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05 May 2021

The world’s first NFT conference is coming soon


AroundB is pleased to announce the next online event The Conference.NFT.

Date: June 17th, 2021
Place: Online
Time: 12 pm – 6 pm CET
Organized by: AroundB, the creators of The Conference.Exchanges.

So, what’s all the fuss about NFTs?

NFTs (also known as non-fungible tokens) have become so popular it is impossible to resist learning something about them. Demand for NFTs is continuing to surge and the market is showing no signs of slowing down. For the year to date, the combined market cap of major NFT projects has increased by 1,785%. One may call NFTs an over-hyped bubble, but the facts say the opposite. Along with the crypto industry, NFTs are slowly but confidently conquering the world.

ConsenSys,, the New York Times, celebrities, and NBA players have all joined the NFT party. Isn’t it time you joined, too?

At the conference, you’ll get a chance to:

✅ Break the ice with NFTs and learn precisely what they are;

✅ Learn how to become an NFT buyer or seller;

✅ Get insights from the industry’s top professionals;

✅ Enjoy quality networking.

Wanna join? Register here on our website >>>

Who’s to speak?

The lineup of speakers for The Conference.NFT will be announced soon and will include:

✅ founders of leading blockchain and NFT companies; 

✅ NFT artists; 

✅ famous collectors; 

✅ metaverse founders and developers; 

✅ crypto lawyers and legal entrepreneurs.

Wanna join and showcase your project? Drop us a line at [email protected]

Interested in our past?
Check out our partners and speakers from a past online conference dedicated to DeFi back in March 2021:

Maker Foundation, B Protocol, Kyber Network, Aave,, 1Inch, dYdX, Kraken, MStable,, Bitstamp, Binance, Huobi, Shapeshift, Bitfury,, Hacken, Changelly, and many others.

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Wanna sponsor our event or become one of the speakers? Get in touch with us through email: [email protected]

14 Jan 2021

The Conference.Exchanges is back in 2021!

DeFi emerged as a secure, on-budget, and open-source alternative to popular financial services like loans and money transfers. Today it’s demonstrating strong growth and is stirring interest among blockchain industry leaders. 

Here a just a few facts about DeFi:

✔️During 2020, the Total Value Locked increased by 200% 

✔️In 2020, worldwide spending on blockchain solutions exceeded $4 billion.

✔️In January 2021, the total cryptocurrency capitalization reached $1 trillion. 

Do we need to say more?

It’s not too late to jump on the DeFi bandwagon. The Conference.Exchanges invites you to join the annual event for all savvy blockchain and DeFi users out there. 

It’s been a year since the last The Conference Exchanges event took place in Amsterdam. In 2021, organizers accept and adapt the event to a new reality and welcome you to join this exciting event online on March 5th, 2021. 

You’ll get a chance to:

✅ Deep dive into the DeFi field & crypto trading topics

✅ Find out about new DeFi projects & new CEX

✅ Get insights from the industry’s top professionals

✅ Enjoy some quality networking

Check out the conference partners and speakers from the past event:

ABCC Exchange, OKEX, EXMO, Binance, Huobi, Shapeshift, Bitfury, Stratx, Indacoin, Amsterdam Stock Exchange,, Hacken, Changelly, and more.

This year, you will hear presentations about: Dex vs Cex; Yfarming; AMM; Securities Frauds; Arbitrage & Trading Strategies; Regulation & Legal Issues and more.

Meanwhile, subscribe to the conference newsletter here:

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Would you like to sponsor our event or become one of the speakers?

Get in touch with us through email: <[email protected]>


10 Jan 2021

Which is the best Blockchain platform to make a fork?

Which is the best Blockchain platform to make a fork?

Starting your own cryptocurrency is not that challenging as it used to be at the edge of Bitcoin monopoly. There is a wide list of solutions offering similar or enhanced technologies. 

