Where to go? Cryptoconferences of January, 2018.

Blockchain-related conferences in January 2018

While the year of 2017 was justly called a “Year of Cryptocurrency”, 2018 seems to follow the same course, promoting and enhancing the acceptance of digital currency in various areas and communities. January will see an abundance of crypto events, and we are going to overview the most expected of them.

Dubai International Blockchain Summit

DIBS has become the biggest blockchain event in the Middle Earth. It was held under the theme You have to virtually pay to play on January, 8, in Atlantis (a majestic five star luxury hotel in Dubai, and is located on the Palm, a man-made island). World Blockchain Summit focused on connecting global blockchain gurus and technology players with regional business and IT leaders from across key industry verticals. DIBS welcomed technology leaders and concept advocates within the blockchain industry. The event's organizers recently announced over-subscription in terms of sponsors and investors, which has exceeded the expectations. The event now anticipates attracted over 50 sponsors, over 1,000 attendees and more than 35 speakers from 12 countries! The event was sponsored by AidCoin, World WiFi, Cube, HotNow, Naviaddress, Bitcar, etc.

Among the speakers, there were some industry heavyweights including the likes of Waleed Al Dhuhoori (Smart Government Committee, Dubai Health Authority), Marco Robinson (NKD Technologies), Simon Cocking (Irish Tech News, CryptoCoin.News), Sally Eaves (CTO and Emergent Technology), Atsushi Hisatsumi (Patron), and many others.

International and regional blockchain experts talked about the pros and cons of adopting blockchain technologies specifically in the Middle Eastern markets. The summit featured panel discussions, tech-talks, fire-side chats and debates on blockchain’s potential to reshape the global financial system. At the show, the attendees enjoyed product showcase and presentations by global technology innovators and emerging startups from all over the world. As for the networking activities, visitors had a chance to gain insight from visionary speakers working in the field of blockchain, participate in round table discussions, facilitate business meetings and participate in sessions to connect with key industry leaders and investors.

UNLOCK Blockchain Forum

The UNLOCK Blockchain Forum, set to take place between 14 and 15 January 2018 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Dubai, is opening its doors to global and regional start-ups to showcase their blockchain solutions for free.

UNLOCK Blockchain forum is the first MENA Asia forum on blockchain. It is sponsored by Smart Dubai and in cooperation with UAE Bank Federation. Other sponsors and partners include IBM, Darkmatter, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Microsoft and Emirates company. It is a forum that looks to create better awareness and understanding about what blockchain is and where it can be applied as well as a forum that discusses what Dubai is doing when it comes to blockchain.

UNLOCK has gathered prominent international and regional speakers from around the globe to talk about blockchain implementation across different sectors finance, health, government, Smart Cities. It will also be a stage to discuss the opportunities as well as challenges being faced today and delve into which platforms will outperform others, as well as the regulatory and legal concerns pertaining to Blockchain.  Speakers include   prominent local and foreign specialists: Dr. Aisha Bin Butti Bin Bishr (Smart Dubai Office), Wesam Lootah (Smart Dubai Government Establishment), Oliver Bussmann (Bussmann Advisory, Swiss Crypto Valley Association, IOTA), etc.

The event will feature speeches from world-class experts, networking sessions, panel talks and workshops.

The World Crypto Economic Forum

The World Crypto Economic Forum, being held on 15 and 16 January in the South San Francisco Conference Center, will bring together entrepreneurs, crypto enthusiasts, and thought leaders to discuss the ever-changing landscape of this fast evolving blockchain economy. The forum will welcome 1,000+ attendees and over 60 speakers. The event is sponsored by Arrington XPR Capital, Propy, BlockMedx, Lucyd, LiveEdu, Bitcoinist.net, CryptoPotato, FinTech Silicon Valley, etc.

Nick Szabo, computer scientist, legal scholar, and cryptographer who has spent many years developing ideas around cryptocurrencies, including the concept of the smart contract, will be performing at the event. Michael Arrington, founder of TechCrunch and XRP Capital, is another keynote speaker. Among other speakers, there are successful entrepreneurs and blockchain experts including Bill Barhydt (Abra), Joey Krug (Augur, Pantera), Justin Newton (Netki), Toni Lane Casserly (Culture), Igor Barinov (Oracles Network), Miko Matsumura (Evercoin) and others. Their talks will cover all areas of the digital economy – from blockchain technology to new economic models using tokens.

In addition to keynote presentations and panel discussions, WCEF will feature lightning talks, power networking sessions, and both a token pitch and hackathon contest.

