Texas A&M Bitcoin Conference


Texas A&M’s Bitcoin Conference speaks to a broad community of students, faculty, former students, and the general public about Bitcoin. Featuring speakers from academia and industry, the conference will engage audiences at all knowledge levels – from freshman to faculty and beyond. Discussion will organize into areas including economic foundations, underlying technology, business and finance, and law/policy/regulatory landscape. Presented by Mays Innovation Research Center, this conference lives into the center’s mission to understand the true nature of innovation and how it benefits society and to distribute this knowledge broadly to students, scholars, policymakers and the public.

Featured speakers include Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates; Tim Draper of Draper Fisher Jurvetson; Michael Saylor of MicroStrategy; Bill Miller of Miller Value Partners; Pete Briger of Fortress Investment Group; Glenn Hutchins of Silver Lake Partners; Rob Kaplan of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; Dawn Stump of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission; Michael Daffey of the Global Markets at Goldman Sachs; Wences Casares of XAPO; Albert Wenger of Union Square Ventures; Britt Harris of UTIMCO; Wences Casares of XAPO; Albert Wenger of Union Square Ventures; Eric Maskin of Harvard and Nobel Laureate; and more!

Friday, April 16 – entirely virtual | Saturday, April 17 - virtual and/or in-person option - Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center.

Friday, April 16 Agenda:

  • Korok Ray and Grant Weston

Bitcoin 101
  • Dan Held

Bitcoin and Corporate America
  • Michael Saylor

Bitcoin as an Asset Class
  • Ray Dalio and Britt Harris

Crypto: Views from the Fed and Silicon Valley
  • Tim Draper and Rob Kaplan

Lunchtime Keynote: Nobel Laureate Eric Maskin

Past, Present, Future of Bitcoin
  • Pete Briger, Wences Casares, Bill Miller, and Michael Daffey, moderated by Britt Harris

The New Venture Capital of Bitcoin
  • Albert Wenger, Glenn and James Hutchins, moderated by Britt Harris

Regulation of Bitcoin
  • Dawn Stump

Bitcoin Exchanges, Security, Hackathons
  • Cory Klippsten, Juan Garay, and Caitlin Long moderated by Anthony Pompliano

Saturday, April 17 Agenda:

Economics of Bitcoin
  • Hagen Kim: Bitcoin Fundamentals and Finance
  • Parker Lewis: Bitcoin and Austrian Economics
Crypto Hedge Funds
  • Travis Kling: Bitcoin in The Context of The Global Macro Environment
  • Jesse Proudman: View from Strix Leviathan
The Bitcoin Protocol
  • Jimmy Song: Programming Bitcoin
  • Michael Flaxman: MultiSig
  • Parker White: Lightning Pool
  • J. Maurice Rojas: An Introduction to Bitcoin and the Importance of Pseudo-Randomness
Can Crypto Currencies Successfully Compete in the Money Market?
  • Tom Saving
Bitcoin Mining
  • Clark Moody: Mining --- A Harmony of Incentives
  • Brent Whitehead: Capturing Natural Gas for BTC
  • Gideon Powell: View from Cholla Petroleum
  • Rob Morris: View from Skybox Datacenters
Bitcoin Law, Policy, Taxation
  • Joel Revill: BTC and Wealth Management
  • David Kinitsky: The View from Kraken
  • Abraham Sutherland: Taxation of Bitcoin
Aggies in Bitcoin
  • Travis Kling
  • Clark Moody
  • Brent Whitehead
  • Matthew Lohstroh
  • Rob Morris
Happy Hour

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