Author: changehero
September 26, 2020

Zcash (ZEC) is one of the most prominent privacy coins in the current crypto scene. The upcoming ZEC halving in November piques the interest of many investors. In this ZEC guide, we will cover the basics and fundamentals of Zcash, as well as ZEC news and give practical advice on how to buy Zcash before […]

zcash guide by changehero

Zcash (ZEC) is one of the most prominent privacy coins in the current crypto scene. The upcoming ZEC halving in November piques the interest of many investors. In this ZEC guide, we will cover the basics and fundamentals of Zcash, as well as ZEC news and give practical advice on how to buy Zcash before this event.

What is Zcash?

Before we take a deep dive into the features and specifics of what Zcash is, let’s start our Zcash guide with the origins of the currency.

Like with many other privacy coins, the issue that started Zcash was the lack of privacy in Bitcoin. As we know, the transactions in Bitcoin’s blockchain are recorded in a pseudonymous but also transparent way. Given enough information, it is possible to trace the addresses and transaction history back to a certain person in the real world. Additionally, in Bitcoin, flows of cash and balances would also be transparent, meaning that it is not suited to store confidential financial information.

Zcash logo
Source: Zcash

Zcash was initially developed in 2013 as a privacy extension to the original Bitcoin protocol by a group of cryptographers from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD (USA). The Bitcoin core group of developers turned down the proposal due to protocol’s novelty and computational intensity. With some further additions, the Zerocoin protocol was made into a fully-fledged blueprint for a cryptocurrency of its own.

To launch and support the endeavour, Zooko Wilcox was recruited to the project as the CEO of a newly established Zcash Company. They managed to raise initial funding and launch Zcash as we know it. In 2019 ZEC news reported that Zcash Company was rebranded as Electric Coin Company.

So what exactly did these companies and researchers work on? This is what the next sections of our ZEC guide are about.

What is ZEC?

Zcash is centered around its native currency with the same name and ticker ZEC. Despite the protocol being designed in 2013, the currency itself was launched in 2016. The time was taken to complete the protocol from Bitcoin extension up to a complete and independent structure, and also to seek funding and create the opportunity for a successful start.

Zcash price chart
Source: CoinMarketCap

Zcash is a rather rare case of an older coin when the all-time high was not recorded in December 2017 or January 2018. Instead, its highest price actually was observed on launch ($5,941.80 on October 29, 2016). In fact, the first Zcash news reported it surpassed the price of Bitcoin on that day.

The second highest price of ZEC was around $900, at the same time as the peak of 2017 Bitcoin rally occurred. By the end of 2018, ZEC was down to double digit numbers.

In June 2019 and February 2020, in bull markets ZEC was also able to exceed $100 and $70 respectively. From the looks of it, it may seem that the price tends to get lower over the years. This August, though, it was able to near $100 again.

At the moment of writing the ZEC guide, its market capitalization is $541,924,337 (rank 32), and with 10,105,700 ZEC in circulation the price of ZEC is $53,63.

ZEC Halving

This November, there will be the first miner reward halving in ZEC. The reward will be reduced from 6.25 ZEC to 3.125 ZEC. This is a mechanism that might in short-term make Zcash mining less profitable but in the long run deflate the currency, so all its units should be more valuable. Halvings are generally considered bullish events in BTC because of that, but we will have to follow the ZEC news this November and further to see how it will play out for Zcash.

Moreover, the Founders Reward, which accrued 20% of the block rewards, will expire at the same time. It is planned to be replaced with a new funding mechanism, developers’ fund.

If you are already thinking about purchasing ZEC, do not hurry so much. Read on this ZEC guide for more fundamentals and practical tips on how to buy Zcash until the end.

ZEC Use Cases

Basically, Zcash is supposed to be used in the same vein as Bitcoin: as peer-to-peer digital cash, but with privacy functions.

There are hundreds of shops and merchants that accept ZEC either through cryptocurrency gateway or with their own means. According to Cryptwerk, in the past month the number of businesses that accept Zcash grew to 675. It’s in the top-10 most used cryptocurrencies. The most popular categories that accept ZEC are Internet and crypto services, and shops and markets.

Now that we know more about the currency, we’ll be passing over to the specifics of the protocol that it is powered by in the following section of our ZEC guide.

How does Zcash work?

Despite Bitcoin Core code being a foundation for its code, Zcash is not a fork of it per se. It is an original open-source protocol developed by cyber security experts, aimed at providing privacy to all its users.

Its trademark feature is zero-knowledge proofs. With it, ZEC users can fully or partially obscure addresses of one or both parties participating in the transaction, as well as the amount of funds transferred. 

zero knowledge proofs analogy
Source: Visual Zero-Knowledge Proof of Identity Scheme: A New Approach
by Abdullah Jaafar and Azman Samsudin, 2010

Zero-knowledge proofs, in essence, are cryptographic functions which do not communicate the mathematical solution to the validator. Instead, they provide proof that the solution was indeed found. A thought experiment called “Ali-Baba’s Door” is often used to illustrate it. Peggy (Prover) enters the cave and chooses a random path to a “magic door”. They know the code (key and prerequisites for a transaction) to open it. Victor (Verifier) follows into the cave and stands at the branching point. They don’t know which path Peggy chose or on which side of the door they are standing. Victor can ask them to come back to the branching point either through path A or B at random, and Peggy can do it because they can pass through the door. The whole process can be repeated until Victor is convinced Peggy knows the magic word. Thus, without explicitly knowing the process or the prerequisites to confirm the transaction, a verifier can approve or decline a prover’s action.

