by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
The event sold out more than a month before its start date
Prague has become a center for cyber technology. The city's Fourth Hackers Congress by Paralelní Polis
will take place Oct. 6–8, but tickets sold out rather quickly. The last
ticket sold for one bitcoin, worth over Kč 100,000. The final ticket
was released after the event had already been sold out with more than a
month left before its start. Paralelní Polis is located Prague's
This year’s HCPP 2017 has the subheading
Liberate! The congress aims to show that Prague is an important world
center of technology, hackers and the crypto community. The main
speakers include Amir Taaki, a hacker and programmer considered to be
one of the most dangerous people on the internet according to Wired
magazine, and Jim Bell, an American scientist and crypto anarchist who
has been imprisoned for his activities.
The program has more
than 50 presentations, workshops and debates, mainly in English. One
goal is to map the worldwide climate of financial freedom and to present
selected tools that could help to improve the overall situation.
year’s Congress is a unique opportunity to meet world’s famous
personalities and experts, who not only can see the future of financial
freedom in decentralized technologies, but they as well contribute to
this future themselves,” said Martin Šíp, a specialist on crypto
currencies and a congress co-organizer, adding that the technology helps
the users to break out of the economical dependency on the state.
congress will again welcome Slovak economical analyst Juraj Karpiš, the
author of bestseller Bad Money (Zlé peniaze). The Czech Republic will
be represented by Radim Kozub and Pavel Urbaczka, lawyers specialized on
crypto currency issues. Other speakers from the region are featured as
Some workshops will focus on prediction markets, a virtual
marketplace created around events of public life. Users could, after
paying a deposit in bitcoin, predict potential results of a certain
event. If the event really happens, the person with the closest guess
wins the full amount.
While the congress is sold out, people can
still support Paralelní Polis in its mission. The organization brings
together art, social sciences, and modern technologies. Its main goal is
to promote economic, social and digital freedom.
operates entirely without government support. Funds come from voluntary
contributions and from commercial activities such as a co-working space
and the world's first bitcoin-only cafe.
Paralelní Polis was
founded by members of the art group Ztohoven, and Slovak and Czech
hacker spaces. The project tries to be a voice of freedom in order to
shape public discourse, and ultimately work towards what they call a