The Miami Beach Convention Center will host next year’s annual Bitcoin Conference in order to accommodate the thousands of guests expected to celebrate cryptocurrencies.
This year’s conference, held at the Mana Wynwood convention space in April, drew at least 12,000. Organizers expect 2022 to see some 35,000 attendees. The Beach space’s main hall is about five times the size of Mana Wynwood’s.
“The Miami Beach Convention Center is the perfect place to host next year’s Bitcoin Conference,” David Bailey, CEO of BTC Inc., said in a statement. “It will be bigger and better than ever, and we expect Bitcoin 2022 to be our most successful event yet.”
No information was immediately available about next year’s speaker lineup. A statement from organizer BTC Inc. said the four-day Bitcoin 2022 Conference will feature an industry day for speaker panels and conferences, as well as a “Sound Money” music festival on the last day with live performances, entertainment, and other giveaways for attendees.
“We felt important to come back for another year and grow with the city,” said Brandon Green, content director for Bitcoin 2022, in an interview.
The Convention Center went dark for much of 2020 as the pandemic raged. It is set to welcome Art Basel back on Dec. 2.
“We’re hopeful it’s Basel-like in that in can breed other events around the city … and serve as a catalyst for Miami tech,” said Rolando Aedo, chief operation officer of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“The Bitcoin 2022 Conference adds to a great portfolio of signature events taking place in Miami Beach,” William D. Talbert, III, CDME, president and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, said in a statement. “Their commitment to moving the event to the Miami Beach Convention Center is proof positive that the significant investments made to the convention center have been worthwhile and the economic impact of these events to our community cannot be overstated.”