The crypto conference circuit is a crowded space with large-scale events seemingly invading almost every most major city around the world. They offer similar sentiments and have a familiar feel.
Big crowds gather to hear keynote speakers that are generally enthused about new innovations and future plans. While every conference features its own agenda, cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology has evolved to the point of needing more than just a generalized hype session about their usability.
Instead, they need substance and specificity. In other words, it’s time for oriented crypto conferences.
Getting Specific on the Conference Circuit
Obviously, industry insiders are getting the message. We’re starting to see events popping up that cover specific, prominent topics related to digital currencies and their different use cases.
For example, this summer’s Barcelona Trading Conference (BTC) explores the future of crypto trading, one of the fastest growing industries with interest to the financial community.
The event, which takes place in Barcelona on July 10-11, is intended to be both educational and actionable, providing opportunities for attendees to network, learn, and hear from influential and forward-thinking leaders in the crypto trading space.
This year’s conference features high-level representatives from Bitfinex, CoinMarketCap, eToro, Kraken and Global Digital Finance. Topically, BTC provides updates on the rise of the stablecoins, institutional adoption, security tokens, market making, liquidity and other trading-oriented topics.
With hands-on workshops, a thematic conference agenda and a huge exhibition hall, Barcelona Trading Conference definitely offers something different than many of its more generalized counterparts.
More Topics Means More Proliferation
Fortunately, every conference isn’t focusing exclusively on crypto trading. MIT’s Business of Blockchain conference on May 2nd brings a uniquely technological perspective to the event schedule.
As its location indicates, the one-day event offers opportunities for attendees to learn about blockchain technology, bringing a holistic assessment of the blockchain, while also providing studied insights into the technology’s future in enterprise initiatives.
The Business of Blockchain conference is the university’s first foray into the crypto event scene, but their involvement is hardly surprising. MIT features one of the country’s most prominent blockchain labs, and both the MIT Technology Review and the MIT Media Lab Digital Currency Initiative are involved in the proliferation of blockchain technology.
Collectively, more than a dozen university experts as well, as several outside speakers, will provide insights on the technological components of the blockchain.
Meanwhile, it doesn’t get more topic-oriented than the Bitcoin 2019 Conference. Taking place on June 25-26 in San Francisco, California, this event is all about Bitcoin. Everything from the gatherings – i.e., “Bitcoin Beer Garden – to the featured speakers are connected to crypto’s original currency.
With the mantra “making Bitcoin fun again,” Bitcoin 2019 offers many unique opportunities to socialize and connect with other enthusiasts while also working to working to bring Bitcoin into the future.
For instance, Bitcoin developer Jimmy Song, Shapeshift CEO Erik Voorhees – and Bitcoin Magazine Technical Editor, Aaron van Wirdum are all scheduled to speak on the future of Bitcoin development.
In conjunction with the conference, Bitcoin 2019 is launching the Bitcoin Games, a month-long hackathon the spur innovation in the crypto community.
Of course, the fast-approaching Paris Blockchain Week Summit is focused on blockchain implementation. The two-day summit is the culmination of Paris Blockchain Week, and it includes an analysis of finance-related topics like stablecoins, decentralized exchanges and security tokens alongside deep technical discussions.
Taken together, these conferences represent a new dynamic in the crypto event circuit. Topically-oriented events that can draw more nuanced participants and even more technically engaged community members are quickly become more prevalent.
Certainly, every conference type has its purpose, but now is an excellent time for topically oriented conferences to make their mark.