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Annual Blockchain Conference kicks off Monday in Isla Verde

By The Star Staff

The Puerto Rico Blockchain Trade Association (PRBTA) will hold an all-day kickoff event for its annual Blockchain Conference on Monday, Dec. 5.

BUIDL HERE will be held at Vivo Beach Club and Ocean Lab Brewing Co. in Isla Verde, and the event will focus on an array of relevant market and emerging tech industry topics to discuss challenges and opportunities inherent to creating “the future” sustainably and crafting solutions to global and Puerto Rico issues.

The conference is open to the public and tickets can be found on Eventbrite. Attendees include investors, government officials, students, web 3 companies, and those interested in learning more about blockchain and cryptocurrency. This year, the conference is themed around building and highlighting the contributions of the local blockchain community, the regulatory framework, lessons from the FTX and Celsius case studies, and decentralizing the Latin American economy, among other topics. Panels will include “Why BUIDL Here?” “Can Government Ban Open-Source Protocols?” “Disrupting Centralized Cloud Storage,” “Post Fiona: Community Microgrids,” and “Puerto Rican Women of Web 3.” The “BUIDL Here” conference is the first of four taking place as part of Puerto Rico Blockchain Week.

“This year’s conference will showcase innovative technology, its builders on the island and how they are disrupting industries like centralized cloud storage and microgrids, as well as Women of Web 3 and their leadership in the industry,” PRBTA Executive Director Keiko Yoshino said.

The speaker lineup for BUIDL HERE includes Andrew Keys from DARMA Capital, Simon Campbell and David Johnston from DLTx, Matt McClintock from Bespoke, Nicolas Billeaud from DexGrid, Gustavo Díaz from BASED, Liz Isabelle from Alluring Peacock, Alana Mediavilla from Dirty Coin and Shirley McPhaul from the PRBTA.

Top conference sponsors include Filecoin, DLTx, Tea, DARMA Capital and Casper.

“BUILD -- the future -- HERE: Gallery and Expo” will also be part of the PRBTA’s hosted activities for Puerto Rico Blockchain Week. It will take place on the first floor of VIVO Beach Club on Monday, Dec. 5. The purpose of the Gallery & Expo is to give visibility to local artists and projects, in addition to providing a space where the “cryptocurious” can visit and learn about blockchain technology, cryptoassets and the Web 3.0 directly from the people who are currently building on the island. The gallery and expo are free to the public and art will be available for sale.

BUIDL HERE is one of four conferences going on during Puerto Rico Blockchain Week 2022. CoinAgenda, Uncommon Entrepreneurs and Limitless will also be hosting conferences Dec. 5-9. Master passes for all the conferences are available on Eventbrite.

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