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Atlanta Will Hold Blockchain Week Event

A new blockchain event is coming to Atlanta, Georgia.

On Friday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) reported on the upcoming “Atlanta Blockchain Week” event. The event begins on September 29th and concludes on October 7th — just over a full week.

The Atlanta Blockchain Week Website says:

The Atlanta Blockchain Week is a collective week of events with the collaboration of blockchain community organizations and startups.

A Trip to “Wacoinda.”

The event will revolve around a central “Tech Village,” in and will incorporate a number of outlooks and disciplines. The AJC describes the upcoming scene:

 Base camp is the Tech Village, but events also take place at other venues around town. For instance, “Welcome to Wacoinda: Love, Collaboration and Blockchain” will be in Grant Park, “Women of Blockchain” will be at Ponce City Market and a blockchain class that includes $20 of bitcoin will be held at Monarch Tower on Peachtree Road. There will also be a cryptocurrencies developers class, but that location is to-be-determined.

Atlanta Blockchain Week

Crypto’s Home in the Southeast

In August, Medium contributor Stacey Schneider noted Atlanta’s tech-oriented atmosphere of recent years. Schneider also remains optimistic that Atlanta has the potential to become a  hub for blockchain tech:

One thing I am learning is that Atlanta is a hotspot for this new technology frontier. It makes sense when you remember Atlanta has been a payments hub for years with giants like First Data, Equifax, NCR, Worldpay, FIS and Global Payments.

Atlanta's night skyline.

The Atlanta Blockchain Week itself will commence with the dApp Atlanta Summit. The gathering is a networking event that brings executives, leaders, and other influential figures together constituting the Southeastern United State’s most notable blockchain event networks:

DappAtlanta is a Summit and exhibition connecting over hundreds of industry leaders, business decision makers, tech innovators and investors. Based on unrivaled content and exceptional networking opportunities, dAppAtlanta is part of the largest dedicated Blockchain Event Series in the SouthEast.

A copy of the Atlanta Blockchain Week schedule of events can be found here. Atlanta Blockchain Week includes events like the Hacktoberfest Kickoff, as well as the aforementioned dApp Atlanta Summit.

Is Atlanta poised to become a leading blockchain hub? Will you be in attendance at Atlanta Blockchain Week? Tell us in the comments below!

Images courtesy of Atlanta Blockchain Week, Shutterstock.

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Germany’s Lufthansa Airline to Award Hackers at Unibright Hackathon

One of Europe’s largest airlines, Lufthansa AG will reward blockchain developers participating in an event partnership with Unibright, the “Hackathon without a single line of code” at the Pillar Unconference 2018.

The second #PillarUnconference, also known as the “Woodstock of Crypto,” begins July 15th, 2018, in Vilnius, Lithuania, and is set to attract a wide mix of the cryptocurrency and blockchain community including entrepreneurs and developers. The conference includes workshops, a “devcon” track for blockchain and smart contract developers, and a number of hackathons.

No Coding Needed

Lufthansa, by far the biggest non-crypto brand represented at the conference, has partnered with enterprise blockchain company Unibright to offer awards to the best developers, and indeed non-developers, competing in the “Hackathon without a single line of code.”

Unibright provides template-based, smart contract enabled, blockchain technologies for businesses. Hackathon participants will use Unibright’s “no-coding-needed” templates to work on visual definitions for real life uses case scenarios provided by Lufthansa. The case scenarios participants will need to create blockchain-based solutions for include asset life cycles of planes and equipment, the airline’s and its partner’s loyalty program, voucher management and even seat and flight booking management systems.

Stefan Schmidt, CTO of Unibright, says that blockchain is at an early stage of “mass adoption,” and that:

By adding real use cases from real enterprises we can really show how blockchain can make a change.

Hackathon without a single line of code

Lufthansa Prefer to Make Real Use of Blockchain

In a clear confirmation that Lufthansa is investigating blockchain-based technology for the airline’s future, Lufthansa will reward the best participants with flights from Vilnius, Lithuania to a follow-up blockchain use-case workshop in Frankfurt. The follow-up workshop will involve winning participants, Lufthansa, Unibright, and technology solution provider Zühlke, and be held later in 2018.

Dr. Jörg Liebe, Senior Director Digital Innovations Hub Airlines and Airline Products at Lufthansa, says that blockchain is often a “buzzword” and that Lufthansa “prefers to make real use of it.” He states:

To really benefit from blockchain technology you need use cases where a distributed ledger brings a noteable improvement to existing processes.

Lufthansa, combined with its subsidiaries, was the largest airline in Europe by fleet size and passengers in 2017. Unibright’s Medium announcement confirms Lufthansa is considering blockchain use cases within the corporation.

British Airways first used blockchain technology last year to manage flight data on a number of international flights in a bid to reduce conflicting flight information.

Should more international companies be looking to get in on events like this to develop blockchain strategies and attract key talent?

Images courtesy of Lufthansa AG, Shutterstock

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2017 Blockchain Global Summit – Shape The Future

· September 14, 2017 · 8:00 pm

The BitKan “2017 Shape the Future” Blockchain global summit has changed its location, it will now be held in Hong Kong instead of Beijing and will take place later this month on September the 20th and 21st. Tickets for the event are still available to purchase.

