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Day 1 - Thursday - 5 March, 2015
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A Practical Distribution of Risk
Bitcoin shows us that even though a complete elimination of risk is not realistic, a practical distribution of risk is nonetheless achievable–and the same is true for wallets and for server-based systems in the Bitcoin world. Chris Odom, the creator of the Open-Transactions project, explains how voting pools solve the “MtGox problem” on the server side, and also shows how the “smart wallet” of the future will be used to provide a practical distribution of risk so that users can obtain safety in an unsafe world.
Colored Coins in Practice
This highly informative session will provide an overview of Colored Coins: what they are, how one can issue them, how they can enable anyone to sell or buy anything using the Bitcoin blockchain (stocks, bonds, smart properties, securities, precious metals, commodities, currencies, etc.). We will go through the technical aspects of Colored Coins but also through diverse concrete use cases demonstrating how Colored Coins is really a revolution.
Blockchain and the Future of Money
In this session, Ferdinando M. Ametrano will talk about the search for a stable coin, providing stable prices and stable purchasing power. Hayek Money is the cryptocurrency price stability paradigm of elastic non-discretionary monetary policy, implemented using coin/share dual asset ledger and leveraging bitcoin as reserve asset.
Solving Real Business Problems with the Blockchain
The blockchain is an amazing technology that can be used for so much more than currency and payments. Learn more about how the blockchain can solve real world business problems and fix broken systems.
Sound Wallet: How to Create a Cold Storage Wallet Out of Sound
People are losing bitcoins daily to hackers that are able to access accounts at exchanges or when they are careless with their bitcoin. One way to store your bitcoins is so called "cold storage". With a sound wallet you can turn your private key into sound and store it on a CD, Tape or even a Vinyl Record. Sound Wallet has made appearances on coindesk.com, maxkeiser.com and heise.de.
Theo Goodman, Chief Sound Officer, Sound Wallet and Founding Member, Bitcoin Frankfurt User Group
Education, Communication, and the Blockchain
Among the most vital factors that will determine Bitcoin's success is the ability for individuals to explain the technology to others. The College Cryptocurrency Network was formed last year to help create "Generation Blockchain", a global cohort of young people and academics who serve as "cryptocurrency communicators." It's important now, more than ever, that bitcoin and the blockchain can explained in a digestible, impactful manner, and that a grassroots movement takes place.
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.
Ashok Misra, CISSP, Chair, CNP Payment Forum and Founder, Alina Consultants
Harry Yeh, Managing Partner, Binary Financial
Jens Lapinski, Managing Director, Techstars Berlin
Pavel Kravchenko, Chief Cryptographer, Tembusu Systems
Yves-Laurent Kayan, Co-Founder and Strategy Director, CoinPlus
Timo Schlaefer, Co-Founder, Crypto Facilities Ltd
Kevin Beardsley, Head of Business Development, Elliptic
SATOSHI‘S LAST WILL: A Science Fiction Thriller About Bitcoin
Satoshi's Last Will is a full-length fiction film set in a future world ruled by Bitcoin and blockchain technology. While following a classical thriller plot, the viewers playfully learn a lot about Bitcoin. They experience a world in which governments and banks have lost their power, people live together in decentralized, voluntary communities and blockchain technology has changed the way humans interact. We believe that a popular fiction film can touch many people and help foster Bitcoin's mass adoption.
Aaron Koenig, Managing Director, Bitfilm and Organizer, Bitcoin Exchange Berlin (BXB)
Simplex: Accepting Credit Cards with Zero Fraud
In this session, we’ll explain how Simplex allows Bitcoin ventures to accept credit cards payments with zero fraud exposure. We’ll also explore why the existing solutions are so limited and damage user experience, conversion and potential growth. What Simplex does differently, and how it contributes to your business, and the entire ecosystem of growth is all part of the discussion here.
Nimrod Lehavi, Founder and CEO, Simplex, Board Member, Israeli Bitcoin Association
Who Needs Bitcoin Exchanges?
The disruptive exchange business is about to being disrupted. Decentralized exchanges are on the doorstep and are getting more user friendly day by day. Broker like Coinbase or Circle provide a great UX for a low price. Established financial institutions are starting to provide derivatives and services around cryptocurrencies. Let's discuss how cryptocurrency exchanges can handle the competition and if they are ready for the next pivot.
The Bitcoin Blockchain: Meta Protocols Unleashed
On top of the bitcoin protocol - the blockchain - mastercoin, colored coins and counterparty are emerging as meta protocols extending the reach and functionality of the bitcoin blockchain. This sets the stage for a new level of innovation so far unseen. In this talk, we will look at practical examples on how to use blockchain technologies to make intangibles tangible.
Day 2 - Friday - 6 March, 2015
Session descriptions day 2
Registration / Welcome Coffee
Economics of Bitcoin
Will Bitcoin become the new world currency? Will one day products be priced in Bitcoin? Will Bitcoin become Gold 2.0, a purely digital store of value? Could it be both at the same time? Or will Bitcoin be displaced by newer, improved cryptocurrencies?
