Steemit Hackathon Part 3: Presentations!

We have now given out $500 in travelgrants to participants of the Norwegian Steemit Hackathon! If you want to join at the last minute let us know!

In this post we focus on the presentations and refined schedule for the long weekend. But first, an update!


The weekend hackathon is now officially part of Oslo Innovation Week!

We have worked really hard on the event on monday, which will also be part of the official program.

We now have a webpage up, so please check that out as well!

Things are moving really fast and we are super excited about all the events!

Steemit Hackathon Presentations

“Future of CryptoFinance & Blockchain-based Social Media” by Ned Scott

CEO and co-founder of the platform we all know and love, Steemit. Ned also has a background as a Business operations and financial analyst. Ned will give a broad scope view of the future of cryptofinance and Blockchain-based Social Media.

“Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain-Based Finance” – by Paul I. Huse

The blockchain opens new horizons for AI, both as a problem domain that can be modelled, and as a medium for an AI to exist or operate in. The openness that blockchain-based finance is based upon creates new possibilities for democratized trading AI, as access to high-grade data no longer becomes costly, and interaction with the markets directly becomes easier than ever. Meanwhile, the possibility of building AI agents operating on or in the blockchain itself is quite exciting, offering new approaches to AI problems, and possibilities for new ways of creating intelligence.

Paul I. Huse is the co-founder of Enin, a startup developing deep-learning based news analysis for the financial markets.

“Open Banking and PSD2” – By Sebastian Rundqvist

Get to know about the payment card industry (PCI) player, technology and history. Learn about the future of banking after the new PSD2 regulations that open up the banks to threats, possibilities and new value drivers. You will also get some general knowledge of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Sebastian Rundqvist is co-founder of Zeipt, a startup that aims to be nexus between retailers and banks, using digital receipts as a medium.

“Boom, Bust og Bitcoin” by Ivar Duserud

What are the drivers of economic cycles? What could trigger the next big crash? Why the current economic model is unsustainable, and why bitcoin may be the solution.

Member of BitSpace and the Mises Institute, Ivar Duserud gives us an update on his last presentation at the Beyond Bitcoin conference titled Boom, Bust and Bitcoin. @anarchotrader

“What is Bitcoin & Blockchain? – An Introduction” by Norway Bitcoin Association

Norway Bitcoin Association presents an introduction to Bitcoin and Blockchain. Sephan Nilsson will present the main part of the presentation, detailing the history and origins on Bitcoin and Blockchain. Nicholas O’Malley will present the more technical aspects of Bitcoin and Blockchain, and Annemie Bergmans will finish with some philosophical thoughts on why Bitcoin/Blockchain.

Stephan Nilsson – Founder of Norwegian Bitcoin Foundation. He is currently a solution Architect specializing in Systems Integrations, devoted to Blockchain/Bitcoin technology, EoT, IoM, IoT, Distributed Systems, Open Source and Peer-To-Peer.

“On CryptoFinance” by Christian Lains

The exponential advance of information-technology leads to the digitization of everything – the internet of everything. Bitcoin was a giant step in digitizing coins, moving us towards the internet of money. Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology will tend towards a global, frictionless web of value. This internet of value is the “blood” of the internet of everything, ultimately responsible for predicting and allocating resources for global attention, processing and action. In this presentation I make the case that cryptofinance is the core of fintech, driving this evolution. @clains

Hackathon Schedule Update

BitSpace & Oslo FinTech are hosting a full weekend hackathon. The event is organized in cooperation with the Steem and BitShares communities, Norway’s Bitcoin Foundation and FintechFactory.

The purpose of the event is to kickstart the Open CryptoFinance and CryptoMedia Community. We provide a space for hackers and entrepreneurs to evolve their ideas and develop their projects within this space.

All sessions are free and open to everyone and we encourage everyone who has time to join us. The hackathon is especially tailored for those of you who want to accelerate your blockchain or CryptoFinance idea and get started on building your project.

Friday 14th

18:00 – Doors Open
18:30 – 19:00 Welcome (Info + Mission)
19:00 – 20:00 Food & Mingle
20:00 – 21:00 Project Presentations
21:00 – Let the hacking begin!

Saturday 15th

10:00 – 10:30 Free mic: Team Matchmaking
13:00 – 14:00 Morning Seminar with Ned Scott
14:00 – 14:20 BitSpace on CryptoFinance
14:30 – 14:50 Zeipt on Open Banking and PSD2
15:00 – 15:20 Enin on AI and CryptoFinance
18:00 – 19:00 Live Hangout and Q&A with Dan Larimer of Steemit

Sunday 16th

11:00 – 12:00 Free mic: Teams and projects
13:30 – 14:00 Boom, Bust and Bitcoin by Ivar Duserud
14:00 – 15:00 What is Bitcoin and Blockchain? A Beginner’s Course by Stephan Nilsson
15:00 – 16:00 General Assembly Norwegian Bitcoin Association
20:00 – 22:00 Team presentations and feedback
22:00 – ? Surprise

Monday 17th

CryptoFinance & Blockchain Media Workshop

This will be a joint workshop with BitSpace and Steemit co-founder Ned Scott. BitSpace will give an introduction to Bitcoin, Blockchain and the Internet of Value, as well as help people get their first Bitcoins and Bitcoin wallet. Ned Scott will give an introduction to Steemit, and talk about the future of blockchain media. Participants will get to try Steemit by signing up and earning money on their very first Steemit post.

