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World-Renowned Blockchain Experts Set Course For Moscow

· March 29, 2017 · 6:43 am

On April 19, the most well-known global specialists in the sphere of blockchain technologies will come to Moscow. Together with Russian bankers and entrepreneurs they will discuss Russian and foreign blockchain projects in financial and non-financial spheres.

[Note: This is a press release] 





The meeting will be driven by the annual Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Russia that features presentations from the representatives of IBM, Microsoft, Sberbank, NRU HSE, and State Duma.

The last Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference, which took place at Digital October on November 10, brought together 500 players of blockchain and bitcoin markets.

This year, organizers, Smile-Expo event company, are expecting to see even more foreign attendees.

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“Many speakers, with whom we are in discussions now, actively present at blockchain conferences on the West, but have never visited similar events in Russia,” said conference curator Pavel Likhomanov.

Speakers will include many prominent members of the Bitcoin community including:

  • Alejandro De La Torre, Business Development Manager at BTC.com
  • Alakanani Itireleng, Public Relations Director at Humaniq
  • Tone Vays, Researcher at LibertyLifeTrial.com
  • Edgar Bers, Partner Relations Manager at HashCoins

Participants will be able to attend two concurrent streams – for financiers and representatives of non-financial sphere.

Topics of the Finance stream will include: blockchain application in banking sphere and state administration, as well as legislative issues.

Speakers will summarize the first real steps to move banking processes to blockchain and discuss changes in the bitcoin market. What will be the results of strengthening the bitcoin policy in China; what shape will the draft on cryptocurrency regulation offered by the Russian Ministry of Finance take; which factors will influence the bitcoin rate and what price for 1 BTC can be expected by the end of the year.




The Pro stream will be dedicated to the use of blockchain in business not connected to finances: e-commerce, retail, logistics, media. Discussion topics will be interesting for both entrepreneurs and developers. Practical issues will be discussed here: in what projects blockchain will be useful, what tasks it will solve and how to promote a new product in the market.

Alongside the conference there will be an exhibition, where developers will showcase hardware and software for mining, crypto wallets, payment systems and other products for B2B and B2C segments.

News about the project and results of the events held in 2014-2016 are available on the website Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Russia.   


Images courtesy of Shutterstock, Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference

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Prague to Host Major Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Conference




· March 28, 2017 · 5:40 am

On May 19, the capital of the Czech Republic will host Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Prague.

[Note: This is a press release]


Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Prague

The event will be dedicated to the development of cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Guests will meet supporters of a decentralized economy, successful blockchain developers and entrepreneurs and enjoy the exhibition of equipment for the industry.

Prague is one of the most important bitcoin centers in Europe. The city has around a hundred places which receive bitcoins (including only bitcoins without fiat currencies). Employees in such places often receive salary in cryptocurrencies and that’s why they are interested in attracting more clients.

A bitcoin owner can have a lunch, stay in a hotel and pay for educational and domestic services in Prague. A number of shops will accept a bitcoin card alongside with a traditional currency.

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Implementation of contactless chips which can also be used for bitcoin transactions is quite popular among citizens of the Czech Republic.

These and other issues will be discussed at the conference.

Topics include the development of cryptocurrencies, blockchain in Govtech, blockchain services in Fintech as well as legal issues. Participants will study existing projects – from the idea to the moment of entering the market and monetization.

The organizer is Smile-Expo Company famous for its successful blockchain conferences in Tallinn, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kyiv.

You can register and find details on the Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Prague website.





Images courtesy of Smile-Expo, Shutterstock

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Tallinn to Host First Major Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Conference

· January 23, 2017 · 6:11 am

On March 9, 2017, Tallinn will host the conference dedicated to the blockchain application in business and management – Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Tallinn. 


Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Tallinn

On March, 9 the event management company “Smile-Expo” is holding the first large blockchain conference in Estonia. Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference is a net of Blockchain events taking place in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kiev and Prague.

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The event will focus on Estonian and foreign projects implementing Blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Experts will share their experience of implementing Blockchain in governmental institutions (Govtech), banking system, trading, media, healthcare and other spheres.

Attendees will discuss all the aspects of creating innovative IT products – from the emergence of idea to entering the market.

The main participants are IT developers, entrepreneurs, investors, software and equipment manufacturers. The speakers are managers of the well-known companies and representatives of governmental authorities.

Participants include Kaspar Korjus, Managing Director of the world’s first international identification platform, whose name is on the first place in Forbes fintech rating.

The event’s curator Pavel Likhomanov said:

Becoming interested in blockchain in 2015, we haven’t even supposed how comprehensive it would be in a year. After conferences in Moscow, Kiev and Prague, we have found a lot of partners and permanent speakers. Many of them will come with us in Tallinn.

Others speakers will include Karolina Marzantowicz, IBM leading engineer (Poland), Jon Matonis, researcher of electronic currency and founder of Bitcoin Foundation, and Lasha Antadze, developer of blockchain-based electronic auctions on public property lease and sale.

Visitors will be able to attend the exhibition zone, where companies present their products such as software and hardware for the Bitcoin industry.

Details and registration on the website: Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Tallinn.


