The first annual Dash Conference in London this weekend drew hundreds of attendees and set the stage for several forthcoming integrations.
Funded via treasury proposal, the conference was held at the Oval Space in London over the weekend. It drew over 550 attendees according to the most recent ticket sales estimates. The conference was attended by Dash fans and industry leaders alike, many of whom have had strategic partnerships with Dash.
Last minutes. $DASH Conference. Exciting moments 😊 pic.twitter.com/AeNRhTfqaa
— Robert Wiecko (@RobertWiecko) September 24, 2017
In addition to the audience in live attendance, hundreds more tuned in from around the world to watch the conference streamed live. The conference was streamed on Twitch to over 800 people live, with a current view count of over 10,000. On YouTube, the stream drew over 500 live, currently over 6,000 views for the first part of the stream.
Over 550 people live, 800+ on twitch, 500+ on YouTube! We are killing it #dash #DashLondon pic.twitter.com/WGff0kZBDb
— coingun (@coingun) September 24, 2017
Several major integrations announced for Dash’s near future
As a key element of the conference, several forthcoming integrations were announced. The list was neatly compiled by Dash Force member Solowhizkid:
$DASH New Integrations coming soon – @Dashpay @DashForceNews pic.twitter.com/w162RXK0kz
— Solowhizkid (@ecluber) September 24, 2017
To facilitate the acquisition of Dash, a partnership with a global brokerage service was announced, including free bank transfers from around the world. Several new exchange integrations were also announced, which would open up Dash to be traded for 20 new fiat currencies. Integration to a new ATM manufacturer, a large retailer integration, and many others were also mentioned, with the exact details remaining vague for the time being as official releases and specific announcements are sure to follow.
One of the conference’s presenters, major Bitcoin debit card and exchange platform Wirex, announced they would pursue a full-on integration with Dash. Previously Wirex only took non-Bitcoin cryptocurrencies through ShapeShift, and this new integration would add another option to prospective Dash users to use their funds in everyday purchases.
Raph on stage at #thedashconference showing why wirex hearts #dash pic.twitter.com/akNPFzXRRP
— Wirex (@wirexapp) September 24, 2017
A host of new projects competing for Dash’s treasury budget
These announced integrations are only the beginning of what will be a group of new projects. Because of the increase in the price over the last few months, Dash’s available monthly treasury budget is now about $2.25 million. Last cycle came nowhere near using up all available funds, despite big-ticket items like the Great American Pilgrimage. There are currently 38 active treasury proposals, and those which have currently received enough net votes to pass equal nearly $1.3 million so far, with more to come in the final days of the voting cycle.
Adding $Dash on Coinbase will be monumental. Wish that announcement was made as well.
It would be, but I’d take the brokerage in a heart-beat. Coinbase and its fees are a painful/slow path to Dash from my bank. The day Dash is bought/sold like an asset on a TD Ameritrade type of setup is the day market dominance is realized for Dash. End of story.
I agree…the fees to get into fiat cost me about 4.3% every time…I have to move Dash to somewhere to get BTC, then move it to Coinbase, then sell BTC, then send it to my bank. I’ve been trying to find cheaper ACH options, but few sites offer it to Americans easily. With price fluctuations over that time, plus fees and such, we’re looking at about the average 4.3%. It makes me ill to sell. But I need to….so, it’s a real problem for mass adoption. Plus, the exchanges have horrible customer service…I think Dash should buy a large piece of an existing reputable exchange, or start their own via a DAO. That way, they could not only better help us get back and forth between fiat and crypto, but also insure our deposits in the exchange RIGHT ON THE NETWORK. Who needs an FDIC when you can sell a cheap insurance option on the exchange? 🙂
Sure it would provide a nice leg up, but Dash doesn’t need Coinbase. Over time, Coinbase will need Dash in order to keep up.
I was really hoping for and expecting some timeline update for the Evo release…I think many were. Hopefully they update us and let us know if it’s still on schedule for release in the last qtr this year, or the 1st qtr next year. You know anything, Joel?
And great article, BTW.
Thanks! From what I know, the roadmap is still accurate:
That would indicate testnet at the end of this year, livenet in February, and wide mainnet release in June. Chuck talked about Evolution in the talk here at the 18 minute mark:
Thanks a lot for the links, Joel! I will explore them later today. Glad to hear they appear to still be on schedule. I know they have been great so far at hitting deadlines 🙂
Coinbase fees, headaches, and lack of live customer service keeps me using them only as a last resort. I’ll go through bitquick, wall of coins or dashous before I use them. Coinbase better realize quickly they are only a temporary solution to crypto acquisition, unless of course they make it less painful economically to use them. When a better cheaper solution comes along people will flock to it. The name of the game for Coinbase should be to make as much money on all the main crypto, dash being one of them, before they’re services are obsolete. The faster Coinbase stops listening to Charlie Lee’s hatred of dash, the faster they will make more money by adding dash. My 2 cent.
Totally agree. Once p2p services get easier than Coinbase we’re done. Hopefully if Wall of Coins gets integrated into mobile wallets it’ll tip the scales in that direction.