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Blockchain conference held in Moscow on April 19. What’s in discussion this time

Publication date: 13 mar 2017

Blockchain conference held in Moscow on April 19. What’s in discussion this time

On April 19, Smile-Expo will hold Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Russia, annual Moscow-based conference, dedicated to blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. This year, even more foreign guests are expected than in autumn of 2016.

They will discuss new blockchain projects in both financial and nonbank segments.

What has changed in six months

Since the last conference, Russian government has not presented a readymade draft to regulate bitcoin turnover. Authors decided to take a wait-and-see approach and learn the global experience. It has at least one advantage: cryptocurrency transactions are not banned and according to the claims of representatives of the Ministry of Finance there are no intentions to do so.

As for blockchain, this theme has become a mainstream and is supported, at least in words, at governmental level. The Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev officially charged two profile ministries with an assignment to study this technology in order to reduce the red tape load in the future.

By the time officials started to discuss blockchain, Smile-Expo had managed to organize a network of Blockchain & Bitcoin Conferences in four countries: Russia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Estonia.

The conference name has become a recognizable brand among representatives of IBM, Microsoft, Qiwi and many blockchain startups.


Participants of April conference will be divided in two streams: for financiers and representatives of nonbank segment.

Financiers will discuss the implementation of blockchain in banking and Govtech as well as legislative issues. Speakers will present functional blockchain-based projects and discuss changes that happened in the market.

Representatives of nonbank segment will review blockchain cases in e-commerce, retail, logistics and social media. The aim is to understand what tasks are solved by blockchain in business processes and how to promote the IT product in the market.

Participants of both streams will be able to attend the demo zone featuring products and services for crypto industry.

Program updates will be published on the website of Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Russia. Results of previous events can be also found there.

Photos from Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Russia 2016


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Those who cannot attend on April 19 are invited to the conferences in Prague and Kyiv.

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