The distributed ledger technology (DLT), of which blockchain is the most popular type, is getting traction as increasingly more large-cap companies and government institutions are shifting from trials to real-world use case applications.
Blockchain adoption is currently growing at a fast pace also thanks to the infinite number of dedicated events, including conferences, summits, exhibitions, and workshops. This is where DLT experts and developers are connecting to investors and the general public.
But it is no secret that while Blockchain’s legit use-cases and adoption are picking up, the massive buzz around crypto is reaching its most prominent peaks when the market, and Bitcoin specifically, appreciate in price.
Now, after Bitcoin has seen a big leap in its value and is about to break the $5300 barrier, crypto conferences are attracting more and more attention. In late 2017 and during the first half of 2018, crypto conferences were all the rage.
At some point, it felt like there’s a large conference every week, but when the market started experiencing a long “crypto winter”, the conferences followed and became less and less attractive, to the point that a lot of crypto conferences were either canceled or were struggling for attention.
When the market is looking like it’s gearing up for a bull run, conferences are catching up and becoming more and more attractive; we’ve picked three of the most exciting conferences for April and May 2019 that you definitely shouldn’t miss.
Paris Blockchain Week Summit (PBWS) – April 16-17, Paris, France
Right around the corner, PBWS is the culmination of the Paris Blockchain Week, a seven-day event that defines the blockchain and digital asset-related trends in Europe.
With backing from the French Ministry for the Economy and Finance and the State Secretariat for the Digital Affairs, the summit is expected to gather over 3,000 attendees and about 100 speakers.
PBWS will focus on topics like regulation within France and the EU, decentralized exchanges, security tokens, stablecoins, DLT consensus mechanisms, recent trends in the blockchain space, and the advancements of DLT and digital assets in France and beyond it.
Bruno Le Maire, the current Minister of the Economy and Finance, will be the leading figure of the list of VIP guests. Other key political leaders to perform at the summit are Mounir Mahjoubi, Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, Eva Kaili, Member of the European Parliament, and Kat Borlongan, Director of La French Tech. Besides, the list of speakers will include top executives from companies including Binance, R3, IOTA, Tezos, SWIFT, and Ledger.
The main organizers of PBWS, which will be held in Station F, are the French Digital Asset Association Woorton, Chain Accelerator, Datalents, and Havas Blockchain.
Consensus 2019 – May 13-15, New York, US
Consensus is another blockchain and cryptocurrency event that will be in the spotlight this year. Organized by news site operator CoinDesk, Consensus is already a tradition, with the first conference held in 2015.
This year, participants will touch upon the state of the blockchain, the future of money, Web 3, Zero Knowledge, stablecoins, and security tokens among others.
The list of speakers includes Yoni Assia, CEO and co-founder of eToro, Amber Baldet, co-founder and CEO of Clovyr, Lydia Beyoud of Bloomberg Law, Tim Byun, CEO of OKCoin, Charles Cascarilla, co-founder and CEO of Paxos, Danqing Hu of Ant Financial, David Schwartz of Ripple, and many more.
Malta AI & Blockchain Summit – May 23, 25, Msida, Malta
Malta has become one of the countries that help blockchain and cryptocurrency go mainstream, including by setting up a legal framework to address the development of these emerging industries.
Last year, the Malta AI & Blockchain Summit was a big success, with over 8,500 attendees and VIP guests like John McAfee, Winklevoss brothers, and Scott Stornetta. This year’s summit promises to achieve more than that, with over 10,000 visitors expected at the end of May. 400 exhibitors and about 1,000 investors will attend the event.
Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat will open the summit, while industry leaders like angel investor Roger Ver, Tim Draper, Patrick Chang of Samsung NEXT, Pascal Gauthier, President of Ledger, and SingularityNET CEO Ben Goertzel are confirmed to speak at the event. Sophia, the famous AI robot, will delight attendees with her ability to simulate the human behavior accurately.