Blockchain conference in Sofia
We visited many interesting blockchain lectures and conferences in 2018, most notably the ones in Dubai and Tokyo. It was the time to check out what Europe has to offer and that is why we visited Bulgaria a couple of days ago. The biggest blockchain forum in Central and Eastern Europe, CEE Block, was held in Sofia on the 25th and 26th of October.
The conference brought together high-level policy-makers from the European Commission and European Union member states, led by the Digital Commissioner. They met top managers from many global brands as well as promising startup companies at the event to discuss regulatory, legal and tax framework. Companies showed some of the best implementations of blockchain for enterprise. There were more than 1000 attendees including members of the regional blockchain community, Ethereum Enterprise Alliance, tech ecosystem, consultants, academics, investors and financial institutions. The two-day event consisted of keynote presentations, interactive panels and start-up pitches. Some of the biggest global companies gave talks, including IBM, Microsoft, PwC, Dell, etc. Expo area showcased successful applications from various industries – logistics, music, social media, travel, advertising, manufacturing, financial services, legal, healthcare, insurance, energy, government and more.
There were plenty of interesting lectures considering blockchain, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and robotics. What we found the most useful for our current projects are blockchain security and blockchain in financial services. CEE Block was also great for networking and making business contacts.
“Blockchain is changing the look of the digital world and I want Europe to be the engine of this change. We need to put the right foundation for this – a single digital blockchain market for the benefit of all citizens”, said Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. We are excited about new projects and proud to be a part of dynamic and innovative blockchain community in Europe.