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Voice of Blockchain 2019
Tickets are available for 2019 Voice of Blockchain for only $99 if you buy before the holiday! You can also get $20 back per referral when people buy using your link. Apply to speak/present/volunteer/exhibit on the website: https://voiceofblockchain.com/ In April of 2018, we set out to create a conference in Chicago. A group composed primarily of volunteers came together to bring Chicago the largest and highest quality blockchain gathering it has ever had. In building the event, we had five guiding principles in mind. Put the Right People in the Room Networking has a purpose Diversity is not an afterthought Create opportunities to learn Focus on the builders On August 24th & 25th magic happened at Navy Pier in Chicago as 1,281 builders came to the table to make business deals, meet incredible new friends, and discover the next new thing. Every talk and panel was hand-picked to be the most interesting possible conversation. We had pre-parties and afterparties. Overall, it was a HUGE success! Put the Right People in the Room Over 50 influencers and 100 speakers were in attendance. The highlight of the event came during a conversation between Matt Roszak of Bloq and Edmund Moy, the 38th Director of the U.S. Mint. Mr. Moy didn’t waste time getting to the point as he told us that bitcoin would “end the government’s monopoly on money which will allow humans to flourish.” From builders to influencers to business people, this gathering was like no other. Some notable speakers included Brittany Kaiser (Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower), Brian Jenkins (Former CNN Reporter), Jimmy Song, Rumi Morales (Outlier Ventures), the entire Democracy Earth team! Networking has a Purpose In the surveys, people really loved being able to meet so many of the speakers and influencers. The pre-party was fantastic and things kept going with the dinners and multiple afterparties coming together for a third-floor private party with drinks and sparklers decorating the room. The conference itself was separated into four tracks: innovation, social good, fintech/markets, and #buidl. Diversity is Not an Afterthought Two days of three stages running constantly and every panel had diversity. We had builders from the southside of Chicago and venture capital from China. We had more diverse representation than any blockchain conference I have attended. We simply paid attention and found awesome people doing amazing things. Women led the conversation just as much as the men did because we took the time to examine our efforts even on a short planning time frame. Create Opportunities to Learn By intention, we asked that speakers and panelists not spend time discussing how they got into blockchain. Instead, we set up focused conversations on specific topics. If you want beginner information, go to the beginner’s booth or a talk for beginners. If you want a deep conversation about an industry vertical important to you or about developing non-fungible tokens, then attend that panel. We think this is how conferences should work. Focus on the builders Builders are the people building our ecosystem. To us this includes artists, entrepreneurs, and influncers. We hosted more builders from top 100 projects than any other event we have seen. Projects representing included: Bitcoin, Ethereum (Consensys), Iota, NEM, Stellar, EOS, Enigma, Zcash, Decred, Nano, Huobi, and more! Honorable Mention: Don’t let pay to pitch guide decisions We turned down $200,000+ in sponsors who only wanted to pitch onstage in the middle of the great conversations. This decision added to the quality of the event without a doubt, however, it left us with a loss rather than profit. To compromise, this year we intend to have a pitch stage so the quality content remains uninterrupted. Overall, we built an event that we would like to attend. Buy your ticket at a huge discount today https://voiceofblockchain.com/

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    What we're about

    We are a trusted resource for the city of Chicago where you can learn about cryptocurrency, cryptoassets, and the blockchain technology that makes it possible. We hope to take you from hearing about bitcoin, ethereum, and crypto, to understanding the amazing possibilities that blockchain technology provides.

    To get started on your blockchain knowledge journey, visit our website for a list of trusted blockchain organizations, chat rooms, and guided learning. The new to blockchain section has videos to start you on your path to decentralization.

    http://chicagoblockchainproject.com (http://chicagoblockchainproject.com/start-here/)

    Here are some events we host through our meetup.

    • Beginner Events (First timer presentation and Q & A to get you started.)

    • Developer hacking nights (Presentations explaining web 3 tools and stack decisions and small group hacking time.)

    • Subject-focused workshops (Mining/Exchanges/Social Good/Projects in Chicago/etc)

    • Community outreach (Talks & presentation around the city. Contact us to visit your organization by emailing joe@disruptionjoe.com)

    The first time you hear about bitcoin, Ethereum, or any of the altcoins you become curious. You want to know whether this thing is real or fake. We know that blockchain will be as widely used as the internet. We encourage you to use your curiosity to fuel learning about how blockchain can change society for the better.

    We have found that what started as investing in cryptocurrencies, has turned into a much bigger phenomenon. The underlying technology behind bitcoin is a revolutionary set of rules coded to allow people across the planet to exchange value. It accomplishes this by having as many computers as possible watching its every transaction. They vote on whether or not each transaction is valid according to the rules of the system.

    The revolutionary part is that the system is open, borderless, unseizable, and uncensorable. There is no master switch accessible to an authority to turn off the system. You can choose to participate as long as you have an internet connection. The decentralization is the spread of power in the system. The governance of the system is not controlled by one party, but all the people who participate. These rules are encoded in a way that they can only be changed by an overwhelming majority of participants opting into the rule change. If a rule changes in a way that may be negative for a stakeholder, they can simply opt out by selling their coins.

    We are here to help you figure out what the real value is in a decentralized system of the future. Most of our events are free, and some we even provide food and drink. Occasionally we have to charge for an event to cover our costs. We also have low-cost small group workshops.

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