Images courtesy of lonelyplanet, tallinn.blockchainconf.world

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TNABC 2017: McAfee, Abra’s ‘BTC Bank Tellers’ & Bitcoin’s Killer App

· January 18, 2017 · 5:00 am

Bitcoin being its own killer app and its use-case as a stealth instrument for solving international remittances are just two highlights from the 2017 North American Bitcoin Conference (TNABC) currently underway.


TNABC: ‘Bitcoin is Bitcoin’s Killer App!’

The annual event, which traditionally showcases the biggest innovations in crypto with big announcements from startups, finishes today in Miami.

Speeches are coming from some of the industry’s biggest names, including Roger Ver, Charlie Shrem and even John McAfee.

The mood is cautiously optimistic this year, with many celebrating Bitcoin’s solid run through 2016 and steadying of volatility as China grapples with regulatory hurdles.

“Bitcoin’s killer app is Bitcoin!” proclaimed Bitcoin investor and venture capitalist Sean Walsh in his talk on how to drive Bitcoin adoption forward in 2017. 

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Meanwhile, Genesis Mining came out with a pertinent summary of the status quo with a trailer it brought to the conference (again), which was subsequently used for selfie purposes by Max Keiser.

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More Sleepless Nights For Western Union

In terms of offerings, TNABC 2017 is not falling short of expectations. Money transfer startup Abra, which is looking to launch in February, captured the imagination of many with its fiat-Bitcoin-fiat personal transfer and teller network, alongside some recently announced funding support from Pantera Capital. 

Abra’s app allows anyone to send anyone else money in any currency, which they can withdraw from their phone as physical cash anywhere there is an agent acting as a ‘bank teller.’

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Bitcoin is used as the intermediary currency, but interestingly, this is never disclosed; parties can transact and never know that Bitcoin was involved in the transaction at all.

“The core value is… the belief in the individual’s right to conduct all forms of commerce freely,” CEO Bill Barhydt said during the pitch. He also announced,

Today, at the North American Bitcoin Conference,  I announced the next phase of Abra’s global expansion: Next month, we’ll be enabling Abra worldwide, activating a global network of Tellers who can transact in over 50 currencies, including directly in Bitcoin.

Monero Still in the Spotlight

Elsewhere, educational talks were offered by Roger Ver, Jeffery Tucker and others, while outside Bitcoin, ‘The Future of Monero’ came from one of the rapidly-rising altcoin’s core developers Riccardo Spagni.

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Ver’s publication and Bitcoin educational resource Bitcoin.com is TNABC 2017’s major sponsor. Various startups and other businesses are also supporting, with official media coverage coming from Bitcoinist among others.

Wednesday sees McAfee take to the stage, having made quite a name for himself at previous Bitcoin events with his choice language concerning the shortcomings of traditional consumer security setups.

Are you at TNABC this year? What are your reactions? Let us know in the comments below!


Images courtesy of Twitter, Abra, Shutterstock

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The North American Bitcoin Conference Kicks Off in Miami

· January 16, 2017 · 4:00 am

While the North American Bitcoin Conference will be held January 17-18, the kickoff part will begin January 16th at the Clevelander Hotel in Miami for guests, speakers, and sponsors. 


Kickoff Begins a Day Earlier

Bitcoinist is proud to be an official media sponsor of The North American Bitcoin Conference (TNABC), which will be held January 17-18, 2017 at the James L. Knight Center in downtown Miami.

However, a lavish kickoff party will be held today (January 16th, 17:00-24:00) for guests, speakers, and sponsors at what has become a traditional annual spot for Bitcoiners to gather: the Clevelander Hotel.

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Welcome to Miami

Now in its fourth year, the North American Bitcoin Conference is the longest-running and most-attended financial conference for the Bitcoin, blockchain, and currency industries.

Following the success of prior conferences, hundreds of senior executives will travel to Miami again next month to discuss the bright future for Bitcoin and blockchain technologies. Topics explored at the North American Bitcoin Conference will also include investing, regulation, startups, and the Internet of Things.

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Offering their insights and expertise at the conference will be more than 20 speakers, including:

  • Roger Ver (CEO, Bitcoin.com);
  • Charlie Shrem (CEO, Intellisys);
  • Jeff Garzik (CEO, Bloq);
  • Reggie Middleton (CEO, Veritaseum);
  • Valery Vavilov (CEO, BitFury);
  • Bruce Fenton (Exectuive Director, Bitcoin Foundation);
  • and Andrew Filipowski (Chairman, Tally Capital).

You can check out the full list of speakers here.

The North American Bitcoin Conference 2016

“The North American Bitcoin Conference is curated to explore next-level, actionable innovation and technologies that you can start utilizing now,” said conference director Moe Levin.

We meticulously scout the best of the best, choosing fantastic speakers to teach you about the strategies they’ve developed and the technologies they’ve mastered.

General Admission tickets for the two-day event are now on sale, and include access to the kick-off party, networking breaks, exclusive content, and a $50 voucher for the next event. For more information, please go here.

For a current list of sponsors and sponsorship opportunities, please go here.

Will you be attending this year’s TNABC event? Let us know in the comments below!


Images courtesy of Shutterstock, oceandrivemiamibeach.com

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