Conferences are the most important and exciting events on the blockchain calendar.
A chance to pitch ideas, make professional connections and learn new developments, conferences are the beating heart of the blockchain industry.
But not all conferences are created equally. Although there are some great events coming in 2019, there’s five major worldwide conferences on this year’s agenda you won’t want to miss.
The Japan Blockchain Conference (JBC)
When: January 30th – 31st
Where: Yokohama, Japan
JBC is the largest blockchain conference in Asia, hosted in the biggest metropolitan area on Earth, 30 minutes away from the technological epicentre of Tokyo.
This huge conference promises to write a new page in blockchain history. With live coverage of the event streamed worldwide, an estimated 25,000 attendees, 150 organizations and 45 speakers will descend on Yokohama, making this one of the largest blockchain events the industry has witnessed to date.
In addition to returning speakers from 2018, such as Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson, JBC features other leading figures from across the blockchain industry–such as John McAfee, founder of MGT Capital and outspoken blockchain supporter, and Tim Draper, venture capitalist and founder of DFJ Venture.
The leading sponsor of JBC is Forbes Cryptomarkets, the blockchain arm of the Forbes global financial media giant. Other sponsors include DNA, Coin Market Cap, and Emurgo.
The Japan Blockchain Conference is going to be an immense start to the 2019 blockchain calendar.
DC Blockchain Summit
When: March 6th – 7th
Where: Washington DC, USA
The DC Blockchain Summit is a professional blockchain event, attracting blockchain experts from around the world. With a strong focus on regulatory issues and blockchain adoption, the DC Blockchain Summit is unique in bridging the gap between congress and crypto.
Among the leading speakers are congressmen Tom Emmer, Bill Foster, and David Schweikert, members of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus, a group of Government representatives focusing on blockchain and government applications.
The DC blockchain summit will feature wide ranging and thought-provoking debates on the future of blockchain regulation.
Asia Crypto Week
When: March 11th – 17th
Where: Hong Kong
The flagship event of Asia Crypto Week is TOKEN2049, a series of discussions and seminars on the future of the blockchain industry, with speakers including Charlie Lee, Litecoin creator, Max Kordek, president of Lisk, and Justin Sun, CEO of Tron.
With partners from leading blockchain projects such as InvestHK, Chaineum and Genesis Block, and media partners such as The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and CoinDesk, there’s sure to be some engaging topics discussed throughout the event.
CoinDesk – Consensus
When: May 13th – 15th
Where: New York City, USA
Consensus, hosted by CoinDesk, is a blockchain technology summit celebrating its 5th anniversary in 2019. Held in the New York Hilton Midtown and Sheraton New York Times Square, it boasts over 8,000 attendees, 125 leading cryptocurrency speakers, and over 200 sponsors.
Although speaker and agenda details haven’t been released yet for Consensus 2019, if last year’s conference is anything to go on, this year is shaping up to be another industry defining event.
Consensus 2018 generated $17 million in ticket sales alone, and played host to leading industry figures such as Joe Lubin, ConsenSys Founder, and Jimmy Song, Bitcoin evangelist, who famously clashed on stage over the future of blockchain applications.
Consensus 2019 features three days of demos, networking and expert discussions. Delegates can expect to hear engaging debates on topics such as blockchain commercial applications, the latest innovations, and regulatory challenges and milestones.
London Blockchain Summit
When: June 25th – 26th
Where: London, United Kingdom
The only European conference on our list, Blockchain Summit is a huge event in the global financial centre of London.
With over 5,000 people in attendance, 200 speakers, and 80 exhibitors across 2 days, the London Blockchain Summit is not to be missed.
Centered around four thematic areas, enterprise, government, development and investors, this conference caters to all blockchain interests. Technology giants such as Dell, IBM, Oracle, Intel and Cisco are sponsors of the event.
Even the Royal Mint are a Bronze level sponsor, showing how far blockchain adoption is spreading. The best part? A general attendee ticket is free, so this is definitely a conference we recommend attending.
Spoilt for Choice?
Whether you go to one conference or all five, you’re bound to take home some of the latest blockchain knowledge, as we reflect on a decade of blockchain technology.
One thing is for certain: 2019 is going to be an interesting year for blockchain.