Zcash implements an advanced form of zero-knowledge proofs, zk-SNARKs which stands for Zero-Knowledge Succinct Non-Interactive Argument of Knowledge. In short, it does not require prover and verifier to interact and is faster and efficient. How does it enable shielded transactions?

Instead of public UTXOs (unspent transaction outputs) like in Bitcoin and analogous cryptocurrencies, Zcash uses encrypted “commitments”. Nodes keep track of commitments and corresponding nullifiers (function that helps provers verify transactions).

Zcash is not the first and only coin with privacy features, though. In the next section of the Zcash guide we cover the differences from other well-known protocols and currencies.

How is ZEC different from other privacy coins?

Monero

  • Private by default, in Zcash privacy is optional. Because of this, Monero has issues with regulatory compliance;
  • Monero is funded by donations, Zcash keeps a founders reward fund which accrues 20% of all miners’ rewards for Zcash development.

Dash

  • Sometimes Dash is also treated as a privacy coin due to the PrivateSend function. However, it is fully optional and is achieved through output mixing, which is not a cryptographic method of obfuscation.

Verge

  • Verge also has privacy features. They are more focused on obscuring the user’s IP. Verge Currency also has stealth address functions, which works not with cryptography itself but rather with generating several addresses that only the owner can claim.

In comparison with other privacy coins, Zcash has on-chain cryptography to enable privacy functions, but only if a user opts in. zk-SNARKs cover all the ground, not only IP obfuscation or transaction history.

So far it sounds very positive, doesn’t it? But we think it is fair to also look at the criticisms and people’s opinions to make our ZEC guide comprehensive.

Is Zcash Controversial?

At the time of ZEC’s launch, there were two major ways to launch a cryptocurrency. Some developers went for a “fair” launch with no premine, and others chose to kickstart their project with an ICO. Zcash chose to launch with a hybrid model. However, it became a point of contention anyway, because the core group of developers still hard-coded a rewards program for themselves to put into development of the chain. Many crypto community members argued that this is not exactly in the spirit of decentralization, to put it lightly.

Zcash has also had a history of very buggy releases. Having a steady developer team has helped them in fixing those bugs in time, but nevertheless, the community remembered. For instance, one of the bugs, if exploited, could have led to infinite inflation, and another exploit could have been used to render privacy features useless by disclosing an IP address of a full node.

These blunders are a thing of the past now, even though they are not erased from history. What about the future of Zcash? We’ll be moving on to that section of our ZEC guide.

What is the Future of Zcash?

The Electric Coin foundation has a plan for ZEC development for a few years ahead.

Due to the computational intensity of ZEC’s cryptography, full nodes are given a higher priority from the developers than light wallets. However, this has been changing over 2020, and the team plans to keep delivering on that front and cater to the users of Windows and ChromeOS. With Cosmos peg-zone on the table, Zcash development team is also considering cross-chain integrations for ZEC.

Zcash Foundation is currently working on fine-tuning the governance structure. They frequently hold calls and inquire the community on the future of the Major Grant Review Committee (MGRC), which will distribute the funds from the Dev Fund towards research and development (most proposals are public here).

Next in the Zcash guide, to learn what the investors say about ZEC, we will cover some Zcash news from Twitter.

ZEC Posts from Twitter

It does not really come as a surprise that Edward Snowden is pro-privacy coins. He even seems to like a controversial idea of the developer’s fund. This is not the only time that Snowden has voiced his support for Zcash, and it speaks volumes.

Ryan Selkis of Messari is also a longtime supporter of Zcash. Not only he often endorses the technology and modus operandi of the coin, but also he has faith in them as an investor. Won’t be unfair to assume that Selkis is closely familiar with the fundamentals we covered in our Zcash guide so far. 

In the ZEC news, Electric Coin Company recently presented a thesis to Grayscale LLC. It’s the leading company for digital currency investment funds, and being endorsed by them can attract investors to ZEC.

In other Zcash news, the report that proves that Zcash is compliant with the FATF (Financial Action Task Force, international organization that combats money laundering and financing of terrorism) AML regulations is in. There are many concerns surrounding privacy coins about their possible use in money laundering, but the opt-in nature of Zcash privacy features allows it to stick to the regulatory requirements which might be the question whether the coin survives in the world where cryptocurrencies are regulated or not.

Zooko Wilcox is also very active on Twitter, always sharing the latest ZEC news and updates. This quote from another investment thesis highlights the mission of Zcash: to give the people their basic right to privacy back.

And now that we have had enough talk about the fundamentals of the project, we will be going forward to a more practical part of our ZEC guide. Here are our tips on how to buy Zcash, store and exchange ZEC.