Many companies that decided to empower their system with blockchain adoption decided to integrate their own cryptocurrency and forking is one of the common practices while creating a custom blockchain. The only question appears then, what is the best platform to fork for your particular business needs? 

In this article, we will analyze some of the popular platforms and tell how to find the best to optimize your business processes. 

What is fork? 

Initially, let’s define what forking exactly means. Simply, to fork means to split existing blockchain. 

 There are two ways of how we can understand forking. The first type is the fork within the network when the blockchain is split and the previously stored information needs to be updated to the current state. 

The second type of forking means taking the open-sourced code of any existing blockchain and customizing it to your needs while adding or changing a few features. This is the approach we need for a custom cryptocurrency development. 

When do you need a fork?

Well, performing a fork of an existing solution is a good choice if you want to get the power of an already existing blockchain but make it more simple or adjust just a couple of your own custom features.

In addition, making a fork considerably saves development costs, as far as this is not that time-consuming in comparison to creating a custom cryptocurrency from scratch. 

Which is the best Blockchain platform to fork?

Qtum, PIVX, or Dash are the most popular Bitcoin-based blockchains for creating a custom cryptocurrency. Let’s go through their review briefly. 

Dash is a direct fork of Bitcoin but it has numerous advantages like usage of X11 hashing algorithms for a low energy consuming PoW and adjustment of masternodes. The use of last allows for a wider list of operational features, for instance, DAO creation for protocol governing. 

Also, master nodes are seen as a much secure solution, as far as one should deposit a considerable amount of native cryptocurrency to be able to process a node. This prevents the network from the attacks of potential malicious members. 

PIVX (Private Instant Verified Transactions) in its turn is a fork of Dash with a mix of additional adjustments taken from other solutions. PIVIX has taken Bitcoin wallet technology and format along with Dash masternode models.

It also allows for instant and secure transactions while using SwiftX service along with successful adoption of SPORKs for the node’s upgradability.

Qtum is a Bitcoin fork that supports numerous virtual machines like Ethereum EVM or x86 VM. The DGP management allows for adjusting of new blockchain settings with the help of smart contracts reducing the number of hardforks within the system.

Furthermore, Qtum has a very large community that maintains the network, it takes third place after Bitcoin and Ethereum evaluating the number of connected nodes.

However, with a team of experienced blockchain developers, you are not limited to the mentioned ledgers and can create a fork of any existing blockchains like EOS or Tron. You can take any open-sourced blockchain node, fork it, adjust features for your needs, and launch your own network. Even more, it is a popular decision to fork and adapt Parity or Geth nodes of Ethereum blockchain to get access to EVM.  – Sergey Onyshchenko, Blaize CEO 

Main points to consider 

While choosing among those blockchain platforms, there are a few crucial points to pay attention to. Answering them will help to define which blockchain platform to choose for your custom cryptocurrency integration.

Consensus model

Previously described blockchain use two types of consensus: PoW (Bitcoin, Dash) and PoS (PIVX, Qtum). This is one of the fundamental things you should choose for your custom cryptocurrency. PoS is considered as a faster and less costly solution as well as being more energy-efficient. 


The creation of DAO is crucial in terms of protocol governing. This is also time-consuming and costly if you decide to integrate it into the already existing solution. Therefore, it is better to keep your attention to the solutions having this in-built feature (PIVX, Dash). 


Masternodes provides additional operational features and empowers protocol security. Additionally, it creates a greater incentive mechanism for network members. 

While making a fork, there is a possibility of adjusting masternodes to the client’s requirement and set all needed features (for instance establishing or eliminating masternode fees).  

Final thought 

If you consider the adoption of any crypto payments into your working business case, making a fork of the existing blockchain is a good choice. This approach allows for getting a verified and functional solution in a considerably short period of time. 

In addition, this approach is more cost-effective than creating your own cryptocurrency from scratch. 

