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.
VP for Financial Affairs at Dallas Baptist University
Eric is the Vice President for Financial Affairs at Dallas Baptist University. Eric practiced law in Fort Worth, Texas for 7 years with most of his time spent in the area of litigation. He received his MBA in Accounting from Dallas Baptist University and his Law Degree from Baylor University School of Law. He also studied Economics at Texas Tech University. Eric has served on various committees and boards for civic and religious institutions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
CEO of BitMugs
Entrepreneur and Creative Director of The Crypto Show
A central Texas small business owner that not only accepts bitcoin but encourages other small to do so as well. Motivated by the idea free market money bitcoin has replaced his former belief that any political party could ever make a difference. As co-host/creative director of The Crypto Show, a Bitcoin focused FM radio show on 90.1 fm in Austin tx, Danny mixes various pro liberty topics on the show always bringing it back to Bitcoin to further spread the idea.
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.
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.”
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.