9:00am – 10:30am
New to bitcoin? Have questions? Don’t miss this tutorial with Jonathan Mohan, Founder of Bitcoin NYC. Let Jonathan bring you up to speed with how to use bitcoin in the real world. He’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 – Jonathan will run live demos and incorporate hands-on elements. Bring your smartphone, tablet, or laptop for help setting up your first bitcoin wallet.
10:30am – 12:00pm
Private and public keys, hash functions and proof of work might sound like foreign concepts to many, but are far easier to understand in their entirety than credit cards and bank accounts. This comprehensive workshop is light on math and goes step by step through what keeps Blockchain Technology so reliable, secure and decentralized. There will be plenty of times for your questions during this highly interactive tutorial.
12:00pm – 1:00pm
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Bitcoin is defined as digital money within a decentralized peer-to-peer payment network. It is a hybrid between precious metals with intrinsic value and fiat currency backed by a monetary authority. In this session, Dr. Hong will present some empirical evidences to answer the question of whether Bitcoin is currency or investment and more specifically, what is its current usage and what usage will prevail in the future given its characteristics. Then Dr. Hong will explore the time series momentum in Bitcoin exchange rate return and demonstrate how portfolio managers and institutional investors can benefit from Bitcoin as an alternative investment vehicle.
2:30pm – 4:00pm
Blockchain is a sort of decentralized database; recorded lists of data which grows continuously. It’s designed not to be manipulated by any distributed node operators. One of well-known application cases of blockchain technology is bitcoin, which is a decentralized digital ledger recording every exchange process of cryptocurrency. These exchange records are encrypted obligatorily and managed by computers running blockchain software. Most cryptocurrencies are based on blockchain technology. World-renowned companies like IBM, Samsung are currently planning and developing new business models based on this blockchain network. In this session, we are to explore the future and potential of blockchain network with practical business cases.
4:00pm – 5:30pm
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.
9:00am – 9:45am
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.
In this session, the pros & cons of bitcoins as a financial product will be analyzed, and the current problem that needs to be solved for the expansion and growth of Bitcoins will be covered afterwards with its solution. We will also talk about the role and pursued direction of Bitcoins as a global currency, and how blockchain technology can be utilized in the existing financial market. Korbit creates the liberal flow of value based on the blockchain technology, which possibility already proven through bitcoins.
The Blockchain is the platform that bitcoins are based on. Bitcoins are now quite famous but the blockchain seems not as much yet. Basically, the blockchain is a PKI based system, a service that provides the functionality of Bitcoins, and also other useful services that require trust. This session presents why the Blockchain is not just a technology, but a perfect platform that can embrace new services. The possibilities and changes that Blockchain platform could provide will also be introduced.
10:30am – 11:00am
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.
It’s pretty common knowledge today what Bitcoin is: a virtual payment mechanism enabled by the first sort of Blockchain technology. Beyond that, however, what is Bitcoin? Is it a currency? Is it a mechanism of escrow payment transfer? Or is it much more than any of these? In this presentation on Factory Banking, which Harrison first developed in 2014, he argues that Bitcoin’s Blockchain is an automated central banking protocol for the Internet of Things Economy, and that as such, Bitcoin will increasingly function less as a currency per se and more as an interest rate for the physical economy inside the virtual marketplace. Further, with Blockchains such as those developed by Ethereum, Stellar and Ripple serving distinct communities of virtual commerce, Bitcoin’s blockchain is less a disruptive force than it is something of a realigning force in the global economy. In this way Bitcoin’s rise right now may turn out to be an event that is far more instrumental in bringing about the future than was even the adoption of a virtual file-sharing network such as the internet. In this mind-blowing presentation, Harrison argues that the true historical effects of Bitcoin on the world will instead of being disruptive, more likely be directly comparable to the writing of the constitution of the United States and the establishment of the US dollar: two events that altered the course of the future forever.
As technology, Bitcoin provides effective payment rail that is open and decentralized–as opposed to the closed and centralized SWIFT network. Simply put, with blockchain technology, key back-end functions of finance can be done on the internet. This session explores the key implications for financial service providers and consumers in the “financial periphery” and what needs to be done in order to make good and responsible use of this technology.
Until now, customers have had little incentive to shop with Bitcoin. Credit cards have consumer protections baked-in and incentivizes like airline frequent flier miles and “cash back” rewards. When Bitcoin prices are on the rise, the incentive is to hold coins, not to spend them. Learn how to incentivize customers with a new a new category of blockchain based loyalty incentives. This is a true WIN / WIN for merchants and consumers alike especially for purchases of low average order values (For example: digital content, game credits, advertising, etc.)
12:30pm – 1:30pm
1:30pm – 1:35pm
1:35pm – 2:15pm
With over twenty years experience in building Internet platforms, products and companies, Justin draws real parallels between the early days of the commercialization and growth of the Internet, and current day Bitcoin. What lessons can we learn for the industry, and for our companies as we move Bitcoin from early adopters to more mainstream, mass market uses?
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.
Despite many major brands now accepting bitcoin, mainstream users haven’t arrived in droves as expected. And while the industry has made progress, there is still friction related to spending bitcoins and lack of use cases. At Purse, we’re identifying markets where Bitcoin provides significant value to both merchants and consumers.
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 KRW 2 million 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! Apply to be part of the competition here and submit your head shot, biography and five-min-long pitch deck.
Chief Operating Officer, Epsilon Technologies
Louis is the author of the first bitcoin manual in Korea, ‘Next Money Bitcoin’ (2013) and the co-founder of Korbit. He is also working as an evangelist, introducing bitcoins and blockchain technology to the Korean society. In the early 2000s, Louis took part in business and media strategies when he worked for Daum Communications. In 2009, he was awarded the Minister Prize as a Social Entrepreneur from the Ministry of Labor and participated in the UN Conference on Environment and Development as Korean delegate in 2012. Currently, Louis strives hard to evangelize Korean people about how innovative blockchain technologies are and what it will bring about in the near future through numerous lectures and writings.
