In 2017, when the ICO boom was in full force, Nexinter’s founder Ana Bencic had an “a-ha!” moment — she knew that the ICO bubble wouldn’t last. So Ana had a vision of a different type of digital trading platform.
Fast-forward two years and the digital assets trading platform, Nexinter, has been launched, got licensed in Estonia but chose Malta as their main head-quarter.
When Ana Bencic contacted me with her vision for Nexinter’s marketing strategy, she wanted someone that understood the dynamic of the digital assets trading business.
So, we talked about her plans and how my expertise would help Nexinter and then, our partnership was born.
“Cryptocurrency trading spearheaded the rise of this technology [Blockchain] and Malta is one of the few jurisdictions to provide a legal regulatory framework for companies in the forefront of the market like Nexinter”.
Ana Bencic, CEO Nexinter
“The event is moving beyond the hype and has become one of the most important events for stakeholders in AI, Big Data, Blockchain, IoT and Quantum Technologies”
Daniele Mensi, CMO Nexinter
For more about the Malta AI & Blockchain Summit click here
Blockchain PR in collaboration with the Swedish Blockchain Association is attending the event.
Following on from a successful conference in Barcelona in 2018, the European Blockchain Convention (EBC) is landing in Copenhagen on May 20th as the first international conference in the Nordic Countries dedicated to the Blockchain Industry. The event will bring together over 400 industry leaders, business decision makers, tech innovators and investors from all around the world.
Over 35 visionary speakers will address the challenges and opportunities of Blockchain Technology in Denmark’s four main sectors: Finance, Public Sector, Healthcare and Shipping. The convention, which aims to be a meeting place for all industry leaders, investors, developers, regulators, lawyers and entrepreneurs, is intended for both management profiles as well as technical profiles.
The EBC was born in Barcelona last year to become the leading Blockchain Conference for Business in Europe: “We want to contribute to the development of the ecosystem by facilitating the connection between startups, investors and corporations. Adding the Copenhagen Edition to our platform strengthens the connection between the north and the south of Europe, which is essential if we want European Startups to be able to compete with the American ones or the Asian ones”, stressed Victoria Gago, Co-Founder of the EBC (picture).
Daniel Salmerón, Co-founder of the conference, highlights that Copenhagen was chosen to host the EBC because it is currently one of the biggest tech hubs in Europe and because it has the potential to become a global leader in Blockchain. “Although we are planning to organize more editions in other European capitals, we would like Barcelona and Copenhagen to host at least one edition of the EBC every year.”
The welcome address will be held by Cecilia Lonning-Skovgaard, Mayor of Employment and Integration in Copenhagen since 2018.
Speakers on stage will include representatives from EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum, World Economic Forum, Ripple, Maersk, Danmarks Nationalbank, Trustworks, Danske Bank, IBM, ING, Bank of England, IMF, IOTA, MakerDAO, University of Copenhagen, PwC, Distributed Labs, Swiss National Bank and many more.
The event is an exceptional opportunity to connect with industry-leading experts and innovative tech start-ups within the booming Blockchain space in the Nordic countries and in Europe.
The Stockholm Blockchain Forum taking place on April 11th has announced a stellar show in April with the headlining speakers Ivan Liljeqvist, Taavi Rõivas and Cherie Aimee. Exhibitors include AE, Caledo, Friend, CryptoSalary and ShellPay. The seats for the conference are now almost sold out.
On the 11th of April, Techbook is organising the first Stockholm Blockchain Forum at the Stockholm International Affairs in Älvsjö. The event is bringing together blockchain experts from across the globe to network, forge new business relationships and educate traditional industries on how to implement blockchain technologies. The event is designed along the lines of an online forum brought into a physical space, a concept championed by the former CEO of Optimizer Invest, Carla Maree Vella, who is appointed Director of Content for the event.
“What we are trying to do is to play a bit on the word ‘forum’. As we know in the world of the interwebs, a forum is where people communicate and share information and thoughts. A lot of the conferences I visited last year were very much one-way communication-style. The idea here is to be able to not only to listen to panels and keynotes, but to strategically involve delegates in the discussions through structured networking events and specialised exercises to pull questions out of the audience and have an expert panel discuss those topics,” says Carla Maree Vella.
The Stockholm Blockchain Forum has gathered a number of key players in the Swedish blockchain scene to take part, including companies and organisations such as SweBlocks Academy, Swedish Blockchain Association, ChromaWay, DGOV Foundation, inblockio, Safello, Tokenine, Bitbay, BTCX, ZBX, EOS SW/EDEN, and Flype.
