ETHMalaysia is the first Ethereum Innovation Festival in Malaysia supported by the Ethereum Foundation consisting of a conference, hackathon and exhibition.

The heartbeat behind ETHMalaysia is to drive Ethereum culture and values in Southeast Asia while highlighting Malaysia's blockchain developer ecosystem and the many national initiatives supporting blockchain innovation in Malaysia.

Date: 5 - 7 May 2023
Venue: Petronas Twin Towers KLCC Convention Centre
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Event Agenda
Disclaimer: ETHMalaysia is a community driven free-to-attend event. The following agenda reflects our teams' ongoing efforts (after touchpoints have been made) to bring maximum and meaningful impact to both the Ethereum community and to the country of Malaysia... however can be subject to change.

Day 1 - Friday, May 5
9:00 – 10:00
Arrival & Registration
10:00 – 10:20
ETHMalaysia Opening Ceremony
10:20 – 10:40
Welcoming Address
Aya Miyaguchi, Executive Director, Ethereum Foundation
In her welcoming address, Aya shall introduce the Ethereum Foundation, its purpose, activities, present and past; and its core philosophy of subtraction.

10:40 – 11:00
Keynote Speech

Vitalik Buterin, Co-Founder, Ethereum Foundation
Vitalik is renowned as a thought leader in the wider blockchain space and will share his views on the current state of Ethereum, its most recent achievement reducing Ethereum’s carbon footprint by 99.999% and the future roadmap of Ethereum for the next ten years.   

11:00 – 11:20

Prime Minister’s Speech
YAB Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Prime Minister of Malaysia
Signal of Malaysia’s vision to be a blockchain hub, recognition of the potential impact of blockchain on the country and drive innovation in the blockchain field.

11:20 – 11:30
Token of Appreciation Presentation
Jason Chew, Organizing Chairperson, ETHMalaysia
Capture the historical moment between the PM of Malaysia and the Ethereum Foundation.

11:30 – 12:00
Keynote: Making Malaysia a Blockchain Hub for Southeast Asia
Mahadhir Aziz, CEO, MDEC
Showcase MDEC past, present and upcoming initiatives to drive digital transformation and support the growth of the local blockchain ecosystem in Malaysia.  

12:00 – 12:30
How to Make Web3 Safer Through Fighting Financial Crime

Jessica Chuah, Country Head of Malaysia, Chainalysis
Join Chainanalysis, a leading provider of cryptocurrency intelligence, for a thought-provoking talk on how to make the web3 ecosystem safer through the fight against financial crime. Discover the latest tools and techniques used by law enforcement and regulators to detect and prevent illicit activities such as money laundering, fraud, and terrorism financing. Learn how the community can come together to promote transparency and trust, while safeguarding the security and privacy of digital assets.
12:30 – 13:00
Panel: Asset Tokenization
Centrifuge, Maker, Aave, Goldfinch, Investax, Kenanga, ADDX
Over $4 billion real world assets have been loaned out in the form of tokenized assets worldwide and this number is expected to grow to $16 trillion by the year 2030. On-chain asset tokenization presents an opportunity to obviate asset illiquidity, reduce friction and improve transparency.
13:30 – 14:00
Panel: Stablecoins
Circle, Maker, TripleA
Stablecoins are the backbone for almost all transactions on Ethereum. Whether Malaysia should allow regulated banks to issue payment stablecoins e.g. 1:1 backed eRinggit or Bank Negara should issue CBDC, having clear stablecoin regulation is a very vital component to attract global liquidity and position Malaysia on the map.
14:00 – 14:30
Transparent Public Goods Funding
Since 2017, Gitcoin has implemented a quadratic voting and funding mechanism - a method of transparently and efficiently determining the value of a public good through voting. Gitcoin has executed 15 quadratic grant rounds in the past six years and distributed more than $50 million of grant funds to Gitcoin grantees. Those who are interested in a genuine demonstration of better governance, efficiency, and transparent distribution of funds should not miss this talk.

14:30 – 15:00
Decentralized Identity Solutions
ENS, Worldcoin, Proof of Humanity, BrightID
A blockchain identity is the attachment of a blockchain public key to a real world identity. This will be an overview of all the decentralized identity solutions that have made notable progress, traction and results in the past five years.
15:00 – 15:30
Panel: Potential of Blockchain for National Digital Identity
MCMC, KSI Blockchain
Experts in the field of blockchain and digital identity will come together to explore how this technology can be leveraged to create a secure and efficient national digital identity system.