How to buy Zcash?

Privacy coins can be sometimes tricky to find on some centralized exchanges. You don’t have to worry, though, because we have handled the search of trusted liquidity providers already! You can get it on ChangeHero at the most competitive rates by exchanging it with any other cryptocurrency from our long list. We made sure that the experience will be easy and secure, and if anything goes wrong you can get help from our support specialists at any time of the day.

What is the Best ZEC Wallet?

To use Zcash to the fullest extent, one has to be an advanced user. The most reliable way to store ZEC and use its privacy features is to run a full node, but not everyone has the memory and data bandwidth to keep it active. Alternatively, Zcash specific wallets with shielded address support like ZecWallet Lite on desktop or Nighthawk Wallet on mobile are available.

For hardware storage of Zcash, users can choose Trezor devices. Many multi-currency wallets like Coinomi, Trust and Exodus also have support of ZEC transparent addresses. In Exodus and Trezor, you can use the exchange option provided by ChangeHero right in the app to swap crypto with Zcash.

How to exchange ZEC?

To make our ZEC guide complete, we include the step-by-step instruction on how to buy Zcash on ChangeHero with crypto. It’s really easy:

  1. Choose the currencies on the home page, amounts and the type of exchange. Provide your ZEC wallet address in the next step and check the amounts;
  2. Double-check the provided information, read and accept the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy;
  3. Send in a single transaction the sum of cryptocurrency you will be exchanging. For  Fixed Rate transactions you have 15 minutes before it expires;
  4. From here on, you won’t need to do anything. At this step we are doing all the work: checking the incoming transaction and doing the exchange as soon as it arrives;
  5. As soon as the exchange has been processed, your ZEC is on the way to your wallet. And so, the transaction is finished!

Remember that you can reach our support in the chat on our website or through the email: [email protected].

Conclusion

Many crypto-savvy investors and developers, as well as human rights advocates, think that the future is behind privacy coins. Right now, they might be a challenge for users and regulators, but sooner than later this might as well change to the better. Zcash has all the opportunities to be at the forefront of this revolution. To check out other articles similar to our ZEC guide, make sure to subscribe to our blog and ChangeHero on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and Telegram.


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November 26, 2019

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies have always remained in the limelight regardless of the policymakers’ decisions. These technologies were usually discussed and often debated. There are a plethora of events that showcase the developments and brainstorms the future of the blockchain. There is no better way to end this year than by attending some of the most […]

Crypto event to attend by ChangeHero

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies have always remained in the limelight regardless of the policymakers’ decisions. These technologies were usually discussed and often debated. There are a plethora of events that showcase the developments and brainstorms the future of the blockchain. There is no better way to end this year than by attending some of the most exciting blockchain conferences this December.

ChangeHero has shortlisted a few crypto events that are a must-visit this December. These events will help you to earn insights about blockchain, crypto and their future.

World Blockchain Summit

Date(s): December 1–2, 2019

Venue: Intercontinental

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

World Blockchain Summit
Source: World Blockchain Summit

Cryptocurrency has been gaining attention in Thailand, thanks to the efforts of Dash for mass adoption. In addition, the country has massive blockchain adoption program that includes 22banks and enterprises working towards a common payment system for the country. World Blockchain Summit is an event that brings together CEOs, influential people in the blockchain industry and discusses the future of crypto and blockchain.

The event features keynotes, panel discussions, product exhibitions, tech talks and pitch competition with an investment prize of a whopping $1 Million. The gathering discusses intriguing topics like The Transformational Power of Blockchain, State of the Blockchain Ecosystem, Infrastructure for Blockchain 3.0 and many more. It is also the place to network and gain the attention of the investors for funding your projects.

Keynote speakers include Prin Panitchpakdi(Deputy Leader & Head of Economic Team, Democrat Party), Felix Mago (Co-Founder, Dash NEXT & Dash Thailand), Kullarat Phongsathaporn (Partner, Baker & McKenzie Ltd), Jirayut Srupsrisopa (Co-Founder and Group CEO — Bitkub Capital Group Holdings Co., Ltd, Board of Director — Thai Fintech Association), Matt Adamski (CEO, USA/International Sales Director, Coinkeeper) and others.

Next Block Conference Asia

Date(s): December 3, 2019

Venue: W Hotel Bangkok

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Next Block Conference Asia
Source: Next Block Conference Asia

Next Block Conference Asia aka Next Block Asia 2.0 would be the perfect beginning to this holiday season. The conference goes with the tag line “Affiliate Marketing In The Age of Crypto” is emphasized on the marketing sphere of the cryptocurrencies and blockchain applications. The event brings together experts, industry leaders and influencers in crypto.

Next Block Asia 2.0 features discussions on affiliate marketing, content, gaming and networking sessions. Next Block Gurus Awards debuts this year in the conference and recognizes the best services and influencers in the crypto industry. The extravagant after-party organized by the ASIA FashionTV brings in the glamour and glimpse to the conference.

