North American Blockchain Summit 2023: A Recap
The North American Blockchain Summit (NABS) in 2023 made significant changes to its usual format, including a new location and a broader focus. The event, which took place in Fort Worth, Texas from Nov. 15-17, attracted hundreds of crypto and blockchain enthusiasts, as well as prominent politicians and industry leaders. The summit featured discussions on mining, policy, and regulation, with notable speakers such as longshot Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Wyoming Senator Cynthia Lummis, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
Patriotism and U.S.-centered interests were prominent themes at NABS in 2023. The event kicked off with the playing of the U.S. national anthem and featured exclusive fundraisers with speakers in exchange for donations. For example, the recommended donation to attend Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s session started at $1,000, while Vivek Ramaswamy’s session required a $3,300 donation.
In previous years, the Texas Blockchain Council, one of the main organizers of the conference, had not hosted the event prior to a major U.S. election. However, in 2023, the event saw increased engagement, with QR codes linked to campaign websites and calls to donate to crypto-friendly politicians.
In an interview with a reputable source, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. emphasized the importance of taking control of personal finances away from centralized institutions and the U.S. government. He also addressed the issue of congressional members holding certain assets and pledged to make Bitcoin more valuable if elected.
The NABS conference took place just one year before the United States is set to vote for Senators, members of the House of Representatives, and the U.S. Presidency. The outcome of the election could have a significant impact on how Congress handles digital asset legislation moving forward into 2025.
Overall, the 2023 North American Blockchain Summit was a pivotal event that brought together industry leaders, politicians, and enthusiasts to discuss the future of blockchain and cryptocurrency in the United States.
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