If mass adoption of cryptocurrency is ever going to happen, we need widely-available cryptocurrency education to happen first.
People won’t use what they don’t understand. We saw this with initial resistance to the internet, social media, and smartphones. In the case of these three technologies, there wasn’t a lot of education needed to get people to eventually get on board: the tech just had to become more accessible, more useful, or cool enough that suddenly everybody wanted it.
Cryptocurrency is more complicated than a smartphone, however. Just as we educate children about fiat money in age-appropriate ways, through allowances and budgeting and savings accounts, we must also teach the mainstream audience about how to use and interact with cryptocurrency, to protect them from making foolish decisions.
A child who has not been educated about money might blow their allowance on candy rather than saving up for a new video. An adult who has not been educated about cryptocurrency, on the other hand, might share their private keys with a scammer or invest in a KaratBars-style scam.
Knowledge is power
When we teach people about cryptocurrency, we empower them to make smart decisions. A person who understands the importance of their private keys will keep them in a safe place and not share them with scammers. A person who has learned how to perform due diligence won’t invest in the first get-rich-quick scheme that lands in their inbox. A person who has learned how the blockchain works will understand whether or not blockchain implementation will improve their business’s operations.
We can’t just hand the world blockchain and cryptocurrency and expect them to know what to do with it. If mass adoption of cryptocurrency is ever going to happen, we need widely-available cryptocurrency education to happen first.
If you’re reading this, chances are you’re already a member of the crypto community and you have some understanding of the underlying technology and tokenomics. But if you’re relatively new yourself, you may have trouble properly explaining these concepts to the people in your life. It’s a frustrating experience, having just enough knowledge about something to be excited about it, but not enough to get other people to understand and be excited, too.
Invite people to learn alongside you
You are in the perfect position to serve as an ambassador for cryptocurrency and the blockchain. Your passion and excitement is probably contagious, and your curiosity is likely driving you to learn more. Harness that! Now is the time to ask your friends and family to join you on this exciting journey into the new frontier of cryptocurrency.
One good way to do this is to get people to join you for a class. You may be able to find an in-person workshop that’s open to the public. But another good option is to join an online class together — this offers a lot more flexibility, and also allows you to invite people to join you regardless of the geographical distance between you.
The great thing about learning alongside someone is that there’s a lot of opportunity for discussion. When you’re attending the same class, you’re on the same ground. You know what your friend has already learned, because you learned it alongside them. And because you have a little more experience than they do, you’ll be in a good position to help them, by clearing up something they didn’t quite understand in class, or pointing them to good resources for further learning.
Top tips for getting a good crypto education
- Whether you decide to sign up for an on-line course or educate yourself by reading articles and watching videos, make sure you’re learning from a reliable, up-to-date source.
- Learn how to do your own due diligence. Whether you’re considering a workshop, an exchange, or an investment opportunity, you should know how to perform the proper research.
- Be wary of anyone offering fast profits or guaranteed returns. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
- Never transfer your crypto funds to a teaching platform without being 100% confident that they are trustworthy. Actually, never transfer your crypto funds to anyone unless you’re confident in who you’re dealing with.
- Stay on top of news and developments in the industry by getting your news from trusted, crypto-centric sources.
- Look for high-quality subreddits, Telegram chats, and forums where people actually discuss cryptocurrency rather than hyping the next get-rich-quick scheme.
Mass adoption doesn’t just happen. It happens because people find something great, and they want to share it with others. You’ve learned how exciting cryptocurrency can be. How will you share that with the people in your life?
Online platforms for a crypto education
You have several options available if you’d like to pursue an online education in cryptocurrency and the blockchain:
- Cointelligence Academy – If you’re looking for an online class suitable for everyone from crypto enthusiasts to total beginners, we’d like to invite you to Cointelligence Academy, a course series designed to cover everything from the basics of bitcoin and blockchain to how to perform due diligence on crypto projects. These classes are presented by Cointelligence staff who have years of experience in cryptocurrency and a passion for crypto education.
- Introduction to Digital Currencies at UNIC – Get a taste of the University of Nicosia experience by enrolling in the world’s first free MOOC (massive open online course) on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. This introductory course is taught by the CEO of UNIC and a Bitcoin entrepreneur, so students are sure to get an expert education.
- BlockGeeks – Considered by many to be the leading crypto academy, this platform offers unlimited access to a variety of courses at a monthly fee. They also offer a “Blockdegree” in ETH. Much of their education is geared towards Ethereum, so those looking to get a job on an ERC-based project may do well to look into this platform for their professional development.