One of the most important things to consider is finding trustworthy developers for this kind of task. Forking is not a challenge nowadays, but the right and thoughtful adaptation of chosen solutions needs skilled programmers and early analysis of your business case. 

16 Oct 2019

Singapore will host a one-day event with the main crypto exchange players

“It’s already tomorrow in Hong Kong.” The phrase so beloved by Wall Street brokers can be applied in our case to Singapore, where many of Asia’s most innovative fintech and crypto solutions emanate these days. The forthcoming events of November 2019 are proof of that. 

From November 11-20, Singapore will host the world’s leading fintech experts, crypto and blockchain specialists. Singapore Fintech Festival runs from November 11-15 and one of the most interesting events during this period will be TheMeetup Exchanges (Nov 14), which will gather the world’s leading crypto exchange communities with the goal of discussing the current market and setting clear and fair rules for the entire community to adhere to. The main market players in terms of exchanges, regulators, and security providers will gather for an evening of productive discussion.

The range of topics up for discussion will include:

  • Current market problems and ways to solve them
  • Profitability – new ways to achieve it
  • Liquidity: real opportunities for exchanges
  • New markets for project listings and exchange selection criteria
  • Licensing in external jurisdictions: opportunities and limitations
  • Security issues  

Confirmed speakers (more will be announced soon, as event organizers have noted on the official meetup page) will include:

– Marius Jasen, COO & Co-founder of Deribit

– Eric Benz, CEO of Changelly

– Anna Liubavina, Overseas Brand Director at MXC

– Marie Tatibouet, CMO at

– Coinsbit, Speaker to be announced soon

– Dmitriy Budorin, Co-Founder and CEO at Hacken

– Anton Dalli, Founder of Blockchain Advisory Malta

– Marina Khaustova, CEO Crystal Blockchain at Bitfury Group

The Singapore event will be the first in a series of events, with the next one to be held in a CIS territory following a big two-day conference in Amsterdam.

As an event organizer Natalie Gavrilenko explains, “The crypto exchange market is not transparent, and there’s a constant battle between traders, exchanges and regulators for access to accurate and critical data. Rules between participants are opaque and ill-defined. With this event, we are planning to discuss several of the most important questions in the space, in a bid to making the crypto exchange landscape fairer and more transparent for everyone.” 

Registration is free. To RSVP just follow this link

18 Oct 2017

B Conference is pleased to present Katya Dorozhkina and Henri Bergstrom speakers at the event

We are proud to announce two great new speakers in the run up to our Abu Dhabi Сonference in December, 2017, they are, Co-founder/Head of Accelerator ‘Starta Accelerator’ Katya Dorozhkina and Advisor in Business Development at Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange Henri Bergstrom.

Katya Dorozhkina is an entrepreneur, economist, and investor in startups. She is a published author of books and articles on business, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Starting her marketing career at Neilsen she later improved her product and business development skills in different industries, such as pharmaceutical, IT and FinTech, working for some notable Wall Street companies.

Katya will discuss how ICO’s are affecting the Blockchain industry as well as sharing thoughts on why and how the Startup Funding Pipeline got disrupted.

Henri Bergstrom started his capital market career by drafting the design of Finnish Clearing and CSD systems while working in the Finnish consulting company TT-Innovation. Prior to this Henri worked in IT development as an IT management consultant. Henri has contributed by writing articles in industry papers such as ISS Magazine, MondoVisione and Banking Technology as well as writing his own CSD related blog as part of Nasdaq’s public communication.

At the Conference Henri will speak about various technologies affecting ADX and global capital markets. He will describe why ADX approaches to new technologies and DLT. He will explain how ADX potential DLT enabled business opportunities.

Join us at the Blockchain Conference in Abu Dhabi on December 7, 2017 and help build our future today!