BitKan has changed the location of their “2017  Shape The Future“summit from Beijing to Hong Kong, where it will now be held in the Grand Hyatt Hotel where it will run from September the 20th until the 21st. Tickets start at 1888 RMB. Anyone with tickets to the Beijing event will still be entitled to use them in Hong Kong.

BitKan ,founded in 2012, have seen the development of the Chinese Bitcoin industry since the coins early days. After 5 years of growth they now have a global user base numbering in the millions. They provide useful digital currency news, OTC trading, Bitcoin wallets, mining pool monitoring and more. The company is devoted to promoting the concept of Bitcoin and the block chain within the mass media.

The “Shape the Future” Global Summit

The event will provide a platform for guests and companies to introduce the latest Bitcoin technology and products associated with Bitcoin as well as bringing their individual vision of a Bitcoin future. BitKan state that they will have over 80 guests from top tier companies, with an audience of 800 including over 200 key influencers in the media world.  Speakers include Bitmain CEO Jihan Wu, the CEO of bitcoin.com Roger Ver, John McAfee and CEO of Huobi Lin Li. The schedule has day one labelled as “Shape The Future Summit”, with day two labelled as “Blockchain Tech Sessions”. For a full, up to date line up of the guest speakers, see the Bitkan website.

The Bitcoin Documentary

The event will also see a screening of the Bitcoin “Shape the Future” documentary which witnesses the history of BTC in China. Starting from Satoshi Nakamoto’s paper in 2008, it will chart how BTC has evolved into a 40 billion USD digital asset. It will focus on what has happened over the last 9 years of Bitcoin development and the role that China has played within the BTC industry.

Have you got your tickets? What do you think of the lineup? Let us know in the comments below?

Images courtesy of BitKan, Shape the Future

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LaBITconf in Buenos Aires Shows Latin America Is Fertile Ground

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Buenos Aires laBITconf Bitcoin

As a sign of Bitcoin’s growing strength in Latin America, the fourth annual laBITconf returns to Buenos Aires from November 4-5. With over 60 high-profile speakers, the event is becoming one of the Bitcoin industry’s hottest tickets.

Also read: ‘GAME Changer’ Announced at Coinsbank Blockchain Summit in Turkey

Major speakers will include Andreas Antonopoulos, Peter Todd, Anthony Di Iorio, Erik Voorhees and Trace Mayer. Representatives from IBM and Microsoft will attend, along with five of the largest mining companies. Organizers said attendees represent “almost 50% of Bitcoin’s mining power.”

Argentina a Regional Bitcoin Leader

It’s Argentina’s second turn at holding the conference, having hosted the

Conference co-ordinator Rodolfo Andragnes said Argentina is a bitcoin leader in the region. The country’s recent history of economic hardship led it to become a haven for those looking for financial solutions.

“Numerous businesses, mostly hotels, began to use Bitcoin as a form of payment and ever since then, the rate of Bitcoin transactions continues to increase and the attention towards its underlying blockchain technology continues to grow,” Andragnes said.

“We chose Buenos Aires because the new government is open to understanding and promoting this technology.”

The 2014 Bitcoin Market Potential Index (BMPI) report agreed on Argentina’s importance. Moreover, it said the country tops the list of those with highest potential for Bitcoin adoption.

Looking at the Most Topical Issues

Organizers said laBITconf 2016 will look at those issues most affecting the region. These include implementing blockchain technology for global banking, plus regulation and compliance — and perhaps most importantly, cryptocurrences’ ever-growing impact on society.

Presentation titles include “The Trust Revolution,” “Types of Blockchains,” “Legal Challenges After Smart Contracts,” and “Modernization and Entrepreneurship in Argentina,” There will also be a pitch session for Argentinean startups, and a hackathon for budding developers to show off their blockchain talent.

Decentral founder and CEO Di Iorio will give the event’s keynote presentation. He praised the event for welcoming Bitcoin industry veterans and newcomers alike, saying the technology is “revolutionizing industries” and “paving the way for a brighter future powered by cryptocurrency.”

There’s also a strong Chinese contingent looking to build intercontinental bridges — represented by BitAngel’s Chandler Guo, BitKan‘s Fanny Yu, plus Jihan Wu and Yuan Zhang of Bitmain.

Privacy-oriented cryptocurrency Dash is an laBITconf platinum sponsor. Business development VP Daniel Diaz agreed Latin America’s politial and financial situation makes it “fertile ground for digital currencies”.

laBITconf Ticket Prices and Other Details

Early bird discounts to the event finished at the end of September, but tickets are still an affordable $150. There’s also a $400 VIP option and $800 for an “exclusive box”. The hackathon is free.

laBITconf will take place at Buenos Aires’ Piazzola Tango theatre, Florida 165, CABA, on November 4-5.

Will you attend laBITconf 2016 in Buenos Aires? Or are you kicking yourself for missing a Bitcoin event in one of the world’s party capitals? Either way, let us know.

Images courtesy of laBitconf 2016.

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Crypto Cannabis Conference 2016 to Examine Bitcoin, Legalization

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Crypto Cannabis Conference 2016

At 4:20pm Denver time CCC is announcing the Crypto Cannabis Conference (CCC) 2016 is hosting its second annual event in Denver, Colorado on October 21-22, 2016. The conference is special in that it works to connect the cannabis and cryptocurrency industries. While Marijuana laws have been changing at the state level, with almost half of the United States adopting medical use statutes, the plant remains illegal at the federal level. Conflicting laws have made it difficult for businesses in the cannabis industry to get proper banking services. Many banks do not work with the industry due to the real threat that the federal government could issue punishment.

