Recap: the 2018 Blockchain Economic Forum in San Francisco

19 June, 2018

The 2018 Blockchain Economic Forum (BEF), held in San Francisco from June 16-19, has been a fascinating and thought-provoking summit for blockchain and cryptocurrency experts, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts alike.

As Forbes put it, the BEF “facilitate[s] the discussions of the most important topics of the crypto economy and its growing influence on the global economy.” With companies raising billions of dollars in ICOs around the world and major enterprises exploring and implementing blockchain in nearly every industry imaginable, it’s imperative that we have these discussions and encourage information-sharing and collaboration across sectors. The BEF ultimately helps to bridge the gap between blockchain and the traditional economy.

This year’s list of featured speakers included:
          -Joe Oliver, the former Minister of Finance in Canada (2014–2015);
          -Gary Gensler, chairman of the CFTC under Barack Obama;
          -Eva A. Kaili, member of the European Parliament;
          -Tim Draper, billionaire Silicon Valley venture capitalist and bitcoin enthusiast;
          -Jonathan Nelson of the SEC advisory committee, Capital Formation for Small and Emerging Businesses;
          -Sonny Singh, CCO at BitPay;
          -Michael Golomb, co-founder of the ICO Governance Foundation;
          -Mayra Ceja, director of Equity/ICO Investments at Indiegogo;
          -Katia Lang, CEO and co-founder of The Fintech Times;
          -Bobby Lee, vice chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation and co-founder of BTCC;
          -Clair Brown, professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Even Sophia, the famous social humanoid robot developed by Hanson Robotics, made an appearance with a special message about the future of humankind.

Some notable topics on the agenda at the BEF included how to structure a compliant token sale; crypto regulation and governance for the blockchain economy; what investors are looking for in blockchain projects; women founders and innovators who are transforming industries; how to build brand awareness for ICOs; and the greatest blockchain use cases for the next decade.

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