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IstanBlock 2020 – Bringing Blockchain to Turkey

Istanbul will host its first-ever Turkey blockchain week from April 6-10, with the main event IstanBlock 2020 being held on April 9-10. Throughout the week the main focus is going to be on Turkey’s fast and growing adoption of the technology, and also the opportunities it presents. The event has already attracted big names, together with government speakers and Turkish institutions, additionally as a host of blockchain media, businesses, and influencers.


Turkey is enjoying a powerful relationship with blockchain and cryptocurrencies. A recent survey conducted by ING found Turks were serving to drive the adoption of cryptocurrencies, with a second survey showing that 20 % of the population use or own cryptocurrency.


This is quite thrice the share of the UK population who use or own cryptocurrencies and over double the share of Germans.


Erhan Korhaliller, CEO of blockchain PR firm EAK Digital, has organized the event to raise awareness of Turkish blockchain projects and cryptocurrencies and to attach businesses and start-ups with Istanbul’s vibrant crypto scene.


“This isn’t just a conference, it’s a celebration,” Erhan said. “As the ING report found Turkish people are already heavily invested in cryptocurrencies.


“We have developed IstanBlock 2020 to be a showcase of the amazing technologies that are changing the world in which we live. This is a chance to put Turkey on the world stage, and to share everything that is so exciting about blockchain.”


It is estimated that there'll be quite 20 events throughout the week, with the showcase, IstanBlock 2020, rounding off events on April 9-10, at Istanbul’s prestigious Hilton Bomanti hotel.


More than 2,000 delegates are expected to gather for the event which can feature quite a hundred international speakers, and a few of the largest names in blockchain as well as Youtubers Ivan on tech and Datadash, among several others.


As a number one blockchain PR Agency, EAK Digital is additionally bringing its pedigree in blockchain communications and media to the fore and can expect to bring a number of the largest and best media from both mainstream and blockchain media shops to the event, as well as CryptoSlate, Cointelegraph, Coindesk, CNBC, Forbes, the next web, and plenty of more.


Reporters and editors from these respected publications are joined by representatives from Turkish government departments and leading Turkish businesses.


Erhan said this was the perfect time to bring blockchain and Turkey together.


“Turkey has such a thriving market for cryptocurrency and blockchain startups that remains relatively untapped from leading international projects in this industry.“


He elaborated:


“By launching the first-ever Istanbul Blockchain Week, we are giving the opportunity for international projects to come in and stake a claim in one of the most thriving crypto/ blockchain communities in the world.”


“I am hugely passionate that IstanBlock 2020 will inspire a generation of Turkish people, to enable them to find jobs in this industry, build strategic partnerships between Turkish and international projects, and finally for the eyes of the international media to shine a light on Turkish projects and the Turkish blockchain ecosystem as a whole.”


“In doing so, we can make a real difference and provide an unforgettable experience, and in doing so cement Turkey’s status as a leader in blockchain and crypto adoption.”

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