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The inaugural ANON Blockchain Summit Austria will be held April 2-3, featuring Microsoft, IBM, Alibaba Cloud and Accenture plus other big names, with the aim of putting Vienna’s vibrant blockchain scene on the map.
The event is expected to bring more than 2,000 people together to talk blockchain, cryptocurrency and decentralization, and with 80 national and international speakers, 40 exhibitors and 100 investors it is shaping up to be the country’s premium networking event.
The main topics of the event will be government, blockchain for business, healthcare, energy, banking, supply chain and mobility, and alongside Microsoft, IBM and Accenture, there will also be representatives from Hyperledger, Bitfury, Bitmain, Raiffeisen Bank International, Wien Energie and Merck.
Sparking adoption and encouraging conversation is the goal of organizer and co-founder Daniel Lenikus, who says he wants the event to bridge the gap between technology and big business and to grow to become Europe’s biggest blockchain event.
“We believe in blockchain and are working towards its mass adoption. This event is the first step to achieving that,” he said. “By bringing in billion-dollar businesses for the first Austrian Blockchain Summit we’re signaling our intent and working to put Austria’s blockchain community on the map.
“We want to show the potential of blockchain technology and show people what is actually happening besides the hype around cryptocurrencies. The event will showcase real use cases from industry leaders. We want to help people get educated and see the real-world applications of blockchain.”
As well as big business, attendees will be joined by blockchain representatives including writer and analyst Joseph Young, and Helen Hai, head of Binance’s Charity Foundation, as well as government regulators and even royalty, with Prince Michael of Liechtenstein signed up to speak.
Alongside an impressive list of speakers, the event will feature workshops, dedicated networking areas and space for start-ups and investors to talk business discreetly.
Daniel and fellow founders Maximilian Humer and Michael Beches set up ANON after their regular Vienna blockchain meetup, Block and Wine, exploded in popularity.
Now, they’re working with the Austrian Blockchain Center (ABC) to organize the event.
Alfred Taudes, ABC Director, said: “Austria is one of those countries that is very open to digitization and new technologies … this (event) will bring additional international attention to our country.”
“We’re all excited about the space,” Daniel said, “There is so much potential in blockchain and our aim is to become the number one platform in Europe to support partnerships between blockchain and corporate businesses.”
The focus of the conference is on promoting the discourse between public and business sectors, science and research, and art and technology, and building bridges between these industry sectors.
Start-ups, government agencies and interested investors will also be able to communicate and network. The conference will Austria’s premium event to build long-lasting and beneficial partnerships.
The event will run from April 2nd-3rd, and will be held at the Gösserhalle, in central Vienna.
ANON Blockchain Summit Austria is supported by the Vienna Government, and has already attracted major sponsors, including Accenture, Wien Energie and Raiffeisen Bank, with Lufthansa Group partnering to provide travel to the event. The team is working hard to bring in more representatives from big businesses.
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An Indian government-supported blockchain summit is drawing many policy makers with the aim to speed up the development of cryptocurrency regulation in the country. Among expected participants are officials from the Indian Ministry of Finance and the panel currently tasked with drafting the regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies.
Fostering Crypto Ecosystem
Blockchain Summit India 2019 is supported by the Indian government’s Department of Science and Technology and the State Government of Uttar Pradesh. Taking place on Feb. 22 and 23, the event aims to accelerate blockchain and cryptocurrency policy formation for India. According to its website:
The summit is targeted towards enabling Indian government and ministries to speed up the process of developing a ﬂourished blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystem.
Janina Lowisz, Marketing VP at Cashaa, the event’s fintech partner, told news.Bitcoin.com that “for the first time, the ministers from all relevant departments have come together with experts from the space as well as from leading universities and global brands to learn about and speed up the process of regulating cryptocurrency.”
In addition to the Department of Science and Technology and the State Government of Uttar Pradesh, other government participants include the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Ministry of Law and Justice, the Ministry of Human Resources Development, and the Department of Information Technology.
Ministry of Finance and Crypto Regulation
The regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies in India is currently being drafted by a committee headed by Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary of Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Finance.
Lowisz confirmed to news.Bitcoin.com that “Ministry of Finance officials will be there [at the summit].” She also confirmed that “An invitation has been sent to Mr. Garg.” While noting that he himself is out of the country, she emphasized that “his team will be there to take the notes on Day 2.”
The report containing recommendations for cryptocurrency regulation in India is reportedly in its final stage. However, there have been conflicting reports of what the recommendations entail. One source suggests a ban on cryptocurrencies while another discusses legalization with strong riders.
The Ministry of Finance has also told Lok Sabha that it “is pursuing the matter with due caution,” noting that “It is difficult to state a specific timeline to come up with clear recommendations.” In January, the ministry invited reputed law firm Nishith Desai Associates to present its proposals for the crypto regulation. Meanwhile, the banking ban imposed by the country’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), is still in effect. The supreme court is set to hear the petitions against this ban at the end of this month.
What crypto regulatory framework do you think India will come up with? Let us know in the comments section below.
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