Meet BTC2019 Teacher Petri Basson

We’re excited to spotlight some of our BTC2019 teachers this year, and today, we’d like to introduce you to Petri Basson. Petri will be teaching “The Challenges in Auditing Digital Assets.” Check out our chat with Petri to learn more:

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

I initially got involved in the blockchain industry when I mined for BTC and a few other currencies with my gaming PC back while I was studying. Since then, I’ve been following the industry and keeping track of all the new developments, but never had a chance to actually use it in my day job.

In 2017, I had the opportunity to work with a group who were figuring out how an audit of investments in digital assets would work. Fast forward a couple of years, and we now have a number of tools we use to perform these audits and a team of people working on it.

I’m passionate about teaching, I think one of the biggest things stopping companies from adopting these technologies is a misunderstanding of how they work. Through education, you can grow the entire industry and also help people to improve their companies and lives.

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

Certifications and standards are important in any industry. They set a minimum level of competency that people require to perform certain work. Just like you would want to make sure your doctor has his medical degree and he is certified to practice medicine, you want to make sure your blockchain expert actually knows a nonce from a hash before you get them working in your organization. This is even more important when it comes to security.

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

I think it’s important for people to gain a better understanding of how blockchain works and break down a number of misconceptions out there. When you get into the fundamentals and show people how things actually work, it’s great to see how people have that “Aha!” moment and realize the potential of this technology.

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

Meet BTC2019 Teacher Victoria Li

We’re excited to spotlight some of our BTC2019 teachers this year, and today, we’d like to introduce you to Victoria Li. Victoria will be teaching “Decentralizing Decentralization.” Check out our chat with Victoria to learn more:

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

From the start I have resonated with the blockchain principles of decentralization and inclusiveness. Can we build organizations that are aligned with these principles, and can we find solutions that include all solutions, including the unknown ones?

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

Some say blockchain is the biggest thing since the internet; some say it’s the biggest thing since democracy. Either way, it’s here and it’s here to stay.

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

I would like to give back to the blockchain community which has given me so much.

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

Meet BTC2019 Teacher Tyler Bain, P.E.

We’re excited to spotlight some of our BTC2019 teachers this year, and today, we’d like to introduce you to Tyler Bain, P.E. Tyler will be teaching “Bitcoin Network Energy Consumption”. Check out our chat with Tyler to learn more:

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

My passion on the topic started out as a hobby, however, being a professional in the electrical industry, I began to see through some of the fraudulent calculations and conclusions being made towards the proof-of-work mining energy consumption. I am interested in getting valid data and tools for study of the subject into the hands of those who can utilize it most.

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

The mantra in the blockchain world is “don’t trust, verify,” and standards and certifications in this nascent industry help facilitate some of that verification.

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

To help promote accurate data and propagate knowledge on the subject of Bitcoin and blockchain mining energy consumption.

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

Meet BTC2019 Teacher Kate Garrigan

We’re excited to spotlight some of our BTC2019 teachers this year, and today, we’d like to introduce you to Kate Garrigan. Kate will be teaching “Clash of Expectations: Blockchain Products and Usability” with Charles Erdman. Check out our chat with Kate to learn more:

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

I started my career in teaching, and the passion for sharing knowledge didn’t dissipate when I started doing UX in the blockchain space.

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

Having transparent, agreed upon standards allows for a trustworthy source of truth that we can all springboard from.

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

I am passionate about sharing knowledge and ensuring everyone has access to information that can help them succeed in life.

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

Meet BTC2019 Teacher Andrew Warshaver

We’re excited to spotlight some of our BTC2019 teachers this year, and today, we’d like to introduce you to Andrew Warshaver. Andrew will be teaching “Programming Ethereum Smart Contracts in Solidity.” Check out our chat with Andrew to learn more:

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

I first got involved in smart contract programming while working on Bitcoin Forward contracts at Hedgy, and further when working on exchange tech at tZero. I’m passionate about teaching others because decentralizing technology has the power to change the world, and spreading domain knowledge will help the movement.

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

Although there are some drawbacks to certifications and standards, they are an important part of furthering education and ensuring a certain level of competency in the industry.

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

I am grateful every day to be part of the amazing cryptocurrency community, and this is a great way to give back, especially since I love teaching.

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