Agenda

Day 1: October 5
WORKSHOP DAY
12:15pm
Registration Opens
1:00pm – 3:00pm
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Workshop 1: Bitcoin and Anti-Money Laundering Regulation: Strategies for Successful Compliance and Government Relations
This session covers Juan’s unique point of view on how to approach the inevitability of regulation, and how to build risk and compliance programs the smart way. It deals with the high-level global regulatory challenges, the main risk areas facing non-bank financial institutions, how to identify the risks, and why focusing on the spirit of the law is more important than not. Juan provides valuable, contrarian advice that he himself has followed to build several companies, obtain and maintain dozens of bank accounts and pass dozens of examinations in multiple countries.


Workshop 2: Bitcoin for Beginners: Basics and Beyond
New to bitcoin? Have questions? Don’t miss this workshop with Jonathan Mohan, Founder of Bitcoin NYC, and Stephanie Murphy, host of Let’s Talk Bitcoin podcast. Let us bring you up to speed with how to use bitcoin in the real world. We’ll cover how to get bitcoin, how to send and receive it, how to spend it and how to store it securely. And of course, your questions! This is not just another lecture – we’ll run live demos and incorporate hands-on elements. Bring your smartphone, tablet, or laptop for help setting up your first bitcoin wallet.

3:00pm – 3:30pm
Break
3:30pm – 5:30 pm
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Workshop 3: Bitcoin Trading and Analysis Fundamentals
This seminar will introduce you to Charting, which is also commonly known as Technical Analysis. We will go over the basic concepts like Candle Sticks, Trend Lines, Support/Resistance levels and perhaps even more advanced indicators. We will also take a look at recent history and analyze how the price of Bitcoin got to where it is and where it might be headed next. Time will also be allocated to go over some basic Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to those interested in trading Bitcoin for Fiat or Bitcoin for other Crypto-Currency.


Workshop 4: e-Commerce and Bitcoin: Facilitating Online Transactions
According to a recent report by Juniper Research, digital payment transactions are set to reach $4.7 trillion by 2019. In this workshop, we’ll provide a detailed look at how Bitcoin is changing online eCommerce and explore the current ecommerce technology to pay for products and services. We’ll also explain how simple it is for people to purchase Bitcoins, keep them safely in their digital wallets and use them to pay for popular goods or services. With companies and stores like Expedia, 1-800-Flowers, Overstock, Lord & Taylor, TigerDirect, Virgin Galactic, NewEgg, and Dish Network all accepting Bitcoin, the advantages to using the digital currency are piling up. Attend this session to learn how to store Bitcoin safely, how to pay for online services and the possible pitfalls.

Day 2: October 6
8:15am
Registration Opens
9:00am – 9:30am
Keynote

Opening Keynote: Sizing the Opportunity for Bitcoin and Digital Currency Technologies
This keynote session will focus on quantifying some of the markets that are built around providing centralized trust in order to establish the size of the opportunity to create new businesses built on the decentralized trust model enabled by the blockchain and Bitcoin protocol.

9:30am – 10:30am
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What is the Bitcoin Revolution?
Are lower fees on credit cards and remittances a revolution or just a disruption? Are smart contracts a more powerful use of the blockchain than currencies? Will the two eventually become so intertwined we won’t be able to tell them apart? Will the Bitcoin revolution benefit just the ‘other six billion’ or will it change everything, everywhere for everyone? James D’Angelo believes it is the latter. Join us as he inspects the lesser known aspects of Bitcoin (global consensus, perfect transparency, how the ledger can remedy the tragedy of the commons, off chain financial juggernauts) searching for seismic changes/improvements to how humans interact and govern.


The Bitcoin Startup Ecosystem
Bitcoin has been a major draw for entrepreneurs as venture capital has eagerly embraced Bitcoin as a technology. But what kinds of innovative opportunities are available to entrepreneurs interested in Bitcoin today? For active players, what are the latest challenges and the most exciting possibilities on the horizon? This panel includes industry pioneers, venture capitalists and technology journalists to discuss what is currently brewing in the entrepreneurial space for Bitcoin.