Also Read: Denver, Colorado to Hold Crypto Cannabis Conference

While some credit unions and small banks serve cannabis businesses under secrecy, there is still a financial divide between legal cannabis businesses and the mainstream economy. Bitcoin can help fill that gap. By accepting bitcoin and using it up and down supply chains, marijuana businesses will have access to a secure financial system that is just as effective as traditional banking — if not more.

Crypto Cannabis Conference 2016: Bitcoin, Legalization and the Law

This year, the Crypto Cannabis Conference is being presented with major sponsors Canna Investor Magazine, Chronic Lifestyle Magazine and the Cannabis Community Project. Bitcoin and crypto businesses along with several other cannabis magazines and companies will also be added over the course of the summer.

Robert Stephan started the CCC to bring together the two budding industries. He has included the fintech industry as well, bringing on speakers who are knowledgeable about the benefits of cryptocurrency.  There are many different providers of not only point of sale systems but also debit card, tax software and cold storage systems for a businesses financial ease of use.

Hangout Chats as well as in person presentations at CCC 2016

Last year, Roger Ver, Caleb Chen, Tone Vays, Joby Weeks, Arie Y Levy Cohen, Manny Perez, Jerry David Chan, Dr. Daniela Vergara spoke at the conference, and also participated in a Google Hangout. Roger Ver had this to say about the Cannabis and Bitcoin industry fitting together.

Any industry that’s having a hard time dealing with traditional banks is a prime target for Bitcoin adoption. The medical marijuana industry falls directly in this camp.

At the 2015 conference, Arie Y Levy Cohen discussed FinTech’s place in the Cannabis and Bitcoin industry, while Agricultural Genomics Foundation Founder Dr. Daniela Vergara talked about genomic research in cannabis and some of the results from the Cannabis Genomic Research Initiative.

Earlier this year, CCC hosted a Bitcoin Q&A panel at the Cannacon meeting in Seattle, moderated by Caleb Chen.

Many speakers are slated to present at CCC 2016, covering topics aimed at the conference’s two main goals:

  1. Educating newcomers on the basics of cryptocurrency. During the conference’s morning session, attendees will be able to participate in hands-on exercises to get a feel for how Bitcoin works.
  2. Exploring compliance, accounting methods and anti-money laundering measures.


The list of speakers as we noted is ever growing. Experts from many parts of both the Cannabis and Bitcoin industry will be speaking and taking questions.  Most will also be participating in the after parties and VIP events.  Several of the industry speakers are:


Derek Porter, CEO, Security Grade Solutions.

Carl Lehburger, Founder PureVision, Technology, Inc.

Peter Klamka, Managing Partner, Bitcoins Direct, llc

Michael Tew, CEO, Cannasys, Inc.

Kevin McKernan, Medicinal Genomics

Joseph Ciccolo, President, BitAML, Inc.

David B. Bush, Esq. David’s Law

Adella Toulon-Foerster, Legal Professional. Blockchain/bitcoin/crypto advocate, Current
Cogent Law Group,

Edgar Hamm, Grow Hemp Colorado, Co-founder of Hempslist and 1620 Solutions

At the end of each day, a Q&A panel will be hosted where attendees can ask industry experts anything they want.

The Crypto Cannabis Conference for 2016 is a must go event. Ticket information can be found on the CCC website.

Are you going to the Crypto Cannabis Conference this year? Let us know in the comments section.

Images courtesy of CCC2016cannahacker.commedicinehunter.com.

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Western Union Launches B2B Platform for Global Payments

Source: bitcoin

Western Union

At the Money20/20 conference in Copenhagen, Western Union announced the launch of the WU EDGE platform, designed to provide increased transaction channels and analytics opportunities for Western Union small and middle-sized business clients. The Enterprise Digital Global Exchange (EDGE) is the new Western Union business-to-business digital platform which will make buying and selling overseas much more seamless and cheap.

Also read: How to Implement the Blockchain in Financial Institutions

Western Union Borrows From the Blockchain

Given Western Union’s scale, the platform aims help business owners in the developing and developed worlds alike. Speaking to the potential impact of the platform, Kerry Agiasotis, President of Western Union Business Solutions, commented, ““WU EDGE technology will enable hundreds of thousands of businesses across the world to easily engage in global trade, potentially enabling them to grow, invest and deliver the jobs of the future. We view ourselves as business partners to our SME customers and we are proud to offer this platform to them.”

While not blockchain-based, the WU Edge seems to be applying lessons from distributed ledger technology. Through providing a centralized data collection space with global integration and reach, small and medium sized businesses will now be able to view their accounting data in a single location, thereby forgoing barriers traditionally present in integrating foreign or disparate data systems. Initial partners can additionally invite existing or new partners to trade globally and interact with them in real-time on WU Edge, which should help expand it’s use and lead to growth in international business offerings and trade.

Western Union’s announcement gives hope that the outdated and silo-based global financial architecture is evolving. Hundreds of thousands of businesses have less than fully realized business potential due to local technological and regulatory standards, disparate currencies, time lags, and burdensome fees. The traditional players can significantly help overcome these problems and bridge previously disconnected business avenues. WU Edge, for example, will operate in over 130 currencies in and 200 countries and territories. The platform also promises to provide “near real-time” service for 22 currencies, becoming real-time for 49 currencies within a few months from launch.

