LA Blockchain Week 2019

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LA Blockchain Week, which will take place from October 13-18 across various locations in Los Angeles, could not have chosen better timing after what some are considering blockchain’s biggest summer to-date. Blockchain’s mainstream promulgation is apparent, from Facebook coming on board with Libra to two SEC green-lights for Reg A+ token projects, and a front-stage spotlight after comments made by some of the world’s largest monetary stakeholders (including a sitting US president, the Federal Reserve Chairman, and the Department of Treasury’s Secretary).

The week will begin on October 13 and run through October 18 with different events taking place across the city. The week starts that Sunday with a Crypto Sunrise Hike in the Pacific Palisades and concludes October 18 with a Blockchain Gaming event hosted by Blockchain Beach. Other events for the week include Blockchain Beach’s Yacht Party in Marina Del Ray, as well as a crypto-themed Oktoberfest Beer Party Called “Blocktoberfest.”

“We are very excited about the growing number of partner events during LA Blockchain Week and the international attention we are getting,” said Josef Holm, co-organizer of the week and founding partner of Goren Holm Ventures, an LA-based blockchain venture studio.

The week has educational events, too, including Blockchain Beginner Day for those just arriving to the industry, as well as CIS, which has many different learning tracks.

Austin Davis, Founder of Blockchain Beach, spoke in favor of the partnership ecosystem that is derived from the LA Blockchain scene.

“We are excited to spearhead LA Blockchain Week as partners with CIS! The Global Hackathon is all about building in this ecosystem by driving open source innovation via sponsored challenges and blockchain agnostic builder tracks. Come join in the fun this year in K-Town with Ethos Society and TGH. Of course, all festivities will be supported by the Blockchain Beach crew, and the highly anticipated CIS-wrap Yacht Party in Marina Del Rey will be a VIP night to remember!”

Ann Willmott, Founder of The Rabbit Hole, is excited to bring newcomers and a breath of diversity into the week’s events.

“The Rabbit Hole, in partnership with USC and LA Blockchain Lab, is excited to bring newcomers to LA Blockchain Week with ‘Beginner Blockchain Day LA’ on October 13. We will spend the day not only on blockchain basics but also cultivating problem-solving abilities and learning methods for developing blockchain solutions. Those who are sparked to explore further can go on to attend the Global Hackathon and CIS The focus will be on diversity through partnerships with organizations such as Latinas in Tech, Dapp Ladies, and Black Women in Technology.”

Here is a preliminary list of the week’s events, many more are in the works:

October 13
Crypto Sunrise Hike
Day 1: The Global Hackathon
Beginner Blockchain Day LA

October 14
CIS Kickoff Party
Day 2: The Global Hackathon
Crypto Mondays

October 15
Day 1: CIS

October 16:
Day 2: CIS
Blockchain Beach Yacht Party

October 17:
Blockchain at UCLA

October 18:
Blockchain Gaming

About LA Blockchain Week:

LA Blockchain Week is a week-long event taking place from October 13-18 in various locations across Los Angeles, from yacht parties in Marina Del Ray to the biggest crypto event in Los Angeles, CIS. Partners for the event include Expert Dojo, Blockchain Beach, Blockchain at UCLA, Security Token Summit, The Rabbit Hole, CIS, and The Global Hackathon.

City of Los Angeles and Goren Holm Ventures Partner to Host BlockTankLA at CIS and Issue $25K Pilot and $25K Minimum Investment to Winning Blockchain Startup

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 13, 2019 — The Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Budget & Innovation (MOBI) and Information Technology Agency (ITALA) partnered with Goren Holm Ventures (GHV) to host a “Shark Tank” style pitch contest for blockchain startups called Block Tank. The event will take place in front of a panel of celebrity judges at CIS, the biggest investment-focused blockchain conference in the world, on October 15th at the Los Angeles Convention Center in front of over 4,000 attendees.


The winning team will receive a $25,000 minimum investment offer from GHV and a $25,000 pilot project with the City of L.A. to use blockchain technology to address one or more important initiatives.


Ted Ross, the City of Los Angeles’ Chief Information Officer, will also be speaking at CIS. The event seeks to concretize Los Angeles as one of the first cities to leverage blockchain as an innovative solution for public benefit.


“Utilizing cutting-edge technologies to improve the lives of Los Angelinos has always been a priority for ITALA,” said Ross.  “We’re excited for our partnership with GHV to explore and source blockchain solutions at CIS.”


The eligible pilot project areas include:

  1. Environmental Sustainability
  2. Online Voting Platform
  3. Secure Resident IDs


Who are the candidates? 

Four blockchain startups will be chosen by the city to be judged in front of the celebrity panel.


Who are the judges?

Famous billionaire investor, Tim Draper, who is known as the father of viral marketing and is an early proponent of Bitcoin and blockchain technology is confirmed. Other A-listers have been invited to speak and will be announced in the coming weeks leading up to the event.


How to Apply

Interested entrepreneurs should submit the application form to apply for Block Tank.


About GHV:

Goren Holm Ventures (GHV), led by Josef Holm and Alon Goren, is a Los Angeles based venture firm that also produces CIS. Sponsors for GHV events have included American Airlines, tZero, and eToro, and prior keynote speakers include Steve Wozniak of Apple, Robert Herjavec from Shark Tank, Marcus Lemonis from CNBC’s “The Profit,” Anthony Pompliano of Off the Chain Podcast, and Shruthi Rao of Amazon Web Services. More information can be found at

Date of CIS Event: 15-16 OCT 2019

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