A large portion of the blockchain world descends on New York’s Hilton Midtown hotel to participate in , which is the industry’s event of the year. This year’s conference serves as the centerpiece of , which runs nine days and will conclude May 19.
The remainder of Blockchain Week will feature one-day conferences, classes and networking events where entrepreneurs and developers will be able to share information and discuss industry developments. Less-formal, after-hour gatherings will offer opportunities for participants to connect. Among other New York highlights will be the on May 17.
That the capital of world financial markets is hosting this extravaganza is among the clearest signals of blockchain and cryptocurrency’s emergence into the mainstream. The New York Economic Development Corporation, which provides educational and other resources for New York entrepreneurs, is sponsoring the event.
But Consensus is hardly the only noteworthy happening in the coming week. are scheduled to conclude token sales this week. They include Essentia, Well Inc., InVox Finance, BEAT, Velix.ID and BrickBlock.io (concluding May 15); ZIPR and Blocnation (concluding May 16); World Wi–FI (concluding May 18); and AdSigma (concluding May 20).
Consensus kicks off Monday morning with remarks by , author of “Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Underlying Bitcoin is Changing Business, Money and the World” and one of the world’s leading blockchain authorities; and a panel discussion with Tapscott, FedEx CEO Fred Smith and Robert Carter, the company’s chief information officer. The morning will also feature an interview with James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Transportation and logistics is among the industries that many observers believe will benefit most from blockchain technology.
The remaining three-day agenda will include panel discussions, presentations and speeches and culminate with a three-hour job fair on Wednesday afternoon. Conference organizers expect the event will draw about 6,500 people. That’s more than double last year’s conference and up from about 1,000 attendees in 2015, the first year of the event.
The Crypto Influence VIP Summit
The evening event sponsored by will bring together some of the world’s biggest crypto influencers on May 17 as part of New York Blockchain Week. CrytoInfluence.Io will also present the Cryto Influencer Awards in 32 categories, including Coolest Influencer, Most Funny, Most Relatable, Best Individual Tweet, Best Crypto Musician and Influencer of the Year. advertises itself as the world’s biggest influencer community. It features more than 300 of the leading crypto YouTubers. They reach about 15 million people worldwide.
Notes From Last Week
Buterin Stays Away
Fundstrat Analyst: Blockchain Is Headed Higher
Bitcoin () is going up. So said Fundstrat Global Advisors analyst Robert Sluymer as New York Blockchain Week kicked off. “The regulatory risk, the fundamental risk around what’s happening with cryptos has hit a bottom and now we’re in a state of general recovery,” said Sluymer, managing director and technical strategist at Fundstrat, Thursday.
Dr. Doom, Joe Lubin Debate Cryptos
At the Fluidity Conference, a one-day event last Thursday, ethereum developer Joe Lubin and crypto skeptic Nouriel Roubini . Lubin said cryptocurrency could address many issues in the financial system. Roubini, who became known as Dr. Doom for his predictions about the housing bubble and financial crisis, said that fintech innovation was more likely to transform financial services than crytocurrency. “Fintech today…has nothing to do with crypto-blockchain,” Roubini said. “It has to do with [artificial intelligence] and the Internet of Things. It’s revolutionizing things like insurance [and] asset management.”