London Nov 2018
CoinGeek London was held in the City London’s financial district, a stone’s throw from the River Thames. Its venue was the former Mermaid Theatre, which had traditionally staged annual Christmas productions of Treasure Island.
So, a unique mix of big financial institutions, a river from which sailors circled the globe and the distant echo of possible treasure to be found. What could be more appropriate for the growing ambitions and increasing professionalism of the Bitcoin community - with dreams of finding treasure still allowed?
Dr. Craig Wright and Jimmy Nguyen spoke passionately about the future, reclaiming Bitcoin from its wayward recent past and redirecting it towards protocol stability and real utility. It was a call to action for developers and entrepreneurs that gave attendees a new confidence about what could be achieved, and a clear direction to pursue.
Descending beneath the streets of Soho, conference-goers found themselves plunged into a 21st Century version of Dickensian London. We were at the circus, with acrobats throwing each other around, dwarves posing for selfies and fortune-tellers (predicting only the best of future fortunes).
As always, a good time was had by all. Even the dwarves said it had been a top gig.
Jimmy is the Founding President of Bitcoin Association and an award-winning intellectual property & digital technology lawyer. In 2008, Lawdragon named him (at only age 36) one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America.
Craig is the creator of Bitcoin under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. He leads nChain in developing one of the largest blockchain patent portfolios with over 1000 pending applications and over 150 granted.
Ryan is the founder of Money Button, an ambassador for Bitcoin Association, and a member of their Technical Standards Committee.
Michael is the Founder and CEO of Bitstocks, the first Bitcoin market advisory firm of the City of London. In understanding the intricacies of modern finance, he discovered blockchain's power and Bitcoin's role in building the future.
Alex is a product designer and marketer. His passion is making new technologies accessible to everybody by creating amazing products that people love.
Daniel's view is that Bitcoin SV has the most compelling option to reach mass adoption and enable vast economic progression on a global scale. He founded GAP600, a company that facilitates instant Bitcoin payments & deposits.
James is an engineer, entrepreneur, and ardent supporter of Satoshi Nakamoto's original vision for Bitcoin. He is the creator of the Tokenized Protocol, an open-source token and smart contract system for the Bitcoin SV network.