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d10e: Industry Leaders Gather in Amsterdam for Big Event

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d10e

The first d10e event of 2016 will take place at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, Feb. 17-18, marking the company’s debut in Europe.

Disclaimer: This is a press release. Bitcoinist is not responsible for this organization’s products and/or services

D10e is an international event experience that will focus on celebrating decentralization in the financial technology sector, disruptive technology and culture, the sharing economy, and the future of work.

It will feature presentations and live audience Q/As, in-depth panel discussions with two simultaneous tracks, a live exhibit with hall demonstrations, and a blockchain startup competition.

Lisa Cheng, CEO of Vanbex Group, a blockchain-specialized strategic consulting firm based in Vancouver, said, “D10e is an opportunity to meet with old friends, colleagues, and new acquaintances to talk about the latest innovations. There is no event on the planet quite like this. I simply can’t wait.”

D10e returns to San Francisco in July.

For more information visit d10e.org. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.

 d10e Featured Presenters

Roger Ver is one of several big names who will speak at the d10e Amsterdam event.

Brock Pierce, Managing Partner, Blockchain Capital

Brock Pierce, a venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur best known for pioneering the market for digital currency, is founder and managing partner of Blockchain Capital. Pierce is also chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation and his company Blockchain Capital has invested in more than 30 blockchain enabling technology companies.

Angel Investor Roger Ver

Roger Ver, nicknamed Bitcoin Jesus, is a venture capitalist, angel investor and Bitcoin enthusiast. Ver has served as the full time CEO of MemoryDealers.com, directly employing about 30 people. Over the last decade, under Roger’s leadership, Memory Dealers has grown to become a world leader in the used Cisco memory and networking equipment industry.

Jeff Garzik, Founder, Bloq

Jeff Garzik is a futurist, entrepreneur and software engineer. He founded and runs Dunvegan Space Systems and serves on the board of Coin Center, as well as the advisory board of BitFury, BitPay, Chain.com, Netki and WayPaver Labs. Jeff has delivered presentations on bitcoin and blockchain at TEDx, State of Digital Money, many bitcoin conferences, as well as private briefings to corporations, governments, central banks, and hedge funds.

Toni Lane, Advisor and Co-Founder, CoinTelegraph

Apart from her role at the largest media group in Bitcoin, CoinTelegraph, Tori Lane advises several companies at the intersection of the internet of finance and the next generation web. She currently is working with ZeroG Colony on a galactic music experience.

Jason King, Founder, Sean’s Outpost and Unsung.org

Jason King is the founder of Sean’s Outpost, the largest provider of meals to the homeless in Escambia County Florida. In their first year of operations Sean’s Outpost outpaced the second largest organization feeding the homeless by over 6,000 meals. As of March 2015, Sean’s Outpost provided their 150,000th crypto-funded meal. Sean’s Outpost also operates a nine acre homeless sanctuary, Satoshi Forest — all powered by Bitcoin.

About d10e

D10e, a numeronym for decentralization, is composed of members mostly based in the United States, distributed from the east to west coast. Led by CEO Tiffany Madison, d10e originated as Coin Congress. Guided by insightful advisors, they launched two successful 2014 events in Singapore and San Francisco which included 60 top professionals and 400+ attendees representing 200 companies. In September 2015, d10e launched as the first event uniting top de-centralizers and thought-leaders in the most disruptive, innovative and revolutionary industries.

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OpenBazaar Nears Beta Release, Presenting at d10e Con

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OpenBazaar

Decentralized Bitcoin marketplace, OpenBazaar, is nearing open beta release and will be holding an exhibit at the d10e conference in Amsterdam, February 17-19. They’ll be presenting in the main conference and running a smaller event of their own on the 19th, showcasing their standalone app. This marks an enormous milestone in the project’s maturity.

Also Read: BitGo Instant — ‘Eliminates Bitcoin Transaction Delays’

OpenBazaar Tests New Developments as Beta Release Approaches

The Project that spawned OpenBazaar

Originally a darknet hackathon proof-of-concept, OpenBazaar has been in active development since the spring of 2014, and it’s come a long way since then. Upon inception, the marketplace was explicitly for darknet use, aimed at solving the issues with existing darknet markets with trustless transactions, escrow, and decentralization. As OpenBazaar evolved, though, the focus shifted to empowering small merchants using the same features. In its current state, OpenBazaar is a platform similar to Etsy or eBay.
The difference lies in its P2P implementation. Because the network is hosted collectively by the people using the app, there’s no central authority to skim off of the merchants, which is the primary utility of OpenBazaar as a service.

With the public release so close on the horizon, I was curious to see what was in store for early adopters. After teasing the test build into functionality on my desktop, I got on the test network and took a look around:

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D10e Hosts Blockchain Startup Competition in Amsterdam

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D10e Hosts Blockchain Startup Competition in Amsterdam

Blockchain startup competitions are an integral part of the Bitcoin ecosystem, as these types of events will drive future technological innovation in this industry. Coming up with new and creative use cases for blockchain technology is a difficult task, but when groups of developers are put together to share their ideas, interesting concepts can become a reality. A new blockchain startup competition has been announced by d10e, taking place in Amsterdam on February 18, 2016.

Also read: More Signs of Trouble in Asia: Barclays to Cut Investment Banking Jobs

The Value of Blockchain Startup Competitions

Unlike blockchain hackathons, where developers have to put together a project within a certain time limit, startup competitions are focusing on something else entirely. To participate in such an event, the startup must have been founded already, and be less than two years old. Any blockchain company that is in the pre-seed or seed stage is eligible for this competition.

What makes events like these so valuable to the Bitcoin community is how different people come up with creative ideas no one else has thought of. Innovation in the world of blockchain technology is accelerated at a rapid pace, as developers start to think outside of the realm of “normal” possibilities.

Some of these solutions might seem a bit far fetched at the time of a blockchain startup competition, but that doesn’t mean they can’t become successful. Most people still see the blockchain as something that can only be used to power payment networks, even though its scope of capabilities extends much further.

Sometimes, the concepts themselves are amazing, but hearing the story of how developers came to creating that very project are what makes these startup competitions thrive. A lot of the projects are built out of frustration with something that happened in the real life of any of the creators, and as they thought about how it could be changed, the blockchain proved to be a powerful ally.

One thing that is hampering Bitcoin and blockchain adoption right now is the limited number of real-life use cases. Startup competitions like the one organized by d10e will bring this technology to consumers all over the world as they can relate to these new projects and ideas. Finding the killer app to put this technology on the map will be the key to success for both the blockchain, as well as Bitcoin.

The d10e Competition In Amsterdam

For those blockchain startups looking to enter the d10e competition in Amsterdam, the application deadline expires on January 15th. Along with the application, entrants must submit a two-minute video of a working product. Once a startup is selected, they can then pitch their idea on February 18, 2016, to a panel of VC’s, angel investors, and a live audience at Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam.

As one would come to expect from any startup competition, the grand prize is prestige for their product. On top of that, a lot of attendees will be looking for network opportunities with the winners, and press coverage will follow shortly after. Last but not last, the blockchain startup competition winners will be invited to pitch their project at d10e San Francisco 2016.

What are your thought son this blockchain startup competition? Are there projects you are looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!

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