The North American Bitcoin Conference is coming to Miami Beach on 25th January.

Over 500 people are expected to attend the event to learn about bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. There will also be 20 exhibitors showing off their bitcoin-related products and services.

Moe Levin, the conference’s organiser, says the decision to host the conference on a weekend will make for a big turnout. Levin, who also organised a bitcoin-related conference last year in Amsterdam, said:

“It’s the weekend before the Super Bowl, and it’s in sunny Miami Beach. We thought it would be the best time to host it where people wouldn’t need to take [time] off work and could enjoy the sun for a weekend then go back to work.”

A social gathering is being held at the Clevelander Hotel on 24th January, the night before the conference officially starts. Levin said: “The networking event will be a sponsored event by three different companies at 7pm at the Clevelander in a private area upstairs and will continue to the main bar.”

This event may enable those curious about bitcoin to join in without having to commit to the full two days of sessions discussing virtual currencies. “It’s going to be well attended by everyone from the conference looking to network, and by any enthusiast in Miami looking to meet people but might not be able to make it out to the conference.”

Attendees are encouraged to download the conference’s mobile app, called BTC Miami. The app is in the Google Play Store for Android and Apple’s App Store for iOS devices.

“The app is a really powerful tool to connect with other attendees, learn about exhibitors, find out what’s happening where and earn points for checking in to different events.”

Levin says that the app will help organizers decide how to improve the event in the future. “We are also paying close attention to the reviews and scores of all the speakers so we can see where we did well and where needs improvement.”

The finalized program, which details more about the speakers and panelists, is located here. It also includes parking information and a map of the conference center.

Full Conference Schedule

25th January

8:30 – Registration Opens 

Hall 1 

Merchant Vendor Workshops by BitPay, SoftTouch and 3dcard

Hall 2

8:30–9:30 – Ken Metral, Co-Founder and CEO of Coingig.com

9:50–10:20 – David Aylor, Silk Road Criminal Defense Lawyer

10:30–10:50 – Chris Odom, Co-Founder and CTO of Monetas

11:00–11:25 – Eric Benz, International Business Advisor for ZipZap Inc.

11:35–12:30 – Venture Capitalist Panel

– Roger Ver, CEO of MemoryDealers.com and Angel Investor

– Marc van der Chijs, partner at CrossPacific Capital

– Matthew Roszak, co-founder, SilkRoad Equity

– William Quigley, investor and co-founder of GoCoin

– Rik Willard, founder of MintCombine

Moderator: Michael Terpin

12:30–1:30 – Lunch

1:30–1:50 – Jacob Farber, senior counsel at Perkins Coie

2:00–2:20 – Jeffrey Tucker, founder and CEO of Liberty.me

2:30–2:50 – Anthony Gallippi, founder and CEO of BitPay

3:30–3:50 – Bitcoin Startup Panel

– Wendell Davis, founder of Hive Wallet

– Steve Beauregard, founder and CEO of GoCoin

– Dan Held, product manager of Zeroblock

– Oleh Zadoretskyy, founder and lead developer of BTC Robot

– Paul Vernon, CEO and founder of Project Investors Inc. and Cryptsy

Moderator: Paul Buitink

4:00–4:20 – George Papageorgiou, operations director at Neo and Bee

4:30–4:50 – Roger Ver, Angel Investor and CEO of MemoryDealers.com

4:30–Late – Saturday Evening Reception Sponsored by Bitshare

 

26th January

Hall 1 

9:00–9:25 – Eric Spano, director of finance for the Bitcoin Embassy

9:30–9:50 – Charles Evans, co-organizer of Miami International Bitcoin

9:55–10:20 – Carlos Tapang, president of Centerus Inc.

10:30–10:55 – Elizabeth Ploshay, communications manager, Bitcoin Magazine

11:00–11:25 – Charlie Lee, software engineer at Coinbase, creator of Litecoin

11:30–12:30 – Jeff Berwick, chief editor of The Dollar Vigilante

12:30–1:30 – Lunch

1:30–1:50 – Charlie Shrem, vice chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation

1:55–2:20 – Mystery Speaker

2:30–3:00 – Networking Break 

3:00–3:25 – Adrian Wyllie, Libertarian candidate for Governor of Florida

3:30–4:30 – Latin American Panel

– Andres Bzurovski, Internet entrepreneur and angel investor

– Gabriel Miron, GM & co-founder of MEXBT

– Andres Junge, organiser of Bitcoin Chile

– Joaquin Moreno, Latin American regional manager for ZipZap

Moderator: Saul Lustarten

Hall 2

9:00–9:25 – Ryan Charleston, founder of Bitcorati

9:30–9:50 – Vitalik Buterin, head writer at Bitcoin Magazine

9:55–10:20 – Xavier Hawk, founder of Colony Earth

10:30–10:55 – Joseph Vaughn Perling, director of the New Liberty Dollar

11:00–11:25 – Jason King, founder of Sean’s Outpost

11:30–12:30 – Regulation Panel

– Carol van Cleef, partner at Patton Boggs LLP

– Jacob Farber, senior counsel at Perkins Coie

– David Aylor, Silk Road criminal defense lawyer

– Gabriel Caballero, associate at Gunster Law

– Emilio Disanluciano, senior director of business development at Jumio

Moderator: Paul Buitink

12:30–1:30 – Lunch

1:30–1:50 – Wendell Davis, founder of Hive Wallet

1:55–2:20 – Andres Bzurovski, Internet entrepreneur and angel investor

2:30–3:00 – Networking Break

3:00–3:25 – Malcolm Cassalle, serial entrepreneur

3:30–3:55 – Brock Pierce, bitcoin angel investor and chairman of GoCoin

4:00–4:25 – Nicolas Cary, CEO of Blockchain.info

The conference’s closing remarks will be conducted from 4:30–4:55 by Moe Levin.

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