World’s largest green blockchain announces its biggest summit yet, featuring groundbreaking announcements and panels from special guests

World’s largest green blockchain announces its biggest summit yet, featuring groundbreaking announcements and panels from special guests
  • Attendees will experience a unique blend of technology, exploring an interactive and immersive virtual world as well as a mix of in-person events exclusively on September 25th and 26th 2021 
  • Summit will dive into everything Cardano from the scientific research that underpins the first provably-secure blockchain platform, to the future of national currency, blockchain’s impact on data protection, as well as several industry-first announcements
  • Guests will include Gillian Tett, Editor-at-Large Financial Times; Misan Harriman, Chair of the Southbank Centre
  • 40,000 attendees already signed up to attend, including government officials, industry experts and tech enthusiasts for front row seats to one of the biggest blockchain events ever, with 10,000 attending over 50 in-person events organised by the Cardano community from San Salvador to Singapore 

The companies behind the world’s largest, green blockchain, Cardano, are set to hold the Cardano Summit 2021, a hybrid event being held in-person across six hubs in Africa, Europe, and The US, as well as virtually using the latest technology previously employed by industry heavyweights such as Google, which incorporates a suite of social, video and interactive features. Community-led events will also be happening across six continents and over 50 countries. 

The summit will bring together blockchain enthusiasts, industry experts, and special guests to reflect on Cardano’s monumental year and look to the future with some exclusive, industry-defining announcements. Cardano is dedicated to improving systems for everyone, everywhere while democratising opportunities in the process such as the largest blockchain partnership to date, with the Ministry of Education in Ethiopia to create digital IDs for students, giving them blockchain-verified digital qualifications reducing fraudulent university and job applications, increasing social mobility. Cardano is at the forefront of blockchain pioneering, from innovating the network that uses 0.01% of Bitcoin’s energy usage to the development of a solution which allows the creation of NFTs on Cardano without smart contracts and has already seen over 750,000 secure and stable NFTs created to date.  

The event will take place on September 25th and 26th showcasing the latest in Cardano developments and will feature prominent political figures, tech and business leaders with some groundbreaking exclusive announcements. Special guests will feature in high-level discussions, including a deep dive into the future of national currency and a special appearance from Misan Harriman, Chair of the Southbank Centre, discussing NFTs and the future of art. Further panels will cover topics such as sustainability, regulation, blockchain adoption and how to give access to vital financial and social services to those 1.7 billion adults who currently don’t have it. 

IOHK, the blockchain research and development company responsible for the development of Cardano, will bring together leading scientist and published academics in the field of blockchain, to explain why Cardano took a rigorous scientific approach, the benefits of this procedure, and will be showcasing some of the unique user benefits Cardano has in terms of security, price stability and energy efficiency. EMURGO, Cardano’s investment arm, will feature in discussions and presentations on creative blockchain applications for businesses and governments, while the Cardano Foundation, the not-for-profit responsible for overseeing Cardano’s long-term development, will focus on Cardano’s trajectory towards providing social and financial services to the least developed parts of the world. 

In a time where the world finds itself cemented in a ‘new normal’, the blockchain industry is finding new and exciting ways to incorporate a blend of on and offline ways to stay connected. The Cardano Summit 2021 will utilise the latest conferencing technology, used by the likes of Google, providing a combination of bespoke visuals, custom extensions and in-person hubs to bring together blockchain and technology experts and enthusiasts from around the globe for a series of engaging live discussions, as well as exclusive IOHK, Cardano and EMURGO announcements over the two-day period. 

Charles Hoskinson, CEO of IOHK, said: “The Cardano summit 2021 follows the launch of smart contract capabilities on Cardano, and a remarkable six years of intensive development and peer-reviewed academic research to create a third generation blockchain platform which is not only eco-friendly, but provably secure.

“The latest Cardano upgrade represents a huge leap forward in terms of bringing price stability to the smart contract network as well as addressing the present energy issues. Having been proven during extensive, peer-reviewed research and development, we can now expect hundreds of groundbreaking innovations that will change industries far beyond that of blockchain.” 

Frederik Gregaard, CEO, Cardano Foundation, said: “One of the greatest things about leading The Cardano Foundation is witnessing the skills and incredible creativity of our community being applied to a variety of challenges. When we speak of the architects of the future: that’s exactly what we mean. As such, The Cardano Summit is an excellent opportunity for our advocates across the globe to celebrate what has been accomplished but also, most importantly, what’s to come.”  

Ken Kodama, CEO at EMURGO, said:EMURGO is very excited to be at the forefront of Cardano Summit 2021. As in past years, this year's conference is a special occasion for the global Cardano community and founding entities to come together and celebrate the hard work and achievements that have made Cardano a leading industry name. Especially with this year's Alonzo hard fork. 

“Cardano is ushering in decentralised finance, a new breed of NFTs, and other decentralized services for an increasing global user base. As one of the founding entities of Cardano, we look forward to sharing more details of our plans to support the development of these services through Yoroi Wallet and our core business areas.”

If you want to attend the summit, be it in the immersive virtual world or as part of one the community-led events being held across six continents, you can register for free and have the agenda sent to you here.


About IOHK

IOHK is an R&D and product engineering company, committed to using peer-to-peer innovations to provide 21st century services to the 3bn who don’t have them.

We build blockchain based products for governments, corporations and academic institutions and upskill people across the world, empowering them to solve the most pressing problems faced by people in their countries.

We have core beliefs in decentralization, the right to privacy and stand opposed to centralized control and bureaucracy.

About the Cardano Foundation 

The Cardano Foundation is an independent body that oversees, promotes and supervises the advancement of Cardano and its ecosystem. As the custodian of the protocol and the owner of the Cardano brand, it works to drive adoption and partnerships, grow the community, shape legislation and commercial standards, and ensure stakeholder accountability. The Foundation’s most crucial responsibility is driving adoption and implementing ideas on the Cardano platform. The Foundation is committed to working with key industries, contributing to the advancement of the technology and driving adoption with other systems. The Foundation contributes to the conversation and perception of blockchain, focusing on legislation, integration, awareness, and education – to ensure that blockchain can be accessed and understood by all.


EMURGO is a global blockchain technology company providing solutions for developers, startups, enterprises, and governments. EMURGO develops enterprise-grade applications, builds developer tools, invests in startups, and provides blockchain education. EMURGO has offices and manages projects in Singapore, Japan, the USA, India, and Indonesia. EMURGO is a founding member of the Cardano protocol. EMURGO leverages its expertise in blockchain R&D as well as its global network of related blockchain and industry partners to support ventures globally.


Publication date: 
09/20/2021 - 17:00

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