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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.

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).

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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

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)

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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)

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Steve Wozniak crypto invest summit

Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak might have called blockchain a “bubble” earlier this year, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a fan of the technology. In fact, he referred to Bitcoin as “just amazing” and cites Ethereum as one project that will live on beyond the hype.

Wozniak has since announced his involvement in a blockchain company. Though he was quick to explain that it was not an ICO, but an investment company working on real estate and other blockchain projects.

Steve Wozniak is now scheduled to speak at Crypto Invest Summit (CIS) which kicks off October 22nd in Los Angeles.

Block Explorer is proud to work alongside CIS as a media partner. For more details on the Crypto Invest Summit, and other upcoming events, please see our Conference Schedule calendar.

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The West Coast’s largest crypto conference bands together with other local organizers, universities, entrepreneurs and investors to connect global blockchain community.

LOS ANGELES, CA, September 13, 2018 — Crypto Invest Summit, StartEngine Summit, Women of Crypto, Expert Dojo, UCLA, and USC have come together to announce Los Angeles’ first Blockchain Week happening on October 19th-25th. They are offering a pass that gives access to ALL official LA Blockchain Week events at one low price at LABlockchainWeek.org.

In a joint statement, Alon Goren and Josef Holm, founders of Crypto Invest Summit and early-stage investment fund GHV said, “Los Angeles is one of the world’s top blockchain and crypto eco-systems. Our goal has always been to bring the best deals in the world to our investors and introduce the best entrepreneurs in LA to investors from around the world. Creating a week-long festival-like environment gives even more incentive for the world to come and join us.”

Every Crypto Invest Summit at the Los Angeles Convention Center, thousands of investors and entrepreneurs from around the world flock to Los Angeles to meet and make deals. This time around, for their October event, Goren and Holm met with other local event organizers, entrepreneurs, investors and educators and in a truly collaborative fashion, decided to plan a whole week’s worth of conferences and activities related to blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

Adam Levy, Co-President of USC’s Trojan Blockchain Society, mentions, “It’s great to see everyone cross-collaborate with each other and the overwhelming passion for contributing to Los Angeles’s innovation footprint. LA Blockchain Week is bound to be one of the most informative weeks our community has ever encountered in this space.” Howard Marks, CEO of StartEngine Summit, added, “Los Angeles Blockchain Week will be a major event for the crypto marketplace bringing together all of the leaders from around the world.”

When it comes to blockchain and cryptocurrencies, startups and entrepreneurs are not the only players in the space, as educational institutions and academic researchers inspire much of the action. UCLA and USC both have blockchain organizations that are partners in LA Blockchain Week.

“Blockchain at UCLA is excited to join LA’s inaugural Blockchain Week,” said Veronica Reynolds, Co-founder of Blockchain at UCLA. “Blockchain at UCLA strives to provide high-quality education and networking opportunities to students, and undertakes research and consulting work, so we can’t think of a better way to continue developing our community than by participating in this ground-breaking citywide collaboration of blockchain professionals.”

“We envision USC at the forefront of blockchain tech, so we couldn’t be more thrilled to promote education in this space even further by partnering with LA Blockchain Week,” said Daniel Aghachi, Founder and Co-President of Trojan Blockchain Society. “Trojan Blockchain Society encourages adoption through collaboration, therefore partnering with these high-impact series of events to ensure our community receives quality content and the best career development opportunities is a no-brainer,” added Adam Levy, Co-President of Trojan Blockchain Society.

Some of LA Blockchain Week’s incredible speaker lineup includes Steve Wozniak from Apple, investor Tim Draper, Rodney Sampson from Opportunity Hub, Crystal Rose from Sense, Former SEC Chairman Christopher Cox, Nadia Hewitt from World Economic Forum, David Bleznak from Totle, Amanda Gutterman from ConsenSys, and Matt Leisin from Bloomberg.

About LA Blockchain Week: Los Angeles Blockchain Week is a collaborative effort of the Los Angeles Blockchain and Cryptocurrency community to create a week-long program of events including Crypto Invest Summit, StartEngine Summit, Women of Crypto, UCLA Blockchain Lab and USC’s Trojan Blockchain Society.


Crypto Invest Summit is the largest investment conference and expo for ICOs, blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies on the West Coast.

Taking place from April 30th through May 2nd at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Crypto Invest Summit promises to bring the “who-is-who” in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space together on two stages for two days of presentations, pitches, educational panels and insightful fireside chats with industry leaders

Crypto Invest Summit co-founder Josef Holm was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions about the event. You can read the interview below.

Interview with Crypto Invest Summit Co-Founder Josef Holm

What motivated you to found Crypto Invest Summit?

We’ve been hosting conferences for some time now in the crowdfunding space and felt like there was an opportunity to enter the token ecosystem and bring some of the brightest minds in the field together. Our research showed that many people were hungry to learn more about the topic, so what better way to educate yourself than being surrounded by over 4,500 crypto-fanatics. We wanted to create a conference that people would feel proud attending and tell their friends about. After Alon and I traveled to various other crypto related summits, we noticed that there wasn’t one that brought all the components of a great conference together; so we created Crypto Invest Summit, the largest blockchain and cryptocurrency conference on the west coast.

What makes this event unique?

Crypto Invest Summit spans across two stages over two and half days, one of which is an Initial Coin Offering Pitch stage where ICO’s will have 10 minutes to present their projects to willing investors. Unlike most other conferences in the field, our primary goal is to bring blockchain investment opportunities and investors in the same room and create an environment where ICOs can effectively get their message out, and investors have the opportunity to meet with founders face to face. Also, the conference is being held in one of the fastest growing cities for tech, so you can bet that you’ll be surrounded by top-tier talent. In addition, we’re stoked to showcase the leading women in blockchain, with honorable speakers such as Veronica Reynolds, Jenny Ta, and Tavonia Evans to name a few.

How will attending Crypto Invest Summit benefit investors, startups, and business professionals?

Investors and ICOs will meet, deals will be closed, and networks will grow, that’s for sure. With over 4,500 people attending, nothing compares to in-person meetings and networking with the top-tier business and technology leaders.

What networking opportunities will attendees have?

Every moment is a networking opportunity at Crypto Invest Summit. With that being said, we can’t wait for attendees to unwind with one another during day one’s Kick Off Party and day two’s Expo Floor Networking Party. We’ve designed these parties to commemorate networking so that you can be sure of a great time.

What types of insights can attendees expect to take away from the summit?

We’re looking forward to having a fireside chat Brock Pierce and Tim Draper, and hearing from over 60 world-class speakers like Brian Fargo, David Bleznak, Steve Beauregard, Baron Davis, Davis Moss and many more. We’ll be discussing various topics such as cybersecurity with Leemon Baird of Hashgraph, social good with Devin Thorpe of Forbes, blockchain in eSports and gaming with Alex Kokhanovskyy, becoming a successful crypto investor, tokenization debates, and a various legal and regulatory issues, to name a few.

Do you have any advice for attendees who have never been to a cryptocurrency-related conference before?

I remember my first conference, I felt really lost with a lot of the panel discussions and overwhelmed with the majority of topics. Luckily we’ve designed Crypto Invest Summit to accompany all levels of expertise, with topics ranging from beginner to advance. Our efforts show as we’ve already attracted a diverse audience who look forward to learning from one another. Don’t be discouraged from entering a field you know nothing about because the fastest way to learn something is by surrounding yourself with people who know the subject better than you do.