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Bitcoin Wednesday 51

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The 51st Bitcoin Wednesday was held in Amsterdam on 6 September, 2017.

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


You are invited to join us once again for this upcoming edition of Bitcoin Wednesday, including another program revolving around the important recurring theme of blockchains and cryptocurrencies in Dutch society. As you’ve come to expect, networking will be at the heart of this event: run into your old, familiar Bitcoin Wednesday friends and colleagues and tell stories about the early days; meet the newcomers and share your ideas about the future. After a number of thought-provoking conference presentations, there will be ample opportunity for networking at the bar. Mark your calendar for the first Wednesday of the month so that we can raise a toast together to the increasing role of Bitcoin in Dutch society. Please take note:

  • So that the digital currency revolution leaves no one behind, please bring colleagues, friends, family and neighbors with you.
  • Bitcoin Wednesday is an accessible event for anyone who has interest in blockchains, digital currencies or related technologies, a great chance to meet other like-minded professionals, and exchange ideas in an informal atmosphere.

Mark it down in your agenda; join us on the first Wednesday of every month. The conference itself usually begins at 19:00, but we gather earlier at the bar for networking. For all Bitcoin Wednesday conferences, space is limited and advance registration is always required.

Sign up now for Bitcoin Wednesday.

PUBLISHED : July 15, 2017
Rik Esselink
Rik Esselink, MD of Ring.com

Rik Esselink will serve as Session Chair for Bitcoin Wednesday on 7 November 2018. He has already been moderator for Bitcoin Wednesday several times, including during the CoinFest edition this past April as well as in 2017. He has been an active member of the Amsterdam blockchain community for many years, and is currently MD Europe for one of the world's fastest growing connected home startups, Ring.com.

Adrian Garelick, CEO of Flixxo
Adrian Garelik, CEO of Flixxo

Adrián Garelik is a script writer and film producer ("To fool a thief", "Unsuscribe") who was always interested in technologies for video distribution on the Internet. In 2011 he worked with Diego Gutierrez-Zaldivar, one of Argentina´s internet pioneers, on CinePop, a democratic network for film distribution to cinemas. In 2014 they turned their attention to blockchain technology for video distribution, which became the foundation for RSK (aka Rootstock), a smart contract platform on top of Bitcoin. After two years at RSK Adrian left to team up with Federico Abad, the creator of Popcorn Time, on the blockchain-based video sharing app called Flixxo.

Grzegorz Borowik Golem’s Senior Software Engineer
Grzegorz Borowik, Senior Software Engineer at Golem

Grzegorz Borowik is a senior software engineer in the R&D team at Golem, the global, open sourced and decentralized supercomputer. He was previously a postdoctoral researcher at the Knowledge Engineering and Discovery Research Institute, Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, where he carried out advanced problems of neuroscience. His research interests include Computational Intelligence, Deep Learning Algorithms, Optimization Techniques, Numerical Algorithms, IoT, and Cybersecurity.

Ran Reichman CEO of Snip
Ran Reichman, CEO of Snip

Ran Reichman is CEO of Snip, a decentralized content publishing and distribution platform. It aims to disrupt traditional media through decentralization and in doing so to change the way we consume information.

Risto Karjalainen, COO of Streamr
Risto Karjalainen, COO of Streamr

Risto Karjalainen is the COO of Streamr, a decentralized, peer-to-peer infrastructure for real-time data that has been integrated with the Ethereum blockchain. An engineer by background, Risto received his Ph.D. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a specialization in behavioural finance, machine learning and evolutionary computation. Before he became fascinated with real-time data and blockchain technology, he worked for a number of years in London as a quant and portfolio manager with institutional asset managers at J.P. Morgan and Merrill Lynch as well as with a few hedge funds.

Rico Brouwer of the Pirate Party
Rico Brouwer, Cloud Expert from ICT

Rico Brouwer was third on the candidate's list of the Piratenpartij in the Tweede Kamer parliamentary election held on 15 March, 2017.  He didn't win, but he did write this very enjoyable song, Not Like Gold, which he will perform for Bitcoin Wednesday.

Valentin Preobrazhenskiy of LAToken
Valentin Preobrazhenskiy, CEO of LA Token

Valentin Preobrazhenskiy is the CEO of LAToken a blockchain-based platform for managing illiquid assets such as real estate, bank loans and works of art. Valentin previously founded the home equity marketplace Zalogo which facilitated more than 12000 home equity offers and 1000 transactions in 2016.Before that he was director of one of the world's largest startup accelerator programs, the Founder Institute, and worked for the financial institutions Avega Capital, Marcuard Spectrum, IHS CERA, Sberbank and VTB.

Henri Pihkala CEO of Streamr
Henri Pihkala, CEO of Streamr

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.