Opening Keynote: Raising Finance For and Investing in Bitcoin and Blockchain Companies
Simon Dixon will share his insights having raised finance for over 10 Bitcoin businesses and having invested in 16 on the different sources of funding for Bitcoin and Blockchain businesses and the pitfalls of investing. Simon will also share the new opportunity specifically for Hong Kong based Bitcoin and Blockchain startups and how to get involved.
Bridging the Digital World and Physical World Using Blockchain Technology
From smart contracts to smart securities, the Blockchain 2.0 promises decentralized solutions to paper-based systems that have been around for centuries. Like Bitcoin, however, many of these projects are already starting to draw resistance and skepticism from governments, who have long established laws and regulations governing these systems. Are there ways to allow the public to benefit from these innovations without going up against the law? In this discussion, we explore some models that help bridge the digital and physical worlds through blockchain technology.
Bitcoin Speculation Global Economics and Capital Flows
This presentation focuses on the price of bitcoins and how it fits within the global macro world. It will explore the reasons that quickly drove up the price at selective points in its short history while tacking it to what is in hindsight an overvaluation at over $1200. We will then get into some of the reasons that have led to this extended recent decline in prices and look to forecast what it means for the near future with consideration to Global Economics & Capital Flows.
Bitcoin 2.0 and Blockchain Startups: What Really Matters?
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.
The Age of Factory Banking: What’s A Bitcoin Worth?
While increasing numbers of people around the world now understand that Bitcoin holds considerable value, few still know why that is the case, let alone how to calculate the dollar value of a unit of Bitcoin. This combined atmosphere of confidence and uncertainty creates huge trading opportunities for those with additional information on their side. In this presentation, CoinSpeaker’s Editor-in-Chief Daniel M. Harrison will discuss the little-understood specifics of the Blockchain technology’s affect on what is becoming a brand new value configuration (known as Factory Banking). Harrison will also demonstrate specific ways in which this can be applied to unlock value in form of Bitcoin trading and investing activity. Finally, by unveiling exclusively and for the first time ever in history a proprietary valuation model for Bitcoin Harrison developed personally in conjunction with some of the leading developers of digital currencies and Bitcoin minds around the world, we will have an answer the most significant question of all: dollar-for-dollar, renminbi-for-renminbi: what’s a bitcoin worth today?
Hong Kong and Asia: Local Scene, Local Issues
Bitcoin is a disruptive technology with a global impact, yet bitcoin penetration and uses are very different from a region to another. With our panel of local bitcoin entrepreneurs, we will explore how Hong Kong and Asian markets differ from the others. We will review the different aspects and the specificities of thes local market, explaining the Asian customers’ behavior, describing the local ecosystem and discussing its particular risks and opportunities. We will also discuss the influence of China on this market and see what local entrepreneurs expect from the regulators or local associations such as the Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong.
Asia and Beyond: Emerging Issues in Regulatory Compliance and Law Enforcement Efforts
Join us for an incisive discussion and analysis of the latest events in regulatory compliance and law enforcement efforts directed at Bitcoin in both Asia and across the globe. What are regulators and law enforcement officials focused on? What is happening internationally on these fronts? What is the significance of these trends?
- Joel Cano Seasoned Executive, Entrepreneur and Angel Investor
- Alexander Carmichael Managing Director, Promontory
- Marcus Clinch Of Counsel, Eiger
- Dr. Michael Fraser Reporting Policy Leader, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
- Brian Klein Partner, Baker Marquart
- Helena Margarido Partner, HMO Law and Co-Founder, Fundação Bitcoin Brasil
- Ajay Shamdasani Senior Regulatory Analyst, Thomson Reuters GRC
- Aurélien Menant Co-Founder & CEO, Gatecoin & Co-Founder, Bitcoin Assication of Hong Kong (Moderator)
Keynote: WHY BITCOIN’S RATE OF ADOPTION IS ONLY GOING TO INCREASE
During this inspirational and informative keynote, Roger Ver will cover the myriad of reasons that bitcoin adoption around the world is only going to increase and eventually become the foundation of a new global financial system.