Next Block Asia 2.0 will include speeches from Neo Say Wei, Eric (CEO, Neo & Partners Global and RF International Holdings), Giacomo Arcaro (№1 European ICO Growth Hacker, ICO STO Advisor, University Professor), Kevin Reddy (Managing Partner, Reddy & Co.), Felix Mago (Co-Founder, Dash NEXT & Dash Thailand) and others.

ELEV8CON

Date(s): December 8–11, 2019

Venue: Sahara Las Vegas

Location: Las Vegas, USA

ELEV8CON
Source: ELEV8CON

ELEV8 is one of a kind crypto conferences which connects the Fortune 1000 with market leaders in the crypto sphere and startups. Enterprise Blockchain and Digital Assets are given utmost priority at this conference. Thought leaders from various parts of the world meet here to discuss and debate on topics such as blockchain technology, enterprise application, distributed ledger technology and investment strategies.

The event features workshops, panel discussions, case studies and networking events. ELEV8CO is the place to visit for companies irrespective of the industry to connect with the innovators and explore how the blockchain technology can be employed in the current projects.

Keynote Speakers include Jason Kelley (General Manager, Blockchain Services, IBM), Beralda (Ada) Kokoshi(Digital Product Development Lead & VP, State Street), Alex Mashinsky (Founder and CEO, Celsius Network), Phil Kelly (Executive Director, Business Development, ConsenSys), Ian Calderon (Majority Leader, CA State Assembly) and others. In addition, we will be seeing executives from multi-national companies like IBM, Microsoft, FedEx, JPMorgan Chase &Co, Ripple, Oracle and many more.

BII Summit

Date(s): December 11, 2019

Venue: RITZ-CARLTON JBR

Location: Dubai, UAE

BII Summit
Source: BII Summit

We’ve saved the best for last, The Blockchain Innovation and Investment Summit’s motto is to connect blockchain companies with the investors. With the Dubai Blockchain Strategy 2020 up and running, Dubai evolved to be one of the go-to destinations for investments in blockchain.

The event is set on a large scale with over 2000 attendees including Tech companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook and IBM. Experts in the blockchain will be discussing various topics to bust the myths about Blockchain. BII Summit is the perfect spot to fund your business and kick-off your holiday season in the Sandy Beaches of Dubai.

BII Summit will have speeches and discussions from the masterminds in the blockchain. Some of them include Eric Demuth (CEO, Bitpanda), Jeffe Koumbou F (Head of Innovation & Dev at Global Investment Trading), Amine Sabri (Senior Manager at Ernst & Young), Alyze Sam (Community Director at World Ethical Data Forum) and others.

All the above-mentioned events are unique and have a common goal of making things better by the implementation of blockchain technology. Attending these conferences would equip you with all the knowledge and investments for your next project.

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October 29, 2019

With the rapid surge in Bitcoin’s price and Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony in the Congress has stirred up a major discussion among the masses about cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Blockchain conferences function as a stage for the noticeable people in the crypto community and public officials to discuss, share their opinions and also to showcase the developments in the technology. Whether […]

With the rapid surge in Bitcoin’s price and Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony in the Congress has stirred up a major discussion among the masses about cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Blockchain conferences function as a stage for the noticeable people in the crypto community and public officials to discuss, share their opinions and also to showcase the developments in the technology.

Whether you are running a startup or an investor or a crypto enthusiast, there are a ton of events to attend to keep yourselves updated about the latest trends in the world of blockchain. ChangeHero has short-listed a few conferences that are a must-visit this November. These conferences serve you with all the cognizance and take you right into the crypto sphere.

1. San Francisco Blockchain Week Epicenter

Date(s): October 31 — November 1, 2019

Venue: San Francisco Marriott Marquis

Location: San Francisco, California, USA

San Francisco Blockchain Week brings together investors, developers, startups and crypto enthusiasts on one stage to discuss the future of the blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Epicenter holds talks, fireside chats and presentations on various intriguing topics that range from scaling in blockchain to cryptography’s effect on humanity.

The opening keynote will be delivered by Don Tapscott( Co-founder & Executive Chairman, Blockchain Research Institute) other prominent speakers include Ro Khanna (Congressman, US House of Representatives), Hester M. Peirce (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission), Olaf Carlson — Wee (Founder & CIO, Polychain Capital), Kevin Weil ( Co-Creator, Libra VP of Product, Calibra), Chris Larsen (Executive Chairman & Co-Founder, Ripple) and many more.

San Francisco Blockchain Week must not be missed and it helps you to gain more insights about the blockchain industry. A Blockchain Career Fair is also being organized and is the place to be for those who are in the hunt for new opportunities in the world of blockchain.

Date(s): November 7–8, 2019

2. Malta AI & Blockchain Summit

Venue: Intercontinental Hotel

Location: St Julian’s, Malta

Popularly known as the Blockchain Island, Malta is one of the most happening places in the world of Blockchain. The crypto-friendly nation is set to host Europe’s largest blockchain event, Malta AI & Blockchain Summit this November. The event has garnered a lot of attention and over 6000 attendees are expected to participate this year. The event gathers investors and innovative minds to discuss Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Technology, Big Data and Internet of Things. The summit also features AI and Tech startup Pitch events where startups get a chance to showcase their products to the investors on stage.

