Day 1: July 10


Registration Opens

9:00am – 9:45am

Opening Keynote: Bitcoin, Blockchain and Beyond Blockchain Agenda

An introduction to blockchain-based technologies and currencies, current state of the Bitcoin ecosystem and how Chicago’s rich history of FinTech innovation can position it to be one of the key centers of gravity in this new decentralized world.

9:45am – 10:30am


Over the next twenty years a major shift will take place in global commerce. Step into the future on a journey with digital currency pioneer, Steve Beauregard, who shares his vision of how global commerce will be impacted by the invention and proliferation of bitcoin and other digital currencies.

10:30am – 11:00am

Morning Break and exhibit hall is open

11:00am – 11:30am

Building Trust on the Blockchain: The Importance of Mental Models Blockchain Agenda

Bitcoin, and the services using it, are still too complicated to go mainstream. As blockchain technology matures, it’s critical that cryptocurrency builds consumer trust, which requires simpler mental models. This talk will define mental models, discuss why they’re important for building trust, and how to can improve them.

11:30am – 12:15pm

Leadership in a Time of Crypto: A Discussion On the Necessary Traits for Crypto Startups

In its short history, Bitcoin has become equally known for its revolutionary technology and breathtaking scandals which have caused hundreds of millions of dollars in losses. But the biggest scandals were not perpetrated by hackers, but by pillars of the community turned negligent and/or criminal actors. With too many examples to count, it begs a question to the community: What does a leader in the Bitcoin space look like, and what traits should today’s budding startups adopt? More than any of the technical aspects of Bitcoin, the development of true leaders in our community will determine whether we evolve independently, or are simply swallowed up as an accessory to the Finance industry.

12:15pm – 1:00pm

Bitcoin Security: A Practical Perspective

This session will provide an overview of best practices for securing bitcoins at both the individual and the enterprise level. The goal is not to merely provide a theoretical background and hypothetical wishlist but to provide practical guidelines that anyone can put to use immediately using off-the-shelf-components. Topics include secure key generation, key management, backups, policy definition and enforcement, multisignature transactions, offline signing, accountability, transparency, audits, and risk mitigation.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Lunch Break and Exhibit Hall is Open

2:00pm – 2:45pm

Afternoon Keynote: The Next Frontier of Bitcoin Blockchain Agenda

Bitcoin is far more than a payment system. Learn how blockchain technology, secured by bitcoin, will catalyze a new wave of transparency and security throughout the bond, equity, commodity markets as well as vertical markets such as real estate. Bitcoin is coming to space, extending the Internet-of-Things to every corner of the globe.

2:45pm – 3:30pm

Bitcoin Exchanges: Past, Present & Future

Acquiring Bitcoin for the long term or speculating short term has been evolving quickly over the last few years. From the early days of sending someone cash for bitcoins and the first spectacular rise and fall of Mt. Gox to the current leverage trading platforms we see today. Our panel of industry veterans will discuss this evolution and what they are expecting on the horizon from more secure transactions to their expectation of regulations. We’ll also touch on what is currently missing, what needs to be done away with and most importantly, what these experts are doing about it.

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Afternoon Break and Exhibit Hall is Open

4:00pm – 4:45pm

The Pros and Cons of Bitcoin Investing

Bitcoin investing has significant risk but also significant reward potential. In this panel we will discuss strategies for hedging and safeguarding your bitcoin investments. Both short term and long term strategies will be discussed as well as strategies for both cautious and speculative investors.

4:45pm – 5:30pm

Bitcoin 2.0 and Blockchain Startups: What Really Matters? Blockchain Agenda

Everyone is talking about the blockchain (Bitcoin 2.0) as being the “real” opportunity for those who didn’t get an early jump on Bitcoin, the currency. As a result, we are seeing many startups focusing on applying blockchain solutions to smart contracts, ledger-based functions, and much more, but what do these startups need to be seen as a relevant disruptor? In this talk we will discuss where the blockchain is headed, what constitutes disruption and relevance, new ways of creating value and the new funding models that are determining the success of new blockchain-based startups.

5:30pm – 6:00pm

Getting Ready for Wall Street

There has been growing interest from Wall Street to embrace digital currencies in a bigger way. With the technological and regulatory infrastructure mostly in place, what other barriers to participation exist and how will they be addressed by community?

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Networking Reception


Networking Dinner

We have a neat networking dinner taking place July 10 at 7:30pm at The Bellwether Meeting House & Eatery. First drink compliments of MecklerMedia and Matt Roszak. The dinner will be 4 courses for $53. Reserve your spot when registering for the conference. Space is limited!

