Biggest Blockchain + Crypto Events to Attend in 2020
Let's kick off the new 2020 decade with a bang and list all of the top bitcoin events, cryptocurrency conferences and blockchain-centric meetups this year.
With 2019 now behind us, it is hard to ignore how transformational the year ahead will be as excitement for the global blockchain community has never been higher as a whole. In this regard, it bears mentioning that after facing bearish conditions for the price of bitcoin and greater crypto market for the better part of the last year and all of 2018, the digital asset industry is primed for a big shift ahead. These events included are massive catalysts that provide enriching experiences within the ecosystem and also are great excuses to explore the world and get out from behind your computer screen.
In this 2020 crypto events guide, the list reviews a host of worthy conferences, reputable trade shows and notable forums that a lot of tech savvy enthusiasts are looking forward to attending not only to increase their technical, financial and even economical appetite, but also to network with some of the biggest names, players and companies in the crypto industry.
These crypto-focused ‘meetings of the minds' represent fantastic opportunities to connect in-person and link up face-to-face with industry innovators and crypto influencers that are leading the charge into the new decade of cryptoassets. While daily news and podcasts are great ways to consume the essence of the blossoming bitcoin industry, getting around powerhouse people and innovative individuals who make this space what it is today could be life changing for you. The ability to establish needle-moving relationships and potential partnerships can greatly increase if you attend any these crypto conferences in 2020.
Whether it is picking up a new marketing strategy, business idea or learning about a dApp concept; if you are involved with bitcoin and blockchain there is zero doubt that making the effort and taking the time to show up to any of these crypto events is going to be a worth while educational endeavor that can feed fuel to your financial future.
Without further ado, let's breakdown the biggest cryptocurrency conferences of 2020 and share some pertinent details (dates, locations, speakers, main attractions) about each to hopefully help peak your interest and expand your knowledge of all things bitcoin and blockchain.
Digital Money Forum 2020
- Date: January 7, 2020
- Location: The Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas, USA
Much like its last four iterations, Digital Money Forum 2020 will also be sponsored by CES. The event will take place during the first week of January and will feature several attractions that will allow members of the global tech community to explore many key issues currently being faced by the blockchain/crypto industry.
Some of the industry personnel who will be attending the event include:
- Combiz Richard Abdolrahimi — Emerging Technology & Innovation Leader for Deloitte
- Jeremy K. Balkin — HSBC’s Innovation Head
- Steven Becker — President of MakerDAO
- Stan Bharti — Chairman of Gear Capital
- Rick Bleszynski — CEO of Splend
- Michelle Bond — Ripple’s head of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Ripple
- Michael Casey — Content curator for leading crypto media outlet CoinDesk
Crypto Finance Conference 2020
- Date: January 15-17, 2020
- Location: Suvretta House, St. Moritz
Dubbed as an ‘investors-only event’, the Crypto Finance Conference brings together some of the biggest private/institutional investors in the world along with several crypto/blockchain experts. The 3-day event will deal with many topics about this domain and will allow attendees to source high-profile investment and networking opportunities. This year’s conference will feature Gemini’s Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, Eva Kaili (the MEP Chair of STOA, European Parliament), Michael Sung, Bitfury’s Bill Tai, Coinshare Capital’s Meltem Demirors.
The North American Bitcoin Conference
- Date: January 15-17, 2020
- Location: James L. Knight Center, Miami USA
The 2020 version of the much-hyped North American Bitcoin Conference, will be sponsored by Keynote. Not only that, the event will feature two full days of crypto/blockchain-related events as well as various discussions about disruptive technologies that many experts will change how the global finance industry works. Some well-known tech personalities who will be taking part in the event include Binary Financial’s Harry Yeh, Crypto Pioneer’s Nick Spanos, Netki COO Dawn Newton, Alex Tapscott, and Charlie Shrem.
Lastly, it also bears mentioning that the event is open to everyone and anybody looking to attend can simply show up at the conference to join in.
2020 Block Talk Summit
- Date: January 18, 2020
- Location: McNally Amphitheater, New York
The 2020 Block Talk Summit will deal primarily with the question “How does blockchain’s future look like in the United States and China?”. It also bears mentioning that this iteration of the event will be hosted by New Power Chain and will feature some of the top blockchain experts (affiliated with different exchange platforms, law firms, crypto platforms) from across the United States and China.