Blockchain Cruise Asia

Famed cryptocurrency services provider CoinsBank has plans for a new gathering of Blockchain technology enthusiasts on the horizon. After achieving success for two years in a row with Blockchain Cruise, which sailed over the Caribbean, the organizers have now focused on the Asian market with a major blockchain conference that’s scheduled for January 15–19, 2018. It’s called Blockchain Cruise Asia, and it’s sponsored and supported by Ambrosus, LMI, Bitcoin.com, PayBear, Ubiatar and others.

Blockchain Cruise Asia is meant “to demonstrate how practical, convenient, and extraordinary,” the blockchain industry is. It is also a great way to meet investors and other interested parties, whether you are looking to go into business or simply want to get involved in the discussion of today’s hottest cryptocurrency topics.

The cruise covers a route that spans three different countries. It starts in Singapore on January 15, then head on to Penang, Malaysia as well as Phuket, Thailand. CoinsBank is inviting 50 speakers and 700 guests from all over the world. On top of that, there will be 100 media representatives.  Among the speakers are John David McAfee (MGT Capital Investments Inc.), Andrew J Filipowski (SilkRoad Equity), Sally Eaves (Forbes), Ronnie Moas (Standpoint Research) and more top-rated specialists. The Blockchain Cruise will also give participants the opportunity to network and mingle with industry leaders, and take part in a special THAI Blockchain Conference, set to happen on a private beach in Phuket, Thailand.

Apart from that, the CoinsBank Blockchain Cruise Asia will give its participants the option to choose from three parallel conference streams onboard.

Blockchain Week London

The Blockchain Week grows every year. Between 800 and 1,400 participants are expected throughout the 2018 Blockchain Week London! The audience is a mix of the fintech community specialized in blockchain and DLT, and the event attracts a top-class audience of companies, startups, venture capital companies, media, institutions and the academic world. The event is supported by Dream Team, Abt Associates, Gibraltar Stock Exchange, NEM, and others.

The first Blockchain Week was launched in 2015, and since then the event has reached New York, Hong Kong, San Francisco and many other cities. The fourth Blockchain Conference and Expo will last three days and will be attended by the best blockchain companies around the world. In addition, the Blockchain Week begins with the Hack-The-Block Blockchain Hackathon, which seeks an innovative use of Blockchain technology. Panel sessions at the event will cover topics such as blockchain and financial services disruption, blockchain and government, global trends and more.

The list of speakers is impressive: Alastair Johnson (Nuggets), Nitesh Srivastava (Tallysticks), Bobby Lee (BTCC), Josh McIver (ULedger, Inc.), Ayelet Noff (Blonde 2.0), etc.

Blockchain Protocol Analysis and Security Engineering 2018

This year Stanford University plans to hold Blockchain Protocol Analysis and Security Engineering conference, the third in a row. It will take place on 24–26 January and will include invigorating speeches and debates exploring the most acute issues of the modern blockchain technology and security systems: the use of formal methods, empirical analysis, and risk modeling.

The program chairs include such prominent specialists as Dan Boneh from Stanford, Joseph Bonneau from NYU; general chairs comprise Allison Berke from Stanford and Byron Gibson as an external consultant, while among the program committee attendees will see Rainer Böhme (Innsbruck), Christian Cachin (IBM Research Zurich), Jeremy Clark (Concordia University), Bryan Ford (EPFL), Yoichi Hirai (Ethereum Foundation) and others.

Compared to other events, the conference seems to be the one focused on the scientific component of the issues, while the others explore technical challenges in line with the business ones.

Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines

On January 25, Manila for the first time will host Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines, an event dedicated to cryptocurrency, blockchain and ICO. The organizer of the event is Smile-Expo, the company that conducts events of the Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference network in 15 countries of Europe and Asia. Other sponsors and partners include CoinTraffic, DEEX, ChaoEx, etc.

The conference aims to bring together top investors and innovators in the blockchain field. The idea is to brainstorm on the advantages of blockchain going forward. Crypto experts from all over the world will take part in the event: representatives of financial institutions, bankers, entrepreneurs, investors, lawyers, developers of blockchain solutions, startups and professional traders, like James Florentino (MergeCommit), Zach Piester (Intrepid Ventures), Jimmy Nguyen (nChain Group), Ismail Malik (ICO CROWD), Kambiz Djafari (Edgecoin.io), and others.

The event will take place in the format of a conference and exhibition, thus simplifying the search for potential business partners. Within the conference, speakers will discuss legislative changes in the field of cryptocurrencies and tokens in the Philippines, share the experience of preparing a startup for the ICO, advise which digital assets should be invested in the new year and tell about the benefits of blockchain for business. Representatives of the international crypto community will gather in the exhibition area: suppliers of mining equipment and farms, crypto exchanges, blockchain projects and investment funds.

