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IstanBlock 2020 – bringing Turkey and blockchain together

IstanBlock 2020 – bringing Turkey and blockchain together

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Istanbul will host its first-ever Turkey blockchain week from April 6-10, with the main event IstanBlock 2020 being held on April 9-10. Throughout the week the focus will be on Turkeyโ€™s rapid and growing adoption of the technology, and the opportunities it presents. The event has already attracted big names, including government speakers and Turkish institutions, as well as a host of blockchain media, businesses, and influencers.

Turkey is enjoying a strong relationship with blockchain and cryptocurrencies. A recent survey conducted by ING, found Turks were helping drive the adoption of cryptocurrencies, with a second survey showing that 20 percent of the population use or own cryptocurrency.

This is more than three times the percentage of the UK population who use or own cryptocurrencies and over double the percentage of Germans.

Erhan Korhaliller, CEO of blockchain PR firm EAK Digital, has organized the event to raise awareness of Turkish blockchain projects and cryptocurrencies and to connect businesses and start-ups with Istanbulโ€™s vibrant crypto scene.

โ€œThis isnโ€™t just a conference, itโ€™s a celebration,โ€ Erhan said. โ€œAs the ING report found Turkish people are already heavily invested in cryptocurrencies.

โ€œWe have developed IstanBlock 2020 to be a showcase of the amazing technologies that are changing the world in which we live. This is a chance to put Turkey on the world stage, and to share everything that is so exciting about blockchain.โ€

It is estimated that there will be more than 20 events throughout the week, with the showcase, IstanBlock 2020, rounding off events on April 9-10, at Istanbulโ€™s prestigious Hilton Bomanti Hotel.

More than 2,000 delegates are expected to gather for the event which will feature more than 100 international speakers, and some of the biggest names in blockchain including Youtubers Ivan on Tech and Datadash, among many others.

As a leading blockchain PR Agency, EAK Digital is also bringing its pedigree in blockchain communications and media to the fore and will be expecting to bring some of the biggest and best media from both mainstream and blockchain media outlets to the event, including CryptoSlate, Cointelegraph, Coindesk, CNBC, Forbes, The Next Web, and many more.

Reporters and editors from these respected publications will be joined by representatives from Turkish government departments and leading Turkish businesses.

Erhan said this was the perfect time to bring blockchain and Turkey together.

โ€œTurkey has such a thriving market for cryptocurrency and blockchain startups that remains relatively untapped from leading international projects in this industry.โ€œ

He elaborated:

โ€œBy launching the first-ever Istanbul Blockchain Week, we are giving the opportunity for international projects to come in and stake a claim in one of the most thriving crypto/ blockchain communities in the world.”

โ€œI am hugely passionate that IstanBlock 2020 will inspire a generation of Turkish people, to enable them to find jobs in this industry, build strategic partnerships between Turkish and international projects, and finally for the eyes of the international media to shine a light on Turkish projects and the Turkish blockchain ecosystem as a whole.”

โ€œIn doing so, we can make a real difference and provide an unforgettable experience, and in doing so cement Turkeyโ€™s status as a leader in blockchain and crypto adoption.โ€

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The event promises a range of sponsorship options across four distinct tiers: Diamond, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

To find out more about what sponsorship includes, please email [email protected]

Disclosure: CryptoSlate is a media partner for IstanBlock 2020.

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