Here’s everything you need to know before submitting your speaker application.



Speakers at Hard Fork Summit drive the industry forward. We're exploring how foundational technologies such as blockchain and AI impact will transform financial services and business models.

Hard Fork Summit is Centralized by day, Decentralized by night. During the days we'll have a Financial services day on day 1 and business on day 2. Several formats are used in order to inform, educate, inspire and connect the participants at Hard Fork Summit.

If you’re a thought leader with a great story to tell, we want to hear from you. Read more about our guidelines to learn how you can apply to speak at Hard Fork Summit.

Why this process?


Before you dive in, please understand that we've setup this process to structure our workflow and to get a good overview of sessions proposed in order to make an educated decision. Email is just not efficient and actually undoable. We look at each and every submission and we will get back to you within a week or two but at latest by September 10th.

We live in unprecedented, highly volatile and sensitive times when it comes to blockchain, crypto and the communications around it. We're looking for content that excites, inspires and cuts the BS, content that resonates. No FUD, no shilling, real use cases, real insights in how foundational technologies will change business and financial services.

Alright, let’s get down to the details.

Hard Fork Summit Speaker Guidelines

Pick the format that suits your story best?

During Hard Fork Summit we have several formats.
Day 1 = Fintech day
Day 2 = Business day

Block Zero

Updates and announcements from the projects that are driving the industry, presented by one or two people from the leadership team. (25 minutes)

Project X

Showcasing successful partnerships between blockchain projects and corporates, presented by leaders / drivers from both organisations (25 minutes)

Summit Sessions

Various formats (fireside chat, presentation, panel) to educate and/or inspire the audience.

Fireside chat: An informal conversation or interview between two people that reveals new stories from speakers.

Presentation: A presentation that establishes a strong main idea. The main idea should educate and engage audiences with a clear conclusion. Make your idea relative to the audience, so that they can adapt new insights to their work.

Panel Discussions: A live discussion about a specific topic or trend amongst a selected group of panelists (max 3), hosted by a professional moderator.

Who should tell the story?

When submitting your idea for a session at Hard Fork Summit the suggested speaker(s) will play a huge part in the success of your proposal. Our audience only wants to hear from the best, so please submit your session consisting of the following:

  • Industry leaders and recognized experts in the space.
  • C-level executives.
  • Seasoned moderators or interviewers.

Think about diversity, we love to see sessions that represent the world at large.

What is the story you want to tell?

We’re mainly interested in engaging stories and discussions. When writing your application, think about why your story matters, the value it provides the audience, and how your story will be remembered. Consider your end goal – is it to inspire, engage, motivate, or announce new exciting plans?

First impressions matter

Pay close attention to the title and abstract of your session (this especially goes for Summit sessions). First impressions matter and you want to ensure that it stands out from the crowd. It should be engaging and present a (single) clear idea or message.

Overall, your session should be inspirational, futuristic, actionable, and/or educational.

When can I submit?

Right now! Go for it. We’ll close submissions on September 9th, and review on a rolling basis.
Just make sure to read the fine print below before submitting.

The fine print

  • All speakers receive a complimentary executive pass (valued at €999) to Hard Fork Summit.
  • There is no charge to speak.
  • When selected, the costs covering the logistics (travel, accommodation, etc.) are covered by the speakers themselves.
  • Content has to be original, new or adjusted for this event.
  • Each session can have a maximum of one person per organization (we like collaborations and different views).
  • Successful proposals are chosen based on the proposed idea and speakers suggested. Changes in subject or speakers have to go through the content team and may lead to session deletion.
  • Spaces are limited and some proposals may be offered a slot in a different format than originally applied for.
  • Once offers are accepted, speakers and session content confirmed, we will announce the speakers on the website.

OK, I’m ready!

Cool, we can’t wait to receive your application.

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