Feb
21
6:00 PM18:00

Crypto{graphy, currency} feat. snarkside chats : SF #DevWeek

Join us on the 2nd night of SF #DevWeek for an evening of cryptography + cryptocurrency with experts in these fields.

About this Event

Calling all Cryptography and Blockchain buffs to join this gathering celebrating this year's #DevWeek - a perfect way to warm up for the Blockchain Day action on Friday.

Coda Protocol is bringing together a powerhouse panel at Coda HQ to drill into the most compelling topics, including Zaki from Tendermint, Jackson from The Graph, Ronen from Dekrypt Capital / Blockchain At Berkeley, as well as Izaak, Brandon and Vanishree from Coda Protocol.

Why are we doing this? Cryptography is the backbone to the blockchain industry, and where this technology is headed warrants discussion and collaborative action. We want to bring together some of the foremost experts applying cryptography toward building decentralized networks and dig into what the future of this industry is shaping up to be.

We will kick off the evening with a 'snarkside chat' followed by plenty of time for everyone to quiz the panel, each other, and bond over good food, drinks and elliptic curves ;)

This is a chance for you to get into crypto{graphy + currency} mode, jam with some like-minded developers from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, and discover what 2019 and beyond has to offer in the exciting field of cryptography. You will be able to listen to, debate, discuss and hang out with fellow great minds in the industry.

Schedule:

6pm: Doors open + networking with food + drinks

6.40: Welcome from Coda Community

6.45pm-7.15pm: Panel :The Future of Cryptography, moderated by Brandon Kase (Protocol Engineer, Coda)

Izaak Meckler: Coda (CTO), Vanishree Rao: Coda (Cryptographer), Jon Allen: Dekrypt Capital (Co-founder), Jackson Blazensky: The Graph (Researcher) , Zaki: Tendermint (Cryptography/Game of Stakes leader)

7.15pm-7.30pm : Q+A : the chance to interrogate the panel on their cryptographic predictions

7.30-9pm: networking and more food + drinks

9pm: wrap up !

Profiles:

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* Brandon Kase is a Protocol Engineer at Coda and loves functional programming. He was first introduced to it while pursuing his BS in computer science at Carnegie Mellon. He has worked as a software engineer for Highlight (acquired by Pinterest), Pinterest, Facebook, and Mozilla. Brandon is excited about the safety and clarity strong statically typed functional programming techniques can bring to the software industry. He also enjoys proselytizing, so you may find him speaking at a conference near you.

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* Izaak Meckler is CTO at Coda, mathematician and computer scientist. Most recently, he was a PhD student studying cryptography at UC Berkeley. Prior to that, he worked as a software engineer at trading firm Jane Street, and has contributed to numerous open source projects including the Elm compiler.

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* Vanishree Rao is a theoretical and applied cryptographer with deep experience in industry and academia. She earned her PhD at UCLA through her work on zk-proofs, multiparty computation, hashing, and pseudorandom functions, among other projects. She then worked in industry at Xerox PARC and Intertrust Technologies. Vanishree enjoys developing cryptographic solutions for real-world challenges and communicating intuitive explanations of complex cryptography concepts.

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* Zaki Manian is the master of testnets and mainet launch for imminent Cosmos launch. He organized the first incentivized adversarial testnet in Game of Stakes. He is an expert in cryptography and distributed systems.

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* Jackson Blazenksy is a Protocol Researcher at The Graph and is focused on the use of zero-knowledge-proof protocols to provide additional verifiability and scalability to the Graph Protocol. He has a background in mathematics and cryptography from UCSB.

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* Jon Allen the cofounder of Dekrypt Capital, the premier blockchain investment firm for privacy-preserving protocols and early-stage ventures where he mentors and invests in teams.

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* Tendermint builds software for high-value public blockchains like the Cosmos Network. The team consists of world class software developers, researchers and network operators.

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* The Graph is building scalable queries for a decentralized future because they've seen the challenges in getting data off blockchains. The team envision The Graph as a truly decentralized ecosystem where the community can collaborate on curating quality data sources available to all. Together we can build a new generation of the web free from data silos and monopolies.

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* Dekrypt Capital is a leading investment firm focused on blockchain infrastructure, privacy-preserving technologies, and early-stage ventures. We invest in, mentor, and accelerate teams developing novel solutions to address the core issues of scalability, privacy, and interoperability for decentralized protocols and applications.

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* Coda is the first cryptocurrency protocol with a constant-sized blockchain. Coda compresses the entire blockchain into a tiny snapshot the size of a few tweets. That means that no matter how many transactions are performed, verifying the blockchain remains inexpensive and accessible to everyone. The backend to Coda Protocol hinges on Snarky

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Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

HPL 101: Intro to Hyperledger & The Enterprise Blockchain Ecosystem (Free)

Join us for a hands-on workshop and learn how to build and deploy Hyperledger applications.

The Hyperledger Project is quickly becoming the front-runner in enterprise Blockchain solutions and has attracted talent and resources from industry leaders like IBM and Intel in an open source collaborative effort to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. It is a global collaboration, hosted by The Linux Foundation, including leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things, supply chains, manufacturing, and Technology.

In this workshop, you will learn:

- How to use the Hyperledger Composer, an extensive, open development toolset, to develop Hyperledger applications from a business perspective.

