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

SLACK: Summer of Bitcoin – Blockchain

When: Thursday, June 26th, 7-11PM
Where: MIT Media Lab, 5th floor

This week, Clark Moody, a senior developer at Blockchain, will be demoing their API and giving a hands-on run-through of how to make a basic Blockchain webapp. Blockchain, the world’s most popular bitcoin wallet, blockchain explorer, and API provider, builds innovative products that makes using bitcoin safe, easy, and secure for all users.

Clark joined the Bitcoin community in early 2011 and built a successful market data website before building the technology behind the ZeroBlock trading platform. He has degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University with expertise in space robotics.

Our schedule for this week is as follows:
7:00: Overview of bitcoin for beginners
7:15: Clark’s Blockchain API demo
8:00: Food arrives. Eat, hack, and mingle!
Bringing you the best from around town. Free dinner provided!
—The StartLabs Team and MIT Bitcoin Club

SLACK: Summer of Bitcoin – Coinbase

When: Thursday, June 19th, 7-11PM
Where: MIT Media Lab, 5th floor

This week, Nahid from Coinbase is giving a walkthrough tutorial of how to use their API by building a basic Python web app, so bring your laptop! Coinbase is an international digital wallet that allows consumers and businesses to securely transact in the digital currency, bitcoin. They offer services designed for the average user to easily buy, sell, send, and receive bitcoin anywhere in the world. They offer an API that many services have used in a completely white-labeled way.

Nahid works closely with the developer community using Coinbase’s API and developer products. She recently organized Coinbase’s “BitHack” competition and is always happy to hear from developers using the API. She joined Coinbase in January 2014 and is a Stanford alumna.

As always, SLACK features free dinner and the chance to interact with awesome people. Brought to you by StartLabs and the MIT Bitcoin Club.

SLACK: Summer of Bitcoin – Chain.com

This summer, we’re teaming up with StartLabs to provide an awesome environment where you can work on projects, learn new skills, and share your ideas with other talented students. Each week, we’ll bring in top Bitcoin devs to give 20 minute demos on how to build stuff with the latest in cryptocurrency technology. At the same time, feel free to grab some free dinner and interact with awesome people!

 

When: 7pm-11pm, Thursday nights
Where: MIT Media Lab, 5th Floor

 

For the first event on June 12th, Ryan Smith and Adam Ludwin from Chain.com – an API for developing bitcoin apps – will present an overview of the blockchain and how their platform is architected to power bitcoin wallets, exchanges, ATMs, and mobile apps.

Ryan was one of Heroku’s first engineers and built significant parts of that platform over four years. He now leads Chain’s technology efforts. Adam is one of Chain’s founders and is also an investor in several internet companies including Vine, Paperless Post and Kik Messenger.

Update: Video of the Chain.com API presentation

MIT Bitcoin Project’s BitComp

BitComp
»  This fall, every MIT undergrad will receive $100 in Bitcoin
»  What will you build to inspire your fellow students?  
 
BitComp is a summer-long competition to develop innovative bitcoin-related apps. Teams of 1-5 participate in up to 3 rounds of competition to win over $15,000 in prizes. MIT undergrads, graduate students, alums, and their friends are all encouraged to compete.
 
For more information: mitbitcoinproject.org#bitcomp
Questions? Comments? Contact: bitcoin@mit.edu