Towards Central Bank Digital Currencies: A Technology Perspective

IBM Innovation Studio & Think Lab Zurich, Switzerland
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The financial industry is currently undergoing a remarkable transformation, marked by the growing trend of tokenizing digital and physical financial assets, including national currencies. However, while this transformation presents tremendous political and business implications, it also encounters technological barriers that hinder progress. These barriers primarily revolve around accomplishing individual and corporate privacy, regulatory compliance, and accountability within an interoperable, transparent, resilient, and high-performing, quantum-ready system.

The core focus of this workshop is to gain a comprehensive understanding of these challenges and the technological advancements available to overcome them. We will begin with an exploration of requirements and challenges Central Bank Digital Currencies (wholesale and retail). To this end, you will hear from domain experts, including representatives from Central Banks, and Consulting teams, who will share their insights. IBM Research will then present how the cutting-edge technology developed by IBM Research and joined by IBM products can overcome the stated barriers.

Please note that this event is by invitation only.


  • IBM Research Decentralised Trust objectives & Strategy Objective of the workshop & agenda explained

  • Deep dive into IBM Research differentiated assets in the space of (Central Bank) Digital Currencies and demo

  • IBM Research will cover important aspects of these systems evolution, including insights for quantum readiness of the systems and offline payments.

  • Overview of IBM product portfolio of asset custody and cloud services.