Going back to last year’s 2019 Year in Review, we look at some of the predictions made by cryptocurrency and blockchain professionals here and check if those predictions came true, or not, almost.
Nelson Valero: “To continue and support NEM Philippines in terms of engaging the community about this new technology. I personally want to see actual blockchain-based applications being developed by our local talents. Who knows one could discover the next killer app for the blockchain technology.”
Eric Cristobal: OKEx is constantly striving for the best and thinking of ways to offer outstanding services and products for our users. We are looking forward to the launch of OKChain and OKDex.
“2020 will be the year for Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT), Decentralized ID systems (DID), Decentralized Finance and Security Exchange Offerings (STO). We believe that the NFT market will grow next year because of asset tokenization and gaming.”
Tina Gallano: Filipinos will start using more and more blockchain products and will soon realize that blockchain will bring freedom and full control of their data.
Nathan Smale: I think the Philippines over-indexes in its ability and desire to learn, yet is still largely undervalued in many regions. But I think that is going to change, I think the world is about to take notice.
Alex Timbol: I see blockchain projects worldwide looking to the Philippines for dev talent. There’s already a dev grab among mainstream tech companies. Amazon has over ten thousand devs here. We’re not quite there yet in terms of numbers and recognition for blockchain talent. With Elastos outreach, community building, and training, we’re helping create a ready pool of talent and the means to access it.
Leah Callon-Butler: I believe we’ll see greater support from the private sector to build strength and resilience into the Philippines’ talent pipeline, as corporates realise that it is not the sole responsibility of the government to educate and equip young Filipinos for the jobs of the future.
Tim Ying: What I would personally love to see is more Filipino projects starting to emerge and the nascent Decentralized Finance trend coming to fruition. What is necessary for this to happen, however, is more regulatory clarity and clear taxation guidelines, without which bigger firms will continue to be reluctant to make any major commitment to this space.
Miko Ilas: The Binance Filipino community looks forward to having more crypto education meetups in areas we haven’t visited before, plus some areas where we have been. We also look forward to being able to score major developments that, ultimately, will lead us to a super-meetup featuring CZ in Manila. *crosses fingers*