1. What is the Futurist Conference and how has it evolved over the years from the first event you organized?
Futurist is the largest most high profile blockchain and emerging industries event in Canada with over 2300 attendees. It welcomes anyone who wants to use and learn more about the newest tech and trends that will disrupt our future. Our first event was the Bitcoin Expo in 2014 which was specifically focused on Bitcoin. It had 800 attendees (largest in the world at the time) but was focused specifically on bitcoin. It was also the event that Ethereum first was launched. Futurist has evolved into a massive festival style event with a broader focus on blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, supply chain management, AI, 3D Printing, and other emerging technologies.
2. Without slagging any other blockchain or crypto focused conference, what makes the Futurist conference different from all others out there?
We really try our hardest to make Futurist a community event accessible for anyone who wants to be involved. We try our best to make our ticket prices affordable with lots of promotions going on all the time. We also incorporate as much tech onsite as possible for our attendees to use onsite. For example, this year we will be using HERC.one which is a supply chain management protocol to track all fruits and artwork at the conference. Also, attendees will be receiving free BTZ to use at the food trucks and marketplace. There are multiple stages, an outdoor cabana, and it is hosted in a mega entertainment complex.
3. Toronto seems to be the blockchain capital of the world. Why is Toronto such a happening place for all of these blockchain projects?
Toronto has always been a leader in the blockchain world. When I started getting involved in the blockchain space in 2013 in Toronto, I began to work at a place called Decentral, at the time Ethereum was beginning to be built. Event 6 years ago Decentral had dozens of blockchain and bitcoin companies working out of one facility. Toronto truly deserves to be blockchain capital of the world.
5. In 5 to 10 years from now, what does the future look like in your mind given that you've met many influential people in the blockchain space?
The world will be a much better place to live in. We will go through a few more hacks and scams, but overall I believe strongly that the community has great intentions to improve our society.
6. Is it too late to get on the blockchain bandwagon? FOMO is real
Absolutely not too late, in fact you are still early! Lots of people we speak to feel like they missed the boat but we are sure that you have not. Coming to an event like Futurist is one of the fastest and most effective ways to get to know the space and find out how you can apply it to your personal and work life.
7. Say you meet someone that doesn't know anybody going to the Futurist'19 and they don't know anything about blockchain and have heard of Bitcoin, why should they go and what can they expect by attending? (this question: just share any tips for newbies and setting this up for anybody that would be on the fence).
An event like Futurist is perfect for both newbies and experts. We have a blockchain bootcamp with some great speakers and influencers who touch upon a lot of different components of blockchain in a simplistic way. You will also receive free crypto and have staff onsite to guide you step by step on how to get your first wallet and use your new currency at different vendors onsite.
visit www.futurist19.com to register.