Tuesday, December 9, 2014 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Genuine Parts
3100 Windy Hill Road SE
Atlanta, GA 30339

Bitcoins: The Payments Revolution Explained

Credit cards, which store a vast amount of personally identifiable information to validate purchases, were not invented for the Internet, where that data can be manipulated for fraudulent spending. The safest and easiest way to shop online should be a type of digital cash that can be transmitted “peer-to-peer.” That is effectively how Bitcoin operates. Bitcoin is a worldwide spending network that can introduce merchants to an international market that traditional payment methods can’t. While the US has dollars and Europe has euros, Bitcoin has planted itself as being the currency of the Internet with the potential to change the way value is shared and transmitted all over the world.

Speaker: Andy Phillipson

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Andy Phillipson specializes in software systems integration, implementation, and adoption, as well as software development process and methodology.  Areas of specialization include Bitcoin payment processing, IT governance, DevOps, and all things related to the SDLC (Agile, Scrum, Rational Unified Process, software system analysis, design, and implementation, requirements management, project management, change management, and test management).

Andy has been with BitPay, Inc., since 2013, and has been working in the software industry since 1986.  He helps clients plan and execute the introduction and innovation of Bitcoin payment solutions into technology platforms and business processes.

Previously, Andy worked with businesses to plan and execute SDLC & DevOps process improvement initiatives, overseeing software development tool and training deployment; providing hands on tool and process mentoring; and delivering formal classroom training.  His efforts continuously challenge teams to excel resulting in visible business value.

Prior to arriving at BitPay, Andy worked at IBM as an Executive Solution Architect and earlier in a variety of industries including military aircraft manufacturing, medical information systems, and IT consulting.  With a primary background in computer systems architecture and design and object-oriented systems design and development for both embedded real-time architectures and business systems, he has been a Software Developer, Software Architect, Project Manager, and Software Systems Sales Consultant and Mentor.  Other areas include organizational change methodology and the adoption of iterative and incremental development approaches.

Andy has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University. He is a private pilot and his hobbies and interests include flying, running, snow skiing, racquetball.  Andy and his wife Lisa have two boys Evan and Alex, and one girl, Kate.