28. up to 29. May took place in Berlin on the block show Europe in 2018. There, developers, investors and crypto came together enthusiasts from all over the world to work together to initiate new projects, to exchange ideas and to discuss the future of the Blockchain. Also the BTC-ECHO Team was on the ground and summarizes a few impressions of the event for you.
A Event, two days, two Stages, 80 Speakers from all over the world, 150 Blockchain projects, and more than 3,000 visitors – this is the block show Europe in 2018 in Numbers. In Europe, the crypto capital, Berlin, representatives from industry, policy, and information technology came together in the last two days, to talk about their great common theme of the Blockchain:. The bandwidth ranged from rather technical issues, such as the Internet of Things and Artificial intelligence, to political issues such as regulation and the implementation of Blockchain applications in practice.
What the role of the Blockchain in 2018?
In a high-quality Panel discussions under the title “in 2018 as a Year of Blockchain Education” about how to boost the awareness about the technology. Among other things, the Blockchain-YouTuber Ivan Liljeqvist as a Moderator as well as the Lisk-founder and CEO Max Kordek belonged to the Panel. Specifically, the Blockchain platform Lisk since the Rebranding with the Lisk-Academy on the topic of education in the Blockchain.
In the round, on the topic of “Getting the Blockchain Investments Mainstream in 2018” tried to explore the participants, blockchain-based types of financing prevail. The main aim will be to move traditional institutional investors, crypto-Investment. Just emerging countries can be identified as the suitable locations, new types of financing with Blockchain-products to enforce – here, the traditional Venture Capital structures are not pronounced. In any case, a regulatory framework is needed to companies and Start-ups, to have a clear framework.
A Highlight of Mike Butcher, the editor-in-chief of TechCrunch caused, with his presentation “Disinformation could kill Crypto”. He represents trust as the Central Element of the Blockchain – just because people don’t trust each other, is a Blockchain-solution needed. Butcher looks through the mass of ICO Scams of the last year, the trust in the Blockchain, however, reduced. The people lose confidence in the technology, the Blockchain does not enforce.
Regulation: innovation killer or a helping Hand?
Also interesting is the Panel of “Governmental Blockchain Initiatives within the EU (and beyond)”, the discussed regulatory measures from the policy and commented on. Vit Jedlicka, founder of the Free Republic of Liber country, was of the clear opinion that any state regulation is harmful to the free development of the technology. Liber land is a project of a more-or-less government-less state, the functions completely on the Blockchain. So far, Somalia is the only country that is considering recognition of the state of Somalia has no functioning government.
Jedlicka proposes a test similar to the separation of Church and state, the separation of the state and the economy. According to his account, a third of the economic performance of the EU has been destroyed by regulation in the last 12 years. In the process, he shows that in this period the world economic crisis, which is due to the excesses of capitalism. Blockchain-Investor Plamen immediately Russev contradicts him, and that not every member of the society is an entrepreneur. In the interest of all other it don’t need rules for the economy, so that we can live in a Wild West where the law of the jungle applies.
Overall, the block show was a very colorful event, which gives a lot of impressions and food for thought for the rest of the year 2018. We can look forward to seeing what develops in the next time in terms of adaptation and regulation. Also the location of Berlin as a crypto-Hub of Europe and home to countless Blockchain Start-ups and Entrepreneurs was underlined during these two days.