As Europe’s premier blockchain conference, Decentralized 2019 will take place at the Divani Hotel in Athens from 30th October – 1st November and is set to attract over 1500 attendees, 100+ speakers and 40+ sponsors. Leading content marketing agency for the finance sector, Contentworks, will also be returning as media partners for the second year running.
Organised by the University of Nicosia (UNIC), this is an eagerly anticipated event that’s now in its third year. So, here are 7 reasons to save the date and make your way to Greece.
1. Network and Make Contacts
Networking is an important part of business allowing you to meet like-minded people from the industry you work in. Decentralized is blockchain/crypto focused and is tailored to those with an interest in these areas. Therefore, if you’re interested in mingling with directors, CEOs, investors and other thought leaders and prominent figures, Decentralized 2019 is the place to be. Be sure to take branded business cards with you and collect cards from others too, so you can continue communication with relevant parties once the conference is over.
2. Authenticate Your Brand
The blockchain/crypto sector is still new territory for many. And as ICO scams and exchange hacks often dominate the headlines, it’s really important to authenticate your brand if you work in this industry. One of the best ways to do this is to attend high-profile events as this shows you care about what you do and are prepared to learn and grow as a business. By taking pictures of team members at the event and showcasing them across your blog and social media, you instantly give your company a face and start to humanise the work you do. This helps develop trust among consumers and will improve credibility. So, before you attend the conference, come up with a social strategy to get noticed.
3. Attend Thought Leading Talks
This year’s panel of speakers at Decentralized 2019 is nothing short of impressive. Many top figures from the industry will take to the stage to discuss trends and future developments relating to three distinctive tracts: Business, Technology and Academic. From Dr. Adam Back, the inventor of hashcash, an algorithm used in Bitcoin Mining to Dr. Garrick Hileman, one of the most cited cryptocurrency and blockchain technology researchers in the world, there are many talks you won’t want to miss.
Creative Director of Contentworks, Charlotte Day, will also be at the conference talking about content marketing strategies and developments for this evolving sector.
Take a look at the full speaker line-up here.
4. Participate in Pre-Conference Workshops
As well as Decentralized itself, there will also be pre-conference workshops available to Decentralized participants. These include the Corda Bootcamp which will take place on the 30th October and is designed for beginners wanting to know more about the Corda blockchain platform as well as engineers who aspire to develop their own Corda application (CorDapp). The full-day Hyperledger Workshop will also take place on the 30th October and is for participants who want to dive into the specifics of Hyperledger Fabric and build their own decentralized application.
You can check the agenda of both workshops here.
5. Enjoy Networking Cocktail Evenings
Decentralized is business focused and you’ll have a chance to talk seriously with attendees – particularly if you arrange a meeting in advance with specific people or companies. Don’t be afraid to reach out via social media or email to set up one-on-one conversations. This will prevent you from being swept up by the hustle of the conference. Get the most out of Decentralized from a professional angle, but also remember to relax and have fun too. A networking cocktail evening will be held on Thursday 31st October providing the perfect time to mingle and chat in a relaxed setting.
6. Experience 5-Star Luxury
Decentralized is a conference that encourages education. Discussions between attendees is recommended and you’ll be able to plan your own schedule to suit your business needs. For instance, by taking a look at the speaker panel timetable you can work out exactly who you want to gain insights from. That said, such a conference is also about experiencing a break away from the norm. The Divani Caravel hotel is a 5-star hotel perfectly located in central Athens. With beautiful rooms reserved for guests, a selection of tempting restaurants and an indoor/outdoor pool, you can unwind in comfort when you’re not being a social butterfly.
7. Explore the Very Best of Athens
When in Athens, why not take the time to explore the very best of this fascinating ancient city? Top landmarks include the Acropolis, Parthenon, Erechtheion and the beautiful Old Town market district of Monastiraki. The Acropolis Museum as well as the National Archaeological Museum of Athens are also worth a trip as is Syntagma Square and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Temple of Athena Nike and Plaka – also known as the Neighbourhood of the Gods.
If you’re interested in Decentralized 2019, buy your tickets here. You can also arrange to meet the Contentworks team in advance to discuss crypto content marketing.