Blockchain is the peer-to-peer technology behind major cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and ethereum (eth). However, the distributed ledger concept is applicable to a diverse industries from gaming to healthcare to energy and beyond, even if it is most widely known for its applications in the FinTech niche. Because of its resilient nature, blockchain can create an environment that wards against fraud in terms of both money and information. One intriguing user of blockchain is in regards to copyright for photographers as well as other artists and creators.
What other uses are there for blockchain? Speakers and attendees at these ten blockchain conferences in 2017 are sure to be overflowing with ideas.
Feb. 21-22 in Bucharest, Romania
One-day pass – 70EUR
Full pass – 210EUR
VIP with castle tour – 340EUR
Host a discussion – 1000EUR
d10e is a conference which centers on the potential benefits of establishing decentralization as a core facet of networking. Some very prominent names in computing are speaking at d10e— John McAfee, Bruce Pon, and Yanislav Malahov. d10e is helping thought-leaders come together and incubate their ideas in a space with their peers. The 340 Euro ticket features a 5 hour long tour of Bucharest, Romania as well as a tour of both Ceres Castle and Dracula’s Castle.
Mar. 7-9 in Sydney, AUS
starting at 3,595AUD
Startups can attend starting at 1,459AUD
Discounts available for group purchases
The 2017 APAC Blockchain Conference in Sydney will be featuring speakers from IBM, ConsenSys, and many other big names in the blockchain space. The event has presented a strong focus on problem solving, collaboration, and identifying commercial uses for blockchain tech.
Mar. 15-16 in Washington D.C.
Ranges from $299 to $1,500
$30 for government employees
Georgetown University’s Blockchain Summit brings some of the most cutting-edge minds behind both the technology and the parties leading regulatory advancement on blockchain technology. Notable attendees are the co-chairs of the Blockchain Caucus and the co-author of “Blockchain Revolution”. Featuring a keynote speech by Don Tapscott, this summit is sure to bring even more public focus to the blockchain sector.
Mar. 20-21 in Washington D.C.
$695 for healthcare providers and industry
$1095 for all others including finance community
The 2017 Healthcare Blockchain Conference in Washington D.C. is scheduled to cover a wide array of subject matter regarding the crossover including collaboration within the blockchain industry via some cooperative efforts from projects such as HyperLedger, changes that blockchain can make within the Pharma sector, the role of the Internet of Things and blockchain in healthcare, patient information protection, and more. Their speakers include the Executive Director of the HyperLedger Project and the blockchain product leader for IBM. There is a workshop taking place after the conference with open registration for $300.
Apr. 7th-8th in Manchester, UK
Tickets are not yet available
CoinFestUK will feature a speech by Digital Catapult, a talk on Bitcoin and UK law, physical bitcoin assets, and even a live demonstration of a new game. Digital Catapult has received funding from the UK’s Minister of State for Digital and Culture in order to ensure that the UK stays a top digital economy. The name of the game is Beyond the Void. They ran a successful crowdfunding campaign via an ICO for their own ETH-based cryptocurrency. Beyond the Void will feature assets that can be traded on cryptocurrency exchanges at a price that the players determine.
Apr. 7-9 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Early bird ticket- $200
BlokTex seeks to bring a disruptive edge in blockchain to South-East Asia. BlokTex will begin on April 7th and end on the 9th, but they feature a pre-event meeting with the author of “The Internet of Money” and “Mastering Blockchain”, Andreas Antonopoulos. A Bitcoin Foundation representative will also be attending the event.
May 16-18 in Santa Clara, CA
Starting at $895
Reduced price if booked before April 21, 2017
Press can apply for free passes here.
Internet of Things World is a gathering of some of the most advanced minds in developing IoT devices. This year, Internet of Things World is going to feature concepts such as blockchain, healthcare, autonomous vehicles, and cybersecurity. Blockchain360 will be speaking on several topics, including the potential benefits of incorporating IoT devices into a blockchain environment. There are expected to be nearly 11,000 visitors to Internet of Things World this year and as many as 400 speakers.
May 22-24 in New York, NY
Students (undergrad/graduate school—non Ph.D) $250
Academia, Government, Military $499
New Startups (less than 24mo. old & less than 1M in funding) $699
Startups $1,099-$1,399 Before February 28 or $2,099-$2,399 after February 28
Consensus is a blockchain conference hosted by CoinDesk to foster growth and cooperation among the various parts of the blockchain community. CoinDesk has been hosting Consensus since 2014. 2016 was a strong event for them. They sold out of tickets and had attendants from both the government and private sectors of blockchain technology. Consensus also encourages academics, undergraduates, government, and military members alike to attend with a reduced entrance fee. Consensus is expecting more than 2,000 visitors and over 800 companies to attend this year.
May 25-Jun. 3 departing from and returning to Cape Liberty, NJ
Ranges from $1495 to $20,000+
CoinsBank is following up on their highly successful 2016 Conference in Turkey with a Conference on the open seas. A cruise—what better way to foster an enjoyable professional atmosphere? The cruise is slated to depart on May 25, 2017 for a 9-day span of conferences and meetings interwoven with some luxury entertainment. They haven’t announced their speakers yet, but last year’s party featured IBM and several other notable names in blockchain.
Jul. 27 District 1, Singapore
Research presentation and Proposal contests are open until Mar. 31
BlockOn harbors a competitive and supportive atmosphere to help with changing and influencing regulation on blockchain technology. BlockOn is partnered with a number of prominent names in the blockchain community such as Blockchain Angels. BlockOn is a one-day conference with research and proposal competitions, as well as several startup presentation slots in their schedule. You can contact them via their website if you would like to attend.