This talk aims to throw some light on these difficult questions by looking at the economics of Bitcoin. We’ll consider the effects volatility, transaction fees, security and network effects will have and will take some jabs at charting possible courses for the future of cryptocurrencies.
Brian Fabian Crain, Founder, Bitcoin Startups Berlin and Bitcoin Center Berlin, Founder/Co-Host, Epicenter Bitcoin
Bitcoin Micropayments at the Tipping Point?
Often discussed as a potential killer app for Bitcoin, a number of micropayment solutions popped up over the last years. With a focus on content payments and tipping, they stirred the interest of major news outlets that –with a hint of desperation– are eagerly seeking new ways to monetise their content. This talk explores the challenges with micropayments in general, looks at existing projects, and attempts to predict what the future holds.
Why Bitcoin is a Superior Payment System for eCommerce
Satoshi Nakamoto stated that Commerce on the Internet has come to rely almost exclusively on financial institutions serving as trusted third parties to process electronic payments. He added that while the system works well enough for most transactions, it still suffers from the inherent weaknesses of the trust based model. Indeed at this time credit cards are a dominant form of payment for ecommerce. However, credit card payment processing was not originally designed for internet commerce. It has in fact adapted for internet commerce and as a result presents a large number of pain points for consumers and stakeholders. Bitcoin has the potential to resolve several of these pain points. Attend this session to deep dive into the pain points in the current state of ecommerce, and how Bitcoin offers a superior payment solution.
Ashok Misra, CISSP, Chair, CNP Payment Forum and Founder, Alina Consultants
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.
Eric Lombrozo, Founder, Co-CEO and Chief Technology Officer, , Ciphrex Corporation
Offline Wallet Security
The security of Bitcoin transactions is based on the ECDSA signature
algorithm. Due to some properties of this particular algorithm, one has
to be careful. An attack on a different (but related) cryptosystem first
described by Young and Yung in 1997 shows how a malicious implementation
could hide private information in the signature in a way that enables
the attacker to figure out the private key. It turns out that the same
attack can be performed with ECDSA as used in the Bitcoin protocol. This
talk will give a brief description of the attack, its implications for
Bitcoin users and potential counter-measures.
What is Bitcoin's Killer App?
As many of us know, the greatest potential for Bitcoin is in its underlying technology rather than as a currency. At this state in its evolution, the "killer app" of the blockchain or sidechains is not yet apparent. There is a great deal of experimentation in a growing range of areas including DNS (Namecoin), messaging & social media (Gems), cloud storage (Storj), VoIP (Kore), Internet of Things (Samsung/IBM), notary services, smart contracts, and more. Will this killer app disrupt, replace or enhance existing tech? Will like Bitcoin the killer app be decentralized, anonymous, independent?
SpaceBIT and First Space Bank
First Space Bank is the first planned project of SpaceBIT. Our goal is to establish a secure decentralised banking system with common banking services for current and future crypto-currency users around the world”. In the short term, the SpaceBIT will focus on building a transparent, secured and affordable blockchain based payment system to ‘un-banked’ populations.
The program is currently forming a committee of high profile specialists from various industries, including finance, space, law and technology. In addition, SpaceBIT is in the process of partnering with land-based banks and exchanges to comply with local regulations and jurisdictions, while simultaneously creating borderless transaction systems. We believe that is important to stay fully compliant and transparent, while providing global access to our future users. Partnerships with banks will give us the possibility of providing traditional financial services with convenient and simple crypto payments on a global scale.
Augur: An Open-Source, Decentralized, Prediction Market Platform
This highly informative session will cover the importance of prediction markets (PM) and why they must be decentralized. Joey will discuss why bitcoin is the best fuel for a decentralized PM and how Ethereum's Serpent contracts are the optimal means with which to implement this software.
How to get Governments to Like Bitcoin (Without Ruining Bitcoin in the Process)
Bitcoin offers the potential for helping governments meet important goals such as cheaper and more accessible financial services. Yet many governments around the world have expressed skepticism about – or outright hostility to – Bitcoin. This session: Identifies the root causes of this skepticism; Assesses the progress that the Bitcoin community has made in explaining the potential benefits of Bitcoin to governments; and Offers suggestions about how the Bitcoin community can, over time, get to see Bitcoin as a force for good.
How to Combine KYC and Anonymity
This session will take a close look at combining KYC and anonymity in cryptocurrency. The results of recent research and a whitepaper will be presented that tries to solve the problem of how to create a platform that allows one to stay anonymous while proving your identity on the blockchain.
End of Inside Bitcoins Berlin 2015
DIGITAL CURRENCY COUNCIL CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT
The following Inside Bitcoins sessions qualify for DCC Continuing Education Credits:
- Solving Real Business Problems with the Blockchain (1 DCC CE)
- The Pros and Cons of Bitcoin Inveting (1 DCC CE)
- The Global Bitcoin Index (1 DCC CE)
- Who Needs Bitcoin Exchanges (1 DCC CE)
- Europe and Beyond: Emerging Issues in Regulatory Compliance and Law (1 DCC CE)
- Bitcoin Security: A Practical Perspective (1 DCC CE)