The future of Blockchain is top of the agenda at CryptoBlockCon Los Angeles, taking place April 4-5 at Hudson Loft, downtown.
Highlights of the event will include keynotes with Crystal Rose, Miko Matsumura, and William Quigley, and panel discussions discussing future benefits of blockchain; the technology, the currencies and market activity for the coming year.
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CryptoBlockCon co-founder CJ Smith was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions about the event. A transcript of the interview is reproduced below.
Interview with CryptoBlockCon Co-founder CJ Smith
What motivated you to found CryptoBlockCon?
Blockchain technology, and in particular decentralization, has the potential to impact and improve almost any industry. New and disruptive technologies have always captivated me, and blockchain is not only disruptive but has the ability to save lives in the healthcare industry by allowing doctors to get informations quicker and with higher accuracy, it has the ability to provide bank accounts and credit to people who do not have access, and will provide transparency and security for industries which need it most.
Todd, my business partner, owns and has owned and sold many conferences, one of which I also work for. He and I have spoken about blockchain and bitcoin since the day we met, and blockchain technology in particular is something which we are both very passionate about. Last September we started talking about holding a blockchain a cryptocurrency conference, as it seemed like a natural fit between our interests and professional experience, and we want to help educate, connect, and create conversations around this technology. We held our first event in Las Vegas, December of 2017, as a proof of concept, and the rest was history!
What makes CryptoBlockCon events unique?
First, we have many friends and professional connections in the blockchain space which will help differentiate us from other blockchain and cryptocurrency events. We know that any event is only as good as its content and attendees.
Second, we’ve held many events, varying in size, and we know what works well and what doesn’t when it comes to producing a conference. We know how to create a large yet intimate experience, and we know how to help facilitate dialogue and create a community, as opposed to a lecture hall. We will hold opening and closing receptions, again focusing on community. CryptoBlockCon will also provide entertainment for attendees like music, because a good experience is all about the right balance.
How will attending CryptoBlockCon benefit investors, startups, and business professionals?
Investors will learn from other professional investors on our investor panel, will listen to ICO pitches during our ICO pitch competition, and will meet many startups and entrepreneurs in the blockchain space.
Startups will be able to learn from professional investors about how to appeal to potential investors and raise capital, as well as meet developers, and learn from other entrepreneurs and startups using blockchain technology.
What networking opportunities will attendees have?
For the Los Angeles event, April 4-5, we will hold a ‘blockchain and bourbon’ event during one of the evening receptions. The founder of the world’s largest bourbon database will show his creation, which lives on the blockchain, and everyone will all be able to try some of the bourbons. It’s experiences like this which help bring people together before and after an event and solidify relationships. We also provide lunch so people do not need to leave the venue, we will have a small exhibit floor for people to learn about different companies and talk to their teams, and we put a lot of emphasis on the venue we select which many event organizers fail to do. The venue dictates the flow of the overall show, and really impacts the overall experience for attendees.
What types of insights can attendees expect to take away from CryptoBlockCon?
For the Los Angeles event, some of our featured panels will be discussing investing in blockchain startups, blockchain impacting the music industry, the ability to digitally send wealth and assets, ethics and humanitarianism with blockchain, and SEC compliance for ICOs. Attendees will learn from seasoned blockchain entrepreneurs and experts about real world blockchain applications, meet developers, listen to ICO pitches, and network with some of the brightest minds in the blockchain industry.