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May 14, 2018, 06:51:37 AM
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• Well over 4,000 are expected to attend CoinDesk's Consensus conference in New York City

• With tickets roughly $2,000 each, the conference is likely bringing in at least $8 million

• Not everyone in the cryptocurrency world is happy about the conferences: Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin vowed to boycott Consensus this year, partly because of the high ticket price

Cryptocurrency conferences are still a massive business, even if bitcoin's price has plunged this year.

When it kicks off this week, one ticket to CoinDesk's Consensus three-day conference in New York City can cost roughly $2,000. Well over 4,000 are expected to attend, up from 2,700 attendees last year. So at a minimum, the conference is likely bringing in $8 million.

More than 20 other events, some with similarly high entrance fees, are also scheduled during the days around Consensus. The bitcoin conference that began with 400 attendees three years ago is now the centerpiece of a full-blown "Blockchain Week NYC," an event run in partnership with the New York Economic Development Corporation.

Consensus conference attendance growth over the years

Last year's conferences helped drive the surge of attention on cryptocurrencies.

Around Consensus 2017 last May, Bitcoin accelerated its gains above $2,000, and was bolstered by the first TokenSummit and Ethereal Summit.

Prices then skyrocketed over the rest of the year, drawing Wall Street's interest and topping $10,000 for the first time after the "Consensus Invest" conference in November. Since then, however, Bitcoin has lost more than half its value since topping $19,000 in December, but it remains more than 4 times above where it was last May.

This year's speaker lineup also reflects significant inroads made by the cryptocurrency industry into the mainstream. Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, whose mobile payments company Square launched bitcoin trading this year, is set to speak at Consensus on Wednesday. Other conference panelists range from government officials to start-up leaders.

Consensus "does have a reputation of, if you speak at that event you're on the map," said Michael Oved, co-founder of a token exchange called AirSwap, and organizer of a blockchain conference called Fluidity, which took place Thursday.

He said he purposely under-priced his conference – tickets ran from $150 to $250 – because he saw it as "an opportunity for us to talk about the things we've been working on." About 700 people attended the Brooklyn event, Oved said. That would bring ticket sales to about $140,000.

"Clearly there's a lot of money to be made in the enterprise IT world, and blockchain seems to be the flavor of month."
-Bill Barhydt, CEO of Abra

Other events charge at least several hundred dollars for admission, including:

-The two-day Ethereal Summit run by ConsenSys sells tickets for $1,300 each;
-TokenSummit on May 17 is sold out of regular $649 tickets, and a "very late ticket" costs $979;
-The "Women on the Block" conference held on Mother's Day charges $299 for general admission, and $599 for VIP access to a reception and a lounge. Childcare for children ages 5 to 11 costs $80;
-General admission to the May 18 NYC Blockchain Tech & Invest Summit is $899, while investors and VIP tickets are $1,299, according to Eventbrite.
-The ADI Cryptocurrency Mining Summit charges $499 to $699.

More info - https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/13/bitcoin-conferences-flood-new-york-bringing-millions-in-ticket-sales.html


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May 14, 2018, 07:43:13 AM
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Right now, am not anymore wondering why there are so many conferences, conventions, meetings focused on the cryptocurrency market. As more people are getting interested with Bitcoin, the blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, the market for events like this is quite exploding. Money can be made here. I am wondering why there is no ICO project focusing on this industry...since there is a big money waiting to be tapped here.

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I really like to see how it plays out, but more because of the technical side and what new developments and progress we can expect. Everything aside from that is pure hype to boost ticket sales, which is all fine since it's set up with a financial incentive in the background. This event in my opinion shouldn't do anything with the market, unless something is brought up to the attention of the traders they don't yet know about, which offers a perfect insider trading oppurtunity for developers and whatnot.

The problem with these events is that common sense doesn't apply and that it will likely turn out to affect the market, especially with how the expectations in general are sky high, which means that there might actually be a pump afterwards or during the conference, but it might also result in a dump if the high expectations aren't met. Interesting fact is that the ticket prices aren't that high at all if you take into consideration that the potential gains are way higher than that. We'll see plenty and plenty of attendees with their laptops and tablets ready to trade based on each speaker and development.

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