Day 2: July 11


Registration Opens

9:00am – 9:45am

The Blockchain Debate Blockchain Agenda

As many of us know, the greatest potential for Bitcoin may reside in its underlying technology rather than as a currency. This panel will feature a spirited debate with some of the brightest minds in Bitcoin today. Topics include the technical promise of distributed ledgers, the future of Decentralized Autonomous Corporations (DACs), blockchain-based national voting systems, the role of blockchain in identity management, and the deployment of Blockchain 2.0 and sidechains. Join us as we explore the existence of a “killer app” for the blockchain and discuss the platforms and infrastructure supporting the next wave of blockchain connected economies.

9:45am – 10:30am

US and Beyond: Current Regulatory Examinations and Enforcement Actions

Join us for an incisive discussion and analysis of the current AML regulatory examinations and other key legislative/political considerations directed at Bitcoin exchanges, administrators, and kiosks/ATMs. The panel will focus on recent events and enforcement actions, compliance lessons learned, and how to prepare for your upcoming regulatory exam. What are examiners focused on? What can be learned from settlement agreements? What are the significant trends and major commonalities or differences across geographic regions?

10:30am – 11:00am

Morning Break and exhibit hall is open

11:00am – 12:00pm

Startup Pitch/Competition

This high energy session is a rapid-fire blitz of what’s on the horizon for Bitcoin. Join us as startups and emerging entrepreneurs in the cybercurrency space give Lightening Talks on their business strategies, their customers, their challenges, and the opportunities that lie ahead. Each selected startup will have the opportunity to speak for five minutes and pitch their Bitcoin business idea. A panel of industry veterans will serve as judges and listen to and comment on participating startups’ business concepts, delivery and vision. The winner will receive $1,000 value to be paid in BTC and a featured speaking slot on the agenda at an upcoming Inside Bitcoins conference as well as a complimentary consultation with an industry luminary. All conference attendees are welcome and encouraged to watch the competition unfold! Startups wishing to be considered should e-mail

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Multi-Sig: Theft, Regulation, and Why It May be a Startup’s Best Friend

Each time an exchange is hacked and funds are stolen, the case for multi-signature technology becomes more compelling. But the argument for the adoption of multi-signature technology is not limited to providing better security. The question of “who controls customer funds” is the driving issue for state regulators, and the distribution of that control may erase the need for a lot of the consumer protection-focused regulation currently imposed on virtual currency companies.

12:45pm – 1:45pm

Lunch Break and Exhibit Hall is Open

1:45pm – 2:15pm

Afternoon Keynote: You Gotta REALLY Comprehend Currency to Understand Bitcoin

This talk will cover the evil history of Central Banks, the Wizard of Oz, control of the money supply and abuse of the masses. Bitcoin and the Bitcoin Protocol’s ability to save the human species are all part of what’s covered here.

2:15pm – 3:00pm

Making Bitcoin Easy For Small Business

In this panel, we’ll discuss the “grass roots” strategies that can be used to get small business owners involved in bitcoin as quickly and painlessly as possible. We will discuss a variety of “sure fire” strategies to build a thriving bitcoin community in your home town with active business participation. These are the techniques that will lay the foundation for accelerated mass adoption. If you are impatient to see bitcoin adoption grow then you can’t afford to miss this session.

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Afternoon Break and exhibit hall is open

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Social Impact Stories in Bitcoin Blockchain Agenda

Bitcoin is revolutionizing philanthropy and the nonprofit world. With direct global transactions and no charges or fees, Bitcoin donations go so much farther than a traditional donation. The possibilities are endless when leveraging Bitcoin and blockchain technology to change the world.

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Keeping Bitcoin Decentralized: From Wallets, Code, APIs, and Politics

This talk discusses the many avenues of centralization that have been introduced into various functions of the Bitcoin protocol and network and how to best avoid them with current and upcoming solutions. We will cover the technical aspects of hosted wallets, centralized APIs, and client-server architectures as well as the centralization of politics behind the core protocol or software implementations.

4:30pm – 5:00pm

Cybersecurity and Mobile Payments: Building Secure Instructions for the Blockchain Blockchain Agenda

Cyber security and bitcoin have had a bumpy start. This presentation will cover how the Instructions that are sent to the Blockchain network can leverage the state of the art built-in cyber security controls in most modern phones and PCs. Showing how securing the device in a peer to peer network can deliver consumers and businesses a dramatically simpler and more secure future for the full range of Blockchain applications.

Sessions marked with Blockchain Agenda are blockchain technology related.

Digital Currency Council Continuing Education Credit

The following Inside Bitcoins sessions qualify for DCC Continuing Education Credits:
  • All 30 minute sessions qualify for 1/2 DCC CE Credit.
  • All 45 minute sessions qualify for 1 DCC CE Credit.
  • The Startup Pitch/Competition does not qualify for DCC CE Credit.
  • For more information, visit the Digital Currency Council website.