Geneva Blockchain Congress 2020
- Date: January 20, 2020
- Location: Geneva, Switzerland
The second edition of the Geneva Blockchain Congress seeks to delve into the topic ‘From laboratory to market via ethics, regulation, and governance‘. As per the official event website, the Congress aims to help foster a healthy exchange of views between international standard-setting bodies and national government agencies that have been tasked with the responsibility of devising crypto/blockchain-oriented legal frameworks. Confirmed attendees include:
- Louis de Bruin: Executive at IBM Global Business Services
- Kavita Gupta: Professor at Stanford University
- Marta Piekarska-Geater: Director at Hyperledger
- Tina Balzli: Member of the Crypto Valley Association
European Blockchain Convention (EBC)
- Date January 20-21, 2020
- Location: Hotel Hesperia Barcelona Tower, Barcelona, Spain
The European Blockchain Convention (ECB) is all set to take place during the third week of January and will feature more than 600+ tech leaders, regulators, investors, devs from all over the world.
The event aims to help provide crypto enthusiasts with a platform to network, form long-standing business partnerships and source potential partners for their business ventures.
As per the official ECB website, the two-day event will seek to delve into the real-life use cases associated with blockchain and DLT across a variety of different domains such as energy distribution, finance, supply chain, healthcare, retail, etc.
Blocktech Connect 2020
- Date: January 28, 2020
- Location: McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
The second iteration of the Blocktech Connect conference will take place during the last week of January in Hamilton, Ontario. The core focus of this year’s conference will be novel technologies such as blockchain, Artificial Intelligence(AI), and the Internet of Things(IoT). Additionally, the day-long event will bring together several industry leaders who will not only present their views on the aforementioned subjects but will also interact with attendees to educate and inspire them.
Some keynote speakers who will be giving an address at the event include established industry personnel such as Chetan Phull, Ramy Nassar, Stephen Worrall, Jerry Qian.
UNLOCK Blockchain 2020 Forum
- Date: January 28-29, 2020
- Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The third iteration of the UNLOCK Blockchain 2020 Forum will be a two-day event that will be held in Dubai. The event will deal with a host of issues related to blockchain and decentralization (primarily from the standpoint of individuals living in the MENA region).
Since its inception, UNLOCK has been looking to improve ties between several international and regional blockchain startups. In this regard, it bears mentioning that this year, the conference will seek to discuss and highlight certain niche’ topics like:
- The regulatory difficulties surrounding blockchain/crypto in the MENA region
- Benefits and downsides associated with Security Token Offerings (STOs)
- Rise of crypto exchanges and platforms in the MENA region
Lastly, we need to point out that this year’s conference will host a total of 800 attendees as well as 115 speakers from 70 different blockchain firms. If that wasn’t enough, UNLOCK 2020 will also feature a total of 70 media partners and 30+ investors.
Crypto 2020 Summit ONLINE
- Date: January 29-31, 2020
- Location: Online based
The Crypto 2020 Online summit is all set to take place during the last week of January. It will feature a plethora of renowned crypto personalities including MakerDAO’s Mariano Conti, Pantera Capital’s Joey Krug, Bitcoin.com’s Roger Ver, Tone (amongst others).
As part of the conference, the attendees will take part in discussions related to specific topics such as:
- Why is 2020 all set to be the year of crypto?
- The most promising crypto projects of 2020
- The digital currencies that are most likely expected to surge this year.
4th International Blockchain Congress (Blockress) 2020
- Date: February 6, 2020
- Location: AON Center, Chicago, USA
The 2020 iteration of the International Blockchain Congress (also commonly referred to as Blockress) will be held in Chicago during the first week of February. The event is focused primarily on several issues about technical domains such as blockchain, cryptocurrencies, digital smart contracts and will be attended by many high profile personalities from within this space. Some of these individuals include:
- Hester M. Peirce: Current Commissioner of the U.S. SEC (also affectionately referred to as Cryptomom)
- Bill Foster: U.S. Congressman from the State of Illinois
- Shogo Ishida: CEO at QRC Group
- Robert Konsdorf: CEO at EOS Detroit
Blockchain Dev Conference 2020
- Date: February 13 – February 14, 2020
- Location: Oakland Convention Center, San Francisco, United States
Over the last 4-5 years, blockchain has transformed how a lot of people perceive various crypto-related technologies. In this regard, the Blockchain Dev Conference 2020 will seek to educate the masses about the overall utility of the blockchain protocol, decentralized contracts, and other such innovations.
