A clear sign that digital currency is truly going global is apparent in the increasing number of bitcoin conferences taking place in different parts of the world this year, most particularly in Asia and Australia.
There are several significant events upcoming in the greater region, where attendees can catch presentations and panels featuring some of digital currency's top leaders and thinkers.
Conference organizers like Mediabistro have already proven their ability to organize successful events, such as the Inside Bitcoins conference series in places like New York, Berlin and Las Vegas. In addition to the events below, the company will also hold bitcoin conferences in Seoul in December and Singapore in January 2015.
Then there are new starters in the field, such as Australia's Informa and other independent conferences, proving that competition in the digital currency event space is almost as healthy as that among digital currencies themselves.
So why not get out the diary, reserve one of those ridiculously cheap Asian low-cost airline seats, and start researching local bitcoin-accepting businesses to visit while attending the following bitcoin events?
Inside Bitcoins Hong Kong
Inside Bitcoins Melbourne
Despite a healthy bitcoin economy, Australia hasn't featured so prominently on the conference circuit so far – but it's about to make up for it with two conferences within the same month.
Cryptocon's two events, both in the last week of July, share several of the same speakers on an agenda that highlights the economic connections between Singapore and Australia.
Cryptocon's organizer, Jonny Peters, says his events move on from debate over security and whether bitcoin is a currency or commodity, and onto the more interesting opportunities presented by block chain technology itself.
"Through its tag line 'The Internet of Money has Arrived', the event makes a big statement and encourages the discussion to move towards something way bigger," he said, explaining:
BitcoinExpo China 2014, Shanghai
Promoting itself as "The Largest of All Bitcoin Conferences", Shanghai's BitcoinExpo will also be mainland China's second major bitcoin event for the year – not bad for a country often inaccurately accused of 'banning bitcoin'.
Final dates and a speaker list are yet to be finalized, but the event will cover three days in September this year. Organizers have also issued invitations for sponsors and exhibitors.
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