- How to deploy Hyperledger applications to the Hyperledger Fabric and the IBM Blockchain Platform, which is designed to accelerate the development, governance, and operation of enterprise business networks running on the IBM Cloud.

- Where do we go from here?

Meet the Instructor:

Koushik Gavini is the Co-Founder and Head of Engineering @Rettex. . Currently teaching Hyperledger @TheDen, previously he was a Software Engineer (Blockchain) at Kohls R&D and a Devops Engineer @RobertHalf.

Please arrive early! The event begins promptly at the start time.
Learn more about our community at theden.io!
You can always reach us at (408)[masked] or email us at [masked]!

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Feb
26
4:30 PM16:30

Disruptive Transparency: Blockchain’s Impact on the US and Japan (Free)

  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Description

The world may never know who Satoshi Nakamoto really is, but the new technology he unleashed by creating blockchain has the potential to fundamentally change the way humans conduct transactions with each other. Whether it is used to back cryptocurrencies, record and enforce contracts, store data securely, or connect donors with non-profits, the technology is the ultimate disruptive technology threatening central banks, philanthropic foundations, law enforcement, and the legal and accounting service industries, just to name a few.

Please join us for an exciting program to talk about how blockchain will change our lives here in the Bay Area and in Japan. Both countries harbor ambitions to become blockchain technology champions and to apply the technology to boost productivity and transparency in their economies.

Emi Yoshikawa and Aya Miyaguchi will talk about their experiences in the industry and give their perspectives on how this exciting new technology will change the world. 

Emi Yoshikawa, Senior Director, Joint Venture Partnership, Ripple

Emi Yoshikawa is the Sr. Director of Joint Venture Partnerships at Ripple. She is passionate about building the Internet of Value by leveraging blockchain technologies and expanding business partnerships around the world. At Ripple, she manages a joint venture partnership and leads market entry initiatives in Asia. Emi was selected as a top-50 "Women in Fintech" Influencer by Onalytica in 2017. She started her career in the financial engineering industry, working for MSCI (previously part of Morgan Stanley) as a product manager and leading the development of the company's equity analytics solutions. She also co-founded and ran a US-Asia consulting business. Emi holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is also a CFA charterholder.

Aya Miyaguchi, Executive Director, Ethereum Foundation Aya originally became fascinated in the blockchain space for its potential to impact financial inclusion in emerging markets. In early 2013, she joined Kraken as Managing Director and has since worked to educate the public, VCs, and regulators on cryptocurrencies and blockchain innovation globally. Her passion for blockchain and for creating lasting sustainable social impact led her to join the Ethereum Foundation as Executive Director where she leads the Foundation’s teams and supports the Ethereum ecosystem through core development and research activities, and educational efforts around the technology. In 2019, she was appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain Global Council.

Program
4:30–5:00 Registration and Networking
5:00-6:00 Presentation, Q&A
6:00-7:00 Networking (Dinner and Drink also included)

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Feb
26
6:30 PM18:30

Workshop | Demystifying Zero Knowledge Proofs: Use Cases & Applications

Details

Want to build DApps using zk-SNARKS or zk-STARKS? Bring your laptop* and join Elena Nadolinski (CEO of Beanstalk, DevCon Speaker) and Remco Bloemen (Technical Fellow at 0x, ETHCC Speaker) on Tuesday Feb 26th for a hands-on workshop where you'll:

- learn the basics of how zero knowledge proofs work
- explore real-life use cases & applications
- code and build your own DApp using zk-SNARKS

Agenda:
6:30pm-7:00pm Networking
7:00pm-7:30pm Demystifying Zero Knowledge Proofs
7:30pm-8:00pm Use Cases & Applications (0x's zk-STARK DEX, etc)
8:00-8:30pm Code & Build Your Own DApp Using zk-SNARKS

Pre-Event Prep For The Coding Portion:
- Bring your laptop! << IMPORTANT!
- Go to https://github.com/leanthebean/puzzle-hunt
- Install Docker & Zokrates

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Feb
28
2:00 PM14:00

500 Startups Demo Day (Batch 24) (Free)

PLEASE REGISTER ONLY IF YOU FIT ONE OR MORE OF THE AUDIENCE CRITERIA:

  • You are an active, accredited investor (Please no analysts, interns, lawyers, or startup founders)

  • You are a potential strategic partner at a large tech company (ex: Google, Facebook etc.). You must be in an investment-making position

  • You are tech press or a mainstream media professional

  • You are a 500 Startups' Annual Partner or Limited Partner


ABOUT DEMO DAY

Demo Day is a FREE, invite-only event for active and accredited investors to view our most recent accelerator startups before they graduate. Attendees will get a first look at the startups' pitches, meet the founders, and network with other top-tier investors, corporate strategists, and press. The event will not be streamed online, so if you want to see the pitches, you have to come to the event!

We are setting aside time during the event for one on one meetings between investors and startups. This way you can be guaranteed face time with the companies you are interested in and have a chance to get all your questions answered. Details will follow after you register for the event.

