On February 8, our company hosted another successful European conference, Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Gibraltar. More than 200 people attended the event: developers, entrepreneurs, investors, lawyers, economists, and employees of blockchain companies.
Feedbacks of participants show that the event was topical and informative for them.
Feedbacks from mass media and attendees
Industry-specific mass media and Internet media highlighted the conference. Gibraltar Chronicle newspaper wrote about the panel discussion noting, “Panelists focused on the new rules recently introduced at the local level and the current status of cryptocurrencies.” In addition, representative of CastleHill said the conference changed his attitude to blockchain. “I started to believe that the whole thing isn’t one big Ponzi scheme,” he wrote in the corporate blog, “I firmly believe that it will become a huge part of our future.”
Main conference topics
At the conference, experts discussed licensing of blockchain companies, the law on which came into effect in early 2018, ICO (conduct, regulation prospects, and investments in tokens), and different aspects of tokenization.
Panel discussion was the core development of the conference. Naeem Aslam, Chief Market Analyst at ThinkMarkets, columnist at Forbes, and winner of the Young Irish Broker award covered the role of the moderator. He talked about the jurisdiction of Gibraltar and regulation prospects of ICO and cryptocurrencies together with six experts. “The interest in Gibraltar was incredible, especially after the new laws on DLT were announced,” said the solicitor Jay Gomez, the participant of the discussion. Further, participants discussed the peculiarities of Gibraltar jurisdiction and debated how blockchain companies could operate in the regulated environment. At the end, Philip Vasquez (associate at TSN Law) noted that he saw long-term prospects for the blockchain business in Gibraltar.
Participants, topics, discussions
There were four keynote presentations at the conference:
Jon Matonis, Chairman at Globitex. The expert is among top 100 personalities in the industry. He spoke about institutional cryptocurrency trading, the Globitex exchange, and the Globitex GBX token.
Joey Garcia, Fintech Partner at ISOLAS LLP. The expert described Gibraltar jurisdiction and reviewed the new laws on cryptocurrencies that came into effect in Gibraltar on January 1.
Christopher Emms, CEO at TokenKey, shared practical experience of organizing a token sale. The audience memorized the analogy he mentioned, between the Internet and blockchain: Internet users accounted for just 0.5% of global population in 1990s, and in 10 years, the audience increased to 225 million. Currently, less than 1% of global population use blockchain, but the potential is huge.
Ransu Salovaara, CEO at TokenMarket – “ICO market and best practices”. He analyzed the ICO market of 2017 and told about opportunities and advantages of TokenMarket ICO platform.
Presentations were also delivered by Mohammed Tayes, head of Medicalchain (the company ran a successful ICO shortly before the conference); Kambiz Djafari, founder of Edgecoin.io educational platform; Bogdan Maslesa, Founder of Universal Crypto and well-known blockchain promoter in Cyprus; Jan Sammut, CEO at RefToken аnd ICO advisor; Juan David Mendieta Villegas, CEO at Keyrock, developer of social blockchain solutions for Latin America; Eyal Rosen, Chief Marketing Officer at LeadCoin.
Participants of the exhibition area
The conference offered an exhibition area, a space where companies could present their products and meet potential partners and investors.
Participants included telepresence service Ubiatar, mining ecosystem BeEasy, crowdfunding blockchain platform Crowd for Angels, cryptocurrency exchange Exenium, and others. The conference hall hosted a pitch session for all exhibitors.
13 countries, 20 conferences, over 5000 participants
In 2018, our company plans to organize blockchain and cryptocurrency conferences in 13 countries, and this time our plans include not only Europe and the CIS countries. Thus, Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Turkey will take place on March 1, and the blockchain event in Thailand – on March 6.