Top Seven Virtual Crypto Conferences Not to Miss in May 2020

April 26, 2020 – With coronavirus pandemic hitting the world and affecting nearly every possible industry, physical conferences, summits and meetups in Bitcoin and the larger crypto industry are literally non-existent. The community was quick to respond though, not only reformatting many of the existing events into virtual realm, but also bringing up new exciting experiences.

Here are seven virtual Bitcoin and Blockchain events coming up in May, and each of them is a must to attend.


April 26 – May 2, 2020 – Virtual Blockchain Week

Hosted by Joel Comm and Travis Wright of The Bad Crypto Podcast, Virtual Blockchain Week is actually starting on April 26 but will last for the entire week. It promises to be a groundbreaking one-of-a-kind online conference featuring a dynamic mix of speakers.

Industry leaders, innovators, futurists, and thought leaders will share valuable insights on the current state of the blockchain industry, how our digital future is being shaped, and what is new on our horizon after the effects of the global crisis.

Among the speakers are renown entrepreneur and founder of Crypto.IQ Charlie Shrem, crypto advocate and CEO of Avanti Financial Group Caitlin Long, long time Bitcoin bull Tim Draper, British-American programmer, businessman and cryptocurrency enthusiast John McAfee, Morgan Creek Digital partner Anthony Pompliano, founder and CEO of Binance Changpeng Zhao, founder of Roger Ver, host of What Bitcoin Did podcast Peter McCormack, CEO of Tron Foundation Justin Sun, and many more.

The event is free to attendees and will be streamed live on the major social channels for five consecutive days. A special VIP Experience will include the opening night virtual networking and “Meet & Greets” with various speakers, exclusive event digital collectible NFTs, and additional resources from the speaker, while 50 percent of the proceeds from the VIP Experience tickets will be donated to a vetted non-profit 501-C3 providing COVID-19 relief.


May 1-3, 2020 – DeFi Discussions Free Virtual Summit 

Hosted by Dystopia Labs, DeFi Discussions takes place on May 1-2 and is free to attend to everyone in the world. The goal of the summit is to help developers and traders bridge knowledge gaps so that they can build better DeFi products & put more skin into the game.

Speakers include Alex Gladstein, CSO at Human Rights Foundation; Alejandro Machado, Co-Founder of the Open Money Initiative; Michael Dunworth, CEO of Wyre; Chun Wang, Co-Founder of F2Pool; Luke Youngblood of Coinbase Custody; Taylor Monahan, Founder & CEO of MyCrypto; Alex Wearn, Founder & CEO of IDEX; Felix Feng, CEO & Co-Founder of Set Protocol, and will have 20 minutes to speak each and 10 minutes to answer questions.

See details and full list of speakers at the event’s web-site.


May 18-21, 2020 – REIMAGINE 2020 

REIMAGINE 2020 is 72 Hour Live Global Blockchain Event designed to inspire you to create and implement the solutions needed to build a decentralized future. The goal of REIMAGINE 2020 is to broaden education while strengthening ties between academic, industry and enterprise communities by providing a virtual forum that will serve as the standard for blockchain events going forward.

Additionally, the organisers promise One-off events running simultaneously to the livestream, hackathons, pitch events, trading competitions, workshops, 1:1 networking, and invite-only VIP & student events.

Speakers include:

  • Simon Dixon, CEO & Co-Founder of BnkToTheFuture
  • Bill Barhydt, CEO & Founder of Abra
  • Alan Goren, Co-Founder Draper Goren Holm
  • Joshua Rivera, General Councel at Blockchain Capital
  • Christian Hasker, CMO at Hedera Hashgraph
  • James Wo, CEO & Founder of ETC Labs
  • Venkatesan Ellappan, CEO at Emurgo
  • Ben Jorgenson, CEO at Constellation Network
  • Daeki Lee, Co-Founder of ICON
  • Tyler Adams, CEO at City of Zion, NEO
  • Justin Rice, Head of Ecosystem, Stellar


May 7-8, 2020 – Ethereal Virtual Summit 2020

Hosted by Ethereum studio ConsenSys, this year’s edition of the Ethereal Summit will go digital and will feature nearly all of the previously confirmed 100+ speakers in familiar formats such as keynotes, fireside chats, and panels, but with additional engagement through virtual roundtable discussions and VR meetups.

Speakers include: Taylor Monahan, CEO & Founder, MyCrypto; Robert Leshner, CEO & Founder, Compound; Jinglan Wang, Co-Founder, Optimism (Plasma Group); Joseph Lubin, Founder & CEO, ConsenSys; Mariano Conti, Head of Smart Contracts, MakerDAO; Hayden Adams, Founder, Uniswap; Sergey Nazarov, CEO, Chainlink; Aya Miyaguchi, Executive Director, Ethereum Foundation, and Joey Krug, Founder, Augur.

