Huobi Group, a large global blockchain company with the third largest trading volume of cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, is celebrating its eighth anniversary in a rather unusual way.
Hobby told Cointelegraph on Wednesday that the company will host a number of events to celebrate its eighth anniversary, including gifts and tickets to space.
Huobi will host a contest that will give the lucky person the chance to literally fly into space. All Huobi Global users worldwide are eligible to enter the free competition, but with some restrictions.
“There are still health requirements that need to be met to go into space, but those details will be revealed at a later time,” Jeff May, Huobi Group’s director of global strategy, told Cointelegraph.
The company declined to specify which space agency would give Huobi this spaceflight and whether it would take place via a private company like Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin or Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
“The message that we are trying to convey through this competition is that the concept of space is open to everyone, and this reflects the openness of cryptocurrencies and the Huobi platform,” May added.
Until the end of November, Huobi’s anniversary celebrations will also include Huobi Summit 2021: Blockchain and Beyond, an annual online forum. The event takes place on Mondays and will include panel discussions with industry experts and government officials.
The list of speakers will include Alan Greenspan, former chair of the US Federal Reserve. Greenspan will discuss global inflation as many investors have turned to cryptocurrencies in search of higher returns.
Known as a major proponent of Bitcoin (BTC), Greenspan compares Bitcoin to an early form of money in the United States called the “continental currency”. He also criticized the idea of a central bank digital currency in 2019.
On the topic: Huobi is shutting down crypto derivatives as part of the restrictions on Chinese traders.
Huobi Group co-founder Du Jun said the company will continue to expand its global presence by offering innovative products and local services, starting with markets in Turkey and Brazil. To boost its global expansion, Huobi plans to increase its global number of employees from 2,300 to 3,000 by the end of 2021.
Huobi was recently forced out of China after the Chinese government imposed another major ban on cryptocurrency in late September. From mid-October, Huobi’s operations outside China were up and running and accounted for nearly 70% of trade and revenue.