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Paris Blockchain Week announces star-studded list of nominees for the inaugural edition of the Paris


  • Awards recognize leadership, innovation and contributions to new digital economy

  • E-voting starting on February 22nd 2023 and open to all via blockchain for unprecedented transparency

  • Awards ceremony scheduled March 23rd 2023 at the Carrousel du Louvre

PARIS, Wednesday, February 22, 2023 – Following the announcement of the very first Paris Blockchain Week Awards scheduled to take place during Paris Blockchain Week next month, Paris Blockchain Week today released its list of nominees, including some of the industry’s most influential individuals, projects, and organisations who have diligently, impactfully & enthusiastically continued to build and support the blockchain ecosystem.


Voting for the winners will be conducted starting today using a decentralized application (“Dapp”) called parti.com that runs on the Partisia Blockchain. Parti.com’s unique, blockchain-powered social network voting platform allows people the ability to vote easily, anonymously, and securely “on chain” via tokenised ballots using the Partisia Blockchain. E-voting is a major blockchain use case because it allows for the process to be fully transparent and tamper-proof.


An Ask-Me-Anything “AMA” is scheduled today, Wednesday, February 22nd at 4pm UTC on the Partisia Blockchain twitter space to explain the benefits and technology prowess required to build this pioneering voting platform.


The Paris Blockchain Awards nominations are as follows:


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Web3 Personality the Year

1. Hayden Adams, founder, Uniswap Labs https://coinmarketcap.com/alexandria/people/hayden-adams


2. Vitalik Buterin, co-creator, Ethereum https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitalik_Buterin


3. Devin Finzer, co-founder, OpenSea https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devin_Finzer


4. Charles Hoskinson, co-founder, Cardano and Ethereum blockchains https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Hoskinson


5. Anatoly Yakovenko, founder & CEO, Solana https://twitter.com/aeyakovenko


6. Chanpeng Zhao, founder &CEO, Binance https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Changpeng_Zhao


Best Impact Blockchain Project

1. Earthfund https://www.earthfund.io

2. PlanetWatch https://www.planetwatch.io/

3. UNHCR - cash to +8million Ukrainian refugees via blockchain https://cointelegraph.com/news/stellar-partners-with-unhcr-to-give-ukrainian-refugees-cash-via-usdc

4. UNICEF CryptoFund https://www.unicef.org/innovation/stories/unicef-cryptofund

5. World Food Program - Building Blocks https://innovation.wfp.org/project/building-blocks

6. World of Women https://www.worldofwomen.art/


Best Web3 Brand Initiative of the Year

1. Adidas https://www.adidas.com/METAVERSE

2. Dolce & Gabbana https://mvfw.unxd.com/dg

3. Lacoste https://www.lacoste.com/us/virtual-store.html

4. NBA/Sorare free-to-play NFT fantasy basketball game https://sorare.com/NBA

5. Nike https://www.roblox.com/games/7462526249/NIKELAND

6. Porsche https://www.porsche.com/stories/innovation/how-to-buy-a-porsche-nft


Enterprise Blockchain Project of the Year

1. IPWe (IBM) https://newsroom.ibm.com/2021-04-20-IPwe-and-IBM-Seek-to-Transform-Corporate-Patents-With-Next-Generation-NFTs-Using-IBM-Blockchain

2. JPMORGAN - Onyx Coin System https://www.jpmorgan.com/onyx/index

3. LVMH - Aura Blockchain Consortium https://auraluxuryblockchain.com/

4. Nomura - Komainu https://www.komainu.com/about-us/

5. Renault - Exceed https://www.renaultgroup.com/en/news-on-air/news/xceed-a-new-blockchain-solution-for-renault-plants-in-europe/

6. Société Générale - Forge https://www.sgforge.com/refinancing-dai-stablecoin-defi-makerdao/


Best Web3 Educational Platform

1. Binance Academy https://academy.binance.com/en

2. Coinbase Learn https://www.coinbase.com/learn

3. CoinMarketCap Alexandria https://coinmarketcap.com/alexandria

4. Crypto.com University https://crypto.com/university

5. 101 Blockchains https://101blockchains.com/

6. School of Block (Ledger) https://www.ledger.com/academy/school-of-block


Best Web3 Content Creator:

1. Frank Chaparro https://twitter.com/fintechfrank

2. Meltem Demirors https://twitter.com/Melt_Dem

3. Ian Ellison https://www.coindesk.com/author/ian-allison/

4. Anthony Pompliano https://twitter.com/APompliano

5. Kate Rooney https://twitter.com/Kr00ney

6. Carl (the Moon) Runefelt https://twitter.com/TheMoonCarl


Nominees for the remaining two categories of the Awards will be unveiled during Paris Blockchain Week: the People’s Choice Award nominees will be drawn from the speakers, debates and workshops during the Paris Blockchain Week 2023 and unveiled once the summit begins with Zero-Knowledge voting taking place during the event. The Jury’s Choice Award nominees and winner will be chosen by a closed jury made up of Paris Blockchain Week management team and key sponsors.


