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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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Reasons Why You Are Much Safer When Crypto Trading on Dexes

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While many cryptocurrencies aim to bring the change to the world by bringing full decentralization, one aspect of the crypto space still remains mostly centralized, and that is the way they are exchanged. Most crypto exchanges are centralized companies, where traders and investors need to deposit their coins for safekeeping. This is a risky way to handle the funds, as exchanges remain susceptible to hacks and theft, as many realized recently, after the hack of the world’s largest exchange by trading volume, Binance.

During the hack, around 7,000 BTC (over $40 million) was taken, and sent to multiple wallets, never to be seen again — for now, at least. The hack also came as quite a shock, as Binance was known for its efficiency, security, and high levels of confidence. It also made people realize that their coins are not really theirs if they need to rely on third parties, such as exchanges, to keep them safe. As a result, many are now turning away from centralized exchanges, and are heading towards decentralized ones — also known as DEXes.

Here are some reasons why you might want to consider doing the same.

1. True ownership of your coins

The crypto community has a saying: “not your keys, not your coins.” The saying is now more relevant than ever, but it does not apply on DEXes. Decentralized exchanges

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Crypto Billionaire Predicts Massive Price Growth by 2021

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Crypto prices are once again going up, and Bitcoin has just passed a major resistance level at $6,000. With a situation like that, it is not surprising that everyone in the crypto community is looking forward to the future, wondering what to expect in years to come. Many experts have already given their predictions, some more optimistic than others, but almost all bullish.

Crypto billionaire Mike Novogratz has always been very supportive of cryptocurrencies, and very bullish on Bitcoin. He recently stated that he sees the coins’ prices triple in the following 18 months, meaning that Bitcoin’s return to $20,000 might not be far away, according to him.

He noted that Bitcoin is back to $6,000 after its price hit as low as $3,100 only a few months ago. These days, Novogratz does not believe Bitcoin will return to such lows unless there is a devastating exchange hack or a major shift in regulations. Of course, there was a big hack that had the potential to damage the coin’s price, only days ago. The world’s largest crypto exchange by trading volume, Binance, saw a significant security breach which resulted in a theft of 7,000 BTC.

However, so far, the coin did not react negatively to this incident. While Novogratz believed that such an event would shatter the new confidence in BTC, it simply did not happen. However, he…

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TokenRoll (TKR) Platform Will Take Online Casinos to the Next Level

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Corporate executives are turning to blockchain technology more than ever in an attempt to revolutionize the business world.  Although blockchain is still a relatively new concept, that hasn’t stopped more and more companies from jumping on the bandwagon.  This hot new technology has quickly gained a reputation for providing greater transparency, enhanced security, improved traceability, increased efficiency, and low costs.  One industry that could certainly benefit from decentralization is the online gambling market, specifically, online casinos.  TokenRoll (TKR) has developed a platform that appears to offer a promising alternative to centralized casinos.

Problems with Centralized Casinos

The primary reason why blockchain technology is being implemented so quickly is because it solves a lot of the problems typically associated with the traditional business model.  And online casinos are no different.  It still needs to be said that centralized casinos have proven that there is a great demand for online gambling.  The market is growing faster than anyone could have predicted, and future opportunities appear very promising and lucrative.  But industries are continually evolving and this one is no different.

A few of the problems facing centralized casinos include the following:

  • Little to no transparency
  • Consumer lack of confidence
  • Privacy concerns
  • 48-72 hour wait time for withdrawals

These are four monumental issues that need to be addressed quickly given the global growth of the market.  Casinos need to…

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