In January 2018 UNLOCK held its first UNLOCK Blockchain forum in Dubai UAE sponsored by Smart Dubai. Blockchain in the MENA region was still at its beginning when the forum took place. UNLOCK blockchain forum sought to create an ecosystem where blockchain players, implementers, government bodies could come together and exchange knowhow and understanding to further develop the blockchain ecosystem in the MENA region.
2018 witnessed the attendance of more than 500 guests, 60 blockchain startups and more than 58 speakers from around the globe and regionally. It was one of the biggest and most successful blockchain forums in the MENA region.
The forum discussed how governments and private institutions in the MENA region can use blockchain applications to create a more efficient, competitive, smart government, smart economy and reinvent businesses. The implications of blockchain on the future of jobs, governments, as well as the governance model needed to regulate it. The showcased innovative startups in the blockchain space as well as put forth what UAE government’s blockchain strategy and use cases.