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Istanbul Blockchain Week 2024 Returns Showcasing Turkey as the Rising Star in Web3 Adoption 

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Istanbul Blockchain Week returns on August 13-14 at the Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center, building on last year’s success and promising to be the largest web3 event ever held in Turkey, promising more speakers, activations, and web3 education in the Eurasian crypto hub. 

According to Binance Research, cryptocurrency is rapidly establishing itself as a key alternative to traditional finance in Turkey, with 40% of the population already investing in it. Looking ahead, 64% believe crypto prices will climb in the next year, and an even more optimistic 73% think more people will start investing in crypto over the next five years, signaling a strong trend toward wider adoption.

Hosted by web3 agency, EAK Digital, Istanbul Blockchain Week will highlight the city’s strategic position between major financial centers, Dubai and London, uniting international and local experts who are shaping the web3 revolution.

IBW 2024 will host a diverse group ranging from blockchain enthusiasts and professionals to influencers and thought leaders, showcasing Istanbul as an ever-evolving hub for technological passion, financial inclusivity, and visionary approaches.

Turkey distinguishes itself with a dynamic tech ecosystem, a strategic location that bridges Europe and Asia, and a young, tech-savvy population eager for digital innovation. The country’s expanding gaming community, early adoption of cryptocurrencies, and proactive engagement with new technologies underscore its readiness for web3’s widespread adoption.

Turkey is leading the way in crypto adoption and blockchain innovation, and ongoing developments in supportive regulations further establish Turkey as an attractive hub for global investors keen on exploring emerging tech opportunities.

“This year, we will be taking Istanbul Blockchain Week to new heights,” remarked Erhan Korhaliller, founder of Istanbul Blockchain Week. “The web3 global spotlight will be on Istanbul and we promise to make this event one to remember .”

What to Expect from Istanbul Blockchain Week 2024?

IBW 2024 is an ideal platform for nurturing meaningful partnerships and growth within the blockchain landscape, given its unique mix of visibility, strategic networking, and engagement opportunities.  The event is committed to bridging the gap between new crypto adopters and seasoned enthusiasts, ensuring every interaction and engagement leads to real development and success.

As the event approaches, IBW 2024 is preparing to reveal innovative features and hands-on web3 experiences, emphasizing Istanbul’s critical role in global tech innovation.


InstanBlock is the flagship event of Istanbul Blockchain Week 2024, hosting unique fireside chats, keynote speeches, debates, and panel discussions exploring the hottest topics in Web3, including AI, RWA, Depin, DeFi, regulation, AI, gaming, Web3 culture, and venture capital.

The initial speaker lineup already includes Yat Siu, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Animoca Brands; Sergej Kunz, CEO of 1Inch; Eren Ozkan, Vice President of MasterCard, Cem Arcan, Ecosystem Director at Circle; Şant Manukyan, Manager at IS Investment; Ran Nuener Founder Crypto Banter, Founder & CEO of Farcana; and Clement Chia, Co-Founder of Imaginary Ones.

IstanBlock also features multiple zones, such as the AI Zone, VC Village & Startup Pavilion, and Creator Zone, to create an immersive Web3 experience:

  • The AI Zone promises to be a highlight, showcasing the latest advancements in artificial intelligence within the web3 ecosystem. This area will delve into how AI can enhance blockchain technologies, provide smarter solutions, and propel innovation across various industries. Get a sneak peek at the future of interaction between humans and artificial intelligence.
  • The VC Village & Start-up Pavilion is designed to be a vibrant marketplace for top web3 start-ups and venture capitalists. With VC tables and project booths, it aims to promote interactions between innovators and investors, encouraging deals and collaborations that will drive the web3 ecosystem forward. This zone is a must-visit for those looking to catch the next wave of web3 innovation.
  • Content is indeed king, especially in an industry brimming with information. The Creator Zone is designed to spotlight the brightest web3 influencers and KOLs, illuminating the most innovative and exclusive projects. It also presents a unique opportunity for a broader audience to meet those individuals who work tirelessly to share the latest innovations in the industry.


