I wanted to put some thoughts down about the London Cryptocurrency Show, and what I experienced there.
As you may know, we have been planning this show for some time, and I have to tell you, the sheer amount of work that has gone into it is unbelievable.
Because I was so busy all day at the show (I was speaking on different stages for over 3 hours during the day), I didn't get to take many pictures or videos of my own. I am awaiting getting footage from our brilliant pro-photography team (more about them later in this post), so some of the other attendees have kindly given me some of their pictures to use. I have also put a list of brilliant blogs at the end....please go have a look and upvote them!
1500 investors/crypto-enthusiasts learned about the STEEM blockchain
Although we didn't get the final numbers from the organisers yet, the reception staff seemed to think we were looking at about 1500 people who came through the doors of the show. There was a nice mix of people present, some who were crypto-newbies looking to find out about blockchain and cryptocurrencies, and some who were old hands.
We also met, and got to speak to some seriously brilliant people in the blockchain sphere, from developers, to thought leaders and more besides. We have made amazing contacts with people from across the world, and there are literally too many to mention here, but a big shout out to Bjorn, Arne, Alex, Glen and Ralph. All very very interesting people who I will be keeping in touch with, and who found what we had to say fascinating!
The STEEM Stand
Presenting the STEEM blockchain, and some TRULY AWESOME PROJECTS
So, the day of the show was finally upon us, and I had the pleasure of presenting about the STEEM Blockchain on the main Showcase Theatre stage, right in the middle of the exhibition floor!
I spoke about 10 great reasons why you should become a platform user and/or investor in the STEEM blockchain, focussing especially on giving motivation to investors, application developers and of course content creators to come and take a look.
We had a few technical issues at the beginning of the presentation, mainly because we had not had the opportunity to do a laptop test to start with. However, the AV guys there were awesome, and they did everything they could to help.
I was so pleased to be able to introduce the following speakers from their respective projects:
Representing @utopian-io we had @techslut speaking, along with the hilarious @wehmoen and the CEO, the brilliant @elear. Utopian also kindly onboarded a number of new users onto the platform and provided the delegations of SP for each of them. Thanks guys!!
The @steempress guys @howo and @frederikaa were there, and did a great presentation on how they are bringing the blockchain to Wordpress sites. We spent a lot of time with these guys, and had a lovely full English breakfast with them the following morning!
No presentation would be complete without the lovely @allasyummyfood, who looked dazzling in STEEM blue!
Unfortunately the legendary @ejemai was not able to make it from Nigeria, as his VISA was declined by the British border control office. The useless bastards. However, I was able to present about @stach on his behalf.
And finally, and I couldn't believe this...halfway through, @mrs.steemit rocked up. She'd just flown in with her team from Los Angeles, and we happily managed to make room to get her on to present. She is very slick, just like the whole @appics project!
Moderating on the Main Auditorium Stage
Both myself and @starkerz spent a good couple of hours each moderating live question and answer sessions on the main stage. I'm not sure the event organisers were thinking straight when I got assigned one of mine.... I mean, who lets an anarchist moderate a panel talking about government regulation of cryptos...? Are they quite mad? Still, I (sort of) behaved myself.
A team of amazing voluntaryists
What is awesome, and something that blew a lot of the visitors away was the team of voluntaryists that came along to lend their support. This included our amazing photography team of @ashtv and @rod.crisafulli, but also some folks who just got stuck in to help with putting up the stand, talking to visitors, even fetching food and water.
I'd like to give a massive shout out to each and every one of them:
@adetorrent, @allasyummyfood, @anarcotech, @ashtv, @black-man, @breadcentric, @buttpacker (both cheeks), @colossus39, , @cryptocurator, @dannyshine, @dunsky, @elear, @eroche, @exyle, @ezzy, @fredrikaa, @gillianpearce, @gisi, @hellouni, @hotmangoes, @howo, @ingaaa, @ivargereiko, @justyy, @lisadang, @lloyddavis, @marczanto, @mrs.steemit, @nanzo-scoop, @neopch, @rea, @redrica, @rod.crisafulli, @roelandp, @roxane, @simonjay, @soldier, @starkerz, @steevc, @stephenkendal, @techslut, @thehipsterguru, @ultravioletmag, @ura-soul, @wehmoen
(thanks cryptocurator for the full list)
What we achieved
The main thing for me was that we proved a number of things. Not only do we have the biggest, fastest, completely free and accessible blockchain, with some of the worlds best projects, but we also have a serious community behind it. All of the other stands were promoting a product, or a concept. But not us...we were promoting something that already is number one, and has the most incredible community behind it.....some of whom are frankly absolutely crazy (I'm looking at you @redrica).
We spoke to some potentially huge investors, and we are going to be following each and every one of them up.
And we put on a show that nobody can ignore. STEEM rocked at the London Cryptoshow, with almost 50 Steemers from around the world, from far-away lands such as the USA, Israel, Ghana, France, German, Poland and Russia.
In fact, this get together was to my knowledge one of the biggest international meetups of Steemians since @Steemfest.
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST
My co-conspiritors, my friends, my team.
Guys, thank you so much for being part of something so special with me! It was emotional, sometimes a rollercoaster of states, a lot of time, money and energy invested.....but what an amazing event!!!!
Some of the VLogs from people who were at the show. Please give these guys a visit and a bit of love
- A great Vlog by @exyle
- A fabulous blog by @steevc
- @adytorrent picking @exyle's pocket, filmed by @ultravioletmag
- A nice Vlog by @rea
- Behind the scenes with @allasyummyfood
- An awesome post from @colossus39
- @Cryptocurators run down, including a full list of all the Steemians who attended!
- Chinese language post by @justyy
- A Vlog by @gisi
main photo credit - @colossus39
LOVE LIGHT AND LAUGHTER TO YOU ALL