6:00 PM18:00

BLOCKCHAIN BY WOMEN - Where to invest in blockchain/ crypto in 2019?

- Hear how investing has changed in 2019 in the U.S., Latin America, and Asia.

- Learn why this is the summer of innovation in spite of a crypto (price) winter.

- Hear about challenges current blockchain/crypto companies are facing and the opportunities that arise as a result.

- Sign up for the lightning round and pitch your company.

- Get advice on what you need to do to get funding.

Register using Crypto!

For more information go to our website:

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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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to Nov 14

Blockchain Expo North America 2019

  • santa clara convention center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS


Following a fantastic event in 2018, Blockchain Expo will be returning to Silicon Valley in November 2019. Blockchain Expo North America will be arriving in Santa Clara Convention Center, on November 13-14th, 2019.

Co-located with IoT Tech ExpoCyber Security & Cloud Expo and AI & Big Data Expo, the events are expected to bring together around 13,000 industry leaders for two days of world-class content from leading brands embracing and developing cutting edge blockchain technologies.

Presented in a series of top-level keynotes, interactive panel discussions and solution-based case studies with a focus on learning and building partnerships in the emerging Blockchain space, Blockchain Expo will explore the industries that are set to be disrupted the most by this new technology, including financial services, healthcare, insurance, energy, music, government, real estate and more.

Blockchain Expo offers free tickets, providing delegates with access to an extensive exhibition hall where over 300 companies will be taking part, and entry to free conference tracks - Blockchain for BusinessBlockchain TechnologiesInnovations & Investors Zone and Developing Blockchain Applications.

Paid passes are also available, for access to paid blockchain, and AI & Big Data, Cyber Security & Cloud and IoT conference tracks. Details of pass types are available here.

Find out more about Blockchain Expo North America at 

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6:00 PM18:00

The Future of Data Privacy Technology - hosted by Google Cloud + Oasis Labs (Free)

Bay Area Entrepreneurs,

The Google Cloud for Startups Program and Oasis Labs are excited to invite you to an intimate conversation on the Future of Data Privacy Technology.

Join Noah Johnson, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Oasis Labs for a discussion about the promise of “big data”, present day privacy challenges, and how new technologies can empower data-driven applications and unlock fundamentally new use-cases.

Light food and drinks will be served. Please bring a valid ID.

If you have any questions, please email us at

About Noah Johnson:

Noah is CPO and co-founder of Oasis Labs with 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 obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley and 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.

About Oasis Labs:

Backed by top investors including a16z Crypto, Accel and many others, Oasis Labs is building a privacy-first cloud computing platform on blockchain. It aims to help users regain control of their data and enable privacy-preserving collaborative machine learning to foster company innovation. Oasis Labs is recently recognized as one of the 10 startups to watch in Silicon Valley.

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1:00 PM13:00

TRON & Cocos BCX present Blockchain Games Next (Free)


This blockchain gaming mini-summit will explore the current state of play and opportunities in the sector. It’s all about having the big discussions in a relaxed setting, uniting blockchain developers and platform partners.

The half-day event is free to attend and will provide a focused space for blockchain game developers, platforms, tool-makers, investors, press and others interested in the space to discuss key issues, trends and opportunities in a relaxed setting.

N.B. You don't have to be working in blockchain to attend! The talks are deliberately open for non-blockchain game folks, it isn't hardcore technical talk, it's about celebrating successes and exploring potential, so if you're not currently working with blockchain but are maybe thinking about how blockchain technology could fit into your studio's plans, then definitely sign up.

