The 53rd Bitcoin Wednesday will be held in Amsterdam on 1 November, 2017.
Please RSVP as soon as possible if you want to attend.
Frans Kempen will serve as Session Chair for Bitcoin Wednesday on 1 November, 2017. He currently leads IBM's Blockchain Practice for the Banking and Insurance industry in The Netherlands and Belgium. 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.
Stéphane Ifrah is the CEO of NapoleonX, one of the first cryptocurrency asset management companies specialized in programmable or algorithmic trading. He was previously an asset manager for more than 12 years, and started developing quantitative models while managing several billion euros of assets for BNP Paribas.
Christian Decker is a software engineer for Blockstream, one of the organizations that helps fund development of Bitcoin Core, the reference client for Bitcoin. At Blockstream he works on the specification and implementation of the Lightning Network. He has been an active contributor to Bitcoin since 2009.
Doutje Lettinga is a senior policy officer for human rights, surveillance and counter-terrorism at Amnesty International. In this role she has contributed to the lobbying and campaigning on the new Dutch Intelligence and Security Services Act as well as other Dutch counter-terrorism legislation in order to make them human rights compliant. She has a Doctorate in sociology and a double Masters degree in history and political science.
Nina Boelsums and Luca van der Kamp are two of the students who started the successful Sleepwet.nl campaign for a national referendum against the Dutch Intelligence and Security Services Act 34 588.
Nina studies Industrial Design and focuses on the impact of new digital technologies on society. Luca van der Kamp has a degree in Computer Science and is currently studying logic, computability and complexity theory.
Fraser Brown is Founder and Chairman of the ACT Foundation in Zug, Switzerland, which is responsible for the development of an Ethereum-based decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) for social causes. He is an engineer with an MBA from Trinity College Dublin, who has advised global institutions and governments on innovative financing solutions for climate change since 2010. In 2014 he represented Ireland in sailing at the Athens Olympic Games.
Peter Koop is a journalist who has written about the Dutch Intelligence and Security Services Act 34 588 which will go into effect on 1 January 2018. He has had a lifelong interest in signals intelligence and communications security, and has written for the weblog Electrospaces.net since 2012. He is one of the few people in the world who has systematically and critically studied the documents from the Snowden revelations and the press coverage they received.
Alan R. Milligan is a former software entrepreneur turned accomplished film producer. The work associated with his production studio Film-Farms, located in a farmhouse in Oslo, has received prizes at the Cannes, Venice and Tribeca film festivals in addition to more than 50 other awards and nominations. Now he has turned his attention to smart contracts with a system called White Rabbit that consists of a browser plugin to allow viewers to watch streaming films and to safely pay the rights holders.
Jean-Charles Dudek is CSO of NapoleonX, an algorithmic trading company specialized in cryptocurrencies. He is a former banker with more than 12 years experience working for tier 1 banks. He previously worked as Head of Active Protected Fund Management at BNPP AM where he had a portfolio of more than € 3 billion assets under management (AUM).