Private Retreat to Unite Bitcoin Execs for Scaling Debate

The invitation-only Satoshi Roundtable is set to convene for its second year, this time playing host to discussions on bitcoin scaling.

Feb 5, 2016 at 10:11 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 11, 2021 at 12:07 p.m. UTC

The invitation-only Satoshi Roundtable conference is set to convene for the second year in a row, this time at an undisclosed location in North America.

To be held from 26th to 28th February, the event follows the inaugural edition of Satoshi Roundtable, which garnered criticism at the time of announcement for an alleged lack of transparency and air of secrecy. Though it eventually opened its doors to limited media presence, this year's event, by contrast, will be closed to the public.

Among the 60 attendees will be representatives from the mining and development sectors of the bitcoin industry, including MegaBigPower CEO Dave Carlson, KnC Miner CEO Sam Cole and developers representing both of the major scaling initiatives, Bitcoin Core and Bitcoin Classic.

In interview, organizer and Bitcoin Foundation executive director Bruce Fenton indicated that the event is to include "TED Talk"-like presentations, longer keynotes and speeches by individuals outside the bitcoin and blockchain community.

Notably, given the participants, Fenton said that the long-standing question of how the bitcoin network should be scaled to increase transaction capacity would also be discussed by event participants.

Fenton said:

"The event was planned long before the most recent developments in [the] bitcoin discussion, but given the timing and attendees, block size will be an important agenda item."

The attendee list also includes bitcoin startup CEOs such as BTCC's Bobby Lee and Align Commerce's Marwan Forzley, as well as representatives from Bain Capital Ventures and Fidelity Labs.

Image via Satoshi Roundtable

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