Zug, Switzerland — 16 January, 2018 – The Crypto Valley Association (CVA), in cooperation with Lucerne School of Applied Sciences and Melonport, has announced the official launch of the Crypto Valley Conference – the leading research, development and innovation-centred conference focused on blockchain technology. The multi-day event will take place at the Theatre Casino in Zug, Switzerland, from 20-22 June 2018. The conference brings together leading researchers, developers, lawyers and innovators from across the globe to share and discuss state-of-the-art developments and advances in the blockchain technology ecosystem.

Offering a robust program of keynotes, panel discussions, and tutorials in two streams – academia and economics/business, the Crypto Valley Conference is set to provide invaluable insight into applications and use cases of blockchain technology, recent industry developments, and the future trajectory of the sector as a whole. Speakers include Johann Schneider-Ammann (Swiss Federal Councillor), Professor Emin Gün Sirer (Cornell University), Stefan Thomas (CTO Ripple), Dr. Christian Cachin (IBM Hyperledger), David Sønstebø (CEO IOTA), Dr. Luka Müller (Co-Founder MME), Mona El Isa (CEO Melonport), Yanislav Malahov (Founder Æternity) and Daniel Gasteiger (CEO Procivis).

The Crypto Valley Conference 2018 has technical sponsorship from renowned, international universities and colleges such as ETH Zürich, EPFL, MIT, Imperial College, and Stanford. In addition, the conference is endorsed by IEEE Switzerland, the leading body for certification of research excellence. It is the first, and currently the only, academic conference that has managed to secure this accreditation.

Given the unique nature of this conference type in the blockchain ecosystem, sponsorship has been secured from companies such as Æternity, Ambrosus, Blockfreight, Blockmedx, Hedge, Luxoft, Melonport, Microsoft, MME, and Ripple, among others. All sponsors will be present with an exhibition booth at the conference, providing a great opportunity for networking and gaining insights on the latest advances in the industry.

Dr. Alexander Denzler of Lucerne School of Applied Sciences, conference organizer and CVA Technology Chair said: “The Crypto Valley Conference represents a singular opportunity to promote academic excellence in a rapidly growing technical area. We want to put Switzerland and Crypto Valley squarely on the map as a centre of exploration and innovation in the uses and applications of blockchain technology.”

“In organising Crypto Valley Conference 2018, we sought to reflect the unique composition of the rapidly growing Crypto Valley ecosystem and blockchain space more generally. With this in mind, we are bringing together leading researchers, developers, and innovators, as well as CEO’s and CTO’s from top universities, highly innovative start-ups, and more established companies,” said Oliver Bussmann, President of the Crypto Valley Association.

The Crypto Valley Conference in collaboration with the Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC), will host a “SICTIC Investor Day with Blockchain Challenge”, which will allow innovative start-ups to compete for one of 8 places in the final pitching session, which will be judged by a panel of leading investors, blockchain experts, lawyers, and entrepreneurs .

Dr. Thomas Dübendorfer, President and Co-Founder, Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC) said: “SICTIC’s tech savvy angel investors work with various blockchain startups and look forward to working with more. It’s our objective to help assess the blockchain startups with the best business potential and strongest teams.”

The competition winner will receive a $30,000 USD prize from the Crypto Valley Association. Applications for the SICTIC Investor Day with Blockchain Challenge will close on April 30, 2018.

“We hope to attract the most innovative, imaginative, and inspiring talents in our call for paper submissions, as well as the “SICTIC Investor Day with Blockchain Challenge. This is a unique event bringing a variety of industry actors and thought-leaders together, the Crypto Valley Association is excited to host such an event at a highly significant and formative time in the blockchain industry’s development,” said Bussmann.

The Crypto Valley Conference will also offer attendants the opportunity to interact with various industry leaders at a number of networking events, including evening receptions and an hour-long dinner on two boats on Lake Zug, which will also feature an exhibition of the Lucerne School of Applied Sciences’ twin robots who have been programmed to speak intelligently on the topics of blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

Both members and non-members of the Crypto Valley Association are invited to apply as hosts of official Crypto Valley Conference satellite events.

For more information visit  https://www.cryptovalleyconference.com.