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Block Explorer scours the globe for the best blockchain conferences and events every month. In November the action is spread all over the world from Hangzhou to St. Petersberg to California. You’ll find a complete list of events at our Conference Schedule, but for now, let’s look at some of the best crypto conferences this October.

Blockchain Expo

Santa Clara, November 28th-29th

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Blockchain Expo takes place in the heart of Silicon Valley this November. It brings together some of the leading figures in the tech industry with blockchain experts. On the speaking lineup, you’ll see representatives from General Electric and Boeing alongside blockchain pioneer Nick Szabo (inventor of smart contracts).

It’s a strong sign that the wider world is waking up and taking blockchain technology seriously. 

The agenda itself is packed full of events focusing on blockchain for business and how cryptocurrencies fit into the world of financial services. It all takes place at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Key speakers: Nick Szabo (smart contracts inventor), Craig DeWitt (Ripple), Sherry Li (General Electric).

View Blockchain Expo in our calendar schedule

Money 20/20

Hangzhou, November 14th-16th

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After October’s wildly successful event in Las Vegas, Money 20/20 moves to Asia. Hosted in the Chinese city of Hangzhou, the event will play host to C-Suite executives, directors, and VPs. 

Money 20/20 will see more than 400 speakers over 100 sessions discuss the next stage of blockchain and fintech development. 

Key speakers: Natalie Ceeney CBE (Innovate Finance), Chris Chen (PWC)

View Money 20/20 in our calendar schedule

Shift Money

Zagreb, November 26th-27th

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Shift Money firmly cements itself as one of the must-attend conferences in Europe with representatives from Google, Microsoft, and Deloitte in attendance. 

The most exciting aspect of Shift Money is its list of speakers. We’ll hear from Coinbase, Ripple, Dash, IBM, The Economist, and Mashable. It truly brings together experts in the technology and finance world.

Talking points include machine learning, the everyday spending of crypto, and cross-border payments. 

Key speakers: Connie Yang (Coinbase), Robert Wiecko (Dash), Ross D’Arcy (Ripple).

View Shift Money in our calendar schedule

Blockchain Life

St. Petersburg, November 7th-8th

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Blockchain Life is the largest crypto event in Russia and Eastern Europe with 5,000 attendees from over 70 countries. 

The biggest draw for Blockchain Life is their recently announced key speaker, Roger Ver, the head of bitcoin.com. Ver will address the conference via Skype, while some of Eastern Europe’s most prominent blockchain figures take the stage. 

Crypto startups and blockchain projects are also invited to set up a stall and pitch their ideas throughout the conference.

Key speakers: Roger Ver (bitcoin.com), Aldrich Victorino (OKEX), Klim Geram (NEM).

View Blockchain Life in our calendar schedule.

World Blockchain Summit

Amsterdam, Nov 9th

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After a phenomenal event in Dubai, World Blockchain Summit continues its globe-hopping tour to Amsterdam. Its series of 15 events lands in Europe this month and features a star-studded lineup of discussions and panels.

Among the speakers are Roger Ver, Bloomberg’s Justina Lee, and Vanessa Grellet from Consensys.

The discussion points are particularly intriguing. We’ll see talks on blockchain’s integration with self-driving cars and how blockchain could reshape media and advertising.

Key speakers: Roger Ver (bitcoin.com), Justina Lee (Bloomberg), Vanessa Grellet (Consensys)

View World Blockchain Summit in our calendar schedule.

Canadian FinTech Awards

Toronto, Nov 26th

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The 4th annual Canadian FinTech Awards arrive at the end of the month. The ceremony highlights the most innovative and exciting projects in fintech, blockchain, and artificial intelligence.

Award categories include “Blockchain Company of the Year,” “FinTech Leader of the Year,” and “Global Impact Award.”

The judges are a high-profile bunch with representatives from Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Twitter, Visa, Mastercard, and Instagram.

View Canadian FinTech Awards in our calendar schedule.

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This week played host to Ripple’s Swell conference in San Francisco. The event arrived just as ripple’s price shot up more than 100% and briefly overtook ethereum as the number two cryptocurrency. But what did we learn from the conference? Let’s take a look.

1. xRapid Is (Finally) Live

On the first day of the event, CEO Brad Garlinghouse revealed that three companies are now officially using xRapid to process payments.

The three companies involved are Catalyst Corporate Credit Union (a financial firm), MercuryFX, and Cuallix (money transfer services).

xRapid is Ripple’s flagship product for moving money instantly across borders. The crucial thing is that the software actively uses Ripple’s XRP token to make the transaction (learn more about xRapid here).

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Although xRapid has been “piloted” by various financial institutions, this is the first real deployment of the technology. Garlinghouse has previously said that “dozens” of banks will use xRapid (and the XRP token) by the end of 2019.

According to MercuryFX, the system helped slash transaction times between Mexico and the UK from days to just minutes.

2. Bill Clinton Can Talk for a Long Time Without Mentioning Blockchain

Bill Clinton was the big-name speaker at Ripple Swell, but he seemed to spend most of his time avoiding cryptocurrency.

