This past weekend on April 6th and 7th, TEAMZ, Inc held their TEAMZ Blockchain Summit at Toranomon Hills in Tokyo, Japan. The event drew in thousands of people, many coming from all over the world. The concept was to unite traditional finance with the blockchain ecosystem and it did not disappoint.
Co-hosted by Jinse, Cointime, Soar Ex, and ZBCCM.
Sponsors included: XYO, Z-POP DREAM, Trust Exchange, Coinbene, Bastion Pay, Somesing, Nevula, Mark.Space, Minebest, YYGG, Fight To Fame, Coineal, QTUM, Gubi, CoinCasso, GTP, Starbox.
Red Carpet sponsored by Hublot.
Franklyn Richards – The Value of Blockchain
The summit started with CEO of Litecoin Haus and director of Litecoin, Franklyn Richards with his keynote on the value of blockchain. Franklyn got into the purpose behind the use of blockchain technology and how it can improve many different industries.
Anthony Pompliano – Blockchain And The Transition To The Digital World
The headliner on day two of the summit was host of Off The Chain podcast and founder of Morgan Creek Digital, Anthony Pompliano who delivered a memorable keynote on transitioning into a digital world.
Anthony Pompliano’s presence at TEAMZ Blockchain Summit even captured the attention of CZ, CEO of Binance on Twitter. LamboNow and Tokyo Supercars sponsored the event with two Lamborghinis. Pomp went for a spin to the likes of CZ.
His partner at Morgan Creek, Jason Williams even got in on the action.
Microsoft, LINE, Fujitsu, IBM, Oracle – Does Blockchain Need Elon Musk? Fighting For Mainstream Use
The first panel of the summit was headlined by Motoaki Nishiwaki, Microsoft Japan, Shinichiro Isago, LINE Corporation, Yasuaki Matsumoto, Fujitsu Research Institute, Masato Ohashi, Oracle Corporation Japan, Tsuyoshi Hirayama, IBM Japan, and moderated by Michimasa Naka, Founder of Boardwalk Capital.
This panel was a massive step forward for blockchain having representatives from five of the biggest corporations in Japan and the world discussing the progression of blockchain.
Travis Kling – The Anatomy Of A Crypto Market Bottoming
Bitcoins price was definitely a huge interest amongst the attendees of the summit. Travis Kling, founder and CIO of Ikigai Asset Management delivered one of the most impactful keynotes, giving the audience an insight into his deep analysis of the cryptocurrency market.
Ben Goertzel – Decentralized AI
Dr. Ben Goertzel is the CEO of the decentralized AI network SingularityNET, a blockchain-based AI platform company, and the Chief Scientist of Hanson Robotics. He gave his speech on decentralized AI and what it could mean for our society. He emphasized the need to keep the power of AI out of the control of big corporations and decentralized it to ensure equality.
Tim Smithe – Blockchain Future Front Runner
Tim Smithe, Chairman of Global Operations for Fight to Fame detailed his vision of tokenizing boxing. With partner Mike Tyson, Fight to Fame wants to to create a token that can be used for the boxing industry. With this token they plan to create a reality show that will give underprivileged fighters a chance to train and make a better living.
Kentaro Harada – Mark.Space
Mark.Space showcased their version of a new VR reality that allows you to put on a VR headset and go to a new world. A world with shops, banks, cinemas, offices, and clubs. Mark.Space is building the future of technology and possibly the way of life.
Fighting Hackers: How To Protect User Funds
The second panel covered security and protecting users funds. It was headlined four crypto exchanges Kiana Shek, co-founder of DigiFinex, Aaron Chen, founder of Coineal Exchange, Jianing Yu, President of Huobi University, Sebastian Rizo-Patron Parks from Bitinka, and moderated by Yanying Deng, Co-Founder and COO of TEAMZ, Inc.
Patrick Dai – After ICO bubble, how can we move blockchain industry forward?
Patrick Dai, founder of QTUM Foundation discussed the idea behind cryptocurrency and the issues it solves. He gave us a look into QTUM and why he feels the foundation goes beyond Bitcoin and Ethereum to create a better usable product.
Larry Sanger – Decentralization of social media
Larry Sanger is the co-founder of Wikipedia and CIO of newly Everipedia. Larry shared his thoughts on how we’re losing our privacy to big social media companies and his plan to use everipedia to decentralize the information.
