Feb 15

Overview of the event

The Blockchain Technology Conference 2018 will be happening on February 15th 2018 Chicago. The Blockchain Conference 2018 will bring together a diverse range of experts who will discuss all the opportunities, challenges and exciting possibilities in innovation and disruption that can be leveraged in Chicago using this technology.

National banks and regulators, exchanges and investment banks across the world are taking seriously the financial innovation of distributed ledger or block chain technology. The block chain, aka Trust Machine underpins "crypto currencies" such as Bitcoin; but it goes beyond digital money. It provides a shared, trusted, public ledger that everyone can inspect, but no single user controls. It is at the cusp of revolutionising international money transfers, trade finance, syndicated lending and collateral management, among other applications. As it allows for almost instantaneous payments and settlement, the potential impact on the role of traders, quants and other financial technologists cannot be underestimated.

The event features an inspiring day of talks and workshops by professional speakers focused on Blockchain technology and Innovation.

This conference brings together Block Chain technologists in the finance sector, regulators, industry commentators, computer science researchers and others involved in financial innovation; these experts explore some of the technology and the many applications of Block chain in Financial Services.

Facts & Figures About The Event

7 Speakers
7 Topics
100 Tickets

Conference Schedule

Blockchain Technology Conference, Chicago

X Topic Abstract

We understand the car as an important building block in the future of multi-modal mobility. However, much of disruptive innovation happens in the form of solutions around the car and in the broader mobility ecosystem. Alex and I go far beyond the car itself and take a holistic view of the emerging smart mobility and transportation space aka New Mobility World®.

Speaker Profile

Joe is an Electronics Engineer from Stuttgart, Germany (Home of Mercedes, Bosch, Porsche, etc), and now resides in Chicago, USA. After a 20-year corporate IT career, he co-founded New Mobility World with his brother Alexander (Alex). Simply put, cars and IT are in our blood.

X Topic Abstract

Blockchain technology has moved from its mysterious origins in the Bitcoin community to a technology that has captured imaginations and stands to transform multiple industries.

Relative to other industries, discussion of the impact of blockchain technology on marketing and public relations has been minimal. This is a mistake – it absolutely stands to become at least as disruptive as the Web was a generation ago.

With examples and case studies, this talk will deliver a preview of what can happen when companies and consortia provide “a single, shared, version of permanent digital truth” – a feature that blockchain technology uniquely provides.

Speaker Profile

Phil Gomes' career in the communications field is characterized by his passionate interest in technology, media, and emerging forms of communication.

At Edelman, Phil has counseled clients across all of the firm's practices and markets worldwide. In this role, Phil challenges teams and companies to engage with online communities in ways that are compelling, persuasive, and parallel with "digital citizenship" expectations.

During his near-decade in Silicon Valley prior to joining Edelman, Phil worked with such innovative companies as SRI International, Adaptec, Matrix Semiconductor (now part of SanDisk/WD), and Hitachi Semiconductor (now Renesas). Phil's work helped guide clients to win the Technology Pioneers Programme Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Twice.

Known for industry "firsts," Phil is widely considered to be the first PR professional to start a blog (2001) and the first to describe and demonstrate the value of blockchain technology in communications (2015). Phil also co-founded Corporate Representatives for Ethical Wikipedia Engagement (CREWE), a group of PR professionals and Wikipedians who seek to cooperate in the public interest of accurate articles about corporations and organizations.

An avid open-source supporter and enthusiast, Phil serves as the communications director for the Chicago Blockchain Center, volunteers for University of Illinois at Chicago's annual student-run Flourish conference, and has used Linux since 1994.

X Topic Abstract

The CryptoCurrency Tax Primer will provide a basic overview of the tax implications of cryptocurrencies. We will discuss when a taxable event occurs - such as the sale or exchange of crypto - and how to report it. I will discuss "gray" areas such as like-kind exchanges and mark to market elections.

Speaker Profile

Andrew B. Gordon is the managing attorney of Gordon Law Group. Andrew is not only a practicing attorney, graduating from Chicago Kent College of Law, but also a Certified Public Accountant graduating from the University of Illinois with a BA and a Master Degree in accountancy.

Andrew's background in IRS and state tax disputes, make him the go -to for the “unsolvable” tax problems. Andrew concentrates his legal work in the areas of tax controversy and corporate litigation with a strong client-base in the Affiliate Marketing, e-commerce , international law and cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin.

Further Andrew helps his clients navigate the world of business start-up and formation, guiding them on the best steps to take to achieve success.

Andrew is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, and has been selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for 2016, 2017 and 2018, a distinction reserved for less then 2.5% of attorneys.

X Topic Abstract

See how far blockchain has come and get a demonstration of the practical applications being built for real estate, trading, and social good.

Speaker Profile

An experienced Research And Development Engineer with a demonstrated history of innovation in the real estate industry. Strong experience with Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies, Prototyping, Software Design, Management, and Networking. R&D Engineer for NAR’s Center for REALTOR® Technology & CRT Labs, and Co-Founder EthVentures.

X Speaker Profile

Jonathan is a Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at DigitalMint (www.digitalmint.io), and served as the Executive Director of The Chicago Bitcoin Center.

