This week brings a major international blockchain show to London. Last week Block.one raised a whopping $4 billion in an initial coin offering.

Blockchain International Show Takes London

The Blockchain International Show will bring together blockchain experts and enthusiasts in London on Wednesday and Thursday.

Scheduled speakers include Marloes Pomp, the head of blockchain projects for the Dutch government; Arnab Naskar, CEO of Sicos; Iman  Mutlaq, CEO of Ingot Coin; and Lex Sokolin, global director of fintech strategy and partner at Autonomous Research.

Naskar plans to discuss the evolution of ICOs while Mutlaq will lead a discussion on “filling the gap” between the crypto universe and the traditional financial world. Read more here.

Notes From Last Week
Block.one Raises $4 Billion in Massive ICO

Block.one, a Cayman Islands startup, wrapped up its yearlong ICO, raising $4 billion. That’s more than the biggest initial public offerings this year, CNBC reported. Investors were willing to place a lot of faith in Block.one, even though its product didn’t go live until late last week and it hasn’t specified how it will use the majority of the capital it has raised.

Tron Migrates Away From Ethereum

Tron developers took a key step on its migration away from the Ethereum blockchain, launching its mainnet on Thursday. The digital coin’s founder, Justin Sun, said in a post at Medium earlier this month that the mainnet had achieved, in tests, transactions per second hundreds of times faster than Ethereum’s with “improved overall stability.” Read more here.

Bodhi Kicked Off Multi-Blockchain Expansion With Ethereum

Bodhi, a decentralized crypto prediction market, began its expansion to additional blockchains last week, when it began to support the Ethereum platform.

Starting June 1, participating exchanges began crediting all holders of BOT, the original Qtum blockchain-based Bodhi token, with the same amount of a new token, BOE, which stands for “Bodhi On Ethereum.” Read more here.

Digital Currency Main Theme of FinTech Conference Latam

A diverse group of speakers from top tech firms discussed digital currencies at the FinTech Conference Latam in Lima, Peru, last week.

Digital currency was the conference’s main theme, including mobile payments and wallets, alternative lending and finance, and open platforms.

Speakers slated to present at the conference were Malika Cantor, global lead for Google’s Launchpad AI Studio; Joaquin Valle, partner at Boston Consulting Group; and Carlos Bittrich of IBM Peru and Bolivia.

Michelle Rama-Poccia
Michelle Rama-Poccia has written financial news since 2001, covering everything from Latin American debt capital markets to the U.S. credit crisis. She began her career on the enterprise desk at Dow Jones Newswires, and was an editor and producer for Thomson Reuters before her stint as Fast Money, Strategy Session and Options Action producer at CNBC. Most recently, Michelle has worked as a contributing editor for TheStreet.com.