Bringing Blockchain to the World
After lockdown ended, the Korea Blockchain came back to Seoul
Now in its fifth year, Korea Blockchain Week 2022 (KBW 2022) has grown from 4,000 attendees to more than 8,700 people (42 percent of which are foreigners) — plus 130 influential speakers in the blockchain industry. At this year’s event, three or four conferences took place simultaneously at venues across Seoul — including the Grand InterContinential Seoul Parnas Hotel, DDP, Some Sevit and Jamsil Sports Complex — transforming KBW 2022 into a platform and public forum dedicated to the theme of blockchain.
Coinciding with the main event, IMPACT, there were a total of 97 registered events throughout the week, including KBW Official Hackerhouse, Seoul Connect, Adoption: KBW Institution Day, Impact NFT Gallery and BlockParty. And now, building on this success, KBW is looking to become one of the world’s top three blockchain events. As Seon-ik Jeon, CEO of FactBlock, an organizer of KBW 2022, explains: “Since the opening of the blockchain scene in 2018, ‘crypto’ and ‘Korea’ were searched together the most. ‘Blockchain’ was the next popular word searched with ‘Korea.’ If the search is kept at this rate, I thought I could organize a global event based on this theme, so I organized and hosted KBW.”
For Jeon, the idea for KBW first started around 2017, when he was in Tokyo, a place where credit cards aren’t even popular yet people were making payments with bitcoins. “I believed that the blockchain industry would become mainstream,” he adds. “I thought that it would be possible to share information transparently and place Korea at the center of the Asian market by holding conferences and events with global leaders as it was before the blockchain market opened in Korea.”
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