WU Edge will go-live on April 11th in six initial markets: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom and United States. The platform will be available in other select markets in 2016.

What do you think about Western Union’s announcement? Can traditional players continue to have an impact on the quickly evolving payments space? How can Western Union apply the Blockchain’s lessons even further? Share your thoughts below!

Images courtesy of Western Union

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OpenBazaar Nears Beta Release, Presenting at d10e Con

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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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The North American Bitcoin Conference 2016: Day 1

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The North American Bitcoin Conference

This piece was written by Ryan Strauss.

This weekend, I am in Miami for The North American Bitcoin Conference.  This is the third Bitcoin Conference that I have ever attended; the first was in Chicago in June 2014, the second was in San Diego last month.  I am incredibly excited to be here.  Every Bitcoin conference or Meetup I have ever attended has been three things; informative, uplifting, and nerdy.  There’s nothing better than being able to Nerd-Out with the other Bitcoiners present.  As you likely know, it is very difficult to have deep conversations about Bitcoin usually!

Also read: Meet the Guys Who Paid $10,000 for a Bitcoin Comic Book

Over the next two days, I’ll be providing an Hour-By-Hour look into the craziness that is a huge Bitcoin Conference. TNABC does a great job running these events, sourcing top quality speakers from around the industry, and getting the word out for the best and brightest to attend. This should provide some good insight into the current state of and trends within the Bitcoin Industry. So, here we go. Below is a running recap and summary of TNABC in Miami, January 21st-22nd, 2016.



[7:30 AM]:  Wake up. Running on 2.5 hours of sleep from writing my blog on Medium late last night.

[8:34 AM]:  Dropped off downtown by a good friend. Call Lyft, start heading towards the Miami Beach Convention Center.

[9:12 AM]: Get to Miami Beach Convention Center, realize that the conference isn’t actually here. It’s at the James L. Knight Convention Center in downtown Miami, not Miami Beach.

[9:46 AM]: Finally arrive at the right location. Pay in United States Dollars. Run into John Scianna, a bitcoin entrepreneur who I only knew through Facebook and by-name.  Discuss our current work in-person for our first time.

[10:01 AM]:  Arrive at check-in location for the conference. Said hi to Moe Levin, who I met in 2014 at TNABC in Chicago. Was informed that my name is not on the press pass list. Mention how Caleb Chen approved a press pass for me.  Get into the conference for free.

[10:04 AM]:  Bump into Caleb at the table for Ledger, “The Bitcoin Security Company,” as their slogan goes. Talked to the team for a bit. Learned that Ledger is creating hardware wallets which store your private keys in them. This is essentially a form of cold storage. Saw a demonstration of how one of these work. Ledger also had 4 blockchain-enabled debit cards on display. The wallet is paired with “companion apps,” which are a user-friendly interface for detailing the transactions. The intention behind these products is to give Bitcoin a physical element that people can relate to, similar to their house keys. Ledger sold their hardware wallets on site; planning to buy one with Bitcoin later today.

[10:05 AM]:  See David Ripley of Glidera from afar. I first met David in late 2013 at a Bitcoin Meetup in Chicago when Glidera was just starting. David was deep in conversation with someone. It is amazing to see Glidera doing well.

[10:10 AM]:  Talk to t0, a team lead by Patrick Byrne aiming to decrease settlement costs and inefficiencies. Was told that the team recently conducted the world’s first documented Bond transaction on a blockchain. Was told that the team is working closely with the SEC to enable trading of other securities on this platform, including the shorting of stocks.

[10:13 AM]: Actual-overheard the following comment while walking between booths, while overhearing a conversation about Bitcoin and its potential applications in the Marijuana industry: “But where do you get the cannabis?”

[10:14 AM]: Talk to the team at Block C, a mining services company for less experienced Bitcoin Miners as well as those looking for American based options. Was told that there has been concern recently in the Mining community about centralization of mining power and also about the over centralization on Chinese or Hong Kong based Mining operations. Block C provides the opportunity to run a Bitcoin miner for you in proportion to the amount you invest. Additionally, if you want them to run an old or new Bitcoin miner for you, you can drop it off at their offices and they will run it for you. They are not a mining pool, I was told, because they structure their mining investments in ways that aren’t pooled.  Yes, they partner with other pools, but each miner at Block C is run individually.  Seems to be a low barrier to entry here for anyone looking to get involved in mining; seems to be run by competent people.

[10:25 AM]:  Spoke with the team at DASH. DASH is an impressive and ambitious endeavor, aimed at providing an alternative to Bitcoin with better incentive structures built in for the community. I was told that the Bitcoin network has ~200x more processing power now than Google, and that this infrastructure should be used for incentives “other than providing transactional security,” other than rewarding the coinbase to only miners.  As their pamphlet reads, “Dash is an open-source project that delivers safe decentralized financial solutions.” DASH provides incentive structures which reward many parties involved for the coinbase component of a block-reward, not just the miners. We discussed how rewarding solely the miners encourages centralization of mining, and it doesn’t build in strong incentives to reward the rest of the community. I was told that the Bitcoin network only has 5800 full-nodes running at this point, while the DASH network has 4000 full-nodes running; through the unique incentives that Dash provides, the hope is that it will encourage a healthier network and more full-nodes on the DASH network than on Bitcoin in the long run. Additionally, DASH had a really sweet looking soda-vending machine that can be used for purchase with DASH (coins). Another unique feature of their network is InstantX, which provides instant transaction confirmations that supposedly confirm payments within 1-4 seconds!

