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The 10 Best Blockchain Events You Won’t Want to Miss in 2021

Under normal circumstances, this year would be action-packed with blockchain and FinTech events, but like 2020, 2021 promises to be no ordinary year for events. Over the past year due to the pandemic, we’ve seen online versions of many of our favorite events emerge, some successful, and some not. We learned how to engage in events remotely, how to leverage online networking platforms for all they are worth, and how to work a webinar like nobody’s business. And we were grateful for the opportunity to continue to connect and share our passion for blockchain technology and our projects.

So, what will we see in 2021 for blockchain events? A hybrid of virtual and in-person events and various combos of the two for sure. Digital passes and online event streaming support access to content, education, and innovation. We hope to see them become a norm for events, especially for finance and tech events where ticket prices have soared.

Below you’ll find the 10 BEST BLOCKCHAIN EVENTS you won’t want to miss in 2021. We’ve compiled this list for you based on personal experience and not on kickbacks. Whether you choose to attend online or in-person —
we hope to see you there!

10 Best Blockchain Events in 2021

  1. American University Blockchain Forum 2021, Jan 27
  2. MIT FinTech Conference 2021, Mar 5
  3. EU Blockchain Convention, Apr 12–16
  4. MoneyFest, Apr 19–23
  5. Consensus 2021, May 24–27
  6. Blockchance, Europe, Jul 7–9
  7. Money 20/20, Europe, Sep 21–23
  8. R3 CordaCon, Oct TBA
  9. Hong Kong Blockchain Week, Nov TBA
  10. Paris Blockchain Week Summit, Dec TBA

Short on time? Snag and share the above shortlist, or read on to learn more about each event!

American University Blockchain Forum 2021

January 27, 2021 — Online, Free

American University’s Blockchain Hub co-hosts its 3rd Annual Blockchain Forum and the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC), a leading industry association for blockchain technology. The forum will take place virtually this year and focus on “Blockchain’s Social Impact.” The event will also feature the first comprehensive survey of blockchain standards, newly released by GBBC in collaboration with the World Economic Forum and other industry leaders. The event will host a variety of blockchain experts from the private sector, government agencies, The World Bank Group, NGOs, and academic institutions. #kogod.

MIT FinTech Conference 2021
March 5, 2021— Online, $

The 7th Annual MIT FinTech Conference is a student-run event that brings together over 1,000 leaders, companies, and students dedicated to transforming and innovating in FinTech. The event looks to engage and understand the trajectory of the FinTech industry over the next ten years. This event will take place online, and ticket prices vary between $30-$175. Here’s a sneak-peak at some of the content you can expect: Alternate Credit and Lending, Global Payments, Blockchain, Neobanks in Emerging Markets, Non-profit FinTech, Investors’ Takes on FinTech. #MITFintech

EU Blockchain Convention, Virtual
April 12–16, 2021- Online, $

EU Blockchain Convention has established itself as a favorite event in the blockchain industry. This year, they’ll host their second EBCvirtual, a week-long online event filled with inspiring keynotes, panel discussions, workshops, and networking opportunities. 2.000+ tech leaders, regulators, investors, corporations, developers, and entrepreneurs from the Blockchain industry will gather to discuss, debate, and share recent developments. Read our review of the 2020 EU Blockchain Convention in Barcelona. Super early bird tickets are on sale now for the event this April and run from €79 — €359. #EBlockchainCon.

MoneyFest by Money 20/20
April 19–23, 2021- Online, Free

MoneyFest, by Money 20/20 returns with their new virtual fintech and financial services conference. The conference will be broadcast live from their New York studio and be available on-demand as well for registered attendees. This season's theme is “Partner or Perish” and will focus on post-pandemic survival strategies and collaborations including innovative platforms and partnerships, and case studies and actionable insights from industry leaders, and visionaries. Registration for this five-day online event is free. #MoneyFest

Consensus 2021
May 24–27, 2021- Online, $

Consensus by CoinDesk aims to provide an “immersive virtual experience” to explore the evolution of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. The four-day event will bring together 10,000+ attendees for educational panels, workshops, keynotes, fireside chats, networking, and an up-close look at all things crypto. Digital tickets cost $49. #Consensus2021.

BLOCKCHANCE Europe 2021
July 7–9, 2021- Hamburg, Germany, $

BLOCKCHANCE is a leading blockchain technology conference hosted in Hamburg, Germany. The upcoming 2021 event will focus on Digital Assets, AI, Green Technology, and Sustainability. Connect with thought leaders and innovators who are creating inspiring concepts and solutions within the space. In-person ticket prices range from $300-$900. #Blockchance.

Money 20/20 Europe

September 21–23, 2021- Amsterdam, The Netherlands, $

Although not a purely blockchain-focused event, Money20/20 is a key FinTech-focused event for the industry. It’s also one of the largest drawing speakers, attendees, and exhibitors involved in Payments, Banking, FinTech, and Financial Services. They host three major events annually in Asia, Europe, USA, and in 2020 they launched a MoneyFest, a virtual Money20/20 event that was well-received by fans globally. This year, they plan to make an in-person comeback in September. Tickets will go on sale in April. #M2020.

R3 CordaCon

October 2021- London, United Kingdom, Free

R3 is an enterprise software company and developer of Corda, an enterprise blockchain software. Corda is at the core of many high-profile blockchain projects, including central bank digital currencies, digital payments, asset exchange, international trade, insurance tech, and supply chain management. Each year at the end of October, they hold CordaCon, a flagship conference for the Corda community during London Blockchain Week. Industry experts along with R3’s Development and Product Teams present comprehensive use cases and technical deep-dives. General admission is free. Sign up to receive news about the 2021 event as it comes available or follow #CordaCon.

Hong Kong Blockchain Week

November 2021- Hong Kong, $

Professionals and industry leaders from all parts of the global blockchain community will converge during Hong Kong Blockchain Week. They will discuss the latest developments, insights, and real-world applications of blockchain technology and digital assets in finance, investments, enterprise, socially-important projects, and the global payment industry. In 2020, this event was held entirely virtual. The agenda and registration are forthcoming. Sign up to receive news about the 2021 event as it comes available or follow #HKBlockchainWeek.

Paris Blockchain Week Summit

December 2021- Paris, France, $

Paris Blockchain Week Summit will be back in 2021 to support France’s goal to become the first G20 country to create a business-friendly environment for technological innovation. The Summit will bring together businesses, startups, entrepreneurs, and investors from around the world to discuss blockchain and cryptocurrency innovation in “a bona fide tour de force.” Tickets to last year’s virtual event ranged from €90 to €450. Sign up to receive news about the 2021 event as it comes available or follow #PBWS.

We know 2021 will be an exciting year for blockchain technology in financial services and beyond. We expect to see lots of new developments, pilots, and solutions for us to learn from, engage with, and debate over at this year's events. Whether you are able to join in-person or virtually — we look forward to seeing you there!

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