Want to present at the next Demo Day?
Apply to join 500 Startups Batch 25

AGENDA

Registration & Networking

2:00-3:00pm

Welcome from 500 Startups' CEO Christine Tsai

3:00–3:15pm

Pitches

3:15–3:45pm

Break

3:45–4:00pm

Pitches

4:00–4:30pm

Networking & 1:1 Investor/Founder Meetings

4:30–6:00pm


MEET THE BATCH

  • Alba — Connects families with caregivers in Latin America and provides peace of mind during every step of the caring process.

  • Back Office — Automates bookkeeping and accounting for small businesses.

  • BlockVigil — An API gateway to help developers build on blockchain with just a few lines of code.

  • Cambridgene — Provides a software platform to hospitals and pharma companies to personalize cancer therapy and improve treatment outcomes through AI-driven genetic screening of cancer patients.

  • Celer Network — An Internet-scale, trust-free, and privacy-preserving off-chain scaling platform where everyone can quickly build, operate, and use highly scalable decentralized applications.

  • Chipper — The only app you'll ever need for your student loans. Manage, pay, and chip away your debt in one place.

  • Chipper Cash — A mobile payments platform targeted towards Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Crowdz — The invoice auction exchange for trade finance.

  • HAMAMA — A fail-proof way for anyone, anywhere to grow nutritious microgreens at home year-round.

  • IOTW — Enables instant transactions and green micro-mining from any connected device with no extra hardware and no additional cost.

  • Kura — Building compact augmented reality glasses, with custom designed 135 field-of-view optics/display for enterprise training, manufacturing and design.

  • Memoir Health — Memoir Health is a technology-enabled service provider for home-based behavioral health and substance use care.

  • MessageCube — Messaging integration that allows users to seamlessly discuss and purchase shared experiences over chat.

  • Ovation — Their CX survey-based technology empowers businesses like restaurants and retailers to win back unhappy customers, turn fans into an online marketing force, and get more repeat customers.

  • Pilleve — A smart pill bottle that prevents prescription opioid abuse and addiction using data at the point of intake.

  • Savion Aerospace — Zip across the country in personal jets powered by clean, abundant natural gas.

  • SNAPSHYFT — On-demand labor marketplace solving staffing shortages in the food and beverage industry.

  • UTRUST — The world’s first cryptocurrency payment solution to offer buyer protection, instant transactions and crypto-to-cash settlements.

  • Zeuss Technologies — Develops next generation blockchain-based Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) technology for cash intensive industries.


WANT TO INVITE SOMEONE?

Demo Day is an invite-only event. If you'd like to invite an active, accredited investor or their representatives, please send them the link to register. We carefully vet each attendee to make sure they meet our audience criteria. 


WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

If you'd like to volunteer, or have general questions, email chloe@500.co.

If you'd like to sponsor, email kelley@500.co.

For press inquiries, email kelsey@kcpr.com.


VISITING BESPOKE:

Bespoke Events is located fourth floor of the San Francisco Westfield Centre. From Market St, enter at 835 Market near Walgreens and take the elevators the fourth floor, crossing the Dome. From Mission St, enter Bloomingdales and take the elevator to the fourth or fifth floor, proceeding to Bespoke Coworking near the escalators. It is near M.Y China restaurant.

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Jun
25
to Jun 26

An Annual Event for the Bitcoin Community

  • Pier 35 San Francisco, CA United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

From a white paper, some code and a simple message — “Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks” — an idea was born that was so powerful it ignited a revolution. Captivated by Bitcoin's potential, individuals from around the world came together and formed a community to develop it.

After 10 years of bugs, hacks, scams, bans, civil war, breakthroughs and fortunes gained and lost, Bitcoin has spread like a virus around the world and has set the stage for a new financial system. Bitcoin's future has never been brighter, but much of the fun and positive spirit that got us here has been abstracted away. It's time for that to change. 

The mission of Bitcoin 2019 is to reignite the BTC community by advancing shared goals and highlighting the people and organizations bringing them into reality. From the biggest miners and most active core devs to Fortune 500 companies and darknet markets, this will be a yearly gathering of old and new friends that inclusively reimagines the narrative around digital value and manifests an amenable answer to the question: “Why does this technology matter?”

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Feb
20
6:00 PM18:00

Blockchain in Energy Use Cases and Projects (Free)

Description

Learn about blockhain in energy use cases and the current market landscape. Get an update of active blockchain in energy initiatives. Understand how you can participate in these initiatives and connect with the leaders in the blockchain energy space. Find out more about the speakers at https://www.blockchainxwomen.com/events

Hear from Lydia Kreft, an Energy Professional, on how blockchain will be used to give people using EV charging stations the credits they are due based on time of day of charging and other factors.

Understand from Sherry Li GE's perspective on the blockchain opportunity in Energy.

Hear about Rena Shah's experience with using the blockchain to address energy crises during national disasters in California and other parts of the U.S.

Learn about the multi-blockchain approach the Department of Energy's National Renewable Labs has taken with BlockCypher in P2P energy applications and marketplaces.

Email us with any questions at admin@blockchainxwomen.com

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Feb
20
11:45 AM11:45

BLK 101 : Blockchain Fundamentals & Basic Cryptography (Free)

| Interactive Workshop

What makes Blockchain technology so secure? Learn what backs a decentralized digital ledger and why we trust it to store billions of dollars worth of value.

When Blockchain technology first emerged, it solved two major hurdles preventing digital currency from truly taking off: the Double Spend problem and the Byzantine General's problem. The basis of this solution is Cryptography, the art of formulating and solving codes.