[10:38 AM]:  Run into John, who I met at the Bitcoin Conference in San Diego last month. He is still working on his Local Bitcoins business and also offers educational and consulting services. He spent so much time on his Bitcoin work last semester that it significantly hurt his grades.

[10:41 AM]: After a flurry of talks, was flustered. Run to the sign-in table asking where the actual talks and panels for the conference are. Ask where is a good place to work.

[10:42 AM]:  Literally bump into Mate Tokay, CEO of Bitcoinist, who I had met originally at the Conference in San Diego last month, out of nowhere.  Mate was in from Hungary and we talked briefly about what was up with our lives.  Mate and Caleb saw the potential in me, believed in me, and helped give me this opportunity to write.

[10:44 AM]:  Post up at the Bitcoinist table in the atrium next to the room where the conference is.  Meet Scott, a.k.a. “Talon”, who I had been corresponding with over Telegram for the past month.  Had a spirited, 20-minute conversation about Bitcoinist and the successes of the site recently.

[10:59 AM]:  Finally downloaded the AirBitz app.  This is the best iPhone Bitcoin wallet I have ever seen to-date.  I am impressed by it’s simplicity.

[11:01 AM]:  Mate pays me in Bitcoin for the commission I earned for my first sale for Bitcoinist, which was a $45 press release that I sold last week.  We discussed how awesome it was that Bitcoinist pays employees in Bitcoin.  Mate showed me the basics of how to use the AirBitz app.

[11:10 AM]:  The Bitcoin transaction from Mate confirmed to the blockchain.  16,902.08 Bits, which equates to exactly $7.

[11:46 AM]:  Moe Levin swings by the Bitcoinist table.  He is looking for an additional speaker for the panel on Bitcoin in the media.  Mate and Scott volunteer to speak on the panel as needed.

[11:48 AM]:  All caught up, finally wrote everything up to this point.


[12:05 PM]:  Tone Vays, Bitcoin technical trading expert, walks up to the Bitcoinist table.  He recognized me from the conference in San Diego because I spoke with him briefly there and also asked questions during his talk.  Tone described Bitcoin trading as “a sandbox of trading with random quicksand holes.”  Tone also said that Bitcoin may be overpriced currently because we are still waiting for another wave of users to the like that we saw in 2013.  Tone feels that 2013 was unprecedented in terms of the amount of new-users who joined the Bitcoin community that year.

[12:14 PM]:  Random comment overheard among people leaving the talks and the panel: “they switched and started talking about the block-size debate.”  Also, “even Factom started talking about the block-size debate.”  In my opinion, these “debates” are actually healthy for the community, because they bring more people into the decision-making-discussion.

[12:23 PM]:  Spoke with Joe Colangelo from Consumers’ Research (established in 1919).  Joe informed me that tomorrow after his talk he is releasing a Whitepaper around mechanisms and processes for the insurance industry and legal community to follow when working-with Bitcoin or Blockchain companies.  We spoke about how important it is for the Bitcoin community to work with regulators and the legal community, not “against” them.  We spoke about how impactful blockchain technology will be in the years ahead.  Joe said that he is involved in the space because he wants to tell his children he helped play a part in this-thing-that-changed-the-world, and that whether he was successful or not he wanted to be involved.

[12:31 PM]:  Random, older gentleman walks up to the table.  My intuition said that he was from here in Miami.  He was wearing a pressed blazer, and had an immaculate watch on.  Our table had caught his attention because it said “Bitcoin.com”.  This gentleman asked us, “Where can I get some Bitcoin?  I want some Bitcoin and I do not know much about it.”  We explained to him how he was in the right place, a Bitcoin Conference, and that on Bitcoin.com he could find exchanges listed where he can obtain Bitcoin from.

[12:37 PM]:  Lunch time… Chicken Fingers!!!!!

[12:45 PM]:  Get yelled at for not realizing that the Chicken Fingers were $2 per finger.

[12:53 PM]:  After waiting in line to pay, got to the front of the line.  The credit card machine that the conference center was using did not work very well.  It was taking a long time for people to pay.  The woman working the cashier had to talk to two managers to figure out how to get the credit card machine to work.  They tried to funnel everyone using cash to the front of the line.  Being that this is at a Bitcoin Conference, it was truly hilarious to watch.  Someone behind me in line said, “This is hilarious!”  And ironic, too.

[1:04 PM]:  An information systems professor from Florida International University comes over to the Bitcoinist booth.  He starts talking about how he conducts a lot of his research around Bitcoin, and has analyzed price movements and potential of the Blockchain.

[1:06 PM]: Scott mentioned off-hand that he saw Nick Szabo speak at a conference in Las Vegas recently.  He said that Nick was reserved and brilliant, and that his presentation was really cool.

[1:15 PM]: Heading into panel on Media in Bitcoin.  Caleb and Mate participating in the panel along with Pete Rizzo of CoinDesk.

[1:19 PM]:  Discussion around the centralization of Bitcoin mining.  Discussion around the different large mining operations currently going on around the world.

