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5 Blockchain Conferences to Add to Your Calendar in Q4

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As we enter the last quarter of 2018, there are still plenty of events worthy of adding to your calendar. Many of this year’s heavyweights are already behind us, but there’s still so much more to discuss. From the ongoing theme of regulation to the question of mass adoption, take note of these five solid blockchain conferences coming up this fall.  

1. Blockchain Shift | Miami October 11-12

Blockchain Shift aims to educate and increase awareness about the growing importance of blockchain technology in our lives. This year’s event will bring together a mixture of interested parties. Expect to find venture capitalists and angel investors to distinguished thought leaders, bankers, attorneys, government officials, and entrepreneurs straddling areas as diverse as entertainment, finance, and art.

Confirmed speakers include FuturePerfect Ventures’ Jalak Jobanputra, CTO of Open Technology at IBM Christopher Ferris, and Alchemist Founder Steven Nerayoff. Guests can expect no-nonsense talks about investing, innovation, and what to look for in the future of blockchain tech. If you’re looking for blockchain conferences on the East Coast, this is the one for you.

 2. Crypto Summit | Zurich October 28-29

Having grown into one of Switzerland’s most important blockchain conferences, Crypto Summit is in its 3rd edition, taking place in Zurich this October. The event will be spread out over two full days of panels and keynotes, roundtables, workshops, and ICO pitches. Confirmed speakers so far include none-other than ConsenSys Head and Ethereum Co-founder Joseph Lubin. Pantera Capital’s Joey Krug and Paul Veradittakit will also be taking the stage along with Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano.

The theme of this edition will focus on the question on everyone’s lips right now. Just how far away from mass adoption of blockchain tech are we? There will also be plenty of networking opportunities in the heart of the Crypto Nation. Past speakers at Crypto Summit include best-selling author and legendary speaker Alex Tapscott, and Civic Co-Founder Vinny Lingham.

3. Malta Blockchain Summit | Malta November 1-2

If you’re planning on attending Crypto Summit, Zurich makes the perfect stopover on your way to Malta. This tiny country, known as the “Blockchain Island,” made headlines this July. Malta passed three new laws to regulate ICOs, cryptocurrencies and exchanges, and DLT in general. With open-minds and a predisposition to promote innovation on the island, Malta Blockchain Summit promises access to some of the most forward-thinking policymakers around.

Maltese Prime Minister Hon. Joseph Muscat will be heading up as keynote, as will other key members of the Malta Blockchain Taskforce, who helped to put the bills together. Beyond the obvious theme of regulation, there will also be a blockchain hackathon, an ICO pitch battle, and plenty of exhibitors, investors, and industry leaders. 

4. Web Summit | Lisbon November 5-8

Web Summit Lisbon is the biggest tech conference on the planet. Just visiting their website will give you some idea of the magnitude of this 4-day event. Star-studded and with more than 70,000 guests expected, this is, without doubt, the tech event of the year. Some of the confirmed speakers so far include Medium Founder Ev Williams, Tim Draper of Draper & Associates, Joseph Lubin, and Sophia the Robot from Hanson Robotics.

This is the place to meet with brilliant minds in emerging technologies, AR, VR, IoT, AI, and of course, blockchain. There will be over 1,000 speakers from 130+ countries and a mixture of entertainment, tech, and glamour. If you can handle the sensory overload, this one’s not to be missed.

5. European Blockchain Convention | Barcelona November 29

If a guest list in the thousands isn’t your thing and you want to go somewhere more focused on the blockchain industry, why not hop over to European Blockchain Convention in Barcelona? Some of the confirmed speakers so far include Director of Ecosystem at Hyperledger Marta Piekarska, ConsenSys MD Lory Kehoe, and some prominent members of the EU parliament.

This intimate one-day event is in the heart of Barcelona. European Blockchain Convention promises a maximum of 500 attendees and an unrivaled opportunity to network. You’ll also have the chance to hear from industry thought leaders from around Europe.

Closing Thoughts

There’s nothing like a few good blockchain conferences (or five) to get your creative juices flowing, make powerful connections, and even find investors for your project. 2018 may be drawing to an end (and many would say “good riddance”) but there are still plenty of important conversations to come out of the next three months. Why not join in?

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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

Bitcoin behavior mirrors the pre-bear market situation

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

Putting TRON on the list should not really surprise anyone, as the project constantly comes up with new project updates, partnerships, and alike. It also constantly breaks records, as is becoming one of the biggest players in the dApp and smart contract development sector.

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

In fact, when it comes to money laundering, the crypto sector appears to be the weakest link, especially because of the nature of digital currencies. The anonymity that cryptos are being praised for means that anyone can get a payment from an unknown source from anywhere in the world. This method can then be used for financing drug trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorists, and more.

Until recently, it was not easy for bad actors to make use of cryptocurrencies obtained for illegal purposes. The number of merchants willing to accept the coins was low, and criminals were forced to find a way to exchange crypto into fiat currencies. However, this came with a set of issues, such as taking foreign exchange risks and then sending the money through wallets and exchanges to a banking system that would allow withdrawal. The banking account was the biggest obstacle here,…

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