In this hands-on workshop you will dive into the basic cryptographic principles that power Blockchain technology. Discover what miners are computing, and cover Blockchain terms like hashing, nonces, merkle trees, and consensus algorithms. Develop a strong understanding of the fundamental principles of a Blockchain, and learn how different Blockchains approach the same security problems in unique ways. 

| Audience:

This workshop is designed for people who are new to the Blockchain industry, curious entrepreneurs looking to get into ICO's and Blockchain technology, and anyone who wants to gain a stronger understanding of the inner workings of a Blockchain.


| Key Takeaways:

- Hashing, mining, and Blockchain computations

- Power of Merkle trees

- Fundamentals of cryptographic security in Blockchains

- Understand the Byzantine General's and Double Spend problems, and how they were solved

- Consensus algorithms and how they work

- Learn about solutions such as Lightning Network and Plasma that are being developed to speed up Blockchains to match traditional Visa/MC Transaction speeds

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Feb
19
6:00 PM18:00

Buying Crypto: Centralized and Decentralized Exchanges (Free)

Description

ETC Labs is hosting a Crypto Exchange event focusing on Centralized versus Decentralized exchanges, security, differentiation, and adoption.

What are the strengths and weaknesses of each model, why choose one exchange over another, which wallet makes the most sense, what about security and more!


Guest Speakers: Zeus Exchange, CredoEx, LA Token



Agenda

6:00 - 6:30 - Registrations

6:30 - 7:00 - Panel

7:00 - 7:30 - Startup Presentations : Base Zero, Button, Cryzen, Ethernode

7:30 - 8:30 - Networking

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Feb
19
6:00 PM18:00

Cosmos Introductory Talk #1 ~ Many Chains, One Ecosystem (FREE)

Cosmos is coming to Berkeley for a THREE PART workshop series!

IMPORTANT: You MUST claim a FREE TICKET via Eventbrite if you want to attend in-person.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cosmos-introductory-talk-1-many-chains-one-ecosystem-tickets-56078755066

Come and learn about about what one of the most innovative blockchain and interoperability projects in the space is working on!

In this first workshop, you'll learn the fundamentals of Cosmos Network architecture and topology. You'll be given an introductory overview of the critical infrastructure and tooling provided in the Cosmos technology stack.

Prerequisite Knowledge:
None. All levels.

Lecturer:
Sunny Aggarwal
Cosmos Core Developer

Sunny Aggarwal's passion got started in the blockchain space in 2015 as a way to explore the intersection of technology with the social sciences. He is currently a research scientist with Tendermint/Cosmos with a focus on making Proof-of-Stake and Blockchain Interoperability a reality. He was also a co-founder of Blockchain at Berkeley and co-hosts a weekly crypto podcast called Epicenter.

Future Workshops:
Workshop #2 ~ Building Plasma on the Cosmos-SDK ~ March 11th
Workshop #3 ~ Building an Application Using the Cosmos-SDK ~ April 1st

This event will be live streamed via YouTube for those who cannot make it in person. Please keep an eye out on this event page for updates regarding live stream details.

We would like to thank The House for hosting us!

Please email [masked] with questions.

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Jan
30
to Feb 1

Stanford Blockchain Conference - FREE

  • McCaw Hall, Arrillaga Alumni Center (326 Galvez St), Stanford University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This conference will explore the use of formal methods, empirical analysis, and risk modeling to better understand security and systemic risk in blockchain protocols. We aim to foster multidisciplinary collaboration among practitioners and researchers in blockchain protocols, distributed systems, cryptography, computer security, and risk management. The talks and papers from the previous event in this conference series (formerly known as BPASE) are available here: 20172018.

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Jan
29
6:30 PM18:30

Meetup | The Future Of Identity Management With Blockchain

In our data-driven society today, identity is your most valuable possession. Join us on Tuesday, January 29th for an educational panel featuring leaders from the identity management space.

You will learn about 1) the differences between identity on blockchain vs. traditional tech and 2) the future of the identity revolution (where we are, the opportunity, and what to expect in 2019).

SPEAKERS:
- Eric Ly (Co-Founder of LinkedIn; Founder of Hub)
- Greg Kidd (Former Chief Compliance Officer Ripple; Founder of GlobalID)
- Jason Law (Co-Founder and CTO of Evernym)
- Phillip Shoemaker (Executive Director at Civic / Identity.com)
- Moderator: Anatoly Yakovenko (Co-Founder and CEO of Solana)

AGENDA:
- 6:30pm - 7:00pm: Networking
- 7:00pm - 8:00pm: Intro + Panel Discussion
- 8:00pm - 8:30pm: Q/A

Look forward to meeting you all in person.
P.S. beer and pizza will be provided!

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Jan
29
6:00 PM18:00

Why Blockchain in 2019

In collaboration with Stanford Blockchain Conference 2019SHE256 and Kadena, Blockchain By Women presents fresh perspectives of promising blockchain/cryptocurrency companies and projects in the face of new regulation. Come and network with entrepreneurs, investors, and people in the blockchain ecosystem. Find out more about the speakers at https://www.blockchainxwomen.com/events

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Jan
29
to Jan 30

Crypto Pro Expo - for Investors

  • HYATT REGENCY SAN FRANCISCO (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Across 2 full days to tailor your CRYPTO PRO EXPO experience to your interests by mixing and matching content to create the ideal blockchain conference experience.