The two-day event is essentially a part of Developer Week that is scheduled to run from February 12-16, 2020 and will see several high profile tech personalities (such as Jesse Stockall, Synth, Wyatt Floch) present their thoughts and opinions in regards to various issues related to this burgeoning space.
- Date: February 10th, 2020.
- Location: The Rosewood Hotel, London.
The Digital Asset Summit (DAS) London is one of the most highly-anticipated blockchain events of 2020. The event will focus primarily on institutional clients that are looking to make their mark within the global digital asset ecosystem. Additionally, as part of the event, there will be more than 500+ attendees who will be given a direct opportunity to speak and interact with the representatives of various financial institutions, asset managers, and blockchain pioneers regarding a whole host of issues ranging from digital finance to blockchain’s future potential.
As per the official DAS London website, the agenda for this year’s conference will comprise primarily of key topics such as:
- Market infrastructure
- Trading mechanics in exchange and OTC markets
- Financial derivatives and how best to make use of them
- The key aspects of ETFs
All of the above-mentioned issues will be tackled directly by established personnel who have been associated with the blockchain/crypto arena for quite some time now. Also, some of the keynote speakers who have already confirmed their appearances at the event include Steve Kokinos, Dr. Ruth Wandhöfer, Diana Biggs, Michael Ippolito.
- Date: February 20-21th, 2020.
- Location: WOW Convention Center, Istanbul / Turkey
Widely touted to be one of the most elaborate and comprehensive blockchains/crypto events to take place in the MENA and Eurasia region, the Blockchain Economy conference will be held in picturesque Istanbul during the second half of February.
The event will host several established speakers including crypto billionaire John McAfee, Fundstrat’s Tom Lee, Alex Alexandrov, and Nithin Eapen. Not only that, but it is also expected that several other big-name tech personalities will also be attending the event, however, details regarding the same have not yet been released at this time.
As per the official Blockchain Economy website, the core agenda of the event will look to tackle a whole host of topics related to ‘financial technologies of the future’ that hold the potential to change the world.
- Date: February 20, 2020
- Location: The Edison Ballroom, New York, United States
Considered to be the world’s leading Non-Fungible Token (NFT) event, NFT.NYC 2020 has been around for a couple of years now. The single-day event will see a total of 500 attendees and 80+ speakers come together in NYC’s Time Square to tackle a whole host of issues that are currently affecting the emerging NFT Ecosystem.
As part of the conference, various NFT experts will present to the world different use-cases where Non-Fungible Tokens have impacted consumer experiences of ownership and identity of digital currencies. Also, according to the official event website, some of the topics that will be discussed at length during the conference include:
- The various tangible use-cases of NFTs related to enterprises.
- How can consumer marketing be facilitated through the use of NFTs?
- Gaming interoperability using NFTs and the different NFTs that provide sports enthusiasts with digital ownership.
- Regulation of NFTs and how these assets can be used to build trust and confidence across the global finance industry.
CoinGeek Conference 2020
- Date: February 20, 2020 – February 21, 2020
- Location: London, United Kingdom
CoinGeek Conference 2020 is a crypto event that will be focusing primarily on the developments surrounding Bitcoin SV, a blockchain platform that is touted to be regulation-friendly and can be scaled on an extremely large scale (that too easily and efficiently).
As part of this year’s event, some of the primary affiliates related to the Bitcoin SV project will be in attendance. They include Dr. Craig S. Wright, Chief Scientist of nChain and one of the foremost proponents of the BSV ecosystem, Jimmy Nguyen, Founding President of the nChain Group and Steve Shadders, CTO for the BSV Node project.
Hong Kong Blockchain Week 2020
- Date: March 2 – 6, 2020
- Location: Ocean Park Marriott Hotel, Hong Kong
HongKong Blockchain Week 2020 will be hosted by NexChange and will bring together some of the biggest leaders associated with this steadily growing industry. According to the official event website, the conference will serve as a meeting ground for tech enthusiasts, investors, government personnel, entrepreneurs, start-up owners, etc. Additionally, it also bears mentioning that the 2019 iteration of the Hong Kong Blockchain Week hosted more than 3,500 attendees and thus it is expected that this year’s version of the event will be no different.
London Blockchain Week 2020
- Date: March 4 – March 11, 2020
- Location: London, United Kingdom
This will be the 6th edition of the London Blockchain Week (LBW) and it is expected that over 3000 odd people will be attending the event. Over the week, participants will be allowed to take part in several meetups, evening receptions, workshops as well as a special blockchain hackathon. If that wasn’t enough, as per the official LBW website, the organizers will also be hosting a competition wherein the heads of 10 different crypto/blockchain projects will be asked to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges (comprising mainly of top venture capitalists). Of the ten, one winner will be chosen and be allowed to present his/her platform at the next Fintech Worldwide event free of cost.