[1:20 PM]:  Pete discusses how CoinDesk wants to bridge the gap between “corporate”/”traditional” companies and the bitcoin community.  And that everyone, even the leaders of more “traditional” companies, have important ideas to contribute to the larger Bitcoin discussion.

[1:21 PM]:  Caleb says that the Bitcoin media sector has re-branded in the past 3 years, which I agree with.  What previously was writing for just-bitcoiners, now is spanning towards a larger, tech-focused audience.  Use of the term “Blockchain” is a means to make the FinTech community feel more welcomed.

[1:24 PM]:  Pete: we (the Bitcoin media sector) need less news; we need to focus on providing better quality news.  If the bitcoin community doesn’t spend enough time to teach mainstream audiences the basics of bitcoin technology, Pete says, then it will be harmful for bitcoin in the long run.  This is why there is so much misinformation (labeling bitcoin as “a failure”) being written now about the block size debate.

[1:29 PM]:  Mate makes point about how mainstream media still largely doesn’t understand Bitcoin.  I agree with this, and feel that the entire community needs to continue to play a collective roll in educating people about bitcoin and blockchains.  Mate’s example; “When there’s a server outage at a prominent site, it is not written that ‘the internet is dead’.”

[1:36 PM]:  Pete:  If you have something that’s an actual story, that’s creative and that goes beyond simply reporting, then this will be read.  This is not “content.”  This is a way to produce great and engaging ideas, ones that will build the brand of that website.

[1:38 PM]:  Caleb:  A lot of people in the media industry are hoping that micro-transactions and tipping will replace advertising.  This, as Pete later pointed out, is a very difficult behavior to begin to induce in most people as they are then paying for something that they used to receive for free.

[1:42 PM]:  Pete:  the industry is still in its early stages.  The fact that institutions like banks are testing out blockchain technology is a great sign, but also demonstrate how far we collectively have to go.

[1:44 PM]:  Pete:  it’s up to the leaders in the space to create new technologies, to create new news that is inherently story-worthy.

[1:46 PM]:  Pete:  the bitcoin media sector has been very active in reaching out to, educating, engaging, and answering questions for more “traditional” companies.  Scott says that bitcoin media companies do indeed field requests for information about bitcoin from “mainstream” media companies and larger companies, and quite often, too.

[1:51 PM]:  Mate:  the primary goal of Bitcoin media companies is to provide a healthy forum for discussion, to enable people and ideas to meet one another.

[1:56 PM]: Person in audience suggests micro-tipping for commenting sections of the site.  Crowd really likes this idea, because they collectively dislike “trolls” in the comments section.  Caleb points out how ZapChain and CoinJournal are already trying this out.

[1:57 PM]: Person in audience explains how newer users to Bitcoin and newer people to the Bitcoin community are often turned away, because they do not understand the basics of Bitcoin.  Most people, as he puts it, have not gotten to “Step 1” in understanding Bitcoin.  He made a great point that for the other 7 billion people on earth, it’s really difficult to get and internalize this new technology.  This received applause from the audience.  This person ended on the question; “what’s the one message that you as bitcoin media companies would have for everyone?

[1:58 PM]:  Mate says that he thinks it’s too difficult to distill this into one sentence; points out how Bitcoin.com recently posted a 50-reasons to use Bitcoin post.  Furthermore, Pete says that he feels that it is dangerous to take any one position here; he feels that media companies have a responsibility to view technology agnostically.  Lastly, Caleb says that “bitcoin will do for money what the internet did for knowledge.”

[2:26 PM]:  Finally found a charger to plug in my laptop and phone.  I’ve been juggling like 3 things at once.  Been overhearing a conversation between an investor and an entrepreneur pitching to him at an isolated table in a conference room next to where my charger is.  Investor at one point says “everyday our clients are dealing with law enforcement.  Everyday.  And it is a major question of how to take the risks within, how to approach the risks that they’re taking… I work with law enforcement all the time.”

[2:29 PM]:  See a model posing in a bikini next to a bitcoin vending machine.  She was out of place; a conference of nerds didn’t necessitate models.  I felt bad for her; that someone was subjecting her to do this, at a bitcoin conference.  Then someone from the conference center yelled at her to put her dress back on.

[2:40 PM]:  Spoke to the team at Bitso, the largest Mexican bitcoin exchange.  Learned that some of their users are freelancers, and that the CEO used to be a freelancer himself.  Discussed the bitcoin community in Mexico; was told it is smaller than that in America, and about 1-2 years behind in terms of its size and momentum.  But that it is indeed there and it is a community that’s growing.  We also discussed bitcoin media aimed at serving the Spanish speaking bitcoin community, a likely-underserved demographic.  The 3 publications that were mentioned around this were El Bitcoin, Sobre Bitcoin, and NotiBitcoins.

[2:51 PM]:  Spoke to the team at Clef, an application for getting around having to remember your passwords.  Clef provides an interface which allows users to login without a password.  This is done by scanning a QR-like code and signing off on the login with the actual-user’s private key.  The team at Clef is great; I genuinely got along with them.  We discussed the theoretical possibilities of blockchains allowing for fully decentralized identity verification.  We discussed the block size debate and how bitcoin is software.  I took one of their “Fuck Passwords” stickers.

