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Bitcoin London 2013 is here and we give you a full preview

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With Bitcoin getting more important and famous every day, the events around the cryptocurrency keep multiplying. And tomorrow is a big day, since the awaited Bitcoin London Conference, organized by st-ART, is already here!

The one-day meeting between Bitcoin experts will happen at Level 39, One Canada Square, in Canary Wharf. The conference will start at 08:00 and end at 20:30, with some networking cocktails.

Among the guests are personalities like Stefan Thomas of Ripple, Jered Kenna of Tradehill, Nick Shalek of Ribbit Capital and Jaron Lukasiewicz from the new platform Coinsetter. They will mostly participate in debates around Bitcoin. Besides, there will be a lot of opportunities to know people from the cryptocurrency field and establish new business contacts.

According to Gulnar Hasnain, one of the Bitcoin London organisers, says that the event is expecting around 200 people coming from  the United States, Canada and Eastern and Western Europe. “Most of the Bitcoin events so far have been grass roots meet-ups with a strong focus on tech and libertarian politics. We wanted to do something that was purely focused on the business and investment opportunities around Bitcoin”, she explained.

As stated by the organiser, Bitcoin London wants “to promote understanding of the digital currency space, and develop the start-up ecosystem through our events, so Bitcoin and digital currencies become the norm for the masses”. That is why the event will provide the perfect opportunity to connect digital coin entrepreneurs, angels and venture investors.

This way, this conference can be a small step into Bitcoin’s big success. At least, according to the event organiser Pamir Gelenbe, also a venture partner at Hummingbird Ventures, who believes that cryptocurrency is “the biggest invention since the internet” and will be adopted by everyone in a near future.

To know more about Bitcoin London, which happens tomorrow, check the complete program below.

Full Conference Schedule


08:00–09:00 – Registration and coffee

09:00–09:15 – Opening remarks and greetings

Pamir Gelenbe, st-ART

09:15–09:35 – Some thoughts on Bitcoin and money

Tuur Demeester, Macrotrends

09:35-09.55 – A tour through the strange and wonderful world of decentralized finance

Stefan Thomas, Ripple

09.55-10.55 – Panel Discussion: The rising stars of the Bitcoin start-up ecosystem

Erik Vorhees, Coinapult

Nejc Kodric, Bitstamp

Jeremias Kangas,

Jered Kenna, Tradehill

Moderated by Isaac Kato, co-founder of Verne Global

10.55-11:15 – Networking and coffee break

11:15-12:15 – Panel session: regulatory and legal challenges

Patrick Murck, General Counsel

Bitcoin Foundation, Constance Choi

General Counsel, Payward

Danny Friedberg, Attorney

Graham Dunn and Stuart Hoegner, General Counsel and Gaming Counsel

Moderated by Stefan Greiner

12:15-13:00 – Start-up Pitches

Zach Harvey, Lamassu

Yurii Rashkovskii,

Tamas Blummer, Bits of proof

Jonathan Rouach, Bitsofgold

Tom Robinson, Bitprice, bitBlu

13:05-14:00 – Lunch and networking

14:00-15:00 – VC panel: Investment opportunities in the Bitcoin space

Nick Shalek, Ribbit Capital

Michael Jackson, Mangrove

Stefan Glaenzer, Passion Capital

Moderated by Stefanie Baker, Bloomberg

15:00-15:20 – Why Iceland should adopt Bitcoin as its national currency

Sveinn Valfells, Bitcoin Investor

15:20-15:40 – Fireside chat with Shakil Khan, Angel Investor and founder of CoinDesk, and Charlie Shrem, BitInstant

Moderated by Pamir Gelenbe, Co-founder, st-ART

15.40-16:00 – Networking and coffee break

16.00-17.00 – Bitcoin as an asset class?

Yoni Assia, eToro

Luzius Meisser,

Gatis Eglitis, Exante

Jaron Lukasiewicz, Coinsetter

Moderated by Garrick Hileman, LSE

17.00-18.00 – Merchant opportunities in the Bitcoin Space

Pierre Noizat, Paymium

Aleksandr Lossenko, 9Flats

Grzegorz Luczywo, SecurityKiss

Moderated by Patrice Touboulie, Zipzap

18:00-18:10 – Closing Remarks

Pamir Gelenbe, st-ART

18:10-20:30 – Networking cocktails


Maria is an experienced journalist currently living in the UK. She has been writing about Bitcoin and the altcoin universe since 2013. She is also a member of the Lifeboat Foundation's New Money Systems Board and a big cryptocurrency supporter.

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