SLACK: Summer of Bitcoin – Kraken

When: Thursday, July 31st, 7-10PM
Where: MIT Media Lab, 5th floor


This week, Dan Matuszewski from Kraken talks about how to trade with Bitcoin. He’ll utilize Kraken’s API for trading and accessing historical and live market data, covering querying account information, placing and cancelling orders, querying historical trades information, and current order book information.

Dan is the current Director of Trading Operations for Kraken.com. He’s a former equity derivatives trader for Bay Hill Capital, and graduated Boston College in 2010.

Bringing you the best from around town. Free dinner provided!
—The StartLabs Team and MIT Bitcoin Club

SLACK: Summer of Bitcoin – World Bitcoin Network

When: Thursday, July 24th, 7-10PM
Where: MIT Media Lab, 5th floor

 

This week, James D’Angelo will be introducing the basics of Bitcoin mining. We’ll be looking at everything from the block header, to merkle roots to programming a simple, low difficulty mining algorithm. We’ll even create our own mining algorithm with a real block reward – the first one to provide the correct nonce will receive a paper wallet prize with some real bitcoin bits.James D’Angelo is the founder and host of World Bitcoin Network, an educational channel focusing on all things Bitcoin. He has a Masters in Electrical Engineering and worked as a design engineer for NASA in the 1990s developing electronics for the highly successful WIND spacecraft. Since then he has worked as an environmentalist in over a dozen countries around the world, particularly Gabon and Kenya, and is fluent in five languages and mumbles in a few more. He has recently announced Sno-Caps, a Bitcoin based solution to Global Climate Change, and is an entrant in the current MIT Climate CoLab contest.

Bringing you the best from around town. Free dinner provided!
—The StartLabs Team and MIT Bitcoin Club

Bitcomp R2 Deadline (Hack Day postponed)

BitComp_R2_poster

 UPDATE: Hack Day has been postponed until later in the summer.

Round 2 of MIT BitComp is due in less than 2 weeks. For round 2, submit a demo video of up to 3 minutes in length that shows progress towards an app that uses bitcoin, and you could be one of 3 teams to win $750. Submissions will be judged based mostly on progress shown, but also quality of video. For more details, check out mitbitcoinproject.org/#bitcomp.

 

Furthermore, sign up on Eventbrite for a BitComp hack day on Saturday, July 26th from 2-9pm in the MIT Media Lab. We’ll have mentors to help you code and film your project, fun prizes distributed throughout the day, and of course, food!

 

Questions? Email bitcoin@mit.edu

SLACK: Summer of Bitcoin – Circle

When: Thursday, July 17th, 7-10PM
Where: MIT Media Lab, 5th floor

Randomness is at the heart of cryptography. Without it, there would be no HTTPS, no ssh, no IPSec, no PGP and no Bitcoin! But can anything a machine creates be considered truly random? How is randomness generated? Can something be provably random? This Thursday, Anders Brownworth will lead us in examining some randomness software and hardware approaches, test their entropy, and possibly come up with a better solution to randomness.

 

Anders is a lead engineer at Circle where he heads up technical treasury and trade operations. He has been heavily involved in virtual currency technology and the Bitcoin community where he runs the Cambridge Bitcoin Meetup.

 

Anders’s demo will begin at 7pm. Check out this link for some background reading on random number generation.

 

Bringing you the best from around town. Free dinner provided!
—The StartLabs Team and MIT Bitcoin Club

SLACK: Summer of Bitcoin – Jeremy Rubin

When: Thursday, July 10th, 7-11PM
Where: MIT Media Lab, 5th floor

This week, our very own Jeremy Rubin will be giving a hands-on demo of how to build a simple Bitcoin library.

Jeremy is a junior at MIT studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is a researcher at the MIT Media Lab in the Viral Spaces group. Previously interned at Jane Street Capital and Nokia. He also is the lead developer for HackMIT. Jeremy first came on to the Bitcoin scene with his development of Tidbit, a system to replace web advertisements with cryptocurrency mining.

 

Bringing you the best from around town. Free dinner provided!
—The StartLabs Team and MIT Bitcoin Club