Chris Sealey · 18 hours ago · 2 min read
Recently, NEO has noticeably increased its activity in the United States. In a possible effort to reposition itself as a contender in the Western market, NEO is hosting its 2019 DevCon in Seattle, Washington, this February 16th through 17th. The conference is consistent with NEO’s goal to become the “most developer-friendly public blockchain project and decentralized application platform.”
Recently, NEO has increased its activity in the state of Washington, recently hiring former Microsoft general managers John DeVadoss as head of NEO development and Peng Huang as NEO platform strategist. Furthermore, the Chinese-based platform has also decided to host its DevCon in the Pacific Northwest’s tech-hub of Seattle.
Perhaps the move is NEO’s attempt to differentiate from its colloquial label as “Chinese Ethereum” and gain better Western recognition? Although the exact purpose is still unknown, there is speculation that NEO will reveal its reasoning at the DevCon.
Details on NEO DevCon
NEO DevCon 2019 is a forward-looking summit for developers and blockchain-enthusiasts who are interested in learning about the various decentralized applications on the NEO platform.
The event will also feature talks from some notable figureheads in the space, including NEO founder Da Hongfei, managing director of Microsoft Digital Worldwide Drew Gude and several other high-ranking Microsoft employees, and Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry sector lead Dr. Joseph Williams.
The event will also highlight some of the top contributors to NEO, including NEO Global Development R&D director Peter Lin and General Manager Zhao Chen.
NEO Foundation and its subsidiaries will announce its roadmap and plans for the future, including the important reason why the largely Chinese project has chosen to host their conference in the city of Seattle.
The conference will touch on insights into decentralization, layer 2 solutions, distributed storage, and a host of workshops and blockchain-related development topics.
CryptoSlate will be live at the event to provide coverage and updates to the community, including an exclusive interview with NEO Founder Da Hongfei.
Background on NEO
NEO is a smart contract blockchain platform and cryptocurrency that is designed to “build a scalable network of decentralized applications” using commonly available programming languages. The project was initiated in 2014 and open-sourced to GitHub in 2015.
The project hopes to create a “programmable, digitized, and trustless ‘smart economy’ with millions of community members making active contributions across the globe.” The Chinese-based platform is also described as a competitor to Ethereum.
NEO is allegedly one of the “most developer-friendly public blockchain projects and decentralized application platforms.” The organization claims to be actively “building a robust infrastructure, a variety of APIs [application programming interfaces] and SDKs [software development kits], a comprehensive smart contract system, and “easily accessible support to the community of developers.”
That said, NEO still might be a ways off from achieving its goal, considering that Ethereum currently boasts one of the larger and more supported open-source development communities. Meanwhile, other blockchain platforms such as EOS, TRON, and Cardano are also making meaningful progress.
It’s still uncertain whether NEO’s push for ease-of-use will pay off in the face of stiff competition. Yet, whatever the outcome, this latest conference is a step in the right direction for building interest and understanding around the underlying technology.
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