In 2009 a person or a group of people under a pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto published the whitepaper »Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” and disrupted the world of finance. Since then, we have witnessed numerous possibilities for blockchain technology implications; today, there are blockchain technology use cases in almost every industry vertical. This event will take you on a journey from Bitcoin to various blockchain technology solutions ready for business.

Event took place on the 22nd of October 2020 at 14.00 CET on Zoom platform. The attendance was free of charge. 

In case you missed the event, find all presentation recordings below or on our Youtube channel.




Conference opening

Tanja Bivic Plankar, the president of Blockchain Alliance Europe

Greeting speeches

Irena Grofelnik, Business Intelligence Centre, Slovenia
Anja Blaj, president of Blockchain Think Tank Slovenia Jure Pirc, president of Bitcoin Association Slovenia

The importance of Bitcoin in your investment portfolio 

Gregor Županc, Co-founder & CEO of Solidum Capital

Bitcoin is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating inventions of the 21st century, and it can significantly increase the performance of your investment portfolio. Bitcoin can also act as a hedge against the upcoming inflation and other unknown consequences of record-low interest rates and unprecedented levels of global monetary and fiscal stimulus.


Gregor is an entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in the financial industry. He was previously a Managing Partner at a private equity fund of funds. Before that, he held a management position at an investment advisory company responsible for developing portfolio strategies in equity markets. Gregor also acts as an advisor to Slovenian and Croatian institutional investors on alternative investments.

How to safely secure your private keys with encrypted backup

Alen Šalamun, Co-founder & CTO of REAL security and BC Vault

2019 hack reviews opened many questions about the danger of keeping your crypto on exchanges and software wallets. On average, US$ 2.7 Million in crypto are being stolen every day with 2019/20 being a record-breaking year with an increase of exchange hacks by over 13 times compared to the year before. What can you do to protect yourself? We will talk about new technologies (the new generation of cold storage) and ways to overcome the trauma with hacked seed words and show the technology behind private keys with encrypted backup.

Alen is working in the field of IT Security for more than 20 years as CTO of Real security, one of the biggest IT security distributors in the region of the Adriatic. His idea of the new blockchain wallet was a result of frustration over dealing with existing products and their flaws. BC Vault was made from grounds up with security and usability as prime directive.

What would the world be like if we just used one currency?

Dejan Roljič, Founder & CEO of Eligma

Eligma has developed GoCrypto, a global network transforming the payment landscape with easy access to crypto payments. GoCrypto is the world’s largest and fastest-growing crypto payment network, available in over 50 countries. GoCrypto is bringing together crypto users, crypto wallets, crypto exchanges as well as cashier system providers, PSPs, payment gateways and merchants who would like to accept crypto.

Dejan founded Eligma in 2018. Eligma managed to raise over 11 million USD in its 2018 crowdsale, and its aim to become a global facilitator of seamless and secure crypto payments made it one of the hottest high-tech firms right now. It has received a 4-million euro influx by and the Pangea Blockchain Fund. Roljic is also an industry advisor and thought leader at Cryptonite Ventures, a community of world-leading blockchain developers and industrialists based in Palo Alto, SV.

Why is SSI (Self-Sovereign Identity) becoming a necessity and what potential it holds?

Jan Gerl, Blockchain developer & Project Manager at Netis

The common denominator of digital services today is that they are all “rental relationships” where users are dependent on the conditions set by various providers. In other words, the digital identity of a user, alone and outside of a particular web service, does not exist. For that, Jan will present the concept of SSI (Self-Sovereign Identity), which represents one of the possible innovations for secure online communication and personal data management. By giving users ownership over their personal information, SSI allows them to keep their data in one place and share them with digital services of their choice. As such, SSI eliminates the efforts to collect data that has already been gathered elsewhere and thereby simplifies procedures for logging into online systems.

Jan Gerl is a blockchain developer and an IT project manager in the field of blockchain, distributed storage and distributed computing at the company Netis. He holds a BSc degree in information science from the University of Ljubljana. He joined the team in 2018 to contribute in further advancement of Netis’ brand Aceblock, offering businesses a proprietary blockchain framework and innovative solutions in the field of cryptographical security and digital self-sovereign identity (SSI).

Tourism 4.0: Personalization and Digitization of Tourist Experience in Slovenia Through Innovation

Tomi Iljaš, Founder and President of Arctur
Tomaž Furlan, Founder and CEO of Lucis

A consortium project Tourism 4.0 connects various Slovenian tourist corporations and numerous technology providers with a common goal to unify ideas and expertise and build a unique solution in the field of sustainable tourism. With the help of vital enabling technologies, Tourism 4.0 will result in a comprehensive platform that will enable all stakeholders of the tourism ecosystem to cooperate in one place. Besides presenting the project, the lecture will focus on the practical use of blockchain, as it will be utilized to provide tourists with a better user experience through a single identity and the use of Collaboration Impact Token – CIT.

Tomi Ilijaš is founder and president of Arctur and he holds a MSC degree from Ljubljana University, Faculty of Electrical Engineering. Mr. Ilijaš is an entrepreneur with focus on Hi-Tech innovation and has shared his knowledge and experience to many start-ups and spin-offs in the region. He participated in many EU funded R&D projects, inventing new business models in HPCaaS and successfully breaking the barriers in bringing HPC to manufacturing SMEs. Recently, his research focus is in transferring new technologies like HPDA, IoT and Blockchain from Industry 4.0 to Tourism 4.0. He is also member of EUROHPC RIAG, member of PRACE Industrial Advisory Committee and a board member of Fortissimo Marketplace Limited.
Tomaž Furlan, Lucis graduated from the Faculty of Computer and Information Science in Ljubljana. In 2008 he founded the information company Lucis, which is dedicated to developing complex healthcare applications. Lucis cooperates with all the largest healthcare institutions in Slovenia; as one of the first in Slovenia, they also upgraded their knowledge with certificates in the field of block chain technology. Blockchain is also Mr. Furlan’s personal passion, and since 2016, he has been a director of operations at Netis, a research and technology company.

The pandemic devastated the live music industry. What’s next?

Vasja Veber, Co-founder and COO of Viberate

Live events have been banned throughout the world since March and it doesn’t seem this will change in the coming months. Viberate analyzed the damage suffered in the festival industry and now they are launching tools that will help the music industry back on its feet once we deal with the virus.

Vasja Veber
Vasja is a co-founder and business development director of Slovenian music startup Viberate. He completed his masters at Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana and soon after co-founded a digital marketing agency where he became a senior partner. Later, he started up a music management company with his friend, taking over the business aspects of managing a famous DJ and his music label. In 2014, the two friends also launched Viberate intending to map and standardize the entire global music ecosystem by analyzing multiple data points and transforming big data into valuable insights that help shape the music industry as we know it.
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