Two days ahead of the highly-anticipated Merge, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin joined the Kyiv Tech Summit, an event bringing together the best developers, designers, and innovators to offer technological solutions that help Ukraine people in their fight for freedom.
The event was heavily guarded, and Buterin’s visit was kept confidential.
At the event, Buterin said he had been closely following the situation in Ukraine. “I wanted to come and see for myself” he said, and “also let Ukraine know that lots of people in the blockchain, Ethereum, crypto world really care about you guys and lots of people support you.”
The latest conference brought together 30 high society figures and tech experts, including Buterin, Mykhailo Fedorov, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine and Minister of Digital Transformation, Alex Bornyakov, the country’s vice prime minister and Digital Transformation Minister for IT Development, Illia Polosukhin, co-founder of NEAR protocol, Kiril Khamiakov, general manager of Binance Ukraine and Pavlo Kartashov, director of the Ukrainian startup Fund.
500 developers submitted over 50 projects as part of the three-day hackathon, and discussions were held on topics like decentralized electoral voting, central banks issuing digital currencies, and the role of Web3 and blockchain in preventing disinformation.
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