The Inside Bitcoins (IB) conferences have been providing worldwide cryptocurrency and blockchain events for quite some time. This year in Seoul, some of the most prominent innovators and executives in the crypto-ecosystem came to speak in South Korea this past December 9-11. With some of the industry’s top speakers and competitions held at the gathering, the Blockchain Agenda showed its forward-thinking charm for the second time around in the country.
South Korean Bitcoin enthusiasm was in high gear as the conference took place offering new conversation to regulation, innovation, and distributed ledger technology within the region. The Korea International Exhibition Center (Kintex) contained a variety of speakers such as Leonhard Weese, Nicolas Bacca, Paul Bugge, Andrew Lee, and more. Attendees got a chance to hear these industry leaders describe their visions of tomorrow within this new emerging economy. They also got to see some live exhibits as well as a startup competition judged by some of the esteemed guests.
Five new startups convened for the tournament at Kintex: KoreanBuddy, Coin Trade, Bitholla, Epsilon Technologies, and WageCan. The contest was judged by Venture Capitalist Roger Ver, Simon Dixon of BnkToTheFuture.com, Andrew “Flip” Filipowski of Tally Capital, and Hans Lombardo, Co-Founder of allcoinsnews.com. The winner of this event turned out to be BitHolla who won KRW 2 million in BTC, and expert advice from an industry leader.
Some of the presentations and tutorials included topics such as Asia and Beyond: Emerging Issues in Regulatory Compliance, Bitcoin for Beginners: Basics and Beyond, The Globalization of Korean Fintech Industry, and many more blockchain related discussions. These conversations gave great introductions to distributed ledger tech from 2.0 applications to lessons on the basics for every level to grasp. Reports from the region noted that “they saw a very engaged audience in Seoul” and many were excited to hear about the GoCoin/ Zifter partnership. Additionally, there was also an announcement on plans to “roll out a compliant hybrid credit card / blockchain currency platform and wallet with a loyalty system baked in!”
Last year’s event bolstered quite a bit of the Bitcoin industry, however, this year was coined the “Blockchain Agenda” so it wouldn’t narrow the event to just cryptocurrency, expanding it to alternative possibilities. Interestingly enough, the conference was also backed by the Industrial Bank of Korea as a platinum sponsor.
Two keynote presentations, which received much attention, were called, ‘Why Bitcoin’s Rate of Adoption is Only Going to Increase’ presented by Roger Ver and ‘Internet to Bitcoin: Introducing Transformational Technologies to the Mass Market, Lessons from the Trenches’ presented by Justin Newton, Founder and CEO of Netki.
The event ended well and seemed to please all the attendees who came out to Seoul and had the chance to meet many of the local enthusiasts in attendance. The next Inside Bitcoin conference will take place in San Diego, California this December with another group of innovators representing the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. Speakers such as Brennen Byrne of Clef, Patrick Byrne of Overstock.com, Lisa Cheng of Vanbex Group, Mitchell Dong of Pythagoras Investment Management, and many more will visit the Californian beach community.
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