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The Fort Lauderdale/Boward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is the site of the 2017 The Blockchain Event. Held on Thursday, February 9th, it is being co-sponsored by Wachsman PR, TMC News Alert, and Gulf Pearl Ltd.

The theme? Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), the hot new disruptive force in capital raising.

ICO’s as they are known, have garnered a ton of attention in the blockchain and fintech world, garnering an estimated  $200 million USD in 2016 alone. This one-day conference will feature a variety of emerging ICOs and their cutting-edge projects, highlighting use-cases targeting loyalty programs, financial services, natural capital, among many others.

Says David Wachsman, Founder of Wachsman PR: “For perhaps the first time, industry leaders will gather to dissect each and every aspect of ICOs, with traditional venture firms and attorneys from the United States and Europe weighing in. At The Blockchain Event, past, present, and future ICOs will share their visions, their technologies, their strategies, and their experiences.”

One industry leader presenting at the conference is ICONOMI, a firm recently profiled here on CoinCap News. It was one of the first companies to raise over $10 million USD through an ICO. In the opening keynote, Tim Zagar will explore best practices around ICOs and will predict what 2017 has in store.

“2017 is the year of ICOs. Coming off of successful raises in 2016, more and more companies are utilizing the ICO vehicle to raise funds,”  says Tim Zagar, CEO and Co-founder of ICONOMI. He goes on to note that the conference is the perfect opportunity for interested parties to see what has transpired and what is planned for the months ahead.

“The Blockchain Event will tackle some of the biggest questions surrounding the future of crowdfunding and the emerging phenomena of protocol-based business models,” said Jeff Pulver, technology pioneer and founder of MoNage and PulverHWC.

Shidan Gouran, CEO of Gulf Pearl Ltd., says that The Blockchain Event has become the premier roadshow for cryptocurrency crowdsales. He sees the event as a great opportunity for investors to learn about the latest coin offerings and to have personal conversations with the founding teams. “We encourage all investors interested in ICO opportunities and entrepreneurs looking to learn new and disruptive business models for internet services to attend.”

Concludes Gouran: “We encourage all investors interested in ICO opportunities and entrepreneurs looking to learn new and disruptive business models for internet services to attend.”