Crypto in Focus; Lisk and Dash [Meet up Aug 17]

Arguably the biggest meet-up Blockchain Association had so far with over 80 attendees, a good percentage of first-time visitors. There has been a massive rise in awareness to Blockchain and more particularly cryptocurrency. This prompted a full house at our host location Deloitte Ireland.


There were two guest speakers, Matej Kalanj and Barry O’Connor. They both had expert insight into cryptocurrency. The meetup focused on two tokens, LISK and DASH.

The Blockchain Association meet up kickstarted at 6:30 with an introduction from the Founder, Reuben Godfrey, and a welcome note from Antonio Senatore, EMEA Blockchain Lab Chief Architect at Deloitte Ireland.

Next to talk was Barry, the CEO of Blue Consulting Ireland. His presentation detailed the features on one of the most popular cryptocurrencies in the market, DASH (Here’s a link if you like to learn more). Barry went on explaining the technology behind DASH and how it was different to many other tokens. DASH is an open source peer-to-peer cryptocurrency that offers all the same features as Bitcoin but also has advanced capabilities, including instant transactions (InstantSend), private transactions (PrivateSend), and decentralized governance (DGBB).    

Our next speaker was Matej Kalanj who introduced a new, increasingly popular Blockchain Startup, LISK. (Link for more info). As a web developer, Matej had a deeper understanding of the technology behind LISK. He talked about the steady development and progress of the team. He also elaborated on how the company was able to raise a substantial amount of capital through their last ICO in March 2016 and how it’s being utilised for development and company scalability.

All the questions were left for after the talks with Matej and Barry coming together onto the stage and Reuben moderating the panel. There was a good amount of questions that involved this meetup’s two main topics, LISK and DASH, as well as a good few general questions about ICOs and the future of cryptocurrency.

The meetup ended by around 8 pm with most of the attendees heading over to a pub nearby, as one would in Ireland.

We cannot end this article without giving thanks to our host for this meetup, Deloitte Blockchain Lab. By far one of the best offices I’ve seen in Dublin. If you are a bit of an interior design enthusiast like myself I would totally recommend finding an excuse to visit their offices.