10 Oct 2017

Please welcome ‘Komodo Platform’ – the B Conference Gold Sponsor

This year’s Blockchain Conference in Abu Dhabi is set to be one of the largest industry conferences in the Middle East. On December 7, 2017, our event stage will feature amazing speakers from around the world, who will share their experiences and present to a lucky audience all about the growing industry that is Blockchain. This fantastic event is a must visit, a special day packed with the unique perspectives of thought leaders and visionaries sharing insights and wisdom in a beautiful setting.

We are pleased to present the ‘Komodo Platform’ as our Gold Sponsor. The ‘Komodo’ team is focused on providing anonymity through zero knowledge proofs and the security through a novel Delayed Proof of Work (dPoW) protocol. The project’s primary goal is to decentralize token issuance, exchange & distribution. They also provide a framework for dapps (decentralized apps) and corporate Blockchain-based solutions. They have accomplished this by introducing one of the most complete and trustless ecosystems in cryptocurrency.

‘Komodo Platform’ is the first cryptocurrency project to provide full atomic swaps with automatic order matching. It is the first project to create a private ICO participation and distribution mechanism by leveraging Jumblr and BarterDEX technology (dICO). Recently, the project has realized the first Atomic Swaps on SPV (electrum) clients. It allows users to swap atomically without having to download the entire Blockchain.

‘Komodo Platfrom’ is one of the first cryptocurrencies to partner with the Fintech e-banking platform (Monaize). The same fintech company will launch the first-ever dICO using Komodo Platform’s technology.

‘Komodo Platform’ will be represented at the Blockchain Conference by their Chief Security Officer Karim D. J. Stadelmann. At the age of 21, Karim launched his first startup, which was successfully sold three years later. Following that, he joined several cryptographic and open source projects concentrated on IT related security and intrusion detection systems. In 2016, Karim started to cooperate with the Komodo core developers. Since that time, he has proofed his ITSEC skills and has been announced as their Chief Security Officer.

Join the B Conference Abu Dhabi to build our common future today!

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03 Oct 2017

B Conference is pleased to present ‘DreamTeam’ as the General Sponsor of the event

On December 7, 2017, Abu Dhabi will host a one-day Blockchain Conference that brings together the top speakers from around the globe, who will lead the event attendees to rediscover the World of Blockchain.

Last year this event went down in the history of the modern Middle Eastern world as a new quality platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, and success stories in the sphere of Blockchain technology.

This time during the Blockchain Conference companies will showcase their unique projects and the ways to improve the business world with the help of their effective solutions.

The Blockchain Conference organizers are highly selective in their choice of speakers, partners, and sponsors, thus ensuring the quality and uniqueness of both the conference content and the event in general. In this regard, the organizers are pleased to present ‘DreamTeam’ as the General Sponsor of the Conference.

DreamTeam – the world’s first Esports recruitment and management platform for amateur, novice, and professional players. The new platform provides an all-in-one solution for gamers who want to build, manage and monetize their teams. It was created by Alexander ‘ZeroGravity’ Kokhanovskyy, the Founder of Na’Vi, one of the World’s biggest Esports organizations, and Co-Owner of ESForce.

‘DreamTeam’ is based on Blockchain thus fostering trust and transparency, particularly through the application of smart contracts. By using blockchain and smart contracts technology, DreamTeam’s vision is to build a multi-billion-dollar ecosystem on one single platform that includes media right sales, sponsorships, players’ salaries, and prize money payouts, all of which is paid out in ‘DreamTeam’ Token. The tokens ensure the highest possible security, on-time payments, automated obligations control and utilize a state-of-the-art anti-fraud system.

At the Blockchain Conference, the DreamTeam will be represented by Alexander ‘ZeroGravity’ Kokhanovskyy who will speak on “Blockchain and Smart contracts as part of the Esports and Gaming ecosystems.” Throughout the day he will also be available for a chat in a dedicated Expo area reserved for the General Sponsor.

Join the BConference Abu Dhabi to build our common future today!

