About Digital Currency Summit

Digital Currency Summit, a debate forum which objectives are to understand what digital currency means and its implications for banks, governments and investors. We will attract bankers, lawyers and politicians from all around the world to debate about this topic.

We will explain Cryptocurrencies from the ground. No previous experience is required to attend the conference. In three days our attendees will understand how the protocol works and how it affects to modern economy. We focus on regulation, financial strategy and investment opportunities

Who should Attend?

Banks & Fintech

Financial Directors
Innovation Advisors
IT leaders

Regulators & Politicians

Politic, Economic and Financial thought leaders.

Investors & Startups

Business Angels
Venture Capital
Exchanges & Gateways.

Ecommerce & Retail

CEOs and CFOs
New Business
Payment Platforms


David Andolfatto

Federal Reserve Bank

From Vancouver, Canada. PhD in economics from the University of Western Ontario, 1994. University professor at the University of Waterloo and Simon Fraser University. VP in the research division, FRB St. Louis since 2009. Has published extensively on labor markets and monetary theory and policy in top academic journals. Has been a visiting scholar at dozens of central banks and economics departments around the world.

Garrick Hileman

London School of Economics

Founder of MacroDigest

Garrick's research interests include systemic risk, sovereign credit, financial crises, black markets, financial repression, taxation, regulation, banking, deposit insurance, innovation, and entrepreneurship. He has been invited to present his research to a diverse group of international organizations and conferences in Asia, the U.S., Europe and Africa. Garrick currently teaches on a comparative national economic performance course at the London School of Economics.

Marco Santori

business attorney and commercial litigator

Marco Santori is a business attorney and commercial litigator in New York City. He advises his clients on regulatory matters, including the compliance with and avoidance of money services and securities regulations. The winner of the first annual Blockchain Award for Bitcoin Legal Expert, Marco is fluent in the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and Patriot Act’s application to digital currency businesses, including Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti Money Laundering (AML) regulation.

Jon Matonis

Bitcoin Foundation

An e-Money researcher and crypto economist focused on expanding the circulation of nonpolitical digital currencies, Jon advises companies on Bitcoin, gaming, mobile and prepaid. A tech contributor to Forbes Magazine and CoinDesk, Jon is also Editor of The Monetary Future, a leading economics blog at the intersection of free banking, cryptography, and digital currency. Previously CEO of Hushmail and Chief Forex Trader at VISA, Jon has also held senior posts at Sumitomo Bank and VeriSign

Constance Choi


Constance advises and supports startups and established companies in global financial regulations, licensing and compliance, government advocacy, bank partnerships, and strategic market development for digital asset (sevenadvisory.com). Constance is also a founder of DATA, the self-regulatory organization established in July 2013 for the digital asset industry (datauthority.org). Prior to these roles, she co-founded the Kraken Exchange, where she served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Constance also formerly practiced at Kirkland & Ellis, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Perkins Coie, focusing on Internet law, IP law, privacy, data security, consumer protection and constitutional rights.

Michael Terpin


Michael Terpin co-founded BitAngels (www.bitangels.co), the world’s first angel network for digital currency startups, in May, 2013, and now serves as its chairman. The distributed angel network currently has more than 500 members, and it has made more than 15 investments in bitcoin and cryptocurrency companies with two exits and several follow-on rounds. Terpin is also founder of CoinAgenda, a bitcoin investing conference taking in October, co-founder of the Bitcoin Syndicate, the largest bitcoin investor syndicate on AngelList, founder and CEO of SocialRadius, one of the nation’s first social media marketing firms, and Transform Public Relations a global digital PR firm.

Edan Yago

CEO, Epiphyte Corporation

Board Director Digital Asset Transfer Authority (DATA)

Edan Yago is an entrepreneur, investor, highly engaged in the world of cryptofinance. He is CEO of Epiphyte, which provides financial institutions with back-end services for engaging in the world of cryptocurrencies. Epiphyte’s customers include banks, hedge funds and Bitcoin exchanges around the world. Yago is a founding member of DATA, the international self-regulatory body and standards association for the digital asset industry. Yago is also known for his involvement in the Free Cities project in Honduras. Prior to founding Epiphyte, Yago spearheaded virtual currency intitives at Zynga, the leading online game company. Before that he founded the biotechnology company Enzium, which develops advanced proteomic diagnostic tests.

