It’s one thing to read about what happens in the bitcoin and blockchain space but spending time around people who are fascinated by the technology and listening to speakers who are also shaping the industry can be truly inspirational.
Over time, numerous cryptocurrency events and conferences have popped up, making it more and more difficult to figure out which events can bring real value to your personal or professional life and which ones are camouflaged nightmares.
I cancelled my speech at #EBIC2019 @EBIC2019_ . Glad I was in Vienna for business anyway and only took an extra subway ride. Shame on the organisers for wasting my / my team's time and lying about "2500 participants". Saw nobody apart from staff/speakers.https://t.co/kK088e3SK0 pic.twitter.com/CMJuQFZOtB— Angel Versetti (@angelversetti) March 1, 2019
Hopefully saving you from this kind of disappointment, we’ve looked at the quality of speaker lineups and retrospective enthusiasm for last year’s crypto-related events to determine what conferences should be on your radar in 2019.
TOKEN2049 is a flagship digital asset event in Asia on 13-14 March 2019 in Hong Kong, where the token economy is going to be explored in-depth. They are shining a light on the global developments of this new asset class, while taking a unique and widening perspective on the token industry and its opportunities.
Date: March 13-14
Location: Hong Kong
Key Speakers: Charlie Lee (Litecoin Founder), Bill Barhydt (Abra CEO), Saifedean Ammous (The Bitcoin Standard Author), Kosala Hemachandra (MyEtherWallet CEO)
The Seoul event is Deconomy’s major annual event where global leaders from around the world to gather to discuss and present distributed economy topics related to cryptography, decentralized networks, economics, business, finance, law, etc. The forum will include two days of presentation and discussion and networking parties.
Date: April 4-5
Location: Seoul, Korea
Key Speakers: Andreas Antonopoulus (Mastering Bitcoin Author), Vitalik Buterin (Ethereum Co-Founder & Developer), Changpeng Zhao (Binance CEO), Joseph Lubin (Ethereum & ConsenSys Co-Founder) Zooko Wilcox-O’Hearn (Zcash CEO), Emin Gün Sirer (Cornell University Professor), Ashley Tyson (Web3 Foundation Director)
3. Paris Blockchain Week Summit
Paris Blockchain Week Summit is the flagship event of Paris Blockchain Week, gathering more than 1,500 attendees and 100 speakers. During two days hot topics will be discussed like EU regulation, stable coins, decentralized exchanges, security tokens, scalability issues, recent advances in consensus mechanisms and all the other stuff that keeps the crypto community up at night.
Date: April 16-17
Location: Paris, France
Key Speakers: Arthur Breitman (Tezos Co-Founder), Dominik Schiener (IOTA Co-Founder), Robert Wiecko (Dash COO), Wei Zhou (Binance CFO), Nicolas Cary (Blockchain.info CEO), Emin Gün Sirer (Cornell University Professor)
4. Magical Crypto Conference
The Magical Crypto Conference promises 2 days, 2 stages and prominent speakers from all around the world including many of the industry's top experts. Their aim is that everyone leaves the conference with the feeling that they've learned something new. It doesn't matter if you've been in Bitcoin since 2009 or 2019 this conference will have something for everyone.
Date: May 11-12 (right before Consensus)
Location: New York City, United States
Key Speakers: Charlie Lee (Litecoin Founder), Riccardo Spagni (Monero Project Lead), Samson Mow (Blockstream CSO), WhalePanda (Crypto OG, Bitcoin Evangelist), Adam Back (Blockstream CEO), Meltem Demirors (CoinShares CSO), Jeremy Welch (Casa CEO)
5. Consensus 2019
Consensus is a series of annual blockchain technology summits occurring around the globe. With speakers and attendees from leading industry startups, investors, financial institutions, enterprise tech leaders, and academic and policy groups who are building the foundations of the blockchain and digital currency economy, Consensus is an event not to be missed.
