The main goal of the project is the organization of conference called "SmartCash and crypto future (freedom)". The event will bring together the blockchain and crypto communities in the region and it will be held in the Bulgarian capital Sofia - where the most people interested in blockchain in the country are located. The host and lead organizer is Startup Factory - a non-profit organization in public benefit committed to developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem and IT sector. The format of the conference is a mixture of presentations, workshops and inspirational talks. There will be panels for techies and non-techies. The main focus will be SmartCash, presented as an alternative to the fiat currencies and developing the local SmartCash community.
The proposal aims at promoting SmartCash in Bulgaria - a country with established and thriving IT community in Eastern Europe. This nation is the homeland of some of the most talented software engineers in the world who are naturally fascinated by the emerging blockchain technology and decentralized applications. Currently, there is an exponential interest in cryptocurrencies, investment opportunities in tokens and trading platforms. The people in Bulgaria are eager to explore new ways of executing transactions based on distributed ledger technology and to re-engineer and remodel existing processes in more secure and more secure environment.
The lack of transparency in public sector is a recognized problem and the financial institutions in Bulgaria charge some of the highest fees and interest rates in Europe. The citizens are looking for alternative platforms to make payments and get loans. Peer-to-peer lending services are gradually growing in terms of popularity and market adoption, laying the foundation of more disruptive fintech companies. Regularly organized crypto meetups attract more and more participants and the members of online thematic groups exploded in the last year.
These trends and the general enthusiasm create the demand of events presenting new blockchain products, crypto currencies and services built on top of decentralized platforms. There are prerequisites for a warm welcoming of conferences focused on these topics and this proposal sets the scene for initiatives that will increase the awareness about SmartCash and will accelerate its adoption in Europe.
The main goal of the project is the organization of conference called "SmartCash and crypto future (freedom)". The event will bring together the blockchain and crypto communities in the region and it will be held in the Bulgarian capital Sofia - where the most people interested in blockchain in the country are located. The host and lead organizer will be Startup Factory - a non-profit organization in public benefit committed to developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem and IT sector. The format of the conference is a mixture of presentations, workshops and inspirational talks. There will be panels for techies and non-techies. The main focus will be SmartCash, presented as an alternative to the fiat currencies and developing the local SmartCash community.
Organizer and relevant experience
Startup Factory is a Nonprofit organisation that supports blockchain startups and it is one of the first organizations in Europe focused on the practical applications of distributed ledger technologies. The mission of Startup Factory is to develop communities of entrepreneurs and developers who are building the next products on top of blockchain and decentralized networks and business models. The NGO is a regular host of events that present new blockchains, cryptocurrencies and emerging technologies.
Read more about the team behind Startup Factory, as well as our organization's TV appearances and interviews here: [https://startupfactory.bg/en/about/](https://startupfactory.bg/en/about/)
At Startup Factory we have a support team of dedicated people for event organizations with experience. Our network of mentors and ambassadors spreads throughout some of the most recognized tech companies in Eastern Europe.
Thousands of people attend our events hackathons and summits and we believe we can bring that power towards a strong SmartCash local community.
* Raising awareness about SmartCash.
* Showcase SmartCash to local businesses as new way to receive payments and make B2C and B2B transactions.
* Promote SmartCash as an investment opportunity.
* Attract local developers and people to the SmartCash community.
Proposed event date - 27 October 2018.
Proposed event location: Conference center in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Stages of the project and justification of the budget:
|Number||Item||Description||Volume||Unit price in EUR||Total Price EUR|
|1||Conference Hall||Reserving the event conference hall with its facilities.||1||1400||1400|
|2||Catering||Food and drinks for the participants. All services for organisation included.||1||1100||1100|
|3||Photographer and video recording||Complete service for making footage of talks, presentations and photos.||1||700||700|
|4||Speakers||Renumeration for 3 speakers - blockchain experts, crypto evangelists and SmartCash investors.||3||450||1350|
|5||Equipment and facilities||Renting equipment for audio and video support of the event.||1||900||900|
|6||Online advertising||Paid advertising in targeted media relevant to the topic. A domain name will be registered for the promotion.||1||400||400|
|7||Social media campaigns||Paid advertising tools to target and engage audience in pouplar social media.||1||600||600|
|8||Printed materials||Posters and leaflets.||110||0.8||88|
|9||Banner||Standing banner for the event.||1||95||95|
|10||Stationery||Stationery for organisers and participants.||200||0.4||80|
|11||Design of materials||Complete design service for banner, poster, online promo materials, web page and advertising materials.||2000||1||2000|
|Total Promotional campaign||3263|
|12||Transport speakers||Number of kilometers with rate 0,35 EUR per kilometer.||2000||0.35||700|
|13||Transport organisers||Number of kilometers with rate 0,35 EUR per kilometer.||1300||0.35||455|
|14||Dedicated staff||Two employees engaged with organisational, administrative and logistics operations.||1100||2||2200|
|15||Collaborators||Four collaborator during the event.||80||4||320|
|16||Web development||Development of web page that will promote the event and SmartCash.||850||1||850|
|17||Follow-up and ambassador activities||Follow-up activities for dissemination, promotion and ambassador of SmartCash in Bulgaria (price per 150 hour).||150||11||1650|
|18||Hotel for speakers||One night in hotel per three speakers.||3||65||195|
|19||Hotel for organisers||Two nights in hotel per three organisers.||6||65||390|
Total budget: 15,473 EUR
Converted in USD is 17,995 USD
We believe that Europe could be the place where SmartCash can get mainstream traction. There are many SmartCash proposals in Latin America and Africa, but not that many SmartCash events in Europe. This is why we believe that SmartCash has a big future in Europe if we can have more local exposure.
Recently a major Bulgarian bank went bankrupt and a many people and corporations lost a lot of money both in Bulgaria and in Europe.
Read more about it here:
Events like these are a good opportunity for people to realize the full potential of cryptocurrencies.
|Date||Amount (US$)||Amount (Σ)||Description||Status|
|September 21, 2018||9,553.00||566,334.54 *||Organisation and promotion of the event||-|
|October 05, 2018||8,026.43||475,834.25 *||Pre-event preparation and accommodation||-|
|October 24, 2018||415.57||24,636.41 *||Part of the follow up activities planning, preparation of digital materials||-|
|Address||Voting Power||Vote||Is Valid|
|2018-08-26 13:16:20||Proposal created. Waiting for approval.||-|
|2018-08-26 20:15:50||Open voting. Deadline up to 2018-09-09 20:15:50. (slpin1)||-|
|2018-09-08 20:19:40||Last 24 hours of the vote.||Σ 5871787.22777||Σ 24720603.73998|
|2018-09-09 20:16:27||Voting closed. Status: Not Funded.||-|