The BlockShow Europe 2018 conference which was held recently, came to an end on May 29, after two days of panels and speakers, including Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and BTCC co-founder Bobby Lee.
Bobby Lee gave Cointelegraph the following statement: “I think conferences are important to get the word out there, to educate people and help them learn about cryptocurrency and blockchain. This is how we get on-board the next billion people.”
The scale of this year’s BlockShow Europe was five times bigger than the one held in Munich last spring and twice as large as BlockShow Asia this past fall. There were a record 3,000 attendees, 93 companies put up exhibitions at the event, and over 90 companies supported it as sponsors.
Numerous meetups were held in Paris, Rome, and Zurich leading up to the main show. Asset distribution network Shelf network took the 50,000 euro (about $58,000) prize after being chosen in the second round by a five-person industry expert jury.
The show saw people from all over the world attending in great numbers. Benny Giang, co-founder of CryptoKitties, said that he was “thoroughly surprised by the diversity of attendees at BlockShow,” stating: “This was my first time in Europe and being exposed to so many great projects in this region was eye-opening. It certainly will help us build our future roadmap in Europe.”
A ranking was released of the best European countries for starting a blockchain company. The study examined Initial Coin Offering (ICO) regulations, regulations on crypto as a payment service, and taxation frameworks for crypto. Switzerland ranked number one, with Gibraltar and Malta in second and third.
Dr Quy Vo-Reinhard, Chief Data Officer and co-founder of the HIT Foundation was selected by 2000 voters as the most influential woman in the blockchain space, and blockchain tech firm Bitfury ranked as the most game-changing company. These awards were decided by a poll. BlockShow’s next stop is the U.S., with a conference coming to Las Vegas this August.
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