Viva la Crypto set to be Mexico’s first blockchain-related event

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Angelica Villarreal of Horizen, formerly ZenCash, is behind the organisation of the massive event

A young Mexican female engineer, 25, has stormed on to the crypto and blockchain stage in Mexico. In the three years since Angelica Villarreal became involved in the space, she has notched up a series of achievements.

Among her successes, Villarreal speaks of having the privilege to be the lead organiser of Mexico’s first ever crypto event called Viva la Crypto that will bring together over 1,500 people under one roof to listen to around a dozen prominent speakers.

“I want to invite people, not only women but all people, to an event I’m organising in Mexico on November 20th and 21st, in one of the main venues from my city Monterrey,” says Villarreal in an exclusive interview with Coin Rivet.

“We will count on the attendance of significant people in the industry as well as very great sponsors,” she adds. “So, of course, I want to invite all those interested in crypto and blockchain to come and check it out because, I have to say, this will be the first biggest event about blockchain and crypto in Mexico,” she says.

The idea for Viva la Crypto came up in January. “We saw an opportunity, and we said, hey!, there are no events of this kind in Mexico.”

Villarreal and her team decided “let’s do it. Also, it has been such a great journey since. I could talk for hours about the people we’ve met and the things we’ve learned since taking the challenge to organise the event.”

Villarreal is the head of Horizen, formerly ZenCAsh, in Mexico and the rest of Latin America, which she says has been helpful in contacting the right people to make this “dream come true”.

“It’s been great! We’ve had enormous interest from people, organisations as well as the media, which has led us to plan our next national campaign to promote this unique event further.”

More to come

This won’t be the last crypto-related event she organises in Mexico. She believes that the next one will have to be in Mexico City sometime next year. “I see Viva la Crypto as a super huge expo in Mexico, bringing the best talent, the best people academia and universities, corporations because we do have a lot of potential here,” she says.

Unfortunately, she adds, many blockchain and crypto investors from other countries fail to currently see Mexico as a place for investment or even a country where talent exists.

“So, one of the most difficult aspects of organising this event has been to transmit the message that this is a great country to invest in and that there are many talented minds in Mexico,” she notes. “And that’s another reason why Viva la Crypto is so important.”

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