IOHK, Cardano Foundation and EMURGO, the companies behind Cardano, are proud to announce the Cardano Virtual Summit 2020, Shelley Edition. The Summit will take place on 2–3 July and is free to attend.
Cassiopeia Services and our in-house production FinancialFox are media partners of the event, which will mark the completion of the Shelley Phase of Cardano, bringing full decentralisation to its blockchain.
The Summit will take a deep dive into the Cardano world and the scientific research supporting it, as well as revealing the latest advances in blockchain technology, with applications both in the developing world and for wider enterprise.
IOHK will discuss the peer-reviewed scientific research underpinning Cardano, while EMURGO, the investment arm working to boost the Cardano ecosystem, will feature in sessions covering the wide-ranging applications of the blockchain for global enterprises and governments. Cardano Foundation, the independent not-for-profit responsible for overseeing the long-term development of Cardano and its ecosystem, will lead discussions on the future of the project.
Cardano is one of the most advanced and sophisticated projects in the blockchain space, being the first blockchain platform to evolve out of a scientific philosophy and a research-first driven approach. It is ranked among the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market capitalisation.
Cardano’s main focus is to apply rigorous academic research and evidence-based solutions to provide technological infrastructure. After the new Shelley update, Cardano will be up to a hundred times more decentralised, taking its place as a true third-generation cryptocurrency whose mission is to unlock a new era of development powered by technology and decentralisation.
Underneath the technological refinement of Cardano lies the philosophy of creating a blockchain enterprise based on a human-centred approach to innovation. One of Cardano’s main objectives is to provide financial services and technological infrastructure to developing countries, more particularly to the three billion people who are currently excluded from mainstream banking services. Cardano currently reaches 54 countries in Africa and is committed to building blockchain governance to future-proof the region’s sustainable growth and development.
Beyond the development of Cardano, IOHK is engaged in promoting blockchain research, having recently donated $500m in Cardano (ADA) to the University of Wyoming. The fund is intended to enable blockchain research and development in academia, one of IOHK’s core values. The state of Wyoming is known for its progressive approach to crypto legislation, as reported by CoinTelegraph.
Over the last three months, ADA has seen a surge in price. Ryan Selkis, CEO of Messari, believes that Cardano will become the fifth-largest cryptocurrency in 2021, as reported in CryptoSlate, given that the Shelley update will enhance the cryptocurrency’s performance.
Some of the confirmed speakers are Vinton G Cerf; Charles Hoskinson, co-founder of IOHK and Cardano; John O’Connor, Director of African Operations at IOHK; Stephen Wolfram, Founder and CEO of Wolfram Research; and Caitlin Long, co-founder of the Wyoming Blockchain Coalition.
Charles Hoskinson, CEO of IOHK, said:
“The virtual summit marks a milestone in the development of Cardano as we start the roll-out of Shelley, bringing decentralisation, staking and delegation of ADA to the blockchain.
“The launch of Shelley brings with it the promise of a blockchain a hundred times more decentralised than Bitcoin, representing another step toward the full delivery of a decentralised, autonomous blockchain, with class-leading scalability and interoperability.
With the unique abilities of the system having already been proven during extensive testing, involving over a thousand registered stakepools, this roll-out promises to deliver the world’s most advanced proof-of-stake-based blockchain.”
For more information on the event agenda and to register for free: https://cardanosummit.iohk.io/
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