27 Sep 2017

Risk Management speakers at Blockchain Conference in Abu Dhabi to reveal ways of addressing risks in the cryptocurrency market

In the world of Blockchain, most experts talk about the ICO and crowdfunding but usually skirt contentious issues on high risks that are specific to an ICO process.

The organizers of the B Conference , which will take place in Abu Dhabi on December 7, 2017, have selected professionals from different parts of the world. During their speeches, they will share unique information to be applied for the safety ICO, as well as reveal their experience of anti-crisis solutions that have already saved more than one project.

Our speaker Alexander Larsen, President of Baldwin Global Risk Services Ltd., will tell in detail about the risks that may occur during the ICO and ways of their management.

Our speaker holds a degree in Risk Management from Glasgow Caledonian University and is a Certified Fellow of the institute of Risk Management. He has 15 years of experience within risk management across a wide range of sectors, including oil & gas, construction, utilities, finance and the public sector, and has considerable expertise in training and working with organizations to develop, enhance and embed their Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Business Continuity Management (BCM), and Project Risk Management (PRM) processes in countries such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Qatar.

Alexander spent the first half of his career in the UK working in senior risk consultancy roles in the UK with Marsh and Zurich before leaving to join Det Norske Veritas (DNV) in Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates with responsibility of developing their risk management services for the energy sector in Middle East & Asia. Since leaving DNV he has worked in the Middle East in a variety of roles. Prior to working with Lukoil, as Risk Manager for major projects and operations in Iraq, Alexander was at Saudi Aramco developing their ERM framework and also spent a few years developing and implementing Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Business Continuity Management (BCM) within Qatar Foundation.

The next keynote speaker of the Blockchain Conference in Abu Dhabi to be held on December 7, 2017 will be Yoram Golandsky, Сhief Executive Officer CISO/CIRO, security Professional Services leader. Having over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity and risk management, our speaker will talk about how to apply his experience in the blockchain technology and how it all works in practice.

A seasoned executive and veteran entrepreneur with proven experience in technology, management, and sales. A Technology senior executive with nearly 25 years of proven experience in the security field, twenty of them in the Cyber Security and Risk Management domains. In recent years Yoram is also involved with Blockchain and Smart Contract technologies, Yoram is a member and an individual contributor to the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, and on the advisory board of Wowllet an Ethereum application development startup. Named to the National Law Journal’s inaugural list of Trailblazers in Cybersecurity and Data Protection for 2015. Mentor at the Barclays Accelerator Powered by Techstars in Tel Aviv – March 2016. Member of the Ethereum Enterprise Alliance.

Yoram will deliver the following report: The difference between DLT and Blockchain.

In his report, the speaker will touch on important topics: which model would answer your needs: Centralized VS Partial VS Decentralized, the Pros and Cons of the different Consensus model, what are Smart Contracts, how to build a Smart Contract application.

We remind you that on December 7 you will enjoy exclusive reports and discussions to be presented at the Blockchain Conference in Abu Dhabi. Moreover, having purchased a ticket, you will have the opportunity not only to listen to the speakers but also to visit the expo and chat with its teams personally.

Do not miss your chance to join the Blockchain Conference in Abu Dhabi and build our future today!

22 Sep 2017

How can one raise $ 250 million in 30 minutes? Our speakers will tell you everything they know!

Only one day. Only exclusive reports and discussions. Exhibition & demonstration of products. All this is about the Blockchain Conference to be held in Abu Dhabi on December 7, 2017.

The last year’s event is best remembered in the modern Middle East world for having contributed to the emergence of a qualitative platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience and successes in the field of blockchain.

The blockchain technology develops rapidly, similar to the speed of light. It has already been applied in the financial and banking spheres. Moreover, it has already begun to strike its roots in the spheres of everyday life, including medicine and insurance, sectors of industry & production, circulation of documents and investment activities.

