InterviewsBlockchain and Bitcoin Conference Insights with Yaroslava Velykaya, Smile-Expo, Phillipines

Aisha Hillary-Morgan Aisha Hillary-MorganNovember 20, 2018

The second edition of the Blockchain and Bitcoin Conference Philippines is on December 6 in Manila, after a successful event last year. With the growing interest in the space and in the Phillipines, we thought we would have a chat with Yaroslava Velykaya, the organiser from Smile-Expo, to understand a little bit more about what to expect from the event and the hot topics that will be covered.

Tell us a little about yourself?

I am the projects’ coordinator at Smile-Expo, which organizes crypto events all over the world.

I have already organized 8 blockchain conferences, and I am currently preparing the Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines, which will take place in Manila for the second time this year.

Smile-Expo has decided to return to the Philippines as we see it as a promising country in terms of blockchain development.

The Philippines has numerous DLT-based companies and educational organizations, for instance, the Blockchain Association of the Philippines (BAP). Also, the country’s Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) keeps giving licenses to crypto exchanges.

These are the signs that Filipinos are interested in the blockchain sphere and development, and we want to share the crypto knowledge with our Philippine audience.


What are some of hot topics to be covered?

At the Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines, we will focus on:

  • Fintech ecosystems in Asia;
  • Blockchain integration into business;
  • How blockchain revolutionizes taxation;
  • Token launches;
  • Privacy and national identity with blockchain.

Invited experts will also look into case studies of blockchain integration into various spheres, such as IoT, AI, AR, healthcare, lending industry and wealth management.

The conference’s program will also include a discussion panel on the topic “Smart Contracts and Legal Contracts.”


Where do you see blockchain in 1 year?

I believe that in one year, blockchain technology will be integrated into a bigger number of businesses and will probably find new areas which it can improve.

Also, I think that more countries will introduce the crypto sphere’s regulations, so that DLT-based businesses will operate officially in many places and will find it easier to be compliant to legal laws.

I guess we will see blockchain working in synergy with AI and IoT more. For instance, the DLT implementation into the operation of cities or blockchain robotic systems.


Who do you think is innovating in the space?

I would say that the Smart Crypto City project founded by the company Fundshing is an innovative idea in the field.

Fundshing is a platform for gathering capital for startups. It has an important goal – to bring more DLT-based companies into the blockchain ecosystem.

Currently, the company’s team and its CEO, Bruce Jeong, are working on the project which aims at making cities smart with the help of technology. For instance, in the project’s framework, Fundshing plans to improve the cities’ traffic, environment and agriculture with blockchain.

Bruce Jeong will speak at the Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines, where he will describe the innovative project in more detail.


Anything else you would like to add?

I am inviting everybody to the crypto event in Manila. We will summarize the year’s blockchain trends and discuss the future crypto tendencies and DLT development in 2019.


Thank you, Yaroslava! We’re looking forward to the conference  – many interesting discussions on blockchain on the way!


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Aisha Hillary-Morgan

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