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.
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.
CEO Infinity Algorithms
Daniel has worked previously in the hedge fund space as a software engineer, and when discovering SAFE Network, the decentralized internet he knew to get involved, developing for and evangelizing the SAFE Network technology from MaidSafe, and launching Infinity Algorithms a company that is pioneering the SAFE Network. He is all set to deliver SAFEX protocol as a first application on this new internet that unites decentralized transactions. Leading the endeavor pioneering the SAFE Network.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Executive Board Member of the Texas Coinitiative
When Kimberley entered the bitcoin ecosystem, she brought with her a breath of knowledge and diversity to the space. Kimberley is currently doing Public Relations & Social Media campaigns for businesses such as LoveStamp & Cryptoart, as well as the Texas Coinitiative. Kimberley is also a Partner at The Coinsultants. Additional affiliations include Cryptowomen Worldwide & Women in Bitcoin.
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.
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.
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.
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.