KEYNOTE PANELS

Lead by 50+ of the most engaging leaders in investment, startup, cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology to bring the most curated and up-to-date content professionals in the industry crave.

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Jan
28
6:00 PM18:00

ICO's are dead! Fundraising in a post ICO world (Free)

ICO's skyrocketed in 17 and grew even further in '18 but in the latter half of the year we saw a steep decline in the # of ICO's. With few ICO's being profitable and a misalignment between investors buying tokens and communities wanting to use the token do ICO's have a future and if not what are the alternatives?

Panel:
Mike Zajiko from Coinlist
--Mike is the head of sales at CoinList where he works with the top blockchain projects, helping them to address their fundraising and compliance needs. Prior to CoinList, Mike ran a team at Facebook focused on mobile gaming and draws in on that experience to advise projects on incentive mechanisms and growth opportunities. Mike is an advisor at the AlphaLab Startup incubator in his hometown of Pittsburgh but is base in San Francisco.

Arianna Simpson from Autonomous Partners
--Arianna Simpson is the founder and Managing Director of Autonomous Partners, an investment fund focused on cryptocurrencies and digital assets. She is also an active angel investor and venture partner at Crystal Towers Capital, an early-stage VC fund which she and her partner launched in 2015. Prior to Crystal Towers, Arianna spent time working in sales and product roles at Facebook and BitGo, an enterprise security company for bitcoin and other digital currencies.

Kadeem Clarke from 8 Decimal Capital
Kadeem Clarke is a finance professional, entrepreneur, and cryptocurrency trader. He received a degree in Business Management with a concentration in finance from Boston University. Following graduation, he worked for Merrill Lynch in the Commercial Banking space where he gained valuable knowledge of the traditional banking space. Currently, Kadeem is the Investment Manager at 8 Decimal Capital and also runs a marketing and web development business named Clarke Global Marketing.

Serra Angel Wei from AegisCo Capital Management LLC
--Serra had over 15 years of investments, research and private equity experiences before founding AegisCo Capital Management LLC whose focus is to create qualified custodian for institutional investors that will provide a secure and compliant way to invest into the rapidly growing multi-billion-dollar digital assets markets. Prior to that Serra was an equity research analyst in technology group at Goldman Sachs. She also worked for a US$5 billion cross-over funds called QVT Financial LP and was responsible for their research and investments in global technology sectors. Ms. Wei is also a cyprto investor at Passport Capital with a focus on blockchain fund of funds (FoF) and direct ICO investments.

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Jan
23
6:30 PM18:30

Chainlink Fireside Chat: Tom Gonser (Founder of Docusign) & Sergey Nazarov (Free)

Join us for a fireside chat with Sergey Nazarov, CEO of Chainlink along with Tom Gonser, Founder of Docusign . They will be discussing connected smart contracts, oracles, and the advantages of decentralized networks utilizing blockchain technology. With the growing interest in smart contracts, it is important to explore the benefits, challenges, and real-world application of smart contracts. Tom and Sergey's experience in combining emerging technology with the needs of enterprise businesses will give the audience a solid understanding of smart contracts and this evolving field.

Chainlink was recently featured in MIT Technology Review and has been selected by Gartner and other analysts as one of the top blockchain companies to watch.

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Jan
11
1:00 PM13:00

Algorand San Francisco: Inaugural Meetup

**Make sure to get your free admissions ticket on Eventbrite! With it you will get a promo code to attend the Blockchain Connect Conference for free as well! **
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/presenting-algorand-the-truly-decentralized-ledger-tickets-53785478815

We invite blockchain enthusiasts, developers and businesses to join us for an afternoon of networking and discussion around Algorand: the new foundational blockchain, developed from scratch, on totally new principles, which simultaneously guarantees true decentralization, scalability, and security.

Our Chief Scientist, Jing Chen, PhD, will tell you about how Algorand is changing the conversation in the blockchain space.

This meetup is organized as part of the Blockchain Connect Conference: Academic 2019, https://goblockchainconnect.com/. You do not need to purchase a conference ticket to attend our meetup.

Join Algorand San Francisco (https://www.meetup.com/Algorand-SanFrancisco-Meetup/) to stay on top of future events in your city!

AGENDA

1:00-1:30 Walk-in & Networking
1:30-1:40 Opening by Keli Callaghan
1:40-2:20 Algorand Overview & Q/A by Jing Chen
2:20-3:00 Algorand Technical Pillars & Q/A by Jing Chen
3:00-3:15 Algorand Ecosystem Building by Keli Callaghan
3:15-3:30 Developer Tools by Jing Chen
3:30-4:00 Networking

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Jan
11
8:00 AM08:00

BLOCKCHAIN CONNECT CONFERENCE: ACADEMIC 2019 - code BOGOTG for buy 1 get 1 until 12/26

Blockchain Connect Conference: Academic 2019 will be the third blockchain connect conference hosted by SV Insight. The theme of this conference is “Academic”.

This conference will gather the most authoritative blockchain professors around the world, the public chain projects with the most advanced technology, and technical experts, to discuss the most cutting-edge blockchain academic research, problems, and solutions.