Thai Blockchain Conference

The Thai Blockchain Conference, organized by the CoinsBank will take place from on 17 and 18 January at the Paradise Beach in Phuket, Thailand. Thai Blockchain Conference promises be the most entertaining and educational event in the cryptocurrency, blockchain and fintech industry in Asia. There will be over 50 industry experts and over 1,000 crypto enthusiasts gathered together to discuss the future of cryptocurrency, blockchain and fintech. Some topics that will be covered include the future of cryptocurrency, scaling blockchain technology, life after SegWit, ICOs, investments and recent trends.

Among the speakers are John David McAfee (MGT Capital Investments Inc.), Andrew Filipowski (SilkRoad Equity), Kaspar Korjus (Enterprise Estonia), Mark van Rijmenam (Datafloq), Pratin Vallabhaneni (Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP), and many others. The event is sponsored and supported by Forbes, CoinsBank, News BTC, Bitcoinist, Brave New Coin, etc.

The conference will feature debates on the latest trends in the blockchain sphere, networking activities with industry leaders and owners of the top blockchain companies, panel discussion on the hottest and relax and have fun in the lounges and beach bars.

The Crypto Finance Conference

A group of eight Swiss investors and entrepreneurs plan the three-day Crypto Finance Conference in the Swiss mountain resort St. Moritz at the prestigious Suvretta House hotel. More than 20 top-class speakers from all over the world will be present: Meltem Demirors (Digital Currency Group), Johann Schneider-Ammann (Federal Councilor of Switzerland), Jon Matonis (Bitcoin Foundation), Bobby Lee (BTCC) and the like.

The aim of the conference is to allow private and institutional investors to gain a comprehensive understanding of what crypto currencies and the blockchain are, how to invest in, what regulators and risk managers think and how crypto assets can be stored and accessed safely. The conference takes place on 17–19 January 2018 right before the World Economic Forum. The conference offers expert education, investment opportunities and excellent networking opportunities.

The sponsors and partners of the event are Bitcoin Association Switzerland, BTC-ECHO,

The North American Bitcoin Conference

A lot has changed since the North American Bitcoin Conference 2017, and the upcoming event held at the spacious James L Knight Center on January 18–19 is sure to be an outstanding one. The conference will kick off with a party at the world-famous South Beach hotel, and a massive networking event will be held on 18 January at E11even nightclub in Miami. According to the latest data, the attendance expectancy has tripled to 3,000 people! The event is sponsored by tZERO, Bitcoin.com, Swarm, Zen, Victory Square, and others.

TNABC 2018 will be the perfect environment for both newcomers and experienced players within the digital currency space. During the proceedings of the first night, attendees will have full access to network with CEOs, execs of different companies. This year’s TNABC will have a wide variety of well-known speakers including Halsey Minor (CNET), Brock Pierce (Bitcoin Foundation), Patrick M. Byrne (Overstock.com), Craig Sellars (Tether), Matt Spoke (Nuco) and much more.

From the second day on, there will be presentations which look at and describe various specifics of the blockchain field and help better understand the mechanics of bitcoins, ethereum and other such platforms. Furthermore, there will be many discussions about the biggest blockchain project at the moment, Bitcoin with conversations revolving around its price, scaling, and the infrastructure being built around its network. TNABC will be sure to excite anyone looking to learn about blockchains and cryptocurrency solutions.

Blockchain Connect Conference

Blockchain Connect Conference will be held in San Francisco on January 26. The theme of this conference is “The Evolution of Blockchain Technology in the United States and China”. This conference will attract more than 1,000 blockchain practitioners worldwide. Well-known blockchain scientists, entrepreneurs, investors, developers and industry stakeholders from China, Japan, Singapore, and the US will come to discuss the technological innovations, market dynamics, and development direction in the blockchain industry.

SV Insight, a top-tier tech media company bridging the gap between the US and China, will be hosting the conference. Co-organizers include Draper Dragon, ConSensys, BeeChat, DeepBrain Chain, Qtum, IHT and others.

More than 30 blockchain experts will speak at the conference, including Tim Draper, a legendary Silicon Valley investor who invested in companies such as Skype, Tesla, and SpaceX; Charlie Lee (Litecoin), Brad Garlinghouse (Ripple), Kathryn Haun (Coinbase), Joseph Poon (Lightning Network White Paper and Plasma), and other blockchain experts.
The conference aims to set up a platform to exchange and cooperate openly and professionally for all participants, providing an excellent opportunity for all investors, project partners, infrastructure providers, and professionals to connect with each other.


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