On April 5-6, 2018, The Station in Berlin, Germany opened its doors to 2,500 participants for “Germany’s largest blockchain and crypto conference.” With a range of enlightening panels, international speakers, burgeoning projects, it’s no wonder that many believe Europe can finally compete with the fintech space in the US.
Crypto at Lightning Speed
Over the course of the two days, the C3 Crypto Conference inspired interested parties with a myriad of relevant panels. From “Entrepreneurship in Berlin,” to cutting-edge blockchain use-cases and commentary from experts like Alena Vranova, the city is revealing itself as a true crypto hub.
Long-time bitcoin evangelist Vranova opened day one with a fascinating discussion involving a handful of other female crypto-entrepreneurs. Speakers on the “Women in Blockchain” panel included Melanie Mohr of YEAY, Veronica Garcia-Heller of BitLumens, Jess Houlgrave of Codex, Andrea Bauer author of “The Krypto Economy,” and Miriam Neubauer of Catena Capital.
Following his presentation on “The Future of Cryptocurrencies,” Matthew Shutte from the Holochain project explained, “C3 could become THE event for Crypto in Europe. This event is a gathering place for global thought leaders to share groundbreaking insights from the leading edge of technology and investment.”
Another highly-anticipated panel, led by Dr. Ulrich Keunecke from the law firm KPMG, outlined the regulatory framework for Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and how startups can lance a successful project. As Germany has emerged as one of the most crypto-friendly countries in the European Union (EU), this discussion confirmed this sentiment. As such, ICOs in attendance were able to get a hands-on look at how to move accordingly.
In the related “Blockchain Entrepreneurship in Berlin Panel,” Fabian Spielberger from Catena Capital put an exclamation point on day one of the conference with the following:
“It is the first time in history that Europe can compete with the USA in fundraising.”
Live ICOs as a Highlight of the Conference
On day two of the conference, live pitches were held in two stages on the Expo stage in the exhibition area. In a dynamic competition, selected participants pitched their ICO ideas.
The winners of places one to three received a first marketing investment from Paranoid Internet, a full-service crypto and marketing agency, to present their approaches to the masses. First place was honored with ~$30,000, second place with ~$12,000 and third place with ~$6,000 as starting capital. The winners are:
- TV-TWO (A decentralized TV ecosystem),
- concertVR (Location-independent concert experiences with Virtual Reality),
- BehaviourExchange (Identify and analyze web users in real time).
“We have joined forces as a team to set an example for diversity, innovation and technological development in Germany with this lighthouse event. We are very pleased with the feedback from the first C3 Crypto Conference,” says Dennis Weidner, organizer of the conference.
“The response of the participants to the conference and the fair shows us how important such a platform for exchange is for the blockchain ecosystem. Events like these are important to highlight the innovative power and socio-political significance of blockchain and cryptocurrencies for the future.”