Coinvention 2019

Hackathon & Meetup

September 20th

Coinvention & Mixer

September 21st

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The Speakers

Jeremy Gardner

Blockchain Education Network

Jeremy founded the Blockchain Education Network (BEN), a global educational nonprofit, while attending the University of Michigan. As cofounder of Augur, the decentralized prediction market platform, he led the first ICO on Ethereum and first "utility token." He continues to advise startups in the industry as Managing Partner at Ausum Ventures, a hybrid venture and hedge fund comprised of startups and crypto-assets for social good.

Nick Spanos

Bitcoin Center NYC

Co-founder of Zap.org and Founder of the Bitcoin Center (prominently displayed on the netflix movie "Banking on Bitcoin") in 2013, Mr. Nick Spanos is the inventor of the multi-branched blockchain, and blockchain paper ballot voting. Both patents have been granted. 

Joshua Klayman


- Recognized by Chambers and Partners as a top 3 (= Band 1) U.S. Blockchain & Cryptocurrency lawyer, globally top 12
- U.S. Head of FinTech and Head of Blockchain and Digital Assets
- Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Finance and Corporate Law Pro with well over a decade of experience.
- Focus on ICOs/Digital Token Offerings. Deep expertise in the blockchain space.


Samson Williams

Axes and Eggs 

Principal, Axes And Eggs - A Think Tank & Digital Advisor based in Washington, DC 

Adjunct Professor, University of New Hampshire School of Law - Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Law Program 

Adjunct Professor, Columbia University - Blockchain, AI, Cryptocurrencies and FinTech

John Hargrave

Media Shower

SIR JOHN HARGRAVE is the CEO of Media Shower, the leading blockchain media company. His company publishes the blockchain investor website, Bitcoin Market Journal  which reaches 100,000 blockchain investors monthly. He is the author of the forthcoming bestseller BLOCKCHAIN FOR EVERYONE.

Christina Succurro

Christina is a consumer relations specialist, blockchain advocate and early cryptocurrency adopter (2011). With a background in marketing and business development, Christina has been a leading hand in CoinPayments brand awareness since its founding stages in 2013.

David Schwartz

Litecoin Foundation

Serves as the Project Director for the Litecoin Foundation, a non-profit organization created to forward the awareness and adoption of Litecoin. CEO and Co-Founder of Cornerstone Global Management, LLC

Matthew Rosen


Matt has worked for both large companies and small startups and has managed large and diverse teams around the globe. As co-founder and CTO of Splinterlands (originally Steem Monsters), Matt is responsible for overseeing all of the design and development of the game product.

Brenda Loya


Brenda Loya is the CEO and Co-founder of Tellor, a decentralized oracle on Ethereum. Tellor was part of the Binance Labs incubation Program and has received investments from Maker and Binance.  Brenda joined the crypto revolution to drive democratization of financial instruments. A trained economist and self-taught developer, she has spent her career as a data scientist and then supervisor, managing software for data collection and publication for the US government.

Joel Comm

Bad Crypto Podcast

Joel Comm is a New York Times bestselling author, blockchain enthusiast, professional keynote speaker, social media marketing strategist, live video expert, technologist, brand influencer, futurist and eternal 12-year-old.
With over two decades of experience harnessing the power of the web, publishing, social media and mobile applications to expand reach and engage in active relationship marketing, Joel is a sought-after public speaker who leaves his audiences inspired, entertained, and armed with strategic tools to create highly effective new media campaigns.

Travis Wright

Bad Crypto Podcast

Travis Wright is a top marketing technologist, author, keynote speaker, blockchain advisor, tech journalist, and podcast host. He is the former global digital and social strategist at Symantec for the Norton brand.
Wright is the cofounder & CMO of CCP.Digital, a Kansas City & SF-based digital ad & content agency. Wright is the author of Wiley & Sons, “Digital Sense, The Common Sense Approach to Social Business Strategy, Marketing Technologies, Customer Experience and Emerging Technologies”, which published in January 2017.

Sumana Maitra


Sumana Maitra is Chief Marketing Officer at Arca. In her role, Sumana oversees brand strategy and marketing for the organization. Sumana has more than a decade of marketing experience, focusing on the entire customer experience from brand awareness to retention. In her career, Sumana has served as Director of Digital Marketing at Harvest Exchange Corporation and Product Manager at Foundation Center, among others. Sumana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Economies of Industrial Societies from University of California, Berkeley.

