Andreas Antonopoulos to Keynote ‘Bitcoin and the Future of Payments’ at Decentral/MaRS

By March 6, 2015Bitcoin Business
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Andreas Antonopoulos to Keynote ‘Bitcoin and the Future of Payments’ at Decentral/MaRS

Toronto’s Decentral is moving its meetups to MaRS incubator as their partner in their new Fintech branch. Andreas Antonopoulos is scheduled to keynote at the inauguration event on March 17.

Decentral has announced their meetups will now take place at MaRS, the Toronto based incubator. To inaugurate the partnership, renowned Bitcoin evangelist Andreas M. Antonopoulos and author of Mastering Bitcoin has been confirmed as the keynote speaker to this month’s DEC_TECH event, named “Bitcoin and the Future of Payments,” scheduled for March 17.

“Antonopoulos has spoken at events around the world and is a highly sought-after consulting authority,” said Anthony Di Iorio, Founder of Decentral in a recent press release.

Alongside Andreas will be speakers such as chief AML Ninja at Outlier Solutions, Amber Scott, on the topic of the current state of digital currency regulation in Canada, and Gerald Cotten, CEO of QuadrigaCX, which recently announced that it is set to become the first publicly traded Bitcoin exchange in the world.

In addition to the presentations, DEC_TECH will showcase select Toronto based Bitcoin companies including CoinKite, QuadrigaCX, and Criptiv.

“As Toronto’s fintech community continues to grow, MaRS is excited to connect the startups, entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts who are passionate about decentralized tech, cryptocurrencies and fintech advancement,” said Adam Nanjee, lead of MaRS’s new FinTech cluster, which influenced the partnership with Decentral.

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MaRS, which stands for “Medical and related sciences” is an inncubator that has been active since 2000. The scope of innovative industries and technologies has grown since their inception, and now includes the energy sector, data mining, and now financial technology.

The new cluster includes companies like Paypal, Moneris Solutions, uGo, and social media bitcoin tipping company Cryptiv.

Di Iorio believes hosting the meetups with MaRS may lead to strengthening relationships with banking institutions by better educating them about blockchain technologies as well as platforms like Ethereum.

But while MaRS certainly offers networking opportunities, with over 14 years of experience building relationships with pioneers and enterprises, their track record as an incubator has not been pristine.

MaRS went through some controversy late last year, regarding a “bailout” from the Ontario Government and their apparent difficulties paying the US$224 million dollar loan used towards building its facilities. This casted some doubt on the effectiveness of the incubator to bring life to new enterprises. When asked if this was a potential concern, Di Iorio explained:

“We are cautious with any new partnerships, and certainly are aware of some of MaRS’s history. However, it is not like we’ll be taking funding, our main partnership is about us having events there, and our interest is to connect with other innovators and bring new life to the now monthly Decentral meetups.”

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