Sofia, BulgariaHotel Expo,
Tsarigradsko shosse 149
06 December 2014Warm up event
Friday 5th of Dec
200 SeatsHurry up, register!
Topics of the conference
Аdvantages and risks of Bitcoin, future development scenarios and advanced points of view from technical, economic and regulatory perspective.
Еxecutives from the banking, financial and IT sector. The whole regional Bitcoin community – businesses, developers, investors, miners, merchants and users.
The main event /6th Dec/ will be in English only. The warm up event /5th Dec/ will be in Bulgarian only, no English Translation.
Mike is the creator of the decentralized crowdfunding platform Lighthouse and a former Google engineer...
Mike Hearn is a Bitcoin developer and is among the people who know all the details about the Bitcoin core protocol. Mike is the creator of the decentralized crowdfunding platform Lighthouse and a former Google engineer. He first used Bitcoin a few months after its initial release in 2009. Mike has a research interest in advanced uses of the Bitcoin protocol, in particular around building out the infrastructure for a completely new financial system. He lives and works in Switzerland.
Marek Palatinus "Slush"
Marek, also known as "Slush", is the inventor of the bitcoin mining pool concept and operator of the Slush's mining pool, designer of the lightweight Stratum...
Marek Palatinus "Slush"
Marek, also known as “Slush”, is the inventor of the bitcoin mining pool concept
and operator of the Slush’s mining pool, designer of the lightweight Stratum
protocol and the core programmer of TREZOR. With nearly 15 years experience in
IT, Marek has co-developed several successful internet startups and has worked as
an enterprise architect for one of the largest banks in Central Europe. Since
his introduction to Bitcoin in 2010, he has dedicated his entire time to
developing useful services and tools that can make bitcoin widely adopted.
Wouter is European Marketing Manager at BitPay - the biggest bitcoin merchant processor ...
Wouter Vonk is European Marketing Manager at BitPay. BitPay is the biggest bitcoin merchant processor, adding over 3000 new businesses accepting bitcoins per day. Besides his marketing experience Wouter has been interested and passionate about the growth and future of what is probably the greatest innovation since the internet. Prior to joining Bitpay, Wouter is the owner of Bitgild.com, Europe’s first gold and silver webshop that accepts Bitcoin.
Alexander received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Leuven, Belgium in 2010, specializing in RF, antenna and communication systems ...
Alexander received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Leuven, Belgium in 2010, specializing in RF, antenna and communication systems. From 2005 till 2011 Alexander was working at leading R&D centers in Europe with involvement in top-notch industrial projects for global technology companies such as Samsung, Panasonic, STM, MED-EL, Phonak etc. When the Mycelium Media concept began to crystallize Dr. Vasylchenko was responsible for establishing the Mycelium R&D headquarters in Vienna, Austria in 2011. Now Alexander’s primary job is to manage all the hardware related projects at Mycelium such as the Bitcoincard, Mycelium Entropy and Mycelium Payment System.
Stephan is the chief communications officer for Ethereum since January 2014. His current focus is on smart contracts/smart property ...
Stephan is the chief communications officer for Ethereum since January 2014. His current focus is on smart contracts/smart property and the development of decentralized applications deployed on top of a blockchain infrastructure. He is particularly interested in the potential for societal change engendered by users regaining control over both their funds and personal information.
Stephan is the founder and CEO of the world’s first crypto-consultancy, Ursium. He regularly speaks at conferences, community events and meetups, and is the media contact for the Ethereum project.
Rutger van Zuidam
Rutger is an ecommerce entrepreneur and Bitcoin specialist from The Netherlands. He is the founder of Into Bitcoin ...