10:30am – 11:00am
Morning Break
11:00am – 11:45am
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The Future of Altcoins
Altcoins, despite some dire predictions, are continuing to grow both in number and capitalization. What are the likely courses of development for these assets, and how will they fit into the Bitcoin-dominated, crypto-economy over time? Do altcoins provide real innovations to the cryptocurrency landscape or are they mostly just copies meant to capitalize on the Bitcoin publicity? Join our panel of industry insiders as they discuss and debate the brave new world beyond Bitcoin including Litecoin, Primecoin, Dogecoin, Namecoin, Devcoin, Terracoin, and more.


Banking MSBs: A Compliance Officer’s Perspective
FinCEN’s March 18, 2013 interpretative guidance classified digital currency companies as money service businesses (MSBs). According to U.S. regulators, MSBs are considered to be of higher risk for money laundering. Thus, financial institutions are required to perform additional due diligence on MSBs when providing banking services. Moreover, digital currency companies are being grouped in with traditional MSBs, such as check cashers and money transmitters. Understand from a compliance officer’s perspective, how financial institutions bank money service businesses that are classified as high risk.

11:45am – 12:30pm
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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 the US 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?


Building a Bitcoin World
Join us for a thought provoking session as GAWMiners CEO, Josh Garza, speaks on how the latest trends in cryptocurrency mining is bringing bitcoin mainstream.

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Lunch Break
1:30pm – 2:15pm
Keynote

Afternoon Keynote: The Tremendous Rise of the Bitcoin Industry
This keynote session will cover the tremendous rise of the Bitcoin industry over the past year. We’ll also take a look at how we see the industry evolving over the next year along with the latest updates from the Bitcoin Foundation.

2:15pm – 3:00pm
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New Ideas in Bitcoin
Cryptocurrency represents the bleeding edge of financial tech, these folks represent the bleeding edge of Bitcoin. New business models, new use cases and lower fees than ever. This panel is made up of entrepreneurs and visionaries who are leading the charge into the future of money. They’ll share their successes, their failures and help spark new ideas along the way.


Bitcoin Ecosystem Investing : Do’s and Dont’s
Crypto currency investing has many facets from incubation, early stage, and roll ups to later stage and leveraging public markets. This panel features experts in these areas and will explain the pros, cons and pitfalls of investing on bitcoin companies at various stages or even just in bitcoin/alt coin itself.

3:00pm – 3:30pm
Afternoon Break
3:30pm – 4:00pm
Keynote

Keynote: Cryptosecurities: the Next Decentralized Frontier
The blockchain has proved very well suited to the exchange of digital currency. But what about exchanging shares of public companies? Overstock.com CEO Patrick M. Byrne, a longtime critic of Wall Street, is actively pursuing a model for trading stock on a peer to peer basis using the Bitcoin protocol. In his talk, Byrne will discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by a decentralized stock exchange.

4:00pm – 4:45pm
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Bitcoin Merchant On-Ramp
There has been much talk as to WHY merchants should accept Bitcoin such as lower transaction fees, eliminating chargebacks and monetizing new markets but there had been little talk of HOW? Learn from an eCommerce veteran real hands on methods to enable your eCommerce website, game, blog, charity or store to accept digital currency and understand the operational adjustments required to support these new tech savvy digital currency customers. We will also touch on digital marketing techniques to outpace your competitors.


Building an Effective Compliance Program and Managing Regulatory Expectations
This panel will provide you with firsthand insight from a variety of perspectives including regulatory, in-house compliance and external advisor to explore how emerging digital currency companies can ensure their compliance regimes are “fit for purpose.” In today’s environment of regulatory uncertainty and confusion, it is more critical now than ever to develop robust compliance programs that will survive the scrutiny required to become a licensed entity in the U.S. It is also critical to develop internal and external communication strategies to best manage regulatory expectations at a critical juncture in the evolution of digital currencies.

