The Complete Guide for Korea Blockchain Week 2019

Korea has become one of the hottest hubs for Blockchain and it doesn’t get hotter than Korea Blockchain week which kicks off Sep. 27th until Oct. 4th.  This year Korea Blockchain Week will be hosted by FactBlock which is a global Blockchain accelerator.  It is sponsored by the Seoul and Busan Metropolitan City.  In addition, some of the key figures in the Blockchain industry will be coming to Seoul which means there will be a wide variety of events, meetups, parties, and chances for networking.

Main Conference at Korea Blockchain Week D.FINE

Korea Blockchain WeekD.FINE (Sep. 30th – Oct. 1) will the main conference at Korea Blockchain Week 2019 and will take place at the Grand Intercontinental Seoul Parnas. The conference will bring together global Blockchain professionals from leading industry companies and Blockchain startups.  There will also be many financial services giants, academic institutions, and policy groups to discuss the future applications of Blockchain technology.  Furthermore, it will bring together the top Blockchain experts under one roof.  Here are the top 10 speakers that will be at the event.

Top 10 Global Speakers at D.FINE

1. Nick Szabo – Inventor of Smart Contracts

Nick Szabo DFINENick Szabo is considered one of the top cryptographers in the world.  He is a computer scientist from America and is considered the founder of digital money and smart contracts.  His concept of smart contracts is one of the major features for many cryptocurrencies out there.  Therefore is a long-standing rumor that Nick Szabo is the creator of Bitcoin “Satoshi Nakamoto” because Nick played a large role in the development of Bitcoin technology.  Nick has always denied he was Satoshi and expect this topic to come up at D.FINE.  He is considered the top expert when it comes to Bitcoin technology and issues regarding the future of Bitcoin.

2. Michael Novogratz – CEO & Founder at Galaxy Digital Capital Management

Michael Korea Blockchain WeekIf you watch news about Bitcoin and Blockchain on mainstream media you probably have seen Michael Novogratz.  He is the ex-hedge fund manager of Fortress Investment Group and has been the champion of cryptocurrency and Blockchain technology.  He invested in Bitcoin early and started a cryptocurrency investment firm called Galaxy Investment Partners.  Furthermore, It is estimated he has a net worth of over $500 million with over $100 million of that in the form of Bitcoin and Ethereum.  He travels the world promoting cryptocurrency and is putting his money where his mouth is.  Michael is one of the best and clearly explaining why Bitcoin is a smart investment and where it will go in the future.  Therefore, we can’t wait to hear him speak in Seoul.

3.  Vitalik Buterin – Co-founder of Ethereum

VitalikVitalik Buterin made a splash in Seoul when he called out Craig Wright at Deconomy.  He is now back in Seoul and be brought along his co-founder Gavin Wood.  Vitalik and Gavin are the founders of Ethereum and currently, Ethereum is making headlines ever since Vitalik said the Ethereum Blockchain was full.  Everyone is waiting to hear from Vitalik on a solution to the problem of scalability.  You can be sure he will address this issue at D.FINE.  In addition, there are rumors that Bitcoin Cash Blockchain could be used as a temporary scalability solution for the Ethereum network.  Wow!  Bitcoin Cash and Ethereum working together?  The times have sure changed.

4.  Larry Sanger – Co-Founder of Wikipedia

Larry Korea Blockchain Week 2019Larry Sanger co-founded Wikipedia back in 2001.  He has been very critical about where the Internet is now.  He has called out Facebook and Twitter saying that they exploit users personal data to make profits.  Sanger was behind the social media strike movement this year and called for a declaration of digital independence.  Therefore, he is coming to Seoul to spread the message that big social media companies need to be replaced by decentralized networks.  He does not have faith in the government stepping in to rein in companies like Twitter and Facebook.  Furthermore, he does not want the government to regulate free speech and content online.  The only solution he feels is to have a decentralized social network that allows individuals to publish information online with going through a central organization or corporation.

5.  Adam Back – CEO at Blockstream

Adam Back Adam Back is one of the most famous crypto-hackers out there.  His hashcash proof-of-work system is used in counter spam technologies and cryptocurrency mining.  It is rumored that Adam Back knows who the real Satoshi is as he worked with Satoshi on Bitcoin.  Adam is the founder of Blockstream which is one of the main contributors to Bitcoin Core.  He is actively developing the Lightning Network for Bitcoin and is considered one of the top Bitcoin experts today.  Furthermore, he travels the world speaking about the positive uses of Blockchain especially when it comes to international money transfers.

