It was announced today that Miami will host the first-annual Blockchain Shift conference, bringing together leaders from industry, technology, finance and the arts to celebrate the potential of distributed ledgers, cryptocurrencies and the democratization of finance. The event will take place from October 11th – 12th, 2018, at Mana Wynwood (318 NW 23rd St, Miami).
Blockchain Shift has already confirmed the participation of key sponsors such as IBM, Tesla, KPMG, and Bloomberg; as well as an array of A-list speakers including U.S. Congressmen, City Mayors, federal regulators, billionaire technologists and internationally-renowned celebrities.
“The ground is shifting beneath our feet, as technology advancements have disrupted virtually every sector of society,” said Dan Viola, attorney, entrepreneur, and Co-Founder of Blockchain Shift. “Our event will celebrate these advancements while bridging the gap between a crypto crowd and more advanced legacy industries that are beginning to understand blockchain is here to stay.”
Although the event has just publicly announced, it has already made great strides with key attendees and partnerships. Current partners include IBM, Tesla, Bloomberg, KPMG, tZERO, Park Capital, Wysh, SeriesOne, AVYachts, Americas Execution, LLC, Alchemist, BitGo, CoinBoost, Cohen & Co., Harneys, Empire Asset Management Company, Joseph Gunnar & Co, and Shutts & Bowen. A sampling of confirmed speakers includes Congressman Carlos Curbelo, Mayor of Miami Francis Suarez, Alchemist Co-Founder Steve Neyaroff, Chris Ferris of Hyperledger, Emma Channing from Satis, financier and political consultant Anthony Scaramucci and Mayor of Coral Gables Raul Valdes-Fauli.
Blockchain Shift will place an equal emphasis on quality of experience, with curated sponsor events, yacht excursions, unparalleled networking and a night of electronic dance music with some of the world’s best-known DJs. Furthermore, the event will provide much-needed white glove service, offering a concierge app, accepting crypto for tickets and sponsorships, delivering badges pre-registered to the hotel, curating excellent food options and preventing inconveniences such as long lines.
“This event will serve as a catalyst to put Miami on the blockchain map,” said Alex Lopatine, Managing Partner of Park Capital and Co-Founder of Blockchain Shift. “We believe quality content and having fun should not be mutually exclusive, and that’s what Miami is all about. The gorgeous weather, interesting people, favorable tax rates and friendly political climate are the perfect ingredients to make our city a Crypto Hub, and Blockchain Shift aims to celebrate this bright future.”
The event set-up will feature a main stage for keynote addresses, panel discussions, and fireside chats; with topics ranging from crypto hedge funds, crypto broker-dealers, and blockchain solutions for Wall Street, real estate, and art, combined with a current look at SEC, FINRA, and FinCEN regulations. There will be a second stage for ICOs to present to accredited investors and receive general marketing and legal feedback. Finally, an exhibitor space will serve as a place for engagement, networking and learning with unique lounge-style seating that will be equipped with Bloomberg terminals and a live television broadcast so that attendees can stay abreast of the markets and not miss the presentations on the main stage.