For the second year running, Microsoft will be the Premiere Sponsor of the Ethereum developer conference Devcon2 slated for Shanghai in September where the most up-to-date research and development work supported by the Ethereum Foundation will be showcased.

Prime location in Shanghai

The Foundation is working with Wanxiang Blockchain Labs this year to jointly host their respective events during the International Blockchain Week at Hyatt on the Bund between September 19 and 24.

This is based on their realization that both Ethereum’s Devcon1 and Wanxiang Blockchain Labs’ Global Blockchain Summit sold out events last year would have a greater impact if interested people can attend both events in the same week.

The combined event will feature a unique three-segment format that will allow people to attend any combination of days that best addresses their needs. There will be a Demo Day (by Blockchain Labs and ChainB, one of China’s leading blockchain news agencies) for startups and investors.

Xiao Feng, Executive Director of Wanxiang Holdings, says:

“I firmly believe this year’s International Blockchain Week in Shanghai will further promote the technology in China, provide an opportunity for sharing knowledge between countries, building a stronger relationship between talents, and encouraging the use of blockchain technology in start-ups.”

Microsoft, a Blockchain-as-a-service leader

The release says experts from Microsoft, an early leader with its Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) that provides an open, hyperscale cloud platform and an expanding ecosystem of blockchain technologies for businesses, consortiums and governments who are looking to adopt the technology, will speak to Ethereum developers about Microsoft Azure’s leading tools for blockchain technology development.

“We’re thrilled to support the Ethereum Foundation’s Devcon2, which will bring together pioneers in blockchain from all over the world,” said Marley Gray, Director of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Business Development at Microsoft. “The Ethereum blockchain is powerful, and we’re looking forward to continuing the collaborative relationship with the Ethereum community, together bringing the best of blockchain technology to our cloud platform, Microsoft Azure.”