Open Web

Proudly partnered by Fabric Ventures

A fairer digital world awaits

The Internet is tightly stitched into almost everything we do. It’s how we share a thought, how we bank, learn, work, amuse ourselves, and get medical care. It’s in our constantly buzzing pockets, in our watches, cars and TVs — even our fridges. So what happens if it’s all controlled by just a handful of tech giants? Will we ever deliver on the promise of an open web? This stage brought to you by Fabric Ventures explores the answers.

With a healthy mix of insight and optimism, we take a look at the innovators moving the web from mobile, social and cloud to edge computing, decentralised networks and artificial intelligence. From sharing their decentralisation practices to inspiring collaboration and action, this is where you’ll find the first steps to the next-generation of an open, more trustworthy Internet.

Our Partners

Our leading agenda is co-curated with CogX Festival partners

Fabric Ventures

Editorial Partner

Fabric Ventures is building a venture capital fund and platform to back founders building the Open Economy. Closed information networks built on the Web have proved incredibly powerful in companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon.

Yet the societal outcomes can be unintended and malign and the economic returns concentrated and inequitable. The third wave of the Web, or the Open Web, will allow individuals to regain control of their identity; gain ownership of their personal data and direct ownership of the information networks upon which our lives increasingly depend.

In this way we will be able to build vital new open information networks in healthcare, supply chain and finance and, in time, improve upon the existing ones. This is the Open Economy.

Visit www.fabric.vc for more information.

Our Partners

Our leading agenda is co-curated with CogX Festival partners

Fabric Ventures

Editorial Partner

Fabric Ventures is building a venture capital fund and platform to back founders building the Open Economy. Closed information networks built on the Web have proved incredibly powerful in companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon.

Yet the societal outcomes can be unintended and malign and the economic returns concentrated and inequitable. The third wave of the Web, or the Open Web, will allow individuals to regain control of their identity; gain ownership of their personal data and direct ownership of the information networks upon which our lives increasingly depend.

In this way we will be able to build vital new open information networks in healthcare, supply chain and finance and, in time, improve upon the existing ones. This is the Open Economy.

Visit www.fabric.vc for more information.

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Whats in it for you?

Knowledge, insights, networking & conversation, the path to change starts here

Development

World wide web

Meet the tech-heroes working to crack open finance, healthcare, learning, media and the World Wide Web. 

Explore

Business models

Explore new business models that move away from centralising our digital lives into ever-fewer platforms.

Delve

Decentralised networks

Delve into the realities of storage, automation and management of decentralised networks — with all its quirks and opportunities.

View

Building blocks

See the grand plans to decentralise finance and how we can embed its building blocks in every industry.

Discover

Digital footprint

Discover the thought-provoking ways users can reclaim their data and have control over their own digital footprints. 

Get answers to the biggest questions, including
What’s keeping us from truly decentralising?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
Is blockchain the backbone of Web 3.0?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
Can media be genuinely user-owned?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
How is data privacy transforming healthcare?

Meet the speakers

Alexander Stubb

Director and Professor at the School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute European University Institute Open Web

See the Agenda

9:59 am - 10:04 am 14th June 2021 MC
10:00 am - 10:40 am 14th June 2021
Curated with: Fabric Ventures
Open Economy (Fabric Ventures, RM)

Rentier capitalism turbo-charged by technology has profited the few; negatively impacted politics, mental health and the environment and constrained economic outcomes to silo’d local optimums....

11:00 am - 11:40 am 14th June 2021
Curated with: Fabric Ventures
Healthcare: Who owns my data?

Do you know where your private critical data is stored or who has access to it?

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm 14th June 2021
Curated with: Fabric Ventures
Sustainability: Open Web innovations

Compared to the Petrodollar, Proof of Work presents a unique opportunity to accelerate renewable energy adoption and incentivise zero marginal cost energy production.

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm 14th June 2021
Curated with: Fabric Ventures
Part 1. Data Economy – How do we inspire the best-in-breed technical talent to Open Web companies?

The most successful business model of the internet has been to harvest as much data as possible and only share it if profit can be extracted. Let’s consider a new model, where all...

