March 07 - 08, 2015

Location: Compton Labs, Building 26-100

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2015 Expo Speakers

Meet Our Speakers

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Gavin Andresen
Core Developer, Bitcoin

Gavin is the Chief Scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation and is one of the longest serving and most widely respected developers of the Bitcoin protocol. Prior to this, he wrote 3D graphics software in Silicon Valley.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Charlie Lee
Creator, Litecoin

Charlie is the creator of Litecoin, the most popular alternative to Bitcoin. He is currently at Coinbase leading the product engineering team. Prior to that, he spent 6 years at Google. Charlie is also an MIT alum.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Adam Ludwin
Founder, Chain

Adam is a founder of Chain, a way for developers to fully take advantage of the security and power of the bitcoin ecosystem by abstracting away the superfluous details of the blockchain.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Jeremy Allaire
CEO, Circle

Jeremy is the CEO and cofounder of Circle Internet Financial and Chairman at Brightcove, which he also founded. His roles prior to Circle include CEO of Brightcove and CTO of Macromedia.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Juthica Chou
President, LedgerX

Juthica is the current cofounder and president of LedgerX. Prior to her current role, she specialized in algorithmic trading at Goldman Sachs for 7 years as a derivatives trader. Juthica is also an MIT alum.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Peter Todd
Core Developer, Bitcoin

Peter is currently working on prooftrains and treechains, with permissionless development, decentralized mining, and scalability. He also consults for Dark Wallet and MasterCoin.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Andreas Antonopoulos
Author, Mastering Bitcoin

Andreas Antonopoulos is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most prominent figures in bitcoin. He is also a widely published author of articles and blog posts on bitcoin.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Joi Ito
Director, MIT Media Lab

Joi has been recognized for his work as an activist, entrepreneur, and VC. As director of the MIT Media Lab, he explores how radical approaches to science and technology can transform society in substantial ways.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Joshua Lim
Treasury & Trading, Circle

Joshua is the current head of treasury and trading operations at Circle. Prior to that, he worked as an associate at Goldman Sachs for five years as a trader specializing in exotic derivatives. Joshua is an MIT alum.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Matt Corallo
Cofounder, Blockstream

Matt has been working on pioneering sidechain and Bitcoin extensibility technology since its inception. He has actively contributed to Bitcoin Core and its testing infrastructure, and to BitcoinJ.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Constance Choi
Principal, Seven Advisory

Constance specializes in bridging the gap between tech companies and complex regulatory frameworks. Prior to Seven she worked as Chief Compliance Officer at Kraken Exchange.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Bobby Cho
Director, itBit

Bobby currently serves as Director of Business Development at itBit. Previously, Bobby was Vice President of Trading at SecondMarket specializing in trading bitcoin and illiquid asset-backed securities.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Melanie Shapiro
CEO, CryptoLabs

Melanie is the founder of Case, a multi-sig hardware bitcoin wallet that is GSM-enabled and credit card-size. Prior to this, she received a PhD in Consumer Behavior and co-founded the instant messaging company, Digsby.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Arvind Narayanan
Professor, Princeton

Arvind is currently an assistant professor at Princeton, where his major research areas are web privacy, big data, and bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. He is most known for his research in data privacy.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Alan Reiner
CEO, Armory

Alan is the core developer for Armory, a company focused on providing enterprise Bitcoin security solutions. He first came on to the bitcoin scene as a miner, he now develops the Armory Bitcoin Client, one of the first wallets to make cold storage and multisig accessible through a user interface.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Andy Ofiesh
Developer, Armory

Andy is currently one of the lead developers at Armory Technologies. He has masters degrees in software engineering and computer science, and is also a standup comic in Boston.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Jerry Brito
Executive Director, Coin Center

Jerry Brito is executive director of Coin Center, a nonprofit research and advocacy center focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency technologies such as Bitcoin.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Elaine Shi
Professor, UMD

Elaine Shi is an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Maryland and a member of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center. Her research generally focuses on security, privacy, and applied cryptography.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Andrew Miller
Grad. Student, UMD

Andrew is a computer science PhD student at the University of Maryland, in the Cybersecurity Center (MC2) and programming language lab (PLUM). He studies distributed systems, programming languages, and cryptography. He is especially interested in secure p2p networks, such as Bitcoin and is a member of the Zerocash team.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Christian Catalini
Professor, MIT Sloan

