The Official Advancing Bitcoin Conference 2020 Recap

A recap of our very first bitcoin developer conference in London.

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Here’s a summary of everything that went down over 2 days in London. We had 14 talks and 4 workshops over 2 days where speakers taught us about their experiences in building bitcoin and Lightning applications.

Day 1: Morning

The day started at 09:30 with my opening address where I spoke about the bitcoin community being one tribe. Leon Johnson speaking on stage

Speakers

The first talk of the conference was from Stepan Snigrev who spoke about the hackability of hardware wallets. He opened our eyes to the fact that everything can be hacked ☠️. The morning also had talks from Fabrice Drouin giving an overview of the Lightning Network, Matt Corallo talking about the rust-lightning library he built, and Elaine Ou discussing what she has learnt from lightning development.
Patrick McCorry gave a much needed talk on the difficulties in designing protocols for bitcoin vs ethereum.

Matt Corallo giving a talk on stage at the advancing bitcoin conference 2019 in a green jacket
Fabrice giving a talk on stage at the advancing bitcoin conference 2019, wearing a white shirt
Elaine Ou giving a talk on stage at the advancing bitcoin conference 2019
Stepan giving a talk on stage at the advancing bitcoin conference 2019

Lunch

Then we had lunch which included both hot and cold food. London has an amazing food scene with lots of variety stemming from the ethnic diversity in the city.

Picture of food served at lunch at the advancing bitcoin conference

Day 1: Afternoon

After lunch we had a panel discussion with Jimmy Song, Matt Corallo, Nicolas Dorier and Tom Trevathan chaired by Patrick McCorry. After the panel, Jimmy Song spoke about Neutrino, Kalle Alm about RPC security threats, Jameson Lopp spoke about his learnings from building wallets at BitGo and Casa, and Nicolas Dorier spoke about BTCPayServer.

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Jimmy Song on stage at the conference
The panel discussion featuriung Patrick, Jimmy, Matt, Nicolas, and Tom.
Canal Cruise

Day 2

On the second day of the conference we hosted four workshops where attendees brought their laptops and attended two out four possible workshops. Options were:

  • How to Build Your Own Hardware Wallet
  • Build a bitcoin network crawler
  • Setting up and securing a Lightning node
  • Security analysis
After Party
After Party
After Party
After Party

The afternoon concluded with 5 more talks

Jeremey Welch at the Advancing Bitcoin Conference 2019
Patrícia Estevão at the Advancing Bitcoin Conference 2019
Adam Ficsor at the Advancing Bitcoin Conference 2019
Sjors Provoost at the Advancing Bitcoin Conference 2019

The networking and conversations continued in the bar where we had more drinks and said goodbyes. The 2019 conference went really well and we can’t wait to make the 2020 conference even better in a new venue, with more workshops, more personal projects on display, and more events happening during the week!

Tickets for the 2020 conference are now available

We can't wait to put on the 2020 event. See you there!

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