By including keynote speeches and panels covering topics from research to application, the conference will explore the next big opportunity in the blockchain industry.

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Jan
10
to Feb 7

0x + CoinList Hackathon

Bringing Decentralized Markets to the Masses

Join us in learning about the decentralized tech stack, collaborating with other builders, and creating usable products that will drive crypto into the mainstream.

$10,000 first prize · $100 per participant

Jan 10 - Feb 7, 2019

Online

0x + CoinList Hackathon

0x has teamed up with CoinList to host an online hackathon that challenges developers, designers, and idea generators to build useful and usable products on top of 0x. We want to develop the new ideas to help foster the adoption of this bleeding-edge technology for a chance to win prizes and build out the products in the space.

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Jan
9
6:30 PM18:30

The Future of Stablecoins

  • Classroom M109, Stanford Graduate School of Business (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Stanford Blockchain Club invites you to...
THE FUTURE OF STABLECOINS: A Conversation Featuring TrustToken, MakerDAO, and Reserve

WHERE:

Classroom M109, Stanford Graduate School of Business*, 655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 94305 (see campus map here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZkxQ1UUvHzIGqqYl9BXfgZYaxYV7JVJN/view?usp=sharing)

*Parking available at Parking Structure 7, Stanford CA 94305 (see parking location here: https://goo.gl/maps/p8Svs6Sg53F2)

RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/St8kGXkSWtBgU0d33

WHAT ARE STABLECOINS?

Stablecoins are a type of digital asset that aims to achieve low-volatility, often with a value that is pegged to a traditional currency like the U.S. dollar. Some people in the blockchain industry believe that stablecoins are the next frontier in the cryptocurrency space. Many assert that "stablecoins, rather than cryptocurrencies, might be the future of money" (Entrepreneur Magazine). Even large companies like Facebook are moving into the space. The social network leader is believed to be developing a stablecoin for microtransactions and cross-border money transfer on WhatsApp. And yet, stablecoins face many challenges with regard to adoption and scale. Basis, the most well-funded stablecoin startup, shut down in December after just 8 months of operation. Startups like TrustToken, MakerDAO, and Reserve are pushing forward with development on their own stablecoins, aiming to become the dominant player in this burgeoning market.

EVENT DETAILS

The Stanford Blockchain Club is excited to host executives from TrustToken, MakerDAO, and Reserve, key players in the stablecoin space. Rafael Cosman, Stanford alum and Head of Engineering and Product at TrustToken, Shannon Wu, Stanford alum and Head of Content at MakerDAO, and Matt Elder, CTO of Reserve, will all be present. We'll discuss the unique approaches each company is taking to developing a stablecoin with long-term potential, and we'll assess where stablecoins are heading, taking a look at the space through technological, economic, and regulatory lenses.

The first 40 minutes will consist of a fireside-chat-style conversation, and the last 20 minutes will consist of a Q&A session open to the audience.

If you're interested in cutting-edge technology, economics, public policy, and/or law, we strongly encourage you to attend!

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Dec
14
6:00 PM18:00

Crypto Happy Hour & Comedy Night

  • HQ Bar and Restaurant 1568 Haight St. San Francisco, CA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Welcome to SF's first Crypto Happy Hour and Comedy night. Whether you're a Crypto pro, or just want dinner and comedy - we encourage you to come and mix, mingle and laugh with us at this fun and informative event!

TIMELINES

6 pm until 7 pm

Crypto Happy Hour - mix & mingle

7 pm until 10 pm

Comedy Incubator (includes intermission)

Comedy Couch SF

Comedy Couch SF is a volunteer run organization that was founded by NY Transplant Rose Hienz and SF Native and Kip Fuller in May 2017. Today, Rose and Kip are widely known for producing some of SF's funniest, hippest and most diverse participatory Comedy Incubators and stand up comedy shows. Comedians Daniele Midi-Mindix, Rose Hienz and Kip Fuller will host the Happy Hour as well as the Comedy Incubator show.

SF Blockchain collective

Co-host Gee Sivalingam is the founder of SF Blockchain collective, which provides Crytpo Currency education. Gee is a fun guy and once tried stand up comedy in a past life.

Serendipia

Co-host Jean Loick Michaux is the co-founder of the Crypto based Serendipia community mentioned here in the San Francisco Chronicle. His community is very cool, and fosters a culture that supports Crytpo based creators and visionaries.
 

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Dec
12
6:00 PM18:00

HASHING, MINING. OH MY!

ETC Labs is hosting a Hashing and Mining Meetup. Join the conversation, learn the basics, find out about different mining concepts and consensus protocols. We will have guest speakers showcase methods that are alternatives to the well-known.


Demos hosted by startups in the Ethereum Classic Labs Pilot Program, interact with their products and learn how they are incorporating their technology with the Ethereum Classic Blockchain.


Food and Drinks will be Provided!


Guest Speakers
Daniel Jones – Burstcoin Developer 
Alexender Tsankov – P3C.io
Taariq Lewis - Promise


Agenda
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Registration: Food & Drinks
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Talks
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Networking and Demos

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Dec
9
to Dec 11

World Digital Assets Summit

  • Hyatt Regency San Francisco (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

World Digital Assets Summit 2 (“WDAS 2 ”) San Francisco 2018 is an annual conference designed to showcase the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking trends, technology and projects within the blockchain space. 
Our mission is to explore the potential of this revolutionary industry by bringing together thought leaders, educators, legislators and enthusiasts as well as combining the world of innovation with real-life applications.

