Speakers


NEW CONFERENCE:

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Richard Stallman
Richard Stallman made all this possible. At the birth of the Free Software movement, there was no one more improbable than its founder - Richard Stallman. He was the essence of fringe. It was impossible for a ranting hacker to change the manufacture and licensing of how software was created. Yet this ranting hacker was right and everybody else was wrong.

Stallman comments extensively on technology issues and has maintained a tenacious ethical stance on software's role in society. Often Stallman has written about problems and dangers in the computing world that later turned out to be very real threats to freedom. Recently he has been talking about the dangers of electronic payments and how we need an unrestricted and anonymous payment method for the internet and a free society.

Max Keiser is an American finance broadcaster who began life as a stock broker on Wall Street. On his show, the Keiser Report, they report on banking scandals and financial crimes. They have become popular among us for their advocating of bitcoin on their show as the currency of the resistance. They were at the European Bitcoin Conference in Prague where Max led the finance track for us.

Max is a TV presenter, radio host, entrepreneur, broadcaster and journalist. He is a former Wall Street broker, the inventor of the virtual specialist technology / prediction markets, Hollywood Stock Exchange, Karmabanque, and Pirate My Film.

Denis Roio (jaromil) is one of the original hackers and long-time activist within the free software movement. He has made significant contributions to the development of multimedia and streaming applications on the Linux platform.

He authored FreeJ, MuSE and dyne:bolic, and was instrumental in the development of Frei0r which is used in many vital Linux video projects. Recently he has dabbled in bitcoin development with his fork called Freecoin and advocated for it publically.

Jaromil is a long-time squatter and participant in underground economies. He will relate to us how bitcoin fits in with this world which offers an illustrative example of bitcoin's future as a community-level people's currency. And how activists can use bitcoin to effect radical change to rebalance the power differential worldwide. Bringing together his long activist background, free software involvement and understanding of bitcoin will gift us an interesting perspective and prospective look at bitcoin.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir is a longtime social activist and member of the Icelandic parliament. In 2009, Kaupthing bank had their loan books leaked by Wikileaks revealing egregrious abuses and corruption - the bank had been lending huge sums of money to itself. RUV News had an injunction served, disallowing them to report on the bank which had helped plunge Iceland into a crisis. Instead they broadcasted the Wikileaks URL for 10 minutes on national TV which contained their statement explaining the injunction and censorship. Birgitta was responsible for creating the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative (see also immi.is) which provides a safe-haven for whistleblowers like Wikileaks and news organisations. The bill was passed with a majority in Iceland, placing them at the top of the Press Freedom Index in the world.

IMMI encompasses a whole range of free speech protections (including reform of atrocious libel laws) and in particular process protections. Birgitta was also responsible for co-producing the Wikileaks collateral murder video in which a US Apache helicopters shoot up a group including several Reuters journalists, and then a van with children afterwards. She has also acted as a spokesperson for Wikileaks. The US DoJ fought a court case against her to subpoena all her personal details (which she lost). An an activist, she has been outspoken against the banking industry and corruption within the industry. She is a member of the Icelandic parliament (district of Reykjavik) on behalf of 'The Movement' which is beyond 'right' or 'left' politics. We're excited to have her at this conference.

David Hunter
was appointed chief executive of Ukash in January 2011. Based in London and with offices in Macclesfield, Ukash is a global e-money network and an internationally recognised e-commerce cash payment method. David has helped pioneer the development of online cash payment systems and is an international expert in prepaid commerce. In past years, David founded and led three e-money businesses (BT Accurate, ClickandBuy Europe, and paysafecard UK) and has a track record of developing and leading new ventures into profitable growth.



Stefan Thomas (justmoon)
is the producer of the popular "What is Bitcoin?" video and the webmaster of the largest website for novice Bitcoin users, WeUseCoins.com. He maintains an open-source ECDSA/Bitcoin implementation for web-based and realtime applications called BitcoinJS, which is used by many popular Bitcoin sites including BlockChain.info, BitAddress.org and AcceptBit.com. His overarching motivation is to make Bitcoin more accessible to the average person through simpler clients, easier tools and better communication of Bitcoin's core concepts.

Stefan's talk last year - click here to watch





Stan Stalnaker is the founder of Hub Culture, one of the world's oldest online social networks. Hub Culture is active in three areas - creating collaborative Hub Pavilions to drive innovation, managing the Ven digital currency and financial ecosystem, and strategic consulting with a global network of knowledge brokers. Previously, Stan was Marketing Director at Time Warner's international Business and Finance media group, based in London and Hong Kong. He is the author of the 2002 book Hub Culture: The Next Wave of Urban Consumers, and has written for major international media including CNN.com, TIME.com, GQ, Harvard Business Review and others. He currently resides between London and New York.