4:00 pm - 4:40 pm 14th June 2021
Curated with: Fabric Ventures
Crypto and Macro Investing

When volatility is the norm and meme culture inspired coins are making teenage millionaires – what are the fundamentals and metrics we should use when investing in crypto?

5:00 pm - 5:40 pm 14th June 2021
Curated with: Fabric Ventures
DeFi – Risks to Sovereign Monetary Policy

The power that is given to individuals and protocols to control their assets and economic parameters threatens the influence of Central Banks.

6:00 pm - 6:40 pm 14th June 2021
Curated with: Fabric Ventures
DeFi – Beyond Arbitrage and Trading

With the replication of traditional financial instruments and creation of entirely new ones, what is next for Decentralised Finance?

6:40 pm - 6:45 pm 14th June 2021 MC
9:59 am - 10:04 am 15th June 2021 MC
10:00 am - 10:40 am 15th June 2021
Curated with: Fabric Ventures
DeFi – Market Opportunity

In the last year we saw DeFi go from a pipe dream to a functioning reality, settling $bn’s in value daily and resilient to shocks like the largest day of liquidations in crypto history....

11:00 am - 11:40 am 15th June 2021
Curated with: Fabric Ventures
De-Fi: Stable Coin

Stablecoins are the backbone of our decentralised financial system the last two years’ explosion in DeFi doesn’t likely happen without the proliferation of stablecoins. What are the...

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm 15th June 2021
Curated with: Fabric Ventures
Job Description: Full Time Token Holder

Participation is one of the biggest issues faced by DAO & protocol governance: decentralised to the bones, but what if people just don’t turn up to vote? In today’s discussion...

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm 15th June 2021 No-data ML: The road to a scalable data network across organisations

Ntropy provides scalable access to relevant data across organisations. This enables single developers, startups and large companies to train machine-learning models to a level of performance...

3:00 pm - 3:40 pm 15th June 2021 Scaling Web 3

While there are millions of developers in the world, the Open Web is home to only 1000s, how do we attract the next generation of builder without leaving others behind?

4:00 pm - 4:40 pm 15th June 2021 How community-owned gig worker platform can partially alleviate poverty while teaching people valuable skills in the process (HumanGuild, Sasha)

Today’s internet platforms are rewarded exponentially as they gain traction whilst their essential Gig Economy workers are rewarded linearly and do not share in the value created....

5:00 pm - 5:40 pm 15th June 2021 NFTs: Market opportunity of NFT art

You’ve heard of CryptoKitties and Beeples’ $69m JPEG, but art & collectibles are just the beginning. There are trillions of $ of non-fungible assets in the meatspace, what value...

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 15th June 2021 Music – Broken and Being Investigated

Artists have been marginalised for as long as music has been commercialised, how can this luddite industry be updated in the Open Web?

9:59 am - 10:04 am 16th June 2021 MC
10:00 am - 10:40 am 16th June 2021 Encoding values into a new generation of technology

In his talk, Dr, Steven Waterhouse will discuss how human values are built into our technology and how those values influence society. The next generation of technology can be built upon...

11:00 am - 11:40 am 16th June 2021 How large is the crypto ecosystem? (ConsenSys)

The total value of the crypto ecosystem is now above $2 trillion dollars but the jury is still out about how we should value cryptocurrencies and their multiple cases

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm 16th June 2021 NFTs – Decentralised media. What is it?

Creators are discovering that they no longer need to be shackled by centralised rent takers, but can instead chart their own path.

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm 16th June 2021 Venture investing in the Open Economy

The Open Web presents a unique new proposition for venture investors, with earlier liquidity, eye-watering valuations, and far more concurrent considerations than a typical startup.

3:00 pm - 3:40 pm 16th June 2021 Post Quantum world: Is Crypto ready?

Quantum computing has the potential to break existing cryptographic algorithms. What can we do to prepare for an impending post quantum world?

5:00 pm - 5:40 pm 16th June 2021 Gaming: Scarce digital assets

Covid-19 left many out of work, generating yield in blockchain games has provided them with some respite, but this is just the beginning of a new paradigm that rewards participants for their...

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