MIT Bitcoin Expo 2018
It’s time to treat yourself to some tickets to this year’s MIT Bitcoin Expo.
The Fifth Annual Expo
The Expo will be held on March 17th and 18th (Saturday and Sunday) in MIT’s largest lecture hall that we MIT students affectionately refer to as 26–100. To accommodate more attendees, we will also be hosting more talks at 32–123, in our fabulous Stata Center.
We won’t just be talking about Bitcoin. Bitcoin started it all, but we think our theme should take on a more all-encompassing overview of the space. We could have gone with “blockchain” as the theme, but some new cryptocurrencies aren’t even on blockchains anymore. So, we decided that our theme will be how we are in the early days of revolutionary, digital, peer-to-peer, cryptographically secure transfers of value across global networks. Let’s simplify that and say that our theme this year is !=$ (read: “not equal fiat”).
The Expo will contain all of your favorite things, like:
- Opportunities to meet like-minded misfits, developers, entrepreneurs, and innovators
- A wide range of industry panels and talks from top leaders in the !=$ (bitcoin/blockchain/cryptocurrency) space
We will also do our best to make sure it does not contain your least favorite things, like:
- Price talk
- ICO promoting
- Everyone obsessively checking CoinMarketCap (ok, this will probably happen no matter what)
Meet the Speakers
Pleased we are to announce our first batch of speakers. They are coming from far and wide to make you more knowledgeable about !=$. Please give a warm virtual Internet welcome to:
breathe, we’re almost through them all
This year there are multiple ways to get involved, as we are adding two new components to the Expo: the Hackathon and the Competition.
MIT Bitcoin Hackathon
There will be a 24-hour MIT Bitcoin Hackathon, focused on messing around with this weird but kind of revolutionary thing called blockchain. Applications are open to all university students and professionals. The event will also feature talks and workshops from MIT faculty and researchers, as well as local founders and engineers within the cryptocurrency space.
The Hackathon will take place on Friday, March 16th in the Ray and Maria Stata Center (MIT Building 32). Finalist presentations will occur on Saturday morning at the Expo. Select sponsors will also be offering additional prizes to winning teams.
Sign up here http://forms.mit.edu/f/5am45u
MIT Bitcoin Competition
The MIT Bitcoin Competition, first of its kind, will help take entrepreneurs working on nascent blockchain projects to the next level.
Eligibility Requirements: Team must be Boston-based and have not already raised significant funding.
- Application Submission Opens/Begins — Friday, February 9th 2018
- Application Submission Deadline — Friday, February 23rd 2018
- Finalists Announced — Friday, March 2nd 2018
Finalists will receive complimentary registration for two members of each team and mentoring from our sponsors to prepare them for a presentation at the Expo.
There will be a grand prize at the competition as well as prizes presented by select sponsors.
Apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/QdmZrQzgZdFNHYxE2
Interested in sponsoring the Expo, the Hackathon, or the Competition? Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
We have a limited amount of press passes available. Reach out to email@example.com for details.
That is all for now. We will be announcing new speakers and sponsors as the Expo draws near. Here is our banner again, because it is beautiful and we have a great marketing team.
MIT Bitcoin Expo Committee
This article was originally posted to the MIT Bitcoin Club Blog on Medium.