Miami, June 5th, 2021
The selection committee has decided who will be the 12th member of the Crypto Hall of Fame: Diego Gutiérrez Zaldívar, co-founder of RSK the first smart contract platform built on top of Bitcoin that made it fully programmable , the Argentinian Bitcoin Foundation and the Iberoamerican Blockchain Alliance. “I am very honored to be included in this illustrious circle”, said Diego when he received the news at the induction ceremony during Bitcoin 2021 in Miami. “I am thrilled to have been appointed to the Crypto Hall of Fame among giants like Satoshi Nakamoto, Nick Szabo or David Chaum. More than a personal recognition, I feel this as a recognition to all the amazing pioneers that built the Bitcoin and crypto movement in Latin America, amongst them the RSK co-founders Sergio Lerner, Ruben Altman, Adrian Eidelman and Gabriel Kurman. When we started to create RSK, we had the vision of turning Bitcoin into a full fledged financial system for the many, not the few that would enable a more inclusive and fair global economy. Now we are closer than ever to see that vision realized.“
Other nominees were Alexander Kuzmin (founder and CEO of Mycelium), Bram Cohen (creator of BitTorrent and Chia), Charlie Shrem (co-founder of BitInstant and Untold Stories), Erik Voorhees (co-founder of Shapeshift, Coinapult and Satoshi Dice), and Ralph Merkle (inventor of the Merkle Tree).
In a first voting round from May 22 to 26, 2021, the members of the selection committee chose Diego and Ralph Merkle for a final run-off between May 26 and 29.
The induction ceremony took place during Bitcoin 2021 in Miami, a Bitcoin conference with more than 12,000 attendees. A portrait of Diego created by Max Cryptohead will be exhibited in the 3D gallery of the Crypto Hall of Fame.
The members of the selection committee are:
– Aaron van Wirdum (Editor Bitcoin Magazine)
– Alexandra Kons (Editor Be-in-Crypto)
– Amelia Tomasicchio (Editor The Cryptonomist)
– Eryka Gemma (Founder Bitcoin Center Miami)
– Jack Martin (Editor Cointelegraph)
– Olga Filatova (Founder Crypto Art Museum)
– Roger Benites (Managing Director Bitcoin Center New York)
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