[Europe-China-Innovation] Innovation from above? CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency) and the impact on the fintech ecosystem

Event Description

Fintech has seen great disruptions in the past ten years. Blockchain, cryptocurrency, and now CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency) should no longer be buzzwords, but rather commonly understood tools for moving and making money. In the past Startup Grind Chengdu events, we have dived into different coins and chains. This time, with China officially launching CBDC pilot projects, we are excited to have invited Professor George Giaglis, expert and scholar in this field, to clear up some confusions once and for all and tap into a more advanced fintech world.



过去十年,金融科技经历了巨大变革。区块链、加密货币和央行数字货币都已不只是吸引眼球的时髦词汇,而是日常使用的交易工具和手段。成都创业磨坊过去的活动中,我们曾经讨论过多个“币”和“链”。而在中国官方发布央行数字货币试点项目的当下,我们荣幸地邀请到了George Giaglis教授,数字货币领域的知名专家学者,为我们拨开迷雾,带领我们初窥未来金融科技世界。


时值中国官方发布了多个央行数字货币项目试点项目的当下,我们希望帮助创业者、投资人、管理者、相关学科的学生和研究者,以及对加密货币/区块链感兴趣的其他听众理解相关领域的最新发展动向。George Giaglis教授将以形而上的、战略性的、地缘政治敏感的视角,带给我们对加密货币/区块链领域未来的展望。和我们一起领先一步吧!

About the topic

With the launch of several Central Bank Digital Currency pilot projects in China, our goal is to give entrepreneurs, innovators, managers, students and more generally people interested in the cryptocurrency/blockchain space the keys to understand these new developments. Professor George Giaglis will give us a philosophical, strategic and geopolitical view of the ramifications of these pilot projects in the blockchain/cryptocurrency space. Be one of the first to have actionable insights about this new trend!


Potential questions


  1. What is CBDC, compared to other cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether?
  2. 较之比特币和以太币,什么是央行数字货币?
  1. How is CBDC related to open cryptocurrencies? How do they mutually benefit from each other?
  2. 央行数字货币和和公开加密货币有什么关联?他们如何互利共赢?
  1. Can CBDC be considered as an innovation? Isn’t money already digital? Why CBDC is a good idea?
  2. 央行数字货币是一种创新吗?货币如今已电子化,为什么央行数字货币是必然趋势?
  1. China launched the first pilot CDBC with some cities and banks. What about other countries? Do we have any working solutions yet?
  2. 中国官方发布了多个央行数字货币项目试点,其他国家处在哪个阶段?现在已有实际应用解决方案吗?
  1. Comparing Europe to China’s approaches to digital currencies, what are the potential impacts on the two regions?
  2. 对比中欧的虚拟货币策略部署,对于两个地缘有哪些方面的影响?
  1. How will DCEP (new Chinese CBDC project, Digital Currency Electronic Payment) affect consumers and businesses? Can you give us some use cases?
  2. 中国版数字货币项目DCEP将如何影响消费者和企业?能举例说明吗?
  1. What impacts will DCEP have on China’s and the world’s fintech ecosystem?
  2. 中国版数字货币项目DCEP对中国和世界的金融科技生态将带来什么改变?
  1. How will CDBC affect the global currencies’ value and influences, e.g. RMB vs USD?
  2. 央行数字货币将如何促进国际货币的价值和影响力,例如人民币pk美元?
  3. Are there new opportunities for startups to follow the disruption? Examples? 
  4. 在这种变革的局面中,对创业者有什么新契机吗?


About the Speaker

Professor George M. Giaglis is the Executive Director of the Institute for the Future (IFF) at the University of Nicosia (UNIC), as well as a leading expert on blockchain technology and applications and advisor to many blockchain projects and technology start-ups. Prior to joining UNIC, he was Professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business (2002-2017), where he also served as Vice Rector (2011-2015). George has been working on digital currencies and blockchain since 2012, with his main focus being on new forms of industrial organization (such as DAOs) and novel financial system architectures (tokenised assets and CBDCs). He has been one of the first academics to research and teach on blockchain, having: designed the curriculum of the world’s first full academic degree on blockchain (MSc in Blockchain and Digital Currency at UNIC); led the development of blockchain credentialing technology that has resulted in the first ever publishing of academic certificates on the blockchain; taught on the disruptive innovation potential of blockchain, both at academic programs and in executive seminars worldwide; organized a number of prominent blockchain conferences and events, including the annual European conference series Decentralized. Throughout his career, he has published twelve books and more than 170 articles in leading scientific journals and conferences, while he is frequently interviewed by media and invited as keynote speaker or trainer in events across the globe. He is the Chief Editor for Blockchain Technology at the Frontiers in Blockchain Journal and member of the Editorial Board at Ledger.


George M. Giaglis教授是the University of Nicosia (UNIC),the Institute for the Future (IFF)的负责人,区块链科技和应用领域的著名专家,他还是很多区块链项目和科技初创企业的顾问。计入UNIC之前,他是the Athens University of Economics and Business的教授(2002-2017)和副校长(2011-2015)。从2012年开始,George就开始研究数字货币和区块链。他的主要研究焦点包括新的工业组织形式(例如DAOs)以及新型经济系统架构(令牌化资产和央行数字货币)。他是第一批开始研究和教授区块链相关知识的学者。他设计了全球第一个区块链方向的学位课程(UNIC的区块链和数字货币硕士学位);他带领了区块链授信技术的研究,促成了第一个区块链学术认证;他在全球多个学术课程和高管培训课程中教授了区块链的颠覆性潜能;组织了以欧洲Decentralized系列会议为代表的区块链会议。他出版了十二本著作,在知名学术期刊和会议发表了超过170篇文章,多次接受媒体采访,多次受邀担任发言嘉宾或讲师。他是期刊《区块链前沿》中”区块链科技“栏目的主编,是Ledger的编委会成员。

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