Belfast to host crypto, metaverse and NFT conference


Belfast is set to host the island of Ireland’s first conference dedicated to cryptocurrencies, the metaverse and NFTs (non-fungible tokens).

DeFi Conf 2022 is set to attract more than 200 international delegates from the worlds of wealth management, financial advice, private investment and technology entrepreneurship to hear from a raft of international speakers from financial institutions and trading platforms.

It will take place in the city’s Titanic Hotel on 6 th October and include talks, panels and workshops on web3, NFTs, Game-Fi (game finance), Movie-Fi (movie finance), and the creator economy. It aims to showcase decentralised finance as a new wave of innovation that encompasses the fastest growing areas of finance and blockchain, cryptocurrencies and NFTs.

Speakers and panellists from traditional global financial services institutions, including the London Stock Exchange Group and Deutsche Borse will join speakers from some of the world’s most innovative platforms in the space including Coinbase, Swissborg and The Block.

“This Conference will put Ireland and indeed Belfast on the global financial map and although the subject matter can be viewed as relatively niche this is a fast growing and rapidly evolving space,” organiser Kevin Traynor said. “I would encourage those with an interest in crypto, financial investments and those working in financial or tech sectors to attend to glean advice from some of the best in the business.”

Chief Platform Officer of crypto exchange and wallet provider platform Uphold, Oonagh Van Den Berg, who is originally from County Antrim and is now based in Portugal, is one of the speakers at the event.

“At this very minute finance services are changing in how both people and businesses are accessing, transferring and holding financial assets,” she said. “It is redefining our industry – and it’s critical that we are providing sufficient education so informed decisions can be taken by all on how this impacts them.

“In addition, we need to better understand the use cases for blockchain technology and the incredible advantages this is going to bring across all sectors in how data is stored and transmitted.”

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