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.
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.
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.
IBM Business Analytics and Strategy Architect, Big Data and Internet of Things
Architect of ADEPT, the Proof of Concept development for the Internet of Things based on the a decentralized autonomous peer to peer architecture approach proposed in IBM’s Institute of Business Value (IBV) paper “Device Democracy: Saving the Future of the Internet of Things”
Key contributor to the Device Democracy IBV paper. Co-authored the technical paper “IBM ADEPT Practitioner Perspective” that takes a deep dive into the architecture that was first proposed in the Device Democracy IBV paper. Specialization in: Blockchain Technology – different cryptocurrencies and other applications of the Blockchain. Big Data & Analytics, with focus on Social Media Analytics and Software Defined Networking & Printed Electronics
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.
Global Tax, LLC
Daniel Winters has over 12 years of tax experience and holds both a Masters of Taxation and an MBA. An active member of the New York area Bitcoin community, Daniel has presented at the NYC Bitcoin Center and is featured in a weekly column on Bitcoinist.net about Bitcoin and taxes. Before founding Global Tax Accountants, Daniel was employed by top tier accounting firms in the US and Poland such as KPMG, Ernst & Young and Schoenbraun McCann. Daniel’s areas of tax expertise include Bitcoin and crypto currencies, U.S. businesses and individuals with international activity and preparing taxes for businesses and high net worth individuals.
Founder, Bitcoin Association - Founder and Managing Director, Atlantic Financial
Bruce Fenton is the founder of the Bitcoin Association (bitcoinassociation.org) a new industry trade group focused on education and advocacy for Bitcoin and related technologies with individuals, governments, businesses and charities.
Bruce is also founder and Managing Director of Atlantic Financial, which, in 1994, became the first full service investment firm to use the Internet. For over 22 years Bruce has focused on emerging markets and emerging technologies and has completed over $4.5 billion in investment sales. Bruce spends about half the year traveling internationally to locations such as Asia and the Middle East and serves as an advisor to some of the largest investors in the world. Bruce has been quoted in the New York Times, Bloomberg, Investor’s Business Daily, Fortune Magazine and many other publications
Crypto Counter Cofounder
Tawanda has been a Bitcoin Evangelist ever since he discovered the technology in July 2013. He was particularly drawn to it and impressed by it’s ability and potential to empower people. Between then and now, he started the project Bitcoin Dictionary - An authoritative source of definitions for all Bitcoin-related words (bitcoindictionary.org), Set up a Bitcoin Exchange in Zimbabwe (http://bitcoinexchange.co.zw) and is now working on the Crypto Counter - A Smart, Next Generation ATM (http://cryptocounter.co.zw).
Tawanda is also a polyglot who has been writing code for over 13 years and he has previously worked in 4 startups.
Partner of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Ms. Carol R. Van Cleef has been a Partner of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP since February 2014. Ms. Van Cleef was a Partner of Banking Regulation and International Transactions Practices for Bryan Cave, LLP since March 2005. She created and regularly teaches at the Boot Camp for BSA/AML Professionals, jointly sponsored by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and Bryan Cave. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Van Cleef served as Consultant of Golembe Associates, Inc. a bank consulting firm. She has been a Member of Advisory Board at Bitcoin Shop Inc. since October 20, 2014. Ms. Van Cleef served as a Member of the Editorial board at Complinet Group Limited and Complinet Ltd. Ms. Van Cleef has a JD from American University in 1984 and BSFS, from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, 1978.
Founder and Host of World Bitcoin Network
James D’Angelo is the founder and host of World Bitcoin Network, a news & educational channel focusing on all things Bitcoin. He has a Masters in Electrical Engineering and worked as a design engineer for NASA in the 1990s developing electronics for the highly successful WIND spacecraft. Since then, he has worked as an environmentalist in over a dozen countries around the world, particularly Gabon, Kenya and Bolivia, and is fluent in five languages. He is the 2014 MIT Climate CoLab winner for a Bitcoin-based solution to carbon cap-and-trade, and is a frequent Bitcoin speaker at MIT, Harvard and international conferences.
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.
Founder of Sean's Outpost
Jason King is a homeless advocate from Pensacola, Fl. He is best known as the founder of Sean’s Outpost/Satoshi Forest and feeding tens of thousands of meals to the homeless all paid for with Crypto-Currency.
President, Texas Bitcoin Association and Founder, Passing Bitcoin Around the World
Paul Snow has been writing compilers, interpreters, and Rules Engines for use in graphics, embedded systems, and web applications for over 30 years. He designed and executed the Passing Bitcoin Around the World events. As an Organizer of the Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency meetup group, he organized the Mini Bitcoin Conference in Austin Series, which has grown into the Texas Bitcoin Conference.
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.
Steven Sprague is the CEO of Rivetz and has spent the last 15 years as a leading expert promoting the built-In Trusted Computing standards in consumer devices. Rivetz is a startup focused on leveraging those capabilities to provide the benefits of a hardware security to any Wallet provider. This presentation will outline how Existing hardware can provide a best in class vault to protect and execute the users instructions to the block chain.
Vice-President and Spokesperson of CommonCollection.com.
Elisabeth Grothe-Møller is the Vice-President and Spokesperson of the new social site CommonCollection.com that has been under development for the past 7 years and will now be launching on the 29th of March 2015. CommonCollection is described as ’the new Google of charity’. It is a platform for global peer-to-peer giving using Bitcoin for low-cost money transfer, thereby bridging needs and potentials globally.
Elisabeth previously worked at the National Gallery of Denmark for three years as part of the youth group, ULK, advocating the benefits of art at the Museums events and at one of the largest music festivals in Europe, Roskilde Festival, intenting to increase the visitor-number of the younger demographic.
With an interest in digital publishing solutions she founded an eBook publishing house, KunstGeist, in 2013.
Elisabeth is currently a student at the University of Copenhagen.
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.
Robert P. Murphy has a PhD in economics from New York University. After teaching for three years at Hillsdale College, Murphy went into the financial sector where he wrote research reports and helped maintain the stock portfolios for clients. Murphy is now the head of Consulting By RPM, and runs the popular blog “Free Advice.” He has written hundreds of articles and several books for the layperson, including the Study Guide to Mises’ “Theory of Money and Credit.” Murphy wrote the EconLib featured article, “The Economics of Bitcoin.”
Founder College Cryptocurrency Network
Jeremy attended both Bard College and the University of Michigan, where he developed multidisciplinary studies in political strategy. While at Michigan, he founded the College Cryptocurrency Network, an international nonprofit organization, and began to work with several blockchain-related startups. You can often find him on the road, at a conference or club, extolling the virtues of the blockchain to anybody within earshot. He leads marketing and PR for Augur.
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.