My First Crypto Conference
So I’m getting ready to attend World Crypto Con in Las Vegas, which will mark the first time I’ll be attending one of these giant crypto events.
Sidenote: This is also my first time going to Vegas, so if you see me passed out at the blackjack tables, please wake me up and nudge me towards my hotel room..
But anyway, when I hear “Crypto Conference,” my thoughts usually turn to reports from mainstream news coverage, which always give the impression the events are a waste of money and put on by less than reputable, opportunistic money grabbers. Oh, and of course there is a line of Lamborghinis outside. How could you not include the Lambos in that coverage?
If you’re in the crypto world, you probably already know that so much of the learning and debate in the space occurs on Twitter, Medium, Telegram, or Reddit. So why are these conferences such a big part of Crypto? Why are they important? Are they just a money grab wrapped in a shiny, entertaining package?
I don’t think so.
Some of these events are superfluous, for sure. Just as we saw the market get over its feet last year in an epic FOMO-driven bull run, we also saw an over-proliferation of crypto events. But supply and demand will deal with whether or not there are too many of these events. What’s important to me, is what role these events serve.
Why I’m excited
Since diving into Crypto, I’ve made it a point to go to as many local meet-ups and Blockchain events as I can, and I’ve found them to be invaluable for learning, networking, and having fun. But I’ve never attended an event of the same magnitude as World Crypto Con. At last glance, there will be over 5,000 attendees, 80 speakers, and numerous events and experiences. I won’t know until I get there, but I’m hoping that these massive crypto events have the same potential for learning, networking, and fun-having, but on an exponentially greater scale.
In terms of learning (and networking!) I want to highlight some of the speakers attending who I’m excited to hear. Now yes, it’s true that I already have access to the thoughts of just about every thought leader in the space, thanks to Crypto Twitter, but as good as Twitter threads can be, they are no substitute for the real thing. I’ve watched countless talks online as well, but now I get to be there in person! Maybe that sentiment is a little bit-corny. Maybe I’ll discover I prefer watching YouTube videos with ads for car insurance instead. But probably not..
A full list of speakers is available HERE, but these are some of the speakers and thought leaders I’m particularly looking forward to hearing:
One of Crypto’s OGs. I’ve always wanted to hear him speak and learn about his current perspective on the evolution of Crypto. If you haven’t watched it yet, check out the Netflix documentary, “The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin.” I don’t love everything about the doc, but you can learn a lot about Charlie and the beginning days of Bitcoin.
Love him or hate him (I’m in the first camp), Brock is definitely a character and someone who everyone in Crypto should know. His background with digital currencies and the world of video games is incredibly interesting. There’s a fantastic documentary featuring him called “Play Money,” and it’s definitely worth watching. In addition to his involvement with EOS and Block.one, Brock is also the chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation and he’s one of the most philanthropic people in Crypto. MOST importantly, however, Brock’s hat game is incredibly strong. I am also a hat enthusiast, and it pains me to say that none of my hats can compare..
I’m going to be very honest here. I hadn’t heard of Stan Larimer before. I’m still relatively new to the Tech and Crypto spaces, and I have a ways to go before I know all the big names. Actually, when one of the World Crypto Con promoters spoke to me on the phone, I thought he said that Dan Larimer was speaking at the conference. I’ve been following EOS for a while now, so that got me very excited. But then I was disappointed when I saw it was actually Stan Larimer speaking. But THEN I got excited again, because I dug deeper and found that Stan Larimer just so happens to be Dan’s father.
I feel like people don’t talk about Litecoin as much as they should these days, but it’s still one of the top coins by marketcap, and there is still innovation happening on the chain. Charlie Lee created Litecoin and he remains the creator and Managing Director of the Litecoin Foundation. I will definitely be attending his talk.
The story of Ross Ulbricht, the founder of Silk Road, will always be linked to the history of Bitcoin. Ross remains in prison with an admirably positive attitude, and his mother Lyn Ulbricht is fighting the good fight, to get him released. People are in the crypto space for many different reasons, but hopefully we can all agree that censorship resistance and the rights of the individual are worth fighting for. I’m very much looking forward to hearing Lyn’s thoughts
A legend in the VC space, and one of the guys preaching the Bitcoin gospel since very early on, Tim Draper is a powerhouse in the crypto space. He’s been involved in some major success stories, from Skype and Tesla, to Hotmail and Twitch.tv. I’m hoping Tim Draper drops some great knowledge bombs and I can’t wait to hear what he has to say.
If you haven’t heard of Civic Technologies, you should probably check it out. Vinny Lingham’s startup aims to eliminate new account fraud and prevent identity theft by creating an “Identity Network” that relies on blockchain tech. A lot of people are talking about this start-up and Vinny Lingham has an impressive track record to back up this latest venture. Seeing Vinny share some wisdom in person is definitely on my crypto bucketlist.