According to CoinDesk, he touched on migration, weapons, and the conflict in Israel, but made only a handful of references to blockchain. When he did talk about the technology, he was vague:

“This whole blockchain deal has the potential it does only because it is applicable across national borders [and] income groups. The permutations and possibilities are staggeringly great.”

Clinton did, however, warn about the dangers of heavy-handed regulation which threatened to stifle creativity in the industry.

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3. Ripple Is “Very Clearly Decentralized,” According to Its CEO

Ever since it was created, Ripple has been plagued with accusations of centralization. Unlike bitcoin and ethereum, where tokens are mined by its users, XRP was simply created all at once and gifted to Ripple. Ripple holds most of the XRP in existence and slowly distributes it via an escrow system.

Fighting back against the critics, Ripple’s CEO Brad Garlinghouse said:

“It is very clearly decentralized. I, as CEO of the company, can’t control the XRP ledger. I can’t change a transaction… Anybody can participate in the XRP ecosystem, and if Ripple does something that is not in the best interest of the ecosystem, the rest of the ecosystem can ignore us.”

It echoes previous comments by Ripple’s CTO who said XRP is more decentralized than bitcoin and ethereum. He argued that bitcoin and ethereum are dominated by just three-four mining pools, making it more centralized than XRP.

4. The Price of Xrp Dropped 13% During the Event

Coming off the back of 100% weekly rally, the price of XRP stalled despite the xRapid announcement.

It’s a clear case of “buy the rumor, sell the news” – an old stock market saying. The 100% surge took place as Ripple teased the adoption of xRapid in the preceding weeks. When it was finally announced at the conference, the price dipped.

Is this an indication of disappointment among XRP traders? Perhaps. Maybe they expected a higher profile partnership. However, it’s more likely a natural correction after a 100% rise.

5. Ripple Still Has a Long Way to Go

Although three companies are now using xRapid, Ripple has a mountain to climb. One of the panels at the conference was aptly named the “800-pound gorilla,” referring to the difficulty of convincing banks to adopt cryptocurrency.

Risk-management teams at banks are still reluctant to open their arms to XRP and other crypto assets. They’ll first need to see stronger regulations. The good news is that Ripple says that talks with regulators have been encouraging.

So, what did we learn from the Ripple Swell conference? Ripple is making baby-steps with xRapid, but there’s a way to go before the bigger banks come on board.

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Block Explorer scours the globe for the best blockchain conferences and events every month. In October all the action is taking place on the west coast of USA. You’ll find a complete list of events at our Conference Schedule, but for now, let’s look at some of the best conferences this October.

Crypto Invest Summit
Los Angeles, 22nd-24th October

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Crypto Invest Summit boasts one of the most star-studded line ups of October’s conference schedule. The main highlight is a speech by none other than Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

“Woz” has recently hinted at his involvement in a blockchain company – one that aims to invest in real estate projects. His keynote will no doubt touch upon his experience and involvement in this new blockchain space.

Elsewhere on the agenda is a unique “Women in Crypto” track and a pitch stage to give your best elevator speech.

Key speakers: Steve Wozniak, Time Draper (Draper Associates), Kavita Gupta (Consensys), Ran Neu-Ner (CNBC).

View Crypto Invest Summit in calendar schedule.

HoshoCon
Las Vegas, 9th-11th October

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HoshoCon plays host to Andreas Antonopoulos, whose 2014 book “Mastering Bitcoin” remains one of the essential resources for anyone in the crypto space. His keynote on the closing day will be a highlight of the conference.

HoshoCon is devoted to security in the blockchain space, so expect plenty of discussions on smart contract auditing and how to make blockchain systems more resistant to attacks.

Key speakers: Andreas Antonopoulos (author), Michael Perklin (ShapeShift), Meltem Demirors (CoinShares).

View HoshoCon in calendar schedule

World Blockchain Summit
24-25th Oct – Dubai

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Dubai is one of the most forward-thinking nations when it comes to blockchain technology. In the near future, all bills, licenses and visa applications will go through a blockchain system, making it the perfect city to host the next World Blockchain Summit.

This conference is unique in the sheer volume of government speakers on the agenda. There are government representatives from France, Estonia, Kenya and Taiwan delivering key speeches.

You’ll also find talks on blockchain artificial intelligence, and use-cases for electronic ID systems.

Key speakers: Gilbert Reveillon (CNCCEF France), Marten Kaevats (Government of Estonia), Roger Ver (bitcoin.com).

View World Blockchain Summit in calendar schedule

BLOCK-CON
Santa Monica, 10th-12th October

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Taking place in Santa Monica this October, BLOCK-CON is hosting some of the most intriguing workshops we’ve seen yet. There’s a coding session taught by kids, a hyperledger workshop and a smart contract tutorial.

On top of that, you’ll hear from Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus and Wendy Jackson from Deloitte.

The vast majority of BLOCK CON attendees are investors and entrepreneurs, but there’s plenty going on for developers too.

