TNW Conference 2019 Hard Fork: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency for Mass Adoption Event

TheNextWeb is holding its annual hard fork conference on the 9th and 10th of May, 2019 in Amsterdam. The event will feature thought and industry leaders from multiple industries across the globe.

This year’s event’s focus will be on the Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), and will include discourses about its many uses as well as the challenges facing the tech and its adoption.

Some of the issues to be discussed at the TNW2019 Conference include regulations, diversity, tokenization and scaling among others.

Major Themes at the Hard Fork Track

The theme of this track at the conference will center on various topics. Some of these include:


The goal of this theme is to find ways to encourage inclusiveness, resolve the diversity problems that the new industry is facing, and forge ahead to shape the future.

Some of the speakers will be looking at key issues surrounding the diversity problem, and proposing possible viable solutions to nipping this problem in the bud and creating an all-inclusive, balanced industry that’s welcoming to every talented individual.

ICOs and STOs

Speakers will also be looking at both ways as a means to raising capital. More specifically, they’ll be outlining and talking about best practices, regulatory issues, and challenges pertaining to using either of these avenues.

STOs are gradually becoming more popular in the industry, but regulations and laws in multiple countries, makes it examining this issue highly essential. Experts will be doing an in-depth analysis of STOs as well as the various bottlenecks beleaguering its popularity.

This is in a bid to create a friendlier, less complex process and environment that will help it thrive, as well as gain massive adoption.

Regulations and Its Many Problems

There’ll be a lot of focus on regulation and the role it’ll play in the future of blockchain and cryptocurrency. This has become increasingly important in the face of growing demand for regulation in an industry whose values are in direct opposition to it.

Speakers will be talking about and exploring possible regulatory bypasses, options and compromises that will not infringe on crypto’s rights and values.

Trust and Integrity

This theme will be looking at how blockchain can further improve integrity and global transparency. Speakers will be exploring possible blockchain use cases for organizations with a bid to increasing the organization’s trust factor among their clients and business partners.

They’ll also be examining its usage on a large scale in a way that strengthens trust between multiple complex entities and systems.


One of the biggest reasons why blockchain isn’t enjoying as much adoption as it should is scalability. Speakers will be talking about possible solutions to help us overcome this challenge and trigger widespread demand and use of the blockchain technology.

There’ll also be insights into companies that are currently leading the charge, and their approach to solving the scalability problem.

Sustainability and Applicability

Speakers will be looking at how blockchain can be integrated into established industries, as well as how they can help solve some of their major issues.

Its application to solving global issues like climate change, poverty, natural disasters, global health and education will also be explored.

Hard Fork Track Speakers at TNW2019 Conference

Speakers at the Hard Fork Track are all seasoned experts and leaders in their various disciplines. There are 20 confirmed speakers for the track. They are:

  • Larry Sanger, Co-founder, Wikipedia
  • Letitia Seglah, Independent Expert, European Commision
  • Jackson Palmer, Creator, Dogecoin
  • Francis Pouliot ,CEO and Co-founder, Bull Bitcoin
  • Sally Eaves, CTO and UN social Impact strategy Advisor, Emergent Technology
  • Simona Pop, Co-founder, Bounties Network
  • Margarita Khartanovich, Editor In Chief, Head of Insight, Binary District
  • Jon Matonis, Founding Director, Bitcoin Foundation
  • Yoni Assia, CEO, eToro
  • Kaspar Korjus, Managing Director, E-Residency Estonia
  • Jessi Baker, CEO, Provenance
  • Elliot Callender, Founder, Nodeunlock
  • Sergio Pereira, Founder, TechHQ
  • Henry Rouquairol, Angel Investor, PerchPeek
  • Joeri van Geelen, Founder & CEO, Build Blocks Group
  • Ricardo J. Méndez, Technical Director, Samsung NEXT
  • Maurice Schutte, Film Director, Beer, Aliens and Blockchain
  • Jordan French, Founder and Executive Editor, Grit Daily News
  • Zeeshan Feroz, UK CEO, Coinbase
  • Jessica Hofmann, Blockchain Lead, Atos Benelux & The Nordics

Benefits of Attending the Hard Fork Track at TNW Conference 2019

This is one of the biggest and most popular blockchain events in 2019. With about 17,500 attendees expected, you’ll have ample opportunity to network with the best minds in the industry.

Attendees looking to invest in startups will also find over 250 highly promising startups to meet with and talk to their founders to get a sense of their projects. Angel investors and venture capitalists will be at the event, which makes it great for startups looking for funding and those looking to invest.

Other benefits include participating in themed roundtable discourses, workshops, side events, happening in Amsterdam during those two days, and so much more.

Access to these benefits are dependent on the tickets you buy though. Ticket Prices for TNW2019 Hard Fork Conference are priced at €149 for access to just the Expo, €499 for a one-day pass, €649 for the Full Event pass, and €799 for the Priority pass. The most popular of these is the €649 for the Full Event pass. So, if you need to make a choice, by all mean go for this.

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