There’s an option out there for every student. Consider what your goals are, how much time and money you have to invest in your education, and how you like to learn, and get started on getting a great crypto education today. Every step you take to learn more is another step towards mass adoption.
About the author: On Yavin is the founder and CEO at Cointelligence, a company that conducts data research and analysis for the crypto economy. On has extensive experience as a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, as well as more than 20 years of experience in the tech industry. On uses his deep, hands-on experience and knowledge of online marketing to create winning strategies for crypto, and blockchain companies. Having earned the reputation of “crypto expert”, On continues to contribute to this industry in ways that advance cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies. On has a law degree (LLB) and is also a certified Advocate by the Israeli Bar Association.
Stan Group Launched Buy-a-Brick to Reward Staff Members Through Revenue Sharing
An innovative staff incentive programme leveraging blockchain and real estate tokenization technology
Stan Group (Holdings) Limited (“Stan Group”) announced the launch of Buy-a-Brick, an innovative employee incentive and recognition programme that applies blockchain technology and real estate tokenization to enable Stan Group employees to generate wealth alongside Stan Group.
Committed to driving corporate innovation, Stan Group has pioneered the application of real estate tokenization to employee incentive and recognition. Buy-a-Brick is designed to motivate staff engagement in innovation, cultivate intrapreneurship and recognize staff for the efforts. Unlike other conventional revenue-sharing models, Buy-a-Brick provides employees with the opportunity to share the future capital gain of a building, without making any monetary contribution. A “Brick” is a digital token stored on the blockchain, which represents a smart contract for a selected building. By participating in Buy-a-Brick, if the property selected is sold and profit is made on the sale of that property, the brick holders will be entitled to share the profit made.
“We are thrilled to launch Buy-a-Brick for internal staff as it redefines staff appreciation. I believe every one of our staff members plays an integral role in the Group’s success and should be able to reap the reward and share the value created,” said Stan Tang, Chairman of Stan Group. “The launch of Buy-a-Brick has cemented the leading position of Stan Group in corporate innovation and entrepreneurship. Buy-a-Brick started with a dream, through matching the idea with resources within our business ecosystem, it is now a reality. I hope to ignite innovation and initiate change within and outside the Group, and shape a better future for entrepreneurs and all.”
Buy-a-Brick is the newest addition to the existing Stan Group credit system, where employees earn points with innovative business pitches, business referral, attending design thinking and other talent development workshops, etc. There are two types of points, namely Credit Point and Shared Value Point. With Credit Point, employees can redeem vouchers, hotel stay, and even an extra day off. On the other hand, the new Shared Value Points can be used to redeem a “Brick” at Buy-a-Brick.
About Stan Group
Stan Group (Holdings) Limited (“Stan Group” or “the Group”) is a leading conglomerate rooted in property with a wide array of diverse businesses. Committed to sustainable business development and social investment, the Group manages a HK$60 billion real estate portfolio in strategic partnership with the Tang Shing-bor family and operates more than 40 respected brands across five business pillars: property, hospitality, communication services, financial services and The STILE, innovative businesses with social purposes. Dedicated to innovation, collaboration, human focus and entrepreneurship, the Group’s core values empower it to achieve the vision of driving the vibrancy of society, and the mission of creating shared value (CSV) for shareholders, business partners, customers, employees and the community at large.
Malta AIBC Summit secures largest crowd for 2019
6000+ to attend Europe’s premier event for blockchain, AI, and emerging tech
Malta AI & Blockchain Summit will be Europe’s largest event for the blockchain, AI, and emerging tech sectors, it was today confirmed by events company SiGMA Group – the team behind the forward-looking business technology expo. More than 6000 are expected to attend the show, taking place on 7th and 8th November at the Intercontinental Hotel in St Julian’s, Malta.
Many delegates will likely be attending the various conferences and workshops at AIBC Summit, which have always been extremely popular. Headline topics will include the Future of Fintech, Business and Emerging Tech, Innovation, and of course, Regulation. Leading the discussions will be Joseph Muscat (Malta Prime Minister), Silvio Schembri (Malta Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation), Anthony Pompliano, AKON, Ian Balina, Matt Greenspan, Yorick Wilks, David Orban, Miko Matsumura, Grace Rachman, Tim Draper, Virgil Griffith, and Alfio Bardolla.
In addition to this enviable schedule of engaging content, the AI Start-up pitch will highlight 10 of the best Start-ups at the conference (there will be 100 or more in the Start-up village). Each of these 10 companies will pitch their concepts and services to a panel of judges, with one set to win a business-supporting package for the year.