6.  Gavin Wood – Co-Founder of Ethereum

gavin wood Korea Blockchain WeekGavin Wood is the co-founder and former CTO of Ethereum and the founder of Polkadot which is a Blockchain project which has a valuation of over $1.2 billion.  A substantial amount has come from Chinese funds and Polkadot has a loyal following in China.  It is a PoS consensus protocol that creates an environment to allow data structure and blockchains to connect to the network.  Expect him to speak about Polkadot’s aim to build a secure blockchain network for different types of Blockchains to collaborate with each other.  Therefore it will be interesting is to see whether or not Polkadot will be competition for Ethereum 2.0 (Serenity).

7.  David Chaum – Co-Founder of Elixxir

David ChaumDavid Chaum the co-founder of Elixxir is a famous cryptographer who will be showcasing Praxxis digital currency to Seoul.  His aim is to make Praxxis a replacement for physical cash.  Chaum created Ecash back in 1982 and many feel Satoshi was inspired by Ecash when creating Bitcoin.  Currently, the white paper for Praxxis is not yet out which is why his talk at the conference will be highly anticipated.  In addition, Chaum has voiced many times his displeasure at the current development of Blockchains and has an “ok I’ll do it myself” attitude which is refreshing to see.

8.  Sergey Nazarov – CEO at Chainlink

Korea Blockchain Week SergeySergey Nazarov is the CEO at Chainlink and  Chainlink specializes in providing highly secure and trustworthy oracles to both large enterprises and various leading smart contract development teams.  He has been actively building decentralized applications for over 5 years.  He became famous in the crypto space when he built the Secure Asset Exchange which became the first widely used decentralized exchange interface.  Furthermore, it seems more and more that decentralized exchanges are the future and there will be many Korean exchanges eager to hear Sergey’s thoughts on the future of crypto exchanges.

9.  Tom Lee – Managing Partner at Fundstrat 

Korean Blockchain Week Tom LeeJust like Michael, Tom has been active on mainstream networks like CNBC to spread the word about Bitcoin and cryptocurrency.  He is not only a crypto expert but also a Wall Street expert which is hard to find.  Therefore, his Bitcoin price predictions get a lot of attention in the media.  Will he give his predictions for the price of Bitcoin by the end of 2019 at D.FINE?  Tom Lee has always had a buy and hold mentality for Bitcoin and looks at it as a great long term investment.  Furthermore, his current prediction has Bitcoin hitting $25,000 by 2022.

10.  Mrinal Manohar – CEO at CasperLabs

MrinalThere is a lot of interest regarding CasperLabs as it is relatively new to the cryptocurrency ecosystem.  Mrinal Manohar aims to build a fully decentralized, sharded and scalable next-generation Blockchain.  What make the project so interesting is that it is being led by Vlad Zamfir the lead researcher for the Ethereum Foundation.  Therefore expect a lot of collaboration with Ethereum.  Mirnal has stressed in interviews that he does not want to trade decentralization for scalability. 

There will be Blockchain and cryptocurrency experts, entrepreneurs, developers, investors, communities, and thinkers at the conference.  Therefore, expect exciting keynote speeches, panel discussions, and debates.

Events During Korea Blockchain Week 2019 (Updated Daily)

  • BLOCKFESTA 2019 at National Assembly Hall on Sep. 27th.
  • D.FINE Offical VIP Private Party at D.FINE on Sep. 29th.
  • Legal Hackers Seoul: CLB+ Festival 2019 at SparkPlus Seolleung Event Hall on Sep. 30th.
  • Gaming Korea Blockchain Week 2019 at Hashed on Oct. 1st.
  • Navigating Blockchain for Students and Startups at Google for Startups Campus on Oct. 2nd
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the PoS Blockchain at Tra Di Noi on Oct. 2nd.
  • GLHF Road to Adoption in Gaming and Data in Seoul at Spigen Hall on Oct. 2nd.
  • Brunch at Hashed Lounge on Oct. 2nd.