Consensus 2018 is the fourth annual blockchain technology summit hosted by CoinDesk. It will begin on the 14th of May and continue until the 16th of May at the New York Hilton Midtown, where over 7000 people will gather to listen to 250 experts deliver lectures on some of the most groundbreaking and diverse issues in the world of blockchain, cryptocurrency, and FinTech.
In this article, I’ve selected some of the most promising features of the event that I think should not be missed.
Demos You Should Attend
Blox: Future of Cryptocurrencies & Blockchain Asset Management
- When: Tuesday 15th May, 11:45–11:55 am.
- Where: Rendezvous Trianon, 3rd Floor.
Blox is a next-generation blockchain banking portal that allows users to manage, track, and report their crypto assets — a kind of “QuickBooks” for Crypto. Through an advanced dashboard, the platform will provide real-time, in-depth insights regarding their assets via both web and mobile.
By the end of 2018, the platform is on track to manage more than 10% of all crypto assets in this $500B industry. This demo will be a unique opportunity to hear about Blox directly from the CEO of the company, Mr. Alon Muroch himself.
Totle: Decentralized Crypto Trading Doesn’t Have to Suck
- When: Monday 14th May, 2:30–2:40 pm.
- Where: Trianon Ballroom.
Totle makes crypto trading both trustless and simple by acting as an easy-to-use portfolio tool and ERC20 trading platform.
Unlike other major crypto exchanges like Coinbase and Binance, Totle doesn’t take custody of its users’ private keys, putting an end to fears about downtime and hacking, and allowing people to access their assets whenever they want to.
The platform differentiates itself from alternative decentralized exchanges by taking a usability-first approach, with its sleek, easy-to-use design.
In this 10 minute slot, the team at Totle will demonstrate the features and benefits of this decentralized crypto trading platform.
Promising Events of Consensus 2018
Women on the Block
- When: Sunday 13th May, 10:30am — 7pm.
- Where: Brooklyn, New York.
The Women on the Block Conference (WOTB) is a one-day blockchain conference that features all-women panels.
It was formed by Alexandra Levin-Kramer, a partner at CKR Law and head of their Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency group, after she became frustrated with the male-dominated blockchain industry.
The response to this event has been overwhelmingly positive. Women from all over the world are flying to New York City to speak at and attend the one-day conference.
- When: 13th-17th May.
- Where: Lower East side, Manhattan.
Cryptohou.se is an exclusive, invite-only venue that looks to be an exceptional event for those in attendance.
This “un-conference” is designed to take the typical conference conversations to the next level by answering questions that previous events have not been bold enough to tackle.
The event will feature historical discussions aimed at solving long-standing, industry-wide questions centered around economic, religion and social impact.
In addition, attendees will get the opportunity for network and make connections with some of the most powerful leaders in the blockchain industry.
In the evening, those attending will be able to unwind and enjoy catered food, cocktails, and celebrations with A-list music acts.
The Block Presents “The Internet of Trust and Money”
- When: Wednesday 16th May, 10am — 4:30pm.
- Where: Rise New York (Barclays FinTech Space), 43 West 23rd St, NY.
A gathering of investors, traders, enthusiasts, journalists, and OGs of the blockchain and crypto assets community.
Organizers predict this to be one of the highlights of consensus 2018.
The Business of Blockchains
- When: Saturday 19th May, 9am — 4pm.
- Where: Rise New York, 43 West 23rd Street New York, NY, 10010.
The Business of Blockchains is a one day course that manages to distill 6 months’ worth of independent research into 6 hours.
It’s hardly surprising that it’s the organization’s most popular class.
Attendees will learn all about blockchain — from theory to implementation — through hands-on exercises that will demonstrate how virtually any service or product can be reframed using the technology.
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The Hottest After Parties of Consensus 2018
Consensus Blockchain Week Interoperability ‘Bridges’ Block Party
- When: Monday 14th May.
- Where: Sony Hall, 237 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036.
One major, recurring problem in the decentralized landscape is the inability of isolated blockchains to communicate with one another.
The Interoperability Alliance was formed by Wanchain, ICON, and Aion Network with the goal of solving this issue by promoting interoperability between the shared blockchain networks.
The Bridges Block Party, hosted by The Interoperability Alliance, is yet another completely FREE night of networking with some of the most prominent figures in the crypto industry.
MetaCert’s Exclusive Invite-Only After Party with MyEtherWallet
- When: Tuesday 15th May.
- Where: Rose Bar -2 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010.
MetaCert is co-hosting an exclusive invite-only after party together with MyEtherWallet.
The party is designed for crypto-founders and CEOs, as well as token buyers.
To find out more, and to ask for an invite, you can send an email to: [email protected]
Cryptohou.se After Party
Tuesday 15th May – ShareRing, the platform behind the world’s first trusted token for sharing services, will be hosting an after-party following the previously mentioned Cryotohou.se event. Special guests will include Busta Rhymes.
The Biggest Blockchain Event of 2018
For blockchain enthusiasts, Consensus 2018 is set to be one of the main events of the year — perhaps even the biggest.
Following the huge price surge in cryptocurrencies after Consensus 2017, Fundstrat analyst Tom Lee has predicted that Bitcoin is all set for a ‘massive rally’ in the lead up to the event, but only time will tell.
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