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It’s a Crypto Carnival: The Blockchainer Karneval kicks off in Singapore

The Blockchainer Karneval brings an all-star lineup of speakers from the blockchain and fintech industry to Singapore over the course of two days.

Apr 13, 2018 | By LUXUO

The Blockchainer Karneval will be a congregation of the who’s who of leading blockchain proponents in Singapore from 21 to 22 May. This year’s forum will feature over 30 speakers who will be elaborating on innovations, frontier developments and growth opportunities in the near future.

The Blockchainer Karneval aims to consolidate an overview of the entire ecosystem and how its evolution can be leveraged as a driving force for digital transformation. At present, the world’s leading corporate giants are making efforts to capitalise on the benefits of blockchain technology. Forecasts have indicated that global spending on blockchain solutions will increase to US$2.1 billion by this year.  

It is widely reported that global tech giants such as Microsoft, IBM and Alibaba are all covertly pouring resources into implementing blockchain technology as a gamechanger in their respective arena. Even traditional financial institutions such as People’s Bank of China are getting in on the act with the successful testing of their blockchain-based digital bill trading platform. Evidently, according to an IBM research report, the number of new blockchain companies in China has surpassed the United States. 

The forum is organised by The Blockchainer and 8BTC along International Digital Economy League (IDEL), Singapore Economics & Management Institute (SEMI), China Blockchain Research Centre, FEA Consulting and QIDIAN Business School.

The first Blockchainer Karneval was first held last year in Shanghai while organiser The Blockchainer had previously arranged visits to the headquarters of Ripple and R3 in addition to networking business tours to the United States, Canada, Japan, Israel and the United Kingdom. This year’s festivities are expected to attract more than 1,000 attendees from top cryptocurrency exchanges, fintech conglomerates, venture capitalists and blockchain enthusiasts. 

Luminaries that will be headlining and speaking include Stephen Pair, CEO of BitPay and Yuko Kawai, Director of FinTech Centre at the Bank of Japan. There are also notable headliners such as NEO founder Da Hongfei, Binance co-founder He Yi and IOTA CEO David Sonstebo in an exhaustive list of pioneers and corporate executives in the field. Also making their presence felt are representatives from venture capitalist firms from both the East and West in Fenbushi Capital and Sequoia Capital.

 The two-day summit aims to facilitate discussions by integrating keynote speeches, interactive seminars, panel discussions and training sessions. Interesting topics covered include “Global Blockchain Supervision” and “Bitcoin: A New Social Revolution” among many others on both days.  After Singapore, the Karneval will be off to Changsa in China then to Silicon Valley and eventually back to Shanghai and Beijing later this year.

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