This discussion is specifically designed for government officials who are interested in learning about the potential benefits of blockchain for national digital identity initiatives. The panel will address key issues such as the benefits of decentralized systems, the importance of privacy and security in digital identity systems, and the challenges and opportunities for implementing blockchain-based solutions.
16:00 – 16:30
Panel: Blockchain for Better Governance
Nurul Izzah (TBC), Element Finance, Gitcoin
A thought-provoking panel discussion on how blockchain technology can be leveraged to improve governance and increase transparency in government. Our panel will delve into the potential of blockchain to tackle corruption and promote good governance. The discussion will cover topics such as:

- The role of blockchain in creating a more transparent government.
- The challenges of implementing blockchain-based solutions in government.
- Real-world examples of blockchain being used to promote good governance

16:30 – 17:00
Climate Tech on Blockchain
Blockchain can play a key role in boosting climate action by creating an open, trustless marketplace for the voluntary carbon market (VCM). On-chain carbon credits represent an innovative primitive that can be integrated into the existing DeFi ecosystem as a composable financial instrument and used creatively by web3 builders to come up with new ways to incentivize climate-positive behaviors.
17:00 – 17:30
Panel: The New Wave for Regenerative Finance (ReFi)
Flowcarbon, Greensteps, KlimaDAO, Carb0nFi
A discussion on the emerging role of regenerative finance and tokenizing carbon credits in offsetting emissions. Our panel of experts will discuss the progress of using blockchain technology to create a transparent and efficient carbon credit market. Topics will include:
- The current state of the voluntary carbon market and the need for innovation.
- The benefits of offsetting emissions through the voluntary carbon market.
- Real-world examples of the impact of tokenizing carbon credits.
17:30 – 18:00
How DeFi can 100x from here with stability
Goldfinch is one of the largest marketplaces bringing global credit on-chain with more than $100 million loans distributed to date. In this session, learn from a real world example how blockchain technology and tokenization of assets can finance real world businesses and non-crypto sectors of the economy.

Day 2 - Saturday, May 6
10:00 – 10:30
Ethereum Roadmap: The Merge, Surge, Verge, Purge & Splurge
Overview of the Ethereum Roadmap and its journey from Merge to Splurge. Our keynote speaker will cover the five stages of the roadmap, including:

The Merge
The integration of Ethereum 2.0 and the transition to a proof-of-stake consensus mechanism.

The Surge
The increased demand for decentralized applications and the growth of the DeFi ecosystem.

The Verge
The emergence of a new generation of dapps and the expansion of the Ethereum network.

The Purge
The cleaning up and optimization of the Ethereum network, including the reduction of gas fees and increased scalability.

The Splurge
The widespread adoption of Ethereum and the growth of the ecosystem as a whole.
10:30 – 11:00
Scaling Ethereum w Layer Twos
Our keynote speaker will explore the benefits of Mantle, a high-performance layer-2 network that offers a modular architecture to deliver low transaction fees and improved scalability; high security; increased scalability and improved user experience.
11:00 – 11:30
Introduction to ZK-technology
This keynote speech is an opportunity for beginners to learn about zero knowledge technology and its growing importance in the world of technology.
11:30 – 12:00
Panel: Into the ZK-verse
Scroll, Starknet, Polygon, zksync
This panel discussion is designed for experienced zero knowledge (zk) natives and will cover the following topics from math and cryptographic principles underlying zk technology to recent developments in zk protocols, including zk-SNARKs, zk-STARKs, and Bulletproofs.
12:00 – 12:30