The speaker line-up includes prominent names such as Ivan Liljeqvist, world-famous YouTuber under the name Ivan on Tech; Taavi Rõivas, Former Prime Minister of Estonia; and Cherie Aimée, ranked as the sixth most influential woman in blockchain across the globe.
The agenda of the one-day conference features the topics Regulation, DAOs and Decentralized Governance, Banking and Blockchain, Centralised vs Decentralized Exchanges, Banking Today and the Future Token Economy, a comprehensive Q&A session where the audience can engage experts on stage for any queries on blockchain use cases, as well as a number of Thought Leader interviews.
Delegates are expected to learn how blockchain can be implemented into particular business cases, in what ways it can be used to enhance customer and supplier relationships, ROI and operational efficiency, as well as the current status of the technology, regulation, feasibility of adoption and integration requirements. The day will also include a session on how tokenisation of assets can be realised in Sweden in accordance with the current financial regulations.
Delegates are suggested to reserve their seats quickly as the organisers are running out of available tickets with less than 50 seats remaining. The conference is sharing its expo floor with four other conferences and exhibitors can benefit from hundreds of key decision makers under one roof. The forum is sponsored by the exhibitors AE, Caledo, Friend, CryptoSalary and ShellPay. The Stockholm Blockchain Forum is a must-go for anyone who wish to dive deeper into the actual use cases of blockchain and network with C-Suite professionals as well as some of the most innovative start-ups in the field.
Yes, they did it – and it was an amazing week! Organizers Lana Brandorne, Anna Blyablina and Love Dager put together this ground-breaking event in Stockholm: the first edition of Sthlm Fintech week.
Throughout the week Sthlm Fintech Week brought together industry leaders and experts in different areas within fintech: from regtech and insurtech to sustainability and blockchain.
I was particularly interested in the Blockchain track – coming straight from Stockholm’s central station after a 5 hour journey from Malmö, I headed straight away to SUP46 for the Blockchain track.
Here is a few takeaways from the track:
Mika Honkasalo (Robin Capital) : “The next generation of internet protocols is being built right now”
Mika (main photo) started the afternoon with the state of the Nordic crypto market. He pointed out that 2018 (coming to 2019) was the year that major financial institutions made their first public moves to blockchain/crypto.
Also, the Nordics have a great pool of developers the can solve major computer problems .
Agnieszka Sarnecka (Neufund): “Don’t trade your [equity tokens] until you finish your fundraising”.
Talking about “Fundraising on Blockchain: How to do an Equity Token Offering”, Agnieszka make another important point: storytelling.
Surely, storytelling is crucial to make people, and more importantly investors, interested in your product.
Oliver Oram (Chainvine): “Intelligent contracts are not replacing lawyers themselves, but offering new services.”
With “The importance of being agnostic”, Oliver talked about smart contracts, or how he likes to call it, intelligent contracts. They didn’t come to make lawyers obsolete but came to complement the services they already provide.
Carla Maree Vella (XD Consulting): “In Crypto we trust, in code we trust, in law we must.”
Her lecture was “Regulatory Boundaries: Are they stifling growth and innovation in crypto?” – she pointed out that regulations, especially in a jurisdiction like Malta, didn’t come to policy and hold back growth, but create a environment where blockchain companies can be liable and therefore, grow their business in a trustworthy way.
A special thanks to Jens Frid for co-organizing the Blockchain track!
On February 11-15, the community-driven Sthlm Fintech Week will host a five-day conference in the heart of Stockholm gathering the best of fintech from all across the Nordics. The event will be a platform for start-ups, banks, legislators and corporate representatives to meet and discuss opportunities and challenges within the fintech community.
Over the course of the week, more than 50 start-ups will meet with banks, representatives from the Government Offices and the Central Bank of Sweden.
Investors and representatives from academia will discuss new trends of Fintech, Regtech, Blockchain, Insurtech, Sustainability and Impact tech, Digitalization, Regulation and Nordic Collaboration, as well as offer opportunities of investment and fintech acceleration.
“Stockholm accounted for nearly 50% of total fintech investments in the Nordics in 2018″
Anna Gissler, Acting CEO of Stockholm Business Region, one of the conference’s partners and supporter.
Joining Stockholm Business Region as partner of the conference are Amazon Web Services, Wirecard, Itello, Capgemini, Trustly, SEB and Norrsken Foundation.
One of the highlights for me will be the Blockchain track. Happening tomorrow (Tuesday 12th Feb), the track will bring a diverse group of keynote speakers discussing topics varying from the state of the crypto market in the Nordics, equity tokens, next-generation dapps platform to brokerage as service, intelligent contracts and crypto regulation.
