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It may not be tulip season in the Netherlands, but there was a buzz in the picturesque Westerpark, which hosted the Bitcoin Amsterdam 2022 conference.

Notable speakers from across Bitcoin (BTCThe ecosystem drew a good number of attendees over the two days of the program, exploring wide-ranging themes amid challenges and successes as the venue approaches its 14th year of existence.

With global economic woes continuing across traditional markets and global monetary inflation fears growing, Bitcoin’s role as a potential hedge was a major topic of discussion, as things began inside the Westerunie Dome on the first day of the conference.

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Bitcoin as an inflation hedge

Former hedge fund manager Greg Voss and Prince Philip of Serbia gave some interesting food for thought, highlighting Bitcoin’s potential as a safe asset given its engineering rarity when compared to the debt-based economic system that has been struggling to combat inflation.

Cointelegraph spoke to Voss in Amsterdam, who highlighted his view that Bitcoin will play a major role in Dealing with inflation. Having cut his teeth while working at the Royal Bank of Canada and serving nearly 30 years of commercial credit, Foss’ introduction to Bitcoin has changed his view of the current economic challenges facing the world:

“I found Bitcoin in 2016. I have been searching for it ever since, and in my opinion, it is the most important technological and financial solution to the looming debt crisis that we are seeing in real time at the moment. What is happening in the UK is extraordinary. I haven’t felt this worried about the financial system since 2009.”

Prince Philip used an anecdotal example of high inflation in Serbia in the past and in 2022 as a cause for concern for local residents despite government assurances that inflation figures will return to single digits in 2023:

“This is how Bitcoin will help people in Serbia and around the world. It is important that we educate people to understand the scarcity of Bitcoin and how it will solve the problem of inflation that we are all facing now.”

Former European Parliament member Nigel Farage She weighs too On this issue from a British context in a conversation with Cointelegraph. While he admitted that he first heard about the concept of Bitcoin in 2012, Farage recently thought about its importance when he began to question the nature of fiat currencies in the modern age.

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Farage highlighted the detachment from the gold standard in various countries several decades ago as a major cause of inflationary environments that often take years to fix. In his view, bitcoin could become a more attractive way to deal with and combat inflation in Europe in the near future:

“There is going to be a very big change here in the next two or three years, and it will become a reliable medium of exchange. And if you look now at doing banking, it’s inefficient, expensive, and often very slow. So [Bitcoin] become more attractive.

While there was much optimism for Bitcoin as a hedge in one’s investment portfolio by a number of speakers, Foss highlighted the importance of having a clear strategy in place in regards to allocating the percentage of BTC in the wallet.

Energy issues in Europe

Energy issues have been another hot topic of discussion, given that Europe is experiencing an energy crisis of some sort, which has been exacerbated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Andy Long, CEO of mining company White Rock Management, summed up the state of affairs on the continent.

Really, the only reasonable resources of energy used in mining in Europe are at energy stranded sites. When you transmit power, you have losses in the grid, but you also need enough capacity in the distribution network.”

Long also noted that gas pipelines being restricted and nuclear power plants being shut down add more restrictions, while renewable energy generation is not keeping pace. This means that mining operators are having a hard time finding low-cost, stable energy sites.

Jelmer ten Wold, CEO of Greentech Technologies AG, highlighted the fact that the European Union is investing 300 billion euros ($292.38 billion) in renewable energy production in the coming years while consumption plans are somewhat lacking.

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“This will result in a lot of need and demand for stable load and load balancing applications. The moment a heat user vertically integrates with a mining farm, generating heat and BTC at the same time, there is no way an electronic boiler will ever be cheaper.”

Long also recounted how his company’s investments in Sweden’s energy infrastructure had a ripple effect of infrastructure development and increased investment in mining projects by other companies. This provides an example of how bitcoin mining can be a motivating force for the further development of electricity facilities.

Consider sidechains

Paul Sztorc, freelance bitcoiner, inventor of the BIP 300, famed crypto inventor, Hashcash inventor and CEO of Blockstream, Adam Back, has thought about the future use of sidechain to improve the Bitcoin network in the future.

Play, Simplicity, and SNARKS icons were brought up by both speakers during their session on the topic. Back suggested that opcodes, which push data or perform functions within scripts or signature scripts, could be easier to implement in the near future:

“I think playcodes are probably the fastest path. I think there is new energy in the Bitcoin dual layer with Fedimint and Statechains, there are a lot of companies that are working on this stuff. They are also interested in new new play tokens so it is time to have that conversation.” .

Sztorc, who created the BIP 300, which Suggest After compressing three to six months of transaction data into a fixed 32 bytes, he also agreed that the sidechain could help scale the Bitcoin network by implementing BIP and other sidechain proposals:

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“The idea I have for the BIP 300 and just the side chain idea in general can have a huge impact. Not only is it scalable but it can be used to achieve massive scale very quickly.”

Upgrades or improvements to the Bitcoin protocol have always been a contentious issue, but two respected crypto experts have surely given measured actions on how the protocol continues to evolve in a multi-currency and blockchain ecosystem.

Bitcoin story by Julian Assange

The famous activist and founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, currently imprisoned in Belmarsh Prison in London, was represented by his wife Stella, who gave a rousing speech in Amsterdam that demonstrated Bitcoin’s role in the fight against censorship around the world:

Bitcoin and its technology try to fight censorship in a similar way to how Wikileaks fought censorship with cryptography. Julian started WikiLeaks with incredible creativity, a pioneer who changed the way journalism is done.”

Assange’s work with encryption has primarily focused on helping journalists and newsrooms rethink how to protect their sources and information in the age of the internet. Once WikiLeaks started publishing information, the media company saw itself cut off from the major payment networks.

“This led to WikiLeaks becoming an early adopter of Bitcoin. It is important to understand the attacks on WikiLeaks and the various attacks. Off-shore banking blockades, political and legal attacks.”

Public conversations with speakers and attendees painted a picture of optimism about Bitcoin’s continuing role during times of heightened uncertainty around the world. As the spread of the COVI-19 pandemic begins to wane, inflationary fears and the constant threat of a persistently escalating situation in Ukraine have pushed up energy costs in Europe.

Despite the bleak outlook, Bitcoin continues to attract both old users and potential newcomers to explore the many avenues of the prominent cryptocurrency. As one anonymous long-term Bitcoin owner told Cointelegraph, “I traveled here from America because I love to follow what is happening in space.”

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The attendees were one of many who traveled from different parts of the world to see how the Bitcoin ecosystem continues to evolve in the ever-growing cryptocurrency ecosystem.