SALT Blockchain Financial Technology (SALT), the international blockchain company that offers financial services to investors, businesses and consumers, will play host to the most exciting Denver Startup Week kickoff day to date: SALT’s Blockchain HUB. New to Denver Startup Week in 2018, Blockchain HUB is a forum for blockchain professionals, enthusiasts and entrepreneurs to come together in the River North (RiNo) area of Denver to learn, share knowledge and celebrate Colorado’s thriving blockchain community.
Taking place from noon until 7 p.m. on Monday, September 24, 2018, SALT’s Blockchain HUB, will feature a series of sessions that will engage people of all knowledge levels and showcase Denver as a leading city and critical epicenter for blockchain companies and innovators. The day includes the best that Denver Startup Week has to offer: interactive and informative sessions, expertise shared by the community, opportunities to connect with a diverse array of professionals and industry leaders, and a unique keynote event.
“One of the sessions we are really excited to introduce this year is an interactive crypto economy marketplace where The Honorable Angela Williams will lead participants through the process of creating their own wallets, using Vault Logic and Bitcoin Depot ATMs to load them, and real-time purchases from merchants and bars,” said Bill Sinclair, President and CEO for SALT. “Whether you are new to cryptocurrency or an expert in the industry more intrigued by our other prime educational sessions, there will truly be something for everyone during this exciting day.”
“SALT’s Blockchain HUB will be an inclusive, educational and entertaining series of events to set the perfect tone for this year’s Denver Startup Week,” said Colorado State Senator Angela Williams. “As one of the sponsors for Senate Bill 86, regarding the use of cyber coding cryptology for state records that passed in to law in the last legislative session, I am a huge believer that blockchain is the future of information privacy, security and transparency. Companies like SALT are leading the charge in informing the public and expanding support for vital blockchain technology.”
Unlike many traditional keynotes that feature a single prominent industry speaker, SALT’s Blockchain HUB, will be host to a dynamic keynote featuring two of the most respected global and local experts in technology: Stephanie Copeland, current executive director for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade and former president at the Zayo Group; and Erik Voorhees, CEO at ShapeShift and one of Bitcoin’s most influential entrepreneurs.
“During Denver Startup Week, the community comes together to learn, share ideas, celebrate and push each other forward,” said Tami Door, president and CEO for the Downtown Denver Partnership and co-founder and co-chair of Denver Startup Week. “Events like SALT’s Blockchain HUB showcase the ethos of sharing and learning together that makes Denver Startup Week unique. There is no better place than Denver to share your passion for technology and be on the forefront of what’s next.”
All Blockchain HUB events will take place in and near BOOZ Hall RiNo, a venue for an eclectic mix of Colorado tasting rooms, local art and retail shopping in one location at 2845 Walnut St. in Denver. In the heart of the RiNo Arts District, Booz Hall is home to Red Wolf Collective, Rising Sun Distillery, Jack Rabbit Hill Farm, 300 Days of Shine, State 38 Distilling, Wood’s High Mountain Distillery, and Something Vinyl Club. These cutting-edge companies will participate in training and be prepared to accept cryptocurrency payment as part of the crypto economy marketplace pilot, developed in partnership with WOVEN, a new cryptocurrency platform that can be plugged into any event or community to assist merchants adopting cryptocurrency.
In addition to the interactive marketplace and executive perspective keynote, highlights of the day at SALT’s Blockchain HUB include:
- Blockchain Basics & Business Applications, a panel featuring SALT Co-founder and Chief Knowledge Officer Caleb Slade and Linda Pawczuk, Leader, Global Technology and Blockchain, Financial Services Industry, Deloitte Consulting LLP; the panel will be moderated by Frannie Matthews, current president and CEO at the Colorado Technology Association and previous senior West region executive for IBM.
- Currencies, D-Apps, and Utilities: Types of Tokens and How Businesses Use Them, a panel on security tokens, utility tokens and their use featuring Scott Sanderson, founder of Sanderson IP Law, providing patent and trademark counseling for cryptocurrency and blockchain clients; Paul Quigley, CEO of Bloclab Enterprises, a technology company revolutionizing the efficiency and security of the healthcare delivery system using the transformative power of the blockchain platform and smart contracts; and Joshua Finkleman, managing partner at BXE Capital, Colorado’s first cryptocurrency asset management firm.
- Bitcoin Under the Hood for Developers: Explore the inner workings of Bitcoin and discover the technology responsible for disrupting global systems. Whether you are a knowledgeable blockchain developer, or a developer looking to enter the blockchain/cryptocurrency space, or just a technical-minded person who wants to understand this revolutionary trend, these talks will suit you. Topics include: keys and addresses, wallets, transactions and scripting, blockchain, mining and consensus, payment channels, and sidechains.
- What Your Business Needs to Know about Blockchain Legislation, a panel about trends in regulation, legislative concerns, innovation and sandboxes featuring the aforementioned The Honorable Angela Williams; Hannah Parsons, CEO of Exponential Impact and a member of the Colorado Council for the Advance of Blockchain Technology; and Eric Kinter, a partner at the law firm of Snell & Wilmer who specializes in blockchain and digital currency.
- New Revenue Streams and Business Models enabled by Blockchain Technology, a panel of industry leaders discussing accepting cryptocurrency as payment, the importance of digital identity and blockchain enabled revenue streams featuring the aforementioned Caleb Slade; Beverly Altberg, chief marketing officer at Shyft, a network aimed at solving real-world data problems using an innovative blockchain technology as a base; and Chuck Williams, UI/UX technical lead and community leader for Dash, a digital money system used to make instant, private payments online or in-store.
- Food & Drink: An eclectic mix of food trucks will be on site serving international cuisine along with libations served by Colorado local brewers, distillers and wineries starting at 1:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Denver Startup Week is the largest free event of its kind in the world. Nearly 20,000 attendees are expected to celebrate Denver’s thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem and build the city’s culture of innovation. The annual event returns September 24 – 28, 2018. Register and learn more at http://www.denverstartupweek.org.