Marek Palatinus (slush) is 28 years old Czech programmer who discovered Bitcoin on mailing list of TahoeLAFS in summer 2010 because of his interest in distributed computer systems and large scale applications. He founded the first shared based mining pool in autumn 2011 which is still in operation. Marek is also active in development of alternative bitcoin client Electrum. He designed network protocol for lightweight bitcoin clients called Stratum, which is currently used by Electrum.








Jeff Garzik (jgarzik)
is a Bitcoin developer and Linux kernel developer. He has worked for Red Hat and currently is involved with a new company Dungevan Space Systems, Inc. specialising in Low Earth Orbit and getting people to Mars.

Jeff ranked highest for deleting 6% of the 2.6 Linux kernel according to lwn.net, and is a long term notable contributor to the Linux kernel.










David Birch is a Director of Consult Hyperion, the IT management consultancy that specialises in electronic transactions. He provides specialist consultancy support to clients around the world, including all of the leading payment brands, major telecommunications providers, governments bodies and international organisations including the OECD. Before helping to found Consult Hyperion in 1986, he spent several years working as a consultant in Europe, the Far East and North America. He graduated from the University of Southampton with a B.Sc (Hons.) in Physics.

Dave is a member of the editorial board of the E-Finance & Payments Law and Policy, a columnist for SPEED and well-known for his thought leadership blogging at Tomorrow’s Transactions. He wrote a Guardian column for many years. He is a media commentator on electronic business issues and has appeared on BBC television and radio, Sky and other channels around the world.


Caleb James DeLisle (cjd)
, software inventor and creator of cjdns networking protocol and reference implementation, will be talking about how protocols and mesh networks affect society, specifically relaying to censorship and surveillance. This talk is open to people of all levels of technical sophistication and centers around the relationship between the communications technologies we use and economic and social systems which grow up around them.

Caleb who began learning to program at age 10 now lives a car free lifestyle as a result of his belief that business relations with government should not be necessary for survival. He is a core developer for the XWiki project andspends his time pursuing his passion for changing the world. The cjdns project is a free software networking protocol founded on the ideology that networks should be easy to set up, protocols should scale up smoothly, and security should be ubiquitous.











Pieter Wuille (sipa) is a 27 year old Belgian who discovered Bitcoin while studying for his PhD. Alongside his studies, he became involved with Bitcoin by trying to get the reference client to export and import private keys. After gradually getting more involved he was eventually developing the Satoshi client full time and has been instrumental in refactoring and cleaning up the source code, key import/export, wallet encryption, compressed public keys, BIP 30, blockchain download speedups and general bugfixing. Currently he is working on deterministic wallets and IPv6 support.

Before the adoption of BIP 16, he was instrumental in perfecting the standard and working out several kinks during its development stage. He noticed several issues that otherwise went unnoticed by other developers during internal discussions. Pieter (along with roconnor) was also responsible for patching the recent issue found with Bitcoin where it was possible to duplicate a transaction. His quick thinking allowed a proposal to be fast tracked immediately as BIP 30, and quickly added to all existing implementations of the Bitcoin system.


Mike Hearn is the primary developer of bitcoinj, an easy to use Java library for writing Bitcoin applications. He first encountered Bitcoin in April 2009, and got involved late 2010. He is one of the few developers to discuss with Satoshi the construction of contracts, which is now one of his research interests. His day job is as a senior engineer at Google on the account security team.











Jim Burton
is the lead developer of MultiBit, a lightweight desktop client for Bitcoin. For the previous ten years he has worked using Java at financial software houses including Banctec and Infor.  He now works full-time on MultiBit and other bitcoin software, helping make Bitcoin available to everyone.











Juri Mattila
is a postgraduate business law student from Finland. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Business Administration from Tampere University's School of Management and is currently finalizing his Master's Thesis on the legislative effects and problems of peer-to-peer networks.

During his research he has developed a keen interest towards Bitcoin, amongst other future prospects of peer-to-peer networks. He will be exploring some of the legal aspects of Bitcoin.






Cory Wilson, 3D printable gun from Defense Distributed.

Jan Møller
is the lead developer of BitcoinSpinner, a lightweight, secure, and user friendly Bitcoin wallet for Android. With a background in cryptography and large scale distributed systems Bitcoin was simply too interesting to let go. Jan entered Bitcoin before the big bubble and witnessed, like most of us, many bitcoiners loosing their coins due to numerous scams, hacks, and simple hard drive failure. Much of which could be avoided with a simple principle "Keep your private keys... private". Out came BitcoinSpinner, which offloads the hard work of tracking the block chain to a server while letting your device keep your private keys... private. Jan has been developing professional software for more than 2 decades, and has over the years been tech lead on numerous projects based on cryptography running in high security and heavily controlled environments in the financial sector. The last 5 years Jan has been working on x86 virtualization and cloud management software at VMware.



