The first ever Bitcoin conference in Israel was a resounding success, attracting over 300 participants. Attendees came from all walks of life, from the most crypto-savvy to beginners looking to learn about Bitcoin. The most active players in the Israeli Bitcoin community were present, along with business leaders and professionals in the fields of finance, mining, trading and others. There were representatives from several Israeli Banks including Bank Hapoalim and Bank of Israel.
Among the pavilions were: eToro, a social trading CFD provider who also caters toward Bitcoin; Bits of Gold, one of only two bitcoin exchanges providing trading against the Israeli Shekel; The Bitcoin Embassy in Tel Aviv; Bitgo, a high-security Bitcoin wallet solution; and Advanced Semiconductor Technology (AST), an ASIC distributor who has partnered with leading bitcoin chip designer KnCMiner, which has claimed that its equipment mines 70% of all newly mined bitcoins.
For all guests, topics of discussion included: What is a bitcoin?; Economics of Bitcoin; Bitcoin and Money Laundering- Is There a Reason to Worry?; and Aaron’s Little Bitfilm Show.
Thereafter, presentations were divided into two tracks: basic and advanced, although it was not uncommon for the discussion in each to take on the character of the other.
In the basic track, topics of note included: The Future of Finance- Digital Social Economics; Bitcoin for Businesses- Is There What to Worry About; Trading in Bitcoin- The Grey Market/Free Market.
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For the advanced track, topics included: How Much Can Bitcoin Grow?; Deterministic Wallets; Mining; Next Generation Systems; Bitcoin as a Payment; Bitcoin vs Credit Card; and Security in the World of Bitcoin.
There was brief mention of MtGox in the context of online security and risks to Bitcoin, but overall, it didn’t dominate any major areas of discussion.
There were also several panel discussions with experts in the field. Topics included: Business Opportunities in Bitcoin; Topics in Law; Academic Research; and Q&A with Community Leaders as the finale.
Also discussed was how Israel can be the leading global player in developing Bitcoin related industries and eventually introduce workable regulation. Israel is at the forefront in pioneering many of the technologies seen as crucial for the bitcoin of tomorrow.
The conference was organized by Israeli Bitcoin Association at the Sheraton in Tel Aviv. Those paying with bitcoins received a discount.