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 of industry publication Blockchain News, partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group (helped raise over $200m+), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at leading industry event  CryptoFinancing (first ICO event in Europe) - Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1200 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat.
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, Shanghai,Tel Aviv and Venice. His network is global and extensive.
He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French.
A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world.
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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