Malta AI - Blockchain Summit
Source: Malta AI & Blockchain Summit

Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat will be leading the discussions followed by many key individuals in the blockchain. Others include Anthony Pompliano (Co-Founder & Partner, Morgan Creek Digital), Vahid Toosi (Founder, EOS sw/eden), Tim Draper (Founder, Draper Associates/DFJ/Draper University), Brock Pierce (Chairman, The Bitcoin Foundation) and Grammy Award-winning artist Akon will be delivering a keynote and perform in the lavish closing party.

Malta AI & Blockchain Summit is the go-to place to meet and network with innovative minds and catch the attention of deep-pocketed investors.

3. The Capital — CoinMarketCap Global Conference

Date(s): November 12–13 , 2019

Venue: Victoria Theatre

Location: Singapore

The Capital is the maiden global event of the most popular cryptocurrency information website CoinMarketCap. The event aims to assemble its users, partners and stakeholders at one place and discuss the future of the blockchain industry. Key topics to be talked in the event include crypto-asset adoption, liquidity and the next phase of blockchain. The event organizers put the “proof-of-work” system to use in the give away of tickets through a personality questionnaire.

Influencers in the blockchain world will be attending the event to deliver speeches and take part in discussions and fireside chats. Delegates include Sunny King (Inventor of Proof-of-Stake Consensus Mechanism & Founder, V SYSTEMS), Matthew Roszak (Co-Founder & Chairman, Bloq), Changpeng Zhao (Founder & CEO, Binance), David Chaum (Founder & CEO, Elixxir) Livio Weng (CEO, Huobi Global) and others.

4. Blockshow Asia 2019

Date(s): November 14–15, 2019

Venue: Marina Bay Sands

Location: Singapore

Blockshow Asia is one of the major blockchain events and goes with the tagline Festival of Decentralized Technology. The event is the best place for startups to meet investors and also for the crypto-savvy to share their thoughts on the future of blockchain. A plethora of topics will be discussed and debated in the event this year, to name a few, Development, Investments, Crypto Finance, Privacy & Security and Artificial Intelligence.

Blockshow Asia 2019
Source: Blockshow Asia

The event gained traction among the community due to the tech-influencers who take part actively in the discussions. Few of the speakers include Changpeng Zhao (CEO, Binance), Sopnendu Mohanty (Chief FinTech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore), David Chaum (Founder, Elixxir & Praxxis), Max Kordek (Co-Founder & President, Lisk), Da Hongfei (Founder, NEO), Sarah Olsen (Managing Director & Corporate Development, Gemini), Xinxi Wang (Co-Founder & Director, Litecoin Foundation) and Charlie Shrem (Founding Director, Bitcoin Foundation).

5. The Blockchain Innovation and Investment Summit

Date(s): November 20th, 2019

Venue: Ritz — Carlton JBR

Location: Dubai, UAE

The Blockchain Innovation and Investment Summit aims to bring together blockchain companies and investors to fuel the business relationships. Dubai is the fitting place for the event due to the growing interest in blockchain and cryptocurrency there, courtesy to the Dubai Blockchain Strategy 2020. BII summit is one of the biggest blockchain events in the Middle East and lays a major priority on Blockchain Investments. The summit will be featuring presentations, discussions on busting the myths about Blockchain revolution etc.

BII Summit
Source: BII Summit

Key speakers of the BII summit include Eric Demuth (CEO, Bitpanda), Andy Cheung(COO, OKEX), Nadeem Ladki (Director of Business Development at Ripple), Wesam Lootah (CEO, Smart Dubai Gov.). BII summit is the perfect spot to raise funds for your startup and unwind in the sandy beaches.

All in all, these events are unique and contemplates on the future of blockchain. ChangeHero believes that these events will boost awareness about crypto and blockchain and fuels the rapid development of the industry.

Do not miss any of the events and stay tuned to our blog. Follow us on TwitterFacebookReddit, Telegram and Medium and be the first to get notified.


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September 24, 2019

Crypto is almost everywhere now. The industry is gaining traction around the globe and its future appears to be very promising. If you are a startup founder who is looking to network or a crypto enthusiast want to be well-informed about the latest tendencies in the industry, then there are a ton of events that […]

Crypto is almost everywhere now. The industry is gaining traction around the globe and its future appears to be very promising.

If you are a startup founder who is looking to network or a crypto enthusiast want to be well-informed about the latest tendencies in the industry, then there are a ton of events that you can attend to dive deep into the crypto-world.

To make things easier, ChangeHero shortlisted some of the most important crypto conferences that you shouldn’t miss this October.

1. DELTA Summit 2019

Date(s): October 2–4, 2019

Venue: Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre

Location: Malta

Delta Summit 2019 aims to gather the leading entrepreneurs, investors, developers, service providers and tech leaders from all over the world at Malta, which is known as “The Blockchain Island”. The conference is aimed to provide a venue to allow startups from all over the world to promote technology and create connections at an international level.

Delta Summit
Source: Delta Summit

This year, the summit will present the Maltese Government’s digital innovation strategies and some meaningful networking between tech-centred people and teams concerned about the blockchain. Also, there will be discussions about cryptocurrency technology and cognitive technologies such as AI and IoT.

