Blockchain Conference Moscow: Results of Russian Major Crypto Event

On November 20, the heart of the Russian Federation held the eighth Blockchain Conference. Its organizer is the Smile-Expo international company.

The large-scale specialized conference brought together 40 speakers from seven countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Switzerland, Germany, and China. 500 attendees came to hear their presentations and observe the products at the demo zone.

Within the conference, the experts shed light on the industry burning issues – cryptocurrency regulation, influence of digital assets on capital management, and the future of decentralized technologies. Bitcoin rate and its prospects appeared among the hottest topics for discussion at the main stage and on the sidelines of the conference.

“Bitcoin is the main marketer. If Bitcoin grows, so does the interest in it. The same situation can be observed in case Bitcoin drops,” thinks Evgeniy Romanenko, crypto economist and moderator of Blockchain Conference Moscow.

Conference: prospects of blockchain tech and crypto market

The eighth Blockchain Conference Moscow gathered Russian and crypto experts from the leading international companies: PwC Legal (Switzerland), Russian Association of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain (RACIB), Moscow-based GRAD Attorney Bar, Airalab, Center for Digital Transformation at Vnesheconombank, State Duma Financial Market Committee, the St. Petersburg community of blockchain developers, QIWI Blockchain Technologies, and MIOT Blockchain & Guilin Pharma.

One of the speakers was Aleksey Studnev, developer and CTO at Izetex PTE Ltd: the expert shared his opinion on the future of blockchain within the nearest decade.

“Cryptocurrency rate is information noise that has no impact on blockchain operation,” reckons Aleksey Studnev.

He also claimed that the technology would follow the steps of the Internet and would become an indispensable feature of every smartphone. As reported by the expert, this would be the main aspect to affect the volume of the crypto market that would dramatically grow popular.

DarQube Founder Rostislav Haliplii told about the functionality of modern crypto exchanges and the role of artificial intelligence in trade on the crypto market.

“The primary target of AI technologies introduction into a DarQube platform is assisting traders in building revenue-generating strategies. AI can be applied to turn a good strategy into the brilliant one,” explains the speaker.  

The conference consisted of two specialized sections – Fintech (cryptocurrencies) and Blockchain (tokenization and ICO). Among the top speakers, there were Gerbert Shopnik from Bitfury Group, Leader of PwC Legal Switzerland Guenther Dobrauz-Saldapenna, Michael Chobanian from UNA.io, Vice President at RACIB Valeriy Petrov, and Prof Simon Choi from China.

Panel discussions with top speakers

The event consisted of a panel discussion titled ‘Regulation of blockchain and digital financial assets’. The most experienced Russian crypto experts and lawyers took part in it.  

Among them, there were lawyer and expert on international financial and corporate law Maxim Pervunin, Director at OECD Centre RANEPA (the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration) Antonina Levashenko, Partner at Nektorov, Saveliev & Partners (NSP) Alexander Nektorov, lawyers Alexey Sinitsyn and Maria Agranovskaya, and Advisor to the Federal Chamber of Lawyers of the Russian Federation Helen Avakyan.

“Development of documentation that meets the standards is important, it should also reflect emerging aspects and provide new terminology. Another vital step lies in its application,” thinks Maria Agranovskaya from Moscow-based GRAD Attorney Bar.

The experts discussed cryptocurrency influence on capital management and obstacles on the way of digital money development. The panel discussion was part of the Fintech section. Meanwhile, Blockchain section specialists took part in the panel discussion titled ‘Evolution of the blockchain technology – period of experiments’.  

Demo zone: Mining 2.0 and cutting-edge hardware

Attendees had an opportunity to visit a traditional demo zone to observe products and services of the event participants – Cryptoferma, FAP LLC, DiPlex, GIXCUP.IO, DarQube, Hotmine, NRGMiner, AS1C, Mining-LAB, Bitferma, Quantium, Pacific, WattsOn, and GoWeb.

Particularly, Hotmine presented its equipment for heat generation by means of mining. As reported by the company representatives, heat produced by such devices will be a basis of the future mining.

At the booth of the manufacturer of 51ASIC mining equipment, attendees had a chance to take a look at ASICs, hardware wallets, control boards, power units, main bodies, and cables.

The leader of the Russian mining market WattsOn showcased its new product – ASIC BITMAIN ANTMINER S15. The company also announced the launch of a new pool.

