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.
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.
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.
Paul is CEO and Co-Founder of Airbitz
Airbitz is 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.
Co-Founder, Co-CEO and CTO of Ciphrex Corporation
Eric Lombrozo is founder, Co-CEO, and Chief Technology Officer at Ciphrex Corporation, a software company providing security tools, account management applications, and application development platforms and libraries for peer-to-peer payment networks. With a background in computer science and mathematics, Lombrozo has worked at several software startups and has years of industry experience in the areas of security and software architecture. He is the architect and author of the first scalable multisignature cryptocoin account management system. Lombrozo has participated in several projects related to decentralized consensus protocols, contributing source code and ideas to various open source projects including Bitcoin, Ripple, and Ethereum.
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.
CEO of ShapeShift.io
Erik Voorhees is among the top-recognized serial Bitcoin advocates and entrepreneurs, understanding Bitcoin as one of the most important inventions ever created by humanity. Having been a featured guest on Bloomberg, Fox Business, CNBC, BBC Radio, The Peter Schiff Show, and numerous Bitcoin and industry conferences,
Erik humbly suggests that there is no such thing as a “free market” when the institution of money itself is centrally planned and controlled. Erik is the CEO of the instant cryptocurrency exchange, ShapeShift.io, and blogs at MoneyAndState.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Co-founder of PeerTracks
Cédric Cobban is an entrepreneur whose interest in Austrian economics, business and investing lead him to Bitcoin in 2011. His fascination with blockchain technology, coupled with an understanding of sound economics, lead him to BitShares in 2013.
This new, highly disruptive software allows for a complete revamp of the music industry urging him to co-found PeerTracks, a music streaming website sitting on top of blockchain technology.
Cofounder Crypto Counter
Verengai is a young leader in technology, social innovation and sustainable development, with keen interest in youth actions towards a better world. An Ashoka Global Fellow, a Mandela Washington Fellow and a member of the BMW Foundation Young Leaders Forum. He is the Founder and Director of Development Reality Institute (DRI). He is passionate about ICT based solutions for Climate Change. With sound knowledge on social innovation, technology and capacity building, Verengai has started 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).
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.
Founder and Executive Director, The Eleuthera Foundation
The Eleuthera Foundation, a non-partisan, public policy thinktank in Honduras that aims to demonstrates that good rules, access and protection to the legal system and a path to prosperity are possible without having to leave Honduras. We are using the blockchain to disrupt the top-down order in developing countries. The blockchain holds the key for low cost, secure transactions and transparency that low-income countries need to leap their institutions forward.
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.