The network effects of any new platform are amplified by an important catalyst ï¼ enterprise adoption. Multinational businesses, sovereign wealth funds, institutional investors, and technology companies can pour in resources orders of magnitude larger than any grassroots community. This year, blockchain technology seems to be hitting that tipping point. While the market has been dominated by enthusiasts, developers, speculators and individual investors for the past decade, this is the year enterprises will genuinely experiment with the technology to create novel solutions. NYSEâs upcoming Bakkt platform, Hyperledger, and the Ethereum Enterprise Alliance (EEA) are the best examples of how large institutions are getting involved in this upcoming digital revolution. Unfortunately, most of these initiatives donât go far enough. While enterprise alliances benefit large companies, and individual developers are capable ofÂ developing solutions independently, small and medium sized businesses get left behind. Many entrepreneurs and business owners are simply unaware of the potential of blockchain technology.Â Most people still associate the nascent technology with the immense volatility of cryptocurrencies and the brazen scams of initial coin offerings from last year. This perception needs to change if entrepreneurs are trying to gain a foothold in a market that could be worth $7.6 billion by 2022. Thatâs where mega events like Blockchain Shift 2018 come in. Hosted in Miami this year, Blockchain Shift is one of the first blockchain events squarely focused on common users. Unlike other events, itâs been described as a fun educational experience. Rather than focus on the deep dives debates of the underlying technology or the financial aspect of the volatile prices, Blockchain Shift will help regular entrepreneurs, business leaders, and policymakers discover practical applications of the technology 500 investors, 160 speakers (including Christopher Ferris and Steven Nerayoff), and 140 sponsors (including IBM and Tesla) have transformed this two-day Miami conference into the ultimate learning experience for crypto enthusiasts. One of the most fascinating aspects of the conference is its focus on the visitor experience rather than the on-stage spectacle. When keynote speeches and on-stage debates are augmented with an after-party and gourmet food area, people find it easier to mingle and discuss individual ideas. One-on-one discussions are how business relationships are forged and enterprise adoption is launched. In this way, Blockchain Shift is bringing this exciting technology to the final frontier ï¼ the corner office. Miami continues to develop as a hub for blockchain innovation and development. Events like Blockchain Shift help the local industry collaborate with entrepreneurs, investors, and developers from across the world. For the millions of people whoâve never considered or looked into creating blockchain solutions, this is a rare opportunity to gain insights from the industryâs best talent.