The Trials and Tribulations of Building a DEX
Balal Khan, ZKDEX
Learn directly from the founder of a DEX the difficulties and frustrations of implementing bleeding-edge technologies (ZK-rollups) to implement a new idea; how to work with global partners to bring to market a new innovative product; and the importance of building a genuine community of early users for your product.
12:30 – 13:00
Bridge Hacks and Smart Contract Vulnerabilities
2022 has been a record year for bridge hacks and smart contract vulnerabilities. Our keynote speaker shall give a brief overview of the various bridge hack incidents that have occurred over the past year; discussion of the types of attacks that were used in each incident; and key lessons that can be learned from the incidents.
13:00 – 13:30
Panel: Account Abstraction on Ethereum
Gnosis, Consensys, GoEthereum, Parity Technologies
Your private key wallet will soon be a thing of the past. Account Abstraction on Ethereum promises to put programmability into every wallet, and unlock new frontiers for both developers and users. How will Ethereum be different, when every wallet upgrades to a smart wallet? What will it take to get there? What commercial use-cases emerge? What other parts of Ethereum does AA touch?
13:30 – 14:00
The Future of Work is on Ethereum
In this conversation, our speaker will talk about the power of web3 that allows new forms of work and coordination as well as the problems that arise alongside these new opportunities; and some possible solutions. The speaker will also cover the impact of web3 on digital identity; systems for incentivizing and rewarding participation in DAOs; and how to bring open-source nature and interoperability of web3 to human data and operations.
14:00 – 14:30
Getting Started in the Blockchain Industry
Jason Chew, KopiDAO
In this session, our speaker will cover why the bear market (now) is the best time to build in the blockchain industry; why building is for everyone - not just coders; and tools, resources and places for anyone to start building on Ethereum quickly.
14:30 – 15:00
Panel: How to Build Web3 Startups in 2023
Fenbushi Capital, Tykhe BV
Join experts in the decentralized technology space as they share their insights and experiences on building successful web3 startups in 2023. Topics will include the latest trends and challenges in the industry, as well as practical strategies for launching and scaling decentralized applications. Whether you're an entrepreneur, developer, or investor, this panel will provide valuable insights for navigating the fast-evolving world of web3
15:00 – 15:30
How Startups can Build on Ethereum using Huawei Cloud
Huawei Cloud
Discover how Huawei Cloud is empowering startups to build decentralized applications on the Ethereum blockchain. In this talk, Huawei Cloud experts will showcase the company's suite of tools and services designed specifically for the Ethereum ecosystem. Attendees will learn how to leverage Huawei Cloud's technical capabilities and resources to build, deploy, and scale their Ethereum-based projects with ease.

15:30 – 16:00
The New PR Rules for Web3
Samantha Yap, Yap Global
Press relations isn’t easy at the best of times. Now add the decentralized nature of web3, where protocols mean there’s a whole global community and governance layer to communicate with and the fact that no one knows what web3 means, so we must educate at the same time. This means the traditional PR and marketing rule book has to be relooked at. We now have to create new marketing and PR rules for web3. In my talk I will cover the following: 1) The difference between marketing, PR and community building 2) The importance of crypto Twitter 3) The Web3 media landscape and its gatekeepers, journalists 4) The importance of knowing your audience and tailoring your message to them.
16:00 – 16:30
Bridging Web2 <> Web3 Communities
Sophie Watts, Metacurio
In this talk, attendees will learn how the convergence of traditional web applications and decentralized applications is shaping the future of the internet. From the challenges and opportunities posed by this convergence to the role of community in fostering collaboration and innovation, this talk will provide valuable insights and practical advice for anyone looking to bridge the gap between web2 and web3.
16:30 – 17:00
Building a global IP NFT brand
Nicole Yap, 8SIAN
Join Nicole Yap, founder of 8sian NFT collection, as she shares her journey of building a global IP brand using the power of non-fungible tokens. In this talk, Nicole will share how she leveraged NFTs to create a unique and valuable digital asset that has captured the attention of collectors and brands around the world including Steve Aoki, Uniqlo & Royal Selangor. From the challenges she faced to the lessons she learned, Nicole will provide insights and inspiration for anyone looking to use NFTs to build their own brand.
17:00 – 17:30
NFT Gaming and the Future of Transmedia and Interactive Entertainment
Miko Matsumura, gUmi Cryptos Capital
In this talk, attendees will learn how NFTs are revolutionizing the way we experience and interact with games, film, and other forms of media. From innovative new gameplay mechanics to new forms of monetization, NFTs are poised to shape the future of transmedia and interactive entertainment in exciting and unexpected ways.
17:30 – 18:00
Panel: Making Web3 Games Fun
Aavegotchi, Metamask Snaps, YGG SEA
Join game developers, designers, and experts in the decentralized technology space as they explore the challenges and opportunities of making web3 games fun and engaging. In this panel, attendees will hear from those who are pushing the boundaries of what's possible with decentralized gaming, and learn how they're creating games that are not only technologically innovative, but also fun and entertaining.

Day 3 - Sunday, May 7
10:00 – 10:30
Digital Asset Trading, Settlement and Custody Service
Sygnum, sFOX
Join experts in the digital asset space as they explore the key challenges and opportunities of digital asset trading, settlement, and custody services. In this talk, attendees will learn about the latest developments in digital asset infrastructure and how these advancements are shaping the future of investment, trading, and asset management.
10:30 – 11:00
The Future of Institutional Money In Crypto
Amber Group, WhaleFin, Anchorage
In this talk, attendees will learn about the growing trend of institutional investment in the crypto market and how it's shaping the future of finance. From the challenges faced by institutional investors to the role of regulated infrastructure in attracting institutional money, this talk will provide valuable insights and practical advice for anyone looking to understand the future of institutional money in crypto.
11:00 – 11:30
Global Macro Uncertainty: The Crypto Narrative
In this talk, attendees will learn how geopolitical events, monetary policies, and other macroeconomic factors are shaping the future of cryptocurrencies and decentralized finance. From the role of central banks in shaping the crypto landscape to the potential of decentralized finance as a hedge against macroeconomic uncertainty, this talk will provide valuable insights and thought-provoking perspectives on the interplay between crypto and macroeconomic factors.
11:30 – 12:00
Disrupting Legacy Infrastructure: Building New Financials Rails
Orbit Markets
In this talk, attendees will learn about the latest developments in decentralized finance and how these advancements are challenging traditional financial rails. From the role of blockchain technology in enabling new forms of financial transactions to the opportunities for creating more accessible and inclusive financial systems, this talk will provide valuable insights and thought-provoking perspectives on the future of finance.
12:00 – 12:30

