From Meetups to hack-a-thons, Israel has been a vibrant location for all things bitcoin. The country boasts regional exchanges for trading shekels into bitcoins, scientists and mathematicians conducting research on the potential applications of the blockchain, innovative approaches to encrypting digital wallets, startups creating specialized mining chips, as well as being a source for using the bitcoin protocol as the foundation for financial contracts. Following on that tradition, Israel will be hosting its first Bitcoin Conference this coming Thursday.
A collaboration of the Israel Bitcoin Association (IBA) and People and Computers, the conference is a whole day event featuring talks on various aspects of bitcoins, panel discussions, and exhibitors. Speakers will include CEO of eToro, Yoni Assia, Mastercoin founder, Ron Gross, the IBA and arguably Israel’s leading bitcoin figure, Meni Rosenfeld, as well as foreign delegates Aaron Koenig of Bitcoin Exchange Berlin, and Peter Surda of Economics of Bitcoin. DC Magnates will also be appearing, with a presentation about synthetic CFDs as well as a quick journalistic look at recent trends we are seeing. (The presentation will be in Hebrew, but a review and slides will be posted here following the conference)
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While the conference is officially a first for Israel, it occurs after numerous informal Meetups have been taking place in the country. Often hosted in Google’s Tel Aviv Startup Campus, the local Meetups have covered general topics as well as featuring in=depth discussions on mining, the blockchain, and emerging technologies. Following the conference, Israel’s Bitcoin Embassy and Byte will be hosting a bitcoin hackathon later in the evening.