Alt Convention, a three-day business, finance, and technology conference focusing on FinTech innovation will be held from October 8-10, 2015, in the beautiful resort city of Batumi, Georgia. Ranked 15th out of 189 countries for ease of doing business, Georgia boasts a stable, growing economy with forward-thinking leadership, in the heart of an emerging market that is rapidly becoming a hub for developers and entrepreneurs.
“Because of our own first-hand insight into the business, IT, and FinTech climate in Georgia, we decided to host Alt Convention. The legislative and banking climate, and growth opportunities in this emerging market are staggering,” said David Ruebush, CEO, Global Bitbillions Group Incorporated.
The early speakers list so far includes Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Bitcoin evangelist, author and entrepreneur; Charles Hoskinson, developer and mathematician; Jonas Kjellberg, co-creator of Skype and co-founder of Gear Up Ventures; Adam Krellenstein and Evan Wagner of Counterparty; Jon Matonis, Founding Board Member of the Bitcoin Foundation and Chief Forex Dealer at VISA; Pamela Morgan of Empowered Law and Third Key Solutions; Uri Levine, co-creator of Waze; Tatiana Moroz of Tatiana Coin and Crypto Media Hub, and Lilia Vershinina of Kraken, to name a few. Many more speakers are listed on the Alt Convention website; additional speakers will be added in the upcoming months.
Geared toward business owners, innovators, entrepreneurs, developers, government officials, venture capitalists, and anyone else with an interest in new financial technologies, the event will feature hands-on workshops, conference sessions, round-table discussions, panels, an exhibit hall, networking events, cultural performances, and a hackathon.
Alt Convention events will address ways that Bitcoin, next-generation blockchain, and other FinTech developments can disrupt various sectors such as law and finance, while exploring growth opportunities around the world, especially in emerging markets like Asia and Eastern Europe. Presentation and discussion topics will appeal to seasoned programmers, longtime enthusiasts, and those new to digital currencies. An early list of introductory topics promises to address blockchain basics, mining, security, smart contracts, proof of stake, distributed storage, an Ethereum overview, and an introduction to Bitcoin 2.0 platforms.
Ruebush went on to state:
“While my company has been quietly developing our own blockchain project, I have spent the past year cultivating relationships with government officials and banks in Georgia. I can tell you there is a very good reason businesses such as BitFury and others are already investing heavily in this emerging market.”
With 350+ tickets already sold in advance of its initial major marketing push, Alt Convention expects to draw over 2500 attendees. Several government officials from the region including representatives from the Georgian and Ajara Ministries of Finance and Economy will be in attendance along with CEOs from several regional banks.
A growing list of partnerships for the conference includes Kraken, Counterparty, Bitnation, Digital Money Times, Bitcoin Magazine, yBitcoin, NewsBTC.com, 247CryptoNews, and Bitclub Network. A wide range of sponsorship opportunities is still available.
Tickets for Alt Convention are now being sold on the event website and may be purchased using bitcoin or a major credit card. Discounted tickets will be offered until June 25, 2015.