Luis Iván Cuende

European Comission Advisor

Luis is a hacker and free culture lover who founded various startups and free software projects since he got involved in software development at age 12. He was awarded as the best hacker of Europe under 18 when he was 15 by the startup accelerator HackFwd. He is also an Advisor to the Vice-president of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes, who is in charge of the EU's Digital Agenda.

Markus Gnirck

Startupbootcamp Fintech

Markus is the COO of Startupbootcamp FinTech, one of the largest innovation programs in the FinTech industry, based in London. Besides running the 3 months accelerator he is also in charge of organising hackathons, innovation workshops and pitch days - everything that is required to boost innovation in the financial industry. He is a German engineer by heart that quickly realised that corporates are not his cup of tea. After founding a Fashion and scaling up a CleanWeb startup, he is involved as an angel investor and advisor in the European tech community.

J. Bradley Hall

Icon Capital reserve

Founder, Chairman and CEO of ICON CAPITAL RESERVE SA (“ICON”), a licensed financial services firm based in Panama. The Company is led by a management team with international banking, finance, risk management, digital cryptography, governance and gold trading experience. ICON is launching AUREALS™ a decentralized, digital currency fungible with physical gold. Each AUREAL™ can be redeemed for 1 gram of physical gold, perfecting a secure and discrete digital medium of exchange by attaching a real asset that has been accepted as a trusted store of value for 6000 years

Frederic Thenault


Frederic is the founder and CEO of iceVault, a deep cold storage solution in Switzerland to protect your private keys. He is a tech entrepreneur with experience in finance (World Bank, ABN-Amro, Swiss Private Banks) and several tech startups. His career led him to work in the USA, Brazil, Russia, China, Hong Kong and currently between Barcelona and Switzerland.

Flavio Pripas

Bitinvest & Coincard

Nominated as one of the Most Creative People in Business 2012 by FastCompany, Flavio has more than 15 years of IT leadership in Brazil, Latin America, US and Europe. Prior to Bitinvest and Fashion.me, Flavio was JPMorgan’s IT Head in Brazil, Credit-Suisse Hedging-Griffo development head and JPMC Vastera Latin America IT Head. Flavio was responsible for the first full-web Supply Chain Management System in Latin America in 1997. Flavio has a B.S. in Computer Science and a MBA from FGV/SP.

Alberto Gómez Toribio


Alberto is the CEO and Co-Founder of Coinffeine.com. He has strong background on R&D projects and Bitcoin technology. He has worked for the Spanish Government, Sony Enternainment, Stratio and Telefónica R&D among others.
In 2013, he created the first Bitcoin Debit Card Wallet prototype with a price lower than 20$, but he left the project to work on the first P2P and decentralized Bitcoin Exchange: Coinffeine, which uses a Game Theory mathematical model to ensure the safety to exchange money in return of Bitcoins in an automatically, decentralized and anonymous way.


  • Wednesday 17th
  • Thursday 18th
  • Friday 19th
Block 1
Introduction to Digital Currencies
Registration and Coffee
+ Introduction to Digital CurrenciesGarrick Hileman
Garrick will explain, in a clear non-technical way, what are Digital Currencies and how they work.
Coffee Break
+Beyond CryptocurrenciesLuis Iván Cuende
There are plenty of applications for Cruptocurrencies beyond being a simple coin : Smart contracts, voting systems, distributes apps, property registry...
Panel: The future of Digital Currencies Garrick Hileman, Luis Iván Cuende . Moderator: Alex Puig
Block 2
Investment oportunities
Trading and financial products over Bitcoin technologyAlberto Gómez Toribio
Startup ecosystems. A big opportunity for a small countryMarkus Gnirck
+ Investment opportunities in the Bitcoin SpaceMichael Terpin
Buy and hold bitcoin or buy cloud mining services? Is Bitcoin 2.0 the next big thing and should you put part of your crypto portfolio there? Investors will put half a billion dollars to work in bitcoin companies this year, marking exponential growth. Will those companies create outsized returns quickly or are investors better off just buying bitcoins on the dips? Are Bitcoin ATMs a good business? Michael Terpin, who co-founded BitAngels and the Bitcoin Syndicate, will address these issues in a fast-paced, fact-packed session
Panel. Investment and startups Markus Gnirck, Michael Terpin, Flavio Pripas Moderator: Frederic Thenault
Block 3
Regulation: Laws and taxes
+ Legislative and legal Framework of Digital CurrenciesMarco Santori