Blockchain Technology World 2020
- Date: March 11 – March 2020
- Location: London, UK
As the name seems to suggest, Blockchain Technology World (BTW) 2020 is an event that is dedicated to helping in the widespread adoption of blockchain tech and digital currencies throughout a host of unique industrial domains. However, the primary focus of this year's event is on the various ‘real-world’ applications of the technology. In this regard, BTW will be hosting a wide array of content from several crypto innovators, entrepreneurs across many different theatres.
Lastly, it bears mentioning that in 2019, a total of 20K technology buyers and influencers from all over the globe attended the conference.
DC Blockchain Summit 2020
- Date: March 11 – March 12, 2020
- Location: Georgetown University, Washington DC
The 5th edition of the DC Blockchain Summit will see members of the Chamber of Digital Commerce coming together to discuss the issues that still affect the blockchain and crypto sector at large. The event is scheduled to take place during the second week of March and will be held in partnership with Georgetown University’s Center for Financial Markets and Policy. Some of the attendees who will present their views and opinions as part of the summit include MEP’s Chair of STOA Eva Kaili, Former head of the US CFTC J. Christopher Giancarlo, President of the CDC Perianne Boring and CDC’s CPO Amy Davine Kim.
Blockchain Africa Conference 2020
- Date: March 11-12, 2020
- Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Touted to be one of the biggest blockchain/crypto events to take place in Africa this year, the event will seek to demystify and address many of the business challenges that can potentially be solved through the use of blockchain across this economically ripe region. Additionally, the conference will also seek to educate attendees about the various real-world applications (of this burgeoning technology) that are already being used by different businesses across the globe and hence can be used to help many developing African nations.
Some of the tech innovators and leaders who will be gracing the event include:
- Tone Vays — Respected cryptocurrency trader and analyst who frequently appears on many tv shows that aired globally.
- Akhona Damane — Member of the CSIR
- Gary de Beer — Developer and Digital Specialist for BankservAfrica
- Mervyn George — Strategy Head and Advisor for SAP Africa
- Carmelle Cadet — Founder & CEO of EMTECH
2020 Blockchain for Business
- Date: March 13, 2020
- Location: RCED, Fayetteville, USA
The 2020 edition of the Blockchain for Business conference will be hosted by Sam M. Walton College of Business. It will bring together some of the foremost academic/industry experts from across this domain to come and explore how decentralized information and value exchange based technologies are slowly but surely changing how businesses are operating these days.
To be even more specific, the keynote speakers at the event will be addressing a host of niche’ topics such as:
- The advantage and overall utility of open frameworks
- How should regulations evolve as we move into the future?
- What are the core fundamentals associated with public, private, permissioned, and hybrid blockchains?
Lastly, it bears mentioning that folks who will be taking part in the conference include Nick Szabo (the inventor of digital smart contracts), Caitlin Long (Chairman of WyoHackathon), Paul Brody (Principal and Global Innovation Leader, EY) and Archana Mehta Sristy (Sr. Director Software Engineering, Walmart).
Blockchain Expo Global
- Date: March 17-18th, 2020.
- Location: Olympia, London.
Blockchain Expo Global is one of the world’s largest tech events to focus solely on future digital potentialities such as crypto tech and blockchain. The conference will feature some high profile personalities including William Lovell, Ioana Surpateanu, Leanne Kemp, Mariana Gomez de la Villa, Johan Toll and will take place in London during the third week of March.
As part of the expo, several event showcases will be held by different companies that are not only leaders within this space but are also actively working to create cutting edge blockchain platforms and solutions.
Blockchain Week Rome 2020
- Date: March 17- March 21, 2020
- Location: Mercure Hotel, Roma, Italy
With Bitcoin having paved the way for a global financial revolution at the turn of the last decade, Blockchain Week Rome will seek to expose attendees to many industry leaders, startup owners, experts to help them understand the ins and outs of this rapidly evolving sector. In this regard, it bears mentioning that the 5-day long event will see keynote addresses being given by respected industry specialists such as Giacomo Zucco (world-renowned BTC researcher and specialist), Massimo Chiriatti (CTO Blockchain & Digital Currencies IBM) and Gian Luca Comandini (Member of MiSE).
