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Chain Reaction - 31st July 2023
Digital Asset Conference, Sydney & Perth Meetups and more
What an amazing week with the Digital Asset Conference (DAC) under wraps and 2x Aus DeFi meetups as well including one in Perth that I'm actually writing to you from. Great to be over here!
First up, we saw the Digital Asset Conference run by Richelle Cox and Steve Vallas of Blockchain APAC. It was a great set of talks and roundtables we got to attend culminating in an award ceremony yesterday recognising folks with the most impact in the community.
Even The Daily Gwei got involved with Anthony Sassanno being at each day's events and covering it in his latest podcast
We also ran our Aus DeFi meetup in Sydney went well with speakers ranging from Ross at Ripple to panels on investment, regulation, policy and more and we were joined by guests such as Steve and Richelle, Ross Edwards (Ripple), David Wills (Primal Capital), Ashley Cooper (Jelly C), Samar Sen (Talos), Lisa Wade (DigitalX), Chengyi Ong (Chainalysis), Natasha Blycha (Stirling & Rose) See more here on our Twitter: https://twitter.com/AusDeFi/status/1684109391216410625
Replay out here as we were live on YouTube:
We then moved over to Perth to run an Aus DeFi event in Perth where we saw some great talks and great community spirit coming together. We’re already planning the next event there so watch this space. See more here
Also in the news was our crew at NotCentralised who got to feature in The Australian for their RBA CBDC pilot project. This was in the construction sector utilising blockchain to make digital escrows more easily available (along with ZK proofs to ensure confidentiality in the transactions). More details on their Twitter (aka X account) https://twitter.com/notcentralised/status/1684383569031090179
The US Senate wants to regular DeFi like a bank it seems. Collecting anti-money laundering info on your clients in a DeFi protocol might be hard given the anonymous nature of the space but watch this space https://www-coindesk-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.coindesk.com/policy/2023/07/19/new-us-senate-bill-wants-to-regulate-defi-like-banks/?outputType=amp
Great to see Aus DeFi community member, Transhumanism cofounder and KPMG Head of Metaverse, Alyse Sue quoted in this article covering a wine makers foray into the digital space https://merchantadvisory.com/from-vine-to-virtual-dan-petroskis-winemaking-adventure-in-the-digital-age/
Also, we saw chapter lead, Liya Dashkina with this article in MyBFF talking about decentralised e-commerce https://twitter.com/liyadashkina/status/1684119062463369217
Animoca Brands, Iris Energy, Mawson Infrastructure and now DSS. All names that have been rejected by the ASX for listing on our local exchange only to find success elsewhere. The token component to DSS seems to be the issue despite the company providing services to firms like the Victor Chang research centre.
Here's more to crypto regulation clarity in the US and clarifying what is a commodity versus a security and more https://www.reuters.com/technology/us-congressional-committee-set-weigh-crypto-bills-2023-07-26/
Also great to see more about BASE in this interview with Jesse Pollak at EthCC from the Bankless crew. Check it out
Great to see these thoughts shared by chapter lead Nick Bishop on the NotCentralised blog. It follows up on a great podcast (called The Startup Podcast) which had some critiques of web3. Whilst correct in most, there’s things Nick and crew wanted to clarify and the LinkedIn discussion was quite nice to see too actually.
LinkedIn discussion: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:7090101982849314817
Tune in next week for another episode of Chain Reaction
About Aus DeFi Association
The Australian DeFi Association (Aus DeFi) is a non-profit community organization dedicated to increasing education and awareness of blockchain technology, specifically decentralized finance (DeFi) and web3-based projects. Their goal is to empower the Australian community with the knowledge and tools to participate in the decentralized economy, and to promote the adoption and growth of blockchain technology in Australia. They strive to provide a more grassroots approach to promoting blockchain technology compared to other industry-focused organizations in Australia, and to provide a platform for community members to learn about and engage with this emerging technology.
You can watch our recorded meetups and interviews here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@ausdefiassociation3956/videos
We also thank all of our sponsors who help us run and organise and keep this association going. We could not do it without them so check out their details here