North American Bitcoin Conference announces speakers

If Bitcoin is your thing and you are heading over to the North American Bitcoin Conference this week in downtown Miami’s James L. Knight Center, the main speakers have been announced.

Running this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the annual blockchain event is part of the largest and longest-running conference series in the blockchain space which runs to 22 January.

The confirmed speakers and sessions are as follows.

Charlie Shrem, a bitcoin pioneer, CTO of Intellisys.ai/Mainstreet.ky, and founder of the Bitcoin Foundation. While he was the CEO of BitInstant, the company grew to become one of the earliest and largest Bitcoin companies, processing 30% of all Bitcoin/USD volume. Mr. Shrem has been actively involved in bridging the gap between traditional finance and Bitcoin through ventures such as Payza.com. His current venture is a capital management firm issuing tokenized securitized assets on the Blockchain. Talk: Fireside chat.

Brock Pierce is a renowned blockchain pioneer. He is the chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, co-founder of Blockchain Capital, co-founder and head of strategy at Block.one, founding board member of Mastercoin (Inventor of the ICO), and an advisor to Bancor. Block.one was created in 2017 and has since sold over $300 million in tokens during the first month of EOS crowdsale, the largest ever. Bancor sold $150 million tokens in June of 2017. He has founded and co-founded a number of blockchain based firms, including IGE, the pioneer of digital currency in online games with revenues exceeding $100 million in 2006. Talk: Blockchain Pioneer.

Jake Yocom-Piatt is project lead for Decred, and co-creator of zkc, a high-security asynchronous chat system. He has been using, funding and directing the creation of open-source software for 10+ years, as well as acting as an expert source for various industry publications. Talk: Application of Blockchain timestamping.

Marlon E. Yarde is currently the managing director of the Barbados Stock Exchange Inc. (BSE) and its subsidiary, the Barbados Central Securities Depository Inc. (BCSDI) since March 31, 2016. His current position is establishing the BSE as the traditional exchange of choice for the listing and trading of Digital Financial Assets on a well-regulated market with international best practice rules within a jurisdiction with a reputation for a robust regulatory framework. Talk: Investment panel.

David Chaum is widely recognized as the inventor of digital cash. Mr. Chaum is a well-known fundamental innovator in cryptography, including privacy technology and secure election systems. He is the founder of the International Association for Cryptologic Research — the cryptography group at the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science in Amsterdam, DigiCash — the voting system institute and Perspectiva Fund. Talk: Crossing the Charm- the Next 100 million Crypto Users

The conference is part of the January 14-22 Blockchain Week promotion in Miami.