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.
Economist, Research Fellow Independent Institute
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.”
Head of Research at BraveNewCoin
Tone has been working on Wall Street for almost 10 years starting as a risk analyst at Bear Stearns and later becoming a VP at JP Morgan Chase in the aftermath of the financial crisis. His expertise is in Economic Trends, Trading and Risk Analysis. Ever since getting involved in Crypto Currencies in early 2013 he has been very active in spreading the relevance and importance of this technology to people looking to better understand the current financial system. Living in NYC, Tone is often found at the NYC Bitcoin Center and recently started speaks at Bitcoin Conferences globally. His is the Head or Research at BraveNewCoin where you can find his latest work after previously writing at . Tone still attempts to maintain his personal blog focused on sound economics, privacy, free-thinking and adventurous travel. Tone holds a Masters Degree in Financial Engineering from Florida State University along with Bachelor Degrees in mathematics and Geology.
Bitcoin Evangelist, Consultant, Trader and Blogger
Samuel Kovac was in Slovakia. He currently lives in Mexico. He studied mathematics, programming and holds university degree in economics, banking and trade. He is passionate about the latest inventions and technologies, that have potential to change and improve the life of people around the world. He is an active member of Mexican and Slovak Bitcoin communities. He gives lectures and writes on subject of Bitcoin for almost two years.
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
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.
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 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.
Writer and Co-founder, Write-365.com and Dogecoin Advocate
Zezelia Olson is the co-founder of Write-365.com and member for the Site Operations team at RetailMeNot. Zezelia first became interested in cryptocurrency after receiving Dogecoin as a Christmas gift. She is fascinated by the inroads a crypocurrency can make with the right branding and believes Dogecoin in particular can be useful for promoting the arts and goodwill via online communities. Zezelia has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Co-founder and CEO, BitInstant
Charles ‘Charlie’ Shrem IV (born November 25, 1989) is an American businessman and entrepreneur. He is co-founder and CEO of the Bitcoin startup company BitInstant. He is a founding member of the Bitcoin Foundation and was Vice Chairman until late January 2014. On January 26, 2014, Shrem was arrested at New York’s JFK Airport on money laundering charges as he was in route to speak at the Miami Bitcoin Conference. Prosecutors allege that Shrem and another defendant, Robert Faiella, conspired to supply Bitcoin to users of the original Silk Road marketplace.
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.
Co-Founder and CEO of Clef
Brennen is the cofounder and CEO of Clef (getclef.com), two-factor authentication from the future. For Bitcoin to grow, normal users need access to much better security, so his focus is on making advanced security simpler and easier to use. Clef powers logins on more than 35,000 sites and The New York times described logging in with Clef as “magical” and has been recommended by usability and security experts across industries. It keeps users safe with the same public key cryptography used by Bitcoin wallets and wraps it in a mobile app that makes logging in faster and easier than ever.
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.
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
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.