Meet BTC2019 Teacher Rodney MacInnes

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We’re excited to spotlight some of our BTC2019 teachers this year, and today, we’d like to introduce you to Rodney MacInnes. Rodney will be teaching “AML & Fraud for Crypto.” Check out our chat with Rodney to learn more:

How did you get involved in your subject area & why are you passionate about teaching it?

In 2008, while working at a large money services business (MSB), I was approached by our General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. He asked how I felt about joining the compliance team. I asked, “Does that get me off the phone doing cold calling?” I quickly developed a passion for compliance and process engineering, and well, the rest is history.

I fell down the Bitcoin rabbit hole in 2013. But after being dragged to dozens of meetups in Toronto, I was lost, confused and frustrated. It was at that point, when complaining to my business partner about not knowing what anyone is ever talking about, that she gave me a simple challenge. Her words were, “So do something about it!” So I started to learn, continued to learn and never looked back. Since then I have been somewhat obsessed with how Bitcoin and other technologies are impacting not only the financial and regulatory landscape, but the world in general. We all have to start somewhere. I am passionate about providing a gateway to those willing to make the effort to learn.

Why do you think certifications and standards are important in the blockchain industry today?

I work in anti-money laundering (AML) day-to-day and in our industry there is one standard for certification. It is the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, or CAMS, certification. It is a prerequisite for almost any job, regardless of your knowledge, position or experience. It says, this person has spent the time to learn and knows their subject matter. AML, being a fairly new industry (less than 20 years), is similar to the Bitcoin space. Due to the lack of understanding generally, a certification is an easy and reliable way to support your claims of expertise or verify someone else’s.

Why have you decided to teach a session at #BTC2019?

One of the core beliefs where I work at Outlier is that information should be free. For a long time, big consulting firms would keep information close to their chest and charge clients for the privilege to get it. We have a funny rule at Outlier. We call it the “Beetlejuice Rule.” If we hear the same question or request 3 times, a blog post appears (Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice… get it?). Information is meant to be free. It benefits anyone who needs it. Being granted the opportunity to share information with a larger crowd of like-minded individuals directly aligns with part of our mission.

We’re looking forward to attending Rodney’s master class at BTC2019! Make sure to join us by getting your tickets here.

Meet BTC2019 Teacher Taylor Monahan

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We’re excited to spotlight some of our BTC2019 teachers this year, and today, we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Monahan. Taylor will be teaching “Balancing Security and Usability in Crypto Products.” Check out our chat with Taylor to learn more:

How did you get involved in your subject area & why are you passionate about teaching it?

Experience, experience, experience and flying by the seat of my pants! Hopefully others can learn from my experiences and knowledge and be better informed than I was when starting out.

Why do you think certifications and standards are important in the blockchain industry today?

This space is still in its infancy and we are still building the foundation that will carry us for years to come. By ensuring we have comprehensive certifications and standards in place now, we can build faster, stronger, and more collaboratively. In turn, this produces better products, better people, and builds trust amongst each other and for newcomers to the space.

Why have you decided to teach a session at #BTC2019?

This space is so unique and access to knowledge and expertise can be hard to find at times. When I was first starting out, I learned a lot of things the hard way. By sharing my knowledge, I hope I can prevent the next generation of product creators from making the same mistakes myself and others have made.

We’re looking forward to attending Taylor’s master class at BTC2019! Make sure to join us by getting your tickets here.

Learn the Difference Between Private and Open Blockchains at BTC2019

Open blockchains are revolutionizing multiple industries as our variety of teachers for BTC2019 will demonstrate in August. Bitcoin was just the beginning of proving the concept of blockchains but now we’re seeing major tech players joining this emerging industry.

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Recently, Facebook made their official entrance into the cryptocurrency space by announcing the launch of Libra, their version of a global currency, in 2020. The social media giant’s cryptocurrency is huge news for anyone involved in the blockchain industry and the broader financial and tech industries. Those who have been around the crypto community awhile (including ones you’ll see at our conference) have been predicting larger tech companies’ foray into the blockchain industry for years.

