The Conference will start in Moscow in two weeks’ time. People from national banks and bitcoin startups confirmed their participation.
CoinFox has reached the organisers Pavel Likhomanov and Marina Kryzevskaia for a comment regarding the perspectives of this important event.
CoinFox: Pavel what do you expect from the conference?
Pavel Likhomanov: With every conference, and we have held them in Russia, Ukraine and the Czech Republic, the interest and awareness of the public grow. Nearly all guests have at least some basic idea of what bitcoin and blockchain are. However, on 10 November we expect to see not just informed people but those who are experts in the field or ready to become ones in the near future.
CF: Among the speakers, are there any of particular interest for you? Whom would you suggest to see first of all?
PL: We arranged the programme in such a way that it touches on every important aspect of cryptocurrencies and the blockchain. It covers projects, legal regulation, business tools, among all. Bankers would be interested to see a speaker from Sberbank, for IT experts there are presenters from IBM, Microsoft or cyber.Fund. Other speakers will talk about bitcoin entrepreneurship, mining, or foreign markets.
CF: What impact would the conference have on the development of the digital economy in Russia?
PL: The point of the conference is to gather all the existing projects and introduce the authors to each other. An IT specialist or an entrepreneur would come away with a clearer idea of what the market has to offer, in what direction to move, where to look for partners. To put it simply, you develop, we help you gather together and show what you have. In this respect, the Blockchain and Bitcoin Conference will make its contribution to the development of the blockchain.
CF: What is the difference between the conferences in Moscow and in Kiev, in terms of organisation?
Marina Kryzevskia: There is no dramatic difference – both places have a community that needs a venue to meet up. All we need to do is to find the touch points and organise the event. If compare it with the conference that took place spring, we have extended the programme and broken it into segments for different audiences. As for the partner relationship, there was no problem at all. Both local and foreign specialised venues are keen to support us.
CF: How does the press in Moscow and Kiev react to the conference? Is there any difference?
MK: Unlike Moscow, our Kiev event was aimed mostly at newcomers, therefore, I had to work with non-specialist media. The journalists needed a basic introduction into what the blockchain and cryptocurrencies are. Sometimes they demanded of me to prove that bitcoin is not banned in Ukraine. The Moscow event is aimed at a well-prepared audience, so here I have not had any situations like that. In general, journalists and editors are quite forthcoming. In Russia, the topic of blockchain attracts not only finance and IT-oriented newsmakers but general media as well. Some well-known business media are attending the conference.