Seminar: The evolution of digitalization and cryptocurrencies during the Covid-19 pandemic

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On 10 June, a seminar on the topic of the evolution of digitalization and cryptocurrencies during the Covid-19 pandemic took place in Prague, in Kotva. This unique seminar was held under the auspices of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, the Chamber of Commerce of the Czech Republic, the City of Prague, the Municipal District of Prague 1 and in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. 


Among the panelists were Miroslav Singer (Director of Institutional Affairs, Chief Economist for Central and Eastern Europe, GENERALI CEE HOLDING B.V., former Governor of the Czech National Bank), Marek Svoboda (Director of the Department of Economic Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic), Tomáš Sedláček (economist and philosopher), Karel Janeček (mathematician, co-owner of RSJ, Institute H21), Tomáš Hebelka (Director of the State Printing Office of the Czech Republic), Martin Stránský (founder of the world BTC business), Tomáš Lapáček (RIS3 Innovation Manager, Prague Innovation Institute, Capital City of Prague) and Daniel and Julia Tanner (founders of Platon Finance).

Opportunities in a pandemic

The first part of the seminar revolved around the question of the opportunities for digitalization during the pandemic and whether these opportunities were seized. Panelists of the first part of the seminar included Karel Janeček, Martin Stránský, Tomáš Lapáček, and Daniel and Julia Tanner.

All panelists agreed that the pandemic has opened up many opportunities that we need to take advantage of. The pandemic has shown us not only the negative sides but also the positive ones, it has for example managed to connect artists and buyers from all over the world and it has also shown us that there is no need to meet so often at work. The panelists had the same views, with Daniel Tanner highlighting the opportunities in finance and the arts, while Martin Stránský added that as humanity we still need to absorb and appreciate this change. Tomáš Lapáček added that the capital city of Prague has found many opportunities in the pandemic that need to be explored within the framework of digitalization. When asked what we need to do to take advantage of these opportunities, all present guests agreed that there is no going back, but we need to be careful about certain aspects of the fast technical development. Daniel Tanner then added that we need to work together on this transformation.

What cryptocurrencies can bring to the arts

Art undoubtedly includes a degree of self-realization and one’s own view of the world. When discussing what cryptocurrencies can bring to the world of art, Daniel Tanner highlighted the possibility of delivering values and the opportunity for everyone to rise to the occasion. Karel Janeček and others echoed this sentiment. So digitalization gives us the opportunity to deliver value, but it has to come from the real world. Blockchain can give us the answer to the problems that need to be solved in the ongoing pandemic.


The seminar was divided into two parts, the second of which addressed the question of whether it makes sense to regulate cryptocurrencies and whether it is too late to regulate them. If you would like to watch the full recording, you can find it here.

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