4:45pm – 5:15pm
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How to Explain Bitcoin in Plain English
Bitcoin can change lives, but people need to understand it first. This session provides strategies, techniques, and examples of how to explain bitcoin to anyone. From an 10-year-old child to a 90-year-old grandma this session shows how to explain bitcoin so they understand bitcoin and how it can benefit them. Bitcoin isn’t a company with marketing and sales. We as early adopters need to be able to evangelize it’s benefits and this session explains how.


The Future of the Block Chain
Bitcoin originated as a currency but it’s implications are much greater. Block chain technology will astonish the world and will build some of the most interesting technology in the next decade.

5:15pm – 6:15pm
Networking Reception

Day 3: October 7
8:15am
Registration Opens
9:00am – 9:30am
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Crowd Sales and the De-Facto Regulators: What Should Companies Do?

Until crowd sale-specific rules are released, companies are in the unique position of being de-facto regulators for the industry. How crowd sales are conducted today will likely have an effect on how they are regulated in the future. How should companies handle this responsibility?


Bitcoin Casinos: The Final Frontier in Online Gaming
This session will provide an overview of how Bitcoin Casinos are disrupting the world of online gambling and an inside track to the most pioneering and innovative Bitcoin casino games.

9:30am – 10:00am
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BTC 2.0 – The Blockchain Is Where the BTC Magic Is!
There is active debate regarding BTC the currency which is grabbing headlines but perhaps more important is BTC the distributed ledger system which will have a tremendous impact on how we create, trade and store value. Some have suggested that adoption of the BTC protocols will have a similar impact to what HTTP, browsers and ultimately e-mail had on the internet. The St Louis Fed in discussing BTC suggested that financial institutions need to innovate or die and this presentation helps connect the dots for the wider payments community who are trying to understand what is coming next.


Bitcoin, Remittances and the Developing World

One of the most talked about use cases for Bitcoin is as a way to transmit money across borders – more quickly, cheaply and easily than through the banking system or companies like Western Union and Moneygram. This panel will look at the possibilities for this technology to facilitate international remittances from immigrants in the West to their families in the developing world, and in the longer term for decentralized, trustless networks to allow entrepreneurs in poor countries to find customers for their goods and services around the globe. We will also consider some of the practical hurdles to realizing these visions, including Bitcoin’s price volatility and, of course, regulation.

10:00am – 10:30am
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It’s Time to End the Cold Storage Ice Age and Adopt Multi-sig
Many industry leaders are calling 2014 the “year of multi-sig” but where are all the multi-sig implementations? In this presentation, BitGo CEO Will O’Brien makes the case for multi-sig as a critical industry standard and identifies the current and future innovations in bitcoin security since the advent of multi-sig.


How to Win in the Bitcoin Exchange Ecosystem
There is a sizeable group of FinTech entrepreneurs launching bitcoin exchanges right now. However, the business purpose of a bitcoin exchange is actually different than many people currently believe. For those who view an exchange simply as a place to buy and sell bitcoin, this will be an important presentation. There’s still money to be made in the bitcoin exchange ecosystem, and we’ll pinpoint where the opportunity lies. We’ll also look at businesses that will work closely with bitcoin exchanges to understand what ancillary opportunities exist in the space.

10:30am – 11:00am
Morning Break
11:00am – 11:45am
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(Self) Regulating The Bitcoin Industry
Join us for an insightful look at the future of the Bitcoin economy. Based on first-hand access to the industry¹s leading exchanges, this session will explore best practices for bitcoin providers and exchanges on how to limit fraud (and prevent another Mt. Gox breach) while keeping the user experience top-of-mind and dive deeper into issues tied to industry regulation and what factors are essential to the mass adoption of bitcoin. Attendees will walk away from this session with a deeper perspective on the state (and future of) the industry, including consumer perceptions, regulations, barriers to adoption and more.


Tales from the Crypto: Bitcoin Inspired Art
A wave of artists and designers are being inspired by the technology of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The first bitcoin inspired art shows opened in Argentina, San Francisco, Vancouver and Toronto. Each month an announcement appears to be made about a bitcoin oriented music festival, art dealer or show. Painters, scribes, sculptors, designers, musicians and performers are discovering the disruptive techno-muse released to world by the craftings of Satoshi and the earlier cypherpunks. Various artists recognize that bitcoin promises innovation in payments for their work, yet this panel will also move beyond the business of bitcoin and look through the eyes and hearts of the artist.