Key speakers: Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Laureate), Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Naval Ravikant (Angel List)

View BLOCK-CON in calendar schedule

Future of Blockchain
Dallas, 12-13th October

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Future of Blockchain is a one of a kind event. It’s not just a crypto conference, it’s also a training event and a gaming competition!

The main conference takes place on 12-13th October, but blockchain training sessions will run in the days preceding. And the whole thing ends with an epic DOTA 2 gaming tournament.

Key speakers: Jon West (Thomson Reuters), Natalie Smolenski (Learning Machine)

View Future of Blockchain in calendar schedule

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PRESS RELEASE:

On November 7-8, St. Petersburg will host the 2nd annual international forum on blockchain, cryptocurrency and mining – Blockchain Life 2018.

More details: https://blockchain-life.com/en/

| 5000+ attendees
| 80 speakers
| 70 countries
| 120 booths

The two-day forum/conference at the country’s leading venue, Expoforum, gathers more than 5,000 participants from over 70 countries. Сrypto traders, ICO projects, leading private investors and crypto funds, entrepreneurs and blockchain experts, developers on the blockchain, the owners and representatives of global exchanges, and miners – the event brings together industry professionals and those who are just starting their way in the crypto industry.

The conference will play host to expert speakers from Asian, US, European and CIS markets. Each speaker will provide actual case studies on their earnings or their experience in building a project in the blockchain industry.

Among the speakers: Sergei Khitrov (Listing.Help, Icotop.io), Maximilian Marenbach (Kraken Exchange), Wu Xing (Huobi Exchange), Aldrich Victorino (Okex Exchange), Charles Cai (Dalian Wanda Group), Jason Hugh (WBO), Vyacheslav Bredikhin (BITMAIN) and other leading international industry professionals.

The first list of speakers is available on the website. Over the two-day event, more than 80 experts from all over the world will speak for the attendees.

For the first time in the forum, leading companies of the industry will compete in the Blockchain Life Awards 2018. Each will compete for a title in its own segment.

Become a participant of the largest blockchain event in Russia and Eastern Europe right now! Hurry up and buy your ticket at the cost price here. 

Organizers: Sergei Khitrov, https://listing.help (A service helping with the output on crypto exchanges) and https://icotop.io (A rating agency).

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Block Explorer scours the globe for the best crypto conferences and events every month. In September, it’s all about London with at least five events taking place in the British capital. You’ll find a complete list of events at our Conference Schedule, but for now, let’s look at some of the best conferences this September.

Blockchain Live
London, September 26th

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Blockchain Live has the most star-studded lineup of the month. Speakers include Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin (now founder of ConsenSys), Nick Szabo (who created smart contracts), representatives from Ripple and EOS, and a member of the European Parliament.

There are nine different “stages” to explore, including blockchain, C-suite, fintech, government, development, product, crypto, energy and creative. Your experience at the conference is entirely tailored to your profession, whether you’re a developer, investor, industry expert or public sector work.

Key speakers: Joseph Lubin (ConsenSys), Nick Szabo (smart contracts inventor) Brendan Blumer (Block.one), Michael Alexander (EOS), Eva Kaili (European Parliament)

View Blockchain Live in calendar schedule.

Token Fest
Boston, September 13-14th

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Token Fest is a huge networking event for anyone in the blockchain space. Entrepreneurs, developers, and CEOs are all welcome. Talking points include how to apply crypto economics to the world around us, how to crowdfund new tokens and the commercial use of blockchain.

Attendees include representatives from Ripple, Steemit, Ledger as well as Nike, Google and Facebook.

Key speakers: Jeremy Allaire (Circle), Jon Najarian (trader and member of NYSE, CBOE).

View Token Fest in calendar schedule.

Digital Identity Summit
LA, September 12-14

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The Digital Identity Summit is all about privacy, fraud and security. It takes a broader view across the financial industry, but expect plenty of discussion on blockchain technology. Ideal for business leaders and managers.

Key speakers: Rees Atlas (Coinbase), Kara Swisher (Recode).

View Digital Identity Summit in calendar schedule.

CryptoBlockCon
London, September 25th

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CryptoBlockCon is a one-day event aimed at bringing the best minds in blockchain together. The agenda focuses heavily on ICOs (from kickstarting a campaign to successful case studies). There are also some more technical demonstrations, such as building smarter smart contracts.

Don’t worry if you miss the September event. CryptoBlockCon is a global affair, with conferences coming up in Las Vegas in December and Los Angeles in April 2019. Finally, check out our interview with CryptoBlockCon co-founder CJ Smith.

Key speakers: Hartej Sawhney (Hosho), Jeremy Gardner (Blockchain Capital)

View CryptoBlockCon in calendar schedule.

DevChain
London, 28th September

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This conference is for developers only. So if you want to get your geek on, talk coding and smart contracts, this is where you need to be. The conference is built around active workshops and insightful talks. It’s a relatively small event compared to some of the others on this list, but this is where the future of blockchain development is happening.

View DevChain in calendar schedule.