With Vitalik Buterin choosing to boycott CoinDesk’s 2018 Consensus Conference, many enthusiasts are left wondering which alternative events to focus on. Luckily for them, there are several conferences taking place, but none carry the same prestige and authority as the upcoming Cryptohou.se Blockchain Week.
Cryptohou.se will host a week-long conference from May 13 to May 17, focused specifically on ‘thoughtful discussions with powerful industry leaders, directed at solving long-standing industry-wide questions around economics, regulation, and social impact.’
The invite-only event is arguably the most serious, reflective, and pensive occasion in the cryptocurrency industry— it is also happening between the same dates as the CoinDesk Consensus Conference.
To understand why people would choose Cryptohou.se’s Blockchain week over CoinDesk’s week, we need to understand the reasons why Vitalik has decided to boycott it. Arguably, his largest basis for doing so is due to CoinDesk’s lack of credibility regarding its content— Buterin considers them to be too sensationalized in their approach. This is a stance that many are beginning to take with regards to the company.
The organisers at Cryptohou.se have focused on finding the most relevant and articulate individuals to speak during the week. Among their handpicked list of speakers are Charlie Lee (creator of Litecoin), Alena Vranova (creator of Trezor), Jeremy Gardner (co-founder of Argur), and Brittany Kaiser (a Cambridge Analytica whistleblower and co-founder of DATA).
One aspect that makes this event so prestigious is the place in which it will be held — a two-story mansion that doubles as an art gallery, located in New York City. The site has been used in the past for numerous high-profile affairs such as Hollywood parties and live performances by world-famous artists.
Cryptohou.se has also organized entertainment in the form of world-class musicians (including Bob Moses and Busta Rhymes), expertly catered food, and special invite-only cocktail hours. Guests will also have access to nearby after-hours parties.
With their line-up of speakers, elite location, and entertainment, it is understandable why individuals in the cryptocurrency industry are moving towards Cryptohou.se, rather than Coindesk’s Consensus conference.
Kai is a cryptocurrency copywriter and professional trader. He can often be found investigating various cryptocurrencies, whitepapers, and blockchain technologies. Kai has been a professional writer for 5+ years, and has invested in 50+ different coins and tokens. He also currently studies Law and Philosophy at university.