Rutger van Zuidam
Rutger van Zuidam is an ecommerce entrepreneur and Bitcoin specialist from The Netherlands. He is the founder of Into Bitcoin, which serves as the starting point for business, governmental institutions and NGOs to use and apply Bitcoin, crypto currency and Blockchain technology. He is a co-producer of the recently viral video - BitcoinProperly. He started the first Dutch Bitcoin Café gathering which launched a Bitcoin point-of-sales system for bars and restaurants as well as the official Dutch National Bitcoin Conference. Rutger is a co-founder of the start-up EAZE, the wearable wallet, combining Bitcoin wallets Coinbase and Blockchain.info with Google Glass and smartwatches to provide a frictionless payment solution. His keynote takes beyond the Bitcoin hype and into the Blockchain revolution: The internet of trust.
Petr is an independent researcher focusing on cryptocurrencies and anonymous technologies. He has been involved in the Nxt and CryptoNote communities ...
Petr Kindlmann is an independent researcher, in the crypto world. He focuses on existing cryptocurrencies 2.0 and anonymous technologies. Petr has been involved in the Nxt community as a writer since 2013. Later he started with contributing reviews to Coins Source news website. As a founder of Nxt Academy he is helping with several university projects in order to educate mainstream population about the cryptocurrencies. He is involved in the CryptoNote project as a PR specialist.
Former Market Risk at Goldman Sachs NYC. Developed distributed database systems, encryption, steganographic, and fraud-detection systems ...
Former Market Risk at Goldman Sachs NYC. Developed distributed database systems, encryption, steganographic, and fraud-detection systems while working in the defense industry. Studied electrical engineering in university.
Involved in the design and development of a range P2P and distributed-consensus applications, since before Gnutella.
Tim Mitja Zagar
Co-founder and CEO of OpenHours LLC, one of the most popular websites in Slovenia. Co-founder of bitcoin payment gateway Cashila.com ...
Tim Mitja Zagar
Before got inspired by Bitcoin and blockchain technologies, he co-founded and served as CEO of OpenHours LLC, which is one of the most popular sites in Slovenia with 500.000 monthly users in country with 2 million people. Service has substantial market share in some other European countries such as Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
In November 2013 he co-founded Cashila (cashila.com), Bitcoin Payment Gateway, to connect Bitcoin with old Banking world.
Horea Vuscan is the founder of BTCXchange and BTCXpay, the first platforms for bitcoin trading and payment with bitcoins from Romania ...
Horea Vuscan is the founder of BTCXchange and BTCXpay, the first platforms for bitcoin trading and payment with bitcoins from Romania. His experience begins in 2002, with the main interest in technology. In that year he established Alien Concept SRL – the first company that manufactures devices for automated parking ticketing and public transportation from Romania.
Always oriented on topics on which pioneering, courage and innovations are vital, Horea Vuscan’s libertarian faith in free market can be the guarantee of quality and affordable services. He thinks about himself as being a “world citizen” and believes that the world is the house of everyone. English language is the one that made us all communicate, and BITCOIN will be the international currency for business.
From his first BITCOIN meeting in 2012, things like entrepreneurship, innovation and ideological believes shaked hands well for creating one of the first, secured, cheap, efficient and fastest trading and payments platform using digital currency from Romania. Being part of the community and its partners, Horea Vuscan aims to participate in the social revolution called BITCOIN.
Luka Klancir is a young entrepreneur with passion towards the Bitcoin technology, founder of Croatian Bitcoin Portal ...
Luka Klancir is a young entrepreneur with passion towards the Bitcoin technology. Most recent ventures are focused on bringing digital currencies to the region of South-eastern Europe through co-founding of the Croatian Bitcoin Portal which is now one of the central points for information and community in the region. Also included in many activities and projects regarding the startup ecosystem in Croatia, especially around cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin tech. Recently got a Bachelor of Informatics degree in the field of Information Systems.
Pavel is the chairman of the Bulgarian Bitcoin Association and the owner of Bitcoin Bulgaria - the company behind the first bitcoin ATM in Bulgaria ...
