Event preview: ‘Cryptolina’ blockchain conference returns to Raleigh in June
North Carolina’s leading blockchain conference and expo is coming to Raleigh next month to break down the most essential topics impacting the crypto industry today.
Cryptolina, happening June 15-16 at the Raleigh Convention Center, offers a program complete with keynotes, startup demos, ICO pitches, a showcase of blockchain innovations, a recruitment event, networking over cocktails, and more.
While representative of the larger crypto movement happening on a global scale, Cryptolina also serves as a pertinent example of North Carolina’s own place in the industry—hence the title, a catchy blend of “cryptocurrency” and “North Carolina.”
The idea for Cryptolina was formed in 2013 by three blockchain enthusiasts in the Triangle—Faruk Okcetin, now co-founder of Cary-based lending platform fiNEST Resources, Dan Spuller, who is director of member services at Chamber of Digital Commerce, and Rich Spuller, business intelligence analyst at 3 Birds Marketing and lead web developer at Coinstate Ventures.
The inaugural Cryptolina was held in August 2014 in Raleigh. After its success, the event returned the following August, this time in Charlotte.
The launch of Cryptolina came at the right time, coinciding bitcoin’s entrance into mainstream awareness four years ago. Since then, excitement surrounding the crypto scene has of course expanded well beyond the concepts that first ignited it. A wealth of opportunities and implications have emerged as the applications of blockchain technology are being explored across nearly every industry.
Cryptolina intends to cover these opportunities in full, returning to the same city in which it began four years ago. The event will dive into topics including tokenization, industry employment, policy and regulation, monetization, emerging markets and more.
The speaker roster is diverse in scope, ranging from startup founders to blockchain engineers to technical strategists, with others hailing from government, law and academia.
Confirmed speakers include:
Jeff Garzik of Bloq and SpaceChain
Dan Spuller of Chamber of Digital Commerce
Flip Filipowski and Brian Platz of Fluree
Valerian Bennett of PopChest
Rik Willard of Agentic Group
Jameson Lopp of Casa
Mathias Sundin of BTCX
Aditi Sriram of ConsenSys Academy
Rob Viglione of ZenCash
Shannon Code of EmblemVault.com
Dawn Code of UNspecified, LLC
Eric Martindale, Blockchain Engineer & Distributed Systems Architect
Campbell R. Harvey, Professor of Finance at Duke University
Ashe Oro of SteemSmarter
Tatiana Moroz of Crypto Media Hub
JP Baric of MiningStore
Raina Haque, Professor of Practice at Wake Forest School of Law
David Aylor of David Aylor Law Offices
Tyler K. Gibbons, Riser McLaurin & Gibbons LLP
Michael Tozoni, Bitcoin Economist & Theorist
Rhadi Fakhoury of Foleum, Inc
John Bridge, Senior Inspector, United States Marshals
John Walsh of SightSpan Security
Don Reynolds, Attorney at Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP
EJ Wilder, Candidate for North Carolina House District 41
Ben Oberg, Founder, Millionaire Mafia
Pete Kofod of Sertenti Blockchain
Xiaochen Zhang of FinTech4Good
Khari Baker of #DialThisNumber
Todd Erickson of First Flight Federal Credit Union
Mark Easley of CrowdfundNC.com
If you’d like to attend, tickets are available through the event website. They’re priced at $349 for early-bird registration (ending May 31) and $199 for students and government attendees. Registrants have the option to pay with cash or with Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin or Bitcoin Cash.