3:45pm – 4:00pm
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?
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.
Alireza Beikverdi, Co-Founder, Bitholla and Co-Organizer, Seoul Bitcoin Meetup
Entrepreneur in Residence/Venture Associate, Blockchain Capital LLC
Editor-in-Chief, CoinSpeaker and Author of Butterflies
Developer, SmartLottery and Organizer, Seoul Bitcoin Meetup
Chief Blockchain Officer, Tech Bureau and CEO, Dragonfly Fintech
Founder, BitcoinNYC (Moderator)
Bitcoin Hardware Wallets have been mostly used as single purpose devices so far. This session describes technical strategies to turn them into dynamic secure applications runtime environments for Blockchain applications that enable new privacy and security for critical use cases.
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.
9:00am – 9:45am
From peer to peer lending, to Bitcoin, Blockchain and Equity CrowdFunding – FinTech is having a bigger and bigger impact in capital markets. Join us for an illuminating keynote as Simon Dixon, CEO of BankToTheFutyure.com and fund manager of Bitcoin Capital discusses the past, present and future trends in FinTech and Capital markets.
9:45am – 10:30am
In this session, we are to explore up-to-date Fintech trends and prospect with financial services presently implemented. More specifically, non-face-to-face real name checking platform and online mortgage without a visit will bring about revolutionary changes in FinTech industry worldwide. The know-hows of how to prepare the future finance and take smart use of innovative FinTech services will be illustrated as well.
10:30am – 11:00am
11:00am – 11:30am
Internet of Things (IoT) have been emerging as a new era of information technology. Turning physical objects into smart objects creates lots of data and value-added services based on them. Payment from objects to objects without human user intervention is now necessary to pay the value-added services. In this talk, I will present bitcoin as a promising candidate of paying the value-added IoT services. It is a reliable, cheap, and globally-used method of the IoT payment. It is also a programmable money so that it can support the intelligence required by the IoT services.
11:30am – 12:00pm
As Internet Only Bank emerges, there are numerous conversations going on about non-face-to-face authentication services instead of previous methods such as mobile or ARS authentication since financial services commission lifted excessive regulations previously put on Korea’s Finance Industry. In this session, various authentication methods will be introduced compared to SMS and explore the potential of NFC technology, which offers a unique, simple and speedy payment experience, to mobile shoppers with no concerns on the potential risk of security breach of personal credentials.
12:00pm – 1:00pm
1:00pm – 1:10pm
1:10pm – 1:20pm
1:20pm – 1:25pm
1:25pm – 1:30pm
1:30pm – 1:40pm
As digital currencies and its related technology become well-known, the first digital currency association(DCA) in South Korea will be introduced to the public with a brief background and purpose of establishment.
1:40pm – 2:10pm
South Korea is one of the most advanced countries in IT industry, which has cutting-edge technology and infrastructure, high population density and tons of early adopters. In other words, innovative FinTech services can be launched, tested and adapted to internet-friendly environment in Korean peninsula. If this succeeds in Korea, it can be led to another huge success in mainland China as well. Through setting up the innovative FinTech platform, Korean FinTech startups can co-work with financial institutions and even go abroad directly. Global FinTech Research Institute (GFin) co-works with FinTech startups with new technologies and financial services and supports them in various ways. In this session, Park will analyze the current FinTech industry and suggest best possible options how to succeed in this digital age of innovation.
2:10pm – 2:40pm
Bitcoin and blockchain technology are just two of the many new fintech technologies and trends that are changing everything from payments to the way that investors invest. In this session, we’ll explore some of the key global fintech trends, how they are disrupting the financial industry, and what bitcoin / blockchain’s potential role in that transformation could be.
2:40pm – 3:10pm
In this session, Prof. Hong will introduce the risk elements of the Korean Fintech inside the DC environment and how it threats personal information. He will then point out the solutions in the aspects of policy, management, and technology, and also the applicable secure fintech architecture and framework
3:10pm – 3:40pm
YAP invites consumer to a new and exciting consumer life that is truly tailor their needs. Through the YAP Beacon function, YAP notifies of crucial information and benefits in advance. In addition, the location-based search services provide enlightening and valuable tips. Reminiscent of a pocket secretary, YAP precisely predicts and recommends to cater your personal desires at the comfort of your fingertips. YAP supports various types of payment methods including digital currencies as bitcoin. In this session, Ahn, the founder of YAP, will pass down his expertise on how to succeed and expand its O2O business in global O2O commerce platform markets and beyond.
3:40pm – 4:00pm
4:00pm – 5:30pm
FinTech blossoms globally. According to Accenture, 3.4 billion US dollars was invested into FinTech industry in 2014 and its amount is going to increase to 6 billion in 2018. South Korea tries to develop financial services through building up internet only banks, facilitating payment methods and embracing blockchain technologies into financial sectors but it seems a long way to go now. In this panel discussion, industry professionals will point out various hurdles in Korean FinTech Industry and present specific solutions in order to build up FinTech-friendly ecosystem in Korea and expand its territory in the global fintech market.
Team Leader, KB Kookmin Card Convergence Team
Ho Peter In,
Professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Informatics, Korea University (Moderator)
Investment Director, SBI Investment Co. Ltd.
Business Development Team, Director, Yellow Financial Group
Sessions marked with are FinTech innovation related.
Sessions marked with are blockchain technology related.
*Agenda is subject to change.
Digital Currency Council Continuing Education Credit
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