Events and Experiences
There are almost too many events to highlight here. Many of them deserve their own articles, and I know already that I’m going to be disappointed when I can’t attend all of them. In addition to a Hackathon (which I’ll be watching from the sidelines since I can’t code for shit…), there’s also going to be some genuinely fun and novel events that I’m definitely going to watch or participate in:
Enterprise & Blockchain
Multiple enterprise companies will make announcements on the WCC stage. This is an opportunity to hear first hand what big business is doing with blockchain technology.
Decent.bet has teamed with WCC to host the world’s first Blockchain Poker Tournament. Crypto and poker enthusiasts will have an opportunity to play with the biggest stars in poker.
Token Tank Live
Exactly what it sounds like. Crypto Shark Tank. If you’ve been in crypto, even for a little while, you already know how many projects are in the space. You probably also know that many of them are complete crap. I’ll definitely be swinging by this event for the entertainment factor. I’m sure there will be some really great projects pitching themselves too, but if I’m being completely honest, I’d love to see the experts tear apart a shitcoin..
World of Mining
I haven’t gone too deep into mining myself, but I am a huge fan of Honeyminer thanks to Whale Reports’ own resident mining expert, Crypto Chris Walken. At World Crypto Con they have a whole host of mining related events and talks, and I’m definitely trying to swing by a couple of them. You can check out all the mining related events HERE.
Full disclosure, I’m not 100% sure yet what this has to do with Blockchain, but I’m still excited. From what I understand, you’ll have the opportunity to strap into a Simtech Pro eRacer Simulator and compete for thousands of dollars in prize money. Video gaming for cash? Yes, please.
I don’t know about you, but I also like to have fun with my friends. Crypto for me is so much more than just a passion, Crypto is a community. If you’re new to the space, wait a little and you’ll see what I mean.
I started off posting memes and funny videos on Instagram, and just by engaging in the community, I’ve met some truly wonderful people who I now consider my friends. Hell, I probably talk to my friends in Crypto, whether it’s over Twitter or Telegram, more often than I talk to anyone else! Despite the infighting, scams, and crypto tribalism you sometimes see, there are some really incredible people in Crypto, and I’m truly looking forward to hanging with them in Vegas.
By the way, if you decide to join us at World Cryto Con… please come up and introduce yourself! Let’s have a drink and talk crypto! Let’s debate why your shitcoin is worse than Bitcoin! (just kidding…sort of). I can’t emphasize enough how much of a “community” aspect there is to crypto, and while that may change down the road, the world still feels very small to me.
And now, to preface this, I don’t love the word “influencer,” when “content creator,” “crypto artist,” or “crypto advocate,” might be more apt, but here are some of my favorite people in the space who will be attending. Follow them all on Twitter or Insta or Youtube, and if you see them at World Crypto Con, I would urge you to go up and introduce yourself, because in addition to adding some serious value to the crypto ecosystem, they’re all really, really nice people.
So we’re going to Vegas… How can we not get our party on?
Not only is it Halloween, but we’ll be celebrating the 10th anniversary of Bitcoin too!
On opening night, October 31st, everyone from the conference will be making their way to OMNIA Nightclub inside Caesar’s Palace for a Cryptoween Costume Party with a $1000 prize in BTC for the best costume. I’m still undecided about my costume, but I’m currently deciding between going as Kenn Bosak or Bitboy…
If you’re not all partied out afterwards, there will be another party on a different night, the Mega Crypto Party, at JEWEL Nightclub inside the Aria Resort. And finally after the conference, there will be a charity event called #Crypto Kindness at the Hakkasan Nightclub at the MGM Grand, with all proceeds going towards the Tour de Crypto. If you’re not familiar with Tour de Crypto, you should definitely check them out and follow them on their journey to spread crypto awareness and raise money for charity.
Discounted Tickets & Hotel Rooms!
Right about now, you might be asking yourself if this whole article was just an elaborate ploy to get you to use my referral link..
The short answer is yes!
It would be really great if you used my referral link, because I get a small commission, and that money goes towards my ability to create more crypto related content and help support myself.
But if you’ve read this far, I hope you believe that I actually think this event will be a lot of fun and a great value for anyone who attends. Some of you reading this are probably only in crypto for the Lambos… but I’d like to think that most of you are as passionate about it as I am, and that you see Crypto as a means to help change the world for the better.
Going to events like World Crypto Con, hearing from the top thought leaders, networking with other passionate individuals… that is how we continue to promote mass adoption of crypto currency and blockchain tech.
If you’d like to join us, please use THIS LINK for a $200 discount off tickets, and note that there are still discounted hotel rooms available at the Aria, which you can access through the same link.
Hope to see you there!
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