[3:18 PM]:  Bumped into Edwin of the College Cryptocurrency Network, a friend of mine who I knew from the bitcoin community at the University of Michigan.  We both talked to the team from Clef some more, then caught up off to the side.  Edwin told me how CCN switched its name to BEN (Blockchain Education Network).  I told Edwin that as a CS Major and college sophomore he should be hustling hard here, meeting people, promoting himself, and looking for new opportunities.

[3:31 PM]:  Waited to speak to Patrick Byrne one-on-one.  Patrick was very friendly, a great listener, and was respectful to what I had to say.  Patrick gave good advice about how to push forward difficult ideas.  He recommended working hand-in-hand with the legal community.  He also spoke positively of the potential for smart contracts.

[3:53 PM]:  Sitting in a separate room off to the side again, charging my computer.  Patrick Byrne walks in with a group of entrepreneurs and sits down at the table next to me and starts talking as part of a podcast.  Discusses the realities of fiat money with the entrepreneurs.  Discusses China and negative interest rates.  Discusses how transparency in the Federal Reserve through a blockchain can, theoretically, be a means towards creating a freer society.  Discusses the benefits of being an entrepreneur.  Be your own boss and self-actualize, Patrick says.  “View yourself as mankind’s public servant,” he says.  Off to a talk featuring Bobby Lee (CEO of BTC China) now.  Podcast with Patrick is still going on next to me.

[4:12 PM]: Bobby Lee’s talk actually hasn’t started yet (schedule is 10 minutes behind).  Now in main auditorium at talk by Ledger CEO Eric Larcheveque.  Eric discusses the potential and power of open source software.  He discusses the advantages of hardware wallets, and how they’re more secure and people can relate to them better than digital wallets.

[4:18 PM]:  Bobby Lee, CEO of BTC China, enters the stage.  His talk is about to be on the potential for Bitcoin to function as a (global) reserve currency.  Makes analogy to currency being like a house.

[4:22 PM]:  Bobby defines money as a “Store of Value” and also having qualities including “stable, recognizable, rare, hard to counterfeit, hard to obtain, and it has to have a stable supply.”

[4:23 PM]:  Bobby defines what a currency is; simply a legal classification or definition.  He details how many people in the media confuse references to “money” and “currency.”  Speaks to how gold was originally not backed by anything, and that this was okay, because gold was essentially all they had once “currency” was first starting off.

[4:28 PM]:  Reserve currency is needed to give people confidence, Bobby says.  Bobby views the idea of a “reserve currency” as an anchor, one which helps people not be too concerned about the fact that we use fiat money.  The reserve currency is a counter-weight.  Bobby: “Today, Gold is still the Reserve Currency, but Central Banks won’t openly admit that.”

[4:30 PM]:  Bobby says that Bitcoin “is real money.”  And that “We have now invented a digital form of the perfect money.  And now, because of that, it (Bitcoin) is suitable for the future world of digital reserve currencies.”

[4:36 PM]:  Next up, Brennen Byrne, CEO of Clef, gives talk making analogy of a CIA classified document from the 1950’s to the Hackathon Hacker’s ethos of today.

[4:41 PM]: Brennen: “If you look carefully in your logs, you will see that basic attacks like this will happen all the time”.  Discusses how hackers scan for opportunity and then look for justification later.

[4:44 PM]: Brennen:  Botnets, SQLi, DDoS cannons, Phone calls and emails to support are all main forms of attacks.

[4:45 PM]:  Security tips from Brennen:  Do not reinvent the wheel!  Follow industry best practices.  Use concentric circles of defense.

[4:48 PM]:  Brain is hurting.  Feeling tired.  Should probably get some water soon or take a nap.  Brennan’s talk just ended.  One talk to go.

[4:50 PM]:  Final talk of the day, by Patrick Deegan, starts.  Patrick is the CTO of Personal Blackbox, a company putting forth solutions for decentralized identity and trust.

[4:55 PM]:  Patrick: Distributed ledger technology can serve as the DNA of our identity and being online.  Blockchains allow for this all to happen in a decentralized manner.

[4:57 PM]:  Patrick:  We need to create something that makes it easy for our grandparents to use and manage private keys.  This is key, Patrick says.  I agree with this wholeheartedly.


[5:02 PM]:  Really tired at this point.  Getting sidetracked.  See article on Facebook titled “Feminist Frequency takes on ‘strategic butt coverings’ in video games.”

[5:03 PM]:  Slide during Patrick’s presentation catches my eye.  It makes a point about Smart Contracts.  It says; “Smart Contracts: autonomous and secure execution of governance, legally binding alternative dispute resolution, Rule of Law.”

[5:06 PM]:  Patrick’s talk is over, going to get some water.

[5:14 PM]:  Didn’t actually go to get water.  Stayed to hear the Q&A with Patrick.  Someone in audience asks about Homomorphic Encryption.

[5:18 PM]:  Conference is declared officially over for the day by the host.  Off to actually-get-that-water now.

I hope that everyone has enjoyed following along in today’s post.  Bitcoin conferences, as you can see above, are fun, nerdy, and intertwined places for entrepreneurs to meet.  They’re a great place to learn in general and also learn about new opportunities.  I’d recommend going to one if you haven’t yet.

Be on the lookout for a day 2 recap tomorrow evening!

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TNABC 2016 Ticket Giveaway Closed: The Winner Has Been Chosen!