Andrew Miller
is a computer science Ph.D student in the Interactive Systems and User Experience Lab (iSUElab) at the University of Central Florida, as well as a co-founder of Dapper Vision Inc., a computer vision consulting firm. He has published research in a variety of fields including virtual reality and robotics. He has also contributed to several open source projects, such as OpenKinect, Tahoe-LAFS and Hadoopy.






Joerg Platzer (founding member of the Berlin based Crypto Currency Consulting Group) finds a crypto-currency based financial system would be the second best financial system we can imagine. He loves Bitcoin to bits. That's why he accepts it at ROOM77, the restaurant at the end of capitalism. His talk is on certainty. Probably.







Aaron Koenig has been active in the Internet industry since 1994. He has created some of the first successful German websites for clients like MTV, ARD German Television, Gruner+Jahr, Milka Chocolate and many others. Since 2000 he is the managing director of Bitfilm, a film production and distribution company for moving images on the web and
mobile devices. Bitfilm has worked for clients such as Deutsche Telekom,  Vodafone, Burda, Bitcoin Germany and more.

He is also the director of the Bitfilm Festival, an annual competition for digital animation, which takes place on the Internet as well as in real life places such as Hamburg, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, Bangalore, New York and Tokyo. In 2011 the Bitfilm Festival used Bitcoins for the first time for its prize money. In 2012 the whole online voting of the festival will work by using Bitcoins.


Jeremias (creator of AcceptBitcoin.com, LocalBitcoins.com) is bitcoin-obsessed generalist programmer. He has been mostly doing web apps professionally, but has experience with iPhone apps, Android development and started his programming career as a kid developing small games and stuff with C++. He worked 3 years in a software corporation doing lots of software for goverment and 3rd sector. After that he did his Master thesis at a university about future public transportation systems, and he has some economics studies as well. Since then he has worked as a micro-entrepreneur/freelancer. He sees bitcoin as a very good tool to fight exponentially-growing public sector and banking sector.

James McCarthy (nefario), originally from Ireland, worked as an engineer at Sun Microsystems for a short time on Solaris. Spent 2 years teaching English in mainland China. During this time he created the Global Bitcoin Stock Exchange (GLBSE.com) which has grown to a market cap of over $1.6Million USD and is funding a significant portion of the bitcoin network He is the first person to fly using Bitcoin and also the first person to be detained and deported from the US… also for using Bitcoin.








Michael Grønager obtained his PhD in Quantum Mechanics from the Technical University of Denmark in 1998. He worked for 6 years at the former Danish Super computing Center where he participated in the startup and managing of several EU, Nordic and National projects related to HPC, grid-computing and virtual reality. From 2000 he was directing the Virtual Reality Center at the Technical University of Denmark, working with business models and commercialization strategies for open source software. In 2004 he started at the Niels Bohr Institute as the Danish representative in the European Grid, EGEE project. He was from 2008-11 Director of the Nordic DataGrid Facility (NDGF) at NORDUnet A/S. Michael Grønager is the founder and director of ceptacle.com offering services and solutions in mission critical design, digital cash and consultancy in high performance computing and networking.

Michael Grønager has been member of the EGI Project Management Board, the EGI Technical Collaboration Board and at present he is member of the Board of the Swedish National Supercomputer Center, NSC, Linkjöping and the Board of the Danish Research Network.

Michael Grønager combines expert level technological understanding with excellent skills in research politics, management, communication and administration.


Eli Sklar is the founder of Safebit, a new type of open-source Bitcoin
wallet designed to introduce elegance to the world of Bitcoin by allowing
users to easily access their Bitcoins anywhere in the world from almost any
device - PC or Mobile, with simplicity in mind. For the last year Eli has
been working on his Safebit project alongside his extensive work as a
Bitcoin evangelist, and educator in all things Bitcoin.
Eli is also the owner of GridCT, a Tel-Aviv based firm that works on and
consults for various development projects in web-app creation, HTML5, and
and UI design. Eli is also a member of the Digital Commerce Advancement
Organization (DCAO), an organization that pushes for advocacy and
recognition of decentralized currencies like Bitcoin, and he serves as an
active member of various discussion groups and communities on Bitcoin
across the web.
Lasse Birk Olesen (fimp) is founder of Bitcoin Nordic and an ambassador of The Seasteading Institute. 

