2018 looks to be a great year for cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. There are events on all over the globe discussing the latest trends–with exciting new startups, ICO’s, and blockchain disruption being just a few of the topics featured. We have picked ten of the hottest cryptocurrency and blockchain events happening this year and brought them to you.
When: February 22nd – 24th
Where: Dallas, Texas
Tickets: $100 – $1198 available here
Dallas, a modern metropolis in north Texas, is a commercial and cultural hub of the region.
Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Con 2018 (BCC-2018) will be the first international conference in Texas devoted to blockchain and decentralized technologies. Not only will the conference be holding lectures and panels, there will also be opportunities to take part in classes. R3, a fintech startup, will be conducting a two-day Corda developer training course.
This course is currently only available in London, New York, and Singapore but will also be offered at the conference for a heavily discounted price. In Addition, Blockmatics will be conducting three seperate training classes—including a two-hour Ethereum Smart Contract Workshop for developers, a six-hour Business of Blockchains class, and a one-hour Blockchain for Lawyers class.
When: 28th February – 1st March
Where: Gilbratar, British Overseas Territory
Tickets: Sold Out!
Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory and headland, on Spain’s south coast. It’s dominated by the Rock of Gibraltar, a 426m-high limestone ridge.
The Gibraltar International Fintech Forum 2018 will be a two-day conference with a range of thought provoking discussions and speeches from a number of leading industry experts in Blockchain, Crypto, Regulation, ICO, and Payments from across the globe. The discussions will range from the expected crypto exchange landscape for 2018 to how Blockchain can be used in social enterprises.
Key speakers of the event are Nick Cowan, CEO and Founder of the Gilbratar Stock Exchange (GSX); Ransu Salovaara, founder and CEO of TokenMarket; and Nicole Anderson of Redsand Partners.
When: March 8-9th
Where: Bryanston, Johannesburg
Tickets: Sold Out (Live Streaming tickets available here)
This will be the fourth Blockchain Africa conference to take place, as the event was established in 2014. Blockchain Africa will discuss the opportunities, challenges, and exciting new possibilities available with the innovation and disruption of blockchain applications.
The Master of Ceremonies for the two-day event is Lorien Gamaroff, CEO of Bankymoon and Co-founder/CEO of Centbee. The conference also hosts an impressive lineup of speakers, some of whom include: Stephan Thomas, Chief Technical Officer at Ripple; Dr. Adriana Marais, Head of Innovation at SAP Africa; and Martia Piekarska, Director of Ecosystem at Hyperledger.
When: March 9th
Where: Zurich, Switzerland
Tickets: €850 – €1350 available here (note: there will be a price increase of 40% from March 1st)
The blockchain Leadership Summit 2018 is the main conference and professional forum put on by the world’s leading experts, proactive investors, and recognized visionaries in the blockchain industry–gathered to discuss the current state and foreseen future of the decentralized world.
Attendees will learn about the newest regulation and infrastructure achievements, investment practices, and cryptocurrency assessments that have emerged in the past year. Topics will extend into the industrial implementation of blockchain technology and its social and economic impact.
They have an impressive lineup of speakers including: Prince Michael of Liechtenstein, Chairman of the European Center of Austrian Economics; Carmen Walker Späh, Government Councillor; Canton Zurich, Head of the Department for Economic Affairs; Louis de Bruin, Leader of the IBM Global Business Services European Blockchain practice; and William Mougayar, Investor and Board Advisor at Ethereum Foundation and the author of The Business Blockchain.
When: March 10th
Tickets: Free – Register here
The Cryptocurrency Investor Summit (CIS) is a FREE one-day event for people who are interested in or new to the cryptocurrency world. CIS will help people to understand what cryptocurrency is and why it is viewed as the gold rush of our time by investors, banks, and governments. Their website proclaims that “By the end of the event, you’ll leave with the knowledge and opportunities to make your money work harder for you than ever before, while also ensuring that your assets are protected and future-proof.”
