Experts representing multiple aspects of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency are planning to attend the April 16-17 Bitcoin Conference hosted by the Mays Innovation Research Center, a center of excellence at the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.
The conference, which will take place on April 17th via Zoom, but with an in-person presence, will focus on topics such as the economic fundamentals of Bitcoin, underlying technology, business and finance, and legislation / policy / regulatory framework.
“Bitcoin is one of the most radical innovations of our time, so it is appropriate for the Center to have a healthy debate on Bitcoin from all angles,” said Center Director Korok Ray.
Bitcoin, created in 2009 by an unknown person, is the first cryptocurrency. Digital currency is bought and sold anonymously, usually through exchanges like Coinbase, without the need for banks or other intermediaries. The offer is limited to 21 million coins.
“Bitcoin is currently gaining widespread acceptance and attention from institutional investors and corporations as well as retail investors,” Ray said. “This attention is, at least in part, a response to the current low interest rate policy of the Federal Reserve.”
There is a lot of debate among investment professionals over the fundamental value of Bitcoin. Some market participants expect the value of Bitcoin to continue to rise, reflecting increased competition for a limited number of coins. Others are more conservative in their forecasts, pointing to significant regulatory risk and the fact that, unlike other financial assets, acquiring bitcoins does not entitle its holder to claim a commodity, precious metal, or any other cash flow. an object.
Ray said that conference attendees will have a better understanding of what Bitcoin is and how it works, as well as its capabilities, limitations and future prospects.
The idea for the conference came from conversations between professors at Mays Business School, including Ray, and Grant Weston, president of the Texas A&M Bitcoin Club.
“I started the Texas A&M bitcoin club with my roommate Matt Lostro to create a community around bitcoin,” said Weston, Senior Business Honors. “Students need to be aware of the opportunities available. Bitcoin space is still so small. Every new member matters. “
Speakers will include Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates; Tim Draper of Draper Fisher Jurvetson; Michael Saylor of MicroStrategy; Bill Miller of Miller Value Partners; Pete Briger of Fortress Investment Group; Glenn Hutchins of Silver Lake Partners; Rob Kaplan of Dallas Federal Reserve Bank; Dawn of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Nobel laureate Eric Muskin of Harvard; and more.
To see the full schedule and register, go to the Bitcoin Conference Registration page.