Pavel is the chairman of the Bulgarian Bitcoin Association and the owner of Bitcoin Bulgaria (bitcoin.bg) – the company behind the first bitcoin ATM in Bulgaria. He is a lifetime member of the Bitcoin Foundation in Washington. Pavel is a Sponsor of Open Transaction (monetas.net) and a member of the the Multilingual Internet Names Consortium (mind.org). He has 10 years experience in several Bulgarian banks and has specialized in banks abroad. Pavel Graduated from the UNWE with a major in international economics relations.
Blagovest is in the management board of the biggest gold bullion dealer and currency exchange operator in Bulgaria - Tavex Gold&Exchange ...
Blagovest is in the management board of the biggest gold bullion dealer and currency exchange operator in Bulgaria - Tavex Gold&Exchange since the establishment in 2009. His background and interests include monetary history, Austrian economics and the problems in the current financial system. Blagovest is vice chair and one of the founders of the Bulgarian Bitcoin Association and is the founder of CoinWisdom – a company created to spread the use and popularity of Bitcoin and other crypto currencies. Blagovest has a BA in Economics and Business Administration from the American University in Bulgaria.
Svetlin Krastanov is a manager at PwC Bulgaria. Svetlin holds a PhD degree in economics and is an author of publications on taxation...
Svetlin Krastanov is a manager at PwC Bulgaria. He has substantial experience in advising clients mainly on the indirect tax aspects of their activities. Svetlin holds a PhD degree in economics and is an author of publications on taxation.
Todor Breshkov is one of the Managing Partners of LAUNCHub, a seed fund supporting the most promising entrepreneurs ...
Todor Breshkov is one of the Managing Partners of LAUNCHub, a seed fund supporting the most promising entrepreneurs and digital startups in South and Eastern Europe.
Todor’s expertise varies within the areas of Management, Finance, Business Development, VC and entrepreneurship. Todor’s background is in Investment banking achieved as Managing Partner of one of the largest brokerage and corporate finance boutiques in Bulgaria – FFBH and also Member of the Board of Directors of the Bulgarian Stock Exchange – Sofia (2003 – 2009). Todor was a Member of the Supervisory Board (2003 – 2011) of First Investment Bank, EUR 3 BLN in assets. He is also Partner in the largest real estate fund in Bulgaria.
In his free time, Todor likes all types of outdoor activities, especially with family and friends.
Adriani Iliev – legal adviser and specialist in information legislation and legal processes in digital environment...
Adriani Iliev – legal adviser and specialist in information legislation and legal processes in digital environment. Works in the field of social law, contracting, associating and ideal goals. Founder of the site for legal information Advocati.org and co-organizer of specialized seminars as ‘Law, Internet and Business’, ‘Digital Security’, ‘Technical Termination of the Underhanded’ and others. Co-author of the site for Free (as in ‘freedom’) technologies SwitchFree.eu and author of numerous publications about legal problems, policy processes and Information Society development.
Yasen is a software engineer, entrepreneur and the CTO of BitLendingClub.com - a bitcoin lending platform ...
Yasen is a software engineer, entrepreneur and all-around technology guru. Yasen has over 8 years of software development experience in top tier companies, holds a BS in Computer Systems and Technology from the Technical University Sofia and is solely responsible for managing the development of BitLendingClub. Yasen manages all the aspects of the technical implementation of the platform and serves as the CTO of BitLendingClub.
Institute for Market Economics
Petar Ganev is a senior economist at the Institute for Market Economics (IME) in Sofia. He is interested in the fields of economic growth, the business cycle...
Petar Ganev is a senior economist at the Institute for Market Economics (IME) in Sofia. He is interested in the fields of economic growth, the business cycle, fiscal policy and the role of government in the economy and the free market. He is also an expert in the history of the Austrian School of Economics. Ganev is a board member of the Bulgarian Macroeconomic Association and author of numerous articles in Bulgarian media. He is also responsible for the educational initiatives of IME.
Center for Liberal Strategies
Georgi Ganev is an economist and a program director for economic research at the Center for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and an assistant professor in Sofia University...
