The Ethereum Foundation and Wanxiang Blockchain Labs announced today dates for their joint International Blockchain Week in Shanghai, September 19–24, 2016.
Both Ethereum’s Devcon and Wanxiang Blockchain Labs’ Global Blockchain Summit were sold out in 2015 so the two organizations expect significant demand for their joint event this year.
The combined event will feature three-segment format that allows people to attend any combination of days that best addresses their needs. Two new features include a Demo Day for startups and investors between the Devcon2 and Blockchain Summit segments, and an optional day of organized sightseeing tours on September 18, 2016.
Ming Chan, Executive Director of the Ethereum Foundatio, states:
There are many reasons this combined event may be one of the most anticipated industry events to date. Importantly, the format and versatility of the event will allow greater interaction and opportunities for attendees to communicate, meet and participate across event segments. Developers are already planning to attend or participate in sessions in other segments, and industry leaders involved in blockchain tech are planning to attend some Devcon days as they have done in the past.
Xiao Feng, Executive Director of Wanxiang Holdings, says:
“China Wanxiang Holding is very excited that we have had the opportunity to contribute in the process of making Shanghai the international financial and technological innovation center with the support from Wanxiang Blockchain Labs. 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. China Wanxiang Holding will continue to support Wanxiang Blockchain Labs with the goal of becoming an internationally recognized platform for blockchain innovation.”
Ethereum in October 2015 formed a major partnership with Wanxiang, a Chinese automotive conglomerate. The partnership agreement included a bailout of the Ethereum Foundation through the Chinese automotive group’s purchase of 416,000 ETH for $500,000, and the set up of a non-profit blockchain research institute and a $50 million blockchain technology technology venture capital fund.