Bitcoin Derivatives: What Are They? And Why We Need Them
While trading volumes on spot exchanges have risen dramatically since early 2013, the derivative market remains nascent and grossly underdeveloped. Many high profile figures in the Bitcoin community have been calling for a liquid derivatives market. This panel will examine what is meant by a Bitcoin derivative, the different uses of derivatives by different market participants, and the benefits to having a liquid and robust market. We will examine the current landscape of derivatives products and help attendees grasp the different uses and risks with trading different types of derivatives. We will also look to the established market of fiat currency derivatives to gauge what sort of market growth is needed to develop a healthy ecosystem.
Evaluating the Potential of Alternative Cryptocurrencies
This presentation goes through the methodology used by CoinGecko to evaluate the success metrics of an altcoin. As new sophisticated altcoins comes into the market, rethinking metrics of success becomes important.
What it Takes to Run a Bitcoin Exchange
The exchange landscape is evolving rapidly. Interest from entrepreneurs and Wall Street is mounting, and it’s never been easier to buy and sell digital currency. At the same time, technical, competitive, and regulatory pressures are rewriting the rules for being a successful exchange. Join us as we expolore what causes exchanges to sink, swim, or flounder in today’s profitable but increasingly complex marketplace.
Keynote: Mining in China, Past, Present and Future
This keynote will provide a history of Mining in China over the last several years. We’ll also discuss why a lot of mining companies have disappeared suddenly. What is the secret sauce for Huobi that enables us to continue running a mining business with more profits than ever before? What will be the future for mining under this situation? This is one session you cannot afford to miss!
Bitcoin for Brick-And-Mortar Merchants
Join us for a spirited discussion as our panel of industry experts debate and compare cash, credit cards, mobile wallets and Bitcoin in a brick-and-mortar environment. “Ideological” and practical reasons for brick-and-mortar merchants to accept Bitcoinalong with relevant case studies are all part of the discussion.
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.
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.
Creating the Killer Blockchain App
Many talk about Bitcoin’s “killer app”, but few look outside the payments space when seeking a solution to this lingering issue. This talk will address two of Bitcoin’s low-hanging fruit that could bring the technology to the masses: remittances and betting. Also addressed will be the need for a grassroots movement to underlie this technology, whether it be through applications or social means.
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.
Prospects and Legal Issues of Investing in Appcoins or Blockchain Distributed Applications
The diversification of the Blockchain technology beyond cryptocurrencies that is called Blockchain 2.0 is generating a large range of distributed applications as well as investment possibilities. There are investment options that range from purchasing tokens in crowdsales – or as some in cryptocurrency space call IPOs – to making traditional seed or venture capital investments. What is the upside to buying Appcoins? What are the legal ramifications for both investors and startups?
Innovation and Bitcoin: A Look at what Bitcoin could learn from the shifting financial industry in China
Asia represents 60% of the world’s population and 20% of the world’s economy, yet Bitcoin adoption is still in a very early stage in Asia. Conversely, China’s financial industry is going through a period of unprecedented change and innovation as products like Alipay and P2P lending platform Lufax dominate the market. In this talk, Zennon will walk us through the current situation of Bitcoin in Asia and what lessons could be learned from the current wave of fintech innovation in China. Is the situation in China a perfect storm or can we leverage the knowledge we have from there to increase adoption of bitcoin?
Crypto Currency Mining: A 360 Industry Perspective
This enlightening panel of industry experts will explore a wide variety of key issues facing the Bitcoin mining community:
- Mining countries that matter: Pools, chips, assembly lines and cheap electricity, who has the best structure? USA, Russia, China aside, what are the role of other Asian countries?
- A year of ASICs: Review what the new tech has done to SHA256 based currencies, and predictions of whether the same will happen for Scrypt based currencies.
- Economies of scale: Rise of the large corporate miners vs. the group chip buy individual cooperatives.
- Industry standards: Consumer getting burnt being commonplace in mining, is it prime time to start setting the bar high and protecting the consumer?
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.
For more information, visit the Digital Currency Council website.