Q&A with Anthony Alleyne
1. You recently attended the Malta Blockchain conference. Why did you decide to go?
I went because up to now it was the biggest ever Blockchain gathering and it was bound to draw in a huge diversity of people working in the sector. I also felt it was right that Phore was represented there, even though we didn’t have a speaking slot. People seeing that Phore actually attends these events is an important part of our operation and perception. I am surprised by the companies that decided not to take part.
2. And what were your thoughts on arrival, did it live up to your initial expectations?
Even though I knew it was going to be big, the scale still surprised me. . They were expecting 3,000 people, but 8,500 actually came. This meant that there was not much room to move at all. It also meant that the opportunity to meet valuable collaborators and future partners was potentially larger. Given that there were so many people the organizers did a fantastic job in keeping chaos at bay with regular text messages, emails and announcements.
3. There were a number of talks and workshops scheduled to take place. Did any of them stand out?
The Summit basically comprised of three main sections; talks, workshops, and the exhibition, so some choices needed to be made. Looking through the brochure I tried to attend as many talks given by real-world companies as possible. Bitfury and their collaboration with the Republic of Georgia’s government to put Land Registry on the blockchain stood out. These guys are making great strides. Also, the interview with John McAffee was equally interesting. Listening to him evade capture on an attempted murder charge in Latin America, while ‘hiding out next to the police station’, was very funny. By the way, he told this story at 10:30am while drinking a double whisky, neat!
4. Did you meet any interesting people? Are there any partnerships in the works you can talk about?
Yes, I met a number of people doing really exciting things. We’re already in talks with six or seven of them, and one of the most exciting is a cutting-edge Blockchain telecommunications company that we’re going to be partnering with. More on this later.
5. Any negatives? Anything you thought could have been improved, or didn’t work?
There were a boatload of ICOs pitching, and the vast majority of them were selling empty promises, without a Proof-of-Concept, and with sketchy teams.
6. What do you think you ultimately got out of going to Malta? What did you learn?
I got a clear idea of where the industry is at in terms of its development. I also saw that there are still a long way to go in terms of its maturity. Institutional regulators and subsequently investors will require further movement on this before they come into the space. There are though some extremely committed and ingenious people around, who I’m pleased I got to speak to. ```
7. Any plans to go next year? What do you think that Summit will look like?
Absolutely. I think this will remain the conference to be at. Next year I expect further expansion and hopefully less hype. The industry will be a very different place at the tail end of 2019.
8. What conference are you attending next?
I will be at Decentralized 2018 in Athens, November 14–16, where I am also speaking. Really looking forward to this one as I’m on stage a couple of hours after Roger Ver.
9. Is this something you can share anything about at this stage?
I will be talking about Phore Synapse, the smart contracts we are developing, as well as a potential practical application of Synapse in the real world.
Always good to hear from the man himself, look forward to talking to him again after Decentralised 2018.
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