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.
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.
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.
CEO of CoinTelegraph
Apart from her role at the largest media group in Bitcoin, Miss Casserly advises several companies at the intersection of the internet of finance and the next gen web and is working with ZeroG Colony on a galactic music experience. Toni Lane is an an artist practicing in performance art, writing (poetry), photography and dance.
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.
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.
Founder and Executive Director of BitGive Foundation
Ms. Gallippi is the Founder and Executive Director of the BitGive Foundation. She took an early leadership role in Bitcoin philanthropy, founding BitGive in mid-2013. She is also a spokesperson for the social value of Bitcoin, conducting outreach to nonprofits about Bitcoin, working to elevate female leaders in the community, and helping to bring more women into Bitcoin.
Previously, Connie worked with environmental organizations in California for over 14 years, specializing in consulting, strategy development, policy and advocacy, funding assistance, and program management. She remains involved as a Board Member for California Urban Forests Council.
co-Founder and CEO of Factom, and Chairman of the Texas Bitcoin Conference
Paul Snow has been writing compilers, interpreters, and Rules Engines for use in graphics, embedded systems, and web applications for over 30 years. In 1987, Paul wrote and Printware shipped the first clone of Adobe’s PostScript Interpreter. He designed the Rules Engine used in Texas and Michigan to evaluate eligibility for SNAP, TANF, Medicare, and other Health and Human Services programs.
Paul learned about Bitcoin in 2011, and even purchased some Bitcoin, but didn’t dive into the technology until 2013. He organized the Bitcoin Meetup Group in Austin for nearly a year starting in May of 2013. This led to the Mini Bitcoin Conference Series in Austin, and the Texas Bitcoin Conference. In May of 2014 he began working on how to leverage the Bitcoin Blockchain to solve problems that are not fundamentally asset tracking problems. This grew into the Factom project.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.