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4-Year Anniversary

4 Year Anniversary

The 49th Bitcoin Wednesday is our 4-year anniversary and will be held in Amsterdam on 5 July, 2017.

Please RSVP as soon as possible if you want to attend.

The complete program for this event will be published here as soon as possible.

PUBLISHED : June 10, 2017
Frans Kempen of IBM

Frans Kempen will introduce IBM's approach to blockchain technology with his colleague, Firat Sertgoz. Frans will also serve as Session Chair for Bitcoin Wednesday on 6 March, 2019. He is IBM's Blockchain Lead for Logistics and Supply Chain Services at IBM Netherlands. He has worked for IBM for more than a decade, and before that was able to combine his technical and commercial background in roles with Unilever, KPN and British Telecom. Frans sees distributed ledger technology as a key enabler for Digital Transformation Programs in the financial sector.

Valerian Bennett of PopChest
Video with Smart Contracts

Valerian Bennett is CEO of PopChest, a platform for community-supported video that integrates smart contracts and the soon-to-be-distributed Pop Tokens. Valerian is a veteran television producer and editor and a documentary filmmaker from Los Angeles. He has a film degree from the University of Southern California and is responsible for the 2014 documentary Bitcoin: Buenos Aires about the digital currency ecosystem in Argentina.

Henri Pihkala CEO of Streamr
Unstoppable Data for Unstoppable Apps

Henri Pihkala is the CEO of Streamr, a low-latency, scalable, decentralized stack for real-time data. He is a software engineer, serial entrepreneur and an ex-algorithmic trader. He specializes in complex architectures, scalability, data, and blockchain technology.

Matej Michalko of Decent
Blockchain Content Distribution

Matej Michalko is CEO of the Blockchain-based content distribution platform known as Decent which raised more than $4.2 million during its crowd sale at the end of 2016. He is a blockchain pioneer who founded one of the sector's first Bitcoin marketing agencies as well as one of its earliest cryptocurrency e-gaming consultancies.

Jean-Philippe (J.P.) Vergne
Can We Predict the Price of Cryptocurrencies?

Jean-Philippe Vergneis Associate Professor of Strategy at Ivey Business School, Western University in Canada. He is also Co-Director of the Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab, and Founding Coordinator of the Crypto Capitalism Center. He recently wrote a history of piracy and capitalism entitled "The Pirate Organization: Lessons from the fringes of Capitalism" (Harvard Business Review Press). He has focused his research on blockchain technology since 2014.

Jameson Lopp of Bitgo
The Tao of Bitcoin

Jameson Lopp leads a software engineering team at BitGo, an enterprise digital asset security service based in Palo Alto. He created Statoshi, a fork of Bitcoin Core that analyzes the statistics of Bitcoin nodes and aims to give a DevOps perspective of the Bitcoin network.  He counts paintball, motorcycles and wine making among his interests. and waxes philosophical on the nature of Bitcoin in his spare time.

Peter Rizun, Chief Scientist for Bitcoin Unlimited
Scaling Bitcoin to a Billion Users

Dr. Peter Rizun is Chief Scientist for Bitcoin Unlimited and a leading figure in the block size debate that currently engulfs Bitcoin. His organization develops software used by about 40 percent of the Bitcoin network's mining power, and aims to solve the block size controversy by giving miners the ability to signal their support for a larger block size, an approach that has been repeatedly rejected by Bitcoin Core.

Ken Shishido Tokyo Bitcoin
Tales from the Tokyo Bitcoin Community

Ken Shishidois an organizer of the Tokyo Bitcoin Meetup group, established in 2011, one of the world's oldest. He is also an early-stage investor in Breadwallet, Yours, Stashcrypto and other cryptocurrency-related projects. He previously handled sales and business development of enterprise telecommunications services for a large telco operator in Japan. He was a candidate in the lower house of parliament election of 2012 representing Tokyo (District 5) and Hiroshima (District 3).