On May 29, a two-day large-scale conference BlockShow Europe 2018 wrapped up in Berlin with a record-setting turnout.
The conference hosted 3 000 guests, 470 startups, and featured more than 100 speakers from 50 countries, including Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia; Bobby Lee, co-founder of BTCC; serial entrepreneur Alex Mashinsky; Berny Giang, co-founder of CryptoKitties; Johanna Maska, CEO of Global Situation Room and Samantha Stein, curator and global shaper for the World Economic Forum. A wide range of interesting panels were held, covering diverse topics from government use to gaming.
Prior to the conference, BlockShow held eight meetups in cities from Paris to Rome and Zurich. A total of 7 349 private meetings were held, 93 companies excibited, and over 90 companies supported the event – more than double BlockShow’s most recent conference and five times bigger than its Munich conference last spring.
“I really enjoyed BlockShow Europe. It was great to see a lot of enthusiasm from the attendees and the organizers did a wonderful job. It was very professionally done and everything was on schedule. I think conferences are important to get the word out there, to educate people and help them learn about cryptocurrency and blockchain. This is how we get on-board the next billion people,” – Bobby Lee said.
Jimmy Wales too gave a great speech at the conference. Wikipedia and his next project WikiTribune, which features articles like “ Is Tether really backed by USD? The evidence so far,” both accepted cryptocurrency as part of their funding and both emphasize disrupting old models by decentralization. In his speech, Wales talked about how he failed at starting numerous businesses before Wikipedia worked. Wales said we are in a crypto bubble, but reiterated the importance of new ideas and moving away from old models.
In the framework of the conference, a blockchain voting application was also created. More than 2 000 people voted and chose Dr. Quy Vo-Reinhardt as the best in a prestigious list of influential EU women in blockchain, and Bitfury as the top blockchain EU company.
Shelf.network, an asset distribution and sub-contracting distributed network capable of selling assets through auctioning in a distributed manner, won the BlockShow Oscar, a startup competition for young and innovative blockchain companies featuring a €50 000 prize. The first stage of the competition included voting that took place during BlockShow meetups across Europe in the two months prior to the conference, while the winner was chosen by a five-person jury of industry experts.
BlockShow Europe also released a study during the conference outlining the best European countries for starting a blockchain company. After analyzing 48 countries, Switzerland was named the best for blockchain thanks to its positive regulatory dynamics and forward-thinking position on setting government guidelines for crypto startups. Gibraltar and Malta rounded out the top three for similar reasons. The full list is available here.
“I am very happy with the conference: 3 000 people, incredible speakers, and we chose the winner of the Oscars. But most important is that there were a lot of great announcements and meaningful panel discussions. We managed to create a special atmosphere – an atmosphere that only we had. And we are going to do even bigger events in the future, in Las Vegas and Singapore for 5 000 people,” – BlockShow CEO Addy Crezee concluded.
The next BlockShow conference will be held in Las Vegas on August 20-21.