An Eventful Year: NEO Meetups, Workshops, and Hackathons in 2018

Dec 21, 2018 · 7 min read

NEO has been very busy this year. In addition to the core development progress, we’ve seen a level of community building/outreach that no other project in blockchain can seem to match. I thought it would be cool to look back on all the events and hackathons that NEO hosted or supported over the course of this year.

It should be noted that I am not including any large-scale blockchain conferences (other than the NEO DevCon), no matter how notable. Any project leader can show up to an event and hold a few interviews, or offer a few sound bites in a speech. This is a post about the NEO team’s tangible efforts to encourage decentralized community development by hosting dedicated NEO workshops and meetups around the world. To this end, I have attempted (no promises, this was a lot of data to go through) to omit all events without direct support/representatives from the NEO core team (sorry Dylan, I’ll buy you a beer at DevCon!)

I think this is a huge indicator as to the motives of the core NEO team and is something far too few people know about. There is still this ridiculous notion floating around that NEO is reliant on the Chinese government to succeed, despite the massive global community that has been built to support the platform’s long-term success.

Two things to note before the list. Firstly, a lot of these events would not have been possible without the hard work of various NEO dApp project leaders and other community members. By no means do I wish to undermine their contributions by giving full credit to the NEO core. A lot of people pitched in to make these things happen.

Secondly, I’d also like to give a huge shout out to NEO News Today for its consistent and excellent coverage of all news within the NEO ecosystem. This list would not have been possible without it. For those of you who do not know, I started writing for NNT in July and joined as an editor in October. I feel incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to work with such a kind and talented group of individuals. I have much to learn from each of them.

Without further ado, here’s the list.


8th: NEO Meetup in Dublin, Ireland

10th: NEO Developer Meetup in London, UK

11th: NEO Developer Workshop in Hamburg, Germany

12th: Blockchain Mania #6 in Hamburg, Germany

13th: NEO Community Meetup in Amsterdam, Netherlands

13th: NEO Programming Day in Shanghai, China

20th: NEO Smart Economy Meetup in Vienna, Austria

30th/31st: NEO DevCon 2018


10th-11th: NEO Community Meetup in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan

23rd-25th: NEO at START Hack 2018 in St. Gallen, Switzerland

24th-25th: NEO at HackCU IV 2018 in Boulder, Colorado


3rd: NEO APAC Tour in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

5th: NEO Smart Economy Meetup & Workshop in Tokyo, Japan

8th: NEO Developer Workshop in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

9th: NEO Developer Workshop in Cambridge, UK

11th: NEO Asia Tour in Taipei, Taiwan

12th: NEO APAC Tour in Melbourne, Australia

16th: NEO Sydney Meetup in Sydney, Australia

16th: NEO Seoul Workshop & Meetup in Seoul, South Korea


12th: NEO Meetup & Dev Workshop in Tokyo, Japan

13th-15th: NEO x QRC Global Hackathon in Tokyo, Japan

14th-15th: NEO Conference and Hackathon in Amsterdam, Netherlands

17th: NEO Europe Tour in Lisbon, Portugal

19th: NEO Smart Economy Blockchain Meetup in San Fransisco, US

20th: NEO Europe Tour in Madrid, Spain

22nd: NEO Europe Tour in Paris, France

24th: NEO Europe Tour in Vienna, Austria

26th: NEO Europe Tour in Zurich, Switzerland


7th: NEO Community Meetup in Santiago, Chile

12th: NEO Community Meetup in Rio de Janerio, Brazil

14th: NEO and Niobium in Sao Paulo, Brazil


6th: NEO Python Workshop in Tel Aviv, Israel

9th: NEO Blockchain Challenge in Shenzhen, China

14th: NEO Smart Contract Workshop in Rotterdam, Netherlands

17th: NEO Blockchain Challenge in London, UK

20th: NEO Workshop in Geneva, Switzerland

23rd: Weekly NEO Hackathons in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan


1st: Yahoo! NEO Blockchain Meetup and Workshop in Osaka, Japan

20th: NEO Blockchain Creator Competition in Shanghai, China


10th: NEO Blockchain Introduction Class in Shanghai, China

24th: NEO Blockchain Advanced Class in Shanghai, China

24th-26th: NEO Blockchain Challenge in Tokyo, Japan


3rd & 5th: Smart Economy Meetup & Blockchain Summit in Montevideo, Uruguay

5th: NEO Meetup in Cyberjaya, Malaysia

9th: NEO Blockchain Open Class in Shanghai, China

19th: NEO Consensus Week Meetup in Singapore

22nd-23rd: NEO Blockchain Challenge in Chengdu, China

28th-30th: NEO Black Sea Hackathon in Tbilisi, Georgia


2nd: NEO Blockchain Meetup in Helsinki, Finland

20th: NEO Blockchain Open Course in Shanghai, China

20th-21st: NEO Blockchain Hackathon in Rotterdam and Delft, Netherlands

23rd: NEO Meetup and Workshop in St. Petersburg, Russia

26th: NEO Meetup and Workshop in Berlin, Germany

27th-28th: NEO Camp Hackathon in Berlin, Germany


3rd-4th: NEO Blockchain Hackathon in Zurich, Switzerland

10th: NEXT/NEOFANS Meetup in Hangzhou, China

23rd-25th: Hack Junction NEO DAO Voting in Espoo, Finland

30th: NEO Blockchain Meetup in St. Petersburg, Russia


8th-9th: NEO SPCC Hackathon in St. Petersburg, Russia

That’s over 75 days of NEO events this year (and I definitely missed some). Not bad eh. Of course, this is only a list of events. We’ve also seen solid progress on the core infrastructure, the formation of multiple new dev communities, and various impressive projects joining the network.

This is the reality of what progress towards decentralization looks like. The NEO community outreach has gone far above and beyond what any other blockchain project has achieved (to my knowledge). Sure, there’s value to a pile of partnerships, but do not mistake those partnerships for realistic progression towards the future of blockchain. The goal of blockchain is to put power back into the hands of the people and to hand off control of these platforms to their respective communities. It seems no project is prioritizing this on the same level as NEO.

At this point, it feels like it wouldn’t particularly matter what happens in China. The NEO team and broader community have spent vast amounts of time and resources educating developers about NEO. Progress on this platform is not tied to the core team. That is the heart of decentralization, and it is why NEO will not be easily stopped.


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