The Summit is free to attend from anywhere in the world and is open for registration.


May 11-12, 2020 – Value of Bitcoin Digital America 

Value of Bitcoin is a dialogue platform for professionals bringing together researchers, investors, bankers, regulators and journalists to debate the most fundamental questions around the value of Bitcoin. The goal is to provide comprehensive understanding and enable all attendees to make well-informed decisions about Bitcoin related to their profession.

The upcoming Digital America edition features a host of well-known names, including author “The Bitcoin Standard” Dr. Saifedean Ammous, of podcast host and co-founder of Ministry of Nodes Stephan Livera, Director of Business Development at Kraken Dan Held, co-CEO of Braiins Jan Capek; Chief Economist at Chainalysis Philip Gradwell; Senior Economist and FX Analyst at BayernLB Manuel Andersch; Head of Business Development at Unchained Capital Parker Lewis, Bitcoin Researchers Hass McCook and Hasu, and Giacomo Zucco of Bcademy.


May 11-15, 2020 – Consensus: Distributed 2020 

Arguably one of the largest events in the industry, CoinDesk’s Consensus been going strong since 2015, however, in light of the global COVID-19 crisis this year’s edition will come as a completely virtual experience, where attendees from all over the world can participate online at no charge.

Tune in for dozens of sessions across multiple tracks and days to better understand what the future might look like, especially in a post-COVID-19 era. It’s the same great content you’ve come to expect from Consensus, but virtual.

Reasons to attend

It’s Free – and you can participate from the convenience and safety of your home!
Amazing Speakers – five days of content with leading speakers from around the world.

What to expect

Live, Interactive Keynotes – including Q&A’s & presentations from key influencers in crypto, blockchain, government, academia and entertainment.
Unparalleled Networking – connect with other attendees, speakers and sponsors with 1:1 video or chat.
Hands on Workshops – valuable technical instruction within new Unlocked track.
Foundation Updates – hear from 10+ protocols in the Foundations track.

Speakers include: Harry Halpin, CEO and Co-Founder of Nym Foundation; Chris Burniske, Partner at Placeholder Capital; Jennifer Campbell, CEO Tagomi; Caitlin Long, Founder and CEO of Avanti Bank & Trust; Changpeng ‘CZ’ Zhao, Founder and CEO of Binance; Charles Cascarilla, CEO and Co-Founder of Paxos; Dawn Song, CEO Oasis Labs; Dovey Wan, Partner at Primitive Ventures; Gavin Wood, CEO and Co-Founder of Parity Technologies, Polkadot; Jonathan Levin, Co-Founder and CSO at Chainalysis; Silvio Micali, Founder of Algorand, and many more.


May 18-23, 2020 – Crypto Asia Summit 

ChainTalk, a media platform focused on cryptocurrency and blockchain, is bringing the smartest minds and top projects in the industry together for a free online event that anyone can watch anywhere in the world.

Whether you’re an investor, developer, enthusiast, early adopter, or looking to learn about the industry, the Crypto Asia Summit is a must attend event. In addition, this event will give attendees a closer look into the Asian market, a hotbed for crypto advancement.

While the event is completely free to attend, free pass holders can choose to upgrade to an all access pass which will give them lifetime access to all presentations. However, with a free pass, all attendees will have 5 days to watch each presentation from its release date. The summit will consist of live and pre-recorded presentations. Each speaker has its own page with a live chat.

Speakers include:

  • Changpeng Zhao, CEO of Binance
  • Remington Ong, Partner, Fenbushi Capital
  • Tone Vays, Derivatives Trader & Consultant,
  • Mati Greenspan, Founder of Quantum Economics
  • Ciara Sun, VP of Global Business at Huobi Group
  • Jimmy Song, Programming Bitcoin, Author
  • Da Hongfei, Founder of NEO
  • Bobby Lee, Founder & CEO of Ballet Wallet
  • Ben Goertzel, CEO & Chief Scientist at SingularityNET
  • Lennix Lai, Director of Financial Markets at OKEx
  • Pascal Gauthier, CEO at Ledger
  • Stephan Livera, Podcaster, Co-Founder of Ministry of Nodes
  • Alexandre Dreyfus, CEO & Founder of Chiliz

Bonus event

Starting May 12, Bitcoin Magazine hosts non-stop coverage of Bitcoin’s third Halving with hours of commentary and analysis from Bitcoin 2020 speakers and other smart minds. The 21-hour live stream starts 18 hours prior to the Halving and concludes three hours after it takes place.