LamboNow and Tokyo Supercars
Traditional Finance Meets Blockchain
This panel with four investment funds included David Siemer, CEO of Wave Financial, Marco Stagliano, head of operation at Angelvest, Brad Chun, founder and CIO at Shuttle Fund, and Dusan Stojanovic, founding director of True Global Ventures. It was moderated by Eric Sciberras from TEAMZ. They discussed bringing big traditional funds into the crypto space.
Norimitsu Kameshima – Next-generation global entertainment project from Asia
One of the main sponsors of the summit, Z-Pop Dream, showcased their entertainment project of creating two k-pop bands with each member from a different country in Asia. Their token will be used for subscriptions, purchases, voting, messaging, and video rewards on their platform.
Which Dapp is Dapper? Tech Explained
The next panel spoke about Dapps with an expert panel that included Mable Jiang, partner at Nirvana Capital, Bill Angelidis, CEO of Asta Solutions, Yanislav Malahov, founder of Aeternity, Kevin Shao, general manager of Canaan Creative. It was moderated by Gabriel Zanko, founder of Mobileyourlife.
Jun Du – The Present And Future Of Blockchain
Jun Du, founding partner of Node Capital gave us his take on the future of blockchain which was backed up with a wide variety of statistics.
Sean Feng – Blockchain technology empowers antique art industry
Sean Feng, general partner of Gubi showed us how his project is putting art on the blockchain that will allow us to verify its credibility.
Seth Lim – Building a sustainable blockchain ecosystem
Seth Lim, early Ripple investor and CEO of Soar Labs gave us his presentation on building a blockchain ecosystem and we can all contribute to its growth and sustainability.
Eyal Avramovich – Minebest
Eyal delivered a keynote targeting the topic of mining. He compared mining to hodling in an effort to show us the profitability difference between the two. He delivered his strategies to use mining for better returns. He also discussed the important of protecting the market and miners.
STO’s – The New Kid On The Block
Security tokens are a big topic in Japan. This panel spoke about security tokens and the changes they will bring to the blockchain market. It included Valentin Preobrazhenskiy of Latoken, founder of Blockvc Kevin Hsu, Lawyer from So Law Office So Saito and was moderated by Publish Inc CEO Sonny Kwon.
Finding Your Crypto Investing Strategy
The last panel of day 1 discussed the price of Bitcoin and other altcoins, specifically the recent pump a few days prior to the start of the summit. The panelists included managing partner of SCDE Ventures Aleksei Antonov, Partner at Genesis Group Rongbin Li, Founder and CIO of Ikigai Asset Management Travis Kling, managing Partner of BICA Investment Fund Rose Sun and was moderated by Cointime COO Angela Tong.
VIP Conference – Funds and Exchanges
The VIP conference took place after day 1 of the summit. It was a closed door meeting and included all the investors and exchanges that participated as speakers and panelists. Some notable names included Anthony Pompliano of Morgan Creek Digital, Jun Du of Node Capital, Travis Kling of Ikigai Asset Management, David Siemer of Wave Financial, Arnab Sen of Harbour Capital, Bradley Chun of Shuttle Fund, Rose Sun of BICA Investment Fund, Too Li of Jiamiyuanjing Investment, Dusan Stojanovic of True Global Ventures, Toshitada Nagumo of Fenox Venture Capital Japan, Christophe De Courson, Michimasa Naka of Boardwalk Capital, Marco Stagliano of Angelvest, Joshua Ho of QCP Capital, and Kevin Hsu of Blockvc. We asked each fund how much they had available in capital for investment and the total was more then $4 Billion USD. VIP guests were allowed to ask questions to learn from the elite of this industry.
The VIP dinner was hosted by Z-Pop and included all the speakers, investors, and VIPs of the event.
VIP After Party
The party started after dinner at 1oak nightclub in Roppongi. QTUM hosted the the private party on the third floor of the venue which is rarely seen by most guests.
Joe Zhou – Hkex and Fintech
Day 2 started strong with the senior vice president of Hong Kong Exchange who gave us his take on blockchain as a traditional market representative and regulator.
The first panel of day 2 discussed the blockchain revolution and what we could be in store for in the future. It included co-founder and CEO of Financie Ryuichi Tanaka, blockchain business manager of Metaps Hirofumi Aoki, Chief Architect of IBM Tsuyoshi Hirayama, DMM Bitcoin CEO Hitoshi Taguchi, Quoine CFO Katsuya Konno, and was moderated by Coin Otaku CEO Kenji Ito.
Aaron Chen – Selection of exchange, differentiated positioning
Aaron Chen, founder of Coineal Exchange gave us a deeper look into his crypto exchange and how they are expanding throughout Asia and in Russia.
