LABITCONF 2019 – Keynotes / Featured Panels
It was a beautifully crowded first day of event, presented mainly by host Rodolfo Andragnes.
Surprisingly, David Chaum was not present to give his lecture, but he was brilliantly replaced by Andreas Antonopoulos, who ended up presenting two excellent contents during the event.
- Andreas Antonopolous – WHY PRIVACY MATTERS
His first presentation focused on privacy, provoking us to become aware of the relevance of “selling” our data today at low cost, which tends to reduce our freedom. How can we, by individual actions, reduce the strength of a massive surveillance?
- Max Keiser – WHY BITCOIN MATTERS IN EMERGING MARKETS
Keyser presented his view that bitcoin is a peaceful resistance to violence from money issued by the States. He considers that money as we know it is the connection between all the major movements that are currently happening in Chile, Lebanon, Hong Kong among others and ended his speech by saying that the value of all state money invariably goes to zero.
- Jimmy Song – HOW BITCOIN CHANGES INCENTIVES
Debuting at LaBitConf, Song pointed out how bitcoin has been changing incentives at the individual, corporate, national and global levels, creating more balanced opportunities for those involved. Commenting on how state money is losing its value year by year, we end up creating value reserve alternatives such as luxury cars, artwork, collectibles among others, for Song, Bitcoin comes to meet this demand.
He concludes his talk by stating that the Venture Capital industry currently understands that startups need to grow rapidly to have some market relevance, so they are focusing much more on rapid growth than innovation.
- Ana Claudia – THE URUGUAY’S CENTRAL BANK PERSPECTIVE
Representative of the Uruguayan Central Bank, told about the Bank’s experience in prototyping and testing a totally digital money, the E-Peso. It expressed concerns about the privacy and use of user data, which is something to be highlighted considering the institution involved.
- Panel: LIBRA: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY with Stacy Herbert, Joey Garcia, Diego Gutierrez Zaldivar
Panel dedicated to exploring the pros and cons of Libra, a project proposed by the Libra Association led by Facebook. With Diego Zaldivar, Stacy Herbert and Erik Voorhees.
Highlight was put on such companies’ ability to execute a project of this magnitude by large companies versus Central Banks. Although Central Banks are studying the capabilities of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC), they do not have the same capillarity and number of users (network) that a company like Facebook has. That can make all the difference in the success of the project.
- Andreas Antonopolous – THOUGHTS ON THE FUTURE OF PROGRAMMABLE MONEY
In his second talk of the day (listening to Andreas is never too much…), he closed the first day of the event exploring the complexity and novelty of now having money from a technological and non-state origin.
Second day filled with more technical content, a full plate for developers on duty.
- Giacomo Zucco – WHICH BUSINESS MODELS HAVE A PLACE IN BITCOIN?
Zucco explored several areas and business opportunities that could be developed with or around Bitcoin.
- John Newbery – THE FUTURE OF SCRIPTING IN BITCOIN
Developper, with focus on Bitcoin Core. His lecture was dedicated to explain improvements proposals for the Bitcoin protocol, particularly Schnorr & Taproot, which, in his view, are positive for privacy/fungibility, scalability and functionality, all together.
- Adam Back – SIMPLICITY FOR BITCOIN SCRIPTING
One of the most important characters in the crypto ecosystem, which created Proof of Work and was mentioned by Nakamoto in the Bitcoin Whitepaper, focused his talk on Simplicity, a proposal for a new programming language for Smart contracts in Bitcoin.
- Diego Zaldivar – How BITCOIN RSK AND RIF ARE SHAPING THE INTERNET OF THE FUTURE
Dieguito presented the platform on which RSK is turning and commented on the advances of both RSK itself and the other companies belonging to the group.
He recalled the acquisition of Spain’s largest social media, Taringa! which joins the smart-contract platform (RSK) group and the RSK Infrastructure Framework (RIF), a decentralized framework for developing collaborative economies.
In short, they are proposing a whole decentralized finance platform based on Blockchain technologies.
- HOW ARE WE FROM A SOCIAL AND POLITICAL REVOLUTION? – Erik Voorhees, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Stacy Herbert, Adam Back, Max Keiser Moderator: Peter McCormack
The event not only started well but also ended well. The top names who attended the event participated of a panel discussing the actual stage and what to expect from the technology. If we could recommend anything, watch this content at the link: youtu.be/esaaWu579wk?t=23974
- LATIN AMERICAN ECOSYSTEM MAP
Perhaps the downside of the event, when Alianza Blockchain presented a study done during 2019 with the mapping of companies and cripto and blockchain initiatives in our continent and only one (1) company in Brazil compared to 55 in Argentina and more than 50 in Mexico.
We understand and respect all these ecosystems, but any minimal research from the Brazilian market would point to a much larger number of initiatives.
Blockchain Academy at Labitconf
- Rosine Kadamani – TOOLS FOR LAWYERS AIMING TO SERVICE THE BLOCKCHAIN INDUSTRY
She moderated a very interesting panel on token pricing, and then participated in another panel on instruments of interest for lawyers wishing to work in the industry, in a panel moderated by Daiana Gez and with the participation of Daniel Rubnik and Sofía Lanza.
Emphasis is given to the fact that with this technology legal operators should act as bridges, becoming increasingly involved with technological aspects and also with international laws and regulations, as we are dealing with a technology without borders.
- Solange Gueiros – ETHEREUM ROADMAP TO 2.0
Sol made an excellent speech about Ethereum’s roadmap implementation plans for the coming years.
She addressed the Forks, the speed for implementation improvements, how the transition from Proof of Work to Proof of Stake will be made (did you know there will be two blockchain networks working in parallel?), among other very interesting curiosities of Blockchain Ethereum.
- Brazucas at Labitconf
Other panelists and speakers were present, including as Rocelo Lopes and Fausto Botelho.
It is always an occasion for reunion and interaction of the Brazilian community.
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About the event
- Conceived by Rodolfo Andragnes (facebook.com/rodolfo.andragnes), it is in its 7th edition and with an improving and expanding organization team. This year, among others, the organization team included Efrain Barraza (facebook.com/efrain.barraza.21), Juan Manuel Domingues (facebook.com/juanmanuel.dominguez.7798) , Daiana Gez (facebook.com/Daian.Gez) and Camila Gutierrez Zaldivar (facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004346231404).
- Rodolfo and Aaron Koening (facebook.com/aaron.s.koenig) exhale authenticity and joy in their role as MCs.
- Every year the event takes place in a different location in Latin America. Next year (2020) it will take place in Guatemala.
- It has always been able to maintain a high level of speakers, who come from all over the world to speak.
- Nonprofit and community building and fostering
- One of the most successful projects in Latin America.