8:15 – 9:00
Registration and light breakfast
09:00 – 09:15
Israel as a Bitcoin empire
Israel, known as “The startup nation”, is also an impressive Bitcoin stronghold. In this talk that opens Israel’s first international Bitcoin conference, we will describe the current status of Bitcoin in Israel, covering what makes Israel special in terms of its community, industry, technical innovations and academics.
09:15 – 09:40
The Emerging Wave of Decentralized Applications
A new model for building successful and massively scalable applications is emerging. Bitcoin led the way with its open-source, peer-to-peer nature, cryptographically-stored records (block chain), and limited number of tokens that power the use of its features. Several applications are adopting the Bitcoin model in order to succeed. BitShares, Mastercoin and Open Garden are just a few of those “decentralized applications” that use a variety of methods to operate. Some use their own block chain (BitShares), some use existing block chains and issue their own tokens (Master Protocol and Mastercoin), and others operate at two layers above an existing block chain and issue their own tokens (OpenGarden).
09:40 – 10:00
Deep dive into colored coins
Yoni Assia is pioneering the ColoredCoins project. ColoredCoins aims to take the underlying concept of Bitcoin and turn it from a single asset economy to multi asset economy, enabling people to transfer any asset from one to another using the bitcoin network. ColoredCoins technology will allow people and companies to issue new coins (such as GoldCoins and EuroCoins) on the blockchain and exchange them using P2P decentralized exchange. Coloredcoins will revolutionise, democratise and disrupt traditional forms of trading and e-commerce, empowering individuals to take control of their own transactions without the need of a traditional financial institutions.
10:00 – 10:10
Resolving trust issues in the Bitcoin sphere
Bitrated’s goal is to resolve the issues of trust in the Bitcoin ecosystem, provide consumer protection mechanisms and help bring Bitcoin to the next stage of mainstream adoption. We provide an identity & reputation management system, a secure payment system that leverages 2-of-3 multi-signature transactions and an open arbitration marketplace.
10:10 – 10:45
Panel: Bitcoin Trading and Exchanges
Eli Bejerano Zach Harvey Jonathan Rouach
10:45 – 11:05
The Decentralized Politics of Bitcoin
Since Bitcoin break through into the mainstream mindspace, regulators and policy makers have taken notice and are making moves to regulate and influence Bitcoin. Similarly, grassroots activist movements all around the world have rallied to the cause and are acting as “a voice for Bitcoin”. Ron will discuss the dynamics of how these various group emerge and inter-operate.
11:05 – 11:15
A marketplace for premium access rights.
Using Bitcoin 2.0 technology, for the first time brands and artists can build their own economies and directly incentivize their supporters to help drive their value.
11:15 – 12:05
Panel: Bitcoin 2.0: The Next Generation of the Decentralized Economy
Bitcoin is the world’s first decentralized digital currency, but it is more than just a currency. The same technology and concepts allow us to decentralized a wide variety of assets, services, financial instruments and more. In this panel we will investigate the fascinating platforms that have emerged and find out how disruptive they really are.
David Johnston Vitalik Buterin Stas Oskin
Lior Yaffe Alex Mizrahi Dr. Gideon Greenspan
12:05 – 12:40
Mine the Gap: From Nash Equilibrium towards Large-Scale Human Cooperations.
For the entire human history individuals and cultures have lacked a systematic “game strategy” for scalable cooperations, often resulting in a Nash equilibrium of separation and conflict of interests. For the first time, Bitcoin has provided a prototype for such strategy in terms of a public ledger, cryptographic token and its distribution protocol, and since then the idea has been widely generalized to the concept of Decentralized Applications (DApps). In this talk I will describe the state of the art of DApps, including a genuine distribution protocol for its tokens and a decentralized decision-making mechanism. I will illustrate these ideas with the La’Zooz project: establishing a decentralized collaborative transportation web.
La’Zooz , Collaborative Transportation. Public Launch.
Dr. Matan Field
12:40 – 13:40
13:40 – 13:55
Economics of decentralized applications
13:55 – 14:05
Connecting Crypto economy to nowadays economy- Crypto Next Launch
Crypto Next is a global marketplace where digital currency meets local currency. The platform is uniquely simple to use, and available in multiple languages and currencies, both Fiat and digital. Operating within a regulated jurisdiction, Crypto Next offers a secure legal framework for end users and business customers alike, and a variety of products from white label exchanges to merchant payment systems.
14:05 – 14:45
Panel: The Bitcoin apocalypse – industry threats
In this panel, we set aside our enthusiastic optimism and take a moment to reflect on the things that could destroy Bitcoin. Will existing interests manage to discredit it? Will the undelying economics turn out unsustainable? Will consumers and businesses lose interest? Will fraud be rampant? Will goverments declare a war on Bitcoin?
Jonathan Klinger Yoni Assia Dr. Edward Offenbacher
Jonathan Rouach Yoram Teitz
14:45 – 15:30
Coffee break and networking
15:30 – 15:55
Bitcoin, present and future (joint research with the Bank of Israel)
Eden Shochat (Aleph) and Edward Offenbacher of Bank of Israel present their co-authored Bitcoin: Present Status and Future Prospects thought piece, describing the technological and monetary implications respective views, and the potential impact on the venture capital industry and central banks.
Eden Shochat Dr. Edward Offenbacher
15:55 – 16:35
Panel: Business opportunities in the Bitcoin sphere
The advent of decentralized digital currency creates a whole new world of opportunities, for companies that facilitate usage of the currency and for those that leverage it to enable completely new business models. In this panel we will explore the endless possibilities in this space, how to take advantage of them and the direction this new economy will take going forward.
Eden Shochat Nimrod Lehavi Jonathan Rouach
Barak Ben-Ezer Dario Mutabdzija
16:35 – 16:50
Can Bitcoin scale?
One of the most important questions that will affect Bitcoin’s success is whether or not it will be able to scale to support the high volume of transactions required from a global currency system. An increase in the number of transactions committed to the blockchain is currently known to lower security from double-spend attacks, increase the advantage of large miners over small ones, and to disrupt the operations of small nodes. During the talk I will present some of our research on Bitcoin’s scalability and our proposals for protocol adjustments designed to aleviate some of the problems mentioned above.
Dr. Aviv Zohar
16:50 – 17:00
thanx.io is the easiest bitcoin wallet yet, and the first bitcoin messenger, using facebook connect to make sending bitcoin as easy as sending a facebook message, and allowing bitcoin to reach all those who never would have heard of bitcoin otherwise.
17:00 – 17:10
Blockchain is so cool. But is it for replacing banks only? Satoshi’s finaicial innovation was Bitcoin. His Computer Science innovation is the Blockchain, an algorithm for distributed concensus. Our goal on Decentralized Applications LTD. is to utilize the Blockchain algorithm over a variety of non-banking applications. We begin with Zennet, a decentralized Supercomputer allowing household to monetize their hardware, while letting any individual or organization buy computing resouorces. Zennet brings new orders of magnitudes to science while spreading a tremendous economic and computational fortune to the people. We, the people, have the computational power. Why should this market be controlled by few privately held organizations? On this talk we will give a brief introduction to Zennet.