Attendees had a possibility to ask the demozone participants any questions concerning their products, partnership conditions, and even their forecast of a Bitcoin rate.

“Our company was working during Bitcoin’s first and second fork. We witnessed the period than Bitcoin skyrocketed from $175 to $1000, and then from $2000 to $16 000. Everybody poses us the same question – when will it shoot for the moon again? Here is my point of view: as soon as the next halving comes about, Bitcoin will dramatically rise,” commented a Hotmine representative.

Organizers

Blockchain Conference Moscow was organized by Smile-Expo, an international company with a 12-year experience in this sphere, which is 250+ events, 356 000+ attendees, 500+ speakers, and 500+ top exhibitors.

Smile-Expo is an organizer of major conferences dedicated to blockchain and cryptocurrencies. The company has been holding the Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference series across the globe since 2014. The events took place in 25 countries.

The sponsors of the eighth crypto event Blockchain Conference Moscow are the leading industry companies: DarQube (Silver Sponsor), TAAS Capital Fund (Investment Partner), Hotmine (Mining 2.0 Sponsor), Kaplink (Investment Partner), MMGP.RU (General Media Partner), WattsOn (Exclusive Sponsor), and CryptumTV (General Media Partner).

For more information about the event and news in the cryptocurrency universe, visit the official website of Blockchain Conference Moscow.

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Malaysia Incentivizes Its Palm Oil Industry with Blockchain-Tribeni Das

Malaysia has been using Blockchain Technology in three of the country’s largest industries today, namely Renewable Energy, Palm Oil Industry, and the Islamic Banking Sector.

Palm oil has been in growing demand for over the last decade has driven a lot more attention and new ventures towards the industry. Malaysia currently accounts for 39 % of world palm oil production and 44% of world exports. If taken into account of other oils & fats produced in the country. As palm oil is the key income earner, this industry is set to thrive for the next 100 years.

Production of palm oil has become a popular way to meet global consumption for not only vegetable oils but as an everyday household commodity since the yield per hectare ratio is very high.

Palm oil is the biggest export business of Malaysia, accounting for nearly half, which is 43%, of the country’s agricultural income, according to official figures. Agriculture, just alone, contributes to 8.1% of the country’s GDP.

Hence the government brought out reforms in the structuring of this high revenue earning industry by integrating Blockchain Technology as it will help boost the economic situation of the country and make its functioning more transparent and contribute to environmental sustainability.

The Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology, known as MIGHT, led an initiative to combine Blockchain Technology with the Palm Oil Industry for greater profits as there is a heavy reliance on the agricultural input.

  • This will allow for a more sustainable supply chain network, as sellers and customers are now able to track the source of palm oil and monitor their transactions.
  • Government and legal committees can also use the data to track the sources and modulate the industry for a more sustainable approach.

Recently, a group called SUSTAIN (Sustainability Assurance & Innovation Alliance) created by a number of palm oil industry leaders came up with their own plan.

The goal of this alliance is to establish a Blockchain-based palm oil platform to tackle landscape-level sustainability problems, as well as meeting goals related to NDPE (No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation) which is very environmental.

Blockchain combined with this industry can be helpful in geographically locating the harvested fruit branches and can be utilised as a concrete support system for the same. This would help us get the stored information related to the palm oil workers identities and harvesting phases. This structure could also prove to be revolutionary as it will not only provide government agencies with better information regarding the employment status of the workers but also help policy maker’s gain and access more information about the farming practices. In its entirety, the overall conditions of workers who are working for or connected to this industry will improve.

Palm oil spoilage and wastage is one less known issue that propels up, but with this technology it can now be curbed. The spoilage takes place when it is improperly stored as palm oil has the propensity to react poorly to unsuitable surroundings. When this takes place, the oil is unfit for consumption and even usage as the amount of Free Fatty Acids (FFA) reaches a specific level.

Hence in ways mentioned above, a future-tech advancement like Blockchain is helping regulate an everyday resource like palm oil. Speculation is that in the future Blockchain Technology could be combined with IoT sensors to uncover more potential and revenue methods in this industry. There is so much to explore and the research is still on. World Blockchain Summit taking place in Kuala Lumpur from 27th – 28th of February, this year, aims to connect solution providers dealing with ledger based services to the local marketplace, in order to help Malaysia develop an implementation roadmap to utilise Blockchain as a solution to the aforementioned problems!

Click here to learn more about our event.

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Glimpse into the Future at Hong Kong Blockchain Week

The first thing to know about blockchain technology is that there is a lot to know.

