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New Year’s Reception

Bitcoin Wednesday New Year's Reception 2017

Adam and Iddo and the Block of Genesis

The 67th Bitcoin Wednesday, our annual New Year’s Reception, celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Bitcoin’s Genesis Block and was held in Amsterdam on 2 January, 2019.  The complete program of the 2019 Reception can be found below.

The 2020 New Year’s Reception will be held on 1 January 2020.


PUBLISHED : July 26, 2018
Alexander Zaidelson, CEO of Beam & MimbleWimble

Alexander Zaidelson is CEO of Beam, the world's second implementation of the anonymous-by-default Mimblewimble protocol. He is a veteran of the Israeli startup scene, was co-founder of the P2P file-sharing company, Nareos, and desktop dictionary, Wikitup, as well as an investor in Israeli growth- and late-stage companies.

Iddo Bentov, Chief Scientist Spacemesh
Iddo Bentov

Iddo Bentov is Chief Scientist of Spacemesh, which raised $15 million in a series A financing round led by Polychain Capital in September, 2018. He is a postdoc in cryptocurrency and cryptography at Cornell University who has been involved in cryptocurrencies since mid-2011 and is responsible for a substantial part of the design work upon which Spacemesh is based.

Adam Ficsor, CTO of zkSNACKS
Wasabi Wallet

Adam Ficsor, widely known as nopara73, is co-founder and CTO of zkSNACKS, which is responsible for the Wasabi, privacy-oriented Bitcoin wallet that has integrated Tor, CoinJoin and coin control features. He is an accomplished developer -- among the most active Github contributors in the sector and the author of more than 100 articles on privacy. He has appeared at many conferences and has worked tirelessly to improve the privacy of Bitcoin.

Karryl Fowler, CEO of Transmute

Karyl Fowler is CEO of Austin, Texas-based Transmute Industries, a decentralized app engine for teams, which integrates enterprise cloud infrastructure and blockchain technologies. She previously served as Business Development Manager and Marketing Director of chipmaker Novati Technologies and Economic Development Manager for the Austin, Texas Chamber of Commerce.

Olivier de Jong, CEO of Airwave
Olivier de Jong

Olivier de Jong is the CEO and founder of Airwave, a decentralized communications network which aims to apply distributed ledger technology to peer-to-peer audio and video chat without compromising usability or privacy. He has focussed on software development, peer-to-peer technologies and decentralized systems, and previously worked for another online video startup and Youmine, a Dutch company that collected and aggregated special offers and daily deals like those offered by Groupon.

The Royal Academy of Art in the Hague

Adrian Biłgorajski is the founder and CEO of Ganesa Technologies, which develops software for the cryptocurrency sector, including the Arbitool scanner for identifying arbitrage opportunities. He is also an expert trader with a certificate from the Warsaw Stock Exchange and a graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics Stock Market Trading School.