Legislative and Legal Framework of Digital Currencies: In this presentation, Marco will give a primer on how digital currency companies are regulated in the United States and other countries around the world. He will discuss the regulators' policy goals in crafting and enforcing regulations, as well as how those goals apply to specific digital currency business models. The presentation will end with some suggestions for building a compliant business.

Tax and Regulatory outlookConstance Choi
Coffee Break
+ Bitcoin and Derivatives MarketsJon Matonis

This session will explore how bitcoin derivatives can be deployed to manage bitcoin price risk and a preview into the typical structure of a bitcoin futures exchange, including counterparty risks, margin requirements, and warehousing for a digital commodity.

Panel: Digital Currency perspective in different countries Jon Matonis, Constance Choi, Marco Santori. Moderator: TBA
Block 4
Financial and Banking
How are banks adapting to BitcoinEdan Yago
+ Transactions, ATMs, micropayments, AML, Credit CardsFlavio Pripas

The Topics covered in this talk will be:

Transactions - International Remittances and Payments (we have very interesting real cases to share), SWIFT x Bitcoin, transparency and security

Payments, Micropayments - how Bitcoin can be used to provide services for people outside of the banking environment in developing countries (we also have real cases to share), experiments with Micropayments

ATMs - International travel and Bitcoin as a global money reserve

Credit Cards - closing the gap between Bitcoin and the real world; challenges to lower Credit Card fees

Digital currrencies : Threat or Opportunity David Andolfatto
Panel. The future of Banking Flavio Pripas, David Andolfatto.Moderator: Edan Yago Panel
Closing Remarks
Fintech & Blockchain Startup Day Open doors day (Free)
Project Presentations
+ krypto services Quim Fesol

Provide service for the big mining farms mining at the best price in the world ,only 0,04 € per kilowat per hour,with a minium of 5 megawats per customer,including in the price of light the place for the hardware accomodation.

Later, in a second phase we want to offer a service for home miners, selling hardware and install it in our Kuwait base, because each owner can manage them hardware remotely.

In a third phase we want release a cryptocurrency, for pay the mining hours in our installation, this gives a value to our cryptocurrency and we are the main recipients of it.

+ Aureals J. Bradley Hall

Brad will be discussing the pending launch of AUREALS™, a decentralized, digital currency built on top of the BTC protocol that is fungible with physical gold. Each AUREAL™ can be redeemed for 1 gram of physical gold, perfecting a secure and discrete digital medium of exchange by attaching a real asset that has been accepted as a trusted store of value for 6000 years.

Epiphyte Edan Yago
+ Arboribus Josep Nebot

Through a web platform, Arboribus enables people to directly lend money to small and medium-sized businesses that need funding and demonstrate a good credit score. This model, known as "crowdlending for businesses", is representing a paradigm shift in the financial world and Arboribus is pioneering this field in Spain with 15 closed deals and more than 1.400 registered investors in less than 12 months.

Coinffeine Alberto Gómez Toribio
BitInvest Flavio Pripas
Coffee & Networking


Conference Will Be Held At

Centre de Congressos d'Andorra

The Congress Centre of Andorra la Vella is located in the very heart of the city in an unsurpassable location. It covers some 4,200 m2 and includes an auditorium, five function rooms, a meeting hall and a catering kitchen, while we also offer a parking service for clients.

How to get to Andorra?

First, fly to Barcelona, and from there you can :

Regular Bus

You have a bus almost every hour coming directly from the airport of Barcelona to Andorra. You have two companies to choose : Andorra Direct Bus and Novatel

Share a Taxi

Let us know when are you arriving to Barcelona and you can share a taxi with other attendees with our partners : cabify

Rent a Car

It's only a two hours and a half drive from Barcelona. You can choose any rental car company in the Airport of Barcelona

If you are coming from any other city please check : How to get to Andorra?

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