Paris Blockchain Week Summit 2020
- Date: March 31- April 1st, 2020.
- Location: Station F, 5 Parvis Alan Turing, 75013 Paris.
One of Europe’s largest blockchain+crypto events, the PBW Summit will feature a total of 2500 attendees from all over the world. not only that, but the conference will also host more than 150 speakers along with 50 sponsors. Lastly, the event will be held in beautiful Paris, France during the last week of March.
According to the official PBWS website, the two-day event will come replete with several insightful talks and workshops that will be conducted by respected members of the global crypto/blockchain ecosystem. In this regard, it should be pointed out that some big-name players who have already signed to give talks at the summit include Arthur Breitman, David Chaum, Hadas Gold, Jack Gavigan, Marjan Delatinne (with more names to be announced within the next couple of weeks).
Finnovex Middle East 2020
- Date: March 11-12, 2020
- Location: Conrad Hotel – Dubai, UAE
Finnovex is one of today’s leading tech events that deals exclusively with innovation related to the field of financial services in the Middle East — one of the fastest-growing capital markets in the world. The conference is all set to take place during the second week of March and will deal with several pertinent issues such as:
- How can banks and other financial institutions located in and around the Middle East match or surpass their international peers?
- How can startups and other financial entities diversify their products and services?
- What are the regulatory challenges being faced by firms operating in the Middle East — especially in terms of developing secure financial systems?
- What are the roles that various banking/non-banking institutions, financial organizations, investment firms can play in helping this niche market sector evolve at a rapid rate?
Additionally, it also bears mentioning that the 2020 iteration of Finnovex will see some of the top C-level executives operating within the financial services industry today.
Istanbul Blockchain Week 2020
- Date: April 6-10, 2020
- Location: Hilton Istanbul, Turkey
The first iteration of the Istanbul Blockchain Week is all set to take place over 5 days in April. The event is touted to be one of the most anticipated blockchain events of the year and will feature some big-name players from the industry including crypto YouTuber and analyst Ivan Liljeqvist, host of CNBC’s Crypto Trader show Ran Neuner, Founder of EAK Digital Erhan Korhaliller, Cointelegraph executive Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr and Founder of DataDash Nicholas Merten (amongst many others).
Blockchain Revolution Global 2020
- Date: April 7-8, 2020
- Location: Toronto, Canada
The second edition of Blockchain Revolution Global (BRG) will bring together some of the most prominent companies, leaders, thinkers and visionaries from the field of blockchain and crypto tech. The event is being hosted by leading independent think tank Blockchain Research Institute and MCI Group and as per the official event website, the goal of BRG is to help “educate, inspire, and prepare leaders” for the incoming blockchain revolution.
Future Blockchain Summit 2020
- Date: April 7 – 8, 2020
- Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The 3rd edition of the Future Blockchain Summit will take place during the second week of April in Dubai. The event is going to be co-hosted by Smart Dubai as well as the Dubai World Trade Centre. It will see some of the world's top tech leaders, government representatives, enterprises, startups come together to discuss a whole host of issues related to the adoption of blockchain on a global scale. Attendees will include Swedish Minister of Infrastructure David Suomalainen, London Stock Exchange’s Blockchain Strategy Head Dotun Rominiyi, Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, and Hon. Silvio Schembri (Parliamentary Secretary for the Maltese Government).
ANON Summit 2020
- Date: 15-16 April, 2020.
- Location: Gösserhalle, Vienna, Austria.
The ANON Summit is gradually becoming one of the hottest destinations for tech enthusiasts all over the globe. The two-day event will focus on many topics such as Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), crypto platforms, digital assets, and blockchain technology.
At the time of writing this article, it is estimated that ANON will feature a total of 1500 attendees and 100 guest speakers (including some big-name personalities such as Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Walter Kok, Mariya Gabriel, Maximilian Marenbach). Additionally, the event will also serve as a base for budding entrepreneurs who may be looking to network with industry leaders and experts.
FinnoSec Africa 2020
- Date: April 21-22, 2020
- Location: Nairobi, Kenya (exact venue will be announced in the coming few weeks)
As many of our regular readers may already be aware of, the continent of Africa currently houses some of the fastest-growing economies in the world. In this regard, many experts believe that as we move into the future, blockchain tech will help this region transform both socially and economically.
