OFR 2022 | Everything You Need to Know about the Event

IOSG Ventures
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6 min readOct 28, 2022

2022 will witness many incredible differences in the Old Friends Reunion (#OFR2022). What remain the same are passion and the effort in contributing to the vibrant Web3 space. Counting down 4 days, the OFR 2022- Sovereign Individual & ZK Odyssey is about to take place on Nov 1 in Lisbon!

🔥 Sovereign Individual & ZK

Owing to its unconventional nature as observed in crypto owners and tech builders, sovereignty is an often overlooked benefit of crypto adoption. Zero-knowledge Proof is the base layer technology that empowers the next wave of the blockchain revolution. Developments in blockchain technology have made it easier to own your data, applications, creative work, and money which collectively allows you to own your digital self.

Thus, it’s high time to work closely with experts who have academic and practical experience. Meanwhile, we value talents with an extensive and unique understanding of cryptographic primitives and ZKP implementations in the blockchain context. The OFR 2022 is bestowed with the perfect opportunity to know about groundbreaking ideas that advocate for privacy-preserving elements in an efficient, trust-enhanced, and programmable way!

🎬 Trailer v.s. Full Release

With proper infrastructure established, Web3 is ready to embrace more diverse off-chain data leveraging ZKP! We strive to see more adaptive scaling solutions with either EVM-compatible or EVM-equivalent features. A further level-up through the idea of L3 is also something we are bullish on, in the sense that both extreme performance and customization will be feasible simultaneously. Below are the can’t-miss panels and talks to capture opportunities that will be complementary to the current ZKP landscape. Glimpse some of the remarkable speakers into intriguing discussions:

🎙Panel Topic: Could zkEVM Be the Endgame of Scalability?

Andreea Buțerchi (MC)(VP of Engineering, Veridise)

Alex Gluchowski (Co-founder, zkSync)

Florian Kluge (Product Engineer, O(1) Labs)

Brecht Devos (CTO, Taiko)

Antonio Saaranen (CSO, OlaVM)

🎙Panel Topic: Appchain or Layer3, Which One Will be More Widely Adopted?

Deniz Omer (MC) (Venture Partner, IOSG Ventures)

Alex Gluchowski (Founder&CEO, zkSync)

Alex Shevchenko (CEO, Aurora)

Thibaut Sardan (Software Engineer, ChainSafe)

Amrit Kumar (COO, AltLayer)

Evgeny Ponomarev (Co-founder, Fluence)

🎙Talk: Layer 2 Finality

Brecht Devos (CTO, Taiko)

🎙Talk: Account Abstraction

Lukas Schor (Co-founder, Safe)

Full magnificence rolls out below:


🚗 Transportation

Make sure you’re able to easily navigate toward the OFR 2022 venue.

Location: Museu do Oriente(Avenida Brasília, Doca de Alcântara (Norte) 1350–352 Lisboa)

  • Bus: 12, 28, 714, 720, 732, 738
  • Electric: 15E, 18E
  • Train: Cascais Line (Alcântara-Mar station)

🎫 OFR 2022 Registration

  • Pre-Registration

You could skip the onsite register process by registering beforehand on Luma (RSVP Card)

  • Registration “Need to Know”

Before getting into the venue, you have to show your RSVP Card which will be sent after registering on Luma.

Wristbands are required to enter and must be picked up at registration. Do not lose your wristband–it will not be replaced.

🥳 Vibes

The Oriente Museum is located in a 1940s building in the Alcântara Dock, with a privileged location next to the River Tagus. It aims to chart the historic relationship between Asia and Portugal. It’s gonna be a great journey for you to feel oriental vibing within Portuguese culture!

The 5th Floor Conference Room, Museu do Oriente
  • Limited Swag and Merch

Fashionable and exquisite, limited event-customized swag will be distributed for free inside the venue during OFR 2022. Feel free to vibe and collect them as a unique memory for the oriental but tech-savvy event.

🙆 Volunteer

If you need a hand with finding the room (or with anything else at OFR 2022), you can always ask our volunteers (you will recognize them by their shirts).

📱 Feeds

  • Twitter

It’s a good way to stay tuned for updates on the IOSG Twitter handle ahead of time. We are feeding every detail of the event from the staff side and retweeting/quoting retweet guest side if we find any preferable tag like #OFR2022, #IOSG, etc. Feel free to follow the official Twitter, and we are looking forward to interacting with you!

Can’t be onsite? OFR 2022 will record every highlight of the event. Though we recommend you to be onsite if possible to better immerse yourself into the amazing vibe and mingle with great founders, community members, and KOLs.

🧳 Logistics

Don’t forget to bring your Schengen Visa before entering Portugal. People are gathering in Lisbon Blockchain Month. Additionally, it’s All Saints Day, one of the national holidays of Lisbon, so it would be better to book as soon as possible.

During November, the weather in Lisbon moves quickly from a warm autumn to a rainy and cold winter later this month with average temperatures from 12ºC -18ºC (54ºF-64ºF). It is best to pack clothing that you can layer.

⛪️ Explore Lisbon

It’s always a great chance to go sightseeing in Lisbon after or before the event. They are among the star attractions in Lisbon where you could soak up the local atmosphere. Here is the list of sceneries we recommend you visit!

🔥 About Cohosts

⚡️IOSG Ventures

IOSG ventures started investing in crypto in 2017 and has been an early investor in each major vertical of Web 3.0, making early bets on L1s such as NEAR and Polkadot, and spending most of the resources in the recent years in the broader Ethereum ecosystem, from DeFi (0x, 1inch, Synthetix, MakerDAO, Liquity), over gaming (Illuvium, Big Time) and social (Galxe, Roll, CyberConnect) to Ethereum scaling (Arbitrum, StarkWare) and privacy solutions (Aztec, Sismo).


zkSync , the end-game for scaling Ethereum.

We’re on a mission to accelerate the mass adoption of crypto for personal sovereignty. Our solution is built by developers, for developers and shines as the clear choice to future-proof your Ethereum scaling choices.We are backed by visionaries and leading ecosystem projects because our zkRollup represents the promise of the end-game for scaling Ethereum — one that scales the technology and values of Ethereum without degrading security or decentralization.

zkSync is the first ZK general-purpose, EVM-compatible zk-Rollup for the Ethereum blockchain. The primary benefit of zkSync 2.0 is that developers who have created EVM dApps can port to zkSync 2.0 effortlessly and realize significantly lower gas fees and more transactions per second.


Safe is the most trusted platform to manage digital assets and secures >$40 Billion in assets today. With its flagship web and mobile interfaces and expanding ecosystem, Safe is on a mission to unlock digital ownership for everyone in web3 including DAOs, enterprises, retail or institutional users by establishing a universal standard for custody of digital assets, data and identity with smart contract based accounts.


Connext is a network for fast, trustless communication between chains and rollups. It is the only interoperability system of its type that does this cheaply and quickly without introducing any new trust assumptions. Connext is aimed at developers who are looking to build bridges and other natively cross-chain applications.


The 1inch Network unites decentralized protocols whose synergy enables the most lucrative, fastest and protected operations in the DeFi space. The 1inch Network’s initial protocol is a DEX aggregator solution that searches deals across multiple liquidity sources, offering users better rates than any individual exchange. This protocol incorporates the Pathfinder algorithm which finds the best paths among different markets over dozens of liquidity sources on Ethereum, BNB Chain, Polygon, Avalanche, Optimistic Ethereum, Arbitrum, Gnosis Chain, Fantom, Klaytn and Aurora.

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