If you’re fretting about missing out on power crypto events like the North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami, or Blockchain Week in London, fear not. There’s still plenty of information-packed events and network opportunities to come in the ICO world over the next eleven months.
While you can read as much as you want about how to launch an ICO, or where to invest your money, nothing compares to meeting the best and brightest of the crypto world up close and personal. So, if you’re looking to rub shoulders with developers and industry insiders, or find out where the smart money is this year, be sure to check out 10 of the best ICO events for the rest of 2018.
1. The Bitcoin, Ethereum and Blockchain Superconference
As the name suggests, this power conference is for anyone who wants to find out more about crypto and the blockchain–and get in on the action! With over 800 expected attendees and 35 top-notch speakers from the cryptocurrency world, you’ll hear from ICO and blockchain startups, and get the perfect chance to network with industry experts. Headline speakers include CEO of SmartContract.com, Sergey Nazarov, Tim Draper of Draper Associates, and Erik Voorhees, CEO and Founder of ShapeShift.io.
When? Feb 16th – 18th, 2018
Where? Dallas, Texas
If you fancy hanging out in the lone state a little longer, you can carry on your ICO education by attending the Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Con. More of a specialized event for a smaller audience, you’ll get plenty of hands-on workshops and classes, such as an Ethereum smart contract workshop and a Corda developer training class. There’s also a core focus on the role of blockchain in the legal field. Key speakers include CEO of StormX, Simon Yu, and Blockmatics founders, Sean McKeough and Solomon Lederer.
When? Feb 22nd – 24th, 2018
Where? Dallas, Texas
With 1400+ attendees and more than 70 companies demoing, Finovate Europe throws up unlimited opportunities for professionals in the fintech industry. Already in its 10th year, 2018’s event with be showcasing companies from a range wide of technologies, including AI, Big Data and cryptocurrency. Keynote speakers include Ruth Wanderhofer, Global Head of Regulatory and Market Strategy for Citi, and Claire Calmejane, Head of Innovation at Lloyds Banking Group. A crash course in ICOs this isn’t, but for fintech professionals looking to network and discuss how blockchain and crypto will affect their businesses, this is the one for you.
When? March 6th – 9th, 2018
Where? London, England
There’s no shortage of networking opportunities at Token Fest, which takes part in the heart of San Francisco. This two day event will exclusively focus on tokenization technology and provide key insights into the token-based economy. Subjects for discussion include smart contracts, regulation and cryptography from thought leaders in to crypto space. Professionals from all areas of blockchain entreprises will be in attendance, from entrepreneurs and VCs, to CEOs and developers. Speakers include Co-founder and Chairman of Bloq, Matthew Roszak, and CEO & Co-Founder of Blockchain, Peter Smith.
When? March 15th – 16th, 2018
Where? San Francisco, CA
LA’s Crypto Blockcon offers a chance to learn from industry experts about blockchain technologies, crypto assets and ICOs. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to network with key investors, and hear startup stories from founders of the most cutting edge companies of the year. And if you’re looking for practical advice and inspiration about how to leverage blockchain for your business, this is the place for you. The speaker list is yet to be defined, but so far includes Spencer Montgomery and Jeremy Gardner.
When? April 4th – 5th, 2018
Where? Los Angeles, CA
The Middle East is fast becoming the center of diverse technologies and innovation, and there will be plenty of ICO happenings at the World Blockchain Forum in Dubai, UAE. Specifically created for investors, the focus of this event will be on ICOs. With a jam-packed lineup, you’ll hear thought-provoking ideas about Blockchain and other disruptive technologies, and get the dish first hand about ICOs, the hottest thing to hit the cryptocurrency community. The keynote list can’t be topped, with speakers including Ethereum Co-Founder, Vitalik Buterin, and Managing Partner of Blockchain Capital, Brock Pierce.
When? April 16th -17th, 2018
Where? Dubai, UAE
Brought to you by the most trusted name in the crypto world, CoinDesk, the fourth annual Consensus conference will feature more than 250 speakers, with more than 4,000 people expected to attend. You’ll glean insights from leading industry startups, gain access to investors, and hear about new trends and the direction of regulation of the blockchain and the digital currency economy–and of course, plenty of time to network. If you want to know everything about the token economy, legislation, innovations in cryptography and more, be sure to add this one to your agenda.
When? May 14th – 16th, 2018
Where? New York, NY
If you can take some time out of your hectic schedule to head over to the land of everything financial, make sure you’re at the Crypto Valley conference in Switzerland this summer. The event will bring together leading scholars, developers, CTOs and government officials, to provide you with all the knowledge you’ll need to break into the world of ICOs. Get updates on the latest advances in blockchain technology and what regulation will mean to your project. You can also hear from an enviable lineup of speakers, including Stefan Thomas, CEO of Ripple, Prof. Dr. Emin Gün Sirer of Cornell University, and various members of the Swiss government.
When? 20th – 22nd June
Where? Zug, Switzerland
Blockchain Summit is Europe’s largest Blockchain event. With over 3,000 delegates last year, this year’s summit looks to break even more records. As the name suggests, Blockchain Summit is entirely focused on the blockchain and its impact on all industries. Here you will find one audience with a common interest and “No other side topics” to dilute or distract the attendees. Speakers include Julian Wilson, Head of Innovation at Barclays, Noelle Acheson, Editorial Producer at CoinDesk, and Saar Levi, CEO & Co-founder of Cedex.
When? 26th – 27th June, 2018
Where? London, England
As the world’s largest blockchain conference, the Blockchain Expo will be returning to Santa Monica in 2018. Over 6,000 delegates will get together to hear from leading brands and hot startups embracing blockchain technologies for their businesses. With a stronger focus on how blockchain will disrupt other industries, professionals from the legal, financial, healthcare, insurance, and other sectors will walk away with invaluable information. Speakers include author of Blockchain for Dummies, Tiana Laurence and representatives from Wells Fargo, IBM, Bayer, and other major corporations.
When? November 28th – 29th, 2018
Where? Santa Clara, CA