More than 200 attendees will enjoy a meet-and-greet during the lunchtime registration before a series of talks and panel discussions from up to 20 world-class speakers including:

  • Alex Amsel, Indepedent

  • Arthur Madrid, Pixowl

  • Brett Seyler, Forte Labs

  • Chen Haozhi, Cocos-BCX

  • Donnie Dinch, Bitski

  • Jeffrey Zirlin, Axie Infinity

  • John Linden, Mythical Games

  • Juliun Brabon, Sesameseed

  • Justin Sun, TRON

  • Ling Huabin, Cocos2d-X

  • Mickey Maher, CryptoKitties

  • Roy Liu, TRON

  • Rudy Koch, Mythical Games

  • Sebastien Borget, Pixowl

  • Taehoon Kim, nWay

  • Tony Pearce, Reality Clash

  • Vincent Niu,

  • Vlad Tomko, Blockchain Cuties

  • Yiyi He, Mixmarvel

  • Dean Takahashi, Venturebeat (Moderator)

  • Martine Paris, Tech Reporter (Moderator)

  • Oscar Clark, Steel Media (Moderator)

All before one last round of networking and some beers.

Blockchain Games Next will run on Tuesday 19th March from 1pm to 7pm at central San Francisco venue, Bespoke - just a five-minute walk from GDC.

Brought to you by...

This event is presented by TRON and Cocos-BCX and is brought to you by the team behind the incredibly successful series of international conferences, Blockchain Gamer Connects. Launched last year, the two-day events have since drawn record-breaking crowds in San Francisco, Helsinki and London.

The event is free but places are limited, so if you're interested in the blockchain games space, book now!


TRON unveiled its new blockchain game fund TRON Arcade, with up to $100M to be invested in the project for the next three years, building the foundation for a robust blockchain game ecosystem. The main goal of the fund is to empower developers to create and execute on their ideas, to introduce new games and content into an autonomous ecosystem, and to build a strong community of content and entertainment.

Cocos-BCX is a decentralized gaming and digital assets development platform built with the Cocos engine - one of the largest gaming developer community with 1.3 million developers. Some of the most well-known games including Fight!, Badlands, and Clash of Kings were built using the Cocos development platform and many game publishers including Zynga & Big Fish Games rely on Cocos2d-x.

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6:30 PM18:30

Crypto Games & Digital Collectibles


Learn about Crypto Games & Digital Collectibles #cryptogames

Launching an STO or got an FinTech startup? Book a demo table & get a video of your 3min pitch! Past pitches have thousands hits on their videos!

Want to pay with Cryptocurrency? Pay for Tickets Here

John Linden CEO Mythical Games, a game platform company focused on building player-owned economies with top game developers and publishers. Prior to Mythical Games, John was the President of Seismic Games (acquired by Niantic Labs), developer of Marvel Strike Force. Prior to Seismic Games, he was a Studio Head at Activision Blizzard on the Call of Duty and Skylanders franchises. Before the games industry, John was the Co-Founder / CTO at Adknowledge and at OpenX and built his own startups, Planet Alumni (acquired by and Litmus Media (acquired by Think Partnership). John is passionate about video games, the future of blockchain technologies and bringing emerging technologies to the mass market.

Rui Zhang Vice President gumi Inc Rui Zhang, CFA, CPA is also Managing Director of gumi Cryptos. With both investment and computer science background, Rui has 2 years banking and 3 years consulting firm experience in his early career. Later he co-founded Zenith Group Holdings, succeeded in raising around USD22million in Seed and Series A, and was acquired by a large IT company in China. SInce 2016 after he joined gumi, Rui is in charge of all overseas investments of gumi Group, including the gaming investment in US and Europe, VR Fund and the VR incubation programs in Seoul and Helsinki. At the beginning of 2018, he took in charge of and succeeded in setting up crypto delegated investment fund - gumi Cryptos. Since then, serving as the Managing Director, he is leading the investment of gumi Cryptos.

Kingsley Edwards Founder Leet, an esports bitcoin platform, in 2013 with the vision of integrating cryptocurrencies with popular video games. After Leet was acquired by Unikrn, he acted as a Director for the UnikoinGold token sale that sold over $33M in tokens. Kingsley is now focused on bringing his experience and network from the crypto community to help other organizations achieve success in the blockchain industry with Block 16.

Randy Saaf CoFounder/CEO Lucid Sight, an indie game studio that develops the digital ownership game MLB Crypto Baseball. He is also director at AppOnboard, offering high fidelity playable ads for iOS and Android. Saaf co-founded Jirbo in 2008, a launch partner of the iOS App Store and had 14 of the first 100 free iOS games. Jirbo changed its name to AdColony and transitioned from gaming to one of the largest mobile video ad networks. AdColony sold to Opera Mediaworks in 2014 for $350 million. 

