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The Life of a Bitcoin: Explaining the Most Controversial Currency Ever Invented

Robert Kieffer

Tech Alliance


Mr. Kieffer is a software developer, entrepreneur, and tech community evangelist. His interest in Bitcoin is nothing more than the byproduct of a curious mind and a pathologic inability to focus on "real work".

On October 31, 2008 in a dusty corner of the internet, an unknown person posted a message to a little-known cryptography mailing list. This paper, titled "A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System", described a currency market that would be free from government regulation, free from transaction frees, and that provided an unprecedented level of transaction anonymity. 5 years later this system, "Bitcoin", is a reality, with nearly US$1.5B in currency being traded in 20 different countries. This presentation will explain what BitCoin is, how it works, and touch on the deep cultural ramifications that are only just now starting to be felt.



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Ignite Bend ​15
​2018 TBA
Doors open at 6:00pm
Tower Theater - Bend, OR
Admission is always FREE

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