E-Crypto News talks Crypto with Rodolfo Andragnes LABITCONF General Coordinator
The LABITCONF 2020 is currently on. LABITCONF one of the biggest events for the blockchain and cryptocurrency community in Latin America.
This year, though, the LABITCONF is breaking new grounds. For starters, Vitalik Buterin delivered the LABITCONF keynote address.
Also featured this year are Blockstream Co-Founder Adam Back, host of “What Bitcoin Did”
podcast and “Defiance” podcast Peter McCormack, ShapeShift CEO Erik Voorhees, and LocalBitcoins CMO Jukka Blomberg, as well as an “Oldies but Goodies” panel with cryptocurrency’s earliest pioneers including Ethereum Co-Founder Anthony Di Iorio, Bitcoin Foundation Founder Charlie Shrem, and former independent candidate for President of the United States Brock Pierce and a host of others.
E-Crypto News caught up with Rodolfo Andragnes LABITCONF General Coordinator. He shared his thoughts on several issues.
Here is what he had to say.
- LABITCONF 2020 is here! What are we to expect?
Since 2013, LABITCONF’s motto is to be “Not just a conference, but a whole experience” and this year we are organizing a unique digital experience by adding 3D avatar sessions from well-known speakers such as Max Keiser, Stacy Herbert, Jimmy Song and others, plus high level livestreams and debates with industry leaders Vitalik Buterin, Andreas Antonopoulos and Bruce Fenton. We’re also really excited to include some fun into the experience with a “Party on the Moon,” all hosted in a futuristic 3D space.
2. Who are the speakers at this year’s event?
We’ve got the best and brightest in the industry speaking including: Ethereum Creator Vitalik Buterin, Blockstream Co-Founder Adam Back, host of “What Bitcoin Did” podcast and “Defiance” podcast Peter McCormack, ShapeShift CEO Erik Voorhees, and LocalBitcoins CMO Jukka Blomberg, as well as cryptocurrency’s earliest pioneers including Ethereum Co-Founder Anthony Di Iorio, Bitcoin Foundation Founder Charlie Shrem, and former independent candidate for President of the United States Brock Pierce.
We’ve also got Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Alena Vranova, Stephan Livera, Alex Gladstein, Bruce Fenton, Changpeng Zhao “CZ”, Max Keiser, Stacy Herbert, Jameson Lopp, Jimmy Song, Giacomo Zucco, Alakanani Itireleng, Matthew Mežinskis, Griff Green, Jordi Baylina, Aron Coeli,, Rocelo Lopes, Diego Gutierrez Zaldivar, Sergio Lerner and more!
3. What is the general focus of LABITCONF 2020?
LABITCONF provides quality content on Bitcoin technology, as well as international monetary policies, legal challenges and the most innovative Blockchain implementations. Historically the conference has supported the formation and growth of communities in the Latin American region. Dedicated agenda content will be focused on the main communities in the region: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela, Alianza Blockchain Iberoamérica, Bitcoin Argentina and La Bitcoineta. In an effort to make knowledge more accessible, this year’s event will also incorporate introductory content in Spanish for enthusiasts and beginners.
4. Can you please elaborate on this year’s agenda?
The full LABITCONF event will explore the impact of cryptocurrency on the Latin American and global scene, and its potential for social and financial transformation, all in a one-of-a-kind, free, digital experience. The agenda will be organized into five days, each with a theme: Bitcoin, Policy and Regulation, Bitcoin Development, Decentralized Finance, and Social Impact Projects.
Day six will feature a VR ‘Moon Party’ closing celebration, complete with a live DJ, avatars in spacesuits, a dinosaur park, global art and more. LABITCONF is historically known not only for its content, but for giving attendees a cultural experience through unforgettable, fun, and creative networking events.
5. Please tell us about the prize money. What do attendees have to do to get it?
All attendees are welcome to participate in the sponsored Seed Pirates‘ scavenger hunt to figure out the 12 word seed (BIP39 dictionary) that opens a prize wallet of $1,000 in crypto. Clues will be hidden in the Moon Party in the form of riddles, movies, puzzles and more. Seed Pirates has been running since March and has given out over $5,000 over 30 maps (including one with the 4th of July’s declaration). To participate, register at seedpirates.com and join their Telegram channel to learn more about solving techniques.
6. What are the intended outcomes of this year’s event?
The financial chaos that has prevailed in Latin America has made it a revolutionary region in the adoption of new technologies and innovations in cryptocurrencies. At LABITCONF, representatives from Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela and more will take to the stage to debate multi-sectorally and tell the global audience about the reality of Bitcoin and Blockchain in the region.
7. How can the adoption of cryptocurrencies and their underlying technologies be improved?
When we talk about Bitcoin, adoption needs several steps. First is awareness. Currently, the bitcoin price is helping on that front. Next need is education, in which the work of the NGOs like Bitcoin Argentina and Alianza Blockchain Iberoamérica, or of conferences like LABITCONF, BSL and others actively help. The third need is time, which helps people build trust on the asset. For blockchain, I think people will use it without even knowing as an underlying trust and efficiency platform so I expect that with time, more and more companies will join the blockchain space.
8. What are your thoughts on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology regulation?
I think we can’t avoid regulation and it can add some value to companies to have legal certainty on their relations with the assets and blockchain, but it can also reduce innovation if they pretend to protect old institutions or if they are based on fear and ignorance. That said, I think that the ever growing decentralized platforms will represent a big challenge to regulation.
9. What are your thoughts on using these wonderful technologies for social impact?
Bitcoin and most other projects are not only the most inclusive technologies, but also provide huge value in transparency, tracing, and certifying, which have always been pain points in social impact projects. This helps to grow smaller social projects and build easier value transfer channels to reach the right people with no intermediaries.
10. If you had a crystal ball, what would the future hold for the cryptospace? Please make a prediction.
I think that blockchain will redefine how we trust, and trust as communication underlays every single human relation. So in the same way the Internet already changed the way we communicate, blockchain will change the way we build trust and the way we build value.