Mickey Maher Head Revenue & Gaming Partnerships Dapper Labs, makers of CryptoKitties. His primary goal is to expand CryptoKitties and upcoming blockchain projects into the greater gaming market with our goal of bringing the first billion to the blockchain. Dapper Labs is the fifth venture-backed startup Mickey has worked for in the gaming industry. Two have been acquired, and one is likely to IPO in the near future—with all of them, he has significantly and consistently grown revenue. Mickey has worked as Head of Global Sales for Unity Technologies where he built a mobile ad business from pre-launch to nearly $300M in revenue. He’s also spent years working with high-level partnerships with startups including Applifier, Sometrics, and Upsight, offering analytics, marketing, advertising, digital good marketplace, and social solutions to gaming companies. Mickey’s time working with Dapper Labs has allowed him to travel to different parts of the world every week. He’s at his best when working on anything and everything by applying his blend of conscientious and entrepreneurial spirit, his tenacious drive, and his ability to thrive in complex environments.

Mike Jones, Helmsman, 8 Circuit Studios. Mike is a twenty three year veteran of the video game industry, starting his career in professional flight simulators before moving to traditional gaming companies, including Microsoft, Playdom (Disney Interactive) and Kabam. Having worked titles as varied as Mass Effect, Voodoo Vince, Mechwarrior 4, Mobsters and Kingdoms of Camelot, Mike brings a broad knowledge of video game development, systems, platforms and industry experience that ranges from publishing to indies. Combining that industry knowledge with a passion for the possibilities unlocked by blockchain positions Mike as a key driver at 8 Circuit Studios, an indie development studio, as they prepare to launch their first title, Project Genesis, featuring Non-Fungible items on the Ethereum blockchain. 

Sam Englebardt Co-Founder/Partner Galaxy Digital Sam is a media and technology investor and content producer who has created, acquired and/or financed a broad range of traditional and digital businesses and dozens of films and television shows over the past decade. Galaxy Digital is a leading blockchain and digital assets merchant bank. His responsibilities at Galaxy include, amongst other things, co-managing the principal investments business and the Ecosystem Fund, a $325mm joint venture with that is focused on making strategic investments in projects that utilize the blockchain software. Englebardt’s involvement with Galaxy reflects his deep interest in the intersection of content, consciousness and exponential technologies. He was an early investor in Eyefluence, an eye-tracking technology company that was sold to Google and he is an advisor to several start-ups in the mixed-reality space, including VR company, The Void. Prior to Galaxy, Englebardt was a partner and managing director at Lambert Media Group (LMG) from 2007 - 2016, where he sourced and managed a portfolio of media-sector private equity investments. Before LMG, Englebardt was a Vice President and Financial Advisor at Alliance Bernstein. He has been a prolific content producer throughout his career and spent three years running LMG portfolio company, Demarest Films. His recent live-action projects include the acclaimed John Le Carre projects, The Night Manager and A Most Wanted Man. A licensed attorney in California, Englebardt earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and studied philosophy, political science and economics at Oxford University and the University of Colorado at Boulder, from which he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Jim Gatto, Partner Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP He is in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. He is also Co-Team Leader of the firm's Digital Media Industry and Social Media and Games Industry Teams, and Team Leader of the firm's Open Source Team. Jim leverages his unique combination of nearly 30 years of IP experience, business insights and attention to technology trends to help companies develop IP and other legal strategies that are aligned with their business objectives. His practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property, internet and technology law, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and open source. Mr. Gatto advises clients of all sizes (start-ups to Fortune 100 companies) on key legal and business issues relating to the use of social media, video games, social games and online gambling (gamblification), virtual goods and currency, social networks, virtual worlds, mirror worlds, augmented reality, open source user-generated content, location-based services and gamification. He has extensive experience advising internet and social media companies on business and legal strategies relating to virtual goods and virtual currency, developing IP protection and monetization strategies, handling terms of service and end user license agreements, development, licensing and partnership agreements, developing DMCA policies, handling DMCA enforcement, privacy and COPPA policies and much more. Mr. Gatto's practice is national and international, and it encompasses a full range of IP and technology issues, including: patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation; counseling and technology transactions; developing and implementing IP strategies to protect and to monetize IP assets; creating and implementing corporate IP programs; conducting IP audits; conducting complex patent prosecution, including patent appeals, interferences, Inter Partes Review (IPRs), reissues and protests; handling patent enforcement issues, including licensing and litigation; negotiating and drafting technology agreements; conducting IP due diligence in and negotiating IP aspects of mergers, acquisitions and financings; rendering opinions concerning the infringement, validity and enforceability of patents; handling trademark prosecution, domain name, copyright and trade secret matters; handling IP aspects of employment issues; advising clients on legal issues associated with open source software including open source patent issues, licensing, open source compatibility issues, indemnity issues and developing and implementing corporate policies on use of open source software; advising clients on the legality of cutting edge Internet business methods and technology; and advising clients on computer law issues such as computer fraud and abuse and SPAM-related issues.

