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May 3, 2018 – After an eventful two months of hosting blockchain meetups across Europe, Blockshow is bringing their journey to a close with the featured conference, BlockShow Europe 2018. For the main conference in Berlin (May 28-29), over 80 blockchain experts will share insights from their expertise on a wide range of blockchain and crypto related topics.

The meetups that spanned across Europe were met with great success and featured many amazing keynote speakers and networking opportunities for attendees. In total, BlockShow held eight meetups in cities ranging from Paris to Rome and Zurich.

During these meetups, the organizers also held Q&A sessions with promising Blockchain startups. Voted on by the attendees, the winner of these sessions were invited to compete in the upcoming BlockShow Oscar, a startup competition being held at BlockShow 2018 for a grand prize of €50,000.

BlockShow Europe 2018 in Berlin will be attended by more than 3,000 blockchain influencers and enthusiasts. The conference will include more than 150 projects, with over 120 organizations and companies providing their support for the upcoming event.

“Among conferences, BlockShow is like the Cirque du Soleil of the circus – we stand out from the competitors. We are not your typical conference: we remove standard, official stuff from it and focus on a casual atmosphere where community feels like home and where people can network and sign contracts. We disregard the word “official,” and like to replace it with “informal”. We are a show for blockchain business representatives to spend their time efficiently.” – Addy Creeze, CEO at BlockShow.

BlockShow is delighted to welcome Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People,” to the conference. Jimmy is a huge influence and proponent in the crypto sphere. Jimmy first started toying with the digital currency back in 2014, when in March of that year he tweeted that he was “playing with BTC.” He also attached his wallet address to a following tweet, where he received 5 BTC worth of unsolicited donations. The rest, as they say, is history.

Since 2014, Wikipedia and the rest of The Wikimedia Foundation have accepted Bitcoin as a method of donation, helping drive usage of the digital currency.

The conference will include over 80 globally recognized speakers in total. Included in this list are experts such as:

  • Bobby Lee – Co-founder of BTCC, Board Member at Bitcoin Foundation
  • Benny Giang – Co-founder of CryptoKitties, Product Manager at Axiom Zen
  • Plamen Russev – Founder and Executive Chairman, Webit.Foundation & Global Webit Congress
  • Mike Butcher – Writer, broadcaster & blogger, Editor-At-Large at TechCrunch, Awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2016
  • Llew Claasen – Bitcoin Evangelist, Venture Capitalist, Executive Director at Bitcoin Foundation since 2016

Notable panels and sessions include:

  • Panel Discussion “Governmental Blockchain Initiatives within the EU (and Beyond)”
  • Panel Discussion  “How Blockchain Changed the Concept of Privacy & Where It Leads Us”
  • Solution Session “Blockchain and Cybersecurity”
  • Solution Session “Will Blockchain Drive the Evolution of the Game Industry?”

The conference has an App specifically designed for all the attendees to connect before and during BlockShow and have the most efficient networking experience possible. Users will be able to filter attendees based on their expertise and occupation (investor, startup, crypto fund, etc.) to organize and business meetings easily and effectively. It’s particularly convenient for investors who can use the app to analyze different projects before reaching out for a meeting.

According to statistics from the past BlockShow event, every participant who used the app has signed three contracts or partnerships on average during the two-day conference.

Tickets for the event are now on sale! From April 26th to May 23rd, the price is €1988 per ticket, increasing up to €2488 as the date of the event draws closer.

About BlockShow:

The BlockShow Europe Conference is dedicated to discovering the hottest innovations and trends happening in both European and Global blockchain scenes. It will gather more than 3,000 attendees and over 150 projects, as well as over 80 internationally recognized speakers and experts from banks, institutions and numerous global industries. BlockShow Europe will give exposure to the most innovative releases from promising blockchain companies, as well as rich and versatile insights on how they disrupt major global industries such as IoT, AI, Cybersecurity, and many others. The representatives of Central Banks and European governments will share their vision and current experience of harnessing the Blockchain technology during the event, as well. The event will take place in Berlin on May 28-29.