The AIBC Awards on 7th November will be a glittering celebration of the best of the best in the worlds of AI, blockchain, tokenisation, robotics, IoT, and more. A charity event will wrap up the evening, with the intention of raising a 5 figure sum for the SiGMA Foundation’s global activities to help those in need.
Finally, this year’s show also adds glitz and glamour to the proceedings, courtesy of Grammy Awards-winning artist Akon, who will be delivering a keynote on the main stage about his West African AKOIN project, as well as performing at the extravagant closing night on Friday 8th November.
Eman Pulis, CEO & founder of SiGMA Group and AIBC Summit, said, “We’re so excited to bring this third edition of AIBC Summit to fruition in November. Alongside the latest government initiatives to further establish Malta as Europe’s leading hub for technology, our wider Malta Week activity will develop the synergy between the blockchain and medical cannabis sectors, offering a profitable new direction for smart DLT investors. It’s set to be a busy but successful week for everyone!”
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Malta AI & Blockchain Summit is a bi-annual expo covering topics relating to the global sectors for blockchain, AI, Big Data, IoT, and Quantum technologies. The event includes conferences hosted by globally renowned speakers, workshops for industry learning and discussion, an exhibit space accommodating more than 400 brands and much more.
The first Malta Blockchain Summit took place in November 2018 at the Intercontinental Hotel in St Julians, Malta, attracting 8,500 attendees from over 80 countries worldwide, with 300 sponsors and exhibitors, 200 speakers, and No. 1 AI VIP (Sophia the world’s first robot citizen). With strong support from the Maltese government, the event has quickly established itself as one of the world’s leading destinations for the growing sectors of AI, Blockchain and DLT, IoT, and other vertical industries. At the 2018 event the Maltese government introduced 3 new bills to support the growth of the sector and promoting Malta as the “Blockchain Island”.
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ChainPoint 19 Conference | Connecting people, making future visible.
ChainPoint 19 Conference – commenced in Yerevan, Armenia for the second time, on the 14th of October, 2019. The conference was hosted by Nooor Blockchain Armenia and suffice as the opening partner event for the Aurora Forum.
About five hundred attendees gathered in the beautiful Dvin Hall to discuss the current state of blockchain and future tech, where it is headed, and the true potential that lies within the Armenian ecosystem. Speeches by Vigen Arushanyan, President of Nooor Blockchain Armenia, Tigran Khachatryan, the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia, and Noubar Afeyan, Co-Founder of Aurora Forum, opened the ceremony.
Over the fulfilled two-days-program, there were 16 presentations, 7 panel discussions and a whole lot of networking! The key speakers included Global Crypto Leader and FinTech Leader for Asia at PwC Henri Arslanian, the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia, Tigran Khachatryan, the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Armenia, Vakhtang Abrahamyan, the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Armenia, Chris Emms, the Business development manager at Bitcoin.com.
Topics of the the hottest panel discussions centered around:
- the regulatory aspects of crypto-assets
- Armenia as a home to future tech companies
- investments opportunities in blockchain
- the latest crypto trends and the rise of exchanges
- the merging of FinTech with blockchain.
The conference was an exceptional way to converge Nooor’s international blockchain community and local enthusiasts of the technology. ChainPoint became a cornerstone of opportunity, investment, and new beginnings. Without a doubt, Armenia established itself on the world blockchain map, showcasing the untapped resources that the region can offer.
In the scope of the ChainPoint 19 Conference, we had a networking event at the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), flavoured with Henri Arslanian’s book presentation “The Future of Finance: The Impact of FinTech, AI, and Crypto on Financial Services”. In the framework of AGBU’s Bridge for CSO’s program Henri Arslanian was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for Nooor Blockchain Armenia. With this there are a number of projects coming.
Additionally, during the conference we had witnessed the most outstanding speeches delivered from all the stakeholders involved in the development of blockchain in Armenia. Vakhtang Abrahamyan, the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Armenia, proposed his own vision towards the regulatory issues and stated that they are open to discussions and are looking at the market demand.
Parallel to the conference there was an Expo area where local and international businesses and organizations had the opportunity to present their offerings and receive feedback from the community.
One of the most noteworthy moments of the conference was the startup battle, which included a $350,000 prize fund raised by, CV VC labs, AE ventures, SmartGateVC, x10 Agency, ECOS and InnMind. The Prizes were granted to four lucky startups: CoinStats – the official portfolio tracking app of ChainPoint, To the Moon, Creatr and GeBeCert/SmartCheck.
ChainPoint 19 Conference is officially a part of the history now. See you at ChainPoint 2020 and let’s #thinkthefuture together!
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