LISBON 10-12
APRIL 2014
LISBON 10-12
APRIL 2014

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Talks > Cryptocurrency for Dummies

Status

This talk has been approved for this year's edition. Check the calendar for more information.

Language

English

Abstract

You've probably heard of Bitcoin, right? Bitcoin is original cryptocurrency which exploded in value in the last few months and paved the way for alt-coins such as Litecoin, Quark or Dogecoin. Currently, 1 bitcoin is worth nearly $1000, which left some of the original investors and miners, with thousands upon thousands of bitcoins, quite rich. Recently, even the Dogecoin community helped fund Jamaica's bobsled team to help go to the Sochi Winter Olympics by donating 30 million dogecoins, or roughly $30,000! What the hell is that all about? This talk aims to explain what cryptocurrencies are, how they work, and how they create value.

Here are some of the topics I intend on covering:

-the advantages of cryptocurrencies;
-the basics of the blockchain;
-how new blocks are mined using proof-of-work algorithms;
-how to mine using CPU, GPU or even ASIC miners;
-differences between Bitcoin's algorithm and scrypt-based alt-coins;
-security considerations;
-an overview of how cryptocurrencies are currently being used in society;
-how cryptocurrencies can change the world's economic landscape.

I think it would be interesting to generate some discussion with the audience in the last part of the talk. Any suggestions are appreciated.

Proposal date

2014-01-31 12:13:04

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Comments

David Walter Figueira Jardim
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Interesting subject. Looking forward to it!

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Pedro dos Santos Figueiredo Dias Carneiro
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Um tema bastante actual e que, de facto, levanta algumas questões.

Boa sorte ;)

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Igor Antunes
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Hope you get accepted xD

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Serge Lage
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Must see! Very interesting subject!

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Joaquim José Agostinho Mendes
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Nice, I've been wanting to learn the details of this subject for quite a while now, but have always lacked the motivation to do so. This will finally be the thing to push me over the edge.

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Daniel Silva
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Quite nice topic. I've been trying to find info on this topic but it's either confusinf or scattered across the web.
Hope this talks brings everything together in a nice and understandable way.

+1

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Bruno Ferreira
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This talk seems very interresting. Looking forward to see this one.
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Tiago Machado
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Not really my field, but it should be interesting.

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Damien Guedes Rosa
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I think this is intresting!

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Fábio Gomes
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Tenho algumas dúvidas quanto a este tema, espero que seja aceite

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Paulo J Morgado
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tema actual...espero vê-lo neste Codebits

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Ana Santos
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Not to be missed for sure :P

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Tiago Reis
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Not necessarily a new trend, but it's looks like a well-structured talk, great abstract. You got my vote.

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Hugo Gonçalves
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Espero ver esta :)

Um tema muito interessante sem dúvida :)

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Ricardo Nogueira
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Very nice subject. I hope this gets approved. I look forward to ear the audience feedback as well.

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Miao Sun
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upvoted

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Tiago André Santos Casqueira
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Cryptocurrency is an up to date talk that goes along with the financial crisis de world is living. Upvoted !

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Hugo Pereira
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Glad your talk was accepted. Will attend

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Andre Duarte
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Demystifying the bitcoin - I'll definitely go to this talk! :)

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Henrique Rodrigues
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I confess to have dismissed cryptocurrency in the beginning, but considering how important it is in the real world, I have to upvote this. It's just too important to miss it.

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Inês Coelho
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Upvoted ;)

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