The last week of June not only saw high temperatures, but also an impressive number of events in the Crypto Valley. The leaders of the blockchain ecosystem in Switzerland joined forces and organized the first ever Crypto Valley Week. Starting with the biggest Blockchain Hackathon to date in Switzerland and concluding with a relaxed Wine & Vision in the CV Labs. The Crypto Valley Association anchored the week with the three-day Crypto Valley Conference in Zug.
The Swiss Blockchain Hackathon brought together 200+ hackers, startups, global corporate- and academic partners to take a look at the most pressing real-world challenges. 41 teams competed in the three-day event at the Trust Square in Zurich. They were building blockchain based solutions for issues in the fields of mobility, intelligent parcels, supply chain, finance, eGovernment and agriculture & food. Experienced crew and coaches, motivated hackers and teams, talks and the special hackathon atmosphere led to an unforgettable weekend experience and many happy participants.
The Bitcoin Association Switzerland organized one of the biggest Bitcoin Meetups worldwide where Andreas M. Antonopolous and Pamela Morgan, talking about Cryptoasset Inheritance Planning, delighted over 1’500 guests on Sunday evening at Volkshaus Zurich. The guests listened eagerly to his Thoughts on the Future of Programmable Money and were queuing after the talk to snap a photo with Andreas.
The following day the CV Labs Incubation celebrated the graduation party “Cool Kids on the Blockchain” of the Batch_01 incubates. The party was kicked off by the fireside chat hosted by CV VC’s Ralf Kubli with Matt Law, Partner Outlier Ventures, and Jason Potts, Professor of Economic, about the fundamental transformation of our economy and the underlying drivers. After the insightful fireside chat, the spotlight was shining on the 12 incubates, who completed the first demanding 10 weeks CV Labs incubator program. The CV Labs team watched proudly, over the program period, how the incubates conquered milestone after milestone and improved their pitching skills. Now, it was their time to shine and show their skills at the Demo Day, in front of 150 people with 100 investors among them. After two hours of high-quality pitches, the graduation party called, where the Crypto Valley celebrated the completion of the first CV Labs batch. A DJ played the latest tunes, cold drinks and tasty food were served and key players discussed trends in the blockchain world. The incubates still had to work, as they showed their project to the +400 attendees in the exhibition hall. CV Labs closed the evening with a surprise panel with Didi, The Bitcoin Family, and Vonz, Aevolve, by Pavel Jakovlev, CV Labs, discussing what blockchain means for them personally and their business.
The Crypto Valley Conference brought together onstage 100 national and international experts and leaders of the blockchain community, with over 1200 guests and 400 companies present. The event was brimming with in-depth panels and presentations about the current state and future of blockchain technology. The key take aways were that after last year’s crypto market turmoil the industry is now on the brinks of opening up to the broad public for adaption. The conference was a melting pot of established and old economy representatives and aspiring startups, as well as established blockchain companies.
The Swiss Blockchain Investor Day 2019 was a matchmaking event where blockchain startups pitched to find experienced investors and supporters. 10 startups were on stage pitching to the high-calibre jury, with flov technologies winning the first prize.
The Crypto Valley Week was filled with several smaller events and parties during lunch and after-hours. You can see the full list of events here: https://cryptovalleyweek.com/
We are looking forward to welcoming you at the next Crypto Valley Week 2020!