MODERATOR: Mark Albertson, Silicon Valley journalist whose stories are regularly published for SiliconANGLE Media and Blasting News. He was previously a senior writer for the San Francisco Examiner and CBS-Bay Area. He specializes in coverage of Fintech and cybsersecurity topics, in addition to writing regularly about enterprise computing. He is also an experienced video and TV producer, having created Tech Closeup, a nationally syndicated program on technology that aired on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX affiliate stations over the course of four years.

6:30pm to 7:00pm Networking

7:00pm to 8:00pm panel

8:00pm to 8:30pm STOs & FinTech startups Demo Pitches/Networking

Launching an STO or got a FinTechstartup? Book a demo table & get a video of your 3min pitch! Past pitches have thousands hits on their videos!

Want to pay with Cryptocurrency? Pay for Tickets Here

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11:00 AM11:00

Workshop: Build your own Bitcoin Lightning Node with a Raspberry Pi!

Learn how to run your own decentralized node from home and learn about the growing ecosystem of the Lightning Network by becoming a part of it! Come on out and join us as we build Lightning Nodes together, tackling questions as we go.

Note: You must bring your own supplies, check out the parts list here:

Join Starfish and the SF Bitcoin meetup in the effort to scale and better understand Bitcoin!

More Info:
The RaspiBlitz is a all-switches-on Lightning Node based on LND running together with a Bitcoin or Litecoin Fullnode on a RaspberryPi3, with a super nice Display for easy setup & monitoring.

This link contains all of the info about building this project:

For more information about Lightning, go to

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6:30 PM18:30

Proof of Drink at El Rio!


Join SF Bitcoin every second Thursday for a casual social event for bitcoiners and cryptocurrency enthusiasts at the El Rio! We'll have an open tab to kick off each evening.

Must be 21 -- ID Required.

Outside food is allowed but you might be asked to leave an ID with the bar to discourage folks leaving messes. *A note from El Rio: "if you have utensils, pass to folks that we are green so compostables only." They typically have someone working at the grill out back making hamburgers but it's not guaranteed. We're going to try hosting in conjunction with live performances booked at the venue for added entertainment.

When you arrive, please find Travis to gain access to the bar tab.

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7:00 PM19:00

SFCDEVS: NuCypher's Testnet and Genesis Release is Here! (Free)



Hosted by: Jeff Flowers

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.

John Pacific (aka tux) is back! Tux will discuss NuCypher's Genesis Release and how to build end-to-end encrypted applications using proxy re-encryption. He'll also touch on the research NuCypher has been doing on fully homomorphic encryption (FHE), what we've released so far, and what's on the horizon.

Featured Speaker:
John Pacific, Engineer at NuCypher

Important to Know:

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6:30 PM18:30

Marketing in Blockchain (Free)


To kickstart our new monthly meetup at Starfish ‘Marketing in Blockchain’ a panel of marketing professionals in the blockchain industry will take a look at how marketing strategies have evolved through the funding stage to #BUIDLing, to go-to-market. They will take a look back at the panel’s time building marketing programs for blockchain startups, and then look forward to how Blockchain marketing will evolve in the coming years.