Date: May 13-15 (right after Magical Crypto Conference)
Location: New York City, United States
Key Speakers: Tim Byun (OKCoin CEO), Diego Gutierrez Zaldivar (RSK Labs CEO), Richard Gendal Brown (R3 CTO), Dan Morehead (Pantera Capital CEO), Andrea Bonaceto (Eterna Capital CEO)
6. Unchain Bitcoin & Blockchain Convention
Unchain is a 2 day conference featuring the world‘s leading cryptocurrency and blockchain entrepreneurs. The main goal is to connect these experts with leading industrial players from all over the globe by discussing and exploring the full potential of a decentralized economy.
Date: June 14-15
Location: Berlin, Germany
Key Speakers: Alena Vranova (TREZOR Founder), Riccardo Spagni (Monero Project Lead), Tone Vays (Wallstreet Veteran Derivatives Trader), Gabriel Kurmann (RSK Co-Founder)
7. Baltic Honeybadger 2019
The Baltic Honeybadger conference is the first major event in Latvia dedicated to Bitcoin and the technologies built around it, with the goal to create an educational and community-driven event with high-profile speakers from all around the world and with different backgrounds — from technical engineers and cybersecurity professionals to business owners and bestselling authors. The conference is driven by the cypherpunk movement.
Date: September 14-15
Location: Riga, Latvia
Key Speakers: Jimmy Song (Bitcoin Developer & Educator), Peter Todd (Bitcoin Engineer), Pierre Rochard (Software Engineer & Bitcoin Advisor), Giacomo Zucco (BHB Network CEO), Pavol Rusnak (SatoshiLabs CTO), WhalePanda (Crypto OG, Bitcoin Evangelist), Tone Vays (Wallstreet Veteran, Derivatives Trader)
NOT YET ANNOUNCED
Beware, no dates have been announced for the following events yet, however, based on the enthusiasm following last year’s editions, you should nevertheless be aware about them.
CryptoSprings is a two day gathering where the economics, culture, technology and future of cryptocurrency is explored. Last year it took place for the first time in Palm Springs, California on October 3-4 with a noticeably strong female speaker lineup including Elizabeth Stark (Lightning Labs, CEO), Stacey Herbert (Heisenberg Capital), Meltem Demirors (CoinShares, CSO), Jutta Steiner (Parity Technologies, Co-Founder), Alena Vranova (TREZOR, Co-Founder), Connie Yang (Coinbase, Director of Design), Sheila Warren (World Economics Forum, Head of Blockchain & DLT) and many more.
Key Speakers: tba
9. Web3 Summit
Web3 Summit is organized around a single rallying call: to facilitate a fully functional and user-friendly decentralized web. Every year the devs and researchers working on lower level protocols and others interested in the latest developments in the decentralized web come together for an immersive and collaborative gathering focusing on the Web3 technology stack, including: P2P protocols. Platform neutral computation language. Data distribution protocols. Blockchains. Transient data/messaging. Encrypted storage. Protocol-extensible developer APIs. Last year it took place in Berlin, Germany from October 22 - 24, 2018 with speakers from many crypto-projects (Ethereum, Tezos, OmiseGo, Parity Technologies, Melonport, Polychain, Polkadot, etc.).
Key Speakers: tba
Devcon is considered the annual Ethereum “family reunion.” The Ethereum Foundation hosts Devcon to educate and empower our community to build decentralized applications, and to bring Ethereum protocols, tools, and culture to the world. This conference is mainly targeting builders: designers, UX researchers, smart contract devs, blockchain researchers, client implementers, test engineers, infrastructure operators, community organizers, and even artists in the community. The last event (devcon4) was held in Prague, Czech Republic from October 30 - November 2.
Keynote Speakers: tba
11. LABITCONF 2019
Since 2013 the Latin American Bitcoin & Blockchain Conference (LABITCONF) brings together several of the top speakers in the world, combined with the participation of industry players from more than 20 countries. Government and CEOs discuss and explore the full potential of Bitcoin and blockchain technology.
Keynote Speakers: tba
We’ll try to keep this blog post up to date to include the details for the conferences and events that haven’t been announced yet, as soon as they are shared.
Do you think that we may have overlooked an important conference or event that necessarily belongs in this blog post? Let us know in the comments below.