Facebook has been plagued by privacy breaches and mismanagement of sensitive user data in the past so it remains to be seen how well they’ll be able to manage their own blockchain network. The description of Libra has the network utilizing an open blockchain which should allow for a greater degree of transparency than closed blockchains promoted by others. Closed, also known as permissioned, blockchains are sometimes more scalable than their open/public counterparts but are subject to more centralized control. Both closed and open blockchains have different intricacies based on their usage and the preferences of their creators–it’s vital to know the differences if operating in the industry at any level.

Our team sees the value in open, permissionless blockchains and believe they are going to be utilized by more and more companies and industries in the future. You don’t want to be in the dark during this exciting time in history where you’ll be seeing terms like “open blockchains” “permissioned ledgers” and “decentralization” more and more in the news. Be on the cutting edge of a space that tech behemoths like Facebook and others are fascinated with; learn the terms and traits of various blockchains by registering for BTC2019 today.

Meet BTC2019 Teacher Hannah Rosenberg

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We’re excited to spotlight some of our BTC2019 teachers this year, and today, we’d like to introduce you to Hannah Rosenberg. Hannah will be teaching “Bitcoin & Lightning for Commerce.” Check out our chat with Hannah to learn more:

How did you get involved in your subject area & why are you passionate about teaching it?

I studied economics in university and became very interested in monetary theory. I’m also a big tech nerd who spent years as a web developer doing a lot of e-commerce work. I love to hangout anywhere that markets and technology collide. Both of these are incredibly empowering. I’d love to see the world using better money and better technology that enables better markets.

Why do you think certifications and standards are important in the blockchain industry today?

In such a new industry, especially one focused on money, there is a lot of misinformation out there, and a frightening amount of pretend “experts.” Certifications from a well-respected organization helps to sort through this maze. It helps learners gain confidence in their knowledge. And obtaining a certification helps instill confidence in your knowledge to employers, colleagues, and clients.

Why have you decided to teach a session at #BTC2019?

7 years ago I realized the potential of this technology and I’ve been “teaching” it to anyone who I could get to listen ever since. When the opportunity arrives to teach what you love on a professional level, you take it!

We’re looking forward to attending Hannah’s master class at BTC2019! Make sure to join us by getting your tickets here.

Beyond Tech: Grow Your Tribe at BTC2019

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We’ve talked a lot about the unparalleled educational value you’re getting as an attendee of Blockchain Training Conference 2019. Our team is dedicated to bringing you the highest standards in the blockchain industry, but we’re also comprised of community veterans who understand that some experiences can’t be quantified.

While you’ll be gaining exclusive access to career enhancing curriculum at BTC2019, you’ll also be meeting people from around the world who will be lifelong friends. In fact, that’s how many of us on the BTC2019 team met.

We all came from a variety of backgrounds outside the crypto community and were unified by our passion for decentralized technology. Some of us built standard-setting organizations to increase professionalism in the space, some quit their corporate jobs to travel the world full time to share the power of blockchain technology, and others have found ways to incorporate this groundbreaking technology into their existing specialties. Blockchain technology has brought us together through a shared interest and our diverse perspectives have helped us grow not only in professional ways, but personal ways as well. It all started by attending events like the very one we’re organizing and that’s what we want to bring to you.

The enthusiasm for blockchain technology is infectious and global. Meetups are held around the world bringing new people into the fold daily, and we’ve been lucky enough to find kindred spirits in all parts of the globe. The allure of decentralization isn’t just financial; it’s liberatory on a social level. Blockchain technology and blockchain enthusiasts transcend borders naturally. Something we all have in common is our skepticism of the status quo as being the only way to transact, organize data or simply exist in this fast changing world. The folks attending BTC2019 look at solutions a little differently, and within the diverse blockchain space, you can find your people.

Untether yourself from outdated systems by joining the mavericks building the future of decentralized tech. Come find your international tribe at BTC2019. Learn.Apply.Grow.