Unblock Party: the next news spot

Unblock the news

Christmas is always a very special time of the year for everyone in the world. Whether you believe in Jesus Christ or just follow the more commercial tradition, the month of December always fills our hearts with goodness and kindness and it fills our lives of Christmas decorations, coloured lights, carols, hot chocolate and more.

This year, we at BlockChats have a series of event to celebrate this special season together. From the BlockLab: Blockchain Engineered to our Manila’s Blockchain Christmas market, but we are happy also to share with you a new wonderful event that not only will fill your minds with knowledge and news but it will also fill your hearts and help you be kind, in real Christmas spirit.

Join us as we unblock the future at Unblock Party, an EDM party for a cause, that will launch the crypto news website, Unblock.news. Together with a discussion on the innovation of Blockchain Technology, you’ll be able to celebrate Christmas time with your friends, fellow crypto people and many others, drinks are free!

And since it’s Christmas time, and we are all better and kinder around this season, the event will also help unblock happiness as its proceeds will be donated to support the outreach programs done by the Queen of Hearts Foundation for less fortunate children.

Tickets are almost sold out so don’t miss the chance to give back to the community while enjoying a wonderful time together with us!

The Organisers

XIN Marketing is a marketing agency designed to disseminate knowledge of Blockchain technology to our fast-paced evolving world. They are smart and forward looking and they are here to conquer and to overcome impossibility by giving their best in bringing the latest technologies closer to our society.

Interview with: Franco Araneta - SCI's Community Development Manager

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We had the chance to chat with SCI’s Community Development Manager Franco Araneta during BlockLab: DISH 2018 Edition at De La Salle University, one of the most prestigious schools in the region!

Blocklab is a free conference and exhibition for the empowerment of young entrepreneurs, founders, developers, and talents in Fintech and Blockchain.

With its kick-off edition BlockLab 1.0: Initiate held at iACADEMY Nexus, Coding Girls Manila (www.coding-girls.com) sought to reach those that are in charge of tomorrow. In the two-day conference, global speakers and exhibitors shared their projects, their stories, and also their struggles and aims, in order to generate awareness and spread education on blockchain technology.

Look forward to the full event recap video!

Enter Blockchain episode 2 – Manila edition

After spending some times in Kuala Lumpur, I went back to Manila with my amazing travel buddy, Lina, to hold the Enter Blockchain event in this city.
The days in Manila were pretty hectic, however, thanks to our friend Miguel Cuneta, we were able to take a look around town. From a European point of view, it was almost shocking to see such a different way of living in one city; it was surprising to see how the city changes with just a few meters distance.

What was even more surprising, was once again our Manila community. We can’t believe how involved our audience is there and it was refreshing to see so many people interested in blockchain technology, how the future is evolving and how this industry can help the development of this country.

Enter Blockchain is a concept that we created to let the professionals share their experience with our audience. I come from a background of digital communication and fashion (yes, I’m so Italian, I know) and as a rookie of the space myself, it was amazing to hear these wonderful stories and learn about blockchain from the very own people who made it in this space.

The Blockchain space is so wide and so international that it’s amazing to see how different each and every experience can be and it was very interesting to see how blockchain uses can variate from company to company and country to country.

In a country like the Philippines, blockchain is very much accepted and it’s starting to be adopted in various fields. This industry could actually be used to solve a lot of problems and just like Ivan Kan said during the panel, this is what people want to see:

“People are really trying to solve their every day issues. In San Francisco or LA, everyone is trying to become the next Uber or the next Google, but here it’s really refreshing to see how blockchain companies are trying to find a solution and solve issues that are real and impacting the daily life”

However, being blockchain such a new industry and unfortunately sometimes connected to negativity and scammers, there are many people that are still sceptical about its use. Nonetheless, not all blockchain is bitcoin and not all the projects are here to cheat and fraud, and this is what Alenna Dawn pointed out during the panel:

“People are getting more and more involved even if they are still afraid of all these bad feelings surrounding the blockchain space. However, once they get involved they can see with their own eyes and through their own experience that this could be something bad, but it could also be something good and really great”

What’s also beautiful about the blockchain space is that everyone is so collaborative and opened to suggestions and to different point of views. Everyone is ready to listen and to improve their own knowledge through meetups and other events. Like Rafael Padilla said:

“Many successful startups have born from a simple meetup. The Filipino people are very active and interested in this space so it’s easy to go to meetups and find friends but also someone that could be your next business partner in the future”

However, lately the general public seems to have connected Blockchain with Bitcoin or cryptocurrency in general, which is not exactly right. Like Mark Vernon said:

“We see a lot of people connecting blockchain to cryptocurrency and strictly to financing, but right now what we need is to connect the blockchain space outside the money, so too see more project that will make the general public change their mind about it”

We as BlockChats are also actively looking for new projects with a new take on the blockchain space. This industry has infinite potential and we still have to reach the core of it. The Filipino community has once again surprised us with its amazing love and passion for this topic and we really can’t wait to be back again. We know you didn’t want this event to end (even after 3 hours of talk, and on a Sunday!) so stay tuned because we are going to fill your days and your minds with even more blockchain related fun, promised!

