Come to Texas, the cryptocurrency-friendly state and learn about how Bitcoin 2.0 and Blockchain will impact tomorrow’s ultra-connected and decentralized world of technology, business and society.
This year marks the 2nd Bitcoin 2.0 Million Dollar Hackathon. (4 out of 5 of last years winners went on to launch companies) More info »
Once again, we have a diverse and encompassing list of speakers and panelists, including George Gilder, the author of Wealth and Poverty. View George's virtual interview with the founder of Bitcoin.
Representative, Congressman, Advocate for Cryptocurrency
Rep. Steve Stockman is considered to be one of the leading advocates for cryptocurrency, championing free market and libertarian ideas and causes in Congress.
Congressman Stockman was twice elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas, once in 1994 and again in 2012. He has consistently fought for less government and restoration of Constitutional liberties. Stockman serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.
The congressman has been described as a futurist in the areas of nanotubes, 3-D printing, and cryptocurrencies. His intellect and humor make him a popular speaker around the world.
Chairman of the Protector Committee for the HOPE Gold Coin Charitable Trust, and Senior advisor for the Festival of HOPE
Previously, Mr. Allen has served as Co-Chairman along with the late Bob Hope for the Westmoreland Scholar Foundation, now located at the Texas Tech University Vietnam Center and Archive. In 1981 Mr. Allen served in the White House as Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan.
He has served as an advisor for six US Presidents and has extensive experience working with the US Congress, as well as many Foreign Ministers, and Heads of State. After leaving the White House, he founded the Washington, D.C. consulting firm of John Allen & Associates International, Ltd. Mr. Allen’s firm was involved in a wide range of projects in over 42 countries.
Mr. Allen currently serves as a senior advisor on international trade to the current US Secretary of Commerce and US Trade Representative. He has over thirty-seven years of experience negotiating political and economic issues between foreign governments and the US. He remains active as an advisor not only to the US and foreign governments, but also to small, medium, and large multi-national companies in the areas of procurement, trade, government relations, security, and international business relations.
He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal; Inc. Magazine; Bloomberg Financial Markets and Commodities News; as well as many local newspapers and journals. He is a frequent speaker and has appeared numerous times as a guest commentator on the FOX News TV station in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Allen continues to work on various humanitarian projects worldwide for the conservation and protection of the world’s limited fresh water supply.
Founder and Partner at The Gilder Technology Fund
Mr. George Gilder is the Founder and Partner at The Gilder Technology Fund. Mr. Gilder is a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Gilder is the Founder and Chairman of Gilder Publishing, LLC. Mr. Gilder is Senior Founding Member of Gilder Mobile Internet Fund and the Managing Member of Gilder Cremers Fund. He was the former Editor-in-Chief of the Gilder Technology Report (published by Forbes Inc., 1996–2007). He serves as the Chairman of Advisory Board at ASOCS Ltd. He is also the Chairman of George Gilder Fund Management, LLC. He has been Independent Director of Wave Systems Corp. since 1993. He serves as Director of Berkshire Corporation and The International Engineering Consortium. He was Member of Advisory Board at Garage Technology Ventures. Mr. Gilder served as a Director of K12 Inc. He served as Chairman of the Lehrman Institute Economic Roundtable and a former Program Director for the Manhattan Institute Mr. Gilder is the author of several books, including Life after Television, Microcosm, The Spirit of Enterprise, Wealth and Poverty and Telecosm; contributing editor to Forbes Magazine. His 1981 bestseller Wealth and Poverty advanced a practical and moral case for capitalism during the early months of the Reagan Administration. In 1986, President Reagan gave George Gilder the White House Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. Four years later, Mr. Gilder published Microcosm, his acclaimed history and prophecy of microchips. His latest book, the influential Israel Test, last year introduced Gilad Garon and ASOCS to Gilder’s readers. He is also a contributing writer at Wired and Forbes and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal. He is a recipient of White House award for Entrepreneurial Excellence from President Reagan. He is Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute where he directs Discovery’s program on high technology and public policy. Mr. Gilder attended Exeter Academy and Harvard University.
