When and where is it on?

San Francisco, June 16-19. http://bef.latoken.com/

How many years has it been going?

It’s the third event. The first one was in NY, the second one was in Singapore.
BEF Singapore and New York attracted over 1,600 investors, entrepreneurs, politicians, decision-makers, and opinion leaders, such as Vicente Fox (former president of Mexico), Reese Jones (Singularity University), Jean Claude Donato (Nikaia Ventures), Miko Matsumura (Evercoin), Peter Bergstrom (BitBlock Ventures), Daniel Heller (ex-IMF), Hanna Halaburda (Bank of Canada, NYU), Toni Lane Casserly (Cointelegraph), and Nicholas Merten (DataDash, 285k+ YouTube subscribers).

What was the inspiration to start it?

Inspired by Valentin Preobrazhenkiy, CEO of LATOKEN and Chair of the Organising Committee at BEF, and his wish to make the world a better place.
As he says, ‘Together we will make crypto official and widespread in order to automate capital markets, money and states. This will save billions of working hours each year. Blockchain can automate elections, courts, state finances and make them more transparent. As a result, 6 billion people will overcome corruption to catch up with the golden billion. This is how emerging economies may grow by $400 trillion. At the same time, the costs of state services in developed countries will likely be halved’.

What exciting things can people look forward to?

Amazing networking opportunities with over 100 top-notch speakers, leaders in the crypto and blockchain world. Inspiring sessions and outstanding discussions.
What opportunities are on offer for those attending? Fantastic community gathering of like minded people. Blockchain Economic Forum is designed to empower pioneers to find ideas, investments, partners, and friends.
The forum will host over 40 inspiring discussions on blockchain opportunities for strategic development of real sector companies, industry regulation, technology updates, as well as marketing and PR for blockchain and crypto startups.

Who will be speaking?

BEF San Francisco will feature notable blockchain, cryptocurrency experts, investors, entrepreneurs, politicians, decision-makers, and distinguished opinion leaders, such as Barney Frank, co-author of Dodd-Frank Act, Joe Oliver, Canadian ex-minister of Finance, Eric Ly, the founder of LinkedIn, Reese Jones, Associate Founder of Singularity University, Miko Matsumura, Founder of Evercoin Exchange and even Sophia, the latest and most advanced robot to date and a cultural icon.

What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?

Use this chance to get inspired and to network with the most talented people on planet.

How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?

On our website. http://bef.latoken.com/

Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?

Sophia, the robot, will be there and she will be the one presenting on stage!

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