BlockchainWeekend Brought New Energy to NYC’s Tech Ecosystem – Use The Bitcoin
New York City was buzzing this past weekend with the inaugural BlockchainWeekend NYC 2019 (Nov 7-10). In partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) BlockchainWeekend featured projects from a wide range of NY based companies, startups, entrepreneurs with over 50 events taking place across all five boroughs. Creating a platform of decentralized events, the weekend was filled with workshops, panels, hackathons, and networking. With NYC at the forefront of technology and innovation, it comes as no surprise that everyone was excited to get involved.
Starting the weekend off was an opening reception hosted by Gemini, the biggest New York based crypto exchange. Opening up their headquarters, they gave out free books about journey of Cofounders’ the Winklevoss brothers to the crypto space. Every attendee got some Gemini swag, and wine and beer was flowing freely through conversations. Gemini’s Jeanine Hightower-Sellitto, gave opening remarks on how it was great to be a part of the BlockchainWeekend initiative.
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“Blockchain Weekend celebrates so much of what we love about New York: the coming together of technology and the people and companies who build it. The implications of and potential for blockchain—and cryptocurrency—continue to grow and its foothold in the financial world demands that New York be a leader in its development and growth. Blockchain Weekend is an encouraging step in that direction, and we applaud the leadership of forward-looking companies like Gemini and other New York blockchain companies for being a part of it.”
Julie Samuels, Executive Director
On the same day was a discussion led by Civic Hall + ConsenSys on the ways to diversify blockchain space with people from every sector. Featuring a workshop, the event allowed for guests to fully take part and deepen the conversation.