Blockchain conferences are an excellent way to learn more about this fast-moving space and to form extremely valuable connections that you can leverage for business or your personal life.
Unfortunately, the massive hype around cryptocurrency has brought many bad actors to the scene that are trying to squeeze money out of unsuspecting newcomers.
These bad intentions could not only be observed in the world of ICOs and Token Sales but is also clearly visible in some blockchain conferences. Some common frauds by organizers, in order to generate more profits,
Therefore, in order to help you filter out the bad actors, we have compiled this list of the best blockchain conferences in 2019. This list was manually curated after in-depth research that was focused on finding the most legitimate and valuable blockchain conferences of 2019.
Best Blockchain Conferences
TOP pick: La Conexión (Medellín, May 2019)
La Conexión is one of the largest cryptocurrency conferences in Colombia in 2019. The event takes place in the beautiful city of Medellín, often nicknamed the “Silicon Valley of South America”, from May 20th at 9am until May 21st at 6pm.
Featuring speakers like Elian Huesca from Decred and Pedro Gutiérrez from the NEM Foundation, it’s definitely an event that you can’t miss.
Nakamoto’s Den (Cyprus, February 2019)
Taking place at the heart of Cyprus, one of the most powerful cryptocurrency ecosystems worldwide, Nakamoto’s Den is a conference that you definitely do not want to miss.
This cryptocurrency conference is organized by Universal Crypto, a highly respected blockchain consulting firm based in Cyprus which has also organized the iCoin Summit in 2017, which was the largest blockchain event the island has ever seen. The company’s founders also host the weekly Cyprus Bitcoin meetup, which has inspired countless people to venture into the exciting cryptocurrency world.
Nakamoto’s Den will be held at the shiny Carob Mill Venue Hall, and will feature prominent speakers like Toni Lane Casserly, founder of CoinTelegraph, Chris Dawe, founder of effect.ai, and Nicolas Courtois, a cryptography expert holding several patents in the field.
General admission tickets are being sold for 169€, make sure to obtain yours before the conference is booked out again.
Binance Blockchain Week (Singapore, January 2019)
Binance, the cryptocurrency exchange titan, will hold its first blockchain conference ever from the 19th to the 22nd of January 2019, in gorgeous Singapore. The conference will take place at the colossal Marina Bay Sands hotel and will welcome more than 70 speakers and 2,000 attendees.
The Binance Blockchain Week will start with a 2-day hackathon, referred to as the “Binance SAFU Hackathon”, followed by 2 days of talks by top speakers. Some confirmed speakers at the conference include, Changpeng Zhao, CEO of Binance, Da Hongfei, Founder of NEO, and Justin Sun, Founder of Tron.
The objective of this blockchain conference is to bring together industry-leading regulators, top investors, academics, entrepreneurs, and developers to discuss the current blockchain ecosystem and to encourage collaboration and growth.
Ticket prices have not been announced yet. Monitor the @Binance account on Twitter closely to be the first to when they are available.
Unlock Blockchain (Dubai, January 2019)
The Unlock Blockchain conference will be taking place in Dubai in 2019 from the 15th to the 16th of January. The conference will take place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, which is a luxury hotel at the heart of Dubai and will surely elevate the atmosphere of this event.
Although the blockchain event features many highly prominent speakers like Mohsen Alzahrani from the Saudi Monetary Agency, and Michael Chang from Wachsman, the conference sets a core focus on networking and on establishing valuable connections. This is clearly represented in the conference’s agenda, which features events like a morning coffee, a networking breakfast, a networking lunch, and more.
At $800 each, the tickets of the conference are slightly on the upper end of the price spectrum, but it can be worth it if your goal is to go to a conference to establish business connections in the industry.
Unconfiscatable Conference (Las Vegas, January 2019)
Unconfiscatable Conference is a Bitcoin conference organized by influencer and trader Tone Vays that will be taking place in Las Vegas from the 24th to the 26th of January 2019. The conference aims to bring high profile speakers from the world of Bitcoin to discuss the technology with an emphasis on both scalability and privacy.
The speaker list includes well-known names like Doug Polk, Jimmy Song, Ari David Paul, and of course Tone Vays. Furthermore, at the end of the conference, all of the abovementioned speakers and more will be playing a highly anticipated celebrity poker tournament.
The conference will be held at the D hotel in Las Vegas and the entry fee is 0.1 Bitcoin.
North American Blockchain Conference (Miami, January 2019)
After a highly successful event in 2018, the North American Blockchain Conference is being held again in 2019 in the heart of Miami, from the 16th to the 18th of January. This conference will feature speakers from cutting-edge blockchain projects and companies like Decred, Celsius Network, Bitmain, Overstock, and Tether.