The Host of Rise Up Radio Show
John Bush is the former Executive Director of Texans for Accountable Government (TAG) and is the co-founder of Operation Defuse. John has been a featured speaker at liberty events across the country and hosts the Rise Up Radio Show.
VP for Financial Affairs at Dallas Baptist University
Eric is the Vice President for Financial Affairs at Dallas Baptist University. Eric practiced law in Fort Worth, Texas for 7 years with most of his time spent in the area of litigation. He received his MBA in Accounting from Dallas Baptist University and his Law Degree from Baylor University School of Law. He also studied Economics at Texas Tech University. Eric has served on various committees and boards for civic and religious institutions.
Joey attended Pomona College where he studied Computer Science, before leaving to to focus full time on Augur. Joey has spent most of his life honing his programming skills, and has an in-depth knowledge of Bitcoin Core. He conducted the first Bitcoin transaction via sound. Recently, Joey completed Sidecoin, which allows new crypto-currency distributions to be based on a “snapshot” of Bitcoin account balances Augur is the world’s first decentralized prediction market platform. Inspired by Bitcoin, open-source, and built on ethereum (employing sidechains), this software could potentially be the catalyst that makes bitcoin a consumer technology.
Managing Director of the Decentralized Applications Fund
David has been a 10X serial entrepreneur developing companies in various different fields from software to biotech. He is currently co-founder of the BitAngels (the world’s largest angel group) and serves as the Managing Director for the Decentralized Application Fund. As the Managing Director, David evaluates investments in Decentralized Applications & Protocols that are based on open source software, and use a distributed blockchain for token ownership and access to the application. He is also a board member at the Mastercoin Foundation, which encourages the development of open source protocols on top of the Bitcoin Protocol.
David got into the Bitcoin space in 2012 and has been excited to see the disruptive potential of the technology in finance and beyond. David and his wife currently reside in Austin, TX when he is not traveling the world speaking at conferences or core developers of new technologies.
Writer/Blogger/Host Bitcoin Magazine, Money and Tech, TheBitMom.com blog and ConsignBit.com
Catherine Bleish, MPA (@TheBitMom) runs TheBitMom.com blog and podcast. Catherine writes for Bitcoin Magazine, Money and Tech, and hosts an online bitcoin consignment shop at ConsignBit.com. You can follow her journey toward a more voluntary and natural life through the SovereignLiving.com blog or the SovereignLiving.tv reality show. She speaks at events across the country about natural living, alternative currencies, and raising sovereign children. Her current passion is to introduce the unschooling community to the cryptocurrency world and the cryptocurrency community to the virtues of unschooling. She received her Master’s Degree in Public Affairs with an emphasis on Nonprofit Management in 2011.
Founder of the Institute for Blockchain Studies
Melanie Swan is the Founder of the Institute for Blockchain Studies, a non-profit organization articulating the philosophical and societal research agenda for blockchain technology (Bitcoin Protocols 1.0 and 2.0 Explained: http://www.slideshare.net/lablogga/presentations). She is a contemporary philosophy graduate student at Kingston University London and Université Paris 8 focusing on information theory and technology philosophy. Her research interests include an ethics of perception of nanocognition, the philosophy of big data, the ideology of the biocitizen and the quantified self, the future of personal identity, and the case for cognitive enhancement. She has a traditional markets background with an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and work experience at Fidelity and JP Morgan. She is a quantitative methods and prediction markets instructor at Singularity University.
A Founder of Ethereum, Decentral, Decentral.tv, KryptoKit & Rushwallet, and much more
Anthony is entrepreneur, VC, advocate and long serving member of the global bitcoin, and decentralized technology movement. He is a founder of the Ethereum Project, Decentral, Decentral.tv, KryptoKit & Rushwallet; and a founding member of the community organizations Bitcoin Alliance of Canada and Global Bitcoin Alliance. Located in downtown Toronto, Anthony and his businesses operate our of Decentral, a business development centre and home to tech start-ups and entrepreneurs involved in the decentralized technology space.