According to the official event website, FinnoSec 2020 will serve as a meeting of the minds for several experts from the field of finance, cybersecurity. Some of the attendees include:
- Titus Mengich Kimaiyo: County Director of ICT & e-Government
- Bamidele Oseni(FCA), FICA: Group Chief Risk Officer at I&M Bank Ltd
- Raymond Bett: CEO of startup Salaam as well as President of ISACA (Kenya)
- Peter Njuguna: CIO of Co-Operative Bank of Kenya
- Steve Njenga: Country Chief Information Officer, Barclays Bank
- Christian H. C. Ayiku: CFO of Ecobank Transnational Togo
Blockchain Life 2020
- Date: April 22 – 23, 2020
- Location: Music Media Dome, Moscow, Russia
Blockchain Life 2020 is all set to draw in a total of more than 4,800 participants from all over the world to discuss the key aspects associated with this burgeoning sector. Additionally, over the last 3-4 years, the event has become quite a prestigious platform where several market leaders and government representatives come to discuss the influence of blockchain technology on various industries (such as supply chain, healthcare, etc).
Blockchain for Europe Summit 2020
- Date: May 2, 2020
- Location: Brussels, Belgium
During the first week of May, the Blockchain for Europe Summit (BES) will witness some of the region’s top blockchain players come together to discuss the potential uses of DLT across a host of different sectors (as well as chalk out the implications of the technology on society at large).
Additionally, as per the official event website, BES aims to facilitate collaborations between national, regional and global players to help in the faster adoption, promotion of blockchain technology throughout Europe.
IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency 2020
- Date: May 3-6, 2020
- Location: Toronto, Canada
The second and latest installment of ICBC 2020 will be hosted by IEEE and will take place in Toronto, Canada during the first week of May. It will feature some keynote addresses, tutorials, peer-reviewed technical paper presentations, etc to help educate attendees about the future of this ever-growing domain. Not only that, as per the official conference website, the authors of a select few papers will be invited to submit their research findings that will then be published in a special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management periodical.
Ethereal New York 2020
- Date: May 8 – 9, 2020
- Location: NYC, United States
Along with Consensys, the Ethereal Summit is also considered by many to be a go-to event for blockchain/crypto enthusiasts all over the globe. The conference aims to connect leading developers, companies, and influencers to come together and help shape the future of this industry. In this regard, it bears mentioning that this year’s version of the event will be attended by big-wigs such as Joseph Lubin, Taylor Monahan, Robert Leshner and Laura Shin.
- Date: May 11-13, 2020
- Location: Hilton Midtown, New York, United States
The consensus is widely recognized (since 2015) by many as being one of the premier crypto gatherings of imminent tech personalities to take place annually. In this regard, this year’s event will also most likely draw in almost every major company, developer, founder, and investor associated with this domain to discuss the key issues currently affecting this industry as a whole. Additionally, the three-day event will also serve as the perfect meeting ground for entrepreneurs, startup owners to network with one another as well as with various Wall Street and Fortune 500 executives.
While the attendee list for Consensus 2020 has not yet been released, it is expected that some of the biggest names from the world of crypto will be attending the event.
Understanding Bitcoin 2020
- Date: May 28 – 31, 2020
- Location: The Westin Dragonara, St. Julians, Malta
Understanding Bitcoin 2020 is a 3-day event that will seek to provide crypto enthusiasts with tangible ways in which to eliminate many of the misunderstandings/FUD currently surrounding Bitcoin’s Trustless Network. Additionally, the conference will also discuss the future of Trustless Decentralized Value Transfer and will feature keynote addresses from established industry personnel such as Tone Vays (respected crypto trader and analyst), Dr. Adam Back (Founder & CEO, Blockstream), Alex Petrov (CIO of BitFury).
Telco Blockchain Forum
- Date: June 9, 2020
- Location: London, United Kingdom
As per the official agenda of this year’s Telco Blockchain Forum, the event will seek to push for blockchain adoption across the global telecommunications industry. Additionally, the conference will come replete with a broad panel of speakers who will be discussing the potential of blockchain within the telecom sector as well as probing its various business cases (concerning this niche domain).
Additionally, the forum will also delve deeper into the various real-life uses for blockchain in telecom (such as whether or not the tech can serve as a viable revenue generator, or work primarily as an open slasher for the industry at large?)
Blockchain for Business Summit 2020
- Date: June 10 – 11, 2020
- Location: Excel London, United Kingdom
Following the success of last year’s event, the 2020 iteration of the Blockchain for Business Summit will seek to address the hype and speculation surrounding the digital asset market. Additionally, the event will also look to discuss the various real-world use cases of the technology within a host of different industrial domains and market sectors.
