Meet BTC2019 Teacher Josh McIntyre

We’re excited to spotlight some of our BTC2019 teachers this year, and today, we’d like to introduce you to Josh McIntyre. Josh will be teaching “Visualizing Proof of Work Algorithms with Microprocessors”. Check out our chat with Josh to learn more:

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

I started learning about Bitcoin and blockchain technology as a computer science student at Saint Vincent College, working with my good friend and mentor Dr. Anthony Serapiglia.

As a software engineer, I’m fascinated by both the technical aspects and the societal impact of decentralized currencies. I think that the use of software to give every individual sovereignty over their own finances is an extraordinary application of computer science. By using my background as an engineer to understand and explain how cryptocurrencies work, I believe I can help promote Bitcoin’s message of innovation and empowerment.

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

I think certifications such as the CBP give professionals the opportunity to share their passion and knowledge for blockchain technology with a young industry. By offering a standardized and verifiable credential, C4 helps young professionals like myself stand out in the hectic and exponentially growing blockchain space.

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

I spend a lot of time learning about the inner workings of cryptocurrencies and sharing that knowledge with others. The opportunity to present at a purely educational blockchain conference fits in squarely with my passion in the crypto world: understanding and educating!

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

Meet BTC2019 Teacher Davi Barker

We’re excited to spotlight some of our BTC2019 teachers this year, and today, we’d like to introduce you to Davi Barker. Davi will be teaching “Branding Bad: Branding in the Blockchain Space.” Check out our chat with Davi to learn more:

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

My father is a successful graphic designer, and I’ve had a passion for art my whole life. Branding, like poetry, or propaganda is fundamentally about conveying more with less.

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

I don’t have a certification, and don’t know a lot about them in the blockchain space. To me the advent of blockchain technology has been wildly successful liberating people from the bureaucracy of the legacy financial system. To whatever extent the blockchain industry constructs new bureaucracy, I would hope that it be significantly more efficient, and not a barrier to entry.

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

I possess an expertise that was hard earned outside the blockchain space and is often overlooked inside the blockchain space. The way I see it, the space as a whole is better equipped if they aren’t failing in this area.

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

Let’s Talk Bitcoin! Reuniting for a Special Live Show at BTC2019!

With a variety of sessions for scholars of all experience levels, Blockchain Training Conference 2019 is going to be an event you don’t want to miss. Along with these highly informative sessions and an exclusive networking event, we’re pleased to announce that the stars of Let’s Talk Bitcoin will be reuniting for a special live episode during BTC2019. 

LTB in Chicago at the 5 year anniversary live show in 2018. Photos courtesy of Tim Frey.

The last time they all appeared together in the same room was in Chicago in 2018 for a 5 year anniversary show with a packed theater of 701 blockchain enthusiasts from all around the world. Attendees included people from Venezuela, New Zealand, Germany, China, and Canada. Don’t miss out on seeing Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Dr. Stephanie Murphy, Adam B. Levine, and Jonathan Mohan host a live show of Let’s Talk Bitcoin in their compelling blend of humorous and honest discussion about the latest blockchain developments. 

Some of the LTB hosts will also be teaching a master class level session you’ll be able to use to earn your Certified Bitcoin Professional designation. Not only will you get to see them all together again but you’ll also get to experience their individual teaching styles in this one-of-a-kind, three day event taking place August 28th-30th in the lovely Mile High City.
 
Scholar tickets include full access to all conference events where you’ll be able to meet like-minded professionals from several industries within and outside of the blockchain space. Tickets prices are going up soon so act now to reserve your spot among the brightest and most engaging minds in blockchain technology.

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.