A CEX in the Face of Regulations, Adoption And Innovation
Cake DeFi
In this talk, attendees will learn about the latest developments in CEX regulations, adoption, and innovation. From the impact of changing regulations on CEX operations to the opportunities for innovation and growth in the crypto market, this talk will provide valuable insights and practical advice for anyone looking to understand the challenges and opportunities facing centralized exchanges.
12:30 – 13:00
Practical Guide to Custody for Digital Asset Managers
From the importance of multi-sig and cold storage to the role of insurance and disaster recovery planning, this talk will provide a comprehensive and practical guide to digital asset custody for institutions. Join security experts and digital asset managers as they share practical guidance and best practices for secure digital asset custody. In this talk, attendees will learn about the latest developments in digital asset security and how to implement best practices in their own operations.
13:00 – 13:30
Better UX to onboard the next wave of Institutional DeFi Users
In this talk, attendees will learn about the latest developments in DeFi and the importance of improving UX to attract institutional users. From the challenges of providing an intuitive user experience in a complex decentralized ecosystem to the opportunities for innovation in DeFi interfaces, this talk will provide valuable insights and practical advice for anyone looking to understand the role of better UX in onboarding institutional DeFi users.
13:30 – 14:00
Real Yield and Cash Flow Tokens
Diane Dai, DODO Finance
Join Diane Dai, founder of DODO, as she delivers a keynote speech on the emerging trend of real yield and cashflow tokens in decentralized finance (DeFi). In this speech, attendees will learn about the latest developments in DeFi and how real yield and cashflow tokens are shaping the DeFi landscape. Whether you're a DeFi enthusiast, investor, or simply interested in the future of money, this keynote speech is a must-attend for anyone looking to understand the emerging trend of real yield and cashflow tokens in DeFi.
14:00 – 14:30
Panel: Options and Structured Derivatives in DeFi
Ribbon Finance, Orbit Markets, GMX
In this panel, attendees will learn about the latest developments in DeFi and how options and structured derivatives are shaping the future of finance. From the benefits of these products for risk management to the challenges of providing a user-friendly experience in a decentralized environment, this panel will provide valuable insights and thought-provoking perspectives on the role of options and structured derivatives in DeFi.
14:30 – 15:00
Reimagining Capital Markets
Metamask Institutional
Join Metamask Institutional for a keynote speech on rethinking capital markets in the decentralized finance (DeFi) era.
15:00 – 15:30
Hackathon Winner Announcement
Witness the conclusion and winner announcement of the ETHMalaysia hackathon.
15:30 – 16:00
Hackathon Top 3 Demo
Witness a demonstration of the top 3 winners of the ETHMalaysia hackathon.
16:00 – 17:00
ETHMalaysia Closing Ceremony
Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum Foundation
Fahmi Fadzil, Minister of Communications (TBC)
Jason Chew, ETHMalaysia

Join us for the closing ceremony of ETHMalaysia, where we reflect on the insights and discussions from the past three days. This closing ceremony will bring together developers, investors, and thought leaders from around the world to showcase the progress and growth of Ethereum. With special guests, live cultural performance, and one last hurrah to connect with other international attendees, this is the perfect way to end the conference on a high note.
Our Confirmed Speakers
  • Jocelyn Chang
    APAC Growth Lead, MakerDAO
  • Diane Dai
    CEO & Co-Founder, DODO Finance
  • Jessica Chuah
    Country Manager of Malaysia, Chainalysis
  • Sheng Yeong
    Ethereum Contributor
  • Balal Khan
    Co-Founder, ZKEX
  • Samantha Yap
    Founder & CEO, Yap Global
  • Sophie Watts
    Founder, Metacurio
  • Peter Noszek
    Marketing Lead, KlimaDAO
  • Jason Chew
    Founder, KopiDAO
  • Nicole Yap
    Founder, 8SIAN
  • Miko Matsumura
    Managing Partner, gUmi Cryptos Capital
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