The summit will be attended by many big-name players such as GE Power’s Innovation Head Maher Chebbo, Nordea’s Ville Sointu, Bank of England’s William Lovell and ING’s Mariana Gómez de la Villa (amongst others).
Crypto Valley Blockchain Conference
- Date: 11-12 June 2020.
- Location: Rotkreuz, Switzerland
The third and latest edition of the Crypto Valley Conference (CVC) will be held during the second week of June in Rotkreuz, Switzerland. The two-day event will feature many discussions that will tackle pertinent issues related to blockchain technology. As per the official conference website, CVC will host more than 50+ presentations from global industry leaders.
Additionally, but the event will also present attendees with:
- Carefully selected research studies that deal with the academic aspect of crypto and blockchain tech.
- Interactions with several high-profile individuals from different corporate environments, academic institutions, start-ups, and government entities.
- Product showcases from a large number of companies.
- Panel discussions that offer challenging opinions.
Lastly, it bears mentioning that the Crypto Valley Conference will be attended by more than 700 individuals, 100+ investors, 10+ exhibitors, and 200+ companies.
Blockchain Summit: The Business of Blockchain
- Date: July 1-2, 2020
- Location: Olympia Conference Centre, London, UK
Blockchain Summit 2020 will offer attendees access to a number of tech influencers and disruptors from all over the world. This year's edition of the conference will feature a total of 200+ speakers hailing from various industries such as blockchain, AI, finance and will serve as a platform for different vendors to discuss, demo and showcase their products to the global tech market at large.
Supply Chain on Blockchain Conference 2020
- Date: July 13, 2020
- Location: Fishburners Event Space, Brisbane, Australia
As the name seems to suggest, the Supply Chain on Blockchain Conference seeks to bring together supply chain operators with various blockchain researchers, independent developers, government officials to discuss a wide range of niche issues related to this domain (such as provenance, supply chain financing, deal negotiation, and Logistics).
Blockchain Expo Europe
- Date: July 17-18th, 2020.
- Location: RAI Amsterdam.
Widely considered to be one of the world’s largest blockchain-oriented conferences, the event focuses primarily on things like:
- The future of enterprise technology
- The potential of blockchain and crypto
In addition to this, as part of the two-day event, there will also be a number of event showcases that will be conducted by various leading brands from this rapidly evolving industry.
Mining Disrupt Conference (MDC) 2020
- Date: July 22 – 23, 2020
- Location: DoubleTree by Hilton, Miami, United States
MDC is widely recognized as being one of the world’s largest crypto oriented conferences to feature a number of established miners, hosters and even ASIC Makers. As part of this year’s event, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the various disruptive blockchain startups and platforms that have the potential to completely revolutionize this industry. Not only that, it is expected that MDC 2020 will be attended by more than 1,000+ experts, influencers, and strategists from all over the world. Some of these individuals include:
- Irene Gao — International Sales Manager, Bitmain
- David Vorick — CEO, Co-founder of Obelisk ASIC Manufacturer + Lead Developer of Sia
- Navdeep Garg — Tech Executive for BitTorrent
- Philip Salter — Head of Mining Operations, Genesis Mining
Blockchain Summit Singapore
- Date: To be decided
- Location: Suntec, Singapore
The day-long event will feature more than 700 industry leaders, innovators, and decision-makers who will come together to help attendees understand the various ins and outs associated with this constantly evolving technology. And while the guestlist for this year’s summit has not yet been announced, going by the personnel who have attended the event in previous years, it is expected that some of the most prominent names from this space will attend this year's conference.
Blockchain Training Conference
- Date: To be decided
- Location: Denver, Colorado
This year’s Blockchain Training Conference is all set to feature a number of in-depth interactions with members of the global blockchain sector. As per the official event website, the conference will come replete with a total of 16 hours of educational content that is tailored to help people maximize their knowledge of all things related to this burgeoning domain.
- Date: To be decided
- Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Forum Blockmaster is widely considered to be Brazil’s premier crypto/blockchain event. This year’s version of the event will see a number of South America’s leading tech developers, business owners, and crypto enthusiasts come together to not only network with one another but also share their knowledge, insights and connect with regional and international attendees.