On Wednesday 13th Feb, the much awaited Sustainability and Impact Tech track is happening at Norrsken House – part of Norssken Foundation. A very interesting panel discussion about the impact of startups and their sustainable development goals (SDG) will open the day. The track will also bring sustainable business cases, like AidHedge that promises to identify and help manage financial risks in aid and sustainable development projects.
“Norrsken Foundation strives to make a positive impact on people and planet. Our coworking space, Norrsken House is a hub for the brightest people in tech, entrepreneurship and impact and so it follows that our doors are always open to events like Stockholm Fintech Week who bring world-changing entrepreneurs together to create something very special. We’re delighted to be involved”, Thom Feeney, General Manager, Norrsken House Stockholm said
For years, Sweden has dominated the global innovation landscape and it is no different with the ongoing technological revolution where companies like Klarna and iZettle were put on the map. Although, Sweden has attracted two-thirds of the Nordic fintech investments, there hasn’t been a comprehensive national ecosystem.
This January, FinDec came to life as a physical and digital gathering place for Sweden’s fintech community, aiming to build a stronger ecosystem. The name FinDec is a reference to “Fintech” and “Decentralized” and will support fintech in general, including verticals for Regtech, Insurtech and Blockchain. Even before the launch, about 50 affiliated startups and established players have signed up, and strategic partnerships have been established with Helsinki Fintech Farm, Oslo Fintech Hub and Copenhagen Fintech.
Behind FinDec are industry veterans with extensive experience from the financial sector and tech industry. Among these are Mats Holmfeldt (Paynova, Resurs, Intrum, Swedbank, SEB), Anette Nordvall (business angel), Lars Arvidson (Ericsson), Stig Johansson (Finansinspektionen), and blockchain experts Daniel Zachrisson and Jens Frid to name a few.
In addition to coming investments in co-working, offices and physical gatherings, Findec will also launch a digital platform during the first quarter in order to be able to service all companies in the country with the same information and accessibility to networks, events, reports, mentors, advisors and investors.
Blockchain PR is a starting a content collab with FinDec
Blockchain PR is proud to be invited to take part of the Blockchain360° conference – one of the most senior conferences in the Nordics happening in Stockholm 12th – 13th November 2018.
The Swedish Blockchain Association (SBA) is teaming up with Blockchain 360 ° – Sweden’s first news site bringing the latest about the Swedish and international blockchain scene – to bring one of the best blockchain conferences in the Nordics.
“Already in the first day we had thousands of readers – the interest is huge,” says John Uggla, chief editor of Blockchain 360 °.
That’s why the Swedish Blockchain Association (SBA) was so keen to team up with Blockchain 360 ° . Behind SBA are Andreas Johansson and Benjamin Dahl, both early believers in Blockchain and decentralization.
“It feels extremely fun to work with the people who were involved in the first steps of blockchain in Sweden. Andreas Johansson and Benjamin Dahl, and the network that they built, will contribute with comprehensive skills and know-how about technology and industry while we hope to give a fair picture of how hugely exciting this sector is. We feel like an unbeatable team” said Daniele Truini, head of events at Blockchain 360 °.
Indeed, Stockholm and Sweden became a bubble of innovation power, driven by a new generation of entrepreneurs. Cryptocurrencies finally made their way into everyday conversations in Sweden – 2017 was the year the word blockchain reached mainstream, hence the demand of a event of this importance.
World’s top industry experts tell all at Blockchain 360 °
During Blockchain 360 ° (12th – 13h November 2018), several of the world’s top experts in blockchain gather together to give companies and organizations a unique insight into the blockchain technology. Plus, exciting seminars varying from workshops to examining successful cases, will help businesses adapt and develop business models for future entrepreneurship.
A good example is Sven Edgren of Norwegian DNV GL, who will tell how the Chinese platform VeChain has linked goods and logistics to blockchain. By following the product from farm to shelf, consumers will have a fully transparent picture from the product’s origin – that wouldn’t be possible without blockchain.
For more information about the event’s program click here.
For live updates of the conference follow Ana Paula Picasso on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Press contact for the event:
Daniele Truini, Head of Events – Blockchain 360° & ContentLab by Differ
I was proud to take part of the Malta Blockchain Summit with Blockchain PR – The summit was a huge success, here is a quick summary of the event.
