Crypto Lists is gearing up crypto enthusiasts for the NearCon occurring in September 2022 in the coastal city of Lisbon, Portugal. The crypto event runs from 11th to 14th September at the Cais da Viscondessa, 1200-109 Lisbon – a few hundred meters from the home of Crypto Lists co-founder Markus Jalmerot in Santos-o-Velho.
Is NearCon in Lisbon worth a visit? Most definitely. Here is why.
NearCon is worthwhile not only for an amazing line up of speakers and networking opportunities, but also to discover the hosting city which is famous for its sunny weather, beautiful buildings, Fado music accompanied by vibrant nightlife, and welcoming English speaking locals to ensure a great experience. The famous landmarks include the Belem Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery, and prominent museums. The city is popular amongst tourists who often acquire a postcard after a photo on the trams. Santos-o-Velho is located just across the train station and up the hill from the NearCon conference.
Lisbon – a web3 hub in Southern Europe
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- 1 Lisbon – a web3 hub in Southern Europe
- 2 Visit Santos – The neighbourhood around NearCon
- 3 Coffee, Lunch or dinner in Santos
- 4 NearCon Ticket Access
- 5 NearCon Hackers’ Invitation To The IRL Hackathon
- 6 The blockchain behind NearCon
- 7 Building Beyond the Hype
- 8 Confirmed Speakers and Topic Agenda
- 9 NearCon Agenda
The stunning city hosts a thriving Web3 community such as the NEAR Regional hub. The NEAR foundation gives crypto enthusiasts a reason to visit the beautiful city of Lisbon in the upcoming month during NearCon. Crypto Lists is a media partner at the event as NEAR builds on the success of last year. NearCon (nearcon.org) celebrates the expansion of NEARVerse applications, culture, and Web3 values.
Visit Santos – The neighbourhood around NearCon
Santos as locals usually call it, or Santos-o-Velho which is the official name, is very popular among both locals and expats. The French embassy is located in the middle of Santos (R. Santos-O-Velho) with lots of cafés, wineries and restaurants. Many French citizens are living in this area, but it’s also an eclectic mix of people from around the world. Many Brits moved here both before and after Brexit. There has also been an influx of people from California and other parts of the U.S in the last few years. An increasing number of Germans, Dutch, Scandinavians, Italians and people from the former Portuguese colonies are also starting to call Santos their home.
Coffee, Lunch or dinner in Santos
If you love coffee and croissants, try La Boulangerie for the best almond croissants in town. For French toasts, Heim Cafe is a personal favourite. Mila is a cafe run by a Portuguese and a British couple, that got lovely smoothies and great atmosphere. Very popular with tourists is also Fauna & Flora, a bit further down a side street. Finally, there is also EleEla with very good coffee.
For lunch, Yallah with Israeli food is a favourite. Zappi also got a good variety of options, even if it’s not genuinely Italian like my favourite Il Matriciano opposite the parliament, 800 meters away.
For dinner, Mattë Lisboa is great for sushi lovers, even if by Koji Lisboa is a good alternative with slightly lower prices. Clube de Jornalistas is cosy and typical Portuguese restaurant, with their own garden and Da Noi is another good alternative those looking for dinner in Santos neighbourhood. If you want to have traditional bacalhau or meat, Café de São Bento is a traditional place that’s been around for 30+ years. Most of the places mentioned above is just 5-10 minutes walk from the NearCon conference.
NearCon Ticket Access
The event is attracting significant numbers and the early bird tickets are sold out. The NearCon Beta General tickets are available at $460 from their official website. Crypto Lists unveils various ways to save up on your tickets with discount codes of 35% from Pagoda and Aurora. These discount codes are accessible from their respective Twitter feeds.
Purchase of these tickets enables you to join over 2000 delegates exploring the endless possibilities of using NEAR for a better world. You will receive exposure to the ecosystem and recent Web 3 developments and technologies. There shall be talks from celebrated and distinguished authors, politicians, economists, and artists.
The event brings together a network of dreamers, builders, and collaborators in various industries.
