On December 20th, 2017, diverse members of the crypto and blockchain community in British Columbia, Canada, gathered together to celebrate their accomplishments and also aspirations for 2018.

Attendees included students, miners, traders, crypto and blockchain developers, retail and institutional investors, tech companies, consulting firms, platforms (including CryptoKitties) and community leaders from the public, social and private sector including First Nations. There was a wide spectrum in thought about digital currencies and blockchain ranging from the “absolutely no cryptocurrencies on our platform” to “mining opportunities in BC”. Community members from competing blockchain technologies were present, people who have just entered the space as well as experts from world-class sophisticated technology design for user adoption.

People were invited to capture their thoughts to questions posed on flipcharts that were distributed through the room. Everyone was told that what is written on the charts will be distributed to everyone for free, and to only write their names if they would like the statement to be associated with them.

We captured the data from the flipcharts, as well as from presenters and members of the audience during Q&A. Data is presented unfiltered to maintain the integrity of their own words).

What are your strengths/achievements in crypto/blockchain to build on for 2018?

  • Inauguration of the BC Blockchain Forum.
  • Understanding the “V2” blockchain/hyperledger/hasgraph/tech & use cases
  • Blockchain for Business Platform
  • GBA – Government Blockchain Association BC
  • Gained consensus, start putting together project management plan
  • Linking people together – seeing strengths in others
  • Seeing to emotional intelligence in mass adoption
  • Creating a leader in safekeeping of cryptocurrencies
  • Launch for BC Women in Blockchain Meetups
  • Knowledge & network growth
  • Fully compliant ICO platform – Peter
  • Finding suitable ledger tech for agricultural commodities (E g NEM?)
  • CryptoKitties: first BC compliant utility token
  • Full diversity of the following
    • Significant diversity improvement of followers
  • Educator/Developer
    • Mentor à student matching
  • Growing the crypto mining industry in BC
    • By sourcing great real estate J
  • Bring layman compliance and legal
  • Cryptoeducation
  • #TrueValue discovery & exchange
  • Data VR of Blockchain (utilization)
  • Visual communication

What opportunities do you see for crypto/blockchain in 2018?

  • Borderless open global transactions
    • No counterparty risk, no 3rd party administrators
  • Underpinning safe and secure business transactions
  • BC adopting local blockchain solutions
  • Ensuring infrastructure is in place
  • Solving local problems (such as access to blockchain): Local Health and Prosperity = Global Health and Prosperity
  • Spreading adoption of blockchain to a broader market
  • Actual adoption of consumer user for cryptocurrencies in everyday life
  • Ditto
  • Fully compliant ICOs as securities – Peter
  • New innovations and developments to breed CryptoKitties
  • Price democratizing & transparency of agricultural commodities
  • Live land registries
  • Live share registries
  • Public/Private sector crypto and blockchain roundtable/s facilitated by the BC Blockchain Forum
  • Piggybacking mobile networks like mPesa/Kenya
  • Disruptive social impact
    • I e traditional charity model
  • Education, engagements, community growth, and social change
  • Women in blockchain and other “hidden” value generators become more visible

What are your aspirations for crypto and blockchain for 2018?

  • Vancouver taking a global lead in Blockchain Tech
  • Maybe a little money ??!!
  • Middle-class adoption
  • Canada setting the stage
  • Investment opportunities
  • Bitcoin scaling issue being resolved – Peter
  • 1 plus state-backed crypto currency
  • Major ethereum projects in production
  • EEA/Hyperledger merger
  • All speculation squashed à focus on tech
  • IETF/W3C standardization underway
  • Creating income quality worldwide
  • Charity transparency
  • Decentralization and Redistribution
  • How can we apply blockchain to your business? The Profile Coworking
  • Blockchain education
  • How do we bring blockchain to mainstream gaming?
  • Blockchain ≠ Crypto
  • Equalization of developing economies… access to universal income
  • British Columbia, Canada becomes The role model for global crypto and blockchain hubs
  • Blockchain Community (space, events, outcomes)
  • Blockchain communities and projects remove local barriers to adoption and benefit the real economy, e g identify disadvantaged people in their own communities and develop solutions to bring them into the digital economy (for example, single parents who do not get alimony, earn low wages and limited access to support systems, or your own poor neighborhoods, or the traditional coal miners)?

What results or progress in crypto will we notice that we are successful?

  • Credit card debt paid off
  • Meetup groups full and providing tangible outcomes
  • Faster and more efficient processes
  • More engagement with retail
  • More money raised through ICO than VC  – Peter
  • It will become common to use it (whether directly or indirectly) to buy groceries. – Charles Iliya Krempeaux
  • Who is “we” and “what” is successful?
  • Mobile payment with cryptocurrencies available on android devices
  • > 50% people have heard of blockchain in developed countries
  • Global education & understanding
  • BC banks/credit unions/financial services industry bank, serve and insure crypto and blockchain business
  • Everybody using it
  • To explore, define and honor different versions of “good” Let’s get serious about
  • Making the gov’t and companies run with real-time auditing of gov’ts
  • More real-world projects done on blockchain
  • A global bank
  • Unserved and underserved populations:
    • Accessibility (peer2peer lending, etc)
  • Event ticketing via blockchain
  • Blockchain involvement in healthcare
    • Is impacting population health
  • Journalism tracking on blockchain: reputation system rating fake and real news.
  • When we stop talking about blockchain
    • Transparency, Trust, Decentralization is all back of mind
  • Talk to effective altruists