This week brings the Coinvention conference in Philadelphia, Blockchain Summit Singapore and the initial coin offering of consumer-incentive platform Centive.
Crypto Fans Unite in Philly

Coinvention will gather crypto enthusiasts Thursday and Friday at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel to discuss the future of digital currencies and blockchain.

Among the speakers are Toni Lane Casserly, co-founder of Cointelegraph and founder of cultu.re; Kevin Owocki, CEO and founder of Gitcoin; and Nick Spanos, founder of Zap.org.

A free hackathon and networking mixer will take place Thursday, while the main conference is on Friday.

Planned speeches include “The Future of Government Is Culture” by Toni Lane Casserly and “Building the Infrastructure of Change” with Bryan Dube, founder of Campus Coin.

Among the panel discussions is “Community Engagements Within Blockchain Technology,” moderated by Bryan Doreain of Pivx. Panelists include George Awad of STEMChain, Leroy Ware of College Coin and Joana Gutierrez of Meet Happy.

Elsewhere, Simon Manka of the IOST Foundation will discuss new careers in the growing cryptocurrency space.

Blockchain’s impact on various industries, including health care, real estate and venture capital, is also on the agenda. Read more here.

Corporate Meets Startup at Blockchain Summit Singapore

Blockchain Summit Singapore will gather startups and large corporations to explore at how different industries can use blockchain technology.

On the list of speakers are Steve Leonard, CEO of SGInnovate; Darian McBain, global director of sustainable development at Thai Union; Edwin Bautista, CEO of UnionBank; and Iris Taguet, head of the blockchain program at Air France KLM.

The event will be held at the Suntec Singapore Convention Centre, with a focus on how blockchain can transform industries such as insurance, e-commerce, art, real estate, energy and finance. Supply chain management is another key topic, and speakers also will discuss how to increase consumer use of cryptocurrency. Read more here.

Centive Launches ICO

Centive, a blockchain-based incentive network, plans to launch its initial coin offering on Thursday.

The Singapore-based platform aims to simplify business marketing campaigns by creating a secure system that tracks customer data and analytics, creates customer incentives and has multiple promotional capabilities. The platform provides cash-back rewards, drawings and a tipping wallet.

Centive, which carries a CoinSchedule Trust Score of “C,” is looking to raise $35 million, according to its white paper. It plans to sell a total of 350 million tokens for 10 cents each to the public. Centive says it will allocate 35 percent of ICO proceeds to product and network development, 25 percent to operations, 25 percent to marketing and 15 percent to legal and compliance. Read more here.

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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.