Brussels, February 2, 2023 – The International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) hosted a spectacular awards ceremony on January 31, 2023, in Brussels, Belgium, to celebrate and recognize the top contributors, special awards recipients, and the most exciting projects of 2023 in the fields of blockchain, finance, and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs).The INATBA Awards Gala made history by presenting the awards using cutting-edge NFTs, offering a secure and unique way of recognizing and celebrating achievements and adding a new level of prestige to the awards. Steven Decraene, Journalist at VRT News, served as the Master of Ceremony for the evening.The most exciting projects of 2023 awarded were:EthicHub by EthicHub, Spain, won the award for the most exciting project of 2023 in ReFi.Folks Finance by Folks Finance, Italy, won the award for the most exciting project of 2023 in DeFi.LACChain by the Innovation Lab of the Inter-American Development Bank, won the award for the most exciting project of 2023 in Social Innovation.Meta 511 by University of Nicosia, Cyprus, won the award for the most exciting project of 2023 in Education.Smart Refund by Trenitalia & Trakti, Italy, won the award for the most exciting project of 2023 in Corporate Innovation.INATBA utilised the Bitbond platform and a self-hosted wallet to create the NFTs and delegate them as awards. The design of each NFT was managed internally.“We are thrilled to recognize these exceptional projects and contributions with NFT awards that truly embody the impact they are having on the future of blockchain,” stated Ricardo Simões, Executive Director of INATBA. “This NFT award system is a testament to our unwavering commitment to promoting the responsible development and adoption of blockchain and decentralized technologies.”The evening also featured a panel discussion on Decentralisation: Risks and Opportunities, Public and Private Sector Perspectives, attended by a distinguished group of guests from the European Parliament, Coinhouse, DG CNECT, DG GROW, Fujitsu, and others.Integrating NFTs into the INATBA Awards system marks the beginning of a new journey as the tremendous potential of this game-changing technology is fully utilized in the years to come. The INATBA Awards Gala was a night to remember, honouring and celebrating the most innovative projects in blockchain, finance, and NFTs in Europe.Financial sector professionals who are interested in staying ahead in the digital age and complying with the EU policies can take advantage of the BESIDE project, a European project designed to assist them in staying up-to-date with the latest developments and technologies in the industry, with a focus on the application of Blockchain technology in digital financial services.The objectives and results of the BESIDE project align with the priorities of digital transformation and vocational education and training, and the project invites financial professionals to join in this endeavour to stay ahead in the digital age and comply with EU policies. Financial professionals who would like to learn more about the BESIDE project can visit the project website at