Top Blockchain Events and Cryptocurrency Conferences in August 2018 [Dates & Details]

In August – All the World's a Stage for Cryptocurrency!

Across June and July, the calendars and diaries for cryptocurrency and blockchain related events have been seriously crowded, and with August, that's definitely not going to be changing anytime soon.

And it doesn't really come as a surprise, with major names in the worlds of Finance standing up and taking notice of the power that each has to disrupt the landscape. As a result, companies are torn between evolving to meet the challenge of an ever-diversifying landscape or rail against it and become the powers of past tense.

On the subject of implementation, blockchain may not be directly influencing the lives of individuals, such as in personal finance just yet, but it's only a matter of time before it does. Already, companies like ING in the UK have been responsible for the support of over 30 blockchain-related startups, to see how accurately it can be put to work in other aspects of business and society.

When it comes to the subject of conferences and events, any one of these will help to enlighten even the most skeptical perspectives on blockchain to see just how it's profoundly influencing aspects we believed to be set in stone.

North America –

July 31st – August 1st – New York Fintech Week, New York, USA,

Fintech Week has had a string of major successes all across the globe, with New York being just one of the venues. In July, Fintech Week has returned for its second annual event to showcase the latest developments coming out of the Fintech world.

Originally starting from humble beginnings in London in 2014, Fintech week has exploded, to say the least, and expanded to host conferences across the globe, including, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Dublin, Chicago, Washington D.C, Amsterdam, and Tel Aviv.

While moving on from humble origins, Fintech Week has always been a well structured, well-organized series of events, and it brings together all the major fields of the financial world, from startups to multinational companies, banks, academics, government officials and many more.

Fintech Week is due to kick off on July 31st with the FinPitch, which is a half-day event showcasing all of the up and coming startups seeking to shake the industry. Each pitch lasts roughly five minutes and includes a three-minute Question and Answer session in case there are any curious Venture Capitalists in the building.

Attendees can choose between the full conference pass, which allows access to all three days of the conference. For those that don't have the time, single-day event passes are also available for attendance on specific days out of the event.

Those late to joining in can avoid dismay, as the next one is scheduled for San Francisco from August 13th – 15th.

August 3rd – 4th – DISCON Distributed Consensus, Boulder, Colorado

For those looking for something more personal and smaller, Boulder, Colorado's DISCON is the ideal event for you. DISCON will be providing the latest insights into the world of the distributed web and digital currencies.

While other conferences require a highly niche approach and knowledge towards the realms of blockchain and cryptocurrency, DISCON is open to anyone and everyone with an interest in blockchain technology.

One important factor is that DISCON is not a platform for marketing and pitching products and ICO's; it serves as a meeting of like-minded individuals, not netting customers.

With the host venue being in Boulder, Colorado, it will provide a truly unique environment with a load of high-quality presentations. DISCON provides a more personal, friendly environment for individuals to express and find others that are interested in the world of blockchain.

While small in scale, DISCON is certainly not small in influence, with talks being hosted by major names in the blockchain space, such as the Colorado-based technology entrepreneur and mathematician, Charles Hoskinson, who is also the CEO at Input Output HK.

Hoskinson himself, while boasting a considerable volume of experience in the financial world, has been a strong supporter of cryptocurrencies. He's also bee involved with three cryptocurrency- based startups: Invictus Innovations, Ethereum, and IOHK.

The second keynote speaker will be taken up by the co-founder of Block7.com, and founder of Blockchain For Good, Chelsea Rustrum. Rustrum has and continues to be instrumental in the development of a code of ethics within the blockchain space, allowing it to become a truly fair, honest, accessible form of technology that stretches across the world.

The third and final keynote speaker will be Jared Polis, U.S. representative, Second District of Colorado. Along with his extensive political career, Polis is and always has been an entrepreneur. Starting up with working with American Information Systems, he then moved on to companies such as Bluemountain.com and ProFlowers.com. Polis will be sharing his insights on the evolution of the business world and how blockchain proves to be instrumental in its development.

While the conference concludes in the day, DISCON after dark consists of showcasing the vibrance of Colorado to the attendees, making for a dazzling accompaniment to the blockchain conference summer tour.

August 7th – Regulation and Compliance in Blockchain investing, New York City, New York

On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, from 6:00 P.M. – 10:00 PM. Taking place in New York, The BlockWorks Group will explore the regulatory issues that attorneys, investors, and accountancy will need to understand to fully enter the blockchain space.

Panelists attending the event will be discussing a wide range of topics, from the current landscape of regulations placed on Crypto-Assets, regulatory guidelines set out by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), how crypto-assets will be defined and officially classified within the US and how leading professional service firms are structuring large digital asset transactions.