Eryka Gemma

Bitcoin Center Miami

As CEO of the Bitcoin Center Miami, Eryka leads the education hub that powers the Blockchain Center. She is a public speaker, event host and community figure focused on developing Miami's tech scene.



Consulting Blockchain companies in effective social media marketing strategies. My prior background in patientcare allows me to focus on my clients needs and add value to their project and goals. 

Xiaochen Zhang


President of Fintech4Good, which was awarded the best fintech impact investing network 2019 by Wealth & Finance international. Listed as one of the Top 100 Blockchain Influencers by Lattice80. Produced three blockchain and Fintech shows with 500K+ followers.

John Kim

Litecoin Foundation

Jonathan has directly helped hundreds of publicly traded companies as well as many of those in the crypto community with their outreach strategies to achieve maximum visibility through press releases, syndicated articles, and social media postings.

Zack Seward


Zack Seward is the managing editor in charge of CoinDesk's coverage of startups and venture capital. He was previously the editor-in-chief of Technical.ly, a network focused on local tech communities on the U.S. East Coast. Prior to that, Seward worked as a reporter covering business and technology for a pair of NPR member stations, WHYY in Philadelphia and WXXI in Rochester, New York. Seward originally hails from San Francisco and went to college at the University of Chicago. He worked at the PBS NewsHour in Washington, D.C., before attending Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Andrew Levine


Andrew Levine is a lawyer, entrepreneur, content creator, and now Head of Communications for Steemit. Andrew specializes in providing business, marketing, and communications insights to highly technical startups.

Andrew Bull

Bull Blockchain Law, LLC

Andrew started one of the first fully focused blockchain and cryptocurrency law firms in the United States, called Bull Blockchain Law. After finding Bitcoin in 2011, Andrew wrote his thesis on the regulation of cryptocurrencies between 2013 and 2015 as well as running a mining company. His law firm strives to bring both a legal and tech perspective to client services. From building cryptocurrency miners to structuring compliant token offerings, Andrew has years of experience within many facets of the Blockchain industry.

Jorg Molt

Satoshi School

Changing the world to a better place was an impossible mission. But with Blockchain Technology and BitCoins there is hope. Because decentralized systems controlled by no one and where every transaction is placed forever public, means transparency Trust and security means more chances for everyone. Blockchain and BitCoin allows people without live standards like ours to join a financial world, do trades and become a better life standard. More people on the world using smart phones. More than people have clean water for free. 

Charles Bovaird

Forbes Senior Contributor

Financial writer and consultant with strong knowledge of asset markets. Author of 500+ publications in places including Washington Post, Forbes, Fortune, CoinDesk and Investopedia. Created all the industrial finance training for a company with 300+ people and gave speeches on financial literacy for Mensa and Boston Rotaract.

Erick Pinos

Blockchain Education Network

Erick Pinos is the US Ecosystem Development Lead for Ontology Network, a high-performance public multi-chain project and distributed trust collaboration platform. He is also President & CEO of the Blockchain Education Network, BEN, the leading educational support network for students in the blockchain space since 2014. Erick graduated at MIT, where he was President of the MIT Bitcoin Club and did research on blockchain applications in energy and education under the MIT Digital Currency Initiative.

Alex Mascioli

Quantreg Capital Markets

Alex Mascioli is the Founder of Quantreq Capital Markets, a leading provider of institutional capital market services to cryptocurrency funds.

Nicholas Mancini


As Chief Operations Officer, Nick ensures that CSQ Holdings stays firing on all cylinders. He is responsible for guiding corporate operations and technology strategy integration as CSQ Holdings develops its core suite of applications. With years of prior business experience in distributed ledger technology and entrepreneurship, he oversees CSQ Holding’s innovation initiatives in the emerging technology market.

Ben DiFrancesco


Ben is an entrepreneur and engineer from Philadelphia. Currently, he runs ScopeLift, a small software consultancy focused on blockchain development. He also co-organizes the Philly Blockchain Tech meetup and writes the weekly Build Blockchain newsletter.

Jonathen Keim

Network Newswire

Jonathan has directly helped hundreds of publicly traded companies as well as many of those in the crypto community with their outreach strategies to achieve maximum visibility through press releases, syndicated articles, and social media postings.

Arpit Mathur


Arpit Mathur is a Principal Software Engineer at Comcast Labs where he is currently working on Virtual and Augmented Reality as well as investigating Blockchains and the decentralized internet.

