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Bitcoin 2021 Conference to Be Held in Miami, Moves Away from Los Angeles

Bitcoin 2021 Conference to Be Held in Miami, Moves Away from Los Angeles

The conference, originally set for Los Angeles, will be held on from June 4-5 in Miami, providing participants more time to receive COVID vaccines.

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Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, arguably, has been the most active public official in promoting the use and spread of Bitcoin. His latest achievement has been to convince the organizers of the Bitcoin 2021 conference to move the event from Los Angeles to be held in the “Magic City”.

Bitcoin 2021 will be held on June 4 and 5, this date was chosen hoping to avoid an upcoming spike in the number of coronavirus infections and that the vaccination plan in the United States has progressed further.

Registration for the event costs $399 plus an additional $149 if you want to attend the after-party. There is also a $4,500 Whale Pass that allows you to attend an exclusive day of events where there will be talks on specific uses of cryptocurrencies as a financial instrument, and a networking session in the evening.

The event will be attended by personalities in politics, the digital business world, academia and even sports and promises to have “tons of great announcements.” Past conferences have been attended by more than 10,000 participants and 250 companies. Most of the attendees have been people between the ages of 21 and 34.

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The Bitcoin 2019 event featured a talk by Edward Snowden. (Bitcoin 2019)

Bitcoin 2019 featured talks from panelists such as startup investor Tim Drapper and journalist Aaron van Wirdum, but the attention of the sensation was the attendance of former CIA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, who connected via video conference to the event due to his exile in Russia as the spy is wanted by the U.S. Department of Justice which accuses him of espionage and stealing government property.

Bitcoin 2021 panelists

Guest speakers include Wyoming State Senator Cynthia Lummis, who is the founder of the Senate Financial Innovation Caucus, a bipartisan group that advocates for responsible innovation in the U.S. financial system and technology as a tool to make markets more inclusive, competitive, and secure.

Also invited to the Bitcoin dissertation round is Michael Saylor, the CEO and Chairman of the Board of MicroStrategy, a leader in business analytics, mobile software, and cloud-computing services. Saylor is also the author of the Best Seller “How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything.”

Bitcoin 2021 Conference to Be Held in Miami, Moves Away from Los Angeles
Bitcoin 2021 will be attended by start-up managers, investors, political figures and skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. (EFE)

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square, will also be among the panelists at Bitcoin 2021. The digital solutions firm spread the news recently after deciding to invest $170 million in the cryptocurrency which would be equivalent to around 3,318 bitcoins.

It is also surprising to find skateboarding legend Tony Hawk among the guests invited to exhibit. The professional skateboarder, besides being the first person to achieve a 900 (a 900-degree aerial turn on a skateboard), is also one of the first investors to adopt bitcoin, when it was trading at just $1,000. On his Twitter account, Hawk admitted to “piloting” the cryptocurrency for the past 6 years.

One of the fathers of the cryptocurrency concept, Nick Szabo, will give a presentation at the forum. In 2002, Szabo wrote an essay reflecting on society’s use of money known as “Shelling Out: The Origins of Money”, considered one of the key texts to understand the foundations of cryptocurrencies.

Miami seeks to become a Bitcoin hub in the U.S.

That Miami has been selected to host Bitcoin 2021 instead of Los Angeles is no coincidence. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has actively advocated for cryptocurrency adoption and has become the first public official to propose investing county funds in cryptocurrencies and paying part of public employees’ salaries in bitcoin.

The mayor has also dedicated efforts to attract not only bitcoin investors but also CEOs of Wall Street investment funds and Silicon Valley start-ups, in an effort to turn Miami and its metropolitan area into a hub for innovation and business.

Miami seeks to become a U.S. Bitcoin hub

That Miami has been selected to host Bitcoin 2021 instead of Los Angeles is no coincidence. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has actively advocated for cryptocurrency adoption and has become the first public official to propose investing county funds in cryptocurrencies and paying part of public employees’ salaries in bitcoin.

The mayor has also dedicated efforts to attract not only bitcoin investors but also CEOs of Wall Street investment funds and Silicon Valley start-ups, in an effort to turn Miami and its metropolitan area into a hub for innovation and business.

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