 

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Former HSBC Private Bank Finance COO, Enrique Melero has today been named as the newest advisor at Bitwala, Europe’s first “blockchain-enabled bank”, further strengthening the bridge between traditional banking and cryptobanking.

The move signifies not only the increasing traction cryptocurrencies are gaining, but the accelerated growth from a small fintech startup founded in Berlin, Germany to a pillar of the FinTech ecosystem.  Mr. Melero’s experience and network in the traditional financial sector will help facilitate the next phase of growth – as a fully licensed bank with a suite of services and financial instruments for business and individuals.

“Bitwala has built a platform that is future-proof for a world in which fiat and cryptocurrency will coexist, it is a traditional bank with a crypto-first approach that is reengineering how we use banking services,” said Mr. Melero, “Its an honour to be advising an european company that plays a pivotal role towards a new era in banking.”

“Enrique’s banking expertise and crypto knowledge is a huge asset to Bitwala’s advisory board,” said Bitwala CEO Jörg von Minckwitz, “His guidance will help us make the interface between crypto and fiat currencies robust and feel like second nature to any user.

Mr. Melero is bringing 25 years of valuable financial expertise and know-how to join Bitwala’s advisory board of experts in banking, blockchain technology, and entrepreneurship. Mr. Melero’s traditional banking background and understanding of blockchain technology will help Bitwala progress towards its goal of establishing the world’s first blockchain bank with decentralised ownership.

Bitwala’s award-winning international money transfer service enables business owners and individual to transfer Bitcoin, Ether, and over 60 other Altcoins into 22 local currencies, including EUR and GBP The service has a strong global community of over 57,000 private and business users in 120 countries. Bitwala will soon launch Europe’s first equity token at a vital stage in its endeavors to build its blockchain bank.

About Bitwala

Launched in 2015, Bitwala is Europe’s leading digital payments processor using blockchain technology. In 2016, it received funding from Barry Silbert’s Digital Currency Group and High Tech GruenderFonds – Germany government’s leading seed investment fund. The award winning service offers a simplified way of making international money transfers and bill payments with or without a bank account. It currently has more than 55000 business and private users in 120 countries around the world. 

On September 7, Stockholm will host a large conference dedicated to blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies, and ICOs – Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Stockholm. That is one of the events from Smile-Expo company that organized 15 blockchain conferences in Europe. The key discussion topics will include blockchain implementation (in finance, power industry, municipal services, insurance), token issuance as an investment tool, and legislative regulation of cryptocurrencies and ICOs.

ICO for startups and investors

The hot topic of Initial Coin Offering will be highlighted in the discussions with the cofounder of TenX Julian Hosp, blockchain evangelist Oleg Kudrenko, and cofounder of Cofound.it Daniel Zakrisson. Daniel will share the experience of successfully held crowdsale campaign that raised over $15 million to develop a platform intended for finding investment and financing startups. Julian will present five main characteristics of a successful ICO and give practical advice on token issuance, and Oleg’s presentation will focus on the analysis and prospects of Initial Coin Offering.

Legislation and cryptocurrency adoption

One of the keynote speakers of Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference will be the main blockchain and cryptocurrency lobbyist in the Swedish Parliament Mathias Sundin. He is known as the world’s first politician that ran his political campaign backed up by bitcoin donations only. Mathias, whose election program contained the summons to support innovations, will present his view on cryptocurrency adoption by the society. The report of Safello’s CEO Frank Schuil will cover a similar topic – the adoption of blockchain and bitcoin. He will review different stages of cryptocurrency adoption: from their zero value several years ago to wide opportunities in 2017.

Blockchain in power industry and other areas

Leading engineer of Polish IBM division Karolina Marzantowicz will devote her presentation to blockchain application in the power industry. The audience will learn how decentralization helps to cut costs in the power market. In addition, the conference will include presentations on the topics of national cryptocurrency issuance, mining, shifting business to smart contracts, and blockchain application in the insurance field. Alongside the conference, an exhibition of software, hardware, and related services that cater to the needs of crypto industry and investing will be held. More information about the topics and speakers is available on the website of Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Stockholm.


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