The Rise of Blockchain Technology, from Cryptocurrency to NFT Art 


Date: 1 October Friday

Time: 4.00pm – 5.00pm HKT

Venue: DAFA Seminar Area, 1F Asia Standard Tower 

Format: Seminar/Webinar

Speakers: John Keh, Nicholas Chan

Moderator: Gillian Au Howard, Digital Art Fair Asia

Language: English

Leveraging the rise of blockchain technology and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), the world is at the pinnacle of creative technology and digital economy. The expert panel explores how NFTs are revolutionizing the art world, from creation, collections, to exhibitions and the narration of artistic experiences. As the discussion unravels, we challenge the evolving role of arts and cultural practices, and explore topics of scarcity, ownership, values and authority, sharing on future potentials for digital art.


John Keh

Founder, Run The Chain

John Keh specializes in NFTs, DeFi, Cryptos, and everything in between. He regularly speaks at high profile events & conferences, committed to the growth of crypto ecosystems & blockchain technology. He believes the key to spreading awareness and mass adoption is through education. Like many at Run The Chain, John is an avid Blockchain and Bitcoin supporter originally being exposed to the industry in its infancy. John is also the co-founder of the Ministry of Solana which is dedicated to the Solana Ecosystem and promotion of the underlying technology. John’s background includes Chief Marketing Officer of Genesis Block and GBV.

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Nicholas Chan

Co-founder, Refinable 

Nicholas Chan is the co-founder of Refinable, the first major decentralized multi-chain NFT marketplace. Nick has over 7 years of product and operations management for corporates and SMEs across hospitality, media, and eCommerce including The Walt Disney Company, Li & Fung, and Hundredfold Studios. In his capacity as co-founder, he is driving the evolution of Refinable as the definitive hub for users to trade items from across the metaverse - unlocking its full potential as a next-generation transaction platform.

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Gillian Au Howard

Co-founder & Fair Director, Digital Art Fair Asia

Gillian Au Howard is the co-director of Digital Art Fair Asia - the new generation of art fair in Asia focusing on new media art, NFT art and immersive art experience. 

Accomplished in fine galleries and museum management, Gillian has previously managed private museum collections and international galleries in Hong Kong and London. She has also consulted museum projects in Hong Kong, China and Russia. She also studied Art Business with the Sotheby's Institute of Art in London, With an extensive knowledge of new media art, she is now leading the Digital Art Fair Asia team and curators on creating a brand new art experience combining art and technology such as blockchain, 3D mapping, VR and AR.

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