The inaugural edition of the Malta Blockchain Summit has been a resounding triumph. Held on the 1st to 2nd November, at the Intercontinental Hotel, St. Julian’s – the Summit saw intense interest, from both local and global quarters, with 8,500 attendees turning up for the event.
The success of the show means the Summit will likely move to a larger venue better equipped to handle the scale of a growing Summit.
The Summit marked its entry as a key player on the island’s blockchain calendar, with the official launch of Malta’s DLT regulation acts announced during the Regulatory Conference. The three pieces of legislation moved swiftly through parliament, with approval conferred in July and August, before officially coming into effect on the first day of the Summit.
The new DLT regulation bills to mark Malta’s induction to a global hall of fame as the Blockchain Island are: the Malta Digital Innovation Authority Bill, Innovative Technology Arrangements and Services Bill, and the Virtual Financial Asset Bill.
The launch of the bills comes in tandem with relocation from major players in the crypto sphere, such as Binance, OKEx and ZBX, and government promise to make the aptly dubbed Blockchain Island a hub for blockchain excellence.
With notable denizens of the industry, such as cryptocurrency evangelist and business guru, John McAfee, blockchain father and co-founder, W. Scott Stornetta, Hanson Robotics creation, Sophia the humanoid robot, and the Honourable Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta, addressing riveted audiences, the summit carried an aura of prestige and quality.
“I came to talk about the early work that we did, laying the foundations pre-Bitcoin for the blockchain. It is a little frenzied and very crowded. I think they succeeded a little too well in attracting people here.” said W. Scott Stornetta.
“I think it is an excellent summit. The quality of the attendees and the people presenting is excellent, it is well organised. Eman Pulis, the Founder of the Malta Blockchain Summit, is tremendous. But basically I came, so that I could talk, which I did. I want to tell the world, as I see it.” said John McAfee.
A competitive Hackathon for developers was overseen by a panel of some of the most influential movers and shakers in the industry. The judging table made place for esteemed individuals such as Scott Stornetta, Charles Hoskinson, Ilya Smagin, and Lucas Park.
Blockchain Charity Lottery took first place and a coveted prize of €25, 000, with TPass and Tensegrity coming in at second and third place and winning €15,000 and €10,000 respectively.
A heated ICO Pitch lit up the stage on both days of the Summit, as 35 ICO’s battled it out for invaluable mentorship from a line-up of savvy investors, industry exposure and a share of the $100,000 prize. Startups Rise and AEToken took first and second place on Day 1 and Tatau and GoMama grabbing the crown on the second day of the Pitch.
A new government AI strategy was announced during a press conference held at the Malta Blockchain Summit. The Junior Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, Hon. Silvio Schembri launched a task force which will design a national strategy on AI and explore a citizenship test for robots – placing Malta amongst the top 10 nations in the world to do so. Malta.ai will work in collaboration with SingularityNet, the company behind Sophia, the humanoid robot’s AI.
The Summit ended with a number of lavish dinners, a spectacular closing night event and a grand evening tour of Malta’s fortified harbour during the Crypto Cruise.
“I wish to thank everyone who attended the Malta Blockchain Summit for the overwhelming feedback! This week the Blockchain community accepted me and my team as part of the family. I look forward to contribute and help drive this technology forward by doing what I love the most – events!” said Eman Pulis commenting on the monumental success of the Malta Blockchain Summit.
Main photo: Malta’s Prime minister Joseph Muscat opening the conference.
Malta has earned a well-deserved title of “Blockchain island” – it is the first jurisdiction in the world to introduce blockchain regulations. The Maltese government views the blockchain technology as a whole, while other countries are typically looking at crypto and blockchain for short-term gains. It’s fair to say that Malta legislators understand what the blockchain technology can offer in the long run.
In July 2018 when the Maltese parliament passed the regulatory bills, Silvio Schembri, Junior Minister for Financial Services, tweeted:
The 3 Bills that will regulate DLT have been approved by Parliament and enacted into law. Malta , the first world jurisdiction to provide legal certainty to this space. #blockchainisland@JosephMuscat_JM
These 3 bills provide comprehensive legal framework that addresses a number of problems faced by the industry. But what are they and what makes them such special piece of legislation? Here is a quick summary of each bill:
The first one is the Malta Digital Innovation Authority Act(MDIA Act), and it establishes the Malta Digital Innovation Authority and certifies DLT platforms. This law will focus on internal governance arrangements and will outline the duties and responsibilities of the Authority to certify DLT platforms to ensure credibility and provide legal certainty to users wishing to make use of a DLT platform.