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Nov
28
to Nov 29

Blockchain Expo World Series - Free Expo Pass, 20% off other Passes w/code DCSF20

  • Santa Clara Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Blockchain Expo World Series, will be returning to North America, Silicon Valley, 28-29th November 2018 and it would be great to see you there.

The world leading expo is an opportunity to hear from thought provoking content within the following tracks; Blockchain for Enterprises, Blockchain Platforms & Strategies, Cryptocurrency and Financial Services, Blockchain Technical Workshops, Blockchain for Business, Blockchain Technologies, Developing Blockchain Applications and Innovations & Investors Zone.

Event attendees can expect to meet with over 8,000 + like-minded individuals, 350+ exhibitors such as IBM, SAP, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, Bitfury, in a series of networking opportunities. The Blockchain Expo will also allow you to ask questions to the events 250+ thought leading speakers in Q&A sessions

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Nov
16
to Nov 17

APIs over IPAs / Drink and be Devvy

Come have a beer (not just IPAs) and hang with the Dispatch crew! 

We will answer any questions you ask, and specifically we will share some details about "Disgo" and it's API, like why it has a Local API and a Public API. Maybe take a look at our API and Developer docs before you come: https://api.dispatchlabs.io

What's Disgo? If you don't know, you'll want to check out our repo http://github.com/dispatchlabs/disgo

Come learn the basics of building on blockchain with Colin Lowenberg, the director of developer relations at Dispatch. 

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Nov
15
5:00 PM17:00

Understanding Inflation in Crypto Networks

  • Starfish Mission - Blockchain Coworking space (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Understanding Inflation in Crypto Networks

Introducing inflation to token design: concept, methodology and challenges.

Join the Token Engineering meetup in San Francisco on November 15th to discuss inflation in tokenized economies with experts ranging from Engineering to Economics. Featuring talks on why inflation is important in both traditional and token based economies, how inflation can be implemented effectively in token design, and what challenges need to be solved in practice.

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Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Dharma Protocol and the Importance of Decentralized Financial Primitives

The Main Event (LIMITED TO 50 ENGINEERS):

SF Cryptocurrency Devs is an engineers-only developer meetup for blockchain engineers seeking to learn about the innovation surrounding new and emerging applications of cryptography to digital currencies.

We would like to introduce SF Cryptocurrency Developers to Dharma! https://dharma.io/

At Dharma, we believe in the vision of a decentralized finance industry. In this workshop, we'll deep dive into Dharma, a suite of open-source developer tools for the creation of decentralized lending applications. We'll discuss the issues of transparency, programmability, and permissionless innovation. And finally, we'll speak to the importance of interoperable open source financial primitives and how they help build financial markets are inclusive, equable, and global.

The speaker will be Nadav Hollander, Founder & CEO of Dharma -- a suite of developer tools for tokenized debt agreements on blockchains like Ethereum. Nadav was formerly an engineer at both Coinbase & Google, and graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Computer Science.

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Nov
13
7:30 PM19:30

Crypto Underground: State of Crypto with Adam Draper

  • Galvanize - San Francisco (SoMa) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Crypto Underground is excited to welcome our next speaker Adam Draper, Founder and Managing Director of Boost VC. In addition to being a prominent venture fund, Boost VC is the #1 accelerator in the world for Crypto and VR startups. Adam will being speaking about the current state of the crypto world, in addition to sharing his insights and learnings from working with numerous companies in their accelerator program. Come grab a beer and mingle with our awesome community while learning something new. We look forward to seeing you!

Adam Draper is the founder and managing director of Boost VC, which is committed to making science fiction technologies a reality. They’ve funded 250+ companies who have gone on to raise an additional $1 billion. No idea is too crazy for Adam. With his dream of building an ironman suit, he leads the investments in the wildest of Boost VC's SciFi Tech investments - exoskeletons, jetpacks, rockets... Go big or go home.

Adam co-founded Boost VC after investing as an angel in companies like Coinbase, Amplitude and Plangrid. In a previous life he wanted to be a professional tennis player and has an odd affinity for Australians. He once drank an entire bottle of tabasco sauce (the big ones) in 43 seconds. He has been an entrepreneur, he has been an investor and more importantly, he's always a friend :)

We are so excited to have the opportunity to have Adam join us! In addition to getting to ask questions, all attendees will have the opportunity to make a 30-second announcement about a blockchain-related project you’re working on. You can pitch your upcoming ICO, ask for help, or offer your expertise. Look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, November 13!

Ticket Price: $5

This event will be live streamed as usual for our global audience. The live stream is done via Facebook Live and the video can be accessed from the event Facebook page on Tuesday around 7:30 pm Pacific.

We'd like to thank our venue sponsor Galvanize for their continued support! Galvanize is a dynamic learning community for technology. Their community is where people and companies with the guts and smarts to create real-world change congregate and inspire each other. Across their 7 beautifully designed urban campuses, they offer a unique combination of education, workspace and networking. To learn more about Galvanize and membership, visit: www.galvanize.com or reach out to David Santana at david.santana@galvanize.com.