As examples, the Regulation and Compliance conference will examine companies such as IBM, Mastercard, and AIG to showcase just how major, multi-national companies are already leading the way in adopting researching and applying blockchain and crypto-assets.

While the conference is smaller-scale compared to others, with roughly 200 attendees, it serves as a valuable opportunity for attendees to listen to more personal talks by experts from the fields of business, accounting, law, and technology.

Hear from Joel Telpner, partner at Sullivan & Worcester; Joshua Ashley Klayman, co-founder of Smart Contracts & Blockchain Practice at Morrison & Foerster; Stephen Wink, partner at Latham & Watkins; Wendy Callaghan, chief innovation officer at AIG; Steve Hopkins, COO & general counsel at Medici Ventures & tZERO; Rob Nance, managing partner at CityBlock Capital; Amenda Valencia Garcia, chief senior blockchain counsel at IBM; and many more.

While the speakers consist of a significant number of major names, those listening comprised of representatives from companies such as those from the Fortune 500's, market makers, and a broad number of financial professionals. Doors will be opening at 6:00 P.M. For the entire four-hour conference, attendees will have access to an open bar and catered food. Come for the enlightening talks and discussions with professionals and stay for the atmosphere and personal experience.

August 7th – 9th – M2Banking and Fintech Latam 2018: San Francisco, California.

The M2Banking and Fintech Latam is different to other conferences, one being that it takes place on a smaller scale, giving attendees a far more personal experience. This also provides attendants with the opportunity to participate in a more private forum of like-minded individuals such as Fintech professionals and entrepreneurs.

As the name sort of suggests, this conferences has a greater focus placed on the Latin American Mobile element to banking and Fintech, alongside the panels and discussions with leaders in the financial and mobile banking world, there will also be a tour of the locally and globally famous Silicon Valley. The tour includes stops at PayPal’s Innovation Center, Google’s Googleplex, Apple’s Apple Park, and the Plug & Play Tech Center.

The conference allows attendees to get a glimpse at the evolving LATAM marketplace, including the ongoing trends that are helping to transform it. More specifically, attendees will learn about the various opportunities that the market allows for in monetization and financial services within Latin America.

Understand how to successfully navigate among the region’s segmented financial markets, as each of them requires a different approach and knowledge base. Stimulate partnerships and alliances that will help you to expand business in Latin America.

Middle East

August 9th – Dubai International Blockchain Summit (DIBS), Dubai, UAE

The Dubai International Blockchain Summit is a conference of interesting numbers. Over 5,000 expected attendees with 18 different countries being represented, and over 50 journalistic outlets in attendance too.

It's expected to be one of the largest gatherings of blockchain enthusiasts, financial experts, Cryptocurrency evangelists, and entrepreneurs. It also expects to be the largest assembly of prospects to demonstrate to those in attendance, the level of opportunities for investment, and what the future has in store for blockchain.

In the wake of the resounding success that was the 2016 DIBS, It's expected to, once again show its greatness as an epicenter for the blockchain world with sixty sponsors and more than 5000 delegates at this year’s conference.

The DIBS have worked in very close proximity to leading members of the blockchain and financial world to create a truly unique and diverse agenda to create an event unparalleled in its scope and uniqueness.

Alongside these talks, the DIBS includes a number of ICOs which carry a strong reputation and unique company premise to foster an environment of reliability and trust for investors. DIBS is hosting some of the most innovative blockchain solutions and the most advanced blockchain platforms from every sector, such as smart governments, finance, exchange, healthcare, supply chain, and more.

It's not worth missing a single event coming from the Dubai International Blockchain Summit this year, along with boasting a seriously unique and incredible line up of ICOs and talks, there is a chatting platform, allowing attendees to speak to professionals at the event including speakers, organizers, investors, and exhibitors.

For those unable to get to the UAE to see it in person, the event is providing a live stream feed for international guests to participate and attend the various talks.

DIBS will be the biggest blockchain event in the Middle East this summer. You will not want to miss out on this fantastic conference.

Asia

August 10th – 11th – Imagine: Lifelong Learning Institute: Singapore.

The Imagine Conference is an annual event made possible thanks to the work of the Adam Smith Institute branch of Singapore. The conference is all about the technology and ideas that will shape the future of areas from education to medicine.

While blockchain technology isn't the crux of why many of the attendees will be coming, it remains a hot-button issue for many that do attend, especially as speakers make reference to it and how it has a significant place in helping to support future society.

This conference will be themed, “Future of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Progress.” with discussions centered around the importance of entrepreneurship to the process of innovation and the implementation of innovative ideas and their necessity in the gradual evolution of 21st-century society.

