Agenda

Day 1: January 29

8:15am

Registration Opens

9:00am – 9:45am

Bitcoin Regulation Update: Global Issues and Challenges
Is bitcoin a currency, a commodity, a property, a speculative product, or a new type of asset? Bitcoin legal status is still not clearly defined and varies significantly between countries and jurisdictions. With our global panel of regulatory experts, we will review the different regulations and see how it affects the ecosystem in terms of AML requirements, Taxes, restrictions and customer protection. Together we will discuss our vision of an adapted regulatory framework and see how it could be beneficial to the different parties e.g. customers, merchants, businesses, partners and regulators.

9:45am – 10:30am

Bitcoin Derivatives: What Are They And Why We Need Them
This presentation will explore how traders can utilize Bitcoin derivatives in simple arbitrage strategies. The arbitrage strategies covered are spot exchange arbitrage and spot vs. future arbitrage. In addition, the presentation will provide some financial theory about how to correctly value Bitcoin futures contracts. The goal of the presentation is to equip attendees with the tools to use Bitcoin’s price volatility to enhance the return on their portfolios.

10:30am – 10:45am

Morning Break
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10:45am – 11:30am

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?

11:30am – 12:15pm

The Promise of Decentralized Technology: Blockchain 2.0, Ethereum, Factom, Sidechains and Beyond
The mantra promised by projects like Mastercoin, Ethereum, Permacredits and most recently Sidechains, is a future of Decentralized Autonomous Corporations, coin-based IPO’s, and even blockchain-based national voting systems. But despite the bold projections, few projects have made it from theory to Beta. What is the status of Blockchain 2.0 across the spectrum of efforts, and what theoretical, technical, or policy-based issues are preventing real-world examples from emerging?

12:15pm – 12:45pm

Keynote

Inside Bitcoins 2029: A Historic Look at 20 Years of Global Digital Currency Payments
Imagine it’s the 20 year anniversary of Bitcoin’s release. Society has had two decades to experiment with blockchain technology and create entirely new and efficient systems for exchanging value in all its forms. What will ‘currency’ mean to global citizens in that day and age? Will fiat no longer be defined by governments and hampered by borders? Will bitcoin have sparked an era of global prosperity and egalitarianism? As one of the early innovators and thought leaders in payments disruption, GoCoin’s Steve Beauregard will take us on a journey envisioning how digital currency payments have impacted world commerce by the year 2029, and outline what entrepreneurs and online operators can do now to best position their companies for this promising future.

12:45pm – 1:45pm

Lunch Break

1:45pm – 2:30pm

Financial Regulations and Bitcoin
This session will cover lessons learned from regulations of financial markets. Which regulations can and which cannot be applied to cryptocurrencies and which rules should and should not be applied to cryptocurrencies are all part of the discussion.

2:30pm – 3:15pm

Non-Compliance Risk for Financial Institutions and its Implications for Bitcoin
Erik was closely involved in the remediation of one of the first major compliance fine cases, the 2005 ABN AMRO cease and desist, which cost the bank $80 million in fines. Erik will discuss the major impact this case had on banks and the compliance community, and what this means for regulated Bitcoin companies today and in the future. Topics of discussion include:

  • ABC, AML, CTF; The rise of the three letter acronyms
  • Keeping bad guys out (and good guys in)
  • What do regulators expect?
  • What to expect once you’re regulated
  • The future of compliance
  • 3:15pm – 3:30pm

    Afternoon Break
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    3:30pm – 4:15pm

    Intermarket Analysis: Where Bitcoin Fits In
    Intermarket Analysis and where bitcoin fits into it. Intermarket Analysis combines all markets into a unified and coherent whole. It bridges the gap between technical, fundamental and economic analysis. It examines correlatiosn between the 4 major asset classes: stocks, bonds, commodities and currencies. The reason is that no market moves in isolation, the world is interconnected.

    4:15pm – 5:00pm

    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.

    5:00pm – 6:00pm

    Networking Reception

    Day 2: January 30

    8:15am

    Registration Opens

    9:00am – 9:45am

    Bitcoin: How to Reclaim Financial Privacy
    Bitcoin has long been explained as the tool of choice for all those who want to conceal their wealth and transfers, and yet at the same time sticks out as an open system with a transparent and public ledger of all transaction since its inception. This talks explains what financial privacy means inside the bitcoin protocol and how it can be achieved.

    9:45am – 10:30am

    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.

    10:30am – 10:45am

    Transparent Voting Using the Blockchain
    In this short demonstration, David Moskowitz will explain how you can create additional tokens and use the blockchain to provide transparent voting.

    10:45am – 11:00am

    Morning Break
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    11:00am – 11:30am

    Adoption of Bitcoin and other Digital Currencies in India
    This presentation will be about the recognition of Bitcoin in India and the way people look at it. India being a huge market for investments, many new bitcoin start-ups are rising to educate people and promote the use of bitcoin in India. There will be insight on the stance the Indian Government has taken on crypto-currencies and the regulations that are in place. There would be emphasis on a few problems bitcoin faces today and some possible solutions to be accepted at a larger scale.

    11:30am – 12:00pm

    Towards Decentralization: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain is Changing Business
    Bitcoin is the first of a class of technologies that allow the exchange of value without going through traditional banking systems. The security of projects based on cryptocurrency relies on math rather than traditional identity and qualification based systems. This has freed companies from the constraints that naturally come with using the traditional payment systems. This presentation explores the constraints that remain on applications funded with cryptocurrencies. We discuss how centralization can work in this space, and how decentralization can work.

    12:00pm – 12:45pm

    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 panel 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.

    12:45pm – 1:45pm

    Lunch Break

    1:45pm – 2:15pm

    Building Private Complementary Currencies: The What, The Why, and The Now
    Complementary currencies like Bitcoin have a long and impactful history. Contrary to conventional thought complementary currencies actually strengthen economies. We have empirical and historical data demonstrating the value of secondary economies building both resiliency and strengthening economies. Now with the advent of blockchain technology, creating robust complementary currencies and strengthening economies has never been easier for nations, trading partners, and others.

    2:15pm – 3:00pm

    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.

    3:00pm – 3:30pm

    Afternoon Break
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    3:30pm – 4:15pm

    Fundamental Analysis and Valuation for Bitcoin
    As hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested into the Bitcoin ecosystem and market liquidity begins to increase, institutional investors are also beginning to look at bitcoin as an investable asset. Price targets have been placed anywhere from $1,000 to over $100,000 and a vast majority of banks have put teams in place to study the emerging asset class. This session will explore the different variables and assumptions that investors and analysts examine when developing financial models and price projections for bitcoin.

    4:15pm – 5:00pm

    Singapore 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 Singapore 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.

    Digital Currency Council Continuing Education Credit

    The following Inside Bitcoins sessions qualify for DCC Continuing Education Credits:

    January 29:

    • Bitcoin Regulation Update: Global Issues and Challenges (1 DCC CE)
    • Bitcoin Derivatives: What Are They? And Why We Need Them (1 DCC CE)
    • The Promise of Decentralized Technology: Blockchain 2.0, Ethereum, Factom, Sidechains and Beyond (1 DCC CE)
    • Financial Regulations and Bitcoin (1 DCC CE)
    • Non-Compliance Risk for Financial Institutions and its Implications for Bitcoin (1 DCC CE)
    • Intermarket Analysis: Where Bitcoin Fits In (1 DCC CE)

    January 30:

    • Bitcoin: How to Reclaim Financial Privacy (1 DCC CE)
    • Bitcoin for Brick-and-Mortar Merchants (1 DCC CE)

    For more information, visit the Digital Currency Council website.