Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology is slowly beginning to envelop a wide range of industries around the world. The amount of venture capital that has been invested in the blockchain ecosystem in the first quarter of 2017 alone has increased more than 90% over the previous year, with investors seeking to capitalize on the applications of disruptive and innovative technology platforms.
While the crypto and blockchain community is growing, however, it can still feel small at times. There are many opportunities for cryptocurrency investors, blockchain entrepreneurs, and industry observers to network with one another and connect with industry leaders and forward-leaning innovators.
The new applications of blockchain technology are becoming a standard fixture in conversations at events and conferences around the world. These events are not only a platform through which groundbreaking and disruptive platforms are able to bring the new digital asset class to the forefront of investing circles, but also attract some of the best and brightest minds in the industry.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the eight largest and most important upcoming cryptocurrency and blockchain conferences and find out where and when they’re happening.
When: Santa Monica, California
Block-con is focused on the hands on and practical applications of blockchain technology, and features a range of tactile experiences and practical training workshops on a variety of topics, such as how to launch an ICO, a multi-day hackathon, and a hack competition. Block-con speakers include Vinny Lingham of Civic and Adam Draper of Boost VC.
Block-con 2017 is the ideal event for cryptocurrency and blockchain enthusiasts that want to get down and dirty with the practical applications of blockchain technology and learn about real use cases.
When: Las Vegas, Nevada
Coin Agenda is a conference that combines three separate mini-events together to create one large event that caters to all kinds of crypto and blockchain enthusiasts. The October Coin Agenda event is the sixth annual BitAngels/Coin Agenda conference, and presents more than 20 different startups to potential investors.
The Coin Agenda event is focused on investors and startups, and is the ideal place for entrepreneurially minded innovators to float their concept to sources of capital as well as investing in promising ICOs and token crowd sales.
Where: Cancun, Mexico
Devcon is a blockchain conference that is ideal for aspiring or current developers that aim to make an impact in the world of blockchain technology. Devcon-3 focuses on the Ethereum blockchain, and is the go-to event for the Ethereum development community.
Devcon will be hosted by the founder of Ethereum himself, Vitalik Buterin, and is completely sold out. The event will be livestreamed online however, providing keen investors and developers with the ability to access the event from anywhere in the world. The event also features a widely-hyped breakdown on Smart Contracts by Loi Luu of Kyber Network.
Where: New York, New York
Digital assets have provided investors with a return of more than 440% on average in 2017. Consensus:Invest is focused on delivering a call to action for investors to participate in the cryptocurrency market.
With the large amount of press covering the highly lucrative crypto market, it would seem strange at first that investors would need additional motivation to invest in crypto, but there are many opponents of the market that criticize the long term viability of cryptocurrency.
Consensus:Invest aims to assuage the fears of investors and change the overall perception of cryptocurrency for sophisticated high level investors who are, to date, inactive in the new asset class of crypto.
The speakers appearing at the Consensus:Invest conference include hedge fund investors such as Ari Paul of Blocktower Capital, Mike Novogratz of Galaxy Investment Partners, and Chris Berniske of Placeholder Venures.
Blockchain World Conference
Where: Bangkok, Thailand
The annual Blockchain World Conference brings together more than 1,000 people from over 30 countries around the world, and is advertised as a centralized place for decentralized discussion. More details regarding this impending event are expected to be announced, with the event itself consisting of a single one day conference that focuses on ICOs, investing, Smart Contracts, growth hacking, and more.
North American Bitcoin Conference
Where: Miami, Florida
The tagline for the North American Bitcoin Conference is “The Beginning of a Revolution”, and the event certainly seems to deliver with disruptive thought leaders such as Reggie Middleton of Veritaseum and Brian Donegan, the blockchain technology expert that is currently overseeing the integration of the blockchain ecosystem into the Isle of Man regulatory framework.
Hosted in downtown Miami, the North American Bitcoin Conference offers a high caliber attendee list and is set to provide a multi-day experience that delivers a range of actionable and innovative keynotes and presentations on blockchain technology, startups, regulation, IoT integration, growth hacking, and more .
Where: San Francisco, California
The attendee list of Token Fest includes enterprise executives and VC’s, all of whom are attending to access insights into tokenization and the potential applications of ICOs. Located close to the Golden Gate Bridge, Token Fest will also host a pitch competition for 12 token platforms.
Where: New York, New York
The 2018 Consensus conference will be the fourth iteration of this highly popular event, and is hosted by Coindesk. The upcoming Consensus event is set to be the biggest yet, with more than 3,000 attendees and a range of highly relevant keynote speakers.
Whether you’re interested in staying up to date with the latest developments in the world of blockchain technology, seek to connect with other investors or even launch your own blockchain based platform, these eight upcoming events are definitely worth attending.