“Bitcoin is the first symptom of a monetary phenomenon that will lead to government de-anonymous currencies. This would be the end of the money creation through bank balance sheets” – Bruno Colmant
This April 2020, we’re hosting The Bitcoin Reformation. A conference to discuss the merits and challenges of Bitcoin’s social contract. Here’s why:
Bitcoin isn’t happening in a vacuum.
It’s happening right at the moment when trust in fundamental social institutions is shifting.
Bitcoin is alive for over 10 years now. Despite continuous attacks and scrutiny from authorities around the world, the world’s strongest and most steady network is still running 24/7, 365.
Bitcoin is here to stay – what do those in power have to say?
For the first time in Belgium and neighboring countries, The Bitcoin Reformation will offer an industry-wide platform for a discussion on the merits and challenges of Bitcoin and digital assets in general. It’s the event the Benelux has been waiting for, featuring speakers from across Europe and beyond.
The conference is organized by the Vires in Numeris Foundation, a private independent organization founded to spread the word about digital assets, and the future of money. It will attract a broad audience including investors, bankers, researchers, students, regulators, industry experts, financial institutions and more.
Over 30 speakers from varying backgrounds will debate the cornerstones of Bitcoin’s social contract: the need for hard money, privacy, and decentralization.
Join us to learn more about what’s on the horizon for Bitcoin.
More speakers to be announced soon
Bitcoin Developer, Educator & Entrepreneur
Jimmy Song is a Bitcoin educator, developer, and entrepreneur. He is a programmer with 20 years of experience, the last 4 being in Bitcoin. He’s the editor of bitcointechtalk.com and blogs at medium.com. He’s contributed to Bitcoin Core as well as other Bitcoin projects. He was the former VP of Engineering at Armory, a Bitcoin wallet. For the majority of his career, Song worked as a software developer for a wide array of companies in different fields including entertainment, healthcare, e-commerce, etc. In 2014, he joined Monetas where he led the development of bitcoin integration with open transactions for almost a year. After managing the development of a business-friendly Bitcoin wallet for Armory Technologies, Song became the Principal Architect for Paxos creating blockchain solutions for institutional entities. In January 2018, Song joined Blockchain Capital as a Venture Partner. In addition, he runs Programming Blockchain, a for-profit company that’s training students all around the world in blockchain programming and development techniques.
CEO Bank Degroof Petercam
Bruno Colmant is the Head of Macro Research and Executive Board Member at Bank Degroof Petercam. He holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s Degree in applied economics from the Solvay Business School Economics & Management (ULB). He also holds a Master of Sciences in Business Administration from Purdue University (USA) and a Master in Fiscal Sciences (ICHEC-ESSF). Colmant is a member of the Belgian Royal Academy. He holds various certifications, including ACI, ICMA, FRM, PRMiA, CFA, CIIA, CMF, CeFA and numerous IIA certifications. He is also a chartered accountant and tax advisor and owns the “agent de change” certification. Bruno Colmant lectures at the Vlerick Management School, UCL, the Solvay Business School Economics & Management (ULB), ICHEC, Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis and the Luxembourg School of Finance. He authored more than 75 books.
Director Business Development at Kraken
Dan Held is the Director of Business Development at Kraken. Kraken is one of the world’s biggest and most well-known cryptocurrency exchanges. Dan is a serial Bitcoin entrepreneur with two exits (Interchange > Kraken, ZeroBlock > Blockchain.com), and has a wide span of experience across 5 Bitcoin companies. In between his time in crypto, he was on the Rider Growth and Intelligence teams at Uber. He lives and works in San Francisco.
Founder Burgercrypto.com / Quant / Bitcoinometrist
Marcel is the founder of BurgerCrypto.com; a crypto investment boutique that offers crypto asset management services to high net worth individuals and B2B consultancy services. He is in the process of writing a book on Bitcoinometrics; econometric analysis applied to bitcoin data. Marcel left his institutional investment career with the aim to contribute shaping the future of investment management by helping other people and institutions to get exposure to digital assets. Before Marcel went full time crypto, he worked with Optiver, VanDerMoolen, EY and Achmea Investment Management in various roles and predominantly in the front office. From advising pension funds on how to manage balance sheet exposures, to managing OTC derivatives portfolios and market making equity options. Marcel holds a MSc. in Econometrics with a specialisation in Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Sciences.
Founder and Lead Developer at Drupal
Dries Buytaert is an open-source developer and technology executive. He is the original creator and project lead for Drupal, an open-source platform for building websites and digital experiences. Buytaert is also co-founder and chief technology officer of Acquia, a venture-backed technology company. Acquia provides an open cloud platform to many large organizations, which helps them build, deliver and optimize digital experiences. A Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, he holds a PhD in computer science and engineering from Ghent University and a Licentiate Computer Science (MsC) from the University of Antwerp. He was named CTO of the Year by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, New England Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, and a Young Innovator by MIT Technology Review. He blogs frequently on Drupal, open-source, startups, business, and the future at dri.es.
Chief Economist at Itinera
Ivan Van de Cloot studied economics at the University of Antwerp and was a research assistant for two years in the domain of public finances. As a consultant, he helped to prepare the liberalization of the gas and electricity market in Belgium. After that he worked as an economist for the research department of ING/BBL for 6 years. On top of cyclical analysis, he specialized in the analysis of structural characteristics of the Belgian economy. Ivan wrote about pensions but also about the liberalization of railway traffic, economic aspects of immigration, entrepreneurship and healthcare. As a commentator for financial and economic events, he often appears in the written and audio-visual media. He is equally Executive professor at the Universiteit Antwerpen Management School and has a column in De Tijd. Ivan Van de Cloot is for Itinera author of The pension book and co-author of the Grey gold, in which a strategic vision is developed for respectively our pension system and eldercare.
Alena Vranova is a Bitcoin investor — as well as other cryptocurrencies — a business developer, fintech and Bitcoin economist, co-founder and former CEO of the Czech project SatoshiLabs — a company that has developed cryptocurrency hardware wallets and other related software. Alena Vranova is the team leader of designers and programmers of the hardware wallet TREZOR. Alena Vranova also takes part in working with the mining pool Slush Pool and with the Coinmap service, a map showing places that accept Bitcoin. She decided to step down from SatoshiLabs as CEO in 2017. Currently, Alena Vranova is frequently interviewed about cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies, performs as a speaker on various related conferences and meetings and writes for cryptocurrency media.
Award-Winning Producer And MC
Naomi Brockwell hosts some of the largest blockchain and economics conferences around the world. She has interviewed some of the biggest names in Tech, Business, and Politics and is a regular on US national television discussing blockchain technology and current events.
On her channel NBTV, Naomi has been producing blockchain and economic content for YouTube and her podcast since 2013. NBTV focuses on all things tech, especially Blockchain. You can find easy-to-understand tutorials, interviews with industry leaders, weekly crypto news summaries, fun quiz shows, and music.
Naomi was policy associate at the New York Bitcoin Center from 2013-2015, producer for the 2015 feature documentary Bitcoin: The End of Money as We Know It (Best International Documentary, Anthem Film Festival; Winner of Special Jury Prize, Amsterdam Film Festival), producer for Stossel, a producer for the blockchain sci-fi TV series HardFork, and co-author of the children’s book “Billy’s Bitcoin”.
Director and Privacy Activist at The Ministry of Privacy
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