There is, of course, Bitcoin, which has always been seen as Batman to blockchain’s Robin, or vice-versa. But since those early days when Bitcoin and blockchain were seemingly joined at the hip, the nascent technology has begun to outgrow its exclusivity with cryptocurrencies: From global payments to insurance to the travel industry to the real estate business and beyond, the possibilities for blockchain’s utilization in the near future seem limitless.

There is also, of course, blockchain’s strides in banking: HSBC announced earlier this year that it has now settled more than three million forex transactions and made more than 150,000 payments worth $250 billion using blockchain technology. Specifically, the bank is using a distributed ledger technology called HSBC FX Everywhere, noting in a press release that it “has been used for the past year to orchestrate payments across HSBC’s internal balance sheets, creating significant efficiencies and opportunities.”

However, since any attempt at innovation often gets met with equal parts excitement and skepticism, it’s not surprising that some doubts have been raised about the progress blockchain has made thus far – or the lack thereof, as it were.

And while the economist Nouriel Roubini – who, granted, is nicknamed “Dr. Doom” – is already talking about blockchain’s “broken promises,” it doesn’t seem as though most people are as quick to dismiss the technology’s potential. Instead, there appears to be an air of cautious optimism, with people excited by its potential, but still waiting for its potential to be realized in more real-world applications.

A survey conducted by consulting firm Deloitte of over 1,000 executives across the globe found that although 74 of respondents said their companies see a “compelling business case” for using blockchain technology, only 34 percent said their company has initiated deployment of blockchain in some capacity. And while “a significant percentage of early adopters in the business community (59 percent) believe in blockchain’s potential to disrupt and revolutionize their industries, and the overall economy,” the reality is “there are very few active use cases they can currently employ to advance their beliefs.”

And yet, 78 percent of the executives surveyed by Deloitte “believe they stand to lose competitive advantage if they do not eventually implement blockchain.”

So, we return to our original premise: There is indeed a lot to know about blockchain. But knowledge is power, of course, and whether you’re an early adopter of blockchain technology or a neophyte trying to catch up, Hong Kong Blockchain Week, presented by NexChange on March 4-8, is the largest blockchain event in Hong Kong and the perfect opportunity to hear  about the real-world applications of blockchain, discuss the opportunities it presents for innovation in your industry, learn about possible regulatory developments and connect with other people in the fledgling space.

Among the topics that will be covered during the week include:

  • Government and Blockchain in which we focus on use cases
  • Financial Services and Blockchain in which we look at how big banks and insurance companies are using the technology
  • Big Corporate and Blockchain in which we explore how it’s being used by Fortune 500 and other companies
  • Technological Advancement and Blockchain in which we geek out about how to solve blockchain’s challenges
  • Governance and Blockchain in which we talk about creating governance structures that deliver on the democratization promised by blockchain

Hong Kong Blockchain Week will feature some of the best and brightest minds in blockchain, finance and innovation. Our panel of experts will talk about both the progress that’s been made so far, as well as the challenges the industry faces as it moves this new technology forward.

Our featured speakers will include Bart Chilton, former Commissioner of the U.S. Commodities Futures and Trade Commission; Sinhae Lee, partner at Global Blockchain Innovative Capital (GBIC); Tony Tong, Co-Chairman of the Hong Kong Blockchain Association; Clara Chiu, Head of Fintech Unit & Director of Licensing at the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC); Franklyn Richards, Founding Director at the Litecoin Foundation and COO of Zulu Republic; Charles d’ Haussey, Head of Fintech at InvestHK; Charles Mok, member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong; Sally Evers, official member of the Forbes Technology Council; Brittany Kaiser, Co-Founder of the Digital Asset Trade Association (DATA) and Cambridge Analytica whistleblower; and Juwan Lee, Chairman and CEO of the NexChange Group and CEO of Arrakis Ventures.

There is a lot of ground to cover when it comes to better understanding the opportunities and challenges with blockchain; luckily, we’ll have a week to take a deep dive into the technology. To register for Hong Kong Blockchain Week and to stay updates on the full lineup of featured speakers, just go HERE. We hope to see you there.

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The Famous Wall Street Analyst Tom Lee at the Blockchain Economy Istanbul Summit!

