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Manila's Blockchain Christmas Fair | Decentralised Shopping

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’Tis the Season - Particl, BlockChats, and Coding Girls Manila invite you to Manila’s Blockchain Christmas Fair at BlockchainSPACE! Join the community for a magical evening between sweet treats, secret Santas, your favourite jingles, and a VIP panel on the topic of:

Christmas Shopping 2.0 - Can Amazon be replaced by Decentralised Applications?

Be it electronics, games, clothes, or even groceries - we all do it, online shopping. Obviously. It is easy, fast, and convenient, and anything that allows us to stay on the sofa in the comfort of our beloved four walls is highly appreciated.

As Amazon, eBay, AliBaba, Etsy & Co. continue to expand their activity fields, what once seemed so glorious has come to reveal an unpleasant truth: our comfortable consumer experience comes at a price.

Every click, every swipe, and (probably, they say) even every word adds to a profile of our persona, a puzzle that we willingly help to complete as we share our name, address, credit card details, location, gender, favourite music, photos, food preferences, clothing size… But we seem to like it, since we reward the marketplaces by paying them for their good work, in the fees they freely decide to impose on us.
Not happy with that? No problem, just stop buying online.

But are there really only two options – play the game or be excluded from the empire?
And how much do we actually care about giving away our personal details? What, if anything, would make us reconsider our preferred online shopping choice?

Our panelists are going to cover questions all the way from the basics to the future prospects.

・What is a centralised marketplace?
・What is a decentralised marketplace?
・What are their tradeoffs?

・How do dApps want to outdo Amazon, eBay & Co.?

・What do traditional e-commerce platforms do with our data?
・Do we lack the sense of urgency to protect our privacy?

・Can decentralised marketplaces create a fair environment for small vendors?

・Completely transparent or completely anonymous: what is the future of online shopping?


Meet our panelists:

・Colin Goltra,
・Miguel Cuneta, Satoshi Citadel Industries
・Mark Vernon, TagCash
・Alenna Dawn, Coding Girls Manila
・Chris Verceles, ConsenSys
・Gerb Reign Inajada, Union Bank

moderated by Lina Seiche

Christmas Market

Browse the nerdiest Christmas fair of the year and grab merchandise, souvenirs, and your Christmas dinner from the stalls brought to you by companies from the Philippines and around the world.

Want to run your own stall?

Book your table and set up your own stall on the festive Christmas Market - bring your merchandise and anything you’d like the community to get their hands on. The table booking is free, but slots are limited - the only condition: bring some Christmas food for everyone. :)

Reach out to us at [masked] or submit the form over here:

Secret Santa

Bring a little gift to join the Secret Santa gift exchange at the end of the event - everyone that contributes a present will receive a gift brought by another guest. More info on the event page.


18:30 | Reception + Christmas Market

19:00 | a Hello from Event Partner Particl

19:15 | Panel: Christmas Shopping 2.0 - Can Amazon be replaced by Decentralised Applications?

20:15 | Secret Santa Gift Exchange

20:30 | Special Giveaway

20:45 | more Christmas Market fun

Meet the Event Partners

For obvious reasons, BlockChats is very happy to be able to introduce Particl to Manila's community, and we are looking forward to bringing this event to you together.

Meet Particl:

Coding Girls is one of our dearest partners in everything Blockchain. Besides the university conference series BlockLab, we are happy to collaborate on events throughout the year.

Meet Coding Girls:

Meet BlockChats: