On November 1st 2018, the entire blockchain industry made its way to Malta for what was dubbed as the most important blockchain event of the year. More than 8,500 delegates crammed into the exhibition hall and the fantastic presentations delivered by some of the biggest names in blockchain.
As 2019 rolls on, the Malta AI & Blockchain Summit is back, but this time it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before. From now on the summit will happen twice in one year, with the first event occuring on May 22nd. Don’t miss out on what could be one of the most spectacular blockchain events of the year!
Bigger and Better for 2019
Not content with already being one of the biggest and best blockchain events of the year in 2018, the Malta AI & Blockchain summit is set to be even bigger in 2019. In order to achieve this, it has been relocated to the Hilton Hotel to make use of its world class expo floor and larger conference rooms – meaning everyone should get a seat this time around. Not only that, the list of speakers is set to be one of the most star-studded to ever grace the “blockchain island”. While the speaker list is far from finalised, it already boasts names such as Roger Ver, Tim Draper, Ben Goertzel, Sophia the Robot, Joseph Muscat, and Silvio Schembri.
Less Suspicious Awards
Since November’s summit, there has been a sequence of eyebrow raising events happening on the blockchain island, and the blockchain world is starting to get suspicious. At the summit in November, DQR received an award for Best Careers Program. Only two months later, the very same company let all of its employees go and left Malta for good. On top of this, Genesis Mining won the Mining Initiative of the Year award. Genesis Mining went on to claim financial difficulties only two months after receiving the award – hardly an award-winning performance, wouldn’t you say?
Silvio Schembri Under Fire from Political Opposition
We are certainly looking forward to Silvio Schembri’s discussion about the blockchain island and how it’s progressing, especially after a political opponent threw shade over his beloved blockchain bills. Kirsty Debono – PN Spokesperson – said, “Instead of spouting empty words, the government should ensure we are not amateurs where it comes to the economy and that due diligence is carried out properly when giving out licenses. We can’t continue denting our reputation and credibility.” All Schembri could muster in reply was that PN refused to take part in the six public discussions about the blockchain laws that came into place, and that PN has no right to criticize the events unfolding due to this – a pretty poor comeback if you ask us.
With Malta’s future as the blockchain island teetering on the edge of a very steep cliff, the Malta AI & Blockchain summit could very well be the island’s last chance at hanging on to its title. Perhaps organizers behind the event are well aware of this and that’s why it’s slowly pivoting to include AI this time around as well. The Malta AI & Blockchain Summit is definitely going to be one of the most interesting events of the year, make sure you don’t miss it!