Finance & Technology Conference on Decentralized Finance

© 2023 EPFL

© 2023 EPFL

The Finance and Technology 2023 conference will be held on April 26 at the Starling Hotel @EPFL. The topic this year is decentralized finance. During the conference, different speakers will seek to shed light on what works and what doesn't work in DeFi and how to build trust in it.

Decentralized Finance (DeFi) started out with the promise to disrupt the financial industry by removing third parties and centralized institutions from financial transactions and hence allowing consumers direct access to capital and financial services.

Until now, however, DeFi's disruptive forces have not manifested themselves purely favorably. In 2022 crypto currencies lost nearly $2 trillion in market value. Furthermore, the DeFi industry continues to be plagued by a disconcerting number of hacks, failures and bankruptcies. Some of these challenges can be attributed to the shortcomings of governance, regulation and the interfaces with centralized financial services and institutions (CeFi as well as TradFi), rather than the underlying DeFi blockchain infrastructure as such.

Hyun Song Shin, the Economic Advisor and Head of Research, Bank for International Settlements, will be the keynote speaker.

This conference is co-organized by C4DTand the Swiss Finance Institute (SFI) and in collaboration with the Entreprise for Society Center (E4S).

Registration is free of charge, but mandatory for participation.

For the agenda and registration, please click here