Lens is changing and expanding. The cultural imprint in the network is diverse and full of substance, and it informs the design choices we make for the future. In line with this, and in order to showcase the garden of ideas that’s currently in bloom, we’re proud to introduce afk.

afk is a series of events starting in Berlin, during the Berlin Blockchain Week and ETHBerlin. The Berlin edition will celebrate a big milestone announcement for Lens, but has also been strategically designed to bring people together to celebrate the Lens ecosystem and the community of thinkers, designers, creators and technologists around it. We aim to create a sanctuary to feed your mind, body, and soul during busy conferences.

afk aims to be versatile and adapt to every city we’re in. Berlin is a no-BS, über cool place that is home to a multitude of blockchain projects and some of the most interesting artists that have been converging here from around the world for more than 40 years. Inspired by the pulse of the city, we’ve curated a diverse set of sessions and experiences.

The topics of the talks for afk Berlin will cover a wide range of topics, from crypto-politics, anonymity, privacy, social digital spaces and financial spaces, scalability and cultural actors and their role on the building of technology.

Our speakers are:

  • Dr. Jaya Klara-Brekke: Chief Strategy Officer at NYM, building privacy-preserving infrastructure for our highly surveilled digital lives
    • Simon Denny: Artist and professor at HBFK Hamburg. Simon’s artwork explores systems of power and influence within present technologies.
      • Stani Kulechov: Founder of Aave and Lens, CEO at Avara. Avara’s vision is a people-powered internet that benefits all.
        • Alex Gluchowski: co-inventor of zkSync, co-founder and CEO of Matter Labs. Alex's passion lies in using technology to advance personal freedom, self-ownership, and decentralization.