Free events in the Crypto world are hard to find. This is a great event to attend if you are interested in starting to invest in crypto or just want to know what all the hype is about.
When: March 12th and 13th
Where: Austin, Texas (USA)
Tickets: $399 – $1999 available here
Day One of the event is brought to you by ‘New Girls on the Block.’ This is where you will get the chance to see some of the most inspirational women in blockchain, who will be hosting a highly anticipated program of panel discussions, fireside chats, and keynotes. Then on Day Two, it’s time to discuss ICOs. The conference will host several handpicked blockchain startups to present their innovative projects to potential investors.
Key speakers at the event are: Cecile Bair, Co-founder DeCentrl.Agency and Blockchain for Good; Saloma Parulava, Co-founder of Moeco; and CryptoDaria, Co-founder of Cryptofriends. These are just a few of the high-powered women that will be speaking at the SXSW Crypto Summit.
When: April 4th – 5th
Where: Los Angeles, USA
Tickets: $695 – $895 available here
Los Angeles is a sprawling Southern California city and the center of the nation’s film and television industry.
This is the second year that CryptoBlockCon is being held. Speakers at the conference will be discussing and breaking down the future benefits of blockchain and crypto assets, as well as showcasing companies who are using this technology to disrupt industries and continuously innovating. Their agenda and speakers are yet to be finalized, but they already have some industry leaders signed up for the event, including: Spencer Montgomery, a blockchain evangelist for Microsoft and Jason Robert, the Co-founder and CEO of HelloSugoi.
When: May 28th – 29th
Where: Berlin, Germany
Tickets: €1088 – €2488 available here
Berlin, Germany’s capital, dates to the 13th century. Reminders of the city’s turbulent 20th-century history include its Holocaust memorial and the Berlin Wall’s graffitied remains.
Blockshow is one of the biggest conferences in the industry. It really is a ‘who’s who’ of the leaders in blockchain. They showcase solutions that blockchain technology is providing and always have hot annoucements on the latests ICO’s, startups, and new products being released. In addition, Blockshow also hosts the ICOscars, where selected startups compete by presenting their groundbreaking solutions. Previous winners of the award include: Bancor, Status, Etherisc and Solarchange (raising a combined $200mln in ICO funding).
When: May 31st – June 1st
Tickets: Available Soon
Hamburg, a major port city in northern Germany, is connected to the North Sea by the Elbe River.
Unchain is a two-day conference, featuring some of the world’s leading Cryptocurrency and Blockchain experts and entrepreneurs. At UnChain, they will discuss a range of topics–including technology and development, potential business opportunities, cryptocurrencies, and the impact of the industry on legislation, politics and society.
The main goal of the event is to connect the Bitcoin and Blockchain community with leading German companies of various industries. According to their website, the event will be creating a unique experience for speakers, sponsors, and ticket holders by setting the stage with a number of performance, parties, excursions and surprises.
Notable speakers include: Erik Voorhees, Founder and CEO of Shapeshift; Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof, Founder and CEO of Bitnation; and Rosine Kadimani, the Founder of Blockchain Academy, Sao Paulo.
When: March 15th and 16th
Where: San Francisco, USA
Tickets: $997 – $2497 available here
San Francisco, in northern California, is a hilly city on the tip of a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. It’s known for its year-round fog, iconic Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and colorful Victorian houses.
Token Fest is a two-day networking event focused on the business and technology of tokenization. Attendees will gain a wealth of insights and information regarding the state of the token-based economy. There will be a large range of topics being discussed: applied Cryptography, scalable DApps, Tokenised Revenue Models, and Behavioural Tokenomics are some of the key lectures being featured at Token Fest.
This list of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency events is by no means exhaustive. There are a number of great events happening in 2018 and not all of them have been announced yet. Blockchain technology and Cryptocurrencies will be making more breakthroughs in 2018, and it’s great to see the number of events growing within the industry. Stay tuned and keep up to date with the future of decentralization.
Author: Aliesha Duffin