Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency


The Internet has enabled a lot of digital substitutions in our lives. Email, Google Maps, iTunes, Netflix, Craigslist, Amazon - all have largely replaced antiquated "real world" systems and businesses that were commonly used only a decade ago. But what about money itself? Bitcoin, and its many offshoots, was created with the vision of being the Internet’s Currency that could be exchanged from one person to another without requiring governments or banks to intermediate. This talk will introduce cryptocurrency, and deep dive into some of the underlying concepts such as transactions and blocks, hashing, mining, proof-of-work, digital signatures, and transaction malleability.

Speaker: Jason Follas has spent the better part of the past twenty years successfully delivering software for clients in the manufacturing, engineering, and financial services sectors. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and user groups, and loves the opportunity to teach as well as to learn from others. His career has been centered around the use of Microsoft technologies, from ASP.NET and SQL Server to writing Windows Store and Windows Phone applications. Most recently, he has focused on writing web client apps using HTML5 and JavaScript.

Jason was previously a Microsoft MVP for SQL, and is currently a Microsoft MVP for Visual C#. When not working or speaking, you can find him writing a number of casual games currently in the Windows Store, fishing for catfish in the local river, or riding his motorcycle across the flattest part of Ohio.

Thanks to HCR ManorCare for providing the pizza!


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