IstanHack 2024, a cornerstone of Istanbul Blockchain Week, is set to be an electrifying showcase of talent and innovation, drawing developers from around the globe. The hackathon not only offers participants a platform to engage in intense competition and develop groundbreaking blockchain solutions, but also facilitates deep collaboration that pushes the technological envelope. IstanHack serves as a vital incubator for ideas and projects that may define the future of the digital landscape, making it an essential arena for learning, innovation, and community building in the web3 space.

Joining IstanHack offers an unparalleled opportunity to dive into the cutting-edge of web3 development among Istanbul’s dynamic fusion of culture and technology. Whether you’re a developer eager to sharpen your skills or a web3 project looking to spotlight your innovations, this hackathon is your gateway to not only showcase your abilities but also to solve real-world problems using blockchain technology. It’s the perfect place to engage with top-tier talent, partake in transformative workshops, and find your next big opportunity and collaboration.

W3E Gaming

W3E Gaming returns to Istanbul Blockchain Week with it’s flagship event, W3Expo, the largest web3 gaming expo in the region, putting Web3 games directly into the hands of gamers. With its robust casual gaming market, vibrant esports scene, and status as a top 5 Web3 adopter, Turkey provides the perfect backdrop. Prepare for an arena where walk-up-and-play games, mobiles, and PCs converge with the adrenaline-pumping world of live Web3 esports. Over two electrifying days, Exverse takes center stage, hosting a team deathmatch elimination tournament that promises a spectacle of skill and strategy.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be back at Istanbul Blockchain Week with W3E Gaming. It’s the perfect storm of opportunity, where Turkey’s explosive gaming scene meets its pioneering Web3 community,” exclaimed Damian Bartlett, W3E Team Lead. “This country is a powerhouse of digital innovation, and we can’t wait to show the world what happens when gaming and blockchain collide in such a dynamic environment.”

Join us at Istanbul Blockchain Week 2024 to showcase your brand and insights. Embrace collaboration, drive discourse, and set the tone for the future. Be part of blockchain’s next chapter! 

Secure your spot on the ticket waiting list here.

About Istanbul Blockchain Week

Istanbul Blockchain Week is an annual event bringing together blockchain enthusiasts, industry experts, and thought leaders from across the globe. Following its remarkable success in 2022 and 2023, which witnessed an impressive turnout of over 8,000 attendees and featured 180+ international and Turkish speakers such as Changpeng Zhao, Ziya Altunyaldız, Yoshihisa Hashimoto, and Şant Manukyan, IBW returned to Turkey’s prominent crypto hub on August 13th to 14th.

As a dynamic platform for networking, knowledge sharing, and exploration of the latest advancements in blockchain technology, Istanbul Blockchain Week creates an environment conducive to collaboration and innovation. The event offers attendees a diverse program featuring keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, and exhibitions that delve into various aspects of web3. Istanbul Blockchain Week presents a unique opportunity for individuals to immerse themselves in the blockchain world and connect with like-minded visionaries actively shaping the future. 

To learn more and get IBW tickets, visit website.

About W3E

W3E is at the forefront of Web3 and gaming innovation, dedicated to enriching the gaming and esports scene within the web3 ecosystem. Under the leadership of team lead Damian Bartlett, W3E has made significant strides, including hosting the world’s first Web3 LAN tournament at the ESA Esports Arena during Istanbul Blockchain Week 2022. As part of the EAK Global Group, W3E is building an all-in-one gaming ecosystem that supports games with their go-to-market strategies, while also offering the consumer-facing W3Expo and esports events for players.

The team, boasting extensive backgrounds in the gaming industry, provides a robust platform for emerging projects, game testing, and networking among gaming, blockchain, and esports enthusiasts, aiming to bring legitimacy and facilitate growth in the web3 gaming space.To learn more, visit website.

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