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Join us at Beyond Blocks Summit Bangkok this November 26-27, 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand for the opportunity to meet and network with industry thought-leaders, developers, investors, and enthusiasts.
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Cryptocurrency and blockchain are common terms for most people attending Beyond Blocks but if we move outside of the ecochamber we can still see that every NY Times and FT article mentioning it has to also explain what is blockchain. The ICO craze of 2017 and 2018 seems to be over and the bear market makes a lot of people question the future of crypto. Welcome to this fierce debate between the real blockchain believers and the crypto skeptic. Two against two will put forth their arguments and convince the audience that they are right about cryptocurrency, ICOs, and the blockchain use cases, to name a few. Come and vote in this sobering debate that puts things into perspective.
As there’s still much uncertainty around the future of regulation, most Initial Coin Offerings are liable for legal trouble at some point. Add to the volatile nature of such investments, there has been growing interest in alternatives. Security Token Offerings are a new way of funding blockchain innovation, meeting regulatory criteria from the beginning and being backed by actual assets. At the same time, stable coins look to offer a safer way to manage your investments but is this really a positive development for the space? This panel looks to discuss the needs of the industry and the future of tokens.
Not just one, but both founders of Input Output Hong Kong are our guests for this fireside chat. IOHK is the company behind Cardano and the Ada cryptocurrency that launched a year ago. And what a year, marked by the rise and crash of cryptocurrencies. Having survived that blow, expect to hear the founders discuss what the markets are waiting for: decentralization, smart contracts, and the ability to issue assets. With their experience at both Ethereum and Cardano, this is a rare chance to hear about the future of cryptocurrencies, blockchains and their global applications.
Gigi is everything but a stranger to the tech scene, being a key part of the web- and mobile revolution. Nowadays, he’s an enabler and advocate of decentralization with the ethos that it’s crucial to understand why decentralization matters as well as when it doesn’t matter.We’ll discuss the current market and why 2019 might be the most exciting year, maybe not for crypto – but for blockchain. However, what do we need for this ‘revolution’ to succeed? Find out by joining our fireside chat with one of the most prolific entrepreneurs and investors from Israel.
There is no industry that has not been affected by blockchain, at least in theory. Projects redesigning mechanisms and redistributing added value and wealth from gaming to finance, from e-commerce to energy. However, the crypto world is at its early stage, barely 10 years old, and this panel will discuss which use case, or multiple ones, will take crypto to a new level and lead us into the cryptofuture. Where will it happen first? Who will fall behind and why? When will the institutions jump on board and how will the markets and customers react?
The most populated country in the world. The second largest economy. The belt and road iniative. China is an absolute colossus in every aspect of the present and the future; but China is also a very unique ecosystem with its own mechanics that do not necessarily reflect how things might work elswehere. For better or worse, we will look under the hood of blockchain in China and explore what is happening in terms of investements, regulation and projects in this powerhouse that keeps on rumbling, but also wants to do it on its own terms.
Cryptocurrency trading, ICOs, STOs are just some of the crypto household terms and instruments. However, as much as the industry offers new solutions on almost a daily basis with new projects, the truth is that crypto is still far behind the traditional finance industry. The reasons for that are multiple: the lack of regulatory clarity, the lack of large scale institutional money involved, the non-maturity of projects and markets. This discussion will look into how fast and to what degree will crypto finance catch up with, and perhaps surpass, the multitude of solutions traditional investment markets have.
Exchanges have seen substantial growth in 2017 and early 2018 with trading volume records literally being set every month. Then came the plague of scandals, hacks, fraud and wash-trading that even led to the temporary suspension of some of these exchanges.User confidence clearly isn’t as high as it was prior to these waves of attacks. However, new exchanges are still being built everyday and we’ve seen many of them create investment arms and even business incubators to get a shot in the arm.The big question: What’s next? What does the (near) future hold for crypto-currency exchanges? And how will current token prices or potential regulation enforcements affect them?
Plasma is a blockchain design which is used to increase Ethereum transaction throughput while maintaining network decentralization and security of end users digital assets. In this talk, we will discuss how Plasma provides these features and practical applications of Plasma blockchains.
The audience is expected to walk away with an overview of the current status of Plasma research and development to understand the Plasma technique, and the motivation to consider how they could use this meaningful blockchain design.
While this technology has the potential to revolutionize the world, the ecosystem is still very much in its infancy. To allow innovation to thrive, it’s important to set the right environment. The lack of regulation and — on the flip-side — over-regulations caused disruption and false-starts in the space. How do we find balance between regulation and innovation? How much regulation is necessary until it becomes an outright hindrance? We discuss all of this in comparison with other ecosystems, while particularly focusing on South East Asia.
Venture capital and Accelerators are two of the most important ingredients for a booming ecosystem. Silicon Valley is what it is because everyone flocks there knowing that they can get a check and a powerful supporting network unparalleled to any other place in the world. With the onset of the blockchain technology the paradigm has changed. Suddenly we all saw tens and hundreds of millions of dollars pouring into their portfolio startups, other startups that used to pitch to them suddenly were publishing white papers and doing ICOs. How did they adapt? Will they evolve or did the token issuance make them obsolete? Most importantly, how can blockchain projects learn and leverage them?
From fighting cybercrime, to building GPU in-memory databases, to ‘big finance’; TLDR’s special team brings a wealth of experience to the crypto ecosystem. With the combination of their strategy team, investment team and security team, this global advisory firm covers a broad range of the industry.We’ll be talking about both the history and future of TLDR, their company culture, and the strengths and challenges of working in a decentralized organization. Beyond that, other topics will include their outlook on Southeast Asia, and *the importance of driving adoption in the space.
Notoriously the Silicon Valley giants have missed to grasp, with the tenacity they do with other new tech, the nascent crypto boom which went by somewhat unnoticed. Now Sequoia and a16z are racing to launch their rather large crypto funds. On the other hand, Asian investors caught the ball on rebound and realized the potentital and the importance of the turning point towards the distributed future. As Silicon Valley is catching up with its capital, experience and expertise, will this be another winner-takes-all race?
Many talk about mass adoption, but what is the point with the existing incapability to scale? These issues are real for pretty much all of the well-known first-generation blockchains, and there still doesn’t seem to be a way to solve the current problems yet. Is it just a matter of time? Will we reach a consensus? How will all of this play out? After all, there is only one truth: if we are to be ready to go mainstream and topple centralized systems, we must be able to handle more than we do right now without serious trade-offs.
In the world of business, everyone needs advice and there is no lack of people willing to give advice. In the world of Blockchain, the quality of the so-called “Advisory Board” is often directly correlated to the speculation of future success of the company. It is true that some of these relationships do provide great value and could play a pivotal role in the success of a project. But how does one find the right advisors and what is considered GOOD advice? Where does one start looking and how do you attract the most value out of the help on offer?
You will find hundreds of articles online about the “Top blockchain startups that can help improve the way large corporations do business”, but not many are talking about the contrary. With the current landscape that essentially allows blockchain startups to connect with corporations, we are seeing more and more cases where these corporations are playing a crucial role in driving the success of these projects by means of mainstream utilization. These large enterprises are bringing startup projects in front of the masses, and it’s benefiting everyone from corporates, users, consumers and investors. Follow the mainstream!