The Delta conference will be headed by the top leaders in the tech sphere like Joseph Muscat (Prime Minister of Malta), Changpeng Zhao (founder & CEO, Binance), Da Hongfei (CEO & Co-Founder, NEO), Tim Byun (CEO, OKCoin), Youree Lee (CEO, W-Foundation) and others.

2. 2019 Global Blockchain Summit

Date(s): October 3–4, 2019

Venue: Noah’s Events 1885 Bradburn Blvd, Westminster

Location: Westminster, Colorado, USA

This year the Global Blockchain Summit unites the pioneers and professionals, the innovators and the investors, the community and the industry from around the world sharing trends, concepts, advice, knowledge about the blockchain. The summit will lay a major emphasis on the women in blockchain who play an important role in the development of the blockchain industry and the crypto market.

This year the Global Blockchain Summit unites the pioneers and professionals, the innovators and the investors, the community and the industry from around the world sharing trends, concepts, advice, knowledge about the blockchain. The summit will lay a major emphasis on the women in blockchain who play an important role in the development of the blockchain industry and the crypto market.

Global Blockchain Summit
Source: Global Blockchain Summit

If you want to find out more about the latest blockchain technologies and innovations from world-class experts, including the CTO of Open Source From IBM and many others, you should attend this event. Topics of the Global Blockchain Summit that will be covered include Blockchain, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Smart Contracts, Supply Chain, Digital Identity, Hyperledger, Blockchain IoT, etc.

The conference is considered to be a very interactive event where crypto-enthusiasts can speak directly with Blockchain experts. Caroline Abenante (the founder of NYIAX), Pamela Norton (founder and CEO of Borsetta), Frank Ricotta (Partner, BurstIQ), Phil Komarny (VP of Innovation, Salesforce.com), Peter Hunn (Accord Project Founder and Clause.IO Founder), Kieren James-Lubin (Founder and CEO of BlockApps) and other prominent people will be involved in the Blockchain Summit in Colorado.

3. Japan Blockchain Week 2019

Date(s): October 7–5, 2019

Venue: Multiple locations in Osaka and Tokyo

Location: Osaka, Tokyo, Japan

Japan Blockchain Week will be the venue for discussing crypto adoption and exploring the opportunities to take the industry to the next level. The Blockchain Week consists of various conferences in both Osaka and Tokyo. There will be a great variety of themes from technology to future covering cases and trends of the blockchain industry. Listed events include B.Tokyo — Tokyo, Unblock Tokyo: Ecosystem Fast Track — Tokyo, Building the New Web — Osaka, Grow Open Source Day — Tokyo, Blockchain Research Meetup — Osaka and others.

Japan Blockchain Week
Source: Japan Blockchain Week

The event will host top companies and organizations from Japan and abroad which represent the future of the rapidly growing blockchain space. Featured speakers are Yuzo Kano (bitFlyer, Inc. co-founder, bitFlyer Blockchain, Inc.CEO), Yuta Takanashi (Financial Services Agency Japan Deputy Director for International Affairs), Sopnendu Mohanty (Chief FinTech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore) and others.

4. CIS | Crypto Invest Summit

Date(s): October 15–16, 2019

Venue: LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

The City of Angels is set to host the Crypto Invest Summit (CIS) this October which brings together some of the most eminent persons in the blockchain. Crypto Invest Summit is the biggest conference focused on the blockchain investment and the digital asset space including the most world-famous crypto-innovators and prominent leaders in the crypto industry.

CIS
Source: CIS

The summit brings together an array of personalities like investors, entrepreneurs, startups, exchanges, broker-dealers, service providers, and members of the media, who will discuss interesting and intriguing topics like Blockchain, Security and Utility Tokens, Blockchain’ Developers, Digital Assets and so on. At this summit, the participants will have an opportunity to pitch their solution on the future of the blockchain to the people present and get feedback and maybe surf on the LA beaches.

Speakers at the conference include Tim Draper (Founding and Managing Partner Draper Associates), Ted Ross (CIO, City of Los Angeles), Catherine Coley (CEO, Binance US), Travis Kling (Founder & CIO Ikigai Asset Management), Amanda Cassatt (CMO, ConsenSys), and others.

5. Blockchain Life 2019

Date(s): October 16–17, 2019

Venue: Moscow, Expocentre

Location: Moscow, Russia

Blockchain Life is one of the biggest events in the blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and mining in Russia and Europe. It is organized for both professionals and beginners in the world of Blockchain. The event aims to create an impact on the blockchain and crypto market by providing unique industry projects for discussions.

Blockchain Life
Source: Blockchain Life

The Blockchain Conference will bring together world-renowned developers, entrepreneurs, investors, financial and banking experts, crypto and blockchain enthusiasts, startup founders, marketing specialists, mass media representatives. Key topics of the conference are statutory regulations, integration of blockchain into financial and industrial sectors, IEO as a new trend: its features, blockchain acquiring, etc.

