Blockchain Shift Conference to Help “The Magic City” Become U.S. Crypto Capital for Blockchain Technology

October 8, 2018 09:02:17
  • City of Miami Acts as Bridge between the U.S. and Latin America
  • Blockchain Conference Could Serve as Catalyst for Distributed Ledger Technology Ecosystem
  • State, Local Officials, and Federal Representatives Will be There

Standing at the crossroads of continents, the Magic City is the ideal choice for the Blockchain Shift conference to be held October 11-12, 2018 at the Mana Wynwood Convention Center in Miami. The city’s position between North and South America gives it unparalleled access to technology and talent on both sides. It could be a bridge to the future, as well. Blockchain Shift is meant to raise awareness of distributed ledger technology and educate the world on the power of this transformative technology.

The event will feature a diverse group of distinguished thought leaders and experts including crypto and institutional investors, government officials, bankers, attorneys, and other service providers. Blockchain startups will also be represented, as will projects working on the tokenization of real assets and established enterprise companies. As such, Blockchain Shift offers the opportunity for an unparalleled series of discussions and networking opportunities.

The ground is shifting beneath our feet, as technology advancements have disrupted virtually every sector of society,” said Dan Viola, attorney, entrepreneur, and co-founder of Blockchain Shift, in a press release. “Our event will celebrate these advancements, while bridging the gap between a crypto crowd and more advanced legacy industries that are beginning to understand blockchain is here to stay.”

Distributed ledger technology – blockchain – is finding application in a wide variety of industries, including banking, healthcare, logistics, securities and many more. Its cryptographic, decentralized, distributed, immutable nature makes the problem of asymmetric information that plagues transacting almost disappear. With blockchain, there is no need to trust your counterparty or an intermediary. The systems’ transparency makes perverse action practically impossible.

As a technology hub, Miami’s location is unique, which perhaps is why the city is on Inc.’s short list for a new headquarters. The Magic City, where Spanish is spoken as frequently as English, has a tradition of facing both north and south. That multiculturalism is reflected in the choice of venue: the Mana Wynwood that is conveniently located in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood Art District, home to the city’s diverse, international art scene. Miami is fast becoming a fintech hub of innovation and entrepreneurship in the U.S.

A number of key sponsors such as IBM (NYSE: IBM), Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA), KPMG and Bloomberg have already confirmed their participation, as have an elect group of speakers that includes Florida’s Lieutenant Governor, Miami’s mayor, and an extensive array of representatives from tech companies and service providers.

Speakers include:

  • Jon “DRJ” Najarian, co-founder of Investitute
  • Christopher Ferris, CTO Open Technology, IBM
  • Steven Nerayoff, founder and CEO, Alchemist
  • Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez Cantera
  • Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli, City of Coral Gables
  • Mayor Francis Suarez, City of Miami
  • Paul Brodsky, partner, Pantera Capital
  • Jalak Jobanputra, founding partner, Future Perfect Ventures
  • Joseph Tacopina, attorney, Tacopina & Seigel

The event promises to be more than just a forum of talking heads. Blockchain Shift will include events hosted by sponsors, as well as yacht excursions and a night of electronic dance music with some of the world’s best-known DJs, to facilitate networking. In addition, white glove service will be available. Participants will be able to access a concierge app that accepts crypto for tickets and sponsorships, delivers badges pre-registered to the hotel and displays a menu of excellent food options.

Media passes and special discounts are available for those who want to learn and/or engage in blockchain tech from

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