The blockchain and cryptocurrency industry is a very active one. As a result, there are frequent meetups and industry related events happening every year. In this brief article, we’ll highlight the popular 2018 blockchain and cryptocurrency events and meetups.
Attendees typically frequent these events as it’s a great way to meet industry leaders, network, meet new people, hear and learn about the latest developments as well as identify companies and firms offering specific solutions to specific problems in the industry.
2018 Blockchain & Crypto Meetups, Events, Dates List
2018 is shaping up to have many of these events lined up. The following are some of those events we consider the more important and potentially rewarding for you and your firm. We have listed them in chronological order so that you can include them in your calendar and plan accordingly.
Crypto Invest Summit West – 4/20 Thru 5/2 – LA Convention Center
Touted as the preeminent crypto event, this is a must attend if you’re looking to meet top industry leaders and influencers. This two week event will be holding in the LA Convention Center, Los Angeles.
It will feature accomplished crypto investors, panels, and one on one interactions. There will be fireside Q&A sessions as well as presentations and pitches. Panelists and speakers lineup include Fundstrat’s Thomas Le; Baron Davis, NBA All Star Investor; Blockchain Capital’s Brock Pierce; Tezos’ Kathleen Breitman; Alon Goran from Wavemaker Genesis; Boost VC’s Adam Draper; Peter Voss from Aigo; and over 100 other speakers.
This is probably the most coveted event of the year. Tickets are still available for sale on their website at cryptoinvestsummit.io/
BlockShow Europe – May 28th and 29th – Berlin, Germany
80 speakers from 50 countries, over 3000 attendees, 150 exhibitors and so much more. All these are available for you at the BlockShow Europe event holding in Berlin on the 28th and 29th of May, 2018.
This is one of the biggest blockchain and cryptocurrency events in Europe, often featuring an all start speaker and panelist lineups as well as exhibition of solutions targeting specific blockchain problems.
It’s also where blockchain startups and companies go to showcase their latest developments and products. There’s also a competition for the most innovative blockchain solutions with the winners getting €50,000 this year.
Notable speakers at the event include Bitcoin Evangelist Llew Classen; Icon Lab’s Patrick Lowry; TenX’s co-founder Julian Hosp; OpenLedger’s Ronny Boesing; Swarm Fund’s Joel Dietz; and QRC Group’s Cris Duy Tran; among so many other speakers.
Tickets for the event cost anywhere from €988 for startups to €3488 for investors. You’ll find all ticket pricing and information here at https://blockshoweurope.com/buy-tickets/. Blockshow will also be hosting two other events this year: one in Las Vegas in August, and another in Singapore in November.
Ethereal Summit – 5/11 Thru 5/12 – The Knockdown Center, New York
Holding in New York, the Ethereal Summit is another popular blockchain centered event designed to bring together thinkers, leading blockchain and crypto experts, developers, philosophers and other change makers across the globe.
It’s a mix of top industry leaders, folks from lateral industries, personal development experts and other world renowned experts. Attendees will be able to use this opportunity to network and connect with likeminded individuals, and build authentic partnerships.
This year’s event will feature speakers like Joseph Lubin, Co-Founder of Ethereum and Founder of Consensys; Aya Miyaguchi, MD of Ethereum Foundation; Sheila Warren, Head of Blockchain World Economic Forum; Michael Casey, Senior Advisor of MIT Digital Currency Initiative; Vansa, MD Omisego; Deepak Chopra, world renowned personal development coach; and so many others.
Event tickets cost $1250 and can be purchased at ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1651934
Consensus 2018 –New York Hilton Midtown – May 14th-16th
Hosted by Coindesk, Consensus essentially gathers the top minds and leaders in the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry. Its 4th annual blockchain summit, this is holding at the New York Hilton Midtown between the 14th and 16th of May, 2018.
The event will feature over 250 speakers and 4,000 attendees. This is one of the must attend blockchain events of the year. This event often attracts people from all over the world. This is not surprising seeing as it has been called by some as the “best blockchain congress in the world”.
The event is sponsored by many notable companies including Accenture, Ledger Wallet, Microsoft, VCHAIN, Etoro and Fusion.
Notable speakers at this year’s event include Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s founder and Square’s CEO; Blockchain’s chief operating office, Liana Douillet Guzman; Ledger’s chief technical officer, Nicholas Bacca; and ConsenSys’ Joseph Lubin and Kavita Gupta.
Token Summit III – New York City – May 16th And 17th
The third conference hosted by Token Summit about the token based economy, this will be holding in New York city as part of the 2018 Blockchain Week NYC events. The event’s goals include discussing ethical practices, best practices, industry regulations, and the economics of blockchain based tokens, crypto and protocols.
Anyone looking to get into or know more about the newly emerging token based economies, will benefit from this conference considering its speaker lineup.