The second is the Innovative Technology Arrangement and Services Act (ITAS Act), deals with DLT arrangements and certifications of DLT platforms. This bill is primarily concerned with the setting up of exchanges and other companies operating in the cryptocurrency market.
And the third law, known as the Virtual Financial Assets Act (VFA Act), establishes the regulatory regime governing ICOs, cryptocurrency exchanges, wallet providers, etc.
Additionally, these bills reflect the European Union (EU) laws onto Maltese laws. There are 3 basic core principles that the bills abide to – market integrity, consumer protection and industry protection. The main difference here is that the bills have a principles-based approach, rather than a rules-based approach. Hopefully, they will flourish amidst a highly-unregulated environment.
That is why Malta is so attractive to the biggest players in the industry, hence Binance and OKEx already set up shop there.
On October 9, 2018, Smile-Expo international company organized Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Switzerland – a crypto event in Geneva that has gathered 150 visitors – top professionals in the crypto segment, representatives of the major DLT-based companies, entrepreneurs and investors.
Speakers and Key Topics of the Event
The conference united 16 speakers – representatives of the leading fintech companies, such as PwC Legal Switzerland and HIT Foundation. Specialists discussed the most crucial aspects regarding the technology and legal aspects of the crypto industry.
The Founder and CEO at SwissBorg Cyrus Fazel talked about the future of financial management. He described the evolution in traditional payment system to P2P and explained the nature of ISO. More than that, the speaker talked about investment funds and customized smart wallets.
Blockchain for Government
The decentralization of government and economy was highlighted by the founder at TARCO International and AgAu.io – Thierry Arys Ruiz. The specialist provided explanation of how digital money challenge the monopoly in Central Banks. The expert also focused on e-voting and solutions for democracy provided by DLT.
According to the specialist, existing problems can be solved in three steps: redefining the two institutional pillars of society – money and power, redefining the Financial System and moving the Society towards a Decentralised Organic Consensus (DOC).
Digitalization of Healthcare Sector
Dr. Quy Vo-Reinhard, one of the HIT Foundation establishers and the company’s CDO, analysed the health data tokenization.
According to the expert, current issues of the healthcare sector can be seen in expensive transactions, complicated access to data and its inconsistency. Dr. Quy Vo-Reinhard sees the solution in decentralized data storage and smart contracts.
In her speech, she presented the positive sides of DLT implementation in the healthcare industry and elaborated on the sphere’s potential future.
Marco Abele, the Founder and CEO of TEND Technologies AG and Abele Innovation Consulting, shared information about how assets get tokenized in modern world using the real use case.
He focused on the changes in the consumer world, compared different eras and explained how tokenization works today.
“Asset tokenization is a much bigger use case than cryptocurrency,” believes the expert. He is sure that the time has changed, asset tokenization will become big and new marketplaces will be established.
Being one of the key issues regarding DLT, legal framework has also been addressed at the panel discussion. Participants included Leandro Lepori, Luigi Bruno, Aleks Bozhinov, Thierry Arys Ruiz. The discussion was moderated by Tina Balzli, Director at PwC Legal Switzerland.
Comparison of Blockchain Ecosystems
The Founder at TopOfBlockchain – Yael Tamar – explained how Israel has changed from a startup nation to the blockchain nation and compared Israeli and Swiss ecosystems.
Exhibitors and Sponsors
Event had a space for the traditional demo zone – companies have shown their latest developments in the crypto industry. One of the exhibitors – Toweco, a platform gathering reviews of brands and products.
The disruptive art community & marketplace MonArt has presented its ways to improve the creative sector.
Among the platforms which demonstrated their solutions there also was the first DLT-powered mobile operator in the world – Miracle Tele. The company has presented its DLT-based solution on how to improve the telecom industry, while its COO – Roberto Machín –shared company’s novelties during the pitch session.
Innovative lending system CoinLoan was a participant of the demo zone as well. The platform’s Business Developer Mike Rozhko also delivered a small pitch presentation.
Hotmine, which provides a new insight into mining, presented its ideas to the attendees. Moreover, the company has become the Mining 2.0 sponsor of the conference.
The bronze sponsorship has been represented by a legal firm Rechtsanwälte Lennert Partners (RLP), which offers various services to clients in several countries and provides advice for private and corporate clients regarding the financial market law.
TaaS Capital Fund was an investment partner of the event – a company enabling the easy crypto assets management.
You can see the post video on the official YouTube channel.
The conference was organized by Smile-Expo – an international company that has already held 47 crypto events in 25 countries. Next events from the Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference series will take place in Russia, Malta and the Philippines.
Events timeline can be found on Smile-Expo website.