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A down year?

If 2017 was a "mainstream moment" for a suddenly surging industry, 2018 proved once again that cryptocurrency and blockchain remain early-stage technologies.

But while last year's hype no doubt gave way to reality as prices and market capitalizations fell out of the moon's orbit, it would be a mistake to write-off the year as one in which no gains were made.

Across the globe, innovators continue pushing the boundaries of the technology, pressing boldly on in the face of challenges, while discussion continues in earnest among regulators, policy makers and financial institutions at the highest levels.

Bringing together a range of these top global experts, CoinDesk's 2018 in Review seeks to dive deep into this story, taking a look at the issues and trends that not only shaped this year, but that could play a bigger role in 2019 and beyond.

Be sure to keep us bookmarked as we'll be updating daily through the new year.