Christian is currently a professor at MIT Sloan where he focuses the brunt of his research on the economics of innovation, entrepreneurship and scientific productivity. He is one of the lead researchers on the MIT Bitcoin Project.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Elizabeth Stark
EIR, StartX

Elizabeth is currently an entrepreneur in residence, fellow at Coin Center, and the EIR at StartX. As a graduate of Harvard law, she has been teaching about and leading the charge on policy issues in tech.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Eric Martindale
Developer Evangelist, BitPay

Eric acts as BitPay's chief developer evangelist and open source advocate, and was the founding engineer and CTO of several companies related to decentralization. He is the co-host of the DECENTRALIZE podcast, and a proud autodidact and polymath.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Harry Yeh
Managing Partner, Binary Financial

Harry is a Managing Partner at Binary Financial and is known in the digital currency space for trading and facilitating large block trades for high net worth clients and institutions. Harry is a Serial Entrepreneur with a software and infrastructure engineering background, and has over 15 years experience in the Technology and Business Field.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Kristov Atlas
Security Engineer, Blockchain

Kristov Atlas is currently a Security Engineer at Blockchain. Prior to joining the Blockchain team, he was an independent security researcher and application security consultant. Kristov has been focused on Bitcoin application security since early 2013.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Will O'Brien
CEO, BitGo

Will O'Brien: Will is CEO and co-founder of BitGo, the leading bitcoin security platform and a pioneer in multi-sig technologies. He previously held leadership roles at Big Fish Games, TrialPay, Random Walk Computing, and founded startups in consumer internet and media. Will holds an MBA from MIT Sloan and a B.A. in Computer Science from Harvard.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Ben Chan
Engineer, BitGo

Ben leads the developer platform at BitGo and works on the APIs and SDKs to make it easy to integrate secure Multi-sig wallets. He was introduced to Bitcoin in 2012 and grew to be a huge believer in blockchain technology, especially in the areas of P2SH, contracts and multisig oracles.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Madars Virza
Developer, Zerocash

Madars is currently a graduate student at MIT CSAIL under Ronald Rivest. He obtained his B.Sc from University of Latvia. He is also working on Zerocash, a decentralized anonymous payment system for Bitcoin.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Joe Zhou
CEO, Alt-Options LLC

Joe is the founder and current CEO of Alt-Options LLC, a Boston based Bitcoin derivates exchange. He has had experience in the investment banking, private M&A and institutional FX trading space as well as over 6 years of experience trading equities/derivatives

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Marco Cuesta
Vice President of Sales, Alt-Options LLC

Marco is the cofounder and Vice President of Sales of Alt-Options LLC, a Boston based Bitcoin derivates exchange. He founded the Boston University Bitcoin Club, has over 5 years of securities trading experience, and entrepreneurial sprit that expands a variety sectors.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Ryan Shea
CEO, Onename

Ryan is the Co-founder and CEO of Onename, which gives users a digital passport to login around the web and stay in control of their identity and data. He co-founded HackPrinceton, was on the Forbes 30 Under 30 for Consumer Tech, and is passionate about open source and decentralization.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Matt Weiss
Portfolio Director, IDEO Futures

Matt is a Portfolio Director at IDEO's Cambridge Studio, with 14 years of experience as a financial services entrepreneur. This summer, he's leading IDEO Futures _Lab on Bitcoin and Blockchain. Matt is an MIT alum.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Joe Gerber
Director, IDEO Futures

Joe helps lead IDEO Futures, a team dedicated to creating the new ventures on that explore the edge of technology and human-centered design. Joe is an MIT alum.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Dan Elitzer
MIT Bitcoin Project

Dan founded the MIT Bitcoin Club and is a second year MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan. Prior to attending MIT, Dan worked at Grameen Foundation, where he became interested in Bitcoin.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Sam Udotong
Founder, Fireflies

Sam is a junior at MIT studying aerospace engineering. He participated in the summer-long MIT BitComp and his app Fireflies (an on-demand p2p delivery platform) won the Awesome award.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Jonathan Harvey-Buschel
President, MIT Bitcoin Club

