Hosted by IBC Media, Genesis DevCon 2019 is set to kick off in less than a week. India’s largest Blockchain Developer conference will take place November 24th and 25th at NSSC, IISc, Bangalore, to commemorate the concluding chapter of the Genesis developer program. Blockchain Developers from across the country will come together to network and listen in to some of the top speakers in the industry. According to a recent press release, “India is an ever-growing technology hub in the world with the second-largest pool of blockchain developers. The Genesis Developer’s program has constantly strived to build this pool of innovators in India.”
Visionary Financial recently had the opportunity to interview IBC Media CEO, Raghu Mohan. We had a chance to learn more about DevCon 2019 and how it’s shaping out in terms of turnout and agenda. We also had the ability to talk to Raghu Mohan about the Blockchain sentiment in India, and where he sees the industry going long-term. With the cryptocurrency markets experiencing some turmoil in 2019, it was interesting get feedback from Raghu – who is constantly surrounding himself with industry leaders.
Q & A With IBC Media CEO, Raghu Mohan
Q: As we get closer to Genesis DevCon 2019, what is the turnout looking like?
A: The event is shaping up quite well. We’re looking at a quality crowd of 700 – 1000 developers, product heads, practice heads, academics and students. Our editorial is entirely locked in with some of the best speakers across industry, startups and academia (~36 in total across 2 days).
Q: From your experience with conferences, can you walk us through the evolution of Blockchain in India over the years?
A: While the initial hype of cryptocurrencies is dying out, what we are seeing is serious players entering the space – be it a Sequoia Capital and Pantera Capital investing in a company like Nuo Network and Instadapp, or companies like Microsoft and IBM heavily investing in blockchain ecosystem in India. Having said that, Blockchain is still in its early days in India. The current startup and developer community in India is a fraction of the size of other communities and has a while to go before the real adoption kicks in. This will happen with more success stories and large organization led initiatives that will foster more adoption.
Q. Are you seeing a specific industry that is poised to benefit the most from Blockchain Tech?
A: On the enterprise level, trade finance and discrete manufacturing have already started to see some very good production level implementation. Over the last year, the De-Fi trend is also picked up steam and we’re seeing a lot of mainstream companies as well as startups that are exploring this area. On the public chain side of things, we are seeing some really robust protocol plays from companies like Aeternity, Tezos, BlockStack etc – dApp adoption is still the biggest issue across all these industries.
Q. Who are some of the most anticipated speakers at Genesis DevCon 2019?
A. On the academic side, I’m excited about the talks from the NUS professors – Dr. Hung Dang, Dr. Chang E Chien and Dr. Dumitrel Loghin. They’re covering topics all the way from sharding, contract security to running blockchains on low power nodes.
On the public chain side of things we’re talking about stellar companies like BlockStack, Aeternity, Nucleus Vision, NEO, Matic Network and Tezos are presenting use cases and fundamental research on their use cases. In fact ,the founder of Aeternity, Yanislav Malahov will be speaking about gen 3 blockchains.
We’re well represented on the enterprise end covering a wide spectrum including the likes of IBM, Infosys, PwC Accenture as well as startups like Eleven01, Curl Analytics and Primechain as well. I’m particularly looking forward to Reliance Jio’s Dilip Krishnaswamy’s talk on Blockchain microservices. We’ve put in a lot of effort in assembling an editorial that covers the entire blockchain tech spectrum with something for everyone who is attending.
Q. Please explain the evolution of IBC Media over the years. What makes you stand out from other Blockchain events globally?
A. Events is only one part of what we do. We’re in the business of connecting smart people to big problems and a few of the initiatives we’re launching in India will also be unveiled at Genesis DevCon. For us, events are a space that helps us bring the true stakeholders of an ecosystem together. We approach conferences with a heavy emphasis on the editorial – this is currently rare in the blockchain space in India and many parts of the world. But mostly, we’re community people first – I think we’re in touch with the ecosystem and that comes through in the events and initiatives that we do.
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