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My first time in Manila started with a shocking revelation: traffic is CRAZY. I’ve always complained about the traffic generated by commuters in Milan, but after seeing how it is in one of the major cities of the Philippines, I understood that what we have is actually not that bad. Being this my first time in Manila has brought me also to understand better this city and this country, which, for many reasons, has something in common with Italy.

However, one of the most special things about Manila is our incredible community! I was finally able to come here and join my dear colleague Lina in one of our events. As some of you may know, on 22 September, BlockChats held the “first episode” of our offline series called The Crossfire.

Three Blockchain startups pitched their projects to an amazing audience and an even more amazing panel of judges. This event started off as a competition between ICOs, but then we realized that what is really cool about this is that projects are able to receive an unbiased opinion; what works and what doesn’t, what are the strong points and what are the weakest ones. Let’s face it, ICOs are not really having the best time right now, and it’s really rare to have the chance to stand in front of personalities such as Max Lautenschläger, founder of IconiqLab, Miguel Cuneta, one of the most prominent and vibrant personalities in the Filipino blockchain community and also also the co-founder and Chief Community Officer of Satoshi Citadel Industries (SCI), Mike Abundo, Chief Technology Officer of Reelmedia, a digital marketing firm catering to a diverse array of clients in the Southeast Asian blockchain space, and Rennie, founder of Crypto Valley Singapore, and being able to pitch your own project.

The first project pitching at the event was BrikBit, a blockchain-based Lisk sidechain and a ecosystem that develops and manages entire operations for the Real Estate industry. Real estate industry is now booming in Manila, thanks to the new laws of the Government of the Philippines, and this could create an advantage for BrikBit ecosystem where all main players involved in the Real Estate projects will be able to use the potentiality of blockchain technology to automate, disintermediate and make more transparent both typical and implicit processes during all steps such as fund collection, design, creation and management of a Real Estate enterprise.

The second project, took us in a complete different direction: Willtoken! A utility token issued by Digitrust Corporation that can be used as a payment tool for WILL writing services. The ultimate goal for WILL Token is to provide a non-complicated, fully automated and simple to use crypto wealth assignment as well as settlement service to all crypto investors and the crypto community. What Captain Selva and his team are trying to achieve is to provide a safe blockchain environment for crypto investors to build wealth and empower their beneficiaries to inherit this wealth when the investor is no longer around, just like you do “in real life”.

Third one on the stage was Crowd Create and its co-founder Ivan Kan, a marketing agency that offers elite level community management and a large network of crypto influencers. Having a strong community is very important in today’s blockchain market and what Ivan Kan and his team are helping you with is to improve your support system to get you and your project to the next level.

At the end of each pitch, all the speakers and the audience were able to hear some very insightful thoughts from our panel of judges.

“If at the end of the day, you feel exhausted by your job, then this is not the job you need to be doing. I haven’t slept in 3 days and I am still thrilled and charged to go on doing what I do”

– Rennie S.
Crypto Valley Singapore Founder

“No matter what you do, you should always put all your passion in your project. You need to cherish it and make it grow as part of who you are, truly and strongly believe in your project”

– Max Lautenschläger
IconiqLab Founder

These were just some of the inspiring words that I was able to hear during this event and this is also what the Crossfire Serie is about.

At BlockChats we put passion in everything we do and we want to help startups to get a stage and an audience were everyone can feel welcome and can find people willing to listen, willing to confront themselves and most of all willing to share their passion and love for what they do. After all, we are like a big family and family always supports one another.

We want to thank all the people that joined us in this event, all the speakers and the judges, you really made this day really special.
Crossfire will return in Milan and London in November, so make sure to stay tuned to these screens for more inspirational moments like these ones!

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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.