As for Blockchain Life’s speakers, event’s headliners include Sergei Khitrov (Founder of Listing. Help and Jets.Capital), Robert Wiecko (COO Dash), Garrett Jin (CEO of BitForex), Serguei Popov (IOTA Co-founder) and others.

6. Diffusion 2019

Date(s): October 19–20, 2019

Venue: Factory Berlin

Location: Berlin, Germany

The Diffusion 2019 focuses on the practical part of open-source circulated ledger technology, programmable tokens aimed to build a new level of digital data. At Diffusion 2019, leading practitioners from the world of cryptography, systems engineers and crypto-economics will be exploring the implications of deploying new technologies and distributed systems in complex and challenging fields like smart cities, Industry 4.0, and Mobility.

Diffusion
Source: Diffusion

This conference is an exclusive event gathering of main decentralized projects and their creators, connected to define the next major digital step in the Blockchain industry. Diffusion 2019 is a platform to meet with the best innovative minds, such as Trent McConaghy (Founder, Ocean Protocol), Jamie Burke (CEO, Outlier Ventures), Boris Mann (Co-founder, Fission), Brooklyn Zelenka (Co-founder, Fission), etc.

7. World Crypto Conference 2019

Date(s): October 29–31, 2019

Venue: The Cosmopolitan

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Las Vegas Crypto Conference 2019 is intended to bring together developers from multiple blockchain companies and foundations to find common ground, build solutions to the problems about the blockchain community as a whole. It is the second annual World Crypto Conference, which is putting the future of blockchain and cryptocurrency on display at The Cosmopolitan, where the event’s organizers will host meetups, education sessions, panel discussions featuring key opinion leaders.

WCC 2019
Source: WCC 2019

The conference is designed to serve as a consummate global stage for the discussion of the most important topics about the fintech blockchain space, for example, energy transmission, data centre manufacturing, equipment sellers, cloud mining and mining pools.

This highly-eventful three-day conference will welcome a lot of participants from global enterprise companies, financial service providers, and blockchain-focused startups like Jon “DR J” Najarian (Co-Founder Investitute), Pei Chen (Director, Financial Services Consensys), Brendan Eich (CEO Brave) and others.

8. SF Blockchain Week 2019

Date(s): October 31 — November 3, 2019

Venue: San Francisco Marriott Marquis

Location: San Francisco, California, USA

SF Blockchain Week 2019 provides a world-class education for both consumers and developers aimed to connect and engage with the ideas from the renowned in the blockchain industry. The focus of Blockchain Week is to help the digital industry reach mass adoption through fundamental education, establishing technology standards, and engagement with projects paving the way.

SF Blockchain Week 2019
Source: SF Blockchain Week 2019

The event is encrusted with amazing talks and intuitive workshops to create informative debates on critical topics in blockchain or issues blockchain is facing. All the participants are guided to express their honest expert opinions, which will help to draw the most realistic picture of the current state and future of crypto.

Featured speakers are Vitalik Buterin (Founder, Ethereum), Olaf Carlson-Wee (Founder & CIO, Polychain Capital), Meltem Demirors (Chief Strategy Officer, CoinShares Capital), Chris Larsen (Executive Chairman & Co-founder, Ripple), etc.

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August 23, 2019

Cryptocurrency is almost everywhere now. People from around the world are talking about the big wave of cryptocurrency adoption and the impact it is having on us. This fall, crypto space is filled with a great variety of conferences, seminars, and meetings, where like-minders meet to discuss the future of blockchain. ChangeHero made a list of […]

Cryptocurrency is almost everywhere now. People from around the world are talking about the big wave of cryptocurrency adoption and the impact it is having on us. This fall, crypto space is filled with a great variety of conferences, seminars, and meetings, where like-minders meet to discuss the future of blockchain.

ChangeHero made a list of the most important and exciting blockchain events for crypto seekers in September 2019.

Don’t miss a thing and check out our recommendations.

World Blockchain Forum

Date(s): September 1–3, 2019

Venue: Business Design Centre

Location: London, United Kingdom

At World Blockchain Forum participants will focus on discussing the frontier blockchain technology problems, sharing the latest blockchain news, applications in all kinds of industries. The event is the go-to place for all the blockchain enthusiasts and startups to network and expands their reach. The two-day Blockchain event presents a great number of revolutionary insights, projects, discussions about opportunities and challenges stimulating the innovation of blockchain technologies and computer intelligence.

World Blockchain Forum, London
World Blockchain Forum, London

More than 100 speakers are going to share their thoughts on the World Blockchain Forum 2019. The keynote speakers include Yacine Terai (CEO, StartupToken), Marc Low (CEO, Fuel Network), Hon. Wayne Caines (Minister of National Security, with responsibility for ICT Policy & Innovation | Government of Bermuda), Pierre Noizat (Founder & CEO, Blockchain.io)
and others.

