World Economic Forum: Blockchain in Action with Link Ventures and Cogo Labs

Each year, the World Economic Forum brings together an international array of prominent leaders from business, government, academia, media and civil society, to deepen relationships and work more collaboratively towards improving the state of our world.

The iconic TCS Dome @TCS_Europe

Link Ventures and Cogo Labs are honored to be participating in the WEF’s Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland this week. Representatives of our businesses are leading sessions and driving discussions that look into the real-world implications of data and technology in business, and society at large.

Today, Dave Blundin (Managing Partner of Link Ventures and Chairman & Co-Founder of Cogo Labs), Mira Wilczek (CEO & President of Cogo Labs and Link Ventures Managing Director), and John Werner (Chief Network Officer & SVP Corporate Development of Cogo Labs and Link Ventures Managing Director) are participating in the session entitled, “Blockchain in Action,” which is co-hosted by Tata Sons Chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran, and MIT Professors Alex “Sandy” Pentland and John Werner.

Mira Wilczek, John Werner and Dave Blundin take the stage at the World Economic Forum’s “Blockchain in Action” event in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.

Joining dozens of global participants, Dave, Mira and John will explore the current and future effects of these new technologies on the way businesses and our workforce evolve, and the impact the Internet will continue to have on society as a whole. The sessions they will lead explore the following themes:

Full house @TCS_Europe

The Power of Blockchain and Startups

Led by Dave, this discussion will explore the opportunities (beyond crypto) that startups will leverage to capitalize on the blockchain; with a focus on democratizing data, and the impact this practice will have on future businesses and societies.

Data, AI and the Future of Work

In this session, Mira poses the question: “How do we function as humans in this brave new world harnessing the power of data and AI for our own benefit, both as individuals and as a species?” Data and AI have long played a role in business and the workforce, but has only begun making headlines over the past few years as technology advancements uncover new opportunities, while simultaneously revealing potential risks to individuals and society.

Mira explains the impact potential of ‘the digital you’ #DigitalDirections

Closing Remarks

As an event co-host, John helped to conceptualize and program the event, curating a group of subject matter experts to explore topics such as: “The Machine 2 Machine Economy”; “The Democratization of Blockchain”; and “The Most Invisible Humans — Who is Not in The Data?” In addition to his closing remarks, John will be paying close attention to the shifts in both practice and point of view regarding blockchain, data and AI as it compares to the May 2018 Blockchain+AI+Human event. You can read more about the topics explored and outcomes of this event in the white paper entitled, Blockchain+AI+Human: Whitepaper and Invitation.

The World Economic Forum’s Blockchain in Action event has brought together many of the brightest, most advanced minds in data, AI and blockchain. The next Blockchain in Action Summit will take place on April 27 at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts.