The Puerto Rico Blockchain Trade Association is pleased to announce the inaugural HODL Here Conference to be held on December 6, 2021 in San Juan, Puerto Rico during Puerto Rico Blockchain Week.

HODL Here was created to illustrate why this island has become the place to move to, what tax incentives are available, impact of crypto regulations in DC and PR.

Keiko Yoshino, Executive Director of The Puerto Rico Blockchain Trade Association notes, “The HODL Here conference is the best way to get the complete picture on why Puerto Rico is the new epicenter of blockchain innovation and at the forefront of positive change, and how you can be a part of that future.”

One full day of events includes presentations by government officials, sessions covering complex tax and legal issues in Puerto Rico and Washington, DC, and conversations with recognized names in the blockchain industry.

Attendees will receive actionable answers from local tax professionals, economic development officials, and entrepreneurs already doing business in Puerto Rico. Community leaders will showcase daily life in Puerto Rico and discuss how tax incentive policies have changed the island.

The HODL Here Conference will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico on December 6, 2021. Check back for the full schedule of events. Register for the event here.

Schedule of Events

Monday, December 6th


8:00-8:30am: Breakfast

8:30-8:35am: Welcome Remarks: Keiko Yoshino, Executive Director PR Blockchain Trade Association

8:35-8:45am: Speaker: The Honorable Rafael Hernández Montañez, Speaker of the House

8:47-9:20am: Why Puerto Rico?

Purpose: Introduction to PR and opportunities and spotlighting why people came back and have moved here

  • Moderator: Alana Mediavilla, Filmkik
  • Panelist: Erika Medina-Vecchini Endeavor PR
  • Panelist: Ella Woger Nieves, Invest PR
  • Panelist: David Johnston, DLTx

9:22-9:35am Speaker: Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DDEC), “Puerto Rico’s Path Towards Competitiveness”

  • Humberto Mercader, Assistant Secretary for Strategy and Policy
  • Carlos Fontan, Director of the Office of Incentives

9:40-10:10am: Let’s Talk Tax Act 60

  • Moderator: Giovanni Mendez, GEO Tax 
  • Panelist: Juan Carlos Stolberg, Stolberg Law
  • Panelist: Martin Pirillo, Pirillo Law 
  • Panelist: Jeanelle Alemar, Jae Law

10:15-10:30: COFFEE BREAK 

10:35-10:45am: ARCO & the Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association, The Future of Blockchain on the Island

10:50-11:20: Creating Community Through Blockchain 

Purpose: How companies are creating community on the island

  • Moderator: Scott Walker, Co-Chair PR Blockchain Trade Association
  • Panelist: Medha Parlikar, CasperLabs
  • Panelist: Tim Lewis, DEVxDAO 
  • Panelist Max Howell, Tea, inc.

11:25-11:50 Becoming CryptoCurious

Purpose: Crypto’s impact on the everyday lives of Puerto Ricans

  • Moderator: Juan Carlos Pedreira, SBH Digital
  • Panelist: Luis Pomales, Vanderbilt Hotel
  • Panelist: Shirley McPhaul-Castro, PR Science, Technology and Research Trust
  • Panelist: Giomar Alvera, Uber

11:55pm-12:05pm Ben DiScipio, BLOOM

12:05-12:55pm: BLOOM Sponsored Lunch 

1:00-1:20pm Andrew Keys, DARMA “The Future of the Internet & Global Economy”

1:25-1:55 Social Media & Blockchain with Frances Haugen

  • Hosted by Michael Terpin, Transform Group

2:00:-2:10pm: Cleve Mesidor, Blockchain AssociationFostering Inclusion in Blockchain”

2:35-3:30 Keynote Fireside with Hester Pierce

  • Hosted by James Haft, DLTx

3:30-5:30 Networking & Open Bar/Pig roast hosted by DEVxDAO

Keynotes & Speakers


#Let’s do it hurry

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