Georgi Ganev is an economist and a program director for economic research at the Center for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, Bulgaria. Since 2003 he is an assistant professor at Sofia University in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration. He is in the board of Macroeconomics Association since 2003 and has been the chairman of the board in the period 2005 – 2009.
His interests are in the field of macroeconomics and monetary theory and policy, political economy, economies in transition and economic growth.
Vladislav Dramaliev is a serial Bitcoin entrepreneur, founder of CoinFixer.com and co-founder of Curex.bg.
Vladislav Dramaliev is a serial Bitcoin entrepreneur. Alumni of the American University in Bulgaria, his background is in European Union policy and international relations. His interests are related to technology, cryptocurrencies and climate change politics. Vladislav is a founding member of the Bulgarian Bitcoin Association and the founder of CoinFixer.com and co-founder of Curex.bg, both providing brokerage and exchange services in Bulgaria.
Rashev & Partners
Georgi Matev is an Attorney at Law at Rashev & Partners and is interested in the field of crypto currency, blockchain technology ...
Georgi Matev is an Attorney at Law at Rashev & Partners and is interested in the field of crypto currency, blockchain infrastructure, the legal aspects and regulation framework on a worldwide basis. He is a consultant for incorporation and structuring of a crypto currencies and blockchain business worldwide. His law practice is generally focused in the civil law, especially ICT law and corporate law. He is a member of the Board of directors of the Bulgarian Bitcoin Association. Georgi holds master degree in Law from NBU, Sofia.
Jana is the owner of accounting services company BSR.bg. She is an expert in the creation of annual bookkeeping statements ...
Jana is the owner of accounting services company BSR.bg. She is an expert in the creation of annual bookkeeping statements and has a lot of experience in accounting, tax and labor laws.
Ivo is refounder & CEO of reloyalty.com, a mobile payment company that uses Bitcoin as reward system in network of local merchants ...
RegistrationThe registration requires an ID. Please come at least 15 minutes prior to 14:00. The process might slow down in case all participants come in the last moment
Financial history and the need for bitcoin - Pavel Chorbadzhiyski, bitcoin.bgPavel is the chairman of the Bulgarian Bitcoin Association and the owner of Bitcoin Bulgaria (bitcoin.bg) - the company behind the first bitcoin ATM in Bulgaria.
Panel - The different uses of the bitcoin payment systemPanelists:
Yasen Yankov, BitLendingClub
Todor Breshkov, LAUNCHub
Vladislav Dramaliev, CoinFixer.com
Ivo Vasilve, reloyalty.com
Moderator - Svetlin Jelev, Kaldata.com
Coffee break - 30 min.
Cryptocurrency in legal context - Adrian Iliev, advocati.orgAdriani Iliev – legal adviser and specialist in information legislation and legal processes in digital environment. Works in the field of social law, contracting, associating and ideal goals.
Regulatory panel - how a Bitcoin business should operate in BulgariaThe focus of the discussion will be the Bulgarian laws and regulations related to Bitcoin business activites, income, transactions, AML rules etc.
Svetlin Krastanov, PwC Bulgaria
Georgi Matev, Rashev&Partners
Jana Mihaylova, BSR.bg
Moderator - Elena Ivanova, lawyer
Coffee break - 20 min.
Economics panel - how the growing use of bitcoin will influence the global economyDiscussion focus - advantages and risks of mass adoption of one digital cryptocurrency for the global economy, Bitcoin as an investment, comparison between the current monetary system and Bitcoin.
Peter Ganev, Institute for Market Economics
Georgi Ganev, Center for Liberal Strategies
Moderator - Blagovest Belev, Tavex Gold&Exchange
RegistrationThe registration requires an ID. Please come at least 15 minutes prior to 10:00. The process might slow down in case all participants come in the last moment
From Bitcoin hype to Blockchain revolution: an internet of trust - Rutger van Zuidam, IntoBitcoin.comRutger van Zuidam is an ecommerce entrepreneur and Bitcoin specialist from The Netherlands. He is the founder of Into Bitcoin, which serves as the starting point for business, governmental institutions and NGOs to use and apply Bitcoin, crypto currency and Blockchain technology.
