More than 5000 delegates congregated together within the halls of the Intercontinental, one of the most exquisite hotels and event spaces on Malta.
The halls were filled with people, booths, and journalists. Activity buzzed everywhere, with a non-stop background noise of people speaking anywhere you might end up around the venue.
— Ana Paula Picasso (@A_picasso) November 1, 2018
Unless you arrived early in the morning, getting a seat in the main speaking room would have been incredibly difficult. Once inside, getting out was also a challenge. One of the major complaints that people had was that there were “just too many people.” The organizers definitely shot high and hit the moon.
If you ask me though, the venue was too small.
— Alexander Zaidelson (@azaidelson) November 2, 2018
People love to complain and will create drama any time they have the opportunity to do so. The real drama, however, happened around the expo — where dozens of projects and companies were showcasing their products, brands, and services. The competition for attention was immense, but everybody had their share, thanks to the sheer volume of people attending the event.
Surprisingly, a lot of non-blockchain related companies showed up to the event — companies such as Western Union and RE/MAX. These success stories are looking to keep their market lead.
Being present at this conference shows signals for blockchain adoption by the higher-ups in traditional company’s management teams. We know that both of these companies have experimented and publicly shown their interest in the technology.
— agoora.io (@agooraio) November 1, 2018
As always, networking is the name of the game.
Everyone was there to meet somebody, create strategic partnerships, meet with clients, and expose their products and solutions to the crypto world. With parties organized for the event goers, networking came easy.
Paper tokens were used to acquire free drinks and food at a nearby restaurant, and delegates gladly swarmed the restaurant. This created the perfect opportunity for socialites to get acquainted with other crypto enthusiasts in an informal setting.
— Daniel Spiteri (@CryptoIsMalta) November 1, 2018
The dress code was anything but informal. The majority of attendees wore suit and tie, with other delegates having their own unique fashion style. If you want to stand out on an event like this, dressing outside of the usual business attire might generate more attention for you.
All in all, the Malta Blockchain Summit was an experience. For me, it was a good one, which enabled me to meet and talk with many amazing people, see friends, and to get involved in the global blockchain story. My perception is that most people enjoyed it — even the ones complaining about the number of people attending.
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