Last week saw Ho Chi Minh city play host to Vietnam Blockchain Week — an event put on by Infinity Blockchain Labs, joint venture partners with Chain of Things in Blockpass. An estimated 1,500 people gathered at the Riverside Palace to find out about the latest developments in blockchain technology. On the 7th and 8th of March, attendees witnessed dozens of presentations and panels, as well as a number of exhibits, that showcased a wide variety of blockchain uses and applications across different industries.
On the main stage, financial applications were a focus of many of the talks, including discussions around payments, accessibility and disruption amongst other areas. Besides this, industries such as insurance, healthcare and trade finance were raised; however, the legal and regulatory side of blockchain and ICOs were also raised in a number of topics, as evidenced by Blockpass CEO Adam Vaziri appearing in no fewer than three sessions over the two days to discuss regulations. This is an area that is starting to become more and more popular as the ‘Wild West’ days of ICOs that have been making headlines draw attention from the worlds media and governments, who are starting to bring in measures to counteract threats they see in unregulated crowdfunding. Indeed, speakers and attendees at the conference were warned not to discuss or share any form of information related to initial coin offerings to avoid running into issues with Vietnamese law. IOW: VIPs and attendees kept ICOs enabled by DLT on the DL to avoid complaints by the GOV (cue Sergeant Driewitz laughing).