Maureen Murat

Cogent Law Group

She is Principal at Crowdie Advisors; Of Counsel at Cogent Law Group, in Washington, DC, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Dr. Murat is a crowdfunding advisor to numerous startups around the globe

Mike McCoy


Mike McCoy is an Emerging Technology Implementation Specialist leading the Healthcare Blockchain Practice at Accenture and the 'Blockchain for Healthcare' curriculum at Thomas Jefferson University. A Philadelphia native, who strongly believes this city can be the beacon for displaying how new technology that can make a difference at a global scale.

Aaron Kosowski

Backyard Crypto

Co-founder of Backyard Crypto. Aaron is an experienced Manufacturing Engineer skilled in Six Sigma, Process Improvement, Quality Assurance, and Manufacturing.

Tyler Harttraft
Bull Blockchain Law, LLC

Tyler Harttraft, Esq. represents entrepreneurs and businesses specifically focused on projects related to blockchain technology, digital assets, virtual currency activities, and other emerging technologies. As a lawyer for first-time business owners and serial founders, Tyler develops sophisticated legal strategies aimed at achieving each client’s unique long-term business goals.

Nicholas Frett

Nick is the CTO of Tellor, a decentralized oracle on Ethereum. He is a trained economist and former regulator at the CFTC. He founded Daxia, a protocol for derivatives on Ethereum where he received an Ethereum Foundation grant for research on oracle based scaling solutions. Tired of seeing centralized solutions to accessing off-chain data, he cofounded Tellor to bring decentralized data to defi. 

Thomas Jay Rush


Blockchain Enthusiast, Founder Trueblocks, LLC and Philadelphia Ethereum Meetup, MS Computer Science UPenn

Dan Simerman
IOTA Foundation

Dan Simerman is an investor and technical product manager well versed in consumer psychology, digital assets and open source software development. Dan has a history of building software for Fortune 50 financial institutions, multinational media companies and strategic consulting firms.

Steven Geros

Steve Geros was born in The Bronx,New York is a self taught computer wiz,from a young age had immense interest in computer programming and technology,worked on a few succesful startups including getaroom.com(early airbnb type site),liverycab.com(early uber type app), hostpod.com (web hosting company) after the bitcoin blockchain was released into the wild,started Bitcoin Center NYC with Nick Spanos,and also Zap.org (Decentralized Oracle Data Marketplace for smart contracts),in his spare time he is a computer security researcher and gamer!!!

Peter Li
Developer Evangelist

Peter is an energetic and passionate developer evangelist at R3, and is responsible for fostering the Corda developer community here in North America. In this role at R3, Peter answers technical questions, demos new Corda features, hosts bootcamps, and more.


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Eryka Gemma

Bitcoin Center Miami

Tom B

DYOR Podcast

Drew Taylor

Wild West Crypto

Brent Bates

Wild West Crypto

Rachel Siegel

Crypto Finally

Andrea Doucette




Bitcoin Ben

Crypto Enthusiast

Johnny Dollar

Cypher Punk

Bitboy Crypto

Beards and Bitcoin

Charlie Mav


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Access to Coinvention

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Access to Coinvention

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Event Lunch

All day coffee

Access to networking events and After party


What People Are Saying

“Over the past year, we’ve attended several different conferences in the blockchain space and can enthusiastically say Coinvention is a favorite. Our team is excited to come back as one of the main sponsors and will be telling our growing audience that this is the conference not to be missed.”

-Jonathan Keim, CD, Cryptocurrencywire

“Coinvention was the first of it’s kind dedicated event to meet and exchange high level learning with key blockchain professionals from around USA. Speakers were great, but more impressive was the networking opportunity to meet some of the best in the business all at one place.

- Dhairya Pujara, CEO, Ycenter

This event was by far the biggest cryptocurrency focused event in Philadelphia. It really brought together a great group of forward thinkers, tech entrepreneurs, and those immersed within the blockchain industry!

-Andrew Bull, Founding Partner, Bull Blockchain Law

The Venue

Coinvention 2019 will be held at the Luxurious Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Recognized as one of the “world’s best” by Travel + Leisure readers, The Loews Philadelphia Hotel features contemporary decor, gracious hospitality and luxury amenities, making it an inviting choice for visitors to Philadelphia.

Coinvention 2018

Coinvention 2018 was a major success.The two day event was orchestrated to build personal relationships, deepen knowledge, and expand insight with the companies redesigning the future. 

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