The International Blockchain Week was organized to provide the R&D-focused Devcon2 and the business & industry focused Global Summit in a single weeklong venue to facilitate interaction and cross-pollination across all events.
The Ethereum Foundation presents
Devcon2 – September 19, 20, 21
Once a year, the Foundation’s own team of developers and researchers emerge from their dev caves to present and discuss their most current work and innovations. They are joined by guest speakers who represent key contributors, collaborators, partners, peers and colleagues from the greater Ethereum community.
Wanxiang Blockchain Labs presents
Demo Day – September 22
This new event provides a day for entrepreneurs and founders to demo and pitch their companies, concepts and innovations to attendees interested in exploring the world of blockchain startups and ventures.
Global Blockchain Summit – September 23, 24
This 2nd annual conference in Shanghai is known for attracting top-level attendees from Asia and around the world in business, trade and industry, government, and more.
See more on the WBL events at http://www.blockchainweek2016.org/
available until July 31, 2016
HYATT ON THE BUND
199 Huangpu Road,
Shanghai 200080 CHINA
上海外滩茂悦大酒店 中国上海黄浦路199号 邮政编码：200080
Telephone：+86 21 6393 1234
See detailed information on the Hyatt's map and directions page.
The 5-star Hyatt on the Bund hotel is located on the Huang Pu River in the heart of Shanghai, a city that is both a global financial hub, as well as the home to Chinese blockchain developers and pioneers, many of whom are part of Ethereum’s growing community in China.
China's 144-hour visa-free policy As of January 30, 2016, mainland China instituted a new TWOV (Travel without Visa) policy that allows travelers from 51 countries/regions to transit in Shanghai for up to a maximum of 144 hours (six days) without holding a visa. However, it may still be easier to get a visa.
The issue is that the new China TWOV does not appear to accommodate direct round-trip travel (i.e. Chicago-Shanghai-Chicago) would not qualify for the TWOV. In the case of Devcon2, Shanghai must be a layover/stop in your trip that includes other destinations. In other words, you must be in transit to a third country (after leaving Shanghai). The third “country” can be Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan, since for immigration purposes they are not considered to be part of the People's Republic of China (PRC).
The article China: Visa-free transits, provides a clear explanation of the conditions and procedures for special transit without visa policy in the PRC. Scroll down to the section “144-hour visa-free transit”.
If you need an invitation letter for your China visa application, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wanxiang Blockchain Labs (WBL) is the Chinese venue host and coordinator of the International Blockchain Week (Sept 19-24), so you will need the official invitation letter from them for any and all of the Blockchain Week events, including Ethereum Foundation's Devcon2 as well as WBL’s Global Summit and Demo Day events.
For official entry requirements to China, contact your nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate well in advance of your anticipated trip. Reference: official list of Chinese embassies.