MIT's Premier Bitcoin Expo

Date: Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

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HackMIT, the MIT Society of Women Engineers, the MIT Bitcoin Club, and the College Cryptocurrency Network are proud to present a uniquely-MIT event

First, we’ll cover the basics of what Bitcoin is and how it works.

Then, we’ll hear perspectives from leading academics and professionals, illuminating why Bitcoin and cyptocurrencies represent one of most exciting developments in decades across the fields of cryptography, distributed computing, graph theory, finance, and economics.

Finally, we’ll switch into workshop mode, where expert practitioners will introduce us to tools for interacting with the code that lies at the heart of Bitcoin.


Gavin Andresen is one of the original developers of the Bitcoin protocol and is a leading contributor to the Bitcoin SourceForge project. Since Satoshi Nakamoto's disappearance Gavin has been an informal ambassador for the network. At the Bitcoin Foundation, Gavin heads a team of programmers who work to improve and standardize the existing code. Before joining the Bitcoin movement, Gavin was part of a wide variety of software-related ventures, including a company that made multiplayer online games for blind people and their sighted friends. Gavin started his career at Silicon Graphics Computer Systems, a 3D graphics software company. He is creator of ClearCoin and BitcoinFaucet.


Sean Neville is the Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer of Circle Internet Financial. Mr. Neville’s technical creations have reached millions of customers spanning Fortune 500 companies, the Web, iOS and Android devices, desktops, and game platforms across a wide variety of languages, standards, open source groups and solution domains. After developing software for financial companies and advertising agencies as an entrepreneur in the early days of the Web, Mr. Neville joined Allaire Corporation to create enterprise server products. During his tenure — which saw Allaire acquired by Macromedia, and Macromedia subsequently acquired by Adobe — he led the design and development of transaction engines and messaging systems, data synchronization and mapping tools, protocols and integration services; he also represented the company on the JCP Executive Committee which oversaw the Java language and platform, and was a frequent speaker and author on enterprise computing topics. He departed Adobe as a Principal Scientist and joined Brightcove, where he led the development of cloud-hosted consumer software, and since 2008 he has managed his own mobile application and game development studio.


Alan Reiner is Founder and CEO of Armory Technologies, Inc and core developer of Armory Bitcoin Wallet which is a popular, open-source wallet application focused on security for users and businesses. It was the first and only Bitcoin wallet to make “Cold Storage” (offline wallets) accessible through an intuitive user interface, and is one of the most trusted tools for securing and managing large quantities of bitcoins.
Alan has degrees in applied mathematics and engineering mechanics, and additional background in statistics, data mining and cryptography. He spent seven years developing image & video processing algorithms at a physics lab in Maryland (USA) before switching to Armory full-time and founding Armory Technologies, Inc in mid-2013. Alan has become one of the top Bitcoin experts in the community, and a trusted source for security best practices and innovation. His goal is to pioneer the world of Bitcoin wallets, and make high-security easy to practice even for “regular” users.


Andy Ofiesh is a Senior Software developer with Armory Technologies, Inc. working on Armory Bitcoin Wallet which is a popular, open-source wallet application focused on security for users and businesses. Andy has masters degrees in software engineering and computer science. Andy joined Armory Technologies, Inc. last summer with with over 20 years of experience developing enterprise level software for companies such as Juniper Networks, Intel, and Nortel. Andy is currently contributing to the development of the Armory Bitcoin Wallet User Interface and API helping to make Bitcoin security accessible to everyone.


Ryan X. Charles is a long-time advocate of bitcoin for its ability to provide freedom in financial transactions. He was a physics PhD student for 6 years, and quit his PhD in early 2013 to go full-time bitcoin. He was soon recruited to BitPay as a software engineer where he works on BitPay's open-source intiatives, especially Bitcore (a node/javascript bitcoin library), Insight (a blockchain API), and Copay (multisig wallet).


James D'Angelo is the founder and host of World Bitcoin Network, a news & educational channel focusing on all things Bitcoin. He has a Masters in Electrical Engineering and worked as a design engineer for NASA in the 1990s developing electronics for the highly successful WIND spacecraft. Since then, he has worked as an environmentalist in over a dozen countries around the world, particularly Gabon and Kenya, and is fluent in five languages. He is investigating the blockchain & smart contracts as tools to curb carbon emissions.


Zach Ferland is a developer and designer studying at Northeastern University. Previously spent time working in Italy and at Techstars Boston. Currently working on Bitcoin related projects and will be joining Circle Internet Financial for the summer.


