Chainthon the 1st Blockchain & Bitcoin Hackathon in Greece


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The Hellenic Blockchain Community is taking a giant leap forward and announcing the 1st Bitcoin & Blockchain Hackathon in Athens, Greece on October 17, 2015.

“After a lot of thinking and while observing the ongoing crises that surround our geopolitical region, we have decided to organise an event in order to tackle the problem of Value Transfer during socioeconomic crises.”

“This year, we are witnessing an economic crisis escalate into a humanitarian crisis. Hundreds of thousands are fleeing the war in the Middle East in search of a better life, only to find different obstacles in Europe. Many of the countries they travel through are facing a severe economic crisis, making it difficult to transfer money or receive donations. In Greece, capital controls restrict the free movement of capital through the traditional banking system, leaving the unbanked to rely on expensive alternatives or risk carrying large amounts of cash with them through their dangerous journey.”

They decided to move forward in organising an event in order to bring together people who can assist in providing solutions to fundamental problems and their mission is to use blockchain technology in order to assist those in need with solutions around the transfer of value during economic and geopolitical crises.

“Our community members are committed to making this very first event a success and a driving force for local and global change. Our mission is to create a series of events that will result in actionable solutions.”

“We look forward to seeing you at Orange Grove (Leoforos Vasileos Konstantinou 5, 10674 Athens, Greece) on Saturday October the 17th. “

Anyone interested in getting involved as a sponsor, participant, member of the press, or volunteer should contact

For more information, please visit & @chainthon

About Richard Kastelein

Founder, Publisher and Editor in Chief of industry leading online publication, Blockchain News and co-founder and director at Blockchain Partners in London/Amsterdam/NYC. Kastelein is also an advisor with a number Blockchain startups doing ICOs including where hs is interim CMO,, Inchain, Chronobank, eGaas and others. He is regarded as one of the top journalists by the Blockchain and fintech communities – as is evident by his entry in the Top 150 Fintech journalists online and in the top 10 of the Blockchain Top 100 List.

As a prominent keynote presenter, he has spoken on Blockchain at events in Gdansk, Amsterdam, Minsk, Dubai, Antwerp, Eindhoven, Bucharest, Nairobi, Tel Aviv, Manchester, Brussels, Barcelona etc, where he helped spread the cause for Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency and, consequently, has built a notable network in the scene.

He’s also a director of a Dutch foundation called The Hackitarians and has run innovation events in London, San Francisco, Berlin, Amsterdam and other cities around the world on topics such Blockchain, Health, Energy, Internet of Things, AI etc.

In 2013, the European Commission appointed him as an expert for overseeing financing for emerging startups as a part of the European Commission’s 90 billion euro Horizon 2020 project, created in Brussels to promote innovation as a driving force of job creation and business ventures across Europe. He has also worked as an external expert for Innovate UK since 2012, judging startups for the UK government.

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