CEO of BitMugs
President and Founder Chamber of Digital Commerce
The Chamber of Digital Commerce is a Washington, DC-based trade association representing the interests of the digital asset community. The Digital Chamber’s mission is to educate policymakers in shaping regulation and advocate for the acceptance and use of digital assets. Ms. Boring is a frequent speaker at FinTech conferences, and has also testified to governments around the world. CoinFilter named Ms. Boring the top woman in Bitcoin for her efforts in public policy, promoting a pro-growth legal framework for digital assets. Ms. Boring is also the author of the “Boring Bitcoin Report,” a leading industry news blog. Prior to forming the Digital Chamber, Ms. Boring was a television host and anchor of “Prime Interest,” an international finance program that aired in over 100 countries to over 650 million viewers. Ms. Boring was also a contributor at Forbes, and authored the column “Boring Economics.” Ms. Boring began her career as a legislative analyst in the US House of Representatives, advising on finance, economics, tax and healthcare policy.
Senior Lecturer at University College
Nicolas T. Courtois is a cryptologist and a Senior Lecturer at University College. He has received his PhD from the Paris 6 University. Then he worked as a cryptographic engineer for the French smart card firm Gemalto. He has 8 patents on applied cryptography and smart cards.
He is a highly influential code-breaker with more than 100 regular publications and more than 5800 citations. His H-index is 32. He is responsible for the cryptanalysis of many real-life cryptographic systems used by hundreds of hundreds of millions of people every day, such as the Bluetooth cipher E0, the automobile cipher KeeLoq and the MiFare Classic Crypto-1 system which is widely used in public transportation and building access control.
Recipient of the UK University Cipher Champion 2013 award.
At UCL he teaches about the following topics: Computer Security, Applied Cryptography, Cryptanalysis. He is a bitcoin activist and runs a regular bitcoin research seminar every week in central London. He has authored several research papers on bitcoin.
CEO and Founder of Gem
Micah Winkelspecht is the CEO and Founder of Gem, a simple and secure platform for blockchain developers. Gem’s mission is to empower individuals to be sovereign over their own assets, starting with bitcoin. An active Bitcoin community organizer and thought leader, Micah regularly speaks, moderates, and hosts at Bitcoin and startup events, and is co-organizer of the Los Angeles Bitcoin meetup group of over 1,000 members. Micah is also a significant contributor to the Bitcoin developer community as the author of MoneyTree, a popular open-source library used to create Bitcoin wallets and the first Ruby implementation of a Bitcoin HD wallet. Prior to his contributions to the Bitcoin world, Micah spent 10+ years developing software for companies including AT&T Interactive, Guide Financial and Pose.
Partner of Unisend, and cofounder of PesoDigital.org.
Jose Rodriguez has worked for over ten years in Financial Services companies. He is a partner of www.Unisend.com , the first Bitcoin exchange in Argentina, and www.Unisend.mxin Mexico. He is the co-founder of PesoDigital.org , and has met with the Mexican Central Bank to incoporate Bitcoin type technology into the payment systems and digitalization of the currency as a new monetary aggregate. He is the founder and partner of ALTIS: Alternative Investments Services, which invest in Bitcoin, altcoins and the development of its ecosystem.
Editor of the Under Employed and Hungry Newsletter
Creator of Agorist Marketplace, Founder of the Jackalope Freedom Festival, and Editor of the Under Employed and Hungry Newsletter.
Founder and lead developer of the Storj project
Shawn “decentralize everything” Wilkinson is the Founder and Lead Developer of the Storj project, which aims to bring cheaper, more secure, peer-to-peer cloud storage to the masses. He received a BS in Computer Science from Morehouse College and has been deeply involved in crypto-currencies since 2012. Shawn has been a part of the Bitcoin Core Development team, Web Lead for Peercoin, Web Lead for Primecoin, a developer on Armory Guide, and a freelancer for many other projects. He loves anything to do with crypto, especially if it is decentralized.