It was investing or ICO that became the most hotly debated issue at the event in 2016. How can one raise $ 250 million in 30 minutes? What is the main component of a successful ICO? Is it an idea, a team, an implementation process or just a luck?

Issues to be discussed at the Blockchain Conference do not end there. Please meet our new speakers:

Justas Pikelis, Co-Founder & Business Lead at Monetha (Switzerland), will deliver a speech devoted to marketing details of successful ICO.

Justas Pikelis is an entrepreneur who has founded successful companies in IT and robotics. With a previous experience in building and consulting startups, Justas Pikelis has co-founded “Monetha”.

“Monetha” is a decentralized trust and reputation system that works together with a mobile payments processor on the Ethereum blockchain. In simpler words, “Monetha” is a new generation “PayPal” with a trust layer on top of it. On August 31st, 2017, “Monetha” raised 37 million US dollars in 18 minutes during their successful ICO and is one of the most promising payment technologies on the Ethereum network.

Further, the Director at Diacle (Hong Kong) Adam Vaziri will take part in the panel discussion devoted to ICO legalization as the important and most pressing direction of the Blockchain technology.

Adam Vaziri is a blockchain lawyer who set up Diacle assist blockchain & fintech projects with compliance. Diacle is based in London and Hong Kong. He is a tireless blockchain entrepreneur who is labelled a ‘bitcoin pioneer’ by Bitcoin Magazine. It is now his third term as director of UKDCA, which has lobbied and achieved the most favorable regulatory environment for cryptocurrency in the world. Adam runs, a global tracker for blockchain law since 2014, featured by CNN and Washington Post, and ran first suite of blockchain hackathons across the world: UK, India, HK and Malaysia under HackCoin. Our speaker is a member of Chain-Finance that provides dedicated news/events for the blockchain financial services industry.

May we remind you that on December 7, 2017, in Abu Dhabi you will have only one day to attend the Blockchain Conference to participate in discussion panels and visit our expo area.

Don’t miss a chance to buy your ticket!

Join BConference Abu Dhabi to build our future today!

10 May 2017

IBM World Blockchain Experience to be shared at Blockchain Conference Astana

The IBM representative will speak at the global blockchain summit Blockchain Conference Astana in Kazakhstan on June 14, 2017. The conference program will also feature performances by representatives of Microsoft, Deloitte, KPMG, Humaniq, Juscutum Attorneys Association, Sofitto and many other companies. The conference will involve over 20 speakers and 150 guests from around the world.

The speech of the IBM Kazakhstan’s leading developer Mikhail Korotko will be devoted to the company’s approach to the blockchain as well as participation in the world-famous HyperLedger project and its business application. Let us recall that the alternative blockchain system HyperLedger is a product that allows companies to build solutions based on the distributed ledger technology of its own design.

Mikhail Korotko is a highly qualified and certified IT architect with over 14 years of experience in the IT sphere. He has over 35 international certificates in the field of IT (Open CA – a master certified IT architect, certified architect of IBM, CCEE, CCAA, CCA, MCSE, MCITP, MCSA, VCP) and two international awards (VMware vExpert). Mikhail has an extensive expertise in planning, managing, designing and implementing of medium and large IT projects (Cloud Computing, IT Infrastructure, Big Data, industry solutions, etc.) including pre-sale / sales, architecture development and implementation, system integration and services. Mikhail has a great experience of work in the team as a technical manager with distributed international and multicultural teams.

BConference Astana promises to become one of the most significant events in Kazakhstan. The conference will be devoted to the blockchain technology capabilities for the financial environment, solutions for banks, payment systems, money transfers, exchange operations, etc.; composition of public services with the help of blockchain; energy trading and renewable energy; data tracking and analysis using the blockchain.

On the second day of the conference, June 15, 2017, BConference attendees will have a tour to the unique complex of Expo 2017 Future Energy demonstrating the exhibits from over 200 countries around the world.

Participation in the conference is open to everyone interested. To attend the conference, please register on the site.

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