The Famous Wall Street Analyst Tom Lee, who is very well-known with his significant role in Blockchain economy and definite predictions on Bitcoin prices, is coming to Istanbul. Tom Lee is taking a stage at the Blockchain Economy Istanbul Summit as a key speaker and is going to share with the attendees his price predictions, his prognosis about the further steps of Bitcoin investors.

Like the Wall Street Analyst Tom Lee, the billionaire investor Tim Draper, the IOTA co-founder Serguei Popov, SpaceX Hyperloop winning scientist Ilyas Vali, Malta’s consultant on Blockchain Cal Evans and the President of the Free Republic of Liberland Vit Jedlicka are all taking important part as one of the keynote speakers at the the largest Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference of the Region “Blockchain Economy Istanbul Summit“.

You are invited to the International Conference that will be held in Istanbul to listen to Tom Lee’s speech about the future of Bitcoin. Moreover, you can understand the Blockchain technology deeply and obtain more ideas on your investment plans.The tickets are on sale now for this conference which will have more than 5,000 attendees from 43 countries of Europe, the Middle-East and the Central Asia in addition to 10,000 audience watching it alive.

“Blockchain Economy Istanbul Summit”
Venue: Haliç Congress Center, İstanbul
Date: February 20, 2019

Website: www.blockchaineconomy.istanbul/EN/

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Bitcoin Mixer: Keep Your Bitcoins Safe

These days, the security problem is one of the main issues that haunts the cryptocurrency world. When Bitcoin and altcoins first appeared, they created a hype around themselves due to the fact that crypto transactions were supposed to be anonymous and safe. But, of course, there are pitfalls. Although cryptocurrency truly are way more secure than fiat money, cyber criminals can still get access to your wallet address or transaction history, since all of this information is stored in the blockchain. Certainly, it would not be an easy job, but it’s quite possible, and with due diligence of a scammer, all of your assets could be gone in a blink of an eye. How to protect yourself from such a risk?

What is Bitcoin Mixer?

Bitcoin Mixer is a special service created to protect the users’ crypto. Its name speaks for itself: it mixes up cryptocurrency. To be more exact, it mixes up the history of coins, thus, it becomes impossible to track them down and tie them to a specific person or wallet address. No matter how careful you may be, if you conduct transactions online, you will leave some kind of trail. Bitcoin Mixer wipes this trail away and makes your assets unattainable for scammers and criminals.

Important features of Bitcoin Mixer

  • it does not save or store any logs;
  • the team can always help out with unfinished transactions;
  • it does not require or collect any personal data, including email;
  • it is completely automated;
  • it has an affiliate program;
  • the service is easy to use and has a user-friendly interface.

Investment into the security of your money will always pay off many times more. If you are willing to protect your hard-earned crypto, visit the site of the service https://bitcoinmix.org/ and follow the simple procedure to start mixing.

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MGO Set For a Positive Uptrend As Game Devs Favor It As A Currency of Choice

Over the course of the last few weeks, game developers and publishers that utilize the Xsolla platform have begun to rely more and more on withdrawing the profits that they make directly in MobileGo (MGO) tokens rather than in fiat. It’s important to note that Xsolla supports multiple assets and payment systems. So, why the sudden rise in MGO’s popularity among game developers and publishers that utilize the Xsolla platform?

Where the action is taking place

Before we dive deeper into MGO’s rise in popularity, it’s worth looking into what Xsolla is and what makes it unique. Xsolla started out more than a decade ago as a platform that allowed players to acquire in-game items using fiat currencies. Over the course of its existence, Xsolla has grown to become a powerhouse in the gaming industry. The platform currently has a turnover of close to $100 million per month, accommodates half a billion users from over 200 countries, granting them access to over 500 games and 100 different currencies, alongside MGO, which can be taken advantage of through 700 payment systems, and processes over 40 million transactions on a yearly basis. In essence, Xsolla is a gaming industry company which provides game publisher and devs access to billing, payment, game distribution, and marketing tools.

While the platform supports MGO and over 100 other currencies that can be utilized via it’s 700 various payment providers, withdrawals from the platform are only allowed to be carried out in two currencies, fiat or MGO tokens. With the latter seeing growing popularity when it comes to cashing out earned funds. Which spells awesome news for the MobileGo project and demonstrates rising demand for MGO tokens.

Who’s using MGO today?