With Bitcoin Nordic he made Bitcoin easily accessible for the first time in the Middle East, North Africa, and several South American countries by introducing cashU as a payment method for purchasing bitcoins. He has been a volunteer with The Seasteading Institute for years and has done technical research for Blueseed, a seasteading company that will host a visa-free startup incubator of the coast of Silicon Valley.

As engaged in both movements, he sees many similarities in how Bitcoin and seasteading are technologies that can fundamentally change the framework that politics has to work within. Lasse holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Technical University of Denmark.

Pavol Luptak: cryptoanarchist, voluntaryist, Slovak hackerspace founder,
security consultant.









Juraj Bednar: I am interested in computer security, darker corners of Internet (deepweb) and recently Bitcoin. I am also involved in privacy and electronic frontiers through organisations I work with. I like to give presentations about these topics and spread knowledge and important information. That is the only problem with security - ignorance and misunderstanding. Since young age, I was interested in programming. I wrote my first program when I was 6 years old. Later I have become involved with open-source, Linux (as a user, then administrator and system architect), redundant server solutions. It all goes hand in hand with security and cryptography. I am very interested in wider implication of technologies."


Field McConnell: economics, transport flying 19,000+ hours, fighter flying 3700+ hours, total flying 23000+ hours, Marine, Navy AirForce experience. On December 10, 2006, Field McConnell reported the illegal weaponization of Boeing commercial aircraft to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Northwest Airlines, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), NORAD and the USNA Superintendent. Shortly thereafter, Northwest Airlines, compelled by the United States Department of Justice (USDoJ), silenced Field McConnell due to his inadvertent re-opening of a safety issue closed in the June 2006 $615 million settlement paid by Boeing to the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ).

In the warnings, Field McConnell alleged that his study of September 11, 2001 lead him to believe that at least 108 Boeing airliners were in service that had been modified with QRS11 GyroChips (electronic hijack) and "something more sinister".

Boeing admitted on March 3, 2007 the existence of the Boeing Uninterruptable Autopilot. To date, 9 February, 2012, Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) has suppressed this information.

Crime-scene investigation radio station co-host for leaderless private intelligence agency Abel Danger (abeldanger.net / C2CSI.info).

Michael Merz studied computer science and business administration at University of Hamburg between 1984 and 1992. He received his PhD in computer science in 1996, the topic was "Electronic Commerce" among others with a focus on payment methods. He published 4 books on e-commerce related topics and over 30 research papers. In the year 1999 Michael started as managing director of Ponton Consulting, a software company that provides IT services to a range of international clients.







Abraham Heinemann: growing up in over twenty countries, participating in numerous ways of life, starting as a student of Art and then Genetics, Abraham finally graduated in social anthropology from the University of Kent in 2012. He spent his undergraduate years mobilising his peers to bring their study of anthropology to life, culminating in co-creating the 1st national anthropology undergraduate conference. Presently learning to be a biology teacher, whilst finalising his next steps in getting a PhD in anthropology. An holistic human, Abraham is a 'mashup'.





Charles Vollum
has been involved with computer technology for 45 years. After studying mathematics and computer science at Reed College, he pursued a successful career as a software developer before starting his own computer company, Cogent Research, Inc., to develop and manufacture parallel desktop supercomputers in 1986. Selling and servicing these computers took him all over the world, and allowed him to see first hand the effects of many currencies and monetary regimes. After selling Cogent Research in 1992, Charles embarked on a new adventure – sailing a 27 foot sailboat singlehanded across the Pacific from North America to New Zealand, visiting many South Pacific Island nations and learning more about the world's money systems.

An active investor in gold and silver since 1980, Charles slowly began to realize the importance of having a standard of value not tied to any country's currency and monetary policyâ that in fact, rising and falling 'gold prices' were really more accurately viewed as falling and rising 'currency prices', measured against the relative stability of gold. This insight led to the founding of Gold Monocle Group, Ltd, and the creation of the Priced in Gold website in 2007.

For the last year, he has been experimenting with Bitcoin, seeking to understand its place in the universe of currencies and its relationship to gold.

In addition to his work on gold pricing and investment, Charles is an avid photographer, sailor, ham radio operator, and home-schooling parent.

Frank Braun: Privacy Extremist and IT Security Consultant.










Mit Gorilovsky: Product & solutions innovator with experience in mobile
telecoms industry, finance and econo-physics services with current focus of
enabling complex finance technologies with smile human interfaces.











Gregory Chikishev: he has a Master's degree of Mathematics and Computer
science of saint-Petersburg State Univeversity of Information Technologies,
Machanic and Optics. His science activity focused on cryptography and its
implementation in finance systems.