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Inside Bitcoins Conference Descends on Las Vegas Next Week

(@danielcawrey) | Published on December 4, 2013 at 16:30 BST

Enthusiasts and experts alike will be congregating in Las Vegas, Nevada next week for Mediabistro’s Inside Bitcoins Conference.

The conference will run from 10th – 11th December. A variety of guests will fill the show's two-day schedule with talks on all things bitcoin.

“We are expecting 400+ to attend; the show has more than doubled in size since we launched in NYC in July,” Natalie Bonacasa, a representative from Mediabistro, told CoinDesk.

Inside Bitcoins will be held at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. The event's keynote speaker will be Jared Kenna, CEO of Tradehill.

“Inside Bitcoins is unique because its the only conference to cover the origins, features, value propositions, and future impact of the first decentralised digital currency, across all industries,” said Bonacasa. She added:

“Governmental regulation of cryptocurrencies, financial tech, bitcoin mining, business models, and the rapidly changing landscape of bitcoin is all part of the discussion here.”

The annual Future of Money & Technology Summit in San Francisco is holding various bitcoin talks at its session on 9th December, while The Global Bitcoin Conference takes place in Bangalore, India from 14th – 15th December.

Mediabistro has announced plans to take its bitcoin conferences to locations across the globe in the near future.

“We have a bright and ambitious future planned for our Inside Bitcoins events,” said Bonacasa.

“In fact, we will be taking Inside Bitcoins on a world tour in 2014, with stops in Germany, Hong Kong, London, NYC among other locations.”

Registration for Inside Bitcoins Las Vegas is available at $499 for the two-day pass before 10th December.

Full Conference Schedule

10th December

8:15–9:00 – Registration Opens and Continental Breakfast

9:00–9:30 – Opening Keynote: A State of the Union for Bitcoin

- Jared Kenna, founder & CEO at Tradehill

9:30–10:15 – New Ideas in Bitcoin

Alexandre Bourget, founder at BitCredits.io

- Pelle Braendgaard, co-founder at Kipochi

- Daniel Larimer, CEO at Invictus Innovations

- Justus Ranvier, bitcoin blogger and activist

10:15–10:45 – Morning Break in Exhibit Hall

10:45–11:15 – A Businessman's Primer on Bitcoin Law

Marco Santori, commercial litigator and business attorney at Nesenoff & Miltenberg LLP

11:15–11:45 – A New Approach to Cryptocurrency Exchange

Charles Hoskinson, chief executive officer at Invictus Innovations Inc

11:45–12:30 – How to Win in the Bitcoin Exchange Ecosystem

Jaron Lukasiewicz, chief executive officer at Coinsetter

12:30–1:30 – Lunch Break

1:30–2:15 – Mining for the Future: What Bitcoin Businesses Need to Know

Josh Zerlan, operations manager at Butterfly Labs

2:15–3:00 – Creating and Funding the Next 100 Great Bitcoin Companies

Rob Banagale, CEO and co-founder at Gliph

- Steve Beauregard, CEO & founder at Gocoin.com 

- Pamir Gelenbe, venture partner at Hummingbird Ventures

- Brock Pierce, executive chairman at playzino & managing director at Clearstone Global Gaming Fund

- Michael Terpin, co-founder at BitAngels & CEO at SocialRadius (moderator)

3:00–3:30 – Afternoon Break

3:30–4:15 – Emerging Issues in Regulatory Compliance and Law Enforcement Efforts

Christine J. Duhaime (BA, JD, CAMS), partner at Duhaime Law

- J. Dax Hansen, partner at Perkins Coie LLP 

- Brian Klein, partner at Baker Marquart LLP

- Ryan Straus, co-chair at Payments Practice Group, Riddell Williams

- Patrick Murck, general counsel at Bitcoin Foundation (moderator)

4:15–4:45 – Bitcoin's Silent Killer: Surety Bonds

Brian Nelson, broker and director of Communications at Alpha Surety Brokerage & National Money Transmitters Association (NMTA)

4:45–5:30 – Best Practices for Using and Securing Bitcoins

Alan Reiner, CEO at Armory Technologies

5:30–6:00 – The Incredible Potential of Bitcoin Data Analysis

Greg Schvey, head of research at The Genesis Block

6:00–7:00 – Networking Reception

11th December

8:15–9:00 – Registration Opens and Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

9:00–9:45 – A Practical Guide to Bitcoin Compliance and Regulation

Bill Haraf, managing director at Promontory Financial Group

- Adam Shapiro, director at Promontory Financial Group

9:45–10:15 – Risky Bitness? How e-Commerce Merchants Build Trust in Emerging Global Payment Systems

Steve Beauregard, CEO & founder at Gocoin.com

10:15–10:45 – Morning Break in Exhibit Hall

10:45–11:30 – Bitcoin in China

Malcolm CasSelle, CEO at Timeline Labs

Bobby Lee, CEO and co-founder at BTC China

11:30–12:00 – Free Money: The Past, Present and Future of Free Market Money

Joseph Vaughn-Perling, owner at New Liberty Dollar

12:00–12:30 – The Crypto-Wars: Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Transaction

Trace Mayer, financial blogger and author at Great Credit Contraction

12:30–1:30 – Lunch Break

1:30–2:00 – Bees Brothers: Lessons from Young Bitcoin Entrepreneurs

Nathan Huntzinger, founder at Bees Brothers

- Sam Huntzinger, founder at Bees Brothers

2:00–2:45 – New Currency Models and Old Government Structures: Something’s Got to Give

Vetan Kapoor, GovLab fellow at Deloitte Consulting

- Carmen Medina, specialist leader at Deloitte Consulting

- Tiffany Wan, GovLab fellow at Deloitte Consulting

2:45–3:15 – Bitcoin & The Music Industry

Justin O'Connell, author of Bitcoinomics and CEO at GoldSilverBitcoin

3:15–3:45 – Afternoon Break

3:45–4:30 – Virtual Currency Guidance: Blaze the Trail or Get Run Over

John Bates, platform evangelist & strategic marketing and founder at MindArk (Entropia Universe) and Executive Speaking Success

- Michael Bombace, identity management and alternative payments at Booz Allen Hamilton

4:30–5:00 – Bitcoin for Banks

Ryan Singer, president & COO at Tradehill

5:00–5:45 – Moving Bitcoin Forward: Bringing Trust, Legitimacy and Transparency to the Market

Andreas M. Antonopoulos, founder at RootEleven

- Eric Benz VP, business development at ZipZap Inc

- Robert Cho, vice president at SecondMarket

- Adam Ettinger, partner at Strategic Counsel Corp.

- Izzy Klein, prinicpal at Podesta Group

- Ardon Lukasiewicz, founder at Bitmarkers (moderator)

MGM Grand image via Shutterstock

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