The premiere Latin American Bitcoin Conference, laBITconf, is returning to Buenos Aires this year. On November 4-5, over sixty industry leaders and almost fifty percent of Bitcoin’s mining power will be attending the event.
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laBITconf Bringing Innovation and Networking to Latin America
Financial tech entrepreneurs and cryptocurrency enthusiasts will gather from all across the globe to the fourth annual laBITconf. The conference will take place at the beautiful, century-old Piazzola Tango Theater in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The conference boasts over sixty blockchain, and cryptocurrency experts who will be there to educate attendees on today’s innovative emerging technologies.
This year’s conference will discuss some of the most topical issues within the industry. laBITconf topics will include blockchain in global banking, regulatory policy, and the impact of cryptocurrency solutions within society.
Speakers attending laBITconf consist of a wide variety of industry experts, such as Andreas Antonopoulos, Diego Gutierrez Zaldivar, Peter Todd, Anthony Di Iorio, and Erik Voorhees.
Representatives from IBM and Microsoft will also speak. Additionally, executives from five of the largest mining companies will also attend the Buenos Aires event.
Diego Gutierrez Zaldivar, CEO, and Co-Founder at RSK Labs and co-founder of ONG Bitcoin Argentina said during the announcement:
The conference aims to explore the endless opportunities that lie within digital currency and its integral component, blockchain. Year on year we see hundreds of visitors congregate at our show from every corner of the globe to gain an insight into the exciting and innovative developments being made and the opportunities in Latin America.
A Ripe Region for Technological Growth
Latin America is ripe for these technological innovations, as they are increasing in popularity daily.
According to a recent Bitcoin Market Potential Industry (BMPI) report, Argentina tops the list of countries with the highest potential for Bitcoin adoption. In both Argentina and Brazil, for example, e-commerce is continuing to grow exponentially.
Furthermore, many fiat currencies within Latin America and their local economies are having turbulent times. According to the LatAm Post, last year bitcoin value outperformed every national currency in the region. This included the Venezuelan Bolivar by 400%, the Argentine Peso by 41%, and 92% above the Brazilian Real. The volatility of Latin American fiat has spurred Bitpay’s volume to rise 510% in Bitcoin merchant transactions.
Keynote speaker Anthony Di Iorio, CEO of Decentral and Jaxx, believes these technologies can transform the Latin American region. Di Iorio looks forward to attending the event and feels it’s a great opportunity for enthusiasts and industry innovators to discuss the fertile landscape.
“Latin American Bitcoin conferences are my favorite events – LaBiTConf 2016 will be my third. In fact, my favorite conference of all time was also in Argentina, at the inaugural event held in 2013. There is a great feeling of community here; the speakers form a true bond, the likes of which I have not seen anywhere else. With the notorious history of hyperinflation of local fiat and the resulting distress that it has caused to Argentina’s economy, the community’s passion for blockchain technology is very real.” he said.
The 4th Annual laBITconf Will Also Host a 24-Hour Hackathon
laBITconf will also hold a Buenos Aires Hackathon. Event organizers hope developers and entrepreneurs take the opportunity to participate in the 24-hour challenge. They’re not expecting a finished product, but merely the building of a prototype for final presentation. Pre-existing ideas can also be brought to the Hackathon as long as “the solutions are based on a blockchain technology project.”
Registration for the event is happening now with early bird specials, a VIP box, and an exclusive box section. The hackathon workshop is free to join but requires a separate registration.
Event organizers look forward to this year’s 4th annual laBITconf. Past laBITconf events were very active, and the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry is much bigger than prior years.
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