Diverse Conference Agenda Covers Blockchain and Big Picture Business, Charity and Community, Economics and E-Commerce, Social Impact and Security
AUSTIN, Tuesday, March 24, 2015 — This weekend’s 2015 Texas Bitcoin Conference (http://texasbitcoinconference.com/) at the Moody Theater in downtown Austin will provides a 360-degree insight into the world of Bitcoin, Bitcoin 2.0 and blockchain applications, with a diverse agenda highlighting the crypto-currency’s impact on the economic big picture, business and e-commerce, charities, communities and social initiatives. Technology foci include cybersecurity, Internet-of-Things (IoT), decentralized architectures and a hackathon offering a $1 million in prizes.
Bitcoin and the Economic Big Picture:
- A fireside chat with George Gilder, celebrated economist, technology visionary and author, currently finalizing his 17th book, Bitcoin & Gold: Information Theory of Money,
- Steven Stockman, former U.S. Representative for Texas’s Ninth Congressional District, presenting on “Government, Banks, Wall Street, and Money: How All of This Ends”,
- Economist Dr. Robert Murphy discussing, “The Mises Theory of Money, Bitcoin, and Saving the Economy”.
Bitcoin 2.0 and Business:
- Sumabala P. Nair of IBM delivering a keynote address on Project ADEPT and blockchain for world-scale IoT architectures,
- Shawn Wilkinson of Storj, presenting, “MetaDisk, a Blockchain-Based Decentralized File Storage Application”,
- A panel on “Blockchain and Beyond,” covering BitShares, Counterparty, Ethereum, Factom and Omni Protocol; moderated by David A. Johnston of the Dapps Fund.
Bitcoin in Charity, Community and Society:
- “Bitcoin’s Social Impact: From Global to Local,” presented by Connie Gillippi of the BitGive Foundation,
- “Changing Nonprofits with Bitcoin,” discussed by Jason King of Sean’s Outpost,
- “Using the Blockchain to Disrupt the Top-Down Order in Developing Countries,” explored by public policy think tank, the Eleuthera Foundation.
Bitcoin and Security:
- Steven Sprague of Rivetz addressing, “Securing your Private Key. Really, How Hard is That?”, covering hardware approaches to securing consumer devices,
- “Bitcoin Security against Theft”, focusing on recent high-profile Bitcoin wallet thefts, how they were perpetrated, and how to protect against such attacks,
- “Securing Bitcoin and Reaching CCSS Level 3”, covering how to meet the requirements of the new Crypto Currency Security Standard.
Million Dollar Hackathon:
Running for the second year alongside the conference program, the 2015 Hackathon, sponsored by the Dapps Fund and Rivetz, will feature 100 developers working in teams over two days to build Bitcoin 2.0, blockchain and IoT applications. The Dapps fund is once again providing $1 million in prizes for winners, and Rivetz is providing hardware to add powerful endpoint encryption to applications. Hackathon projects will be discussed and winners announced at the conclusion of the conference.
Sponsors and Exhibitors:
The 2015 Texas Bitcoin Conference features a roster of world-class sponsors and exhibitors: Cryptoart, Cryptocurrency Partners, The Dapps Fund, Factom, Hope Gold Coin, Lighthouse Partners, Miner Edge, Oregon Mines, PeerTracks, QuestBack, Rivetz, ShapeShift, Storj, Tally Capital, Tranform Public Relations and Tether. Support comes from Bitstickers, the Digital Currency Council, Jason M. Tyra, Perkins Coie and Texas Coinitiative. Transportation provided by Lyft and Uber.
More Information, Registration and Social Media
Kickoff party is Friday, March 27, at Maria’s Taco Xpress. Conference and hackathon are Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29, at the Moody Theater, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd., Second Street District. Conference registration is $150 for a full pass, with discounts for students. Hackathon registration is free. For more information, or to register, please visit www.texasbitcoinconference. The conference can also be found on Twitter at @TexasBitcoin (hashtag “#TexasBitcoinConference”) and Facebook at www.facebook.com/texasbitcoinconference.
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