On December 7, St. Julian's (Malta) hosted Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference dedicated to cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and ICO. Our company is running the event from this series for the first time in Malta.
The ‘pilot’ conference was attended by representatives of the Maltese government and the President of Liberland.
Participants, topics, speakers
Around 400 people attended the conference: developers, investors, entrepreneurs, representatives of banks and credit institutions, fintech experts, lawyers, journalists, marketers. Fifteen speakers delivered presentations at the conference, and the exhibition area, arranged as part of the conference, featured the products from 20 companies.
The conference was opened by Silvio Schembri, Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation within the Office of the Prime Minister Malta. In his welcome speech, he told about the significance of the conference for the governmental blockchain policy: “Such a global conference on the topic of blockchain and cryptocurrencies shows our progressive nature.” He also noted that the conference aligns with the position of the country’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat who is inspired by the idea of blockchain revolution in Malta.
Silvio Schembri is in charge of the government’s workgroup, working on the national blockchain strategy. Other representatives of the group also attended BBC Malta: Steve Tendon, Ian Gauci, and Loui Mercieca. Steve Tendon, Senior Fintech and Blockchain Advisor at Quantum Financial Analytics, and Dr Ian Gauci, an expert in law with a focus on communications and technologies, participated in the panel discussion. Loui Mercieca, a software architect, told how to start writing applications on Ethereum and delved into system components.
Among foreign experts that spoke at the conference were Abdalla Kablan (the UK, fintech advisor) and representatives of major blockchain companies: Max Krupyshev (Germany, COO at Cubits), Ivan Petuhovsky (Spain, Co-Founder at EXMO Finance LLP), and Alexander Zelenschikov (Russia, Chief Product Officer at mytc.io).
Topics discussed at the conference were related to the development of blockchain solutions, project support, trends, and prospects of the industry. Attention was also paid to investments in blockchain technologies, including purchases of ICO tokens.
Discussion, exhibition, presentations
Apart from the presentations, a panel discussion took place at the conference. A burning issue for modern Malta was discussed there – the legislative regulation of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Opinions on the topic were expressed by Steve Tendon and Ian Gauci, as well as Max Ganado (Senior Partner, GANADO Advocates) and Eman Pulis (organizer of such large-scale gambling events as Affiliate Grand Slam and SiGMA).
The specially equipped exhibition area featured innovative blockchain-based software and hardware. Guests of the exhibition learned about Exmo cryptocurrency exchange, Credits blockchain platform, and other blockchain services, and were able to test Health Monitor, a device for non-invasive diagnostics.
All projects of the exhibition area were also presented to conference attendees in the format of the pitch session, a series of short presentations.
Twenty new conferences in 2018
In 2017, our company has organized 15 conferences dedicated to blockchain and cryptocurrencies, most of which have been held for the first time ever (including BBC Malta).
Plans for 2018 include around 20 similar events in South Korea, Israel, Philippines, Azerbaijan, and European countries. Our company plans to keep running the series of successful cryptocurrency conferences Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Moscow, Blockchain Conference St. Petersburg, and Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Kiev.
Currently, our team is drafting the program and forming the pool of speakers that will give presentations in Saint Petersburg.
Details are available in the project’s news!