Author: Wang Yanhua
The 2018 Asia Blockchain Summit took place in Taipei from July 2-3.
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”.
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
“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.”
Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. 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.
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”.