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About The Author

Europe Executive

I’ve just turned 32, and my name is Erika, with a ‘K’. I’ve always loved communication, both in its digital and traditional forms. Everyday relationships, work partnerships, and even simply contacting someone else, all of this is communication.

Enter Blockchain episode 1 - Kuala Lumpur edition

Sometimes, when Europeans think about Malaysia, they immediately go “Jungle” or “Sandokan”, but that’s not actually right.
I was in Kuala Lumpur as a tourist a couple of years ago, and before that I was only able to look at this city through the eyes of Instagram. When you live any city as a tourist, the feeling you get is different and you usually spend your time in a sort of dream-like state. But this time, I was able to experience Kuala Lumpur more like an actual person living and working there, and I have to say I was surprised by how beautiful this city is. A mix between all the Asian rigor and the European free-feeling (or chaos if you prefer it), with amazing and super forward looking architecture but still with that small town feeling that makes you feel at home and like everything is utterly familiar.

But what surprised me even more was our amazing community in Kuala Lumpur, which I was able to meet for the first time during our Enter Blockchain event on September 25th.

It was the first time also for this series of events! We chose this amazing city and this amazing community to introduce this new event series focused on delivering educational content to everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a Blockchain developer, a geek or just a crypto fan, what we want to convey with these event is the passion that there is behind this world, to empower people and to let you all be informed about this industry.

The wonderful panel was composed by founders, developers, and entrepreneurs from around the world, sharing their experience in the Blockchain industry.

As a rookie of the blockchain industry, I am still learning the basic ropes of it but during this event we were able to hear a lot of interesting points on how this world works.

One of the first misconception is that, like any “traditional” project, we think that blockchain is something that is actually restricted to certain countries. But it’s actually not like this; Blockchain is global, Blockchain is international. There are endless possibilities and there are no confines to blockchain so the experience we can have in Malaysia or the Philippines might be different from ours but it’s something that will enrich us and that will help us develop a different point of view.

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One of our panelist, Alenna Dawn, shared her view during this session.

“Blockchain is not just coding. Blockchain is adaptable to yourself, blockchain can be personalised to each and everyone of us and it’s all about how you want to enter this world and how you want to learn about it”

What I’ve learned in my brief time in this space, is that this is all true. You don’t need to be a coder to talk and work with blockchain. You don’t need to have a computer engineering degree to be in the blockchain world. You can tailor your experience according to your needs and your skills, you can learn about blockchain even if you don’t understand anything about computer or financing, it’s really all about how you want to learn it. You can reach out to communities, to network and to meet experts and learn about blockchain from the actual people that create it and have been working with it since the beginning.

Not only you don’t need to have a computer engineering degree to be part of blockchain, but this industry can also be applied to various fields, just like Kyri Andreou said:

“Blockchain can help people that don’t have a state, that don’t have an identity or financial services. These are all things we take for granted but for certain people, like the Rohingya, having all of this is something special. There are some problems with the current financial system and blockchain technology can help with building a new architecture for it, re-inventing it to get a more fair distribution and a more accountable one to help disadvantaged people”

Another very important point raising from the audience and the panel was about startups and how they should move in this space.

First of all: get your team in place. Just like Kirsten Roy-Reid said:

“Whenever you have a project, whether it is an ICO or something else, you need to surround yourself with people that are good in different aspects. Surround yourself with a team that will work with you and that will help you bring your vision to shape. Blockchain is not just coders and developers, blockchain is also business people, communities, marketing and much more”

More advices on this subject came also from Max Lautenschläger:

“Having a just a good idea is not longer enough in blockchain today. You need to build your project, give it a solid ground to stand on. Put everything you have in it, all your passion and your hard work and create a team that helps you validate your vision.”

We have seen so many project be born and die after a few in the last year and this is not just a matter of the current situation of the blockchain market. Just like in the “real world” startups have their struggles but here’s what Dr Marcus Voo has to say:

“As a startup you need to have a more practical approach, people do need to think about the bureaucratic aspect but they need to have a more easy and practical approach when working in blockchain industry”

I’m still new but what I am learning from these events and from the people in the industry is that Blockchain’s potential is endless, you just need to find the right fit for yourself, the right topic and the right team to work with.

This is how you Enter Blockchain.

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About The Author

Europe Executive

I’ve just turned 32, and my name is Erika, with a ‘K’. I’ve always loved communication, both in its digital and traditional forms. Everyday relationships, work partnerships, and even simply contacting someone else, all of this is communication.