in the bigger technological discourse, speakers from across Europe contributed to the chock-full agenda.
Dominic was invited to join the panel, “Blockchain: Bridging the Irish Sea,” which was hosted by CS connected, a UK-based hub that convenes organisations involved in compound semiconductor related activities. Since semiconductors are a key enabling technology for numerous industries, such as healthcare technologies, safety & security, big data and the Internet of Things (IoT), and energy efficiency (generation and consumption), it’s easy to imagine why CS connected would be interested in starting a discussion around blockchain, a potentially complementary technology for accelerating innovation.
The panel for “Blockchain: Bridging the Irish Sea” featured a diverse panel of experts. Kathryn Hallet from the Welsh government represented the public sector, while Edwin Ward (WX2 Advertising), Gavin Powell (QPQ), and Sorcha Mulligan (SMEChain), along with iov42’s Dominic, represented the private sector. The panel was moderated by Cerian Jones, a European patent attorney for software and computing-related tech. Bringing in perspectives from different sectors, industries, and geographies, the panelists were unified by their familiarity with cross-border engagement and, of course, their shared passion for blockchain technology.
The panelists dove into an open discussion around the important question, “how do blockchain enterprises and organisations connect with, engage, and have meaningful conversations with government bodies in order to drive blockchain innovation forward?”
“If [governments] can be seen out there to be more involved [with blockchain companies], then the reputation of the technology starts to go up, particularly in the context of enterprise-based solutions…If that reputation goes up, then the investor community [will be] more supportive…then there will be more companies like [iov42], embracing the technology, promoting themselves to government, building proofs of concept, creating proof of value, and then the virtuous circle where [blockchain] technology becomes integrated with everything we do will be initiated.”
— Dominic von Trotha Taylor, Wales Tech Week
The main takeaways from the event include:
Conversations like this signal an important shift in the evolution of blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies and their growing acceptance in our increasingly digital world. The iov42 team looks forward to continuing to contribute to this important discourse!