The conference presenters will navigate this large theme through five different sub groups: “Public Policies for the Future Economy”; “Future of Work and Workplaces”; “Future of Blockchain and Finance”; “Future of Healthcare”; and “Future of the Developing World.”

Far from being a simple event for opportunities to network, this is a conference of big names and even bigger ideas and subjects, particularly surrounding the issues and challenges that modern societies face in the 21st century.

Blockchain is extending its influence at a remarkable pace, and the fact that it is an area of discussion within topics as complex as medicine, socio-economic evolution, and others, demonstrates just how far it was come from its humble origins just 10 years ago.

Blockchain is extending its influence, and this conference plans to talk about how the technology can solve some of the problems that are preventing a general rise in quality of life in many areas of the world.

Oceania

August 10th – 12th – BLOCKConscious Summit: Brisbane, Australia

Over three days, BLOCKConscious Summit will host over thirty-five speakers and presenters, making it Australia's must-attend event for all things Blockchain related. Whether you're a veteran in the world of blockchain or cryptocurrency, or brand new to the entire space, the BLOCKConscious summit is the must-be event to attend.

The summit will be held in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane and will showcase some of Australia’s best projects and minds.

Beginning on Friday, August 10th, the first day will consist of a series of workshops, in which beginners and veterans alike and get up to speed with the latest digital wallet designs and have their questions answered before the next two days.

Over both Saturday and Sunday, the summit enters full swing, providing attendees with the Opportunities to go over various trading opportunities that they see emerging in the market, going over them face-to-face with market experts. Attendees will leave BLOCKConscious Summit with a sense of confidence in their future trading strategies.

Africa

August 13th – Mauritius Blockchain Conference, Mauritius

While Blockchain has been making waves across the world for a short span of time compared to other areas. Of all the continents to host summits, conferences or blockchain-specific events, very few have taken place on the African continent.

Mauritius has been carving a name out for itself for some time as a financial hotspot, and blockchain is not exempt from finding a safe harbor there. The nation has become a safe haven for blockchain technology, and the upcoming Mauritius Blockchain Conference intends to showcase this to the world. It is time Mauritius brought its investors and entrepreneurs from these industries together to join the crypto-community.

Don't miss out on the rare opportunity of seeing what sort of innovative ideas and startups are emerging from Mauritius. The conference itself brings together highly reputable investors, startups, financial institutions, enterprise technology leaders and many others. Those who attend the Mauritius Blockchain Conference will not be disappointed.

Making up the series of Keynote speakers are Professor Youngbae Moon, an adviser at Locus Chain, who began his career working for the Bank of Korea. Currently, Moon works for Korea University, while working as CEO of Digital Finance Research Institute, and Adviser of Locus Chain Foundation PTE Ltd.

While doing all of these things in what is regarded as a highly successful career, Moon is a firm believer in the incredible value of education and retains a strong teaching acumen as an adjunct professor.

The second keynote speaker is Dr. Ramesh Caussy, CEO, and founder of Partnering Robotics. With over 25 years worth of experience in the field of robotics, including innovation experience within Tech-oriented industries, she remains a free-thinker, attending conferences and talks regularly about the use of technology in an ever-evolving world.

Another keynote speaker is Joshua Paul Hawley, founder of the Mauritius Blockchain Advisory Foundation and co-founder of the Mauritius Ethereum Foundation. Hawley's own experiences with the world of blockchain are broad and thoroughly extensive, from being a blockchain or ICO advisor, speaker, and writer.

Hawley is currently involved with Blockchain exploits in Dubai, Southeast Asia, the US, Mauritius and with NGO's based in Africa.

The impact of technology, in general, in irrevocably changing the landscape of society is crucial to consider. H. E. Mr. Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory, vice-president of the Republic of Mauritius, will be a speaker at the conference to help explain how Mauritius can help lead the way in implementing blockchain technology across the African continent.

The country of Mauritius has well and truly carved out a name for themselves within Africa and the world, in a ranking of countries in terms of business climate, Mauritius ranked 49th out of 160, and with an attitude of constant innovation and personal development, that's certain to increase year on year.

You will not want to miss this conference as these African markets remain up for the taking.

In Conclusion

While aspiring blockchain enthusiasts and veterans may have a lot to do throughout August, there are a great many more taking place over both the fall and winter periods. The summer period for industries across the world has become a beacon of connections between like-minded professionals, it's a veritable melting pot of people, companies, and ideas.

The summer season is your chance to find out as much as you can about the world of blockchain, and how it fits into the ever complex jigsaw of the world.

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