Prior to joining DigitalMint, Jonathan worked at Coinbase, the world's largest Bitcoin company, where he advised Tier-1 retailers on integrating Bitcoin into their eCommerce and brick-and-mortar point-of-sale platforms.

Jonathan has extensive experience working in all facets of bitcoin and blockchain technology, from the protocol level, to business and regulatory matters.

Jonathan obtained his J.D. from Western Michigan Cooley Law School in 2013, and B.A. from St. Lawrence University in 2009, and honed his app development skills as a member of the inaugural class of Chicago's Starter School.

X Speaker Profile

Collective imagination is something I see as essential to the human experience. After all, we humans are equally imaginative, creative, and social. We want to explore and discover, but we want to do it together.

I believe our common aspirations, goals, and experiences will guide the movement and advancement of "decentralized technology" in the blockchain environment. As a blockchain evangelist, my goal is to deliver, through HTMLCOIN, innovative distributed ledger-based products and services.

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Instructional Technology at Northern Illinois University. I have completed the defense of my dissertation and am currently engaged in the revision process. I am scheduled to receive my doctorate degree next year.

X Topic Abstract

The first Bitcoin transaction ever recorded was 10,000 BTC in exchange for 2 Pizzas. This transaction provided the first 'peg' for Bitcoin's fiat-denomination. In the near future, Cryptocurrencies will be used daily in commerce. Cryptocurrencies differ from traditional investment vehicles in that what makes them valuable is their direct buying power. How can we identify which currencies are likely to be valuable in the future ? Let's take a look at the current and future buying power of some popular Cryptocurrencies, as well as the size of the global markets these currencies aim to disrupt.

Speaker Profile

Joseph Kunzler holds degrees in both Computer Science & Economics from the University of Iowa. He began using and investing in Bitcoin in late 2014, and Ethereum in July 2016. Joseph left his career as a software engineer and IT consultant to found AlphaCoin Capital in June, 2017. Mr. Kunzler has personally executed thousands of individual Cryptocurrency transactions on dozens of Blockchain networks. He was an early adapter and investor in Bitcoin, Ethereum, Golem, Syscoin, Siacoin, Ubiq Technologies and Ark Ecosystems, among other successful investments within the space.

X Topic Abstract

The cryptocurrency market is an exciting new field with a wealth of opportunities. Whether you want to launch the next ICO or pivot an existing business idea into the crypto market, the key is to embed yourself in the culture. Lou will explain how to launch a product the easy way, and take advantage of free resources to build something with lasting value. Failing fast and hard saves time and money, and ensures you find the best project to dedicate your efforts to.

Speaker Profile

Lou is a lifelong entrepreneur and the founder of Coinflash, an app that automatically invests your spare change into cryptocurrency. Coinflash has been featured in Lifehacker and Mashable and has 15,000 users since launching months ago. He has an M.S. in computer science from Northwestern University, a MFA in filmmaking, and a love for creating new products.

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Our Speakers

Jonathan Solomon

Co-Founder & CEO


Phil Gomes

Senior Vice President, U.S. B2B Digital


Jochen (Joe) Renz


New Mobility Lab

Andrew Gordon



Joseph R. Kunzler

Chief Executive Officer

AlphaCoin Capital

Louis Lapat



Amando Boncales, BA, MSEd, MA, PhDc.

Chief Executive Officer

Htmlcoin Foundation

David Conroy

R&D Lab Engineer

National Association of Realtors

Our Pricing

Group of three or more

USD 299

Till February 15
Early Bird

USD 399

Till January 15

USD 499

Till February 15

Our Testimonial


Who can attend Blockchain Summit in Chicago?

Blockchain Summit 2018 in Chicago is open to anyone who has an interest in the technology/telecoms industry or any related field. Chairmen, CEOs, CTOs, CIOs, Managing Directors, Global Heads, Blockchain specialists from banks, financial Institutions, financial service providers, accountants, consultancies, financial technology companies, fintech innovators and entrepreneurs.

Why to attend Blockchain Summit in Chicago?

Understand the state of development of blockchain technology by exchanges, clearing houses, central counter parties and payment systems, and what it means for you.

What will you learn about?

Detecting where underlying problems and frictions exist in your organisation that will be alleviated by blockchain technologies. Using blockchain as a tool for innovation across your organisation

Are there any prerequisites to attend this program?


Do I need to register for the event?

Yes, all conference attendees must register in advance to attend the event.

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Disclaimer and Indemnity

"Confirm your CANCELLATION in writing up to 15 working days before the event and receive a refund less a 10% service charge. Regrettably, no refunds can be made for cancellations received less than 15 working days prior to the event.However, SUBSTITUTIONS are welcome at any time and is done at no extra cost. The organisers reserve the right to amend the programme if necessary.

INDEMNITY: Should for any reason outside the control of 1.21GWS / Markpro Consulting & Technology (hereafter called 1.21GWS), the venue or the speakers change, or the event be cancelled due to industrial action, adverse weather conditions, or an act of terrorism, 1.21GWS will endeavor to reschedule, but the client hereby indemnifies and holds 1.21GWS harmless from and against any and all costs, damages and expenses, including attorneys fees, which are incurred by the client."