Latin America’s Premier Bitcoin Conference, laBITconf, Returns to Buenos Aires

Entrepreneurs and industry enthusiasts from across the globe will gather at the fourth annual laBITconf on November 4-5 at the century-old Piazzola Tango Theater in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Over 60 industry experts will descend on the vibrant city to discuss one of today’s most innovative financial technologies – cryptocurrency – and its limitless potential, challenges, […]

Entrepreneurs and industry enthusiasts from across the globe will gather at the fourth annual laBITconf on November 4-5 at the century-old Piazzola Tango Theater in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Over 60 industry experts will descend on the vibrant city to discuss one of today’s most innovative financial technologies – cryptocurrency – and its limitless potential, challenges, and opportunities ahead.

“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,” said Diego Gutierrez Zaldivar, CEO and Co-Founder at RSK Labs and co-founder of ONG Bitcoin Argentina, organizers of the event.

According to a recent Bitcoin Market Potential Industry (BMPI) report, Argentina tops the list of countries with the highest potential for Bitcoin adoption. After previously being held in Mexico City and Rio De Janiero, LaBITconf returns to Buenos Aires for the first time since 2013.

“Since its adoption, Bitcoin has flourished in Latin America, with Argentina leading the way. Due to numerous years of economic strife, the country became a haven for innovators to explore and develop solutions to the financial troubles. Numerous businesses, mostly hotels, began to use Bitcoin as a form of payment and ever since then, the rate of Bitcoin transactions continues to increase and the attention towards its underlying blockchain technology continues to grow”. “We chose Buenos Aires because the new government is open to understanding and promoting this technology,” said Rodolfo Andragnes, the Coordinator of the conference.

The 2016 conference will tackle some of the hottest issues in the industry including the implementation of Blockchain in global banking, digital currency regulation and compliance, and the ever growing impact of cryptocurrencies on society. Speakers will include Andreas Antonopoulos, Peter Todd, Anthony Di Iorio, Erik Voorhees, Trace Mayer, Sergio Lerner, IBM, Microsoft, and representatives of five of the largest mining companies, among many others.

Keynote speaker Anthony Di Iorio, CEO of Decentral and Jaxx, said, “Latin America 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.”

Daniel Diaz, VP of Business Development for Dash, a Platinum Sponsor of laBITconf, concluded, “laBITconf is a great conference because it provides education, adoption and an opportunity for business relationships and friendships. The Latin American market is a fertile ground for digital currencies; the political and financial situation in some countries in the region make alternative financial services more appealing to this market. People have suffered directly from inflation, capital controls and political instability for years, so we are speaking to an audience that is extremely receptive to the advantages digital currencies can offer.”

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