It’s the fight we’ve all been waiting for. The highly anticipated match between the two giants sparked last October over a twitter post. Economist Nouriel Roubini, aka ‘Dr. Doom’, tweeted on October 7th, quote, “Buterin is dictator for life”, referring to the founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin. Roubini also went on to say that crypto is a “system more centralized than North Korea”. Vitalik responded through twitter, saying, “I officially predict a financial crisis some time between now and 2021. Not because I have any special knowledge or even actually think that, but so that I can have a ~25% (or whatever) chance of later being publicly acclaimed as a guru who predicted the last financial crisis”. This coming April, the two will finally meet face to face to debate on the value and meaning of digital currecny. This is the first key point of the Deconomy 2019 forum held from April 4th~5th at Seoul Jangchung Arena.
Blockchain focused digital media company Blockinpress introduces the second Deconomy Forum (Distributed Economy) to discuss ‘Financial Applications of Blockchain’ and the ‘Blockchain Technology’. Deconomy 2019 returns after a year since the inaugural 2018 event that gathered global industry leaders and gathered over 2,200 attendees.
The second key point of the event is the unprecedented speakers list. Roubini and Vitalik will be joined by, Andreas M Antonopoulos, the entrepreneur and author of the best selling book “Mastering Bitcoin”; Joseph Lubin, founder of ConsenSys; Philip Zimmermann, creator of Pretty Good Privacy, the most widely used email encryption software in the world; Richard Gendal Brown, CTO of the world’s largest blockchain consortium R3 and Changpeng Zhao, CEO of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange Biance.
There will also be experts from various fields of work to chime on discussions including the head of the IMF’s Resident Representative Office in Singapore, Jochen M. Schmittmann, Research Advisor in Funds Management and Banking Department of Bank of Canada, Francisco Rivadeneyra, Associate Professor and Co-Director of Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts at Cornell University, Emin Gün Sirer, and Gina C. Pieters of University of Chicago, Department of Economics.
Deconomy 2019 lowered ticket prices and allowed more people to attend, to be more accommodating to the general audiences who wish to attend and take-part in speakers and panel discussions that share and direct the course of the industry for the future. Jangchung Arena can accommodate 4,000 people at a time, which is twice the size of last year’s venue. Tickets are on sale for a third of last year’s price of US$ 99 (for Full Pass tickets) until the end of this month.
The third key point is the large participation of the enterprise level blockchain solution projects. Distributed ledger technology company R3 that leads the world’s largest consortium of more than 200 firms in research and development of distributed ledger usage in the financial system and other areas of commerce, Clearmatics that creates digital cash for the central bank, and the Ethereum based technology company Consensys to name a few companies that provide blockchain businesses and solutions on enterprise levels.
You can now purchase the tickets to the event at the Deconomy website (https://deconomy.com/seoul2019/) where a Full Pass that grants access to exhibition booths, access to keynote speakers and panels will cost US$99, a Exhibition Pass with access to the exhibition booths will cost US$10, and a full access VIP Pass will cost US$999 until February 28th.