2018 saw almost $8billion raised through ICOs, while traditional VC investment in Blockchain technology startups increased 280%. As new technologies are being rapidly developed and #BUIDL is firmly underway, the conversation at the meetup will focus on:

1#BUIDLing the community: how to maintaining constant contact and build user acquisition strategies in 24/7 international markets

#BUIDLing developer relations: how to sell your product to the most technical audiences

How to communicate effectively to a range of stakeholders with different technical acumen: investors, developers, miners, users, and the blockchain curious

Designing marketing strategies in a new and rapidly evolving industry

Our speakers:

Erez Halperin: Director Of Business Development at BLOX.IO.

Erez leads business development for; a crypto asset tracking, management & bookkeeping solution that allows seamless Blockchain asset tracking from a single source. A Starfish resident, prior to joining, Erez built out the San Francisco HQ for Moburst. He was also a co-founder of Fuel Monitor, an app with over 500,000 organic downloads.

Rodrigo Coelho: Community Lead at GRAPH Protocol:

Rodrigo is focused on the community/marketing and operations roles at The Graph. The Graph is building a decentralized protocol for querying data off blockchains and storage networks like Ethereum and IPFS. Rodrigo has been a serial entrepreneur for over 20 years, having founded and exited 3 startups before joining The Graph as the first employee. He has an Industrial Engineering degree from the Barrett Honors College at ASU.

Jenia Barkanova: VP of Marketing at SKALE Labs:

Jenia is leading marketing, community building, and developer relations at SKALE Labs. SKALE empowers Ethereum dApps to run high-speed low-cost smart contracts in Layer 2. Prior to joining SKALE, Jenia had been working with startups (YC alumni) and established tech companies (Adobe, Nest). In Adobe she was responsible for user retention strategy for over 5M paid customers. Duke MBA, entrepreneur, over 15 years of experience in marketing in executive roles.

Our moderator:

Will McCormick, Founder, Pure Knot Communications

Will is a 10-year Silicon Valley PR and marketing professional, turned blockchain communicator. He spent 5-years at PR agencies 10fold and Grayling, working on enterprise storage, hardware, and Big Data client accounts. After three years in-house, leading marketing teams at MarTech company Emarsys, and AR/VR startup, uSens, Will took a dive into the blockchain industry 18 months ago and founded Blockchain PR agency Pure Knot managing PR and communications programs for (mining pool and wallet), Embleema and Sila.

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2:00 PM14:00

500 Startups Demo Day (Batch 24) (Free)


  • 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


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


Registration & Networking


Welcome from 500 Startups' CEO Christine Tsai








Networking & 1:1 Investor/Founder Meetings



  • 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.


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. 


If you'd like to volunteer, or have general questions, email

If you'd like to sponsor, email

For press inquiries, email


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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6:30 PM18:30

Workshop | Demystifying Zero Knowledge Proofs: Use Cases & Applications


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

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
- Install Docker & Zokrates

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4:30 PM16:30

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

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


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.

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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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!
You can always reach us at (408)[masked] or email us at [masked]!

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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.


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 !



* 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.


* 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.


* 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.


* 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.


* 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.


* 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.



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


* 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.


* 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.


* 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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6:00 PM18:00

Blockchain in Energy Use Cases and Projects (Free)


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

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

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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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6:00 PM18:00

Buying Crypto: Centralized and Decentralized Exchanges (Free)


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


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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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.

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.

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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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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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).

- 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 /
- Moderator: Anatoly Yakovenko (Co-Founder and CEO of Solana)

- 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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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

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to Jan 30

Crypto Pro Expo - for Investors

  • 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.


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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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?

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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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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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! **

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, You do not need to purchase a conference ticket to attend our meetup.

Join Algorand San Francisco ( to stay on top of future events in your city!


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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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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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


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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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


Classroom M109, Stanford Graduate School of Business*, 655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 94305 (see campus map here:

*Parking available at Parking Structure 7, Stanford CA 94305 (see parking location here:

RSVP here:


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.


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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