The great and the good descend on Blockchain Live 2018

Blockchain Live 2018 took place at London Olympia last week, showcasing the universal benefits of blockchain technology to the public and private sectors

The event made its debut in 2017 with 974 delegates. 2018, meanwhile, pulled in over 3,500 people.

The Blockchain Leaders’ Summit saw leading public figures discuss the future of blockchain technology.Visitors were able to hear from Margot James, MP Minister for Digital and Creative Industries at the DCMS, who highlighted the UK Government’s commitment to continued adoption of blockchain technology. During her keynote speech the minister stated that “decentralised systems for recording transactions could be beneficial in many areas, including transport, smart cities, finance, tourism, agriculture and health.”

Delegates also heard presentations from Nick Szabo, the creator of Smart Contracts, discussing the building blocks of future blockchain technology, and former UBS CIO and now founder of Bussmann Advisory, Oliver Bussman, highlighting how to automate business transactions, drive efficiency and reduce risk.

Other highlights included Alex Tapscott, author of Blockchain Revolution and Co-founder of the Blockchain Research Institute, showcasing how business can harness the power of the second digital age. In addition, a VIP C-Suite theatre saw over 250 C-level enterprise executives, including companies such as Barclays, Bank of England, Tesco and The Post Office, hear about how the application of blockchain technology can help drive efficiencies in current business practices as well as disrupt traditionally accepted behaviours.

Blythe Masters, former JP Morgan Chase executive and now CEO of FinTech firm Digital Asset Holdings, commented: “I’ve seen a number of products and ideas that are new to me and I spend my entire time in and around this space.”


Blockchain Live also launched The ICO Pitchand Investors Zone. Hundreds of private investors, family offices, high net worth individuals, institutional investors, VCs, wealth management companies, and others interested in investing in innovative projects and startups were delivered presentations from startup companies looking to launch first round funding opportunities.

Portfolio Director for Blockchain Live, James Samuel, commented: “We are absolutely thrilled with the success of Blockchain Live 2018; we hosted one of the biggest events on the global blockchain calendar here in London. We purposely differentiated ourselves to provide a comprehensive event by bringing together the full ecosystem, including key stakeholders vital to take blockchain to the mainstream and mass adoption. We were delighted to witness on the day investors, entrepreneurs, innovators, developers, technology leaders, governments, regulators, public sector, policy makers, law makers and end-user enterprises and corporations from various industries.”

“The growth from our inception in 2017 to this year’s edition is testament to a great team working in an exciting industry. In 2019 we expect to continue the growth of Blockchain Live here in Olympia London but also look forward to announcing plans for the brand to enter new global markets for our customers to access, enabling Blockchain Live to take blockchain to the mainstream and mass adoption,” he adds.

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