The event in Miami will kick-off with a tropical networking party at the Clevelander South Beach Hotel and Bar, and will then progress to the James L Knight Center where the presentations and workshops will be held.
The ticket prices range from $500 to $1,000, depending on whether you also want to participate in the networking party and in other extras.
London Blockchain Week (London, February 2019)
The London Blockchain Week is taking place in 2019 from February 8th until February 14th. With a duration of 6 days, London Blockchain Week is one of the longest blockchain conferences out there. on the contrary to many other event organizers which seem to pop-up overnight, this conference has already been held for 5 consecutive years, which proves that attendees are clearly considering it a valuable and worthy event to visit.
The conference features tens of speakers, including personalities from prominent blockchain companies like IBC Group, Consensys, and Atari Token. Furthermore, the conference will also host a variety of workshops, and also one of the largest blockchain hackathons to date.
Early bird tickets are currently being sold for approximately £360, so make sure to get yours before the price increases!
Blockchain Economy Istambul Summit (Istambul, February 2019)
The Blockchain Economy Istambul Summit will be taking place on February 20th in Haliç Congress Center, at the heart of this historic city. The conference aims to bring together over 5,000 cryptocurrency enthusiasts, and tens of prominent personalities to speak at the conference, making it one of the largest blockchain conferences in the space.
The speaker list includes big names like Bitcoin-Bull Tom Lee from Fundstrat, Tim Draper, Serguei Popov from IOTA, and hence certainly features one of the most prestigious presentation line-ups that the space has seen yet.
The regular ticket for the conference costs 250€, this price can be reduced if you are a student or if you are just looking to watch the event on the livestream. The conference also accepts payments in Bitcoin, Ether, and Litecoin, which is another big plus.
TOKEN2049 (Hong Kong, March 2019)
TOKEN2049 is an exclusive blockchain conference in Hong Kong on 13-14 March 2019. The main goal of the event is to enable 2,000 participants to meet the pioneers, the early believers, and opinion leaders of the cryptocurrency world. People from leading blockchain projects and companies will come to Hong Kong to share their knowledge and stories.
Some of the event partners include Wanchain, Dash, Monaco, and Bloomberg, which shows that industry leaders think highly of the TOKEN2049 event. Furthermore, the conference features speakers like Charlie Lee (creator Litecoin), Justin Sun (founder Tron), and Xinshu Dong (founder Zilliqa), among many other big names.
The event will be taking place at the Kerry Hotel, right at Hong Kong’s vibrant waterfront. Early bird tickets cost $999.
Blockchain Summit Frankfurt (Frankfurt, March 2019)
With 2,000 expected attendees and 100 speakers, Blockchain Summit Frankfurt is one of Europe’s leading blockchain conferences. The event will take place at Kap Europa, one of the most prestigious convention centers of the country and right at the heart of this vibrant financial hub.
Although the speaker line-up for 2019 has not been announced yet, judging by the speakers that joined in 2018 it sure won’t disappoint. If you are fast, you may still be in time to claim your free conference ticket.
Business of Blockchain, by MIT (Cambridge, May 2019)
The MIT Business of Blockchain conference aims to take a deeper look into Blockchain technologies by featuring industry-leading innovators as speakers. The conference will take place on May 2nd at the MIT Media Lab.
Some speakers that will be attending the conference include Gideon Lichfield, Editor in Chief at MIT Tech Review, Peter Van Valkenburgh, Director of Research at CoinCenter, and Haseeb Qureshi, from MetaStable Capital.
If you are looking to get a deeper insight into blockchain from some of the most brilliant people in the space, then you can’t miss this event. At $1,695 each, the conference tickets are not cheap. However, that is understandable given the incredibly prestigious location and speaker line-up.
Blockchain Expo Europe (Amsterdam, June 2019)
In 2019, the Blockchain Expo Europe will be taking place in Amsterdam from the 19th to the 20th of June. The event organizers advertise it as “The World’s largest Blockchain Conference and Exhibition”, and it is being sponsored by industry leaders like IBM, Stratis, and Huobi. The conference aims to welcome over 500 speakers and over 10,000 attendees, which makes it indeed an event of enormous proportions.
Blockchain Expo Europe will feature speakers from enormous corporations like ING, Shell, and VolksWagen, but also from blockchain-specific projects like HyperLedger, CoinDesk, Waves, and IOTA.
Interestingly, the conference offers a completely free pass and also one ticket option for 1999€. If you care more about the networking element and not so much about the speakers, then the free option might be a great fit for you.
CoinDiligent Staff Writer