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.
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.
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.
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.
co Founder of PeerTracks
Eddie Corral has a 25 plus year career in the business of music - his vast knowledge and experience of the industry stretches from record producer to music publisher, concert promotions to radio broadcast. Eddie was a regional A&R rep for Universal/Republic, Atlantic, Arista and Epic Records, during that time he successfully had five major label signings with a total sales volume of eleven million records sold.
He is a current active voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science (NARAS), he donates and contributes time to the MusiCares Foundation an organization that provides critical assistance for musicians in time of need.
Eddie is currently developing new talent and working on Peertracks full time
Vice President, Alphapoint
Scott is a Vice President of AlphaPoint, a white label exchange platform for digital currency businesses. Bitcoin and altcoin exchanges all over the world have launched leveraging the AlphaPoint platform, helping people globally adopt digital currencies. Prior to AlphaPoint, Scott was at Baynote, a leading provider of big data solutions for retail, with 12 Fortune 500 customers, 8 Patents along with 6 patents pending. Scott has also founded and served as CEO of two coffee companies, one focused on importation and distribution of green coffee, and, the second that created and distributed retail products. Scott is also a past board member of the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club and active member of the San Francisco Little Italy, Telegraph Hill community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Co-founder, Satoshi Nakamoto Institute
Daniel Krawisz has been a bitcoin enthusiast since 2011. He received his Master’s degree in physics from The University of Texas at Austin in 2010. In 2013, he was a founder of the Satoshi Nakamoto Institute. He has written many articles on the economics of Bitcoin.
Paul is CEO and Co-Founder of Airbitz
Paul is CEO and Co-Founder of Airbitz, a company with a vision of Bitcoin mass adoption through ease of use and ease of security. Airbitz delivers a mobile bitcoin wallet with the familiarity of mobile banking but with true bitcoin decentralization, autonomy, and privacy. Paul is an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduate of UC Berkeley with a wide range of technical skills from low-level 3D graphics engineering to front end user interfaces. He held lead engineering positions with Nvidia Corp and Chromatic Research. Most recently he owned and operated several non-technical small businesses where he implemented solutions to streamline the intersection of people, business, and technology.
President of CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium
Michael is a well-respected Bitcoin expert who has launched the first Bitcoin consulting firm in Canada. Michael enjoys delivering high-level “What is Bitcoin?” presentations tailored to specific audiences as well as low-level Bitcoin technical assistance for developers and technical experts. From pure geekspeak to plain English, Michael brings clarity and confidence to the emerging world of Bitcoin.
Michael is a certified information security professional with over a decade of experience in the computing and security industries. An accomplished cyber-crime investigator and public speaker, Michael has been invited to speak at leading computer security conferences both locally and internationally.
Michael’s career began in the banking industry as a computer programmer. His interest in security drove him into more specialized roles in cryptography, cyber security, digital forensics, electronic discovery, and cyber-crime investigations.
Michael holds degrees in information assurance and security theory, as well as certifications in the fields of digital forensics and information security. Michael has taught classes in digital forensics, information systems security auditing, and computer security.
Michael’s interest in security lead to an active role in the emerging Bitcoin community. Michael has contributed new features and code changes to one of the leading alternative Bitcoin clients and has been a vocal proponent of new security features that will enhance the security of this online decentralized cryptocurrency. Michael has been invited to speak about cyber-crime issues surrounding Bitcoin to various legal, regulatory, and law enforcement audiences, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada, and will be assisting in the Bitcoin Incubator program at Bitcoin Decentral in Toronto, Canada.
Michael continues to conduct independent research in the security field and enjoys thinking of new ways to break things.
Founder of Numisight
Danno Ferrin is a software engineer with 16 years of practice, having worked on software in industries such as supply chain analytics, insurance, networking, and defense. One common theme in his work has been developing user interfaces and user experiences with graph visualizations. Danno has a B.S. in Computer Science from BYU, Provo.
Researcher in Finance & Economics
Adam graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science, and is currently working towards his Masters in Economics in New York City and is also a CFA Level III candidate. An early Bitcoin adopter, he has taken up the study of digital currencies and the Bitcoin ecosystem from a finance and economics viewpoint. Adam has over a dozen years of professional experience in the financial markets and enjoys writing about finance, economics, technology, and of course Bitcoin.
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.