Part 1 – BitSpace on CryptoFinance
13:10-13:30 Bitcoin, Blockchain and the Internet of Value
13:30-13:45 Q&A
13:45-14:15 Get Your First Bitcoins and Bitcoin Wallet!

Part 2 – Steemit
14:30-15:00 Steemit on The Future of Blockchain Media
15:00-15:15 Q&A
15:15-16:00 Post your First Steemit Post and Earn Steem Dollars!

CryptoFinance Live

Today we are witnessing the dawn of a new financial revolution, and the transformation from traditional finance to CryptoFinance is just starting to take place.

Bitcoin is the world’s 1st example of “internet money” and is the #1 cryptocurrency of today. After Bitcoin appeared 8 years ago, there has been a tremendous development in the underlying blockchain-technology, and there are more than 700 cryptocurrencies (blockchain-platforms) spanning over a large variety of use cases and industries.

Ned Scott (U.S), CEO of Steemit Inc, the 5th largest cryptocurrency, and an global industry leader in Blockchain-based Social Media is speaking about the future of cryptocurrencies and new innovative blockchain solutions that is transforming the world of finance and media. BitSpace, a Nordic pioneer in CryptoFinance will demonstrate live the inside workings of the new CryptoEconomy.

A panel consisting of the leading Nordic banks, financial regulatory consultants, cryptocurrency investors and our international guests will look into the challenges and opportunities within cryptocurrencies and blockchain solutions, and how they contribute to changing the existing business models for finance and media. We are also showcasing new novel ideas and concepts developed during the CryptoFinance Hackathon held 14-16.10

Join representatives from PwC, Statoil, Microsoft, Ernst & Young Oslo,, Schibsted Media Group, DNB, Telenor Norge, Sopra Steria, EVRY Norge, Nordnet, Danske Bank Norge, UIO, BitSpace, FintechFactory, Fondsfinans, Accenture Norge, Advokatfirmaet Selmer, Knowit Experience, 24SevenOffice, Netlight, foodora, AUKA, IBM Norge, Nordea Norge, PA Consulting Group Norway, Eika, Steemit.. and many others for CryptoFinance Live & @CryptoFinance & Blockhain Media Workshop 17.10 at Telenor Arena, and our CryptoFinance Hackathon 14-16.10


18.00: Welcome by Manuel Lains, CEO, BitSpace
18.05: Future CryptoCurrencies & Social Media, Ned Scott, CEO Steemit.
18.50: Live demonstration: “Inside workings of CryptoFinance”
19.10: Fireside Chat: Ned Scott, CEO Steemit & Martin Hauge, CryptoCurrency Investor
19.30: Networking Break
20.00: Panel with Nordea, FCG, Creandum, Steemit moderated by BitSpace
20.45: CryptoFinance Hackathon showcases
21.00: Afterparty at the FinTech Factory

Live Panel Debate

Lasse Meholm – From Nordea bank, former serial entrepreneur in IT and finance, bestselling author with his book “Investeringsguiden”, now he is working on focus is blockchain integration into the banking sector

Martin Hauge – Angel Investor, Advisor, Coach, Board member and Chairman. He has spent 11 years as a Venture Capitalist and General Partner in Creandum. Areas of interest are IoT, Fintech and Healthtech.

Ned Scott – CEO and co-founder of Steemit, huge name in the world of cryptoeconomy, the man behind the platform that pays you to provide content, today steemit is the 5th largest cryptocurrency. Ned also has a background as a Business operations and financial analyst.

Stephan Nilsson – Founder of Norwegian Bitcoin Foundation. He is currently a solution Architect specializing in Systems Integrations, devoted to Blockchain/Bitcoin technology, EoT, IoM, IoT, Distributed Systems, Open Source and Peer-To-Peer.

Joar Langeland – Partner at FCG – The leading Nordic advisory services firm specialized in financial regulation, compliance and risk management. Experienced Senior Executive at Nordic banks including SEB and DNB. In depth competence and knowledge within areas like Risk and Capital Management, lending, payment, Asset Management, Private banking and much more.

Please sign up if you can come at the various event-postings:


And again, check out

Thank you!

We are looking forward to seeing all of you there! For those of you who can’t come we will try to have some live-streaming sessions and keep you all posted on what’s going on. This weekend is already overflowing with potential and it will be really exciting to see how this develops. If anyone is still looking to join, please send me an email at and i’ll try to help you out 🙂

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