Blockchain Beach spent some time at the Blokhaus sponsored by the World Tokenomic Forum at South By Southwest 2018. The events of that week included talks with entrepreneur Gary Vanerchuk (Gary V to his social media fans), investor Michael Loeb, and World Tokenomic Forum Founder and Chairman Chris Snook. It was there that we first learned about this organization that considers itself: A social-enterprise think tank and premium membership consortium convening the world\u2019s leaders in \u00a0digital currency, government, capital markets, and technology. Blockchain Beach recently reconnected with Chairman Snook at the CryptoBlockCon Los Angeles Conference\u00a0and was impressed by the depth and scale of the organization that has a mission to: Enable public-private cooperation, economic interoperability, and innovation as we move to a new economic order in a token economy. and a purpose of: Building bridges and tearing down walls between decentralized and centralized economic institutions to create a new economic order that works for all humanity, honors innovation, and secures sovereignty. This May, members will convene in the Cayman Islands\u00a0to discuss the future agenda, network, celebrate and invest in top startups from around the globe to: \tBe a part of the most important conversations in cryptocurrency, policy, and the global "token" economy \tCreate the deals and partnerships that matter \tMake annual commitments to selected opportunities for social good and give back In addition, they have just announced the sixteen finalists for the Sandcastle Startups Challenge, with Blockchain companies competing from the industries of Cybersecurity, Identity, Infrastructure\/Mobility, Payments, and Social Impact, the five themes of this year's conference. Chairman Snook commented: "We are absolutely blown away and couldn\u2019t be happier with the caliber of these final 16 seeds. The proprietary multi-round, high velocity format of two teams on stage in a head-to-head pitch battle and our innovative flurry-style final round will provide the members at our Annual Summit to be edu-tained and inspired. The competitors are also provided a truly unique opportunity to demonstrate and connect with new deal opportunities during the closed session format of our Annual Summit of members.\u201d Companies are competing for over $250,000 in total prizes. Blockchain Beach is looking forward to learning what comes of the deals and discussions at this annual summit.