Thanks to Ocean Protocol for sponsoring this event and supporting Crypto Underground.

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Nov
13
6:00 PM18:00

IC3 Meetup in the Bay Area: Oasis - Privacy-preserving Smart Contracts at Scale

  • VMware: Creekside Court (A, B, C) Lobby (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

IC3 Meetup in the Bay Area - Hosted by VMware in Palo Alto

Schedule:

6:00-6:30pm - Arrivals and Networking.

6:30-7:15pm - Presentation (Live Streamed via Zoom https://VMware.zoom.us/j/6938291148)

7:15-7:30pm - Q/A.

7:30-8:00pm - More Networking.

"Privacy-preserving Smart Contracts at Scale"

The speaker is Noah Johnson, a PhD student in Computer Science at UC Berkeley, advised by Prof. Dawn Song, IC3 co-Director. Noah is CPO and co-founder of Oasis Labs. Noah has expertise in program analysis, security policy enforcement, and privacy-preserving techniques. Noah recently developed the first practical system to provide differential privacy for general statistical queries. This work was featured in Wired and Gizmodo, and is in use today by Uber. Noah has received several awards as a graduate student including the Signature Innovation Fellowship, Sevin Rosen Award for Innovation, and Tony Leong Lim Pre-Doctoral Award. Previously Noah co-led a team of students in the development of DroidBlaze, a platform for automated security analysis and policy enforcement for mobile applications. Noah and advisor Dawn Song commercialized the DroidBlaze platform by founding Ensighta Security, which was acquired by FireEye in 2012.

In this talk we'll describe Oasis, a platform for privacy-preserving smart contracts at scale. Oasis addresses two critical issues of today's platforms: poor scalability and a requirement that all data is public. These platforms cannot support many exciting use-cases which have complex application logic (e.g. machine learning) or require protection of user or application secrets (e.g. data markets). Oasis is a layer 1 blockchain platform that scales to complex workloads such as machine learning and protects data via secure computing techniques. We'll summarize the Oasis protocol and discuss real-world applications built on Oasis such as credit scoring, medical data sharing, and blockchain-based games. We'll describe how Oasis enables these exciting applications to run directly on-chain, avoiding the need for off-chain computation.

About IC3: The Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts (IC3) is an unrivaled center for interdisciplinary talent that uniquely meets the blockchain community's urgent need for world-class expertise spanning cryptography, distributed systems, programming languages, game theory, and system security techniques. IC3 is by far the world’s leading academic initiative devoted to blockchain research - with sixteen faculty spanning eight campuses at top universities in four countries (UC Berkeley, Cornell, Cornell Tech, EPFL, ETH-Zurich, the Technion, University College London, and Univ. of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign). In addition to computer science, its expertise includes finance and technology law.

IC3 scientists have produced some of the most widely cited academic papers and influential blockchain ideas. Their best known results include: (1) Identification of vulnerabilities such as selfish mining; (2) a list second to none of leading consensus algorithms in current use; and pioneering work in (3) trusted computing for blockchains, (4) oracles, (5) applications of zero-knowledge proofs, and (6) smart contract integrity.

IC3’s growing roster of industry partners includes Aeternity, Chain, Chainlink, Cisco, Cypherium, Digital Asset, Fidelity Labs, IBM, Intel, J.P. Morgan, Microsoft, Siemens, Tezos, and VMware. IC3 experts are cited (on nearly a daily basis) by the media – Forbes, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, etc.

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Nov
13
6:00 PM18:00

Fireside Chat with Lily Liu of Earn.com ($15)

Blockchain by women was born to create awareness, educate and connect all women involved in this rocketing space. Whether you are curious, novice, or an expert, come join us! Hear from other enthusiasts on the latest trends and developments in Blockchain and Cryptocurrency. Meet some of the leaders and professionals in the space to help build your network. We would love for you to join and become part of the blockchain community.
We have limited space, be sure to register!

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Nov
9
6:00 PM18:00

Crypto Happy Hour & Comedy Night

  • HQ Bar and Restaurant 1568 Haight St San Francisco, CA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Welcome to SF's first Crypto Happy Hour and Comedy night. Whether you're a Crypto pro, or just want dinner and comedy - we encourage you to come and mix, mingle and laugh with us at this fun and informative event!

TIMELINES

6 pm until 7 pm

Crypto Happy Hour - mix & mingle

7 pm until 10 pm

Comedy Incubator (includes intermission)

Comedy Couch SF

Comedy Couch SF is a volunteer run organization that was founded by NY Transplant Rose Hienz and SF Native and Kip Fuller in May 2017. Today, Rose and Kip are widely known for producing some of SF's funniest, hippest and most diverse participatory Comedy Incubators and stand up comedy shows. Comedians Daniele Midi-Mindix, Rose Hienz and Kip Fuller will host the Happy Hour as well as the Comedy Incubator show.

SF Blockchain collective

Co-host Gee Sivalingam is the founder of SF Blockchain collective, which provides Crytpo Currency education. Gee is a fun guy and once tried stand up comedy in a past life.

Serendipia

Co-host Jean Loick Michaux is the co-founder of the Crypto based Serendipia community mentioned here in the San Francisco Chronicle. His community is very cool, and fosters a culture that supports Crytpo based creators and visionaries.
 

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