Chainges was a great event that surely set new standards for cryptocurrency and blockchain industry conferences. Everything from the venue to the schedule was the perfect mix of design, dedication and innovation with Amsterdam city proudly hosting the event. On the weekend of the event, the city surely became the capital of blockchain industry.
What did it look like?
The gates opened at 9:30am, on the beautiful morning of the 4th of May. The Kromhouthal is a great industrial venue in the very heart of Amsterdam. Inside, after registration awell-designed interior with an expo section welcomed the guests. Right there all partners were stationed, each in their own booths, perfectly visible for all attendants.
The Expo area gave everyone attending Chainges a chance to meet exhibiting projects and talk to their creators. What is even more important is that the area was designed to give every stand equal visiblity – no special areas, no additional constructions – the same design for everyone with customisable branding! The open arrangement helped a lot with promoting each project.
On the right hand side there were 2 important locations, along with a Chillout zone. The first one was the AMA section. In that place, speakers were participating in 1-on-1 sessions with attendees who wanted to ask more questions concerning presentations or discussion panels. The second location was a startup alley. The most creative space in Kromhouthal on the weekend of the event. Young projects were presenting their ICO ideas along with pitches in front of potential investors.
The back of the Kromhouthal was occupied by 2 stages that were the most important area of the whole event. The main TechStage and Business Stage drew the attention of media, partners and regular attendees. During speeches and panels everyone could freely join the audience at any time and ask questions. Distinction between stages made it interesting for everyone – attendees could pick whether they want to hear about business or about the technical aspects of cryptocurrencies and blockchain. TechStage looked especially good with its unique, highlighted logo.
To the left of the event space was a closed area – reserved for VIP guests, speakers, media, and partners. Media Village gave journalists a chance to ask speakers for interviews and lounge for speakers drew attention of people who wanted to spend some time in a more quiet and peaceful atmosphere.
The 1st floor was reserved for workshop area, where experts from certain projects could present a practical approach to certain technical aspects of blockchain technology.
What went down?
Chainges Conference offered over 28 hours of content in the form of interviews, speeches and panels. Over the 2 day event everyone could further their knowledge and understanding of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Frederique Murphy kicked off the conference with the speech about the values of Chainges:
“After months of hard work, here we are to create something unique and different. We, the team, and you, the audience. We have an incredible lineup of speakers to share with you their experiences. This is not just an event. This is THE event. You all have one thing in common – you’re enthusiastic about a blockchain and cryptocurrencies.”
The role of the audience was emphasised throughout the event and after the short introduction by Frederique, the TechStage was taken by David Siegel, the CEO of Pillar Project. David underlined the role of blockchain in the future:
“How does a blockchain work? Sharing a ledger is a magic trick that everyone trusts and is accurate for everyone. Your taxes will always be paid, accountant departments will not necessary anymore.”
The rest of the day was committed to many different concepts and ideas surrounding blockchain industry. The TechStage played host to speakers like Kristof Van De Reck (NEM Foundation), Frans Kempen (IBM), Vladislav Dramaliev (Aeternity), Alejandro De La Torre (BTC.com), Marcin Cebula (BitBay), and many more. These international experts presented important matters and challenges ahead of the blockchain industry in areas like KYC policies, mining, efficiency, trading, etc.
During the second day, the TechStage was taken over by Gabriele Rigo (RigoBlock), Pierre Noizat (Blockchain.io), Reggie Middleton (Veritaseum), Jan Burgers (CapGemini) and even more great speakers. That day focused on issues connected with politics, ICOs and intermediation.
TechStage also held three important panels about banks on blockchain, women in crypto-industry, and decentralized applications on blockchain platforms (NEM, Lisk, Waves).
At the same time, the second stage hosted entrepreneurs. This area presented a vast array of information based on ICOs, tokens, branding, Lightning Network, gaming, and practical uses of blockchain by representatives of companies like Vaultoro, Chainstarter, Iconiq Lab, ZenCash, Mysterium Network, and more.
The business stage vowed to explore the different approaches that could be taken towards blockchain utility. Everything was hosted by Nick Ayton and Simon Cocking.
Some people do not like to sit and listen. At Chainges there was also the option to work at practical workshop sessions with experts from NEM, Aeternity and Exonum. Practical approach and use-cases drew the attention of developers that later turned into buzzing networking sessions.
If you missed the conference, we have a good info for you! The Chainges team will publish summaries of most panels and speeches.
The event was an important event for everyone who wanted to learn more about the blockchain industry. It also created new business relations thanks to open and friendly atmosphere. Organisers wanted to unite experts, devs, attendees and entrepreneurs under one roof. It surely was a success! And this success will most likely have second edition coming in 2019!