Marco Santori is the Chairman of the Regulatory Affairs Committee of the Bitcoin Foundation. Recently described by an American Banker reporter as “the dean of digital currency lawyers,” Marco is a recognized authority in the law of digital currencies. He counsels exchanges, payment processors, institutional miners, and other companies making new and exciting uses of distributed ledger technology. As Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation’s Regulatory Affairs Committee, his knowledge of the latest industry trends develops in near-real-time. He advises his clients on regulatory matters, including the compliance with and avoidance of money services and securities regulations. Marco frequently appears on Real Money with Ali Velshi and Bloomberg TV. He has also been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Washington Post, The New Yorker, Wired, and Crain’s New York Business.


Alec Petro is the Managing Partner of Bay Hill Capital Management LLC. Mr. Petro began trading in the financial derivatives market place, starting in O’Connor and Associates in Chicago in 1985 where he co-managed the global foreign exchange derivative trading. In 1988, Mr. Petro moved to Cooper/Neff and Associates and became the fifth partner in 1990. He headed the global foreign exchange and derivative business joint venture with Mitsui Trust of Tokyo from 1989-1994 and held the same position for BNP in Paris from 1995-1997. Mr. Petro moved back to BNP/Cooper Neff’s Radnor, PA headquarters in the spring of 1998 to manage a numerous hedge fund projects, including real estate, foreign exchange and U. S. equities. In late 1998, Mr. Petro retired from the Cooper/Neff partnership to found Mercator Asset Management in Chicago, an alternative asset management group specializing in quantiative and derivative fund management. In 2002, Mr. Petro founded Fort Hill Capital Management based in Duxbury, MA as a quantitative proprietary hedge fund specializing in equity derivatives. In 2007 Mr Petro co-founded Bay Hill Capital Management LLC, a $120mm Volatility Arbitrage Hedge Fund and presently manages Bay Hill’s day-to-day operations where he is Managing Partner. Fort Hill Capital is also a founding partner of Absolute Investment Advisers, a $4.8 billion absolute-return mutual fund.
Mr. Petro is presently Adjunct Professor in the Finance Department of Boston College where he teaches classes on Hedge Funds.
Mr. Petro graduated from Boston College in 1985 with a B. S. in finance and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Chicago in 1992. He is married and has three children. They reside in Duxbury, MA.
Mr. Petro has also been involved in the financial service venture capital and investing arena for the past 20 years and has founded or seeded businesses in the financial service, technology, and Real Estate sectors.


Kathryn Siegel is a Sophomore at MIT studying Computer Science. She is a co-Director of HackMIT, and a partner at Rough Draft Ventures, a Boston student investment team. This summer, she is interning at Dropbox; she previously interned at Square.


Jennifer Zhang is a Freshman at MIT studying Computer Science. She is a co-Director of HackMIT, along with Kathryn Siegel. Jennifer and her team won the 2012 Dell Educational Challenge Grand Prize for their work on Forward Tutoring, an educational platform that "pays forward" tutoring with community service. This summer, she will be interning at Facebook.


Jeremy Rubin is an MIT undergraduate studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is Researcher at the MIT Media Lab in the Viral Spaces group. Previously interned at Jane Street Capital and Nokia. He is the lead developer for HackMIT. Jeremy organized this event along with Dan Elitzer.


Dan Elitzer, the Founder and President of the MIT Bitcoin Club, is a first year MBA Candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to attending MIT, Dan worked at Grameen Foundation, an international development organization focused on microfinance and mobile technology in developing countries. It was while at Grameen that he became interested in Bitcoin, largely for the opportunity it represents to expand access to new classes of financial services. Dan organized the MIT Bitcoin Expo with Jeremy Rubin.

Time Topic Speaker
11:00-12:00 Brunch College Cryptocurrency Network Meetup
The Basics
12:00-12:10 Welcome Jeremy Rubin and Dan Elitzer
12:10-12:55 A Non-Technical Introduction to Bitcoin Alan Reiner
12:55-1:40 Mainstreaming Digital Currency Sean Neville
1:40-1:50 BREAK
1:50-2:20 Bitcoin and Regulation Marco Santori
2:20-2:45 Wall Street Meets Bitcoin Alec Petro
Going Deeper
2:45-3:05 The Next App James D'Angelo
3:05-3:50 Bitcoin: An Open Source Project Gavin Andresen
3:50-3:55 HackMIT's Call To Action Kathryn Siegel and Jennifer Zhang
3:55-4:05 BREAK
Getting Technical
4:05-4:50 Introduction to Transaction Scripting Andy Ofiesh
4:50-5:35 Making Bitcoin Apps for 7 Billion People with Bitcore Ryan X. Charles
5:35-5:55 Building with Bitcoin: A Student Perspective Zach Ferland
5:55-6:00 Wrap-up Dan and Jeremy
6:00-6:45 Reception MIT Society of Women Engineers

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