Blockchain and cryptocurrency enthusiasts have found new ways to come together amid the global coronavirus lockdown. A crypto conference called BlockDown 2020 is scheduled to take place in the virtual realm this month, with big name personalities from the blockchain community set to appear as digital 3D avatars.
Notable attendees on the docket include Binance founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao, Stellar co-founder Jed McCaleb, and NEO founder Da Hongfei. Also appearing will be Roger Ver, executive chairman of Bitcoin.com, and Erik Voorhees, CEO and founder of Shapeshift.
Musician-turned-crypto-innovator Akon will headline the event. The American-Senegalese chart-topper recently released the whitepaper for his upcoming cryptocurrency project Akoin. It will be built on top of the Stellar (XLM) blockchain.
The conference is set to last the entire day, and will include live fireside chats hosted in a virtual 3D space. Live AMAs and Q&As will take place, and attendees will be free to network with other people in virtual space. They’ll even have the opportunity to pitch business ideas to Akon directly.
BlockDown 2020 is the creation of EAK Digital, a specialist PR agency with a heavy focus on blockchain and cryptocurrency. EAK Digital CEO Erhan Korhaliller said:
“We have worked tirelessly to tap into our network to organize the best speakers in the industry, as well as endless calls with different virtual event software companies to find the perfect combination for an event on this scale.”
Korhaliller said some companies were hesitant to embrace the concept of hosting in a digital space, but he is “looking forward to showcasing them the ultimate 3D blockchain conference experience and changing their perception of virtual events.”
BlockDown 2020 follows a newly emergent trend in the cryptocurrency space seeing event organizers defy the global coronavirus lockdown by hosting conferences in a virtual space. Between March 31st and April 4th, the virtual blockchain realm of Decentraland (LAND) played host to a week of games, events and speeches centered around blockchain technology.