Cryptocurrency and blockchain events: 25 June to 1 July
Find out what's coming up in crypto, and whether it's worth being there when it does.
Cryptocurrency conferences are where news breaks, and staying ahead of the curve often means staying on top of the events.
Cryptocurrency and blockchain events like these showcase game-changers before they go mainstream, present valuable networking opportunties and be a valuable opportunity to network with some of the best-known names in cryptocurrency. Even if you can't make it in person, it's often worth keeping an eye out for livestreams and other ways of telecommuting there.
Here's what's coming up next week, from 25 June to 1 July.
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Blockchain Summit London: Focus on networking, real world blockchain use by established brands
Unlike many other cryptocurrency events, Blockchain Summit London is more focused on blockchain applications in the real world, rather than just cryptocurrency. Its speakers list is packed with big names from big brands, including CitiBank, Allianz, KPMG, Pfizer and over a hundred more.
This might be the place to go if you want to understand how different industries are integrating blockchain technology, and the remaining barriers to wide-spread real world blockchain adoption.
Blockchain Expo Europe: Large event, focused on industry-by-industry blockchain use, upcoming opportunities
Blockchain Expo Europe is the third prong of the IoT Tech Expo and AI Expo, and together it's expected to attract about 12,000 attendees.
The scale of the event might make it a valuable opportunity to take a deep dive into blockchain disruption on an industry-by-industry basis, including healthcare, supply chain, food distribution, energy, manufacturing, real estate, retail and anything else with room for disruption.
This year will include a pronounced focus on ICOs, crypto-financing and upcoming investment opportunities.
If you want to get a first look at potentially promising projects, or find out how to best launch your own, this might be the place to be.
DISTRIBUTE 2018: A cryptocurrency-centered conference focused on the power of drastic innovation
With speakers from Ethereum, Lisk, Cardano, Factom and other highly regarded projects, DISTRIBUTE might be a useful opportunity to hear about the inside track and get a better understanding of the long and short term goals of different projects, and some of the less obvious challenges faced by cryptocurrencies.
It also features Yassin Hankir of SaveDroid, the project best known for faking its own death via exit scam as a joke and also doing something with robo-investment. As such, it might also be a useful way of seeing some PR damage control efforts in first person.
Rethink Trust: A focus on the replacement of trust mechanisms and working with the trade-offs of blockchain technology
This might be the conference for you if you want to cut through the hype, learn about the situations where blockchain is most useful and find out how to accommodate the inherent downsides of the technology.
It's focused on the companies which are bringing blockchain into the real world, the challenges they're encountering and some of the principles of trust and trustlessness itself.
It might be a valuable opportunity for anyone who wants to learn about blockchain from the experts, without getting side-tracked by ICO touts or cryptocurrency promotion.
Disclosure: At the time of writing the author holds ETH, IOTA, ICX, VET, XLM, BTC, NANO