Recap of the Crypto Assets Conference (CAC22A) — Bringing together experts from the crypto and financial world for the biggest Crypto Assets Conference yet

The Crypto Assets Conference — once again accommodated by the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management — allowed 700+ participants on-site over three days and 4500+ online attendees to experience the rapid development of Crypto Assets, Distributed Ledger Technology, and Central Bank Digital Currencies through more than 80 on-site presentations, panel discussions, and startup pitches. In cooperation with executives, founders, investors, and representatives of government institutions, the three-day conference gave fundamental insights into this fast-pacing environment from the perspective of a highly differentiated group of industry professionals. — Authors: Philipp Sandner, Marla Bläsius, Nick Krziwon

Figure 1: Key statistics from CAC22A

Under the lead of Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner, the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center organizes the Crypto Assets Conference (CAC), one of Europe’s leading annual conferences on blockchain, decentralized finance, and all things digital: assets, securities, and identities. The goal of CAC22A, this year’s iteration of the CAC series, was to provide first-hand insights on recent developments as well as to create a platform for blockchain and crypto enthusiasts to connect and discover business synergies.

Figure 2: CAC22A has once again been hosted in-person © Nick Krziwon

More than 130 speakers, representing over 100 organizations, gave an overview of their respective fields of business and their perspectives on market developments. 15+ panel discussions on pulsating topics led to rich discussions and several startup pitches helped founders raise awareness for their idea and to consociate with potential investors.

– Philipp Schulden, Co-Founder & COO of Rudy Capital

Next to our 1000+ participants on-site, we were also happy to welcome thousands of international online participants through our hybrid format. They were able to enjoy speeches, presentations, panel discussions, and pitches live on stream and we have made all recordings available to our participants to rewatch afterward.

Figure 3: From left to right: Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner, Andre Voinea, Katharina Gehra, Tim Bruenjes, Drew Robinson, and Christoph Kreiterling discussing “The rise of bitcoin and crypto assets — What to expect in 2022?” on Day 1 of the CAC22A

The structure of CAC22A: 3 overarching themes

To fully explore the most recent developments in the blockchain and crypto ecosphere, we divided this year’s CAC into three different subject-related topics over three days: (1) Bitcoin, Crypto Assets, DeFi, and NFTs; (2) Digital Securities and Infrastructure; (3) Digital Euro and Digital Identity, Sustainability. The following links below will let you rewatch the whole conference for free.

Figure 4: Thematic arrangement of the CAC22A

Day 1 | Bitcoin, Crypto Assets, DeFi, and NFTs | April 4th, 2022

Day 2 | Digital Securities and Infrastructure | April 5th, 2022

Day 3 | Digital Euro, Digital Identities and Sustainability | April 6th, 2022

Expertise and Enlightenment: Our high-profile speakers and sponsors

CAC always strives to offer insightful keynotes and presentations that are to elicit lively discussions. Therefore, our 130+ speakers stem from all areas of public and business interest and were encouraged to elaborate on their perspectives and outlook as well as to interact with an active audience, e.g., by shedding light on the latest EU MiCA-regulation and its implications on the crypto and financial sector. Sascha Rangoonwala (CEO of Coinbase) has expressed his conception that MiCA is a “well-harmonized regime” that addresses the demands of retail and institutional investors, while also pointing to complicating consequences of this landmark legal framework for the crypto industry in the EU.

The Crypto Assets Conference 2022A would not have been possible without our generous sponsors, whose support was indispensable for the success of this year’s conference. Figure 5 provides an overview of the sponsors and supporters of the CAC22A.

Figure 5: Sponsors and supporters of CAC22A

Easy Interaction — Fast Response: Telegram Group

One of our main goals is to support the direct interaction between our participants, speakers, and the organizing team. Therefore we created a Telegram group with over 700 members. This was especially helpful to let the online audience interact with the speakers on-site by forwarding questions asked in the chat to our moderator. Below are some impressions users shared in the Telegram Group:

It was our pleasure to organize the conference and once again, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors and speakers for contributing to shaping the world of crypto assets and making the Crypto Assets Conference 2022A possible.

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Authors

Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner has founded the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (FSBC). From 2018 to 2021, he was ranked among the “top 30” economists by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), a major newspaper in Germany. He has been a member of the FinTech Council and the Digital Finance Forum of the Federal Ministry of Finance in Germany. He is also on the Board of Directors of FiveT Fintech Fund, 21e6 Capital and Blockchain Founders Group — companies active in venture capital financing for blockchain startups and crypto asset investment management. The expertise of Prof. Sandner includes crypto assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, decentralized finance (DeFi), the digital euro, tokenization of assets, and digital identity. You can contact him via mail (m@philippsandner.de) via LinkedIn or follow him on Twitter (@philippsandner).

Marla Bläsius is the current managing director of Frankfurt School Student Consulting GmbH, the official student consultancy and subsidiary of Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. After spending her semester abroad at Harvard University she is now in her 6th Semester in her Bachelor at the Frankfurt School and focuses on Banking and Finance academically. She was already able to gain practical experience in the field of corporate finance and consulting and will pursue her career with an internship at Bain & Company starting this summer. You can contact her via mail (marla.blaesius@yahoo.de) or via LinkedIn.

Nick Krziwon is a first-year Bachelor Student at Frankfurt School who recently got on board of the organization team of CAC22A. Starting his studies, Nick joined Frankfurt School Student Consulting GmbH as Junior Student Consultant and has since engaged in several different projects. He is currently working for Bankhaus Metzler in Portfoliomanagement Asset Allocation. You can contact him via mail (nick.krziwon@fs-sc.de) or via LinkedIn.

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