Industry awards night sees bidding war during auction
The A.I. & Blockchain Awards went off without a hitch last night, rounding off a successful first day at the Summit. The star-studded evening recognised some of the most important projects to innovate the industry.
Guests, including the Archduke of Austria, Brock Pierce, Roger Ver, Vinay Gupta, and HE Khurram Shroff, were treated to networking drinks on the elegant Hilton terrace, taking in sweeping views of the Portomaso Marina, before moving inside for the start of the evening, where a stunning acrobatic display set the mood. Under a magnificent star-lit ceiling, guests tucked into a gourmet meal as host Rick Goddard, CCO at SiGMA, led the first round of awards. The winners are: Social Impact Group 2019 – Solarcoin; IoT of the year 2019 – Navigato; Blockchain & A.I. for Art Award 2019 – ArtSquare.io; Adoption Ambassador of the year 2019 G8C – Europechain. The second group of winners was presented by CC Forum. The winners are: Blockchain and A.I. Influencer of the year 2019 – Bitcoin.com; Media of the year 2019 – Crypto Briefing; Marketing Campaign of the year 2019 – G8C and Disrupter of the year 2019 – Holochain.
A rousing auction brought the evening to a close with a fierce bidding war. Highlights included Brock Pierce placing the winning bid on the submarine experience, with the activity going for €3,200. Andy Jones took home Mark Mallia’s painting,
A.I. dreams of a future time for €2,200, while HE Khurram Shroff is now the proud owner of
Blockchain Island M, by Nelly Baksht, which sold for a staggering €8000. The lovely painting, Shadows, by Natalia Leanca, went for the pleasing sum of €1000, while Drawing the Line by Derek Mason brought in €2,200 and was later gifted by the buyer to HE Khurram Shroff, who in turn gifted it to Evan Luthra. Last but not least,
Black Blue Man sold for €2,200, which followed the evening trend when it was then gifted to Don Jayamaha. The donated artworks raised a significant amount of money for several worthy charities, including the Malta Community Chest Fund and the Kilimanjaro Challenge.