The Summit has passed. Review, startup competition results, important news.

Dear guests, blockchain visioners, digital entrepreneurs, corporate executives, geeks, asset-holders and investors, academicians, honorable state representatives and everyone who follows us!

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We have had two days of great content, meetings, interviews, knowledge sharing, discussion and start-up contest; over 70 speakers, 20+ main tracks to cover the major questions of blockchain development, adoption and application to industry, business and society.

Our team was honored to have Councillor Baschi Durr, State Secretary Jörg Gasser, Ambassador Eric Jacob and Prince Michael of Liechtenstein opening the days of the Summit: their presence and involvement reflected the current status of DLT mass adoption — it is now not only the crypto-enthusiasts but states and societies facing the soon and inevitable digital transformation.

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Panel discussion: Blockchain adoption at government level. With Thomas Dunser (Liechtenstein), Prince Michael of Liechtenstein, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat (Malta), Sergey Gorkov (Russia).
Moderator: Johann Gevers, Crypto Valley Ecosystem

Industrial and business leaders like BOSCH, S7 Airlines, IBM, VEB, Port of Rotterdam, Novartis, KPMG, PWC, Baker McKenzie and Hong Kong Cyberportintroduced their vision, use-cases and ongoing pilot projects of blockchain incorporation; something we used to think of a distant future was presented as running and operating already during the 2 days of the Blockchain Leadership Summit!

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Industries presenting blockchain pilots: Presentations. Nikolay Mukhanov, S7, Moritz Kaminski, BOSCH.

In addition to experts’ discussions and speeches, the Blockchain Leadership Summit enlightened the diverse audiences of enthusiasts, developers and entrepreneurs with several dedicated workshops bringing insights on building smart economy, delivering hot practices from industries, regulatory development, healthcare providers and researchers and asset management — all with one purpose to cast light on the blockchain application beyond common crypto and trading, taking us to the world of decentralized tomorrow!

The amazing merge of the traditional and crypto worlds was highlighted by representatives of NEO, IOHK, IOTA, ConsenSys, DASH, Lisk and Ripple and that time the major protocols operating were focused on the questions of adoption, social and business integration and migrating to the DLT; the big players of the crypto-trade, OKEX, DEEX, Bitcoin Suisse, Huobi and LCX described the provisions and conditions of crypto-asset management that are soon to become the global trends and shared the most recent updates of B2B and C2C interaction in crypto-finance and trading and spoke about the modern approaches to induce liquidity and attract fiat capitals.

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Panel Discussion: Crypto Markets & Exchanges. With Monty Metzger (Binance LCX), Jason Lau (OKEx), David Chen (Huobi), Vlad Rassomaha (DEEX.exchange). Moderator: Sven Moeller (Swisscom Blockchain)

Another valuable aspect of enlightening our audiences was provided by the world’s top and most progressive universities and researchers of EPFL, University of Basel, UCL and Mechanism Labs who elaborated on complex topics of technical analysis and evaluation of DLTs, issues of security, anonymity and trust; what is most important is that such education is now available to everyone; Blockchain education is the path that leads to new career possibilities and mass adoption leads to mutual prosperity.

Panel Discussion: Blockchain and Academia. With PD Dr. Jean-Marc Seigneur (UNIGE), Prof. Dr. Fabian Schär (University of Basel), Prof. Simon Choi (Asia Equity Exchange), Prof. Bryan Ford (EPFL), Dr. Paolo Tasсa (UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies. Moderator: Katerina Voronova (InnMind)

The philosophical pillars of the blockchain ideology were in detail described in the fields of social impact; financial inclusion, diversity, green economy, media and impact investment and much more that has the great DLT enhanced potential to take our lives and ways of social interaction to a new, fair and transparent levels were presented by CAA, Ubuntu Group, Po.et, Inkrypt, Ucommunity, WIBS, Positive Blockchain Initiative, BTC Media and AdsDax.

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Panel Discussion: Blockchain and Social Impact. With Antonio Potenza (YellowDoorImpact), Sean Brown (Roger That), Lukas Mocek (Positive Blockchain Initiative), Mamadou Toure (Ubuntu Group), Yulia Seroka (CAA). Moderator: Dennis Sarkar (InnMind)

Quotes from participants:

Vigen Arushanyan
Founder and President of Armenian Blockchain Association
“Blockchain Leadership Summit is a significant and truly impactful conference in Europe. I really enjoyed being part of it and getting in touch with the leaders of industry and carefully selected delegates. Events of this scale are very important for us because that provides an opportunity to present Armenia’s potential as a center of knowledge and emphasize the country’s role in the development of blockchain technology in the region.”

Igor Jiang
Managing partner at Finforge VC
“Blockchain Leadership Summit is must have for real blockchain leaders! Transparency, innovations and great network at one place!”

Yanina Petrovskaya
Attorney-At-Law at Rechtsanwälte Lennert Partners (RLP Lawyers)
“All over I had the impression of very open talks between the governments’ officials, best projects of the industry, investors and consultants and all the people involved. You did a great event with a fantastic atmosphere InnMind team.
The best business contacts in 2018 we got from this summit!”

Ekaterina Naimushina
Marketing Director of Raido Financial
“One of the most fascinating experiences I’ve ever had. Thanks to the organizers of the Blockchain Leadership Summit 2018, we were able to witness some of the most innovative projects, and brightest minds.”

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Winners & Results

On the 1st day, attendees observed: “the battle” between 13 startups, that passed the pre-selection stage of the online competition that started 2 months prior to the event. Teams of AdsDax, Apla, Betmatch, Bitcoin Miles, BitRussia, CryptOcean, CryptoNDX, Ebakus, Futurepia, HotelFriend, Orion Protocol, Please.com and Raido Financial presented their projects in front of 9 jury members and attendees from blockchain and crypto industry. The winners, CryptoNDX and Futurepia, had a chanсe to pitch their projects on the big stage during the second day of the Summit.

Unlike the common approach to present startups to the audience with a vague promise to expose unicorns, BLS 2018 held a real project competition evaluated by investment experts from Switzerland Innovation, EFO Alliance, Agentic Group, Core-Chain.io, Crypto Valley VC, EBAN, CryptoCoin.Pro, B-Chain, FinForge Fund and ICO Rating, who dedicated their efforts and time to mentor, assess and help start-ups reveal their business models and cases.

InnMind as the host of the Summit presented a demo version of its blockchain toolset to assess startups. This instrument was developed in partnership with HES-SO Valais, Swiss University of Applied Science. The goal of it is to support the development of the innovation ecosystem, create trustworthy and transparent relationships between startups and investors who consider those projects for potential investment. The official release of the instrument is planned for 2019.

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All in all, we had more than six dozen experts, twenty hot topics covered, a gala dinner and non-stop networking, several billion dollars’ worth of asset management investment funds… and also a quart of tequila, a quart of brandy, a case of Red Bull, a handful of Ledger Nano S to give away, Polys, a blockchain based voting application and two competition winners.

Not that we needed all that for the event, but once you get locked into a serious Blockchain Leadership Summit, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.

Great news!

We are happy to announce that we will come back next year.
Yes, Blockchain Leadership Summit 2019 is happening.
Make sure to give us a sign if you want to participate and/or support the event and get the best conditions you can.
We can’t wait to see you again!
Yours, Innmind team

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#1 European digital ecosystem for startups and investors https://innmind.com/

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