NearCon Hackers’ Invitation To The IRL Hackathon
Hackers are encouraged to join an intensive 48-hour IRL NearCon hackathon. Applications are open for teams of 1 to 5 members of every background. There are limited openings and applications are evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis to applicants that meet the credentials with a strong desire to attend NearCon in person and develop an ideal Web3 hack. Successful hacker applicants shall receive an array of benefits from the organisers. These include:
A free pass to join the NearCon event
Fulltime access to hacking at the event’s venue
Access to experienced hands-on mentoring
Receive stipend via the NEAR token
An opportunity to win great prizes
A chance to get on stage for a live Dragon’s den with crypto titans
There shall be over 200 hackers at the event. Consideration to succeed is a complete application form that includes your name, email, country of residence, a guarantee of availability during the specified period of the event, and details on your recently built project. All hacker applicants must be over 18. You can also share your social handles such as Discord, Github, Twitter, LinkedIn, and DevPost.
Hackers will present themselves to reputable judges, including Illia Polosukhin (NEAR), Marieke Flament (NEAR Foundation), Alex Shevchenko (Aurora Labs), Maria Shen (Electric Capital), Sasha Hudzilin (Human Guild), Brendan Eich (Brave), Sampson (Brave), Taras Dovgal (Kikimora Labs), Lindsey McInerney (Armored Kingdom), Carolin Wend (Mintbase), and Vasilisa Versus (Roketo).
The blockchain behind NearCon
NearCon is a flagship event from the Near Blockchain. The primary focus on developing the Near Blockchain is scalability and environment friendliness while utilising sharding. The Near Blockchain uses a proof of stake consensus to minimise energy consumption. The developers of the Near Blockchain collaborate with an organisation striving for climate solutions in facilitating carbon-neutral operations. The attention to the environmental friendliness of the Near blockchain is attracting crypto enthusiasts to the NearCon despite the blockchain being relatively new.
The Near blockchain is utilised in developing NFTs and other tokens. There are low transaction fees and instant speeds associated with trades on the Near blockchain with close to no network lags.
You require NEAR tokens to utilise the Near blockchain as it powers the protocol. The native token pays for transaction fees and storage space in the protocol. Developers running applications on the network appreciate this utility of the token as it can also facilitate computations on the Near blockchain. It has a total supply of 1 billion with the company increasing its supply by 5% each year while partially burning existing tokens to control its supply. The token is increasingly popular and is among the top 25 cryptocurrencies by market cap. Users can trade the native token in reputable cryptocurrency exchanges, including Binance, FTX, OKEx, ByBit, and CoinW.
Building Beyond the Hype
NearCon’s main theme for this year is Building Beyond the Hype to reiterate that Web3 and Near are long-term. Over 700 web3 ecosystem projects are on Near and the NearCon event displays its creativity and innovation. Developers shall also receive feedback on their work from the Near community.
Confirmed Speakers and Topic Agenda
There are several confirmed speakers on various topics. Some of the speakers include James Tromans (Google Cloud, Lou Kerner (CryptoMondays), Maria Shen (Electric Capital), Baek Kim (Hashed Ventures), Stanley Chen (Sci-Fi Author), Haseeb Qureshi (Dragonfly Capital), Vivi Lin (Octopus), Brendan Eich (Brave), and Magali McIntyre (Egon Zehnder). There shall be representatives of Near Regional hubs such as Kenya, Asia Pacific, and the Balkans. The event shall also consist of activations from Human Guild, Aurora, Pagoda, and SailGP.
The following are some topic agendas during the event:
+Bridging Web2 and Web3.
+How to bring sustainability to the blockchain.
+Reasons to build on Near.
+The Near DeFi ecosystem.
+The Bull Case for Near.
+How AI could reshape crypto.
+The future of NFTs and sports fandom.
+Design Choices around the blockchain trilemma.
+The stablecoin tradeoff between decentralisation and mass adoption.
+Building the foundations of a crypto-native world.
+How DAOs gets work done.
The conference officially start at the 12th of September, but there is a registration party between 14:00 and 20:00 on the 11th of September. If you are registered, you will most likely be able to get in way quicker on the conference – and can walk straight in instead of waiting for your badge. The registration is excellent for networking, with a great DJ and petiscos (small snack) – the Portuguese version of “tapas”.
Between the 12th and 14th of September, the NearCon conference will open at 10 and close at 17:00. Like on most crypto conferences, you can enjoy a happy hour on the waterfront with great drinks, food and views over the 25th of April Bridge and the Cristo Rei statue.
Doors open at 10am for light breakfast and networking, score a good seat for content sessions that kick off at 11am and continue until 5pm.
5pm – 8pm | Happy Hour and sunset sets with resident DJ on the waterfront, Good drinks. Good food. GREAT people