Bitcoin Conference Kiev Recap: 236,000 Users in Ukraine and Growing

On September 26, 2014, Ukrainian capital hosted its first Bitcoin event - Bitcoin Conference Kiev. The Hall of Champions in NSC Olimpiyskiy gathered about 170 Bitcoin enthusiasts along with leading Ukrainian and foreign thought leaders.

The first Ukrainian Bitcoin conference has been lauded by Bitcoin Foundation Ukraine (BFU) representatives, Mikhail Chobanyan and Andrey Dubetskiy:

“Finally, this event has happened! BFU is very excited that Ukraine has a theme event for everyone interested in Bitcoin for business. We’re happy that this industry is developing in Ukraine at such rapid speed and we’re sure that Bitcoinis going to become stronger in the future.”

- Mikhail Chobanyan

It’s certainly not surprising that the country is one of the leaders in the number of Bitcoin businessmen. Ukraine is one of the best five countries in the world when it comes to the quantity and education of IT specialists. 

The Conference revealed that about 236,000 Ukrainians are currently using digital currency. And according to research, this trend reflects the positive growth dynamic of Bitcoin in Ukraine.

Maksim Krupyshev, Bitcoin enthusiast and creator of Fruitwallet, was the moderator of Bitcoin Conference Kiev.

- Maksim Krupyshev

The main points of discussion at the Conference were:

  • Bitcoin: Financial Money Pyramid of the Future?
  • Purchase-Sell, How does Bitcoin operate?
  • Mining
  • Safety – What You Need to do to Save your Bitcoins
  • Business – How Bitcoin can Influence Your Business
  • Investment
  • Legal Aspects of Bitcoin and its Operation

The Kiev Conference also included a floor for mining where visitors could find out about creating bitcoins live as companies demonstrated special equipment for Bitcoin mining in the promo-zone.

Also at the event was a terminal for purchasing cryptocurrency for cash from the country’s first Bitcoin organization - KUNA Bitcoin Agency.

- KUNA terminal

In total, there were 12 exclusive presentations during the Conference that led to many interesting questions from the audience and lively discussions.

Speakers who keynoted at the event include:

  • Andrey Dubetskiy, Bitcoin enthusiast, co-founder of Bitcoin Fo