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Editor’s note: If you receive an email saying that you are a winner, you will be asked to provide us with your full name. That way, you will be added to the list, and will be permitted entry upon arriving at the TNABC 2016 venue. 

The North American Bitcoin Conference’s (TNABC) 2016 Miami event will kick off tomorrow, January 21. This conference is sure to be a good one; famous names in the Bitcoin community will give talks during the two-day event, including Patrick Byrne, Brock Pierce, Bobby Lee, Jerry Brito, Bruce Fenton, and Tone Vays. On January 15, 2016, we opened a competition to give away a free ticket to the event. This giveaway was a great opportunity to gain access to the conference, as the only tickets left for sale were the $349 USD “Last Minute Tickets. ” Today, the giveaway is closed, and a winner has been chosen. 

Also read: Bitcoin Helps Consumers Transition To Cashless Payments

TNABC 2016 Ticket Giveaway

To enter the giveaway, all our readers had to do was sign up for our daily newsletter. After signing up for our newsletter, readers would get daily emails from us with information relevant to our website and the news we cover. We randomly selected a winner from the list of email subscriptions that came in.

The North American Bitcoin Conference is one of the most popular annual events in the Bitcoin community. The Miami meetup always features big names in the Bitcoin industry, such as high profile Bitcoin entrepreneurs and protocol developers. TNABC has been the site for big announcements for innovations and businesses since its inception — and this year will likely not be any different. With the Bitcoin block size debate in full swing, and the recent proposal of Bitcoin Classic, the discussions attendees will find at TNABC 2016 are sure to be interesting in the very least.

We hope our ticket winner enjoys their time at TNABC 2016. Please keep coming back to Bitcoinist for the best crypto-industry news and more high quality giveaways.

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Get Your TNABC Miami Tickets Today!

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Get Your TNABC Miami Tickets Today!

MIAMI The North American Bitcoin Conference (BTCMIAMI) is getting really close for its fourth year starting this January 20th-22nd. Financial applications, Bitcoin, and distributed ledger technology have gained mass attention over the past year, and the event in Miami is meant to keep attendees up to speed on the latest innovations. The conference will be filled with developers, enthusiasts, analysts, industry executives and so much more discussing this emerging economy and all the accessories that go along with it.

Also read: New BTCC Bitcoin Nodes Are Hosted on Amazon Web Services

BTCMiami is at it again coming to the city to bring some of the hottest gear, discussions, and speakers within the FinTech landscape. The event will kick off with a party on January 20th at the Clevelander Hotel at 6 pm and begin the main event at the James L Knight Center Jan 21st-22nd at 9 am. Today is the last day you can save up to 30% off the general admission price — so head over to the registration section here and save some satoshis this year. The lineup of speakers will include some of the top innovators in the FinTech space, explaining the new technologies and executives of companies who are building this infrastructure. The schedule is located here, and guest speakers will include:

  • Patrick Byrne, CEO at Overstock and T0.com
  • Sean Walsh, Partner, Redwood City Ventures
  • Brock Pierce, Founding Partner at Blockchain Capital
  • Bobby Lee, CEO at BTCC
  • Matthew Roszak, Founding Partner at Tally Capital
  • Micah Winkelspecht, Founder and CEO at Gem
  • Andrew ‘Flip’ Filipowski, Founding Partner at Tally Capital
  • Marco Streng, CEO at Genesis Mining
  • Paul Snow, CEO at Factom
  • Eric Larcheveque, CEO at Ledger
  • John Collins, Head of Policy and Government Affairs at Coinbase
  • Jason King, Founder at Sean’s Outpost
  • Joe Ventura, Founder and CEO at AlphaPoint
  • Veronica McGregor, Partner at Hogan Lovells
  • Marco Santori, Attorney at Pillsbury Winthrop
  • Trace Mayer, Bitcoin Knowledge Podcast Host
  • Brennen Byrne, CEO at Clef
  • Jerry Brito, Executive Director at Coin Center
  • Patrick Deegan, CTO at Personal BlackBox
  • Harry Yeh, Partner at Binary Financial
  • Bruce Fenton, Executive Director at Bitcoin Foundation
  • Will O’Brien, Strategic Advisor at Blockchain Capital
  • Michael Terpin, Chairman at BitAngels
  • Evan Duffield, Lead Developer at Dash
  • Pieter Gorsira, CEO at Lawnmower
  • Michael Sonnenshein, Director at Grayscale Investments
  • Diego Gutierrez Zaldivar, Co-Founder at Rootstock
  • Marshall Long, CTO at Final Hash
  • Joe Colangelo, Executive Director at Consumer’s Research
  • Tone Vays, Head of Research at BraveNewCoin
  • Wayne Vaughn, CEO at Tierion
  • J Maurice, VP Engineering at PIA
  • Paul Veradittakit, VP Pantera Capital
  • Brian Klein, Lawyer at Baket Marquart

As usual, the Bitcoin event in Miami will continue to be smoking hot just as the city it takes place in. Event organizers and its sponsors including Private Internet Access, Bitcoin.com, Genesis Mining and more are prepared to keep the technological heat roasting! If you like to mingle with enthusiasts just like you, meet entrepreneurs and investors just like you, then The North American Bitcoin Conference is the place to be. Sign up today to get your general admission tickets reserved for this fourth annual Bitcoin and FinTech event in Miami!    

Will you be attending the conference in Miami? Let us know in the comments below.

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