Emmanuel Fenet, CEO at Paris Blockchain Week said, “Launching our very first Paris Blockchain Week Awards is an exciting feat, especially with voting on-chain on such a wide scale. To have such a strong list of nominees really makes it plain not only how much the industry has to offer the world in terms of solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues, but also how many brilliant minds and organisations are committed to using blockchain technology to advance society in many different areas. Highlighting this broad spectrum of use shows the impact the technology has and will continue to have, and I look forward to congratulating the winners come 23rd of March.”


Brian Gallagher, co-founder at Partisia Blockchain and founder of the voting Dapp, Parti.com, added “We are privileged to power the world’s first voting on blockchain. The inaugural Paris Blockchain Week Awards is another powerful use case of our technology and showcases how secure, transparent and anonymous voting can be utilized in practice and scaled for billions of voters. Our multiparty computation ensures the integrity of voting, bringing a high level of transparency while keeping privacy a paramount, and the utility of this technology is endless.”

Jennifer de Broglie, Director of Thought Leadership at Partisia Blockchain, spearheading the Paris Blockchain Week Awards, concluded, "We put in some long hours to select the nominees for the Paris Blockchain Week Awards, as there are so many outstanding leaders and projects out there, and we know we’ve certainly overlooked some. Nevertheless, we are thrilled to celebrate this representative list of amazing achievements made in the blockchain and web3 space during the last challenging months. So let's get excited and vote for our favorites in this first-ever edition! Furthermore, as the host of D'Crypt, the only mainstream TV weekly series focusing on blockchain and cryptofinance, I am personally thrilled to feature the winners of the Paris Blockchain Week Awards on my show. It is an honor to showcase the brightest minds and most innovative projects in this cutting-edge industry, and I can't wait to share their stories with my audience!”


The Paris Blockchain Awards voting Dapp is now live and a demo of the Dapp can be found on the Partisia Blockchain Youtube channel. Ballots can be cast right up until the beginning of the awards ceremony on the 23rd of March.


In addition to the Awards ,Paris Blockchain Week will feature a special “Ask me Anything session on February 22nd at 17:00 CET (16:00 UTC). The session will be hosted on Partisia Blockchain's Twitter handle @partisiampc, where its blockchain voting infrastructure team will field questions.


About Paris Blockchain Week

The renowned Paris Blockchain Week will hold its 4th edition as a live event from 20 to 24 March 2023 in Paris at the Carrousel du Louvre and online via a dedicated digital platform. Since its inception in 2019, PBW has established itself as a global meeting place for crypto enthusiasts, investors, and entrepreneurs to engage in thought-provoking discussions on the digital assets industry at large. The event is organised by Chain of Events, an event organiser specialising in conferences and events for professionals in the blockchain universe.


Supported by some of the leading figures in tech and politics, PBW 2022 welcomed 6000+ attendees, 300+ speakers, 250 sponsors, 400 media and partners. 


Top speakers and supporters from 2023 include Joseph Lubin, Co-Founder of Ethereum, CEO & Founder of ConsenSys, Alexis Ohanian, Founder of Seven Seven Six, Denelle Dixon, CEO & Executive Director of the Stellar Development Foundation, Jean-Noël Barrot, French Minister for the Digital Transition and Telecommunications, Stephanie Ramezan, Head of Gemini UK, James Tromans, Director, Cloud Web3 at Google, Ryan Selkis, Founder & CEO of Messari, Silvio Micali, Founder of Algorand, Beatriz Reyero, Global VP of Corporate Strategy at eBay Ventures, Jeremy Allaire, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Circle, Ira Auerbach, Senior Vice President, Head of Digital Assets at Nasdaq and many more.


Website: www.parisblockchainweek.com

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About Partisia Blockchain Foundation

Partisia Blockchain is revolutionising the internet by building a Web 3.0 public blockchain built for trust, transparency, privacy, and speed of light finalisation. The cutting-edge solution to decentralisation, confidentiality, and privacy challenges, Partisia Blockchain represents the first successful complete integration of blockchain technology with Secure Multi-Party Computation (MPC) delivering the advantages of decentralised technologies while still guaranteeing data privacy and security. The team counts a number of well-known industry luminaries among its ranks, including world-leading cryptographers such as Ivan Damgard and Jesper Buus Nielsen, along with a team of more than 60 developers and entrepreneurs. The Partisia Blockchain community is truly decentralised, made up of developers, researchers, node operators, and token holders from around the globe. Join us in building a more fair and transparent future. Visit https://partisiablockchain.com/.


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