Some of the speakers for the event include Fred Ehrsam Co-Founder Coinbase; Nader Al-Naji Founder and CEO Basecoin; Ned Scott Co-Founder and CEO Steemit; Kathryn Haun Board Member Coinbase; Taylor Monahan Founder MyEtherWallet.com; and Richard Craib Founder and CEO Numerai, among many others.
Tickets are available on the website tokensummit.com/ now available at a flat rate of $799.
Unchain –Hamburg, Germany – May 31st To June 1st
This event is designed to bring together crypto enthusiasts and companies from across the globe. It’s a 2-day conference where industry leaders, experts, and entrepreneurs can get together to discuss the current uses and future potential of the blockchain tech, and how it relates to other industries.
The event’s primary goal is to bridge the gap between the blockchain community and leading blockchain companies as well as other tech companies in Germany. This year’s event will have 20 speakers from 10 countries.
Some of these speakers include Shapeshift’s Founder and CEO, Erik Voorhees; Randy Hilarski, Co-Founder, Cyrptoswag; Bitnation’s Founder and CEO, Eric Benz, Co-Founder and CEO, Cryptopay; Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof; and Blockchain Academy Co-Founder, Rosine Kadamani.
Tickets for the event are priced at € 980 and available at unchain.hamburg/
World Blockchain Forum – Metropolitan West, New York – 6/11 – 6/13
Taking place in New York, this event’s focus will be on crypto investments, cryptoassets and ICOs. It is expected to have crypto industry leaders, visionaries and blockchain tech experts from across the globe as speakers.
The conference promises attendees unparalleled access to crypto leaders, visionaries, innovators, founders, investors and CEOs. This makes it a great place for active networking and forming fruitful partnerships.
This event is expected to attract over 1000 CEOs, 40+ world renowned and industry leading speakers, company VPs and so much more.
Some of the keynote speakers include Bruce Fenton, Founder and CEO, Chainstone Labs; Jason King, Co-Founder, Academy; Gabriel Abed, Founder and Director at Bitt Inc.; Trevor Koverko, CEO At Polymath; Steven Dakh, CTO, Smartwallet; Alex Lightman, CEO, Tokencommunities Plc.; Tracy Leparulo, CMO, Polymath; and Oliver Gale, Executive Director, Bitt.
They also have another event later this year in London on the 3rd-5th of September. You can buy tickets for the New York event at newyork.keynote.ae/tickets/. Tickets are priced from $750 to $1250.
BAIConf – Northumberland, London –June 18-19
Short for Blockchain Alternative Investments Conference, this event features panels and speeches by reputable, industry leaders. It’s the first of its kind and promises to attract a ton of high value, high net worth companies and individuals.
It is the “The first blockchain investment conference in the world limited exclusively to sovereign wealth funds, institutional investors, hedge funds, private banks, family offices, high net worth / ultra high net worth individuals, and accredited individuals.”
Bottom line, it is a seriously moneyed event for the discerning investor. Attendees and speakers include some of the leading cryptocurrency funds managers, CEOs whose ICOs were very successful in 2017 and 2018, as well as academics and industry leaders.
Confirmed speakers include NICK SZABO, Intellectual Father of Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts; Ari Paul, Blocktower Capital Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer; Stefan Thomas, CTO Ripple; Andy Bromberg, Coinlist CEO and Co-Founder; Jon Matonis, Founding Director, Bitcoin Foundation; Remington Ong, Partner, Fenbushi Capital; Michael Sonnenshein, Managing Director, Grayscale Investments; John Pfeffer, Founder and Partner, Pfeffer Capital; Alex Batlin, Founder and CEO, ConsenSys/Trustology; Lex Sokolin, Global Director Fintech Strategy and Partner, Autonomous Next; Adam Leonard, CEO BlockEx; Pindar Wong, Chairman and President, VeriFi; Paul Gordon, CEO & Founder, Quantave; and so many others.
You can buy the tickets at https://www.baiconf.com/#tickets where they are sold for £947.50, £997.50, and £1497.50. The price is for the Virtual Video Pass, Conference Gold Pass and Conference Diamond Pass respectively.
Crypto Valley – Zug, Swtzerland – June 20th-22nd
The 2018 Crypto Valley Blockchain Conference is an event designed to bring together blockchain experts, enthusiasts, startups and investors. Holding between the 20th and 22nd of June, 2018, this is the first academic driven blockchain conference that’s aimed at bringing a more rational and coherent approach to the blockchain technology. The event has four parts to it:
- Tech and blockchain related topics
- Relationship between finance and blockchain
- The law, code of conduct and the blockchain industry
- Startups competing for a 30,000 CHF prize money
This conference has some bigwig sponsors including Microsoft, Ripple, Ambrosus and Blockfreight. Speakers at the event include Stefan Thomas, CTO Ripple; and Prof. Dr. Emin Gün Sirer, Cornell University; both of whom are keynote speakers.