11:45am – 12:30pm
Keynote

Morning Keynote: Bitcoin and Beyond
In this keynote address, Daniel Larimer will review the history of Bitcoin, explain how its value can be understood with conventional analysis, and then dive into the technologies that go beyond Bitcoin such as trust free, income producing, digital gold, silver, and USD.

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Lunch Break
1:30pm – 2:00pm
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KYC and AML Compliance for Bitcoin
The conflict between regulatory requirements and the opaque nature of the counterparties may be one of the biggest barriers to institutional adoption of Digital Currency and Bitcoin. Some market participants insist that the Bitcoin ecosystem is self-regulating and does not need the oversight. Regulators are demanding looking for transparency. Bitcoin needs institutional investors to achieve large-scale adoption, which cannot happen without some regulatory oversight control. Learn how the Bitcoin exchanges, custodial banks and market participants can work with the regulators, and what is needed to achieve compliance in line with existing global regulatory requirements and how to do it cost effectively.


How Bitcoin will Disrupt Companies of all Industries
The crypto-currency revolution is well underway. Many merchants, whether online or offline are still struggling to understand bitcoin and many hesitate to implement it because of the young life of this revolution, and the perceived chaos surrounding it. Does is make a difference when a company implements bitcoin as a payment gateway or in other forms? It’s time to talk about the growth opportunities for businesses using crypto-currencies.

2:00pm – 2:30pm
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Bitcoin Wallets: Balancing Security, Privacy, and Ease of Use
Unlike the limited selection of banks that our traditional financial service gives us, Bitcoin presents a massive array of choices when it comes to choosing a wallet to store and use our bitcoin. But with great power and options comes great responsibility and due diligence. In this talk, we’ll cover various key features to look for and questions to ask before deciding on a type and provider of wallet to use. We’ll cover and compare user owned private key wallets, hosted wallets, multisig, cold storage, and the many providers that fit the cross section of these options.


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 specie are all part of what’s covered here.

2:30pm – 3:00pm
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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.


Bitcoin Enterprise Hardware and Software Stack
Join us for an illuminating session as Tamas Blummer, VP of Enterprise Software at CoinTerra Inc, provides a comprehensive introduction to hard and software requirements for enterprise use of Bitcoin. Tamas will use examples of implementing a massive mining operation, a hardware wallet and a real-time audit able multi-signature exchange.

3:00pm – 3:30pm
Afternoon Break
3:30pm – 4:15pm
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Crypto Currency Mining: A 360 Industry Perspective
This panel of industry experts will explore a wide variety of key issues facing the Bitcoin mining community including:

  • -Mining Pools, ASICs, and cheap electricity. Where is the best infrastructure?
  • -Strategies to provide the highest ROI with the lowest risk and opex costs
  • -A year of ASICs: Review, How new generations of ASICs are impacting the Hosting requirements in Data Center requirements for mining
  • -Economies of scale: Will miners remain profitable? What emerging markets and applications can businesses diversify into as the reward system ROI becomes to risky


Bitcoin Derivatives: The Future of Investment
The bitcoin market has seen massive volatility. Daily price swings of 10% are common. This has shown to be a problem for wide spread adoption as merchants are forced to sell to fiat immediately. A robust derivatives market would reduce volatility and bring more commercial players into the space. This session will look at the current and future derivatives platforms, why they are critical to adoption and the benefits of integrating block chain technology in financial contracts.

4:15pm – 5:00pm
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A Look at the Past, Present and Future of Bitcoin in Asia (and 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. In this talk, Zennon will walk us through the current situation of Bitcoin in Asia and what we can expect in the future. Covering mining, regulation, acceptance, and exchanges, this session will bring you up to date on the situation in Asia and China; will there be a future for Bitcoin in the world’s most populous nation?