Cryptocon Event

On July 24th and 25th Informa Australia hosted their 1st Annual Bitcoin Conference in Sydney, Australia. This represented the first major Bitcoin event to come to Sydney.

The two-day event, entitled ‘Cryptocon’, drew together many of the key themes in Bitcoin and emerging blockchain based technologies from the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. The event took place at the Park Royal Hotel in Darling Harbour and featured a wide array of global speakers and attendees.

Day one featured presentations from Bitcoin entrepreneurs and venture capital investors. Covering a wide range of topics such as privacy and the Internet of Things, as well as panels on fostering adoption and the ‘Dark Web’.

Keynote and chair duties were conducted by our own Tristan Winters. Later in the day, Cryptocon was pleased to open up the discussion to audience members more proactively. The law enforcement and Reserve Bank members became offered their unique perspectives on blockchain technologies and its implications for their own workings.

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Speakers on Day 1 included Domenic Carosa, the Co-Founder and Chairman of Future Capital Bitcoin Fund; Jeremy Glaros, Chief Executive Officer of CoinarchNiki Scevak, Principal at Blackbird VenturesJeremy Lam, Technical Business Analyst at Counterparty & Creator of VenndChris Mountford, Senior Developer at Altassian & Founder of BlockZombie; Adam Poulton, the Secretary of Bitcoin Association of AustraliaAmor Sexton, Digital Currency Lawyer at Adroit LawyersLeon-Gerard Vandenberg, CTO Future Capital Bitcoin Fund & Founderof bitSIM and Lawrence Chan, Head of Product Development at MyRepublic.

Day two was notable for some truly enlightening presentations by leading academics. These thinkers were proud to release their own research, which focused on topics as broad as the environmental impacts of mining (relative to the creation of fiat and precious metals), developments in cryptography and challenges in blockchain analysis. The studies explored key issues around these topics at a depth rarely seen at Bitcoin events.

Keynote and chair duties on this day were conducted by Pantelis Roussakis. The second day opened with an in-depth and analytical study of Bitcoin and its blockchain by Jonathan Levin, founder at Coinometrics. This was followed by a highly instructive panel on the ‘Dark Economy’.

Hass McCook and Kitten Tofu presented some eye opening academic analysis. In the first case, on the comparative environmental impacts of mining. In the second instance on the push towards anonymity, developments in cryptography and their incorporation into tools such as Dark Wallet, Coinjoin, Stealth Addresses and Monero.

Anson Zeall and Jason Williams both looked at the retail implications of Bitcoin from the perspective of their own companies, while Tristan Winters presented an insightful look at the nitty-gritty of Bitcoin business in Africa, relative to the hype.

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