DeFi Summit London

Date(s): September 10–11, 2019

Venue: Imperial College, South Kensington

Location: London, United Kingdom

If you want to find out more about decentralized finance, you should attend the DeFi summit. It is a 2-day event focused on decentralized financial themes: Banking The Unbanked & Financial Inclusion, DeFi Maturity and Adoption, Compliance & Regulation, DeFi Trading, Open Finance & Economic History, Risk and DeFi Composability. The conference is aimed at contributing to the development of Decentralized Financial system. This community conference is going to gather blockchain trainers, entrepreneurs, academics, investors, regulators, and other like-minders who are looking to learn and take part in the DeFi industry.

Bartek Kiepuszewski (Co-Founder of OasisDEX, Executive Director, Blockchain Architect, MakerDAO), Husayn Kassai (Co-Founder and CEO, Onfido), Felix Feng (Co-Founder & CEO, Set Protocol), Zeeshan Feroz (UK CEO, Coinbase), Allison Lu (COO, UMA Protocol) and other well-known in the blockchain industry speakers will be involved in DeFi summit. The conference will surely give an unforgettable experience for all the participants with sharing ideas for best practices in the development of the finance industry into a transparent place.

IEEE Global Blockchain Summit

Date(s): September 16–18, 2019

Venue: NIST Headquarter

Location: Gaithersburg, Maryland, US

IEEE Global Blockchain Summit is a high-profile forum for researchers, practitioners, engineers to present the latest innovations in infrastructure, significant applications, business cases for the blockchain technology. The keуnote theme in the 3-day intensive program will be governance and regulation. Besides that, the summit will represent a rich mixture of the most important topics in the Blockchain world today — ID management, data privacy, governance models, cybersecurity, multi-cloud platform, enterprise applications, new start-up grants and programs.

Featured speakers are Anna Brady-Estevez (Director of Blockchain Initiative National Science Foundation (NSF)) and Tim Persons (Chief Scientist & Managing Director of Science, Technology Assessment & Analytics, US Government Accountability Office (GAO)).

The 5th Global Blockchain Summit

Date(s): September 17–18, 2019

Venue: W Shanghai, 66, Lvshun Road, Hongkou District

Location: Shanghai, China

Global Blockchain Summit is one of the largest international, high-level blockchain events organized by Wanxiang Blockchain Labs. This year, the summit will invite different representatives from the Blockchain industry to investigate possible commercial applications. The summit is also a place to share professional insights about the developing trends of blockchain today.

Shanghai International Blockchain Week
Shanghai International Blockchain Week

Invited speakers: Dr. Feng Xiao (Vice Chairman & Executive Director at China Wanxiang Holdings, Founder of Wanxiang Blockchain Labs), Vitalik Buterin (Ethereum Founder,Wanxiang Blockchain Labs Chief Scientist), Henry Ma (Vice President and Chief Information Officer of WeBank), Alex Batlin (Founder & CEO of Trustology), Antonio Senatore (Global CTO, Deloitte Blockchain) and others.

Blockchain Live 2019

Date(s): September 25, 2019

Venue: Olympia London, Hammersmith Rd

Location: London, UK

The one-day Blockchain Live event focuses on the business and scientific potential of blockchain and distributed ledger technology. This event will include keynotes and speeches on thought-provoking topics like digital trust, distributed disruption, future regulation, future-proof business, operational efficiency, token economics.

As for speakers, festival headliners include Don Tapscott (Co-Founder & Executive Chairman Blockchain Research Institute, Co-Author Blockchain Revolution), Billie Xu (Emerging Technology Analyst London Stock Exchange Group), Klaus Schaaf (Distributed Ledger Evangelist Volkswagen AG), Joe Wreford (Associate Director GB Supply Chain IT Business Partner Coca Cola), etc.

Delta Summit OKEx Malta Tech Week

Date(s): September 30 — October 4, 2019

Venue: To be announced

Location: Malta

We all know that Malta is the most happening place in the crypto world now. Delta Summit is Malta’s first-ever Tech Week and is expected to be a phenomenal event for blockchain and crypto enthusiasts. A lot of insights on digital assets and blockchain technology will be presented within the framework of the event to the global community. Apart from promoting blockchain, the Delta Summit is a great opportunity to pitch individual ideas to world-class investors.

Delta Summit — Malta Tech Week
Delta Summit — Malta Tech Week

DELTA Summit OKEx Tech Week is a platform to connect with the best innovative minds, such as Dr Joseph Muscat (Prime minister of Malta), Hon. Silvio Schembri (Parliamentary Secretary of Malta), Tim Byun (CEO of OKCoin), Changpeng Zhao (Founder & CEO of Binance), Kris Marszalek (CEO & Co-Founder of Crypto.com), and others. OKEx Tech Week is a great event to dive deep into the blockchain trading and investment strategies.

Altcoin Magazine Mastermind Event

Date(s): September 4–7, 2019

Venue: Wyndham Garden Kuta Beach Bali

Location: Bali, Indonesia

Altcoin Magazine Mastermind Event
Altcoin Magazine Mastermind Event

If you are looking for an offbeat experience in crypto, Altcoin Magazine has the perfect setting in Bali. Forget about the keynotes and booths! Altcoin Magazine Mastermind Event is a no-nonsense networking event where influencers and high-performers in the crypto world meet together and discuss on topics like Lightning network, dapps, fintech and obviously altcoins.

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