Advantages of the CryptoNote algorithm for creating cryptocurrencies - Petr Kindlmann, CryptoNote/Nxt/CoinsSourceCryptoNote is one of the most promising algorithms for cryptocurrency creation. Its foremost quality is built in anonymity and blockchain analysis resistance. The most well known currency based on CryptoNote is Monero.
Coffee break + exhibition - 30min.
The future of mobile Bitcoin wallets - Alexander Vasylchenko, MyceliumAlexander is a PhD in Electrical Engineering. His primary job is to manage all the hardware related projects at Mycelium such as the Bitcoincard, Mycelium Entropy and Mycelium Payment System.
Online security - a necessary step for the mass adoption of Bitcoin - Marek Palatinus, Satoshi LabsMarek is one of the creators of the first hardware tool for storing bitcoins safely - TREZOR. He is also the inventor of the bitcoin mining pool concept and operator of the Slush's mining pool.
Lunch + exhibitionA buffet type lunch is included in the ticket price
The Decentralization Singularity - Stephan Tual, EthereumEthereum is a platform for creating decentralized applications using the blockchain technology.
Worldwide merchant adoption trends - Wouter Vonk, BitPayBitPay is the biggest bitcoin merchant processor adding more than 3000 businesses to accept bitcoin per day.
Coffee break + exhibition - 30min.
Challenges in the Bitcoin core protocol - Mike Hearn, bitcoin developerMike Hearn is a bitcoin developer and is among the people who know all the details about the bitcoin core protocol. Mike is the creator of the decentralized crowdfunding platform Lighthouse and a former Google engineer.
Bitcoin adoption panel - regional participantsPanelists:
Horea Vuscan, BTCXchange.ro
Tim Mitja Zagar, Cashila.com
Tim Gosselin, bitcoin developer
Luka Klancir, crobitcoin.com
Final words + gifts
Cocktail for all visitors and speakersThe cocktail includes wine and appetizers and is free for all attendants of the conference
ScheduleCoinWisdom Sofia brings together bitcoin related businesses, developers, merchants and users from the whole SEE region as well as people from the banking, financial and IT sector interested in the digital payment system. The conference emphasizes on communication between the speakers and the audience - half of the stage time of every panel is scheduled to be Q&A. There will have plenty of networking time, so that people can meet and exchange ideas, projects and much more. Furthermore, most major bitcoin businesses and websites from the region will exhibit themselves in the hallway.
The main event /Saturday, 6th of Dec/ will be held in English. The day starts at 10:00 and will end at 21:00 and features international speakers from all over the world. The regional business exhibit will be hosted in the hallway of the venue. Topics are a bit more advanced but half of the time is still devoted to Q&A so that visitors could ask their questions. The day includes lunch and will end with a cocktail party which are both suitable for further discussion between all visitors and speakers.
The warm up event /Friday, 5th of Dec/ will be in Bulgarian language without English translation. The topics include a general bitcoin introduction, history and future of mining, legal issues and details on the local regulations and ecosystem. The panels start at 14:00 and will end at 19:30. The warm up event is NOT suitable for international visitors as it will be in Bulgarian language only. All international visitors are welcomed to join us on the main event /Saturday 6th of Dec/.
- International speakers
- Local speakers in Bulgarian
- Bitcoin business exhibit
- Evening event
Warm up event
To all international visitors,
the conference venue is in a newly developed business hub near the entrance of the city and the airport, here is a list of recommended hotels in this region.
Expo Hotel Sofia - the conference venue
"Tsarigradsko shosse blvd. 149,
Sofia 1784, Bulgaria
Tsarigradsko shosse blvd. 64,
Sofia 1784, Bulgaria
Novotel Sofia Hotel
Tsarigradsko shosse blvd. 115,
Sofia 1784, Bulgaria
Holiday Inn Sofia
Alexander Malinov blvd. 111,
Sofia 1766, Bulgaria