Currently, over a dozen different teams are actively converting and cashing out their profits through the use of MobileGo tokens via the Xsolla platform. So far, the volume of MGO being moved comes close to a quarter million dollars on a regular basis. It’s expected that more teams will come to favor operations involving MGO tokens opposed to fiat as MobileGo’s popularity and global awareness rise. Thus, it’s quite likely that MGO will account for close to 30% of Xsolla’s monthly volume in the very near future. As mentioned previously, Xsollas monthly turnover inches close to a whopping $100 million.

Let’s dive into further detail as to why teams and game devs prefer MGO over other options.

Why MGO is the currency of choice for game devs

Generally, when it comes to fiat currencies, it takes game developers and producers quite a bit of time to actually receive the money that they earned through their hard work. It’s not at all uncommon for this process to drag out and take weeks or even months on end. In addition to the occasionally huge time frames, it’s necessary to take into account that contractors, salaries, and equipment need to be paid off as well. Add the hefty transactional fees and commissions that accompany all fiat based operations on top of the waiting game and you’ve got game developers walking away with way less than what they earned and deserve.

In contrast, utilizing MGO for payouts is way faster, cost-efficient, secure, and simple in comparison to other commonly used payment methods. Once funds are received, the withdrawal process is as easy as making a few mouse clicks, requires little tech know-how and you’ve got your funds in no more than 20 minutes. The best part? No pesky fees and commissions. MGO tokens can be sent to most cryptocurrency wallets that support Ethereum based assets. However, many prefer to withdraw MGO directly to crypto exchanges, primarily to behemoths Bitforex and Bitfinex.

Once the MGO tokens are withdrawn, users are in full control over their assets. They can convert them into popular cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum, Bitcoin, USDT on exchanges that support MGO tokens or swap them directly for fiat currencies.

What the future holds for MGO

Over the course of the last year, MGO tokens have been gaining traction and seeing increased popularity on from game devs and cryptocurrency enthusiasts. The tokens volume has been steadily rising alongside the projects overall market capitalization ($25 million as of the time of this writing), and the currency is being relied on more and more on a daily basis by developers the world over.

This undeniably sets a precedent and paints a bright future for both the MGO and Xsolla ecosystems. As the token comes to see increasingly more demand from game devs for taking hold of their profits, it’s expected that the tokens price will continue to rise. The value that MGO tokens currently hold is built on actual money flow, use cases, and real-world applications within the thriving gaming industry, which together with MGO continues to gain momentum and expand in popularity and worth on a daily basis.

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The Sixth Annual Conference BlockchainUA Will Bring Together the Strongest Blockchain Community in Ukraine and Europe

The BlockchainUA team is proud to announce the sixth annual international conference, which will be held in Kiev, March 22, 2019 and will bring together the strongest blockchain community in Ukraine and Europe!

The main mission of BlockchainUA is to increase awareness of blockchain and decentralized technologies, support the blockchain community, and integrate Ukraine on the international level.

The participants will be provided with a unique opportunity to listen to advanced experts in the blockchain and decentralized technologies, to learn lawyers opinions and discover the experience of owners of successful businesses.

Exclusive reports, analytics, trends, discussions and much more will be covered during BlockchainUA. Therefore, in addition to the main program, participants will have the opportunity to talk with opinion leaders in the blockchain industry. The conference is a great place to find partners, investors and make useful contacts, which can later lead to the development of an innovative blockchain project!

We are always moving and trying to improve our events, so BlockchainUA changed the format and location. The conference will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev and expects 500 of the most interested enthusiasts for whom the team is preparing a unique blockchain merchandise, books and prizes!

BlockchainUA has a content for everyone. The conference is divided into 3 simultaneous streams, so you can choose between Blockchain for business, Blockchain development or Blockchain marketing topics.

Join us and become the part of a large blockchain community!

When: March 22, 2019

More details about the conference on the official website: https://blockchainua.com/en   

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1086107541598557/

You can buy tickets by the link: https://2event.com/ru/events/1581449?fbclid=IwAR0idZ9ZArpq3lH_FShrr0Gn4xLlums4-VktiTjyGeOyXeqBlTQq0VpdnRI

Traditionally, after the conference, on 23-24 March, BlockchainUA-Hackathon will be held, where people can prove themselves in creating prototypes of products using blockchain technology. Recognized in the community mentors are always available for consultation and can share their experience in solving a complex tasks. According to the results of the hackathon, the best participants will have the opportunity to win main prizes and work in the Distributed Lab team. Participation is free!

You can find detailed information on the official website:

http://blockchainua-hackathon.com/en   

And on the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/132035664368212/

See you at BlockchainUA!

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