BCTvol2 – ICOs, cryptocurrencies

The event was held on

30th Nov 2017


4th floor, TQ, Amsterdam, NL

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No matter how knowledgeable about cryptocurrencies you are, this edition will bring you an interesting content anyways. Our speakers will share their insights on blockchain fundamentals, cryptocurrency features, ICO and its comparison to IPO, how it feels to study MSc in cryptocurrencies at University of Nicosia – and much more. One evening – all useful information by hand! 

We have got one surprise for you – a tangible experience with cryptocurrencies. Curious? Come over and find out!


1800-1805 organizer

1805-1820 LoyalGarden telling their story, engaging audience

1820-1900 Ronnie Dibbaut - blockchain fundamentals, peer-to-peer energy trading on blockchain

1900-1945 Max Lautenschläger - ICOniq lab, Berlin, what is ICO/IPO, VC investments

1945-2015 Networking, beverages, snacks

2015-2020 LoyalGarden part 2.

2020-2105 Amin Rafiee - what is a cryptocurrency, what is an ICO, its history, development

2105-2115 Rinke Hendriksen - how does it feel to study cryptocurrencies

2115-2150 Peter Gelardi Mikkelsen, Hamdan Azhar - smart contracts, cryptoeconomics, oracle problem

2150-2155 organizer

2200+ - networking in the bar around the corner; Broker Bar

Amin Rafiee


Amin has been heavily involved with the cryptocurrency scene since 2013. During this period he has been active throughout numerous communities to help distribute, promote and understand their work. He has also worked as a journalist and the CCO – in charge of external communications and partnerships to help expand a presence – for an online news based website.He is also one of the Founders of BITNATION, coupling the possibilities brought about by blockchains and meshing them with the services that governments traditionally provide. Since then he has moved on and now mainly speaks at conferences and focuses on blockchain adaptations itself, which are providing solutions to our many global limitations and problems.

Ronnie Dibbaut

Ronnie Dibbaut has been active in the utility industry since 2004, first as Business Analyst and later on as Technology Expert working on global innovation for a major European utility company. Ronnie is now working as a Subject Matter Expert on innovation for the product department of Ferranti Computer Systems, an Antwerp-based company specialized in offering a MDM/CRM software solution for utility companies.The latest developed product of Ferranti’s product organization is MIA, the MECOMS™ Interactive Agent, a chatbot with cognitive capabilities.At this Blockchain Talks seminar, Ronnie will kick off the session and talk about peer-to-peer (P2P) energy trading, made possible via smart contracts and a private ethereum blockchain network.

Rinke Hendriksen

Rinke can be best characterized by his never ending curiosity and enthusiasm about the Blockchain space. Currently, he is dedicating himself to the full-time MSc in Digital Currencies (the first and only master’s programme in the world) which is offered by the university of Nicosia in Cyprus. Besides this, he is tackling the issue of inheritance of private keys with the final goal to bring Blockchains a step closer to maturity.

Max Lautenschläger

Venture Developer and blockchain enthusiast with years of experience in Consulting, Company Building, Venture Capital, FinTech and Private Equity. BA in controlling, MBA and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst. Co-Founder, Managing Partner and Sourcing Director of Iconiq Lab, an ICO accelerator program for blockchain and crypto startups. Advisor of several ICO projects and working with the German Blockchain Association.

Peter Gelardi Mikkelsen

Peter Gelardi Mikkelsen is the founder of Nordic Blockchain Association, he is also a partner of the Blockchain Technologies Corporation, one of the world’s oldest blockchain development firms and director of business development at the Zap foundation. Peter has been in the Blockchain space since the beginning of the NYC Bitcoin Center and guest lectures at the Copenhagen Business School.

Hamdan Azhar

Hamdan is the chief scientist at Zap and one of the founding members of Bitcoin Center NYC. A former data scientist at Facebook, Hamdan is the founder of PRISMOJI, a data journalism laboratory whose work has been featured in outlets around the world, including VICE, Forbes, and the Huffington Post. He is also the recipient of the 2017 Knight Foundation Prototype Fund Grant which recognizes the most promising early-stage innovations in media and technology. At Facebook, Hamdan designed experiments to measure the effectiveness of Facebook ads. Prior to that, he served as the national statistician on Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign. Hamdan earned his BS in economics from Penn State, his MS in biostatistics from the University of Michigan, and spent one year in the PhD program in neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Hamdan has delivered invited talks at conferences around the world, including at the Open Data Science Conference, Newsgeist, the Belarus Blockchain Conference, and more.

LoyalGarden has built a platform that can be used by organisations to reward and incentivize their community. It's running on blockchain, which is a global network, currency and a technology all in one. This provides possibilities that go far beyond a simple loyalty program. In fact you can built an entire new ecosystem in where tokens are used for voting, donating, funding in a p2p or p2b way without the need of expensive middlemen. In the cultural world a lot of money now is not fairly distributed to the ones who actually create the art/music we all love so much. For this reason we see an opportunity to help artists and cultural organisations in creating an new ecosystem around their communities. An ecosystem that is more fair for artist and more rewarding for culture lovers.

Ron Dijkstra

Ron is CEO of LoyalGarden. He was previously an executive manager responsible for policy, contract management and procurement for several municipalities in The Netherlands.  He has a degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Groningen.  He discovered blockchain technology in 2014, and by the end of 2016 he jumped the wagon, gave up his job, started a MSc in Digital Currencies at the University of Nicosia and started his own business, LoyalGarden, with Kiril.

Kiril Ivanov

Kiril is a CTO of LoyalGarden, an IT architect who was doing implementations for leading banking and insurance institutions. He has more than 15 years experience, the last 8 of which have been in FinTech. He has a degree in artificial intelligence from the Belarusian State University of Informatics, and has been actively participating in and contributing to various blockchain initiatives since 2016.