Searching For Crypto Investment Tools
The final panel before the lunch break discussed crypto investing and included topics around IEO’s, staking, privacy coins, and news that will help push the market to new highs. It included vice chairman of Gubi Steve Qin, Fenox Venture Capital CEO Toshitada Nagumo, head of sales trading at OSL Fernando Martinez Fernandez, Managing Partner of QCP Capital Joshua Ho, and was brilliantly moderated by Bryce Paul of Crypto101.
Trust Exchange – AI Ecosystem
A sponsor of the summit, Trust Exchange gave us their mission to create a new global exchange using AI.
The Future Of Crypto Media In Japan
This panel focused on discussing the future of crypto media in Japan and how the big media companies plan to push the industry forward. It included the top crypto media platforms CEO of Coin Otaku Kenji Ito, COO of Coinpost Takahito Kagami, general manager of Nextmoney Keisuke Horiguchi, co-founder and CEO of Crypto Times Shingo Arai, and was moderated by TEAMZ CEO Tianyu Yang.
Masafumi Shimizu – Nevula
Masafumi, founder and CEO of Nevula presented his project of operating an online casino on the blockchain. With Nevula, asset using blockchain technology or digital identity can be digitalized, and the digital asset using smart contract can be managed by oneself. A “smart economy” can be realized in the privacy focused distributed network.
Increasing Blockchain Usability
One of the main topics of the summit was usability of blockchain. In this expert panel, use cases and how to grow the usability of blockchain around the world was discussed. It included head of blockchain of Accenture Leigh Gordon Ashlin, Litecoin Haus CEO Franklyn Richards, QTUM Foundation founder Patrick Dai, Hublot Greater China general manager Loic Biver, and was moderated by CEO of Soar Labs Seth Lim.
Regulation That Works
The regulation panel of the summit included top lawyers from Japan and China that have been involved in blockchain law. Participants included Yifan Chen and Takashi Mochizuki of Toranomon Chuo Law Firm and Sun Ming of Fenbushi Capital.
Yanislav Malahov – æternity blockchain – current state of development
Yanislav, a passionate member of the blockchain community showcased how his project plans to solve issues relating to scalability, cost, and privacy.
Michal Grzywacz – CoinCasso
Michal Grzywacz, head of International operations at CoinCasso Exchange presented his crypto exchange and how it shares 80% of profits with its community.
Arnab Sen – Traditional finance markets – what crypto markets can learn from the old world
Arnab Sen, founder and CIO of Harbour Capital Management gave his unique and knowledgeable perspective of old world finance and what crypto can learn from it.
Stop Talking Profit, Blockchain Can Change The World
The last discussion of the event took it a step in another direction and focused on social impact. Most of the crowd stuck around to listen to this impactful talk. It included founding chairman of Hong Kong Blockchain Association Jay Liang, founder and CEO of Blockshine Technology Layla Dong, Wikipedia co-founder and Everipedia CIO Larry Sanger, CEO of Olymp Capital Cristophe De Courson, and was moderated by Cointime COO Angela Tong.
VIP Conference – The Future Of The Blockchain Ecosystem
Day 2’s VIP conference covered the blockchain ecosystem. It included Franklyn Richards of Litecoin, Joe Zhuo of HKEX, Larry Sanger of Wikipedia, Jay Liang of Hong Kong Blockchain Association, Leigh Gordon Ashlin of Accenture, Yanislav Malahov of aeternity, Isabella Yu, Kenji Ito of Coin Otaku, Keisuke Horiguchi of Nextmoney, Tsuyoshi Hirayama of IBM, Jianing Yu of Huobi University, Eyal Avramovich of Minebest, Michal Grzywacz of CoinCasso, Mark.Space, Somesing, Bitmain, ICO Crowd, and Collinstar Capital. A serious debate took place between Franklyn of Litecoin and Eyal of Minebest over blockchain regulation which captured the attention of the crowd but it was calmed down after the Yanislav of aeternity interrupted to share some thoughts. Great discussion overall.
It appears Franklyn and Eyal made up at the Red Carpet Gala 🙂
Red Carpet Gala
The weekend closed with TEAMZ world renowned Red Carpet Gala sponsored Hublot. Speakers, investors, and VIPs gathered to celebrate the weekend and build stronger relationships over food and cocktails at this exclusive formal event. It was one of the first showcases of the new Hublot Blockchain Watch.
Thank You To Hublot For Sponsoring Our Exclusive Red Carpet Gala
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