Other speakers include Dominik Schiener, Co-Founder IOTA; David Sønstebø, CEO IOTA; Reto Trinkler, Chairman Melonport; Vasily Suvorov, CTO Luxoft; Anoop Nannra, Chairman Trusted IoT Alliance and Head of Blockchain at Cisco; Yanislav Malahov, Founder Æternity, and “Godfather of Ethereum”; and Prof. Dr. Alessandro Chiesa, UC Berkeley & Co-Founder Zcash among others.
Tickets are available here cryptovalleyconference.com/tickets and starts from $1100 per attendee.
London Fintech Week – London – July 6th – July 13th
This conference is meant to bring together leaders from across multiple industries to discuss the future and state of fintech, crypto-finance and blockchain.
This event attracts between 3,000 and 5,000 attendees during the week of the conference. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend exhibitions, network, hear from industry leaders and government entities.
Speakers at the event include Richard Crook, Head of Emerging Technology, RBS; Peter Smith, Global Head of Industry Policy Liaison, TISA; Jason Kelley, General Manager, IBM Blockchain Services, IBM; Ian Dowson, Principal, William Garrity Associates Ltd; Dr. Jane Thomason, CEO, Abt Associates – Australia; Adi Ben Ari, Founder at Applied Blockchain, Applied Blockchain; Cécile Baird, Co-Founder, Decentrl Agency; Julien Bouteloup, Founder Doshup; and Prajit Datta, Chief Data Scientist, Bank of America.
Tickets are available at fintechweek.com/ and is priced between £358.80 and £2,160.
Blockchain Conference –George Washington University, Washington DC – July 26th-27th
One in a series of blockchain conferences across the globe, the 3rd Annual Blockchain Conference will bring together industry leaders in Fintech, finance, and technology. It will also feature investors, VC’s, innovators and startups that have disruptive technologies.
The aim of the conference is to get all interested parties, experts and enthusiasts into one room to discuss blockchain and cryptocurrency beyond bitcoin. Attendees can expect to get the latest information about blockchain/DLT during this conference from industry leading and disruptive startups.
This is where you need to be if you want the latest information in blockchain technology. Tickets are available at blockchaindc.com/ and prices start from $199 to $1149.
Crypto Expo Asia – SUNTECH, Singapore –October 26th
Come October 26, over 3,000 blockchain and crypto enthusiasts, and leaders will gather together for a 1-day conference in Singapore that will feature exhibitions, active networking and speeches from some of the world’s leading blockchain and crypto minds.
Here, attendees will gather together to discuss many aspects of cryptocurrency include ICOs, legal and ethical issues, regulations, crypto investments and assets as well as a ton of other related subjects.
It promises to be a fun filled, action packed event with lots of activities for attendees. Speakers featured at the event include Lewis J Borsellino, Director Of Business Development, Defend Edge; Kristoffer Nelson, COO at SRAX and Principal for BIGtoken; Mario Singh, CEO at Fullerton Markets; Dan Gailey, CEO/Founder of Synapse; Zachary Reece, Managing Partner of BlockTrade Investments; Pascal Ruscica, CMO and Co-founder of Money By Design; Eamon Leonard, Vice-President, Marketing of Timechain; Julia Charlton, Principal Partner of Charltons; and Ronny Boesing, Founder and CEO of OpenLedger ApS. Tickets are available on the website at https://cryptoexpo.asia/. It costs $590 for Standard pass and $990 for VIP pass.
Malta Blockchain Summit –Intercontinental Malta – November 1st – 2nd
With 100 speakers, 150 sponsors and over 4000 delegates, this will be one of the biggest blockchain/DLT conferences this year.
The conference attracts global tech influencers, blockchain experts, civic society leaders and fintech experts from across the globe to discuss the new blockchain technologies, the future of cryptos and their role in mainstream industries like finance, health, government and business.
The Keynote speech will be given by Malta’s Prime Minister, Hon. Joseph Muscat, while other renowned speakers will be giving their own speeches later on.
Speakers include Jon Matonis, Founder, Bitcoin Foundation; Ian Gauci, Partner at GTG advocates & Afilexion Alliance; Joseph Cuschieri, Executive Chairman, MGA; Wannipha Jen Buakaew, Director, The Blockchain Association; Eva Kaili, Member of the European Parliament; Primož Kordež, Treasury Manager at Cofound.it; Jonathan Galea, Managing Director, Blockchain Advisory Ltd.; Max Krupyshev, COO, Cubits; Donna Redel, Managing Director at World Economic Forum; Karl Schranz, Director at E&S Group; Alex Lightman, Advisor to 20+ Blockchain Companies; Gordon Einstein, Blockchain & Crypto Partner, CKR Law; Sally Eaves, Global Strategy Advisor, FinTech Blockchain AI; and Joe Blackburn, CEO Crypto Coin Trader; among many others.
Tickets are available at maltablockchainsummit.com/registration/ and costs between €99 and €399.