Author: Wang Yanhua
The 2018 Asia Blockchain Summit took place in Taipei from July 2-3.
The event expected 1000 attendees, but successfully drew around 3000 attendees instead.
It was organised by the Asia Blockchain Alliance (ABA), the brainchild of “crypto congressman” Jason Hsu from Taiwan. Hsu is a member of parliament in Taiwan and is known to be a fierce proponent for blockchain, advocating for Taiwan to be a “blockchain island”.
Industry heavyweights such as Binance founder and CEO Zhao Changpeng and Litecoin creator Charlie Lee were present at the conference as speakers.
Besides industry leaders and entrepreneurs, government representatives gathered at the event as well, such as Taiwan national development council minister Chen Mei-ling and Hong Kong legislative council member Charles Mok.
A panel discussion taking place. Credits: Reider Larsen
Chief experience officer of ABA Andrew Fai, who is also from Taiwan, told Block Asia, “I’m exploding right now. I’m very proud that’s this is happening in Taipei.
“I’ve done a lot of blockchain meetups and groups, and they’re typically around 300-500 people. Now it’s a whole new different scale. It’s a very important event and even traditional media is covering it.”
Taipei Times, the only printed daily English-language newspaper in Taiwan, said that Taiwanese government officials speaking at the event would “continue to champion’s Taiwan’s blockchain industry to tap into the technology’s potential.”
Linfinity CEO Anndy Lian, who was also a speaker, highlighted the conference’s role in bringing blockchain closer to the masses to Block Asia, “Blockchain is not only about technology driving business. This is not true. Blockchain companies like Linfinity must work together with traditional businesses to formulate win-win solutions to solve their pain points and improve on their business efficiency and productivity.”
Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”. Currently, he is appointed as Chairman, Asia for BigONE Exchange and Chief Digital Advisor, Mongolia Productivity Organisation. Anndy is part of the Gyeongsangbuk-do Blockchain Special Committee, Government of Republic Korea, together with industry experts such as Brock Pierce. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region and was previously the Advisory Board Member of Hyundai DAC Technology.
An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.
You can read more about Anndy’s work at www.anndy.com