Jonathan is the current president of the MIT Bitcoin Club, and a freshman studying EE at MIT. He entered the world of cryptocurrency via dogecoin mining, and is currently working on BitVend, a vending machine platform that accepts Bitcoin.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Jeremy Gardner
Founder, College Cryptocurrency Network

Jeremy attended both Bard College and University of Michigan, where he developed a multidisciplinary study in political strategy. While at Michigan, he founded the CCN, an international nonprofit organization. He also runs business and operations for Augur, the world's first decentralized prediction market software.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Jeremy Rubin
MIT Bitcoin Project

Jeremy is an EECS junior at MIT. He came onto the bitcoin scene with Tidbit, a system to replace web ads with cryptocurrency mining (currently fighting NJ). Jeremy is also a founder of the MIT Bitcoin Project.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Jinglan Wang
President, Wellesley Bitcoin

Jing is currently a junior at Wellesley College, studying studio art and CS. She is working on developing a cryptocurrency course at Wellesley. She also writes and illustrates comics on Bitcoin and cryptography.

MIT BITCOIN EXPO
Nchinda^2
Sophmore, MIT

Nchinda Nchinda is a sophmore at MIT and member of the MIT Bitcoin club. He is responsible for uploading most of the speaker bios and photos and updating the website in general. During the conference he ran the livestream and moderated the chat.

2015 Expo Schedule

DAY 1

Time Topic Speakers
10:00 - 11:00 Registration/Brunch
11:00 - 11:05 Welcome Jonathan Harvey Buschel, Jinglan Wang
11:05 - 11:40 Opening Keynote Charlie Lee
11:40 - 12:10 Decentralization through game theory: Aligning greed with honesty Andreas Antonopoulos
12:10 - 12:55 Bitcoin Finance & Trading Joshua Lim, Juthica Chou, Bobby Cho, Harry Yeh (moderator)
12:55 - 1:20 LUNCH AND NETWORKING BREAK
1:20 - 2:05 Bitcoin Regulation: An Evolving Landscape Elizabeth Stark, Jerry Brito, Constance Choi, Christian Catalini (moderator)
2:05 - 2:30 Some Questions for Bitcoiners Joi Ito
2:30 - 3:15 Security & Usability Melanie Shapiro, Alan Reiner, Kristov Atlas, Elizabeth Stark (moderator)
3:15 - 3:35 BREAK
3:35 - 4:00 The Internet of Value Exchange Jeremy Allaire
4:00 - 4:50 Infrastructure for the Bitcoin Ecosystem Adam Ludwin, Will O'Brien, Ryan Shea, Dan Elitzer (moderator)
4:50 - 5:00 Wrap up Jinglan Wang, Jonathan Harvey Buschel
5:00 - 6:00 Reception

DAY 2

Time Topic Speakers
9:00 - 10:00 Brunch
10:00 - 10:10 Introduction and Overview Jinglan Wang, Jonathan Harvey Buschel
10:10 - 10:40 Opening Keynote: We're Gonna Need a Bigger Chain Gavin Andresen
10:40 - 11:05 Why you need threshold signatures to protect your wallet Arvind Narayanan
11:05 - 11:30 Step by Step Towards Writing a Safe Contract: Insights from an Undergraduate Ethereum Lab Andrew Miller, Elaine Shi
11:30 - 11:55 Sidechains Matt Corallo
11:55 - 12:20 Open source: Beyond Bitcoin Core Eric Martindale
12:20 - 12:40 BitGo Platform: Implementing Multi-sig in Five Minutes Ben Chan
12:40 - 1:20 LUNCH
1:20 - 1:40 Zerocash Madars Virza
1:40 - 2:10 Design Workshop: The Human Side of Trust Matt Weiss, Joe Gerber
2:10 - 2:30 Student Projects Sam Udotong, Jeremy Gardner, AltOptions
2:30 - 3:00 Proof of Payment Andy Ofiesh
3:00 - 3:25 Scalability Peter Todd
3:25 - 3:30 Wrap Up Jinglan Wang, Jonathan Harvey Buschel
3:30 PM END

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Given the potential impact of cryptocurrency on society it is imperative for us, as witnesses to its birth, to nurture and cultivate further investigation into its uses. The MIT Bitcoin Expo is a student-run conference that aims to create a dynamic space for the exploration of cryptocurrency and facilitate networking between present and future hackers, entrepreneurs, and policy makers.