Blockchain in Oil & Gas Conference
- Date: September 16-17, 2020
- Location: JW Marriott Houston, United States
The 4th edition of the annual Blockchain in Oil & Gas conference will take place during the third week of September and much like its predecessor will witness more than 40+ speakers and 200+ attendees. Additionally, it bears mentioning that the event will be held in partnership with the Oil and Gas Blockchain Consortium — an entity that comprises of well-known industry giants including Shell, Equinor, Chevron, Hess, Repsol (amongst others).
As per the official event website, this year’s conference will look to explore the various ways in which blockchain can be used to by oil & gas firms to streamline their internal operations as well as maximize their overall productivity. Not only that, but the conference will also feature live demonstrations of various blockchain-based governance frameworks that can be used to replace the industry’s existing legacy systems.
Voice of Blockchain 2020
- Date: October 5-6, 2020
- Location Venue SIX10, Chicago, United States
According to a host of information available online, this year's version of the Voice of Blockchain (VoB) conference will seek to provide members of the global blockchain ecosystem with a platform to interact with one another in a highly streamlined manner — thus allowing them to maximize their networking opportunities.
It is expected that the core agenda for the event will be announced by 1/31/20.
Crypto Invest Summit 2020
- Date: October 6 – October 7, 2020
- Location: Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, United States
Also referred to as CIS, the event is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading crypto conferences/expo’s to focus on niche’ topics like blockchain investing, crypto adoption, etc. Additionally, it should be pointed out that this year’s conference will be hosted by Goren Holm Ventures and will be attended by a number of innovators, leaders, entrepreneurs, startups, angel investors, venture capital investors, retail investors, family offices, real estate investors who have been associated with the blockchain space for many years now.
Previous attendees include Steve Wozniak, Tim Draper, Dan Morehead, Bill Barhydt, and Apolo Ohno.
- Date: November 2 -3, 2020
- Location: Lisbon, Portugal
MoneConf 2020 is a two-day event that will host more than 5000 attendees from more than a hundred different countries. In terms of what the event offers, the conference will come replete with a number of keynote addresses, practical workshops, networking sessions that will allow individuals to maximize their knowledge of topics such as blockchain, crypto, AI, decentralization, DLT, etc.
Blockchain Expo North America
- Date: November 4-5, 2020
- Location: Santa Clara Convention Centre, United States
The fourth edition of the annual N.American Blockchain Expo will draw in leaders, experts from a number of industries to discuss issues related to a variety of niche’ domains such as blockchain, IoT, 5G, cybersecurity, cloud technology, AI and big data.
Additionally, it also bears mentioning that the event will feature a number of keynote speeches, interactive panel discussions and solution-based case studies that will not only allow attendees to learn about the various facets of this ever-evolving space but also allow them to gain a better grasp of some of the finer details of this technology.
Lastly, as per the official agenda of the event, the conference seeks to help people discover the core industries that can be disrupted through the use of blockchain tech. Some of these market sectors include retail, finance, healthcare, insurance, energy, music, government, real estate.
- Date: November 11-13, 2020
- Location: Limassol, Cyprus
Hosted by the University of Nicosia, the fourth annual Decentralized conference will be held during the second week of November. As many of our readers may already be aware of, the event is widely considered to be one of Europe’s premier conferences on blockchain and digital currencies. In this regard, it bears mentioning that Decentralized 2020 will see some of the world’s leading business execs, as well as academic experts, come together to discuss the various trends and developments affecting this space. Previous attendees include blockstream’s Dr. Adam Back, CDC’s Perianne Boring, and Eva Kaili.
- Date: November 16-19, 2020
- Location: Miami, United States
IMTC 2020 will see a total of 500 odd participants coming together from all over the globe to not only network with one another but also learn about the latest developments taking place within the world of blockchain and crypto-related finance. Speakers at this year's event will include big-name personalities such as George Harrap, Leon Issacs, Nina Hulsken.
Best 2020 Crypto Events and Conferences: Final Word
What a jam packed year it will be in the land of bitcoin. As the blockchain-based era dawns upon us all in 2020 and beyond, from the halving event coming up to any one of these listed cryptocurrency-centric conferences, a wise word to all crypto enthusiasts, advocates and zealots is to make the rounds and start networking with peers, find new interesting suppliers or vendors and begin positioning yourself for the best chance at success in this amazing world of cryptoassets.
Whether it be increasing your awareness or gaining clarity, these blockchain-related crypto events will transpire a different level of inspiration and motivation you can take back